I don't have much time or energy for an update now, but at least wanted to get all the basic info on here...
Queen said it best. We Are the Champions. DWU prevailed in a predictably intense game over a tough USF team, and Mitchell appropriately celebrated. Another trophy. Another net cutting. Another great footnote on an unbelievable season.
That leads us to today's two big announcements: The All-GPAC awards and the National Tournament bracket. Darrin Dorsey cleaned up, as I hoped he would, with GPAC Player-of-the-Year, Co-Defensive Player-of-the-Year with Hastings' Jeremiah Slough, and a spot on the All-GPAC First Team. Brady Wiebe and Preston Broughton joined Dorsey on the First Team and finished second and sixth on the ballot, respectively. When three of the top six players from a 13-team league are on one team, that teams goes 19-2 against the rest of the league and wins regular season and tournament titles. Glad the GPAC coaches got this right.
To top it off, Mitch Bain is on the Second Team and last night's hero, Chase Walder, got an Honorable Mention nod. Congrats, fellas. All well-deserved awards.
The team also got seeded right where it was ranked - seventh - in the tournament bracket. The Tigers will open tournament play with the last game on Wednesday night against McPherson College from Kansas. Tip off is 9:45 on March 10. Obviously much more on this, and the entire bracket to come.
I will be spending my next several working hours finishing a supplement to our media guide for the national tournament, and I'll be hoping they all get used because we went deep in the bracket.
To close, kudos to everyone at the Palace last night and at our Selection Show event today. The atmosphere at both was incredible, and I'm sure it's something our players and coaches will remember for a long, long time. Cheers, Tiger fans.
For more on all this, and previews of this weekend's wrestling and track national meets, stay tuned to www.dwu.edu/athletics.