The Bearcats of Northwest Missouri State University have claimed the 2009 DII National Championship over the Lakers with a final score of 30-23. During the first half, the Lakers tried to keep up but the 21 points that NW quickly put on the board were hard to overcome. The Lakers made a valiant second half effort outscoring NWMS 23 to 9 but they couldn’t top the prowl and desire of the Bearcats. This is the Cats 5th straight NC appearance in Florence and the first victory in five trips. They lost to GV in 2005 and 2006, Valdosta in 2007 and Minnesota-Duluth in 2008. It has to feel good to finally bring the trophy back to Maryville.
After the game, Laker fans returned to the Florence Coliseum for the traditional season celebration. The event was catered by Rick’s Barbeque this year and damn that was some good stuff. MMMMMM. President Haas and AD Selgo helped celebrate with fans/family/players before introducing Martin to the stage for an emotional speech about the game. Good job Chuck! I would have had just as hard of a time doing the same thing myself. Selgo returned to introducing a handful (Gilde, Gates, McDonald, McGuckin, Smolen and Iciek) of seniors to make some remarks about their time as a Laker athlete. This year’s senior class included 4 that missed graduation today in order to play in the game.
Congratulations to NWMS for a win today after a tough game. Thanks to the 09-10 Seniors for all the memories. And… is it August yet?