Salina, Kan. – Trinity Valley Community College claimed the NJCAA Division I National Championship tonight on a court that was named after former Cardinal Coach Kurt Budke just before tipoff.
It is the sixth title for TVCC, and the first for head Coach Kenya Larkin-Landers – herself an alumni of the program. The Cardinals finished the season with a perfect 36-0 record. They played in last year’s title game, but fell to Northern Idaho.
Budke, who moved to Oklahoma State, was killed in a plane crash last November.
Mater Dei claimed the state Division I title tonight, defeating Berkeley 57-40. UCLA-bound Nirra Fields put up 24 points and dished out six assists, while Jordan Adams, who is headed to USC, posted 13 points and 11 rebounds. It’s the third consecutive state crown for the Monarchs.