Haskell Indian Nations teams qualify for NAIA National Championships

By Rich Winter

Boy, ya look at some recent headlines from Brent Cahwee’s ndnsports.com site and the teams down in Haskell are doing some serious WORK.

A very big moment for the Haskell volleyball program as Nana Allison-Brewer’s team who for the first time in school history won the AII Championship Title…And now they are going to the NAIA National Championships

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Al Gipp’s Haskell cross country teams qualified the boys team and two of their female athletes for the NAIA, National Cross-Country Championships…

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Albert Gipp, Jr., originally from Ft. Yates, North Dakota, is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Mr. Gipp earned his bachelors degree from Augustana College in Health and Physical Education and has over thirty hours of master's level course work in community health from the University of Kansas. He has over twenty-five years of experience in classroom teaching. He currently serves as the head coach for the men's and women's cross country team and coordinates activities for the Jim Thorpe Fitness Center.

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Pictured at left is Byron Elledge who had 20 points, 6 assists and 2 steals in a 73-64 win over Southwestern Christian College. At right is Nakia Hendricks who was named the A.I.I Player of the Week. Nakia helped the Indians to 2 victories during the week defeating St. Mary University and Central Chrisian College. Mr. Hendricks posted season high's of 24 points and 9 rebounds vs. St. Mary.

Red Cloud’s Kobey O’Rourke is on the Haskell roster.

The women’s basketball team at Haskell is also 3-2 on the season.

In a little bit of a more South Dakota angle, noticed that White River freshman John Michael Petrik was hanging out with the Kansas basketball team even though he’s a North Carolina fan…And that’s pretty cool.

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