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Easley Honors Barton Team for Div. II Championship

Posted April 4, 2007
Updated April 5, 2007

— Gov. Mike Easley welcomed the Barton College men’s basketball team to the executive mansion Wednesday and proclaimed the day Bulldog Men’s Basketball Day in honor of the team’s NCAA Division-II National Championship.

Almost two weeks ago, the team defeated Winona State University 77-75 to capture the title. The team finished the regular Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference (CVAC) season with a 19-1 record and also went on to win the CVAC tournament for the second year in a row.

“I congratulate you on your first NCAA championship title,” said Easley. “This is an accomplishment no other athletic team in the history of Barton College can claim.”

Members of the team and coaching staff were presented with the Laurel Wreath Award, the state’s honor for outstanding achievement in athletics.


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  • packandcanesfan Apr 5, 2007

    Great honor for a very deserving team. I was very proud of them and all their accomplishments. My niece is an alum so that makes it even better. :)

  • just my2cents Apr 5, 2007

    Oh, and let me add, our boys clean up nicely, don't they? :o)

  • just my2cents Apr 5, 2007

    'Bout time Easley recognized the #1 team in the nation.....
    We are proud of our BullDogs!

  • Dayum Krazy Apr 5, 2007

    has to be the best NC sports story this year...they deserve all the attention they are getting and I wish them all the best in the future...reminds me of Jimmy V and the never give up attitude he expressed.."DON'T GIVE UP...DON'T EVER GIVE UP" and thats exactly what you done in that game..."never gave up" congratulations from a UNC Tarheels fan...GO Barton BullDogs YOU ARE THE BEST AND YOU ARE #1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!