Forty years after winning a high school state championship as a Miami Wardog, Steve Green got another one.
His top-ranked South Plains College men beat No. 2 Northwest Florida State 81-68 Saturday night in the championship game of the NJCAA Division I Men's National Basketball Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan.
Green earned his 300th win as head coach at South Plains on Friday when it beat Region II representative Eastern Oklahoma 95-75 in the semifinals
The win caps off a perfect 36-0 season for South Plains. The Texans are the NJCAA's first undefeated champ since 1998.
The title is the second at South Plains for Green, a member of MHS' unbeaten 3A champs in 1972. He guided the Texans to a national title in 2008.
Greenís father, Cletus, is a Northeastern A&M Athletic Hall of Fame member who has 767 wins as a head coach at the high school, junior college and collegiate levels.
His brother, Kelly, just completed his first season as head coach at Southeastern Oklahoma State College in Durant.
Eastern battled Seward County, Kan., in the third-place game Saturday night.
At the women's national tournament at Salina, Kan., Hutchinson faced Trinity Valley, Texas, in the championship game Saturday night.
New Mexico Junior College, which beat Northeastern A&M 52-42 in the first round Tuesday, defeated Shelton State, Ala., 63-58 Saturday afternoon to finish fifth.
Southwestern Illinois, which eliminated the Lady Norse 62-49 on Wednesday, was ousted by Otero, Colo., in a consolation game Thursday.
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You can bet Northeastern A&M coaches Roger Ward, Eric Iverson and Dale Patterson were breathing a big sigh of relief when the weather system that dumped almost 6 inches of rain on the area moved out.
Tar Creek briefly went out of its banks, but never was a threat to flood the baseball, softball and football practice fields that are on the west side of the much maligned waterway.
While the 2007 flood is the benchmark for recent damage, both Iverson and Ward have had to endure major clean-up projects after having their fields under water during their respective seasons.
NEO A&M President Dr. Jeff Hale's wish list includes moving both the softball and baseball fields to an area that is less flood prone.
The school's hands are tied, mostly by budget constraints, but also by the lack of a suitable area. Anything out of the flood plain would be cost prohibitive because land would have to be purchased.
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