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Panthers raise their NWAC championship banners
Photos and Story by Abe Proctor
Sometimes, when the hard work is done, it’s good to sit back and just have a moment.
The 2013-14 Portland Community College men’s basketball team (the Panthers) had their moment Monday night on Nov. 17 when a crowd of well-wishers filled the Cascade Campus gym (705 N. Killingsworth St.) for the official unveiling of PCC’s first-ever division and conference championship banners.
“You know, when [the coaching staff] arrived here, one of the things we noticed was there were no trophies, no banners on the wall,” said head coach Tony Broadous at the unveiling ceremony. “I’m just so proud of these men and what they’ve done.”
The Panthers defeated Pierce College 92-86 in March to win the Northwest Athletic Conference (formerly known as the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges) title, taking home the first intercollegiate championship in PCC’s history. The longshot win capped an equally improbable season in which the Panthers reversed a string of several losing years to reach unprecedented heights.
Most of the players from the 2013-14 team, along with the coaching staff, were on hand Monday night to receive their NWAC championship rings. They then joined a raucous crowd to count down to the unveiling of the championship banners by PCC President Jeremy Brown and Cascade Campus President Karin Edwards.
Later, the 2014-15 Panthers men’s team capped off the evening with a scrimmage win over Centralia Community College.