Courtesy Salish Kootenai College
men’s and women’s teams from SKC pose together as National Champions.

Montana’s SKC Wins Both Tribal College National Basketball Championships

Jack McNeel

Jolene Nagy, Okanogan from Canada, plays for NWIC, and was selected to the All-Tournament team. “It was disappointing to lose,” she said, “but interesting to see the different universities and colleges that were participating.”

“Sharna Frazier, our post [player], was just unstoppable,” said Katie McDonald, SKC team member and an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribe. “Every rebound and shot she put back in was big because in our championship, we were literally going shot-for-shot with NWIC. Every rebound she got meant so much. It was keeping us afloat which was greatly needed.

SKC men’s team huddles at center court (Courtesy Salish Kootenai College)

McDonald gives credit to coaches Juan and Silas Perez. “If it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t have been the powerhouse we were. We ended the season with 26 straight wins and that wouldn’t have happened if they didn’t keep pushing us on and off the court.”


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