North Idaho relished winning second straight Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament title near campus
The setting was familiar for North Idaho College softball coach Don Don Williams, but the stakes were different.
Williams, who helped start the program from scratch two decades ago, remembers being in a hot Florida dugout in 2007 after NIC had just fallen in the NJCAA national title game.
A few maroon-clad fans had made the cross-country trek to watch the Cardinals play on junior college softball’s grandest stage, a group dwarfed by the support of nearby Chipola (Florida) College, a team that clipped NIC in extra innings.
On Monday, four years after leaving the NJCAA for the more travel-friendly, cost-saving Northwest Athletic Conference, NIC had the sizable championship contingent.