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March 17, 2008

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Faces of a champion

Last December, Hardin-Simmons SID Chad Grubbs responded to a message on one of the “Posting Up” message boards, coming up with a list of what it takes for women’s basketball teams to win at the highest national level. His analysis was thorough and very informative, and was directly responsible for this story idea.

Faces of a championIt is a select group that have raised Walnut and Bronze at the end of the Division III basketball season. There are certain attributes needed to win a national championship, ones that may or may not be immediately apparent to those who become a part of the championship tournament.

Being on the outside looking in, we figured that our expertise on the subject would pale in comparison to those who have actually been through the experience. So we surveyed a select group of people who have been a part of a championship run, as either a player, coach, or administrator. We asked each of them to fill in the blank: “To win a national championship, you need _____________.”

The answers? Teamwork ... trust ... heart, audacity and more: These are their thoughts.

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