For the first time in its 40 year history, the women's basketball team from Dakota College at Bottineau is headed to the national tournament.
The Lady Jacks qualified with a win on Sunday over North Platte Community College.
Today, the college held a pep rally to honor the team and send the players off to the national tournament in Overland Park, Kansas.
Head Coach Wayne Johnson said he is proud of how his team survived an up-and-down year to play its best ball at season's end.
(Wayne Johnson, Lady Jacks Head Coach) "We're going to Kansas and we're going to have fun. That's what we're going down there for, we're going to have fun, that's our number one goal, we're going to enjoy the ride. And secondly, we're going to win a game! (clapping) And if we win a game we might win two games and we might keep winning games and not come back! Thank you...">>
The team will board the bus for the long trip to Kansas tomorrow morning.
And the players say they're excited for the adventure.
(Leah Parizek, Lady Jacks Sophomore) "It's going to be an experience of a lifetime. I cannot wait - being with my team over spring break, it's how I want to spend my spring break so it's awesome."
(Imani Scott, Lady Jacks Freshman) "We're coming in as an underdog so we want to make big upsets of bigger teams."
(Savannah Bruce, Lady Jacks Freshman) "It's going to be amazing. I'm just so excited for everything that we've accomplished and hopefully we keep going and make a national title."
The Lady Jacks open play in the nationals against the top seed in the tournament.