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Public Celebration for Barton Basketball’s First National Championship Planned for Wednesday, April 10


GREAT BEND, Kan. ( – Hosted by the Cougar Booster Club, in conjunction with the Best Western Angus Inn, a public celebration of the first ever National Championship title achieved by the Barton men’s basketball program is planned for Wednesday, April 10, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Best Western Courtyard.

This past Saturday the Cougars achieved its season’s final mission in capturing the 2024 NJCAA Division I Championship with an 88-73 victory over Triton College. The title completed a trifecta of team goals beginning with the KJCCC title followed by the Region VI/Plains District crown before defeating four opponents by double-digits to earn the program’s first ever National Championship and the College’s 60th overall team title.

Public attendance is encouraged for the free event featuring a meet-n-greet including autographs and photos with Cougar players and coaches, brief messages from Barton Athletics, championship items for sale (t-shirts, hoodies, crews, hats, autograph basketballs), and free snacks and refreshments for attendees.

The event will begin at 5:00 p.m. as guest speakers will take the stage at 6:00 p.m. with time following for additional fan interaction with the team.

Schedule of Events – Best Western Courtyard
5:00 p.m. – Event begins – Interaction with players/coaches with Championship items for sale
6:00 p.m. – Team recognized with comments from Head Coach Jeremy Coombs, Athletic Director Trevor Rolfs, and the “Voice of the Cougars” Cole Reif
*Following the recognition, remaining time dedicated for additional fan interaction with the Cougars