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Aaron Heintzelman

  1. NW Missouri heads back to 2nd home to face Lenoir-Rhyne

    Well, Bearcat fans… At least your trip to the D2 national title game will be a little shorter in years to come, if you continue this amazing stretch of success. (Why? -->

    For the 6th time in 9 years, Northwest Missouri State will head to Florence, Ala., to play for all the marbles. In the first five trips (in consecutive years between 2005 and 2009), they faced off with perennial D2 powerhouses like Grand Valley (3x), Minnesota Duluth and Valdosta State ...
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  2. Division II football title game moves to soccer stadium in Kansas

    If you take that headline out of context, you might think this is a bad thing. But fret not D2 fans, particularly those here in MIAA country, this is awesome.

    The NCAA announced Wednesday that the Division II football title game will be played at Sporting Park, home of 2013 MLS Champion Sporting Kansas City. For those not schooled in the oft-confused geography of the matter, the big Kansas City is in Missouri. But this Kansas City is in Kansas, right across the state line from Kansas ...
  3. Northwest faces upstart St. Cloud in Super Region 3 final

    It’s not the rematch game I think some Bearcat fans were hoping for, but Northwest Missouri has a shot at yet another regional title Saturday when they host the upstart St. Cloud State University Huskies to Bearcat Stadium.

    This is a St. Cloud team that wouldn’t have even made the playoffs if it weren’t for Pitt State’s season-ending loss to Missouri Southern. But the Huskies have used the nation’s top turnover margin and a 4-year starter under center to knock off 2 previously-unbeaten ...
    MIAA , ‎ NSIC
  4. Northwest to rekindle rivalry with Duluth, who put a hurting on Emporia

    The Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs will make their first trip in more than a decade to Bearcat Stadium on Saturday. The Bearcats knocked off Duluth in 2002, in the Bulldogs’ first-ever D2 playoff game, by the score of 45-41, but have lost back-to-back games to their NSIC rivals, in the 2008 title game and the 2010 national semifinals.

    There’s no longer any Bob Nielson, Mel Tjeerdsma, Jake Soy or Chase Vogler, but this matchup might just be even more interesting than the past few, which ...
    MIAA , ‎ NSIC
  5. Only 2 teams emerge from MIAA playoffs into the real thing

    As we entered what I had dubbed the MIAA Playoffs three weeks ago, five teams stood real chances of advancing to the NCAA Division II playoffs. Given that 4 of the 5 all played each other over those final three weeks, and the structure of the playoff bracket, we all knew a couple would fall from the ranks.

    Northwest Missouri (11-0) and Emporia State (9-1) made it out alive, feasting on Western and Washburn, knocking the Griffons and the ‘Bods from the list of playoff hopefuls. ...
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