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(Pella) Central College is heading to the NCAA Division III National Tournament this weekend.

Three southwest Iowa High School Alums are key members of the Central College Men's Basketball squad. Colby Taylor and Spencer Bakerink of Creston are both starters while Sam Markham of Atlantic comes off the bench. Markham says he's enjoying his first year on campus.

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Central was picked to finish last in the conference, yet they ended up winning both the regular season and conference tournament titles. Markham attributes a lot of the team's success to the hard work the team puts forth in practice.

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Markham and his Central teammates head to Wisconsin-Steven's Point for the first round of the NCAA Tourney this weekend. They'll play St. Olaf in the first round on Friday at 4:00pm. If things go as expected they'd take on #1 Wisconsin-Steven's Point in the 2nd round on Saturday at 7:00pm.

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Markham's role has changed several times throughout the season. He's gone from playing limited minutes to starting to rarely playing. Now that the postseason is here he's starting to see more minutes once again. On the season he is averaging 2.4 points per game in 10.3 minutes of play per game. 


Markham will be a guest on Atlantic Sports Saturday at 9:00 Saturday morning. You can catch the full interview with him at that time.

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