Monday, January 30, 2017

Storytelling event to celebrate Black History Month, this week at MC

Singer, songwriter, playwright and storyteller Sue Roseberry (a.k.a. Mama Sue) will be on the MC campus - this week - for a free performance of Writing That Paints a Picture. The public is cordially invited to join us for this event.

Be a Hero, make a difference at the MC Blood Drive ... next week

Have a heart for helping? United Blood Services' Bloodmobile will be pulling into MC's Advanced Technology Center for a blood drive ... and a chance for YOU to Be a Hero.

All donors will receive points that can be redeemed for prizes like t-shirts and movie tickets at unitedbloodservices.org !

Learn more about blood donation from United Blood Services at unitedbloodservices.org/


Credit confused? Midland College BEDC can help!

• Offering FREE credit classes in February

How about YOU? Credit confused? Learn how to understand your credit report and how to build a good credit score in one of these free classes from MC's Business & Economic Development Center.


Friday, January 27, 2017

Midland College programs receive top rankings

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• HVAC Training and Ultrasound Technician programs ranked #1 in U.S.

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On January 20, 2017, The Community for Accredited Online Schools ranked six Midland College (MC) programs in the nation’s top 20 for schools offering four-year degrees. As a leading resource for higher education and college accreditation information, the site released its annual rankings for the 2016-2017 school year citing factors such as cost and financial aid, number of programs and program offerings, student-teacher ratios, graduation rates, placement and support services offered, academic/career counseling services and employment services.

MC’s Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration program was ranked #1 for Best HVAC Training, and MC’s Sonography program was ranked #1 for Best Ultrasound Technician Program. Other MC programs named in the top 20 were Emergency Medical Services, Automotive Technology, Cosmetology and Paralegal.

“We wanted to highlight schools like Midland College, who are providing exceptional education programs,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools, in a January 20 press release. “These colleges offer an outstanding educational experience, upholding rigorous accreditation standards and show an overall commitment to maximizing student success.”

While MC offers many courses online, the criteria used for rankings by The Community for Accredited Online Schools covers both campus and online offerings. An email from the organization states that MC programs are “recognized as a whole”—meaning that both on-campus and online offerings were reviewed.

“I am very proud of not only our faculty in these programs, but also the entire Midland College team who work hard to provide state-of-the-art instruction and exceptional services such as advising and financial aid,” stated MC President Dr. Steve Thomas. “We strive to offer superb higher education opportunities at our main campus, our Fort Stockton branch campus, our four Midland satellite locations and online. As these rankings attest, many of our programs are ranked as some of the best in the U.S.”

AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Midland College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates and associate and baccalaureate degrees.

Chaps lose close one to Odessa College

MRT Photo by Tim Fischer
• Chaps come up just short vs. No. 17 OC

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College men's basketball coach Jordan Dreiling said his team has to get tougher to win games like the one against rival Odessa College on Thursday night.

The Chaparrals gave the No. 17-ranked Wranglers all they could handle but OC closed out the game at the free-throw line for a 75-72 victory at Chaparral Center ...

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lī-ˌbrer-ē ... Welcome back to MC!

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From Jennifer Harris
Public Services Librarian, Murray L. Fasken Learning Resources Center (LRC)

Are you as tired of the cold as I am? I am sooo ready for warm weather.

Welcome back to MC! Or for first timers, Welcome! I would also like to welcome you to the Fasken Learning Resource Center’s page. My name is Ms. Harris, I am the Public Services Librarian at the FLRC. We have nine people on the library staff and 3 people working in the General Purpose Computer Lab upstairs in room 213. We hope you will feel comfortable enough to ask us for help with your research needs and computer needs.

I’m hoping through this tête-à-tête we will be able to learn things together. I plan to give you updates on new books, researching tips, how to use the library tutorials, and whatever crosses our minds.

Below are the hours we are open for you:

Spring Semester library hours are:
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The General Purpose Computer Lab: Room 213 FLRC
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
V Let’s talk business now. To check out a book, you will need your MC student ID or if you are an ECHS or Dual Credit student, you will need your High School ID. Your ID is your “library card.” The first time you check out, we will need to enter your information into the computer. After that, all you will have to do is present your card. BE RESPONSIBLE and return your books! We will put a hold on your records and you will not be able to get your grades or your transcripts at the end of the semester.

As a student of MC, you can check out DVDs as well as books. With that said, see below:

January is BACK TO SCHOOL!

It’s hard to get up in the mornings and go to school. Sometimes we wonder why we need school. But what if you never had the chance to school?

THE FIRST GRADER
“Set in the Kenyan bush, The First Grader is a heart-warming and inspiring true story of one man’s fight for what he believes is his right in order to overcome the burdens of his past. It is a triumphant testimony to the transforming force of education.” National Geographic Entertainment

Check out other DVDs:

Paper Clips
Akeelah and the Bee
Friday Night Lights
Goodbye, Mr. Chips

And more ...

Lady Chaps come up 1 point short in loss to Odessa College

MRT Photo by Tim Fischer
• MC stumbles late in loss to No. 1 OC

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The No. 1-ranked Odessa College women’s basketball team will gladly take an ugly win over rival Midland College women’s basketball.

In a game where baskets were at a premium, a 3-pointer by China Fair with 1 minute and 38 seconds left in the game gave the Lady Wranglers one of their few leads in the game, and it proved to be enough in a 50-49 win over No. 19 MC at Chaparral Center on Thursday night at Chaparral Center ...

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Storytelling event to celebrate Black History Month at MC

Singer, songwriter, playwright and storyteller Sue Roseberry (a.k.a. Mama Sue) will be on the MC campus Thursday, February 2, for a free performance of Writing That Paints a Picture. The public is cordially invited to join us for this event.

Newspaper previews Chaps' home match with Odessa College

MRT Photo by James Durbin
• Chaps look to defend home court vs. No. 17 Wranglers

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - It’s not a do-or-die situation yet, but there’s no doubt that the Midland College men's basketball team needs to win some games over the next few weeks.

At 12-8 overall and 3-3 in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference, the Chaparrals are sitting in the middle of the league’s pack. And with six teams legitimately in the mix for four postseason spots, head coach Jordan Dreiling and the Chaparrals know they can’t afford any more home losses.

Tonight, the Chaparrals look to defend the home court against rival and No. 17 Odessa College (16-3, 5-1) at Chaparral Center ...

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TONIGHT ... MC Music Department presents Gayle Spradley Bizzell in recital

NOT your ordinary recital ... it's a fascinating and immersive experience, combining piano performance and informal lecture - a journey into Alban Berg’s Sonata No. 1 ... and it's TONIGHT!


Newspaper previews Lady Chaps' home match with Odessa College

MRT Photo by James Durbin
• MC searching for consistency vs. No. 1 OC

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College women’s basketball coach Ron Jones said his team should be more concerned about playing well and more consistent than Odessa College’s No. 1 ranking.

Coming off a loss to No. 5 New Mexico Junior College and in the middle of the pack in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference standings, the No. 19 Lady Chaparrals (12-6, 3-3) may not only need a win but some positives tonight against the Lady Wranglers (19-0, 5-0) at Chaparral Center ...

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Find YOUR place at YOUR College ... TODAY at Club Fair


Today is the big day for Spring Student Club Fair at Midland College, an exciting opportunity for students to meet and join college clubs and organizations!

This is a great opportunity for students to get connected to Midland College and the Midland community! Student Life will be hosting our bi-annual Club Fair, Wednesday, January 25, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Scharbauer Student Center.

** Free lunch for MC students! **

This event is a great opportunity to increase your awareness of campus/community clubs and organizations, philanthropic efforts, special-interest businesses, and their respective services and missions.

Participating groups include ...

Permian Basin AHEC
MC Ambassadors
Bank of America
BB&T Bank
MC BEDC/Bill Pace Cogdell Scholars
Baptist Student Ministries
Casa de Amigos
Catholic Students Association
MCF Chemistry Club
MC Dance Team/Intramurals
MC Engineering Club
Every Nation Campus Ministry
MC Geology Club
The Gideons
MC International Student's Club
MC Kinesiology Club
MC LBGT+ Club
Lions Club
MC Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa
Recording Library for the Blind
MC Regents
MC Student Government Association
MC Chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta
MC Students in Philanthropy
Sul Ross State Universirty
United Blood Services
MC Veterans Club
Wells Fargo Bank

For more information, contact:

Taneekwa Hurdle
MC Student Activities Coordinator
(432)685-4543
thurdle@midland.edu

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Midland College hosting two evenings of music this week

• Piano recital by Gayle Spradley Bizzell on Thursday, January 26 and an opera performance featuring Joe Dan Harper on Friday, January 27

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College (MC) will host two evenings of music performances on Thursday and Friday, January 26 and 27.

On Thursday, January 26, the Midland College Music Department is offering a FREE recital by pianist Gayle Spradley Bizzell. Ms. Bizzell will take the audience through a fascinating and immersive experience combining a piano performance of Alban Berg’s Sonata No. 1 with an informal lecture. Her recital begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Allison Fine Arts Building, Wagner & Brown Auditorium on the main MC campus, 3600 N. Garfield.

On Friday, January 27, also at 7:30 p.m., the Midland Opera Theatre will feature Midland native and MC alumnus Joe Dan Harper. This performance will also be at the Allison Fine Arts Building Wagner & Brown Auditorium; ticket price is $10 and can be paid at the door.

“Joe Dan Harper is a versatile and engaging interpreter of a wide-ranging repertoire,” said Ruth Ann Griffin, MC music instructor and former teacher of Harper’s. “After leaving Midland College, Joe Dan went on to receive degrees from SMU and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.”

Harper was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Germany, has been a Fellow at the Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center. He has performed widely with such groups as The Boston Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Boston Academy of Music, Central City Opera, Handel & Haydn Society, South Carolina Opera, Utah Festival Opera and Utah Opera. He is now a member of the faculty at The State University of New York at Fredonia.

During Friday evening’s performance in Midland, Mr. Harper will team with his wife, pianist Anne Kissel. Highly regarded as interpreters of contemporary music, the Kissel-Harper duo has premiered works by numerous composers including Daniel Pinkham, Ned Rorem, Libby Larsen and Stephen Paulus. Over the past ten years, they have performed at a wide variety of venues throughout the United States and in Germany, and have been featured on National Public Radio (WGBH Boston) Live Performances with Richard Knisely. Harper and Kissel were co-founders and served as artistic co-directors for ten years of the Boston-based Florestan Recital Project.

The public is invited to both performances. For more information, contact the MC Community Relations Office at (432) 685-4556 or email Rebecca Bell, rbell@midland.edu

Chaps drop conference match to NMJC

MRT Photo by Tim Fischer
• Cardenas’ heroics fall short in Chaps’ loss to NMJC

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College men's basketball coach Jordan Dreiling raves about the work ethic of sophomore Juan Cardenas.

The soft-spoken 6-foot-7 forward from Colombia always goes about his business and consistently plays hard.

Cardenas tried his best to keep the Chaparrals in Monday’s game against New Mexico Junior College but the Chaps’ struggles from the floor and from the free-throw line proved to be too much to overcome as the Thunderbirds took a key 68-58 Western Junior College Athletic Conference victory at Chaparral Center ...

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MC Chemistry Club hosting get-together, talk and T-shirt fundraiser

Here's a chance for ALL of you to join the Chemical Avengers and help fund Midland College Chemistry Club activities.

The MC Chemistry Club is selling Chemical Avengers T-shirts for its fundraising to attend National ACS meeting. The design (above) will be in back. The front has a small "ACS Chemistry for life" logo. The color is dark grey; all sizes, S, M, L & XL, are available, each $15.

Our T-shirt sale fundraiser is going to be on Friday, January 27, 12:00 noon in room 220 of FOX Science Building #1, during our first spring meeting. We will also have a talk by MC faculty member Dr. Tom Ready on “Algae and Methods of Quantification.”

Dr. Pat Nandakumar
Professor of Chemistry, Club Advisor
(432) 685-6738
pnandakumar@midland.edu


Lady Chaps fall to NMJC at home

MRT Photo by Tim Fischer
• Lady Chaps slump in home loss to No. 6 NMJC

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - New Mexico Junior College women’s basketball coach Drew Sanders said getting a win at Chaparral Center is never easy.

The No. 6-ranked Lady Thunderbirds sure made it look easy on Monday night.

NMJC got out to an early double-digit lead and No. 22 Midland College women’s basketball never recovered as the Lady T-Birds walked out of Chaparral Center with a 76-57 Western Junior College Athletic Conference victory ...

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Monday, January 23, 2017

This summer, Midland College “takes the classroom on the road” to Italy

From Rebecca Bell
MC Dean of Community Relations

Midland College (MC) is pleased to announce another exciting opportunity for MC students and the community to participate in a travel/study course scheduled for next summer, May 29-June 7, 2017, to Italy.

The Panorama Italiano trip includes the following cities/areas: Venice, Tuscany, Florence, Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento and Capri. The guided trip is available to all; students wanting to receive college credit for the trip may register for English 2332 or Speech 1311.

Trip cost (exclusive of college course tuition) is $5,568. This includes hotel accommodations (two per room), round-trip air transportation from Midland, all ground transportation, two meals a day, all museum passes and a tour manager. Included in this cost is a $200 deposit and $95 registration fee.

Visit MC's Humanities Panorama Italiano web page

The trip is being coordinated by MC Program Chair of English Dr. Pamela Howell ( prhowell@midland.edu , 432/685-4628) and MC Department Chair of Modern Languages and Speech Katherine Allen ( kallen@midland.edu , 432/685-6409). The American Council for International Studies (ACIS) is handling all arrangements. Dr. Howell has coordinated many of MC’s travel/study classes in the past with ACIS—most recently in the summer of 2015 to France.

Howell said, “These trips are a great way to study the culture and history as well as view the magnificent architecture and art of Europe. I invite MC students and those from the community who are interested to come with us to Italy for a panoramic view of this culturally rich and beautiful country.”

This week ... MC Music Department presents Gayle Spradley Bizzell in recital

NOT your ordinary recital ... a fascinating and immersive experience, combining piano performance and informal lecture - a journey into Alban Berg’s Sonata No. 1.


Newspaper previews tonight's basketball games at Chap Center

• Preview capsules for Midland College vs. NMJC games

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College women’s basketball is coming into tonight’s game having won two games in a row, including an impressive win at Frank Phillips College ... NMJC is coming off a bye on Thursday but has won four straight coming into tonight ...

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MC Photo by Forrest Allen
Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College men's basketball bounced back from its loss to Western Texas College a week ago with a key road win on Thursday. ... MC coach Jordan Dreiling said NMJC is a good, well-rounded team with good guard play ...

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MC students receive scholarships from CAF Desert Squadron

Pictured left to right are Chris Villarreal, 2017 recipient of the Marie Pearson Memorial Scholarship; Ray Pearson; Margaret Cloyd; and Adam Dutchover, 2017 recipient of the Tom Cloyd Memorial Scholarship
• Chris Villarreal and Adam Dutchover awarded Aviation Maintenance Technology scholarships

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On January 19, the Odessa-based Commemorative Air Force (CAF) B29/B24 Desert Squadron awarded Midland College (MC) students Chris Villarreal and Adam Dutchover with scholarships to continue their studies in Aviation Maintenance Technology at MC.

Villarreal was presented with the Marie Pearson Memorial Scholarship, and Adam Dutchover received the Tom Cloyd Memorial Scholarship.

“The CAF Desert Squadron has been very supportive of our program and has awarded several of our students who are now alumni with scholarships in the past,” said Thomas Branon, MC Aviation Maintenance program chair.

For approximately 20 years, Midland College’s (MC) aviation maintenance technology program has been preparing students for careers as aviation airframe and aviation powerplant technicians. All classes are held at MC’s aviation maintenance technology training hangar located at Midland International Air and Space Port, 2405 Windecker. The hangar contains state-of-the-art equipment that offers students hands-on training on actual aircraft. After successfully completing the entire 40-hour certificate program, students are qualified to take Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) examinations for airframe or powerplant licenses.

“A program completer who receives his or her FAA license will be able to get a job in aircraft maintenance at the general aviation level, the corporate aviation level and the airline level,” explained Branon. “In addition, MC aviation maintenance completers are currently working with turbine-powered compressors in the oil and wind energy industries and in the military. Our former students are also working with elevator companies and as general mechanics in several other fields. Jobs are plentiful, and Midland College students are found to be well-trained and disciplined. Entry-level salaries range from $15 to $22 per hour and advance rapidly to annual salaries of $80,000 to $125,000.”

For more information about MC’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program, contact Branon at tbranon@midland.edu or (432) 563-8952.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Midland College recognizes teaching excellence

• Stacy Egan and Michael Fields named as 2017 Teaching Excellence winners

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

“The core foundation of Midland College is teaching and learning,” said MC President Dr. Steve Thomas. “MC is one of the best community colleges in the state because of our outstanding faculty.”

On Thursday, January 12, Midland College (MC) recognized teaching and learning by honoring seven of its faculty at the college’s Teaching Excellence Awards luncheon in the Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room.

The following faculty were nominated:

     • John Anderson, Program Chair of Chemistry
     • Stacy Egan, Assistant Professor of English
     • Michael Fields, Program Chair of Cosmetology
     • Derek Gasch, Department Chair of Manufacturing Services
     • Dr. Pamela Howell, Program Chair of English
     • Joey Schenkman, Biology Instructor
     • Dr. Donna Thompson, Psychology Professor

The 2017 Midland College Teaching Excellence Award winners are Stacy Egan, representing MC’s academic/transfer programs, and Michael Fields, representing MC’s career/technical programs.

MC Photo by Rebecca Bell
In addition to being one of MC’s most popular English teachers, Stacy Egan also conducts writing/grammar seminars, manages programming for MC’s Language Hub and is co-advisor of MC’s English Honorary Society. Egan was an adjunct English instructor at MC prior to assuming a full-time position in 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from New York University and Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from McNeese State University.

Michael Fields developed MC’s Cosmetology program 2004, and since that time, the program has flourished. He actively participates in various community activities including the Midland Community Theatre and the Midland Festival Ballet. Under Fields’ leadership, Cosmetology students and faculty regularly volunteer for numerous charitable organizations. He holds an Associate of Arts Degree from El Paso Community College and a Texas Cosmetology Operator/Instructor license from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).

Egan and Fields received a cash honorarium and an individual plaque, and their names are permanently displayed in the Pevehouse Administration Building. They will also represent Midland College at the League for Innovation in the Community College conference in San Francisco on March 12-15.

Reminder ... "Empty Bowls" fudnraiser for West Texas Food Bank is TONIGHT

From Rebecca Bell
MC Dean of Community Relations

MC Art faculty member Michael Richardson has been instrumental in partnering with UTPB and OC, as well as various community organizations for the Empty Bowls project. Michael has led efforts for producing one-of-a-kind ceramic bowls for this event, including those created by MC art students.

Please see information below regarding the Empty Bowls event scheduled for Friday, January 20 ... TONIGHT!


Chaps back on winning track

• Cardenas, Chaps grind out win vs. FPC

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

BORGER, TEXAS - The Midland College men's basketball team had to grind out a much-needed 60-53 win at Frank Phillips College on Thursday night at the Borger Community Activity Center ...

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The Chaps will be back home for their next game on Monday, January 23 at 7:45 p.m. when the host the Thunderbirds of New Mexico Junior College, in the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center.

On the road, Lady Chaps defeat Frank Phillips

• Fast start carries Lady Chaps past FPC

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

BORGER, TEXAS - A strong start for Midland College women’s basketball propelled the No. 22-ranked Lady Chaparrals to a 76-56 Western Junior College Athletic Conference road win over Frank Phillips College on Thursday night ...

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The Lady Chaps will be back home for their next game on Monday, January 23 at 5:45 p.m. when the host the Lady Thunderbirds of New Mexico Junior College, in the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center.

Pizza Party Meet & Greet, TODAY at MC Language Hub

The The Language Hub at Midland College is the school's reading and writing center, where you can get help with any paper that you write for any class. You can also work on computer-based interactive tutorials in reading and writing. The Hub staff look forward to meeting students this week, and to working with them throughout this semester.

And speaking of meeting ...


For more information, please contact:

Sara Peterson, Language Hub Coordinator
(432) 685-4718
speterson@midland.edu

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Newspaper previews tonight's basketball road games

• Preview capsules for MC's Jan. 19 games at FPC

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College women’s basketball is coming off a much-needed win on Monday as the Lady Chaparrals used energy and defense to snap a two-game slide ... MC looks to keep the momentum going tonight against an always tough Frank Phillips College in Borger ...

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MC Photo by Forrest Allen
Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, REXAS - Tonight’s game has become a must-win for Midland College men's basketball after the Chaparrals dropped a home game to Western Texas College on Monday ... Frank Phillips has struggled in WJCAC play but Dreiling said it’s still capable of beating his team thanks in part to good guard play ...

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