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Yaks return to competition during shortened season

On April 6, the YVC women’s basketball team took on Big Bend to mark the Yaks’ return to competition after more than a year of waiting and wondering.

Over a two-month period, five of YVC’s six teams (baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, soccer and softball) were able to play shortened seasons while following strict safety protocols to protect student-athletes, coaches and others.

“Seeing our teams persevere in the face of so much uncertainty is something that makes me incredibly proud,” said Athletics Director Ray Funk. “Our student-athletes and coaches kept working hard, waiting for this opportunity. I’m grateful they had a chance to compete in the sports that they love.”

The Northwest Athletic Conference didn’t hold any playoffs following this year’s shortened season, but Funk said each team impressed, in competition and beyond.

“Our student-athletes displayed tremendous character this year and I know that’s something they’re going to take with them in their future endeavors,” Funk said.