By defeating Chowan College, champions of the Eastern Carolina Conference in a “two best out of three” series, North Greenville Junior College basketball team won the honor of representing this section in the National Junior College Basketball Tournament which was held in Hutchinson, Kansas, March 19-24, 1956. Below is a copy of a letter which Dr. Donnan received from Mr. Don Crawford, president of Don Crawford Realtors, Inc., host to our team during the tournament.

“Dear Dr. Donnan: I had the pleasure of serving as host to your team during the 1956 National Junior College Basketball Tournament. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate your school, your players, and your coach for a job well done. As you are, no doubt, aware they were playing against the nation’s best Junior College basketball teams, and their 8th place standing is indeed a credit.

“In spite of the fact that they were considered the smallest team in the tournament, as far as average height is concerned, their aggressive, hustling type of basketball captured the favor of the Hutchinson fans. I think it would also be a great omission on my part if I failed to commend your players and coach for their excellent sportsmanship and conduct on and off the basketball floor. The student body, the citizens if Tigerville and Greenville can well be proud of Coach Dick Campbell and his twelve students accompanying him.

“It is the sincere hope of the Hutchinson fans that you will be able to send a representative to our tournament again in the near future. Don Crawford.”

Published in the April, 1956 North Greenville Junior College Alumni News

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