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Fans Hope for Victory as Vikings Leave for Final 4

Students, teachers, administrators, and fans gave the Augustana Men's Basketball team a celebratory sendoff this morning on campus in Rock Island. The Vikings and their coaches got on a charter bus headed for Salem, Virginia, and a police escort led the way to the Final Four.

All smiles, Coach Giovanine (Left) and College Pres. Steve Bahls pose for photo
Credit Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News
Coach Giovanine (L) and College Pres. Steve Bahls

College President, Steve Bahls, was on hand to wish the team good luck. And Coach Grey Giovanine was in good spirits before the 13-hour trip to the east coast.

On Friday at 6:30 P.M. Central, Augustana will face Williams in the NCAA Division Three semifinals. Both the Vikings and the Ephs have 23-8 records. The name Ephs (pronounced "EEFS") is short for the founder of the college in Massachusetts, Ephraim Williams.

On Friday night, Augustana will host a watch party at Carver starting at 5:00 P.M. If the Vikings win, fans can gather at the River House in Moline to watch Saturday's championship game, against either Babson or Whitman.

Officially, Michelle's title for 28 years was WVIK News Editor. She did everything there is to do in the newsroom and whatever was needed around the radio station. She also served as Acting News Director from September 2023 - January 2024.
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