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From H&N Reports

LA GRANDE — The Cascade Collegiate Conference is back to an even number of schools now that the council of presidents have approved Lewis-Clark State as member of the league.

The Warriors, a national power in baseball who have competed often against Cascade Conference schools in several sports, brings the number of league members to 12.

How LCSC is paired for traveling — likely with either The College of Idaho or Walla Walla University — means scheduling for basketball should be easier.

LSCS currently offers men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s track and field, and men’s and women’s tennis in addition to baseball.

The school has hosted the NAIA baseball World Series for several years.

The move takes the Warriors from the Frontier Conference, which is almost exclusively Montana schools, and LCSC will compete in that league in the 2019-20 season. The Warriors will join the Cascade Collegiate Conference for the 2020-21 season.

LCSC has won 19 national NAIA championships.

“Athletics is an integral part of LCSC’s history and future,” President Cynthia Pemberton said in a press release. “The Cascade Collegiate Conference is an excellent fit in terms of student-athlete core values and athletic competition.

“We are very much looking forward to this new opportunity.”

Athletic director Brooke Henze said: “It’s a bittersweet transition, too, sad to leave the Frontier Conference and the people, but excited about the future of the Warriors and the CCC.”

“We are very pleased to welcome Lewis-Clark State College as our newest member,” conference commissioner Rob Cashell said in a press release.

“When we were initially contacted by the campus leadership about their interest, we immediately began assessing the positives of adding such a strong and storied institution to our ranks.

“LCSC’s location, stellar academic reputation, broad array of athletic program offerings and commitment to excellence make them an ideal fit,” Cashell said.

Lewis-Clark State will leave the Frontier Conference after 22 years as a member of that league.

According to the Lewis-Clark State College website, the campus “is located at Lewiston, Idaho, where two rivers (Clearwater and Snake), two cities (Lewiston and Clarkston), and two states (Idaho and Washington) come together.”

The college, founded in 1893, is also where the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery joined in friendship with the Nez Perce Tribe.