NW Missouri St. Bearcats survive season, travel troubles

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) _ Northwest Missouri State has arrived in
Alabama for the Division II national championship game.
But getting there wasn't easy.
The Bearcats' flight yesterday was diverted to Huntsville,
Alabama, because of heavy fog.
It pushed their arrival in town for Saturday's game against
Valdosta State back to nearly midnight.
That's after a winter storm left most Maryville residents
without electricity before their departure, including Northwest
Missouri coach Mel Tjeerdsman.
He and his family had to wait until daylight yesterday to pack
for the trip.
The weather also forced the Bearcats to travel nearly 90 minutes
to the Kansas City airport instead of flying from nearby St.
The Bearcats (12-1) are playing in their third straight national
title game and are trying to avoid becoming the first Division II
team to lose three in a row.
Information from: TimesDaily, http://www.timesdaily.com/

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