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2017 national titles for both Concordia College men's and women's basketball teams

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While the 'Sweet 16' college basketball teams are gearing up for the toughest part of the championship run, a small college in Selma has already earned its shiny championship trophies.

Meet the Concordia College men's and women's basketball teams; two national champions in the same year from the same school! Concordia College is a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association or USCAA.

Dwight Waddell was there. "I mean, it feels good knowing we pulled it off," Waddell said.

Also winning a title for the second year in a row, the lady Hornets.

The teams played their championship games in Pennsylvania, a 12 hour bus ride one way.

"You do feel like a champion, and you've really accomplished what you set out to accomplished during the season," said Concordia's women's coach Howard White.

Winning championships is nothing new for the women's team, but this is quite different for the men, and the mere fact both teams won national titles in the same year is practically unheard of.

"I think the last time it was done during 2012 when Uconn women won it and Uconn men won it," White said

Undefeated at home, the women beat Berea College for the title game to end the season with a 25 and 4 record. Waddell's crew lost two games at home but managed to win it all by beating Illinois Institute of Technology, ending the season with an impressive 21 and 7 record.

"No one Selma will accomplish what we accomplished," said Waddell.

The city celebrated with a parade on Friday.

"It's beginning to sink in," White exclaimed.

History tells us Concordia's women could do it again, and so could the men since Waddell is the only player graduating in May.

For now, Waddell, a Memphis, just wants to celebrate their big season sealed and delivered with a kiss. He has plans to try out for the NBA, and if that doesn't work out, he wants to go into coaching.

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