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Farewell to the seniors

Someday -- and who knows, maybe it could be in a couple weeks, when IPFW wins its first Summit League tournament championship and advances to the NCAA tournament -- the names of Jordan Zuppe, Chelsey Jackson and Sarah Haluska should be spoken in reverence within the women's basketball program.

For these are the three who came to IPFW when there was no Summit League, and in four years, constructed a bridge that has taken the Mastodons to the top of conference awareness.

Women's basketball anywhere doesn't draw much attention, and even less in Fort Wayne. It's just a fact of life that coach Chris Paul has learned to live with.

But an amazing story has been building at IPFW, and it's been four years in the making, beginning when the three out-going seniors agreed to come to IPFW.

It's not just the wins they have provided, but the change of culture they've created that will eventually put IPFW into the NCAA tourney.

What's the phrase? "On the shoulders of giants...?"

The three play their final game at the Gates Center tonight, against South Dakota State. For those who have seen them play, congratulations. For those who haven't, just be aware of the effect they have made in the community.

I stand and applaud.