Family, friends, fans and school officials welcome home Western's national title team
The Bellingham Herald
When five-year senior Rory Blanche began his Western Washington University basketball career as a freshman, he was simply trying to make a strong impression on coach Brad Jackson. Little did he know he'd be one of the key components in giving Western its first NCAA Division II basketball national championship in program history. "I definitely didn't think as a freshman that we would ever get here," Blanche said.