Owls Return Home

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Thu, March 15 2012 at 3:58 PM, Updated: Thu, March 15 2012 at 4:11 PM

Some OIT students and coaches returned to campus as national champions this morning...

The Oregon Tech Men's Basketball team arrived home with a police escort shortly before six this morning.  Hustlin' Owl Kyle Waits says it was a great welcome home...

"It's just amazing, the support we get is unreal - and it's what we play for, it's why i came to Oregon Tech."

A crowd of about 40 was on hand.  Coach Danny Miles is still happy with the tournament win...

"Oh, it's tremendous.  You know, we were a pretty big underdog, and most people probably thought we'd get beat by 10 or 15 - but defensively, we played super the whole tournament, and shut them down."

While a national championship was the crowning achievement, it's been a big year for the Owls.  A new floor was installed in Danny Miles Court in December following a major fundraising drive, and Coach Miles was the subject of an extensive story in the New York Times less than a month ago.

It's hard to drive through downtown Klamath Falls without seeing several reminders of business support for the Oregon Tech Owls...

And the whole town is hoping that Coach Miles will return for a 42nd season.   Miles had this to say...

"Oh, I'm pretty sure I am.  I woke up the next morning, I promised these kids I'd be back with them, and pretty sure I'll be back."

But for now, the team is just happy to be home.

The NAIA Division II championship victory was win #971 for coach Danny Miles, which puts him within reach of possibly hitting the 1000 victory mark next season.

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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