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TWENTY COOLEST-NAMED USCAA COLLEGE SPORTS TEAMS

The year 2020 is going to be the year of Top 20 lists here at Balladeer’s Blog. Here we go with the 20 Coolest-Named College Sports Teams in the USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association)

Webb Institute WebbiesWEBB INSTITUTE WEBBIES

Location: Glen Cove, NY

Comment: Sure, some people may have gone with Webslingers or even Webbslingers for this team but that would not be true to Webb Institute’s location and lore.

Great Bay College HeronsGREAT BAY COLLEGE HERONS

Location: Portsmouth, NH

Comment: Herons are similar to storks and ibises and dwell on every continent except Antarctica. Their coolness factor and obvious adaptability make them an ideal mascot for a college’s athletic teams!   

Pratt Institute CannoneersPRATT INSTITUTE CANNONEERS

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Comment: The team name Cannoneers all by itself would put Pratt Institute on this list but when you throw in that terrific logo at left it takes everything to the next level.  

East West University PhantomsEAST/WEST UNIVERSITY PHANTOMS

Location: Chicago, IL

Comment: Goths and college sports fans alike can get behind the incredibly cool team name and logo for the Phantoms of East/West University!  Continue reading

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TWENTY MORE COOL-NAMED NAIA COLLEGE SPORTS TEAMS

The year 2020 will be the year of plenty of Top Twenty lists here at Balladeer’s Blog. Here is yet another one:

calmaritimekeelhaulersCAL MARITIME KEELHAULERS

Location: Vallejo, CA

Comment: The name Keelhaulers may sound like a bar (“It’s Ladies’ Night at Keelhaulers!”) but that’s no problem since their mascot looks like he can definitely handle himself in rough company.

TRINITY CHRISTIAN TROLLTRINITY CHRISTIAN COLLEGE TROLLS

Location: Palos Heights, IL

Comment: No, their mascot isn’t a message board jerk provoking flame wars, it’s an old-school Troll like you’d find in fairy tales and myths.

columbia_koalasCOLUMBIA COLLEGE FIGHTING KOALAS

Location: Columbia, SC

Comment: Okay, koalas would be scary enough, but FIGHTING Koalas? Those babies will mess you up badly! Continue reading

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MID-SOUTH CONFERENCE EXPANDS TO TWELVE TEAMS

Mid-South ConferenceThe NAIA’s Mid-South Conference announced that it will add three more teams for the 2020-2021 season, bringing the league’s total number of teams to twelve.

Fans of the old Trans-South Conference will be delighted to hear that the three teams will be the Martin Methodist College Redhawks, the Freed-Hardeman University Lions and the Bethel (TN) University Wildcats. Continue reading

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WOMEN’S COLLEGE GOLF CHAMPIONS FOR 2019

Here’s one last round of congratulations to this year’s women’s golf champions in the 7 divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog:

British Columbia ThunderbirdsNAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics)

National Champions – UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA THUNDERBIRDS

Runners-Up – Keiser University Seahawks 

2018 Champions – Savannah College of Art & Design Bees

Biola Eagles NEWNCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association)

National Champions – BIOLA UNIVERSITY EAGLES

Runners-Up – Erskine College Flying Fleet

2018 Champions – Dallas Baptist University Patriots Continue reading

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COLLEGE GOLF CHAMPIONS FOR 2019

Here’s one last round of congratulations to the 2019 golf champions in the 9 divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog. I’ll cover the women’s champions separately. 

Texas Wesleyan RamsNAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics)

National Champions – TEXAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY RAMS

Runners-Up – College of Coastal Georgia Mariners

2018 Champions – Oklahoma City University Stars

Erskine Flying FleetNCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association)

National Champions – ERSKINE COLLEGE FLYING FLEET

Runners-Up – Ottawa University (AZ) Spirit

2018 Champions – Colorado Christian University Cougars  Continue reading

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WOMEN’S COLLEGE TENNIS CHAMPIONS FOR 2019

One last round of congratulations for the women’s tennis champions in the divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog: 

georgia gwinnettNAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics)

National Champions – GEORGIA GWINNETT COLLEGE GRIZZLIES (Four-peat) 

Runners-Up – Keiser University Seahawks

2018 Champions – Georgia Gwinnett College Grizzlies 

Barry Buccaneers logoNCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) DIVISION TWO

National Champions – BARRY UNIVERSITY BUCCANEERS (Three-peat)

Runners-Up – Lynn University Fighting Knights

2018 Champions – Barry University Buccaneers  Continue reading

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COLLEGE TENNIS CHAMPIONS FOR 2019

One final round of congratulations for the 2019 college tennis champions in the divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog. I’ll cover the women’s champions separately.  

georgia gwinnettNAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics)

National Champions – GEORGIA GWINNETT COLLEGE GRIZZLIES (SIX-peat) 

Runners-Up – Xavier University at New Orleans Gold Rush

2018 Champions – Georgia Gwinnett College Grizzlies  

Campbellsville Tigers logoNCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association)

National Champions – CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIVERSITY TIGERS

Runners-Up – Ottawa University (AZ) Spirit

2018 Champions – Campbellsville University Tigers Continue reading

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