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TWENTY MORE COOL-NAMED NJCAA COLLEGE SPORTS TEAMS

Another Balladeer’s Blog Top Twenty list for 2020. This time it’s 20 more cool-named teams from the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association). FOR THE FIRST TWENTY NJCAA TEAMS CLICK HERE 

Vance Granville VanguardsVANCE-GRANVILLE COLLEGE VANGUARDS

Location: Henderson, NC

Comment: Kudos to the folks at this institution for showing some creativity with the name of their sports teams! The Vanguards definitely stand out and their logo is very, very eye-catching!

Quinsigamond College WyvernsQUINSIGAMOND COLLEGE WYVERNS

Location: Worcester, MA

Comment: Quinsigamond is a mouthful, no doubt about it, and when you combine that memorable school name with the memorable team name Wyverns you have got the kind of magic that Balladeer’s Blog loves!

Faulkner State Sun ChiefsFAULKNER STATE SUN CHIEFS

Location: Bay Minette, AL 

Comment: With a nickname as cool as Sun Chiefs and with a logo that is as eye-catching as this one I can only hope that this college adds football at some point in the future.

newlogo01.aiCHESAPEAKE COLLEGE SKIPJACKS

Location: Wye Mills, MD

Comment: Don’t call them the Flapjacks. Don’t call them the Blackjacks. They are the Skipjacks, one of the most strikingly unique team names in any division of college sports. The Chesapeake College teams take their name from the sloop-rigged sailboat, not the tuna.  Continue reading

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TWENTY COOL-NAMED NCCAA COLLEGE SPORTS TEAMS

Another Balladeer’s Blog Top Twenty list for 2020. Previously I featured cool-named college sports teams from the NAIA and USCAA. This time it’s 20 cool-named teams from the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association).

Yellowstone Christian College Centurions 2YELLOWSTONE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE CENTURIONS

Location: Billings, MT  

Comment: “Thwow him to the GWOUND, thentuwion!” Had to be said, for the sake of all us Monty Python fans. Joking aside, Centurions is a terrific and almost unique team name in college sports.

saint katherine firebirdsUNIVERSITY OF SAINT KATHERINE FIREBIRDS

Location: San Marcos, CA

Comment: These teams were named after the Doug McClure post-apocalypse movie Firebird: 2015 AD. I’m KIDDING! They were named after the legendary firebirds themselves. 

Nebraska Christian College SentinelsNEBRASKA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE SENTINELS

Location: Papillion, NE

Comment: The Sentinels have got it going on! So does their institution, which has a knack for unique and memorable team names. Prior to going by Sentinels NCC’s teams were called the Parsons.

Moody BIble Institute Archers bigMOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE ARCHERS

Location: Chicago, IL

Comment: Set your Mood Rings to “contemplative!” This team name comes from the school’s reference to their famous Arch, NOT to people who wield a bow and arrows, but that’s a common misconception. Continue reading

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COOL-NAMED COLLEGE SPORTS TEAM: CLEVELAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Cleveland Community College YetisCLEVELAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE YETIS

Location: Shelby, NC

Comment: Special thanks to reader Andrew, who informed me about this incredibly cool name for the sports teams at Cleveland Community College! 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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COOL-NAMED COLLEGE SPORTS TEAM: FAULKNER STATE

Faulkner State Sun ChiefsFAULKNER STATE SUN CHIEFS

Location: Bay Minette, AL

Division: NJCAA

Comment: This excellent institution was founded in 1965 and has additional campuses in Continue reading

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COLLEGE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONS FOR 2018

Here is one last round of congratulations for the ladies who won the national championship in softball in the nine divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog.

usao_drovers_150px31NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics)

National Champions – UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND ARTS OF OKLAHOMA DROVERS

Runners-Up – Columbia (MO) Cougars

2017 Champions – Oklahoma City University Stars

Central Baptist College MustangsNCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association)

National Champions – CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE MUSTANGS

Runners-Up – Belhaven University Blazers

2017 Champions – Oklahoma Baptist University Bison 

Cleary University CougarsUSCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association)

National Champions – CLEARY UNIVERSITY PROWLING COUGARS

Runners-Up – Saint Mary of the Woods College Pomeroys

2017 Champions – Saint Mary of the Woods College Pomeroys Continue reading

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SIX NEW TEAMS JOIN THE NCCAA

Six new institutions will be joining the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) for the 2018-2019 season. Here they are in descending order of team name coolness:

Erskine Flying FleetERSKINE COLLEGE

Team Name: FLYING FLEET

Location: Due West, South Carolina

Geneva College Goldent TornadoesGENEVA COLLEGE

Team Name: GOLDEN TORNADOES

Location: Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

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COOL-NAMED TEAM: BRISTOL COLLEGE

BRISTOL COLLEGE BAYHAWKS

Bristol College Bayhawks

Location: Fall River, MA

Division: NJCAA

Comment: You almost can’t go wrong with any team name that adds the word “hawks” at the end. Continue reading

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MISSISSIPPI UNIVERSITY FOR WOMEN JOINS THE USCAA

The USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association) has welcomed a new member institution for the upcoming 2017-2018 season. 

Mississippi University for Women OwlsMISSISSIPPI UNIVERSITY FOR WOMEN

Team Name: OWLS

Location: Columbus, MS

Year Established: 1884

Comment: This institution was America’s very FIRST institute of higher learning specifically for women and is often known as “The W.” In 1982 the university became co-ed. Continue reading

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COOL-NAMED SPORTS TEAM: OHIO STATE AT MARION

 OHIO STATE-MARION SCARLET WAVE

Location: Marion, OH

Division: USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association)

Comment: The Scarlet Wave is a nickname every bit as cool as The Crimson Tide and The Green Wave. You can’t go wrong with names like this for sports teams as far as I’m concerned and I’ve been saying for years that when Syracuse changed their team’s names from The Orangemen to The Orange that they’d have been better off going with something like … Continue reading

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