The NAIA’s Oklahoma City University Stars, who for the past two years have been sharing the sports spotlight at this time of year with the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, fell yesterday in a Battle Royal with the top-seeded LSU-Shreveport Pilots (as in riverboat pilots).
Today the NAIA World Series resumes plus the NCAA Division 3 champs from 2011, the Marietta College Pioneers, continue their quest to repeat. All this plus D2 and NJCAA World Series scores as they become available.
NAIA WORLD SERIES – (9) Rogers State University Hillcats keep their upset mojo going, bringing down the (2) Lee University Flames in a 7-5 game for the ages!!! (Flames elim) Hillcats advance to Friday’s Championship Game ***** (1) LSU- Shreveport Pilots over the Continue reading
In NAIA baseball’s ongoing conference tournaments the Blue Mountain College Toppers (logo at left) are the biggest story so far. They came into the TranSouth Athletic Conference tournament seeded 6th, but on Day 1 of the tourney they upset the number 1 seeds, the Freed Hardeman Lions, then yesterday on Day 2 the Toppers defeated the 4th- seeded Bethel (TN) Wildcats. Today they try to keep their upset mojo going when they take on the 2 seeds, the Union Bulldogs.
Meanwhile a few conference champions have already been crowned. The Lee Flames have won the Southern States Athletic Conference, the LSU- Shreveport Pilots (as in riverboat pilots ) took the Red River Athletic Conference title and the Continue reading
Here is Part 4 and the concluding segment of my alphabetical update on those teams I get the most e-mail on. Next week I’ll be tackling the Top 25 in the divisions I cover.
PARK UNIVERSITY PIRATES – MEN – The men are rolling along at 7-4 and are riding a five game winning streak. Their next game will be January 3rd against Benedictine. WOMEN – The women are a very impressive 7-2 with the two losses coming against William Jewell and Benedictine. They are riding a six game winning streak and get a shot for revenge against Benedictine coming up in their next game, Continue reading
Here we are in Part 3 of my feature on updates regarding those teams I get the most e-mails about. I’m going in alphabetical order so we resume where we left off in Part 2.
MARITIME COLLEGE PRIVATEERS – MEN – The men’s team is 5-3 overall and 3-1 in conference play. They are an impressive 3-1 on the road as well. Their next game is Dec 30th against NYU. Basketball is not one of the sports Maritime sponsors for women so there is no women’s team to update. Continue reading
Each day this week I’ll be taking a quick look at the teams my readers e-mail me about the most. Beginning next week Balladeer’s Blog will hunker down and specifically address the standings in each division. I’m going alphabetically with the teams I’m examining so we resume where we left off yesterday.
FLORIDA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE SUNS – MEN – The men’s team started out hot and were 5-2 at one point but have now lost their last four in a row. How- EVAH, as Stephen A Smith would say, two of those losses were to D1 and D2 teams (Bethune- Cookman and Northwood) and the rest of their schedule is fairly sane so look for them to bounce back. They see action again January 6th in the Piedmont Tournament, hosted by the Piedmont Baptist Continue reading
MARYVILLE, Mo. — The voting has concluded for the NCAA Division II College Football Player of the Year Award and Northwest Missouri State senior quarterback Blake Bolles has been invited to attend the 25th Annual Harlon Hill Trophy Presentation Banquet as one of the top three place finishers.
The banquet is set for Friday, Dec. 17, in Florence, Ala., prior to the NCAA Continue reading
Since my e-mailers have been mentioning that they’d like to get familiar with the conferences in the divisions Balladeer’s Blog covers I’ll add the conference affiliation after each team’s name. (Many of my readers are newcomers to college sports at this level)
SIOUX FALLS COUGARS (Great Plains Athletic Conference) host the MNU PIONEERS (Heart of America Athletic Conference)
CC FIGHTING SAINTS (Frontier Conference) host the ST XAVIER Continue reading
Playoff Upsets – NAIA – The St Francis (IN) Cougars upset the 5th-seeded Lindenwood Lions 46-38 … the McKendree Bearcats toppled the 6 seeds, the McPherson Bulldogs in a 38-14 thrashing … the Marian Knights, a team I warned everyone about in the preseason, brought down the 8th-seeded Ottawa Continue reading
SAINT MARY”S COLLEGE BELLES
Location: Notre Dame, IN
Division: NCAA Division 3
Conference Affiliation: Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Major sports: basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball
Comment: Get it? The Bells Of Saint Mary’s becomes “The Belles Of Saint Mary’s” for this female institution’s sports teams, just as it became The Bells Of Saint Berwyn in a memorable Son Of Svengoolie comedy sketch. This school should Continue reading