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
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.
UNIVERSITY 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 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
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
VICTORY BOWL – Last night’s 2018 edition of the post-season Bowl Game in the NCCAA pitted the OLIVET NAZARENE UNIVERSITY TIGERS against the OTTAWA (AZ) UNIVERSITY SPIRIT. The Spirit made it to the Victory Bowl in just their first-ever year of intercollegiate football!
Ottawa University seized a 14-0 advantage in the 1st Quarter but by Halftime the Tigers went on top by a count of 17-14. Continue reading
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:
Team Name: FLYING FLEET
Location: Due West, South Carolina
Team Name: GOLDEN TORNADOES
Location: Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
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The Victory Bowl is the annual championship game in the NCCAA. This year’s edition is set for this coming Saturday at Noon and will pit the NORTH GREENVILLE UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS against the SHORTER UNIVERSITY HAWKS. Continue reading
NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) Division One – 1. ARIZONA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY FIRESTORM (20-17) ### 2. CALIFORNIA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY LANCERS *defending champions* (24-10) ### 3. CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIVERSITY TIGERS (23-11) ### 4. COVENANT COLLEGE SCOTS (22-6)
5. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY SAILFISH (20-15) ### 6. EMMANUEL COLLEGE LIONS (21-16) ### 7. JUDSON UNIVERSITY EAGLES (23-13) ### 8. OKLAHOMA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY EAGLES (24-14) ### 9. FRESNO PACIFIC UNIVERSITY SUNBIRDS (21-13) ### 10. SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY FIRE (20-18)
NCCAA DIVISION TWO – 1. TOCCOA FALLS COLLEGE EAGLES *defending champions* ### 2. FLORIDA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE SUNS *2012 runners-up* 3. DALLAS CHRISTIAN COLLEGE CRUSADERS ### 4. ARLINGTON BAPTIST COLLEGE PATRIOTS ### 5. Continue reading
* NCCAA CHAMPIONSHIP *
Shorter U Hawks
SHORTER PEOPLE GOT PLENTY OF REASONS TO LIVE – The National Christian College Athletic Association tournament has provided us with plenty of exciting basketball since its Wednesday tipoff. True to form the NCCAA Championship Game boasted a wealth of drama as well, with the SHORTER UNIVERSITY HAWKS and the OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY EAGLES going into Overtime before the new champs were crowned.
OCU was going for its second title in the past three years but the Hawks would have none of it. When the dust had settled in the extra session Shorter University emerged with a 90-87 victory in this Instant Classic. Enroute to the title game SU defeated Mid- America Christian University and top- seeded Fresno Pacific University. Congratulations to the Hawks!
* NJCAA3 CHAMPIONSHIP *
PARTYING IN THE GARDEN STATE – The National Championship game in NJCAA Division Three was played yesterday between New Jersey’s BROOKDALE COLLEGE JERSEY BLUES and the state of Texas’ EASTFIELD COLLEGE HARVESTERS. The first half of the game was a Continue reading
* NAIA SWEET SIXTEEN *
NUMBER THREE TAKES A FALL – Perennial basketball powers the (3) LEE UNIVERSITY FLAMES were upset yesterday by the (14) MONTANA WESTERN BULLDOGS. The Bulldogs are the only Frontier Conference team left in the tournament and did the league proud with their 83-73 shocker over the Flames. Montana Western came back from a 34-31 halftime deficit to stun the nation.
CRUSADE OF THE RIVERBOAT PILOTS – The LSU- SHREVEPORT PILOTS put together an upset of their own last night. Their opponents, the (9) EVANGEL UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS, only gave up an average of 65 points during the 2012-2013 campaign but the Pilots boast the highest- scoring offense in NAIA Division One. The game saw a series of runs, with Continue reading
* NAIA *
NUMBER FIVE GOES DOWN – That was number FIIIIIVE! Yesterday the CULVER STOCKTON COLLEGE WILDCATS upset the (5) LEWIS- CLARK STATE COLLEGE WARRIORS thanks to a hot’n’ heavy 2nd half effort! The final score in this memorable game was Wildcats 91 Warriors 72.
IF NUMBER FIVE FALLS CAN NUMBER SEVEN BE FAR BEHIND? – The MIDAMERICA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY PIONEERS scored a Century Club- level number of points on the way to their own upset yesterday. The Pioneers took down the (7) CAL STATE- SAN MARCOS COUGARS in a 109-98 donnybrook the MNU faithful will be reliving for years.
THE BISON ADVANCE – The (10) OKLAHOMA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY BISON had their hands full with the ARIZONA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY FIRESTORM but got it together enough to emerge with a win. The Bison move on to the Sweet Sixteen with an Continue reading
CLOSE UPSETS – The LSU- SHREVEPORT PILOTS (riverboat pilots) rose up and took out the (8) PIKEVILLE UNIVERSITY BEARS! After leading at halfime 44-35 the Pilots withstood a spirited rally by Pikeville in the 2nd half and advance to the Sweet 16 with a 91-87 victory. ### And the MARTIN METHODIST REDHAWKS upset the (11) WESTMONT WARRIORS. The Redhawks were up by 7 at the break then had to go blow for blow with Westmont in a fast’n’ furious 2nd half to come out on top 71-65.
TAKIN’ CARE OF BUSINESS – The number one seeds, the COLUMBIA (MO) COUGARS, sent a message to the rest of the tournament field yesterday, eviscerating the OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY STARS by a score of 68-37. ### And in more bad news for the Sooner Athletic Conference the UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND ARTS OF OKLAHOMA DROVERS got eliminated by the Continue reading
Last night the Final Four teams in the NAIA Division 2 tipped off for the right to advance to the championship game. In the first game the top seeded WILLIAM PENN UNIVERSITY STATESMEN fell behind by 6 early on but roared back to tie the GRACE COLLEGE LANCERS at 21 all. A 10-0 run put the Lancers up 31-21 but the Statesmen responded with a run of their own to take a 34-31 advantage. By half-time the game was tied up at 36-36. William Penn came back from the break on a 6-0 tear and never looked back. The Statesmen advanced to their first- ever appearance in the national title game with a 79-58 victory.
The 2nd seeded CARDINAL STRITCH UNIVERSITY WOLVES played the (11) INDIANA UNIVERSITY SOUTHEAST GRENADIERS next. Game Two started the same way with the ultimate victors trailing early on. Stritch rose up against that early adversity and went on an intimidating 20-4 run. The Grenadiers would rally to Continue reading