DUNCAN,SC -- The Lincoln Memorial University softball team capped the Mid-South Classic by grinding out a 12-11 win in eight innings over region foe King College on Sunday afternoon in Duncan, South Carolina. The Lady Railsplitters moved to 15-8 on the season and extended their winning streak to five with 13 wins in their last 15 appearances.
Stats are currently unavailable for the Mid-South Classic. The Lincoln MemorialUniversity sports information department apologizes for the inconvenience and will provide up to the minute coverage of these events as those statistics become available.
The Lady Railsplitters return to action on March 6th, as they are set to travelto Bristol, Virginia to take on Virginia Intermont in a nonconference doubleheader. First pitch is set for 2 p.m
King held on to the #6 spot in the final NCAA Southeast Region poll to be released before Sunday night's Selection Show for the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship.
Erskine eliminated the Tornado in the first round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament on Monday night, forcing King to play the waiting game to see if they will earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The winners of Conference Carolinas, the Peach Belt and South Atlantic Conferences will receive an automatic bid to the Tournament, along with the next 5 highest ranked teams in the Southeast Region.
The Conference Carolinas semi-finals will be played Thursday night, with the championship game on Saturday. The Peach Belt conference tournament will begin on Friday and conclude Sunday, while the South Atlantic Tournament begins tonight and concludes Sunday.
The complete NCAA Regional Rankings can be foundhere. The Official NCAA Selection Show may be viewed at 10:30pm Sunday night, March 10 atwww.ncaa.com.
King Women's basketball ends their season with a gallant effort in 1st round Conf. Carolinas Tournament action, losing 61-67 to the (25-2) #1 seed Limestone.
King was only down by 2-pionts (58-60) with 2:54 to go in the game but could not pull off the upset.
Bonnie Durrett led the Tornado with a double/double 14 points and 19 rebounds. Kelly Jackson scored 15 points while Chelsea Bowling also scored in double figures with 12 points.
King finishes the season at 14-13 overall.
Josh Huffman had two RBI on the day to lead the Tornado.
BELMONT, N.C. – Belmont Abbey defeated King, 5-1, in both games of a doubleheader on Monday at Abbey Yard. Senior Josh Huffman (Lynchburg, Va.) had the lone RBI in both games for the Tornado.
Game 1: Belmont Abbey 5, King 1 (7 innings)
Game one was scoreless until the bottom-of-the-fourth when Anthony Dimino hit a sac-fly to make it 1-0, Belmont Abbey. The Crusaders then added four runs on five hits in the fifth to stretch their lead to 5-0.
Huffman hit a sac-fly to plate junior Jose Sola(Aguadilla, Puerto Rico) in the seventh, but that was all the offense the Tornado could muster against Nate Cudney. Cudney pitched a complete game for the Crusaders and gave up that lone run on two hits and struck out 10.
Sophomore Alex Martin (Kingston, Tenn.) took the loss for the Tornado, going 4 2/3 innings while giving up five runs on six hits.
Game 2: Belmont Abbey 5, King 1
Belmont Abbey (11-1, 3-1 Conference Carolinas) got off to a fast start In game two by scoring a lone run in the second, third, and fifth innings to take a 3-0 advantage. Huffman hit a solo homer in the sixth to cut the deficit to 3-1. However, Belmont Abbey added a couple of insurance runs in the eighth to take a 5-1 lead and won by that final margin.
Parks Smithey started game two for the Crusaders and picked up the win in six innings of work where he gave up one run on four hits. Emilio Pagan pitched the final three innings and allowed only one walk to pick up the save.
Junior Reiss Stanley (Lenoir City, Tenn.) pitched the final 4 1/3 innings for King and gave up three runs on eight hits, but took the loss.
With the pair of losses, the Tornado are now 9-6 overall and 1-2 in the conference.
The Tornado were scheduled to play Lincoln Memorial at home tomorrow, but that game has been canceled due to probable rain. King will be in action again on Wednesday, February 27 at Mars Hill with first pitch scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
The Lady Tornado offense got on track early to end an eight-game losing streak.
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – King raced out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back in defeating Shepherd, 8-2, on Sunday at the Pioneer Classic, hosted by Tusculum.
Junior Cassie Ringstaff (Richlands, Va.) got the King offense going early with an RBI-single in the first to score sophomore Christina Melcher (Orlando, Fla.). The Lady Tornado then added three more runs in the second to make it 4-0. Freshman Octavia Lewis-Rand (Columbus, Ga.) hit an RBI-triple, and seniorAubree Hutt (Bristol, Va.) and Melcher later added RBI-singles.
Junior Fallon Thomas (Bristol, Va.) smacked a solo home run in the third to make it 5-1, King. Shepherd scored in the bottom-of-the-third to cut the deficit to 5-2.
King added one run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to widen the margin to 8-2, which was the final score. Eight of King's nine hitters had at least one hit in the game.
Junior Hannah Light (Coeburn, Va.) pitched a complete game for the Lady Tornado to improve to 2-7 this season. Light gave up just one earned run on six hits and had 10 strikeouts.
The Lady Tornado will be back in action at the KU Softball Complex against Lincoln Memorial with a doubleheader on Tuesday, February 26, with first pitch slated for 1:00 p.m.
The men's track & field team made a late push to take over first place and complete a sweep of the team Conference Carolinas Indoor Track & Field Championships.
WINSTON SALEM, N.C. – After the King women's track & field team had all but locked up their side of the inaugural Conference Carolinas Indoor Track & Field Championships, Jordan Noe's performance in the men's mile run tipped the scales and pulled King to the front of the pack in the men's team standings. The Tornado took first place as a team, securing the conference's first Indoor Track & Field championships on both sides. Hannah Witt won two distance events and was crowned Female Track Athlete of the Year. The championships were held at the JDL Fast Track in Winston Salem, N.C. as part of a larger open event.
King crowned five individual conference champions during the day-long event, two claimed by senior Hannah Witt (Mountain City, N.C.). Witt blew the competition away by finishing more than 10 seconds ahead of the next nearest finisher in the women's 5,000-meter run. Her time of 17:53.87 earned her first place honors and 10 team points.
The senior followed that performance with another title in the women's 3,000 meters, defeating Lucy Schmitz (Belmont Abbey) by just under four seconds with a 10:22.63 finish time. Witt then completed her final event of the day in the one-mile run, where she placed second overall by just over a second to event winner Schmitz. With her 5:18.26 time and runner-up finish in the mile, she added eight more points to the team total, finishing with 28 just in her events.
For her two individual titles and one runner-up finish, Witt was named the inaugural Conference Carolinas Female Track Athlete of the Year.
The Lady Tornado were well on their way to the first-ever Women's Indoor Track & Field Championship with a well-rounded team performance that included a conference title earned by Maegan Henry (Bluefield, Va.) in the weight throw (14.41m) and second-place finish in the shot put. Melissa Arnold (12.31m) and Kayla Gash (12.14m) took third and fourth, respectively, in the women's weight throw to set personal records and add an additional 10 points to King's team total.
Lanneickia Brewton (Inman, S.C.) earned the fourth individual title on the women's side in the 200-meter dash, defeating Barton's Breyuana Kittrell by 0.13 seconds. King stole three of the top-4 position in that event with Tia Nelson earning third place (26.27) andAlexis Robinson taking fourth (26.64).
The Tornado faced a steeper challenge in earning their team conference title as they went back-and-forth with Limestone College for much of the day before overtaking the Saints late. Jordan Noe's performance in the men's mile may not have earned a title but his second-place finish served as the turning point for the men's team in the penultimate event.
"Jordan [Noe] executed his race perfectly and almost stole the win," said assistant coach Dave Milner. "It represented a huge point swing in our favor since we expected the Limestone runner to win and us maybe sneak one or two pints out of this race."
Noe, ranked seventh in the conference coming into the race, moved up two positions from fourth place at the halfway point of the race to secure second-place honors and eight team points to overtake the lead.
Heading into the final event of the championships, the men's 4x400-meter relay team held on to their five-point advantage over Limestone with a second-place finish to secure the team title with 110 points. The team of Reggie Warren, Justin Newring, Alson Edgecombe, and Jordan Tippens finished the relay in 3:25.14, just 0.73 seconds behind the event champions, North Greenville. Limestone finished second in the event to complete the meet with 103 points.
Aiding in the men's come-from-behind indoor meet championship was Forrest Stuart (Appalachia, Va.) who earned an individual championship in the men's long jump. The sophomore out-leaped Mount Olive's Nick MacAdam and placed atop the leaderboard with a 6.79m jump.
The King men scored points in every event with exception of the 800-meter run.
Other notable performances include:
Lanneikia Brewton: third place, 60m dash (8.01); third place long jump (5.12m)
Atlanta Westbrook: fourth place, 400m (1:01.76); second place long jump (5.20); third place, long jump (5.20m)
Alexis Robinson: fourth place, 200m (26.64), fourth place, 60m (8.03)
Shelbie Burchfield: second place, high jump (1.60m)
Women's 4x400m relay (Todt, Ruth, Westbrook, Brewton): second place (4:08.68)
Reggie Warren: third place, 400m (50.61); third place, 60m (7.11), fourth place, 200m (22.94)
Justin Newring: second place, 400m (50.60); second place, 200m (22.78), fourth place, triple jump (13.19m)
Joktan Moore: second place, triple jump (13.58), fourth place, long jump (6.58m)
Forrest Stuart: third place, 60m hurdles (8.50)
Spencer Frantom: third place, 5,000m (15:20.72)
Dickson Kurgat: fourth place, 5,000m (15:25.93)
Men's Medley Relay (Noe, Tippens, Smith, Swiney): third place (10:45.54)
Jeremy Stamper: weight throw, fourth place (12.57m, PR)
Tom Lamkin: weight throw, fifth place (12.21m, PR)
Kelsey Wiese won the 100-yard backstroke to become the first women's conference champion in swimming for King University.
BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – Junior Kelsey Weise (Gallatin, Tenn.) became the first women's conference champion in swimming with a victory in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 59.33 seconds at the Appalachian Swimming Conference Championships on Saturday. Wiese also finished second in the 100-yard freestyle on Friday with a time of 54.19 seconds in the final, just 0.12 seconds behind the winner. Wiese added another second-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle on Saturday with a time of 24.65 seconds.
The women's 200-yard freestyle relay team of Wiese, senior Michelle Donihe (Chattanooga, Tenn.), freshman Rachel Fuller (North Augusta, S.C.), and senior Kelsey Copeland (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) finished seventh with a time of 1:44.37. Fuller finished sixth in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:21.80 in the final.
In the men's 200-yard freestyle relay, freshman Christian Knobloch (Auburn, Wash.), sophomore Jacob Morales (Wailuku, Hawaii), junior Alek Nochowicz (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.), and junior Taylor Horton (Conyers, Ga.) placed eighth with a clip of 1:31.25.
Freshman Sami Norman (Roanoke, Va.) finished eighth in the women's 200-yard IM with a time of 2:19.36 in the final. Norman also had an eighth-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke (2:16.01) and a ninth-place finish in the 400-yard IM (4:55.77). Freshman Reynold Thibideau (Titusville, Fla.) placed 10th in the men's 200-yard IM (2:04.81) and 11th in the 100-yard backstroke (56.41 seconds).
In the women's 400-yard freestyle relay, Norman, Fuller, Copeland, and Wiese placed seventh with a time of 3:48.96. On the men's side in the 400-yard freestyle relay, Knobloch, freshman Quenton Lyons (Louisville, Ky.), Horton, and Nochowicz finished eighth with a clip of 3:23.46.
In the women's 500-yard freestyle, Fuller placed 14th (5:33.56) and teammate Jade Schroeder (Titusville, Fla.) finished 15th(5:33.96).
The women's 800-yard freestyle relay team of Norman, Donihe, senior Malorie McBride (Nashville, Tenn.), and Schroeder placed eighth with a time of 8:33.05. On the men's side in the same event, Knobloch, Morales, Nochowicz, and Lyons also finished eighth with a clip of 7:34.91.
Thibideau, Lyons, Horton, and Morales finished eighth in the men's 200-yard medley relay with a 1:45.73 clip. The foursome of Norman, sophomore Sarah Hennies (Scholfield Barracks, Hawaii), Fuller, and Wiese finished 10th in the women's 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:58.02.
As a team, the Lady Tornado finished sixth of 14 teams with 244 points. The men placed ninth of 12 teams with 136 points. Notre Dame College won the women's team title, and Wheeling Jesuit University took the men's title.
The ASC Championships was the final event for Tornado Swimming & Diving for the season.
King expanded upon a 12-point lead at half by exploding with a 52-point second in their 91-58 victory against Mount Olive. Drew Standiferfinished with a career-high 23 points.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King Tornado pounded the paint all game long and put up a 51-point second half to run away with a 91-58 victory over Mount Olive College on Saturday evening. Freshman Drew Standifer scored a new career-high 23 points and was part of a tremendous shooting night in which King hit better than 58 percent of their shots from the field.
Standifer, a freshman from Knoxville, Tenn., scored 13 of his 23 points and recorded all five of his rebounds in the first half. He went 7-for-8 at the charity stripe in the frame to help King built a 12-point lead going into the locker room.
Standifer was one of three King players to enter double figures in scoring on the night. Joining him was senior Eddie Piccinini (Orlando, Fla.) who tallied 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field including a trio of threes. Logan Lyle (Unicoi, Tenn.) put together a 17-point night. He went a perfect 4-for-4 from the line and three of his five field goals were from beyond the arc.
King built its lead by a wider margin in the second half with thanks to their close-range play. The Tornado scored 46 of their 91 points in the pain, including a pair of dunks from freshman Malcolm St. Louis and Drew Standifer.
Michael Fortune (Beckley, W.Va.) distributed the ball well with his season-high seven assists and forced three steals on the defensive end, tying Lyle for most steals on the night. Jason Seymore (Powell, Tenn.) helped King outrebound Mount Olive (40-38) with his team-high nine boards.
King's big breakaway came from the end of the first half when the Tornado ran out on a 32-9 run that spanned over 10 minutes in length. Eddie Piccinini and Logan Lyle set the tone from the start with back-to-back threes and momentum kept riding in King's direction when Malcolm St. Louis threw down a dunk after Logan Lyle hit four straight free throws stemming from consecutive technical fouls being administered to the Trojans. Their lead grew to 29 points, 65-36, near the 12-minute mark and hit a game-high 33 by night's end.
With three games remaining, King will play its final two at home against Coker (Feb. 23) and North Greenville (March 1). Their next contest will be on the road against Limestone on Feb. 20 in a key Conference Carolinas game in Gaffney, S.C. King edged out Limestone in the Student Center on Jan. 24, 76-73. Gametime against Limestone is set for 7:30 p.m. Live stats, audio, and video will be available at www.KingTornado.com.
Bonnie Durrett tallied 13 points and 9 rebounds andChelsea Bowling added 10 points, but it was not enough as the Lady Tornado fell to Mount Olive, 56-53.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Mount Olive closed the game on a 13-3 run in the final 6:15 to defeat King, 56-53, Saturday at the Student Center Complex. The Lady Tornado loss snapped a three-game winning streak and the team is now 12-10 and 8-10 in the Conference Carolinas.
Trailing 54-50 with 39 seconds left, freshmanStephanie Brantley (Pilot Mountain, N.C.) hit a huge three to cut the deficit to one. The Lady Tornado then had to foul the Trojans to put them to the line. Alexandra Silva made two clutch free throws with 16 seconds left to push the lead back to three, 56-53.
King still had chances to tie the game, however, Alyssa Luebs got a steal for the Trojans with six seconds left and was then fouled. Luebs missed the front end of the one-and-one to give the Lady Tornado one last chance after a rebound by sophomore Bonnie Durrett (West Paducah, Ky.). Senior Brooke Johnson's (Roan Mountain, Tenn.) desperation heave at the buzzer was off the mark though to allow Mount Olive (14-8, 10-8) to escape with a 56-53 win.
Durrett led the Lady Tornado with 13 points and nine boards, and sophomore Chelsea Bowling (Elizabethton, Tenn.) scored 10 points. King led 33-23 at halftime, but shot just 28 percent in the second half compared to Mount Olive's 42.4 percent.
Tamara Nesmith led the comeback for the Trojans by scoring 16 of her 20 points in the second half. Nesmith also had 14 rebounds during the game to give her a double-double. Joneiqua Gary scored 11 of her 16 points in the second half for Mount Olive. Nesmith and Gary combined to score 27 of Mount Olive's 33 points in the second half.
The Lady Tornado will be back in action on Wednesday, February 20 at Limestone with tip-off scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Hannah Witt earned another event victory while Spencer Frantom broke one King indoor track record this weekend in Winston Salem, N.C.
WINSTON SALEM, N.C. – This weekend's Hilton Garden Invitational allowed multiple King athletes to keep warm despite the snowy outdoor conditions. Hannah Witt and Spencer Frantom heightened the temperature around the tracks with blazing speeds in their respective events to bring victory and topple school records. Multiple members of both Tornado teams set new personal records in their final meet before the first-ever Conference Carolinas Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Junior Hannah Witt (Mountain City, Tenn.) earned a victory in the women's 5,000-meter run and at the same time surpassed the provisional national qualifying mark. She crossed the finish line in 17:27 (adjusted) which also toppled to standing school record. This is the second school record she has broken in as many weeks after setting the new benchmark in the women's 3,000-meter run (10:23.78) at last week's Liberty Open.
Spencer Frantom, a junior from Morristown, Tenn., set a new conference best in the men's 5,000-meter run. His sixth place finish in 15:13.59 is now tops in Conference Carolinas meanwhile setting a new school and personal record in the event.
Tia Nelson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) also set a new conference best in the women's 200m dash. In a field of over 90 runners, the freshman finished in the top third of the competition with a time of 26.32. Her time was good for 29th position in the final standings.
King dressed four to compete in the women's shot put and three set new personal records with their throws. Freshman Kayla Gash(Cleveland, Tenn.) hit 10.24 meters while Shayla Goins and Melissa Arnold hit 9.07m and 8.86m, respectively. Maegan Henry(Bluefield, Va.) was the top King finisher in the event with an 18th place finish on an 11.76m toss.
On the men's side of the shot put, sophomore Tom Lampkin (Troy Grove, Ill.) and sophomore Johnathan Dunn (Bland, Va.) also set new PRs. Lampkin rounded out the top-10 with a distance of 10.02m. Dunn placed 12th with a best throw of 9.40m.
Freshman Brent Swiney also set a new personal record in the men's 3,000-meter run after placing 24th (8:58.05) in a field of over 60 runners.
Additional notable performers include Joktan Moore in the men's triple jump (15th, 13.46m), Atlanta Westbrook (22nd, 10.77m) in the women's triple jump, and Forrest Stuart in the 60m hurdles (8.72)
The Hilton Garden Invitational served as the final meet before the first Conference Carolinas Indoor Track & Field Championships. The championships will be held in Winston Salem, N.C. as part of an ongoing JDL Fast Track event on Feb. 16.
King University had five members from its squad represent the school at the 2013 Dave Schultz Memorial International. Alli Ragan and Sarah Hildebrandt both finished fourth in their divisions.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – King University was represented on the international spotlight this weekend at the Dave Schultz Memorial International, hosted in Colorado Springs, Colo. at the Olympic Training Center. A meeting of some of the world's best male and female wrestlers occurred at the prestigious tournament where Alli Ragan and Sarah Hildebrandt placed fourth in their respective weight classes while a total of five Lady Tornado competed.
WCWA National Champion Alli Ragan (Carbondale, Ill.) placed fourth and finished her day at the tournament with a 3-2 overall record. She began with a second-period pin over Lindenwood University's Anna McAleavey following a dominant 6-0 finish in the first period. Her second match was much closer, edging Canadian national Amanda Gerhart in a 1-0, 1-0 decision win. The junior then matched up against India's Geeta where she fell after losing the tiebreaker in the first period (1-1) and was beaten 2-1 in the second. After a three-period win by decision (0-1, 3-2, 1-0) over Shauna Isbell, Ragan met Canadian Braxton Stone in the third place bout where she lost 2-1, 5-0.
Ragan was the highest placing American in her weight bracket. She has automatically qualified for the U.S. World Cup Team, a team devised to compete in an international dual-style tournament.
Sarah Hildebrandt (Granger, Ill.) was one of two King wrestlers in the 55-kilogram weight class but advanced the furthest. After a first round decision win by shutout over Shelby Morrison (OCU) 5-0, 6-0, Chinese national Yuanyuan Xiao edged the sophomore 1-0, 1-0 to send her to the consolation bracket. Hildebrandt worked her way through the consolation bracket with five consecutive victories all by decision. During this run, she allowed only two points against her in her advancement to the third place bout against Yajing Guan (China). In her final bout to place top-3, she fell in a pair of one-point period losses 3-2, 1-0.
Hildebrandt was the second-highest placing American in her weight bracket which was one of the largest of the tournament. She has now qualified for a spot on the Senior Pan-American team that will compete this summer.
Ragan and Hildebrandt have become King's first female wrestlers to qualify for international senior-level competition. Both wrestlers qualified for the Junior World Team last year with Ragan earning her second bronze medal of her international career.
In the 63-kg class, Amanda Hendey (Beaumont, Calif.) won her opening bout with an pin early in the second period over Rachel Young (OCU). She fell to Justine Bouchard (Canada) but rebounded with a second pin over Larissa D'Alleva before being eliminated by eventual third-place finisher, Jennifer Page (OCU).
WCWA Nation Champion Katarina Perez (El Centro, Calif.) was the second King wrestler in the 55-kilo division but lost two of her three bouts.
Julia Salata (Canton, Mich.) rounded out the list of King participants. The sophomore won her opening bout (1-0, 6-0) over Kayla Aggio (OCU) before being eliminated with decision losses to Stacie Anaka (Canada) and Enkhbayar Tseveemid (MGL).
More details will be provided regarding the international competition implications the success of Alli Ragan and Sarah Hildebrandt brings.
The Tornado will have more than a month to recover from the WCWA National Championships and their most recent tournament. Their next competition will be on March 26 at University Nationals, held in Oklahoma City, Okla.
- Box Score - King set a school record with 45 made free throws to help defeat No. 12 Barton for the second time this season.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King went 29-for-32 from the free throw line in the second half and defeated Conference Carolinas leader and No. 12 Barton College, 94-88, Saturday night at the Student Center Complex. All of King's starters scored in double figures, led by sophomore Logan Lyle's 22 points.
Lyle, a native of Unicoi, Tenn., led the Tornado with 22 points, which included 3 three-pointers as part of shooting 5-for-11 from the field. Lyle also made all nine of his free throw attempts and had seven rebounds.
King (14-5, 9-4 Conference Carolinas) led 24-22 midway through the first half, but went on an 11-4 run to take a 35-26 lead. Lyle made a layup right at the end of the half to push the lead back to nine at 42-33.
Barton (14-4, 9-3) came out strong in the second half and eventually took their first lead since 2-0 on the second of two free throws by Gerald Boston to make the score 61-60 Bulldogs with 11:29 left. Boston led Barton with 19 points.
With the score tied at 65, King took the lead for good on a free throw by freshman Malcolm St. Louis(Lebanon, Tenn.). Lyle then drained a three to give King a 69-65 lead. A layup by Barton's Aaron Brown closed the lead to three with 7:03 left, but seniorEddie Piccinini (Orlando, Fla.) responded with King's final field goal with 6:52 left to increase its lead to five points, 78-73.
After the teams traded points over the next several minutes, Chris Flemmings' jumper closed the gap for Barton to 86-82 with 1:36 left. However, the Bulldogs would never get closer as Piccinini made two clutch free throws with 54 seconds to go to push the lead back up to 6. Junior Michael Fortune (Beckley, W. Va.) scored the final 6 points for King at the line in the last minute.
King withstood Barton's multiple attempts to rally by draining their last 16 free throws in the final 6:04 of the game. Their 45 total free throws made broke a school record set against Life University on Feb. 10, 2011 when King made 44. The Tornado shot 45-for-54 (83.3%) at the charity stripe for the night.
Piccinini scored 17 points and made 10-of-11 from the line. Fortune added 16 and made all 10 of his free throw attempts. SeniorJason Seymore (Powell, Tenn.) had 14 points and was one rebound away from his ninth double-double of the season. St. Louis added 11 points and eight rebounds and was a strong presence down low all night for the Tornado. King starters scored 80 of the 94 total points for the night.
Barton also had five players who scored in double figures. Chris Flemmings scored 16 points for the Bulldogs. Brian McNair came off the bench to score 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Jon Hart tallied 13 points and Brown added 10 for the Bulldogs, who lost their second-straight game following a 80-75 loss to Mount Olive on Jan. 31.
With the win, King kept pace with Limestone and now sits at 9-4 which is tied for second-best in the conference. Barton's 9-3 conference record remains tops in the conference by a half-game. In the event of a tie with Barton, the Tornado now hold the tiebreaker over Barton with two victories over the Bulldogs this season. King and Limestone will meet one more time this season on Feb. 20 in Gaffney, S.C.
King also defeated Barton on the road on Jan. 3, 97-72, when the Bulldogs were ranked 15th in the NABC Top-25 Coaches' Poll. In that game, King set school records in field goal shooting percentage (70.6) and three-point shooting percentage (75.0) while Jason Seymore went a perfect 10-for-10 from the field and led the team with 24 points.
The Tornado will be back in action Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Student Center Complex against Erskine College. The men will follow the women's game with a tentative start time set for 7:30 p.m. That day will mark King's annual Solid Blue celebration that will take place over the course of both games. An array of activities and giveaways will take place, including free Solid Blue 2013 t-shirts (while supplies last).
FLORENCE, S.C. – - Box Score - Alex Gonzalez and King University Baseball earned their first wins of the season with a 4-2 victory over nationally-ranked Francis Marion University, Saturday afternoon.Stephen Mullins led the Tornado with two hits while newcomer Stephen Todoschuck recorded two runs batted in to support a quality start by Cory Rhodes.
Rhodes, a native of Kissimmee, Fla., allowed two runs through five innings of work. After allowed one run to the Patriots via a sacrifice fly in the second, the junior cruised through the third and fourth innings with three strikeouts. He allowed only four hits in his first start of the season, leading to a no-decision.
Francis Marion took an early 2-1 lead in the fifth when Jacob Golliday hit a RBI single, scoring Isaac Davenport who led the inning off with a base hit. King (1-1) stormed back to tie the game in the bottom half of the frame when junior Stephen Todoschuck (Stoney Creek, Ontario) recorded his first hit as a Tornado, a run-scoring double, to plateCody Snyder (Bluff City, Tenn./Tennessee HS).
In the sixth, newcomers Jose Sola (Aguadilla, Puerto Rico) and Tom Hooker (Crystal Lake, Ill.) both drew walks from FMU reliever John Rossi (L, 0-1) before being advanced to second and third by Tyler Gaby's sacrifice bunt to the right side. King scored the go-ahead run when Patriots catcher Jacob Golliday's throw went wild when attempting to retire Snyder on a swinging strikeout, allowing Sola to score from third. Todoschuk added to the lead with a sac fly, plating his second run of the game and giving the Tornado a 4-2 lead.
The bullpen took over from there as the combination of Alex Gonzalez (Rincon, Puerto Rico) and Alex Martin (Kingston, Tenn.) retired 11 of the last 12 FMU batters over the last four innings. Gonzalez (1-0) pitched a scoreless 1.1 innings and recorded his first strikeout and win as a Tornado. Martin (S, 1), who missed the 2012 season due to injury, tossed a strong 2.2 innings and struck out two to earn the save in his return to the mound.
Francis Marion (1-1) entered the game ranked 10th in the country, according to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and second in the Southeast Region after completing the 2012 season with a 40-18 overall record.
The Tornado will wrap up their stay at the Carolinas Hospital System Baseball Classic, hosted by FMU, on Sunday, Feb. 3. King will play the Claflin University Panthers at 12 noon.
The Student Center Complex shook with newly minted K-U chants as Thursday night's game came down to the wire. King overcame the Limestone Saints, 76-73, behind Eddie Piccinini's 18 points.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Jason Seymore's layup while fighting through traffic helped put King University up by a single point and a missed free throw on the other end opened the door to victory in Thursday night's dramatic 76-73 victory over the Limestone Saints. The Tornado fought off a balanced Limestone attack and overcame them with help from Eddie Piccinini's team-high 18 points and Jason Seymore scoring the most important three points on the game in the final 34 seconds of the game.
King (13-3, 8-2) and Limestone jostled for the lead through the entire second half. The Saints held the largest lead of the half by a mere five points but was erased by the eight-minute mark with help from back-to-back three pointers by sophomore Logan Lyle (Unicoi, Tenn.) and senior Eddie Piccinini (Orlando, Fla.). Piccinini's three gave King a 65-63 lead with 8:14 to go with the drama just starting to unfold.
The final eight minutes featured four lead changes and three tie scores before King outlasted the Saints. Limestone took its final lead when PJ Foster worked off of a screen and found an opening at the top of the key to hit a three pointer, giving the Saints a 73-72 lead with 1:12 to go. Limestone called a timeout immediately to set up for the King attack, but mattered not. The Tornado worked down the court and as junior guard Michael Fortune began a charge into the lane, the Beckley, W.Va. native found Jason Seymore (Powell, Tenn.) with a tight pass down left side of the lane, in stride. Seymore put home the go-ahead layup with 34 seconds left to give King a lead and rile the KU crowd to its feet.
Limestone had a glimmer of hope when Piccinini was called for a blocking foul, King's ninth team foul, as PJ Foster raced into the frontcourt, sending him to the line for a one-and-one opportunity and a chance to tie or take the lead. Foster missed short and right on the front end of his trip and Seymore snatched the rebound out of the air before immediate being fouled. Seymore swished both of his free throw attempts as King rested in the double bonus, increasing the lead to three points, 76-73.
With chants of the newly minted K-U chant ringing through the Student Center Complex gymnasium, the defense clamped down for one final stand against the Saints offense. Foster fought through some pressure at halfcourt but failed to get a shot off before the final buzzer rang, declaring King the victor.
Seymore finished with eight points and nine rebounds but no larger were his final four points that also served as the Tornado's last scores of the game to go-ahead and seal King's eight Conference Carolinas victory of the season to keep pace with conference leader Barton College.
Eddie Piccinini started the game strongly by scoring King's first four points and six of their first eight of the game. The senior co-captain finished with a team-high 18 points and shared the team lead in assists (4) with Michael Fortune.
Fortune was part of a trio of Tornado players with double-digit scoring efforts, finishing the night with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including a pair of three pointers.
King possessed a lead that topped out at 16 points in the first half but the Saints slowly chopped into the lead over the final 5:21 of the opening stanza, beginning with a three-point play by Phillip Moultrie. The Saints finished the first half on a 14-2 run, eight points of which coming from the Saints' leading scorer Charles Blue. PJ Foster capped the half with a three as time expired to trim King's lead to three points, 46-43.
Limestone's three-point shooting in the second half (5-10, .500) kept them level with King through the duration of the second half as King cooled offensively but nine Saints turnovers lead to seven free points for the Tornado. In addition, King's inside defense helped keep the Saints from building upon their early second-half lead and stole opportunities away from them late in the contest. FreshmanMalcolm St. Louis swatted away Charles Blue's runner attempt to maintain a 70-70 tie and a swarming press forced Phillip Moultrie to turn the ball over, taking away another possession from the Saints.
The Saints (13-3, 8-2) were paced by Charles Blue, whose game-high 19 points came from a 7-for-13 shooting night. PJ Foster (12) and Joe Raga (10) joined Blue in double-figure point totals. Raga led the Saints with nine rebounds, one short of achieving a double-double.
With the win, King keeps pace with Barton at the top of the Conference Carolinas standings. Barton (8-1) holds a half-game lead over King (8-2) in league play with their only loss coming at the hands of the Tornado earlier this year.
In addition to the win on the court, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at King University scored a major win for a local youth who attended Thursday night's game. As part of SAAC's Make-A-Wish Foundation project, young 'Kellan' was "adopted" and a special effort was made to make her wish of going to one of the family-friendly Disney theme parks a reality. After a successful fundraising mission was initiated that included the selling of 'Support Stars' and Make-A-Wish t-shirts, SAAC announced that the recorded count at game's end was $2,231, all of which will be donated to Kellan and her family to make that wish come true.
The Tornado will play their next two games on the road at Coker College (Jan. 26) and at North Greenville University (Jan. 30). They will host Barton on Feb. 2 in the Student Center Complex before celebrating Solid Blue on Feb. 6 with a home game against Erksine College.
With eight minutes remaining and a tie game in place, Limestone held King to two points for the duration of the game and raced to a 72-52 win.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – No more than four points separated King University and Limestone College for most of the second half before the Saints finished the contest on a 22-2 run. The Lady Tornado were held to just two points over the final eight minutes of the game in a 72-52 loss, Thursday night in the Student Center.
King (9-6, 5-6) overcame an early 10-point lead held by the Saints, 21-11, when Bonnie Durrett (West Paducah, Ky.) and Brooke Johnson (Mountain City, Tenn.) hit back-to-back three pointers to cut the Saints' lead to two points, Brittany Kinser joined the three-ball bash with a connection from deep, making for 27-26 game in Limestone's favor. King trailed by only three going into the half. Twenty of their 33 first-half points came off the bench with seven of those coming from Durrett, who had been battling an illness entering the game.
The Lady Tornado retook the lead less than two minutes into the second half when Johnson put one off the glass and in but the lead was short-lived when Morgan Brown hit a deep shot to put Limestone back on top, 39-37. Limestone's strategy went towards the deep ball as their next six shots were from behind the arc, connecting on three of those. Durrett continued to lead by example, hitting a jumper with 12:34 to go and giving the lead back to the Navy and Scarlett, 46-45, but once again the Saints regained the lead and never gave it back when Stephanie Hayes laid a shot up and in on the next possession.
Limestone finished the game on a 22-2 run, holding King scoreless in its final seven minutes on the court. After Alley Sprouse's layup off an offensive rebound, the Lady Tornado went 0-for-10 from the field. They finished shooting 33.3 percent from the field on the night.
King was led by Bonnie Durrett and Allison Bosse(Knoxville, Tenn.), each finishing with nine points and four rebounds. Alley Sprouse added to her conference-best block total with three more swats, now giving her 36 on the season. She came into the game ranked 10th in NCAA Division in blocks per game (2.50).
The loss drops King to 9-6 on the season with a 5-6 Conference Carolinas mark. They will play their next two games on the road at Coker (Jan. 26) and North Greenville (Jan. 30). They will return to the Student Center on Feb. 2 against Barton and follow by hosting Erskine for the Solid Blue celebration.
Additional note: The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at King University scored a major win for a local youth who attended Thursday night's game. As part of SAAC's Make-A-Wish Foundation project, young 'Kellan' was "adopted" and a special effort was made to make her wish of going to one of the family-friendly Disney theme parks a reality. After a successful fundraising mission was initiated that included the selling of 'Support Stars' and Make-A-Wish t-shirts, SAAC announced that the recorded count at game's end was $2,231, all of which will be donated to Kellan and her family to make that wish come true.
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – One of the oldest private institutions of higher learning in the Southeast – and a school with an established academic reputation and widening geographic outreach – is announcing it will be renamed King University.
King President Greg Jordan announced to students today that the 146-year-old King College of Bristol, Tenn., is officially becoming King University, effective June 1, 2013. Founded in 1867, the school is known for its consistently high academic standards and for producing quality graduates. King has been listed among America’s Best Colleges in U.S. News & World Report for the past 23 years and The Princeton Review’s best schools for the past nine years.
“It is with pride and great excitement that we announce the decision by King’s board of trustees to approve changing our institution’s name to King University,” Jordan says. “This change reflects the master’s-level, comprehensive benchmark that our school has reached in recent years. We believe the word ‘university’ more accurately reflects the current complexity of our academic programs and ultimately enhances the value of a King degree for past, present and future graduates.”
After about a year of discussion and based on the school’s unprecedented growth over the past decade, the name change was recommended by the administration and approved by its board of trustees. Significantly, King has more than doubled its student body since 2005, with fall 2012 enrollment approximating 2,400 students – the highest in its history.
“Our efforts to remove barriers to education for working adults through our Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS), launched in 2001, and more recently, the development of online programs helped pave the way to our broadening academics and accelerated growth,” Jordan notes. “Of course, none of it could be possible were it not for the decades of academic excellence that led up to this juncture. It is an amazing evolution by which we should all be encouraged.”
Becoming a university is the natural unfolding of King’s strategic plan, unveiled in 1998, to create an even broader mix of programs based on a university model. Using this approach, the institution now has six academic schools of learning:
· King College of Arts and Sciences
· King School of Business and Economics
· King School of Education
· King School of Graduate and Professional Studies & Online Programs (GPS)
· King School of Nursing
· Peeke School of Christian Mission
Notably, three of the GPS offerings are advanced degrees – a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and a Master of Education (MED). Also, the school plans to add doctoral programs in the future.
In addition to growing its main campus in Bristol and offering online programs, King has established 12 satellite campuses across East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, serving the immediate region.
Bill Adams, chairman of the King University Board of Trustees, notes that the name change is crucial in positioning King within the larger academic community.
“This represents a clear demonstration of King’s accomplishments on a national level,” he says. “Becoming a university will benefit the school on a number of levels, particularly in terms of facilitating fundraising and foundation opportunities and the future acquisition of grant awards.”
Being renamed a “university” also more accurately aligns King with current assessments performed by entities interested in higher education. Due to its broadened curriculum, King has been reviewed using a university standard by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges for the past several years.
Other benefits cited by Jordan include improved job and graduate school opportunities for graduates and enhanced ability of King University to recruit faculty and students from across the globe. The new designation also helps boost marketing and branding for the school, clarifying its higher education status for foreign audiences, for which the word “college” often refers to pre-university programs and not higher education and advanced degrees.
For more information about King University, please visit www.king.edu.
Conference Carolinas released its complete list of student-athletes named to the 2012-13 Fall Presidential Honor Roll. King had 205 named to the honor.
HIGH POINT, N.C. – Conference Carolinas is proud to announce that 1,723 student-athletes have been named to the 2012 Fall Presidential Honor Roll. King had 205 of its student-athletes named to the prestigious list. Each institution within the conference has emphasized their commitment to academic importance as they have continued to have student-athletes achieve a grade point average of 3.20 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) at each of their institutions to achieve this honor.
Of King’s 24 varsity programs Tornado Baseball led all teams with 22 student-athletes named to the Presidential Honor Roll. Women’s Track & Field added 16 from its roster while Women’s Volleyball had all 15 of its team members achieve the feat. Men’s Soccer had the next-highest number of student-athletes reside on the list with 14. As an institution, King had the second-most student-athletes named to the Presidential Honor Roll with 205. Limestone recorded the most of the league’s 12 teams (209).
For a complete list of King student-athletes that were named to the 2013 Fall Presidential Honor Roll, click here.
Conference Carolinas continues to emphasize “Academics and Athletics Working Together” as each school strives to grow their Presidential Honor Roll each and every year. The Presidential Honor Roll recognizes student-athletes who have earned a 3.20 grade-point average (up from 3.00 in previous years) on a 4.00 scale for the semester and includes freshman and transfer student athletes (that have participated in either a conference or non-conference sponsored sport).
Commissioner Alan Patterson shared some of his thoughts about the outstanding number of student-athletes represented in the 2012 Fall Presidential Honor Roll. He stated that, “Conference Carolinas takes great pride in preparing student-athletes for collegiate competition on the field and in the classroom. The large number of Presidential scholars and an annual increase reflects our “winning the Fifth Quarter” attitude. Conference Carolinas athletes are prepared for today’s play and tomorrow’s success.”
The Conference Carolinas Presidential Honor Roll is awarded twice a year covering each of the fall and spring academic semesters and is based on meeting the criteria at the end of the previous semester. For the 2012 Fall Season, Limestone College led all league members with 209 student-athletes represented. They were followed closely by King College with 205 and Mount Olive College and Queens University of Charlotte, both with 188 honorees.
King Women's Wrestling defeated Missouri Valley in the consolation round of the Women's division to take third place.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – After splitting their first two dual matches of the tournament the King Lady Tornado women's wrestling team decisively defeated Missouri Valley College for a third place finish at the 2013 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals. Alli Ragan andJulia Salata led a host of Lady Tornado grapplers that finished the tournament with a 2-1 record.
King battled Missouri Valley College for rights to third place of the Nationals Duals and ruled the latter weight classes en route to the win. With a 13-7 lead in hand, Alli Ragan (Carbondale, Ill.) began a run of five consecutive victories with a 3-0, 2-1 decision over Randi Beltz at 136. In her first match of the season, sophomore Amanda Hendey (Beaumont, Calif.) took a decision win over Frances Efiong (1-1, 5-1). The Lady Tornado held the Vikings scoreless over the last three bouts of the dual with wins by Julia Salata (Canton, Mich.), freshman Jackie Williams (Whittier, Calif.), and Lorrie Ramos (Orlando, Fla.). All three shut out their opponents and helped King to a 28-9 win for third place.
The Lady Tornado came into the tournament ranked second in the bracket and was paired with Wayland Baptist to open the tournament. King rolled to a 28-14 victory with wins in five of their first six bouts of the dual. Emily Martin (Frisco, Texas) and Kayla Bartosch (Triangle, Va.) both registered technical falls over their opponents while Alli Ragan pinned Erin Miller 42 seconds before Wayland Baptist earned its next points. King won two of the final three bouts with Lorrie Ramos recording a second-period pin over Jeneshia Woods.
Their lone loss came to the eventual tournament champion, Simon Fraiser University. The Clan came out with victories in their first three bouts to take an 11-1 lead before Kayla Brendlinger (126 lbs.) and Katarina Perez (130 lbs.) cut the deficit to two points. Brendlinger's win came by pin over Laura Wilson in the first period. Simon Fraiser rattled off wins in the final five bouts to seal a 27-13 victory, placing King in the consolation championship.
Full results and brackets from the women's division are available here.
Alli Ragan, Julia Salata, Kayla Bartosch, Lorrie Ramos, and Shannon Constantine all finished 2-1 after the weekend. Amanda Hendey finished 1-1 in her return to the lineup. Defending WCWA National Champion Emily Martin went unblemished in two bouts.
King's next action will be on Jan. 25-26 when they serve as hosts for the 2013 WCWA Nationals. The two-day tournament serves as the national championships for the governing body of women's collegiate wrestling. All matches over that time will be held in the Student Center Complex. A full schedule of events and homepage for the tournament will be published on www.KingTornado.com at a later date.
The No. 22 King Tornado held the Pfeiffer Falcons to 12 first-half points to pace them toward a 67-51 victory. Jason Seymore led King with 16 points.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The nationally-ranked Tornado featured a defense that limited the visiting Pfeiffer Falcons to just 12 points in the first half to pace No. 22 King toward a 67-51 victory to stay atop the Conference Carolinas standings. Jason Seymore led the Tornado with 16 points and six rebounds.
King's stingy defense forced 15 turnovers in the first half that not only kept the Falcons off the board but also turned into 14 Tornado points. Pfeiffer shot just 20 percent from the field in the first half, hitting only 4-of-20 attempts. Pfeiffer failed on its first six shot attempts, four coming from long range, and were forced into 10 turnovers before making its first field goal of the game 11:02 into the game.
The Tornado's defense helped them jump out to a 17-3 run to start the game. Sophomore Logan Lylenailed his first two shots, both for three, and Michael Fortune (Beckley, W.Va.) kept the streak of three balls going with the Tornado's third straight. With 10:45 remaining, senior forward Jason Seymore (Powell, Tenn.) scored six consecutive points to cap off the King run.
King (11-2, 6-1) continued to pour on the offense all the way to the buzzer ending the first half. FreshmanAaron Wheeler (Morristown, Tenn.) connected on a short-range jumper and converted the free throw to complete the three-point play and was followed by another bucket by Seymore near the one-minute mark to create a 30-point lead, 40-10. Lyle nailed a three pointed with 27 seconds left for the last basket of the half, extending King's lead to 43-12 going into the locker room.
Senior Eddie Piccinini (Orlando, Fla.) extended King's lead to a game-high 37 points with the third of three straight three pointers used to begin the half on a 9-3 rally.
Pfeiffer began to heat up to remedy their earlier shooting struggles while King cooled from the field following four consecutive misses. The Falcons took advantage of the offensive stall with three straight buckets to help shift the momentum. The Falcons slowly chipped into the King lead but drew no closer than 17 points before their final basket with 1:18 to go.
The Falcons improved their overall shooting percentage to 35.4 percent on the night after hitting 46.4 percent of their second-half shots. Josh Humphrey led all scorers with 18 points and shared the team lead with Tayron Gibson in rebounds (6). Gibson scored 15 points, nine coming from the free throw line.
Jason Seymore and Logan Lyle topped the King scoring charts with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Seymore shared the lead in rebounds (6) with Eddie Piccinini. Lyle led the Tornado with three steals and added a pair of assists.
With the win, No. 22 King remains atop the Conference Carolinas standings with a 6-1 record. They currently are tied for first with Limestone (10-3, 6-1). Their next action is on the road against Queens (N.C.) on Jan. 19 for a 4 p.m. tipoff. The Tornado return to the Student Center Complex on Jan. 21 to play rival Lees-McRae in a continuation of the inaugural battle for the Blue Ridge Cup (King leads, 4-2).
Brooke Johnson led the Lady Tornado with 21 points while Bonnie Durrett's fifth double-double of the season helped knock off the first place Pfeiffer Falcons.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – With time dwindling and the lead in the balance, the Lady Tornado rallied to finish Saturday night's game on a 9-2 run to upset the first place Pfeiffer Falcons. Bonnie Durrett hit two keys baskets down the stretch and recorded her fifth double-double of the season in the win. Brooke Johnson led the Lady Tornado with 21 points in her quest to reach 1,000 career points.
Pfeiffer (9-2, 4-2) took its first lead of the second half with 3:18 to go when Brittany Cox hit a three pointer from the left wing. With a one-point lead, 62-61, sophomore Bonnie Durrett tied the game by splitting a pair of free throws after Cox committed her team's seventh foul. Pfeiffer regained a one-point advantage when Christina Harvey split a pair of free throws after being sent to the line.
Durrett, a West Paducah, Ky. native, scored the team's next four points to reestablish King's lead with less than a minute to go. Both of her buckets were scored inside the paint after fighting through traffic to give the Lady Tornado a 66-63 lead with 41 seconds left in the game.
King bore down on defense and kept the Falcons to a single point and without a field goal for the final 1:40 of the game. Pfeiffer was held to only two field goal attempts and went 2-for-5 from the charity stripe in that time as the offense stalled, leading to a six-point win for the Lady Tornado, 70-64.
The Falcons had incurred only one loss coming into Saturday's game and were atop Conference Carolinas with a 4-1 league record. King held Pfeiffer well below its season average of 75.0 points per game while exceeding their average points allowed by just under six points (64.1 ppg/all). Three of Pfeiffer's four players that average 10 or more points per game were held below their season scoring averages including leading scorer Jodie Lemons (15.7), Christina Harvey (13.6), and Kellie Rhoney (10.4). The trio combined for 15 points on Saturday.
After Durrett gave King a two-point lead, 37-35, going into the half the Lady Tornado slowly built as much as a 12-point lead with the aid of three-point makes by Sara Mitchell (Bronx, N.Y.) and Brooke Johnson. Alley Sprouse (Newport, Tenn.) scored all four of her points during King's 14-5 run that led to their game-high lead.
Carter Williams and Brittany Cox combined for a trio of three pointers in the Falcons' rush to tie the game late. Pfeiffer responded with a 17-4 run as King cooled off from the field and misfired on 10 of its next 11 shot attempts.
Brooke Johnson (Roan Mountain, Tenn.) inched closer to the 1,000 career point mark with a team-high 21 points on the night. Johnson entered the game 142 points away from the century mark. After Saturday night, she needs only 121 more points to reach the milestone.
Bonnie Durrett recorded her fifth double-double of the season and her third straight behind 14 points and 14 rebounds. Seven of her 14 points came from the free throw line.
Junior Kelly Jackson (Lynchburg, Va.) joined her teammates with 10-plus points after finishing with a season-high 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field.
Pfeiffer's Brittany Cox led all scorers with 25 points on 10-of-20 field goal shooting. Five of her 10 field goals were from three-point range.
King (7-4, 3-4) will play its next two games on the road, beginning with Converse College on Jan. 16. The Lady Tornado will tipoff with the Valkyries at 7 p.m. Their next home action will be on Jan. 21 against rival Lees-McRae at 5:30 p.m.
Eddie Moushikhian and Mason Casner each had six kills to lead the Tornado to their first win of the 2013 season over Rust College in straight sets.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Mason Casner and Eddie Moushikhian led the Tornado offensively with six kills each in the team's three-set win over the Rust College Bearcats on Friday night. King earned their first win of the season to even their overall record at 1-1 leading into Saturday morning's doubleheader at the Student Center Complex.
Junior Stephen Brown (Lawrenceville, Ga.) led the Tornado's breakaway in the first set that included a pair of services aces from the line. Brown took the Tornado from a one-point lead to a five-point advantage, 13-8, before turning the ball back over the Bearcats. King's lead never dipped below four points for the duration of the set after freshman Eddie Moushikhian (Alpharetta, Ga.) recorded a kill that sparked his own rally from the service line to build a seven-point lead. Rust committed eight attack errors down the stretch to help King to a 25-15 opening set victory. Freshman Matthew Lychock (Las Vegas, Nev.) and senior Michael Koebel (Richmond, Va.) paired up for two big blocks at the net to aid in taking the opening frame.
King (1-1) ran out to a 9-3 run early in the second set and kept the momentum going as Rust's hitting woes continued. Brown added two more services aces from the line to help build a nine-point lead, 17-8, at one point. Rust committed 10 attack errors before Brown sealed the second set with his third kill of the frame. With the 25-19 win, the Tornado took a two-set lead in the match before running away with the third.
Mason Casner (Culpepper, Va.) came off of the bench and recorded five kills to pace the Tornado in their 25-13 victory in the third set. King hit at a .476 success rate as a team and had three players hit .500 or better in the final frame. After recording three kills in the first set, Moushikhian put together three more in the third on four tries (.750).
Edward Peter led the Bearcats with five kills while Gino Pierre and Shamal James both had four. Razeem Huggins led the team with 3.5 total blocks, including three solo.
Junior Jeff Bosslett (St. Louis, Mo.) had 13 assists for the Tornado after entering the game for injured setter Ashton Hippenstiel.
Mason Casner led the team in hitting percentage, finishing the night .857 while Moushikhian hit .556 (6-of-9, 1 error). Stephen Brown closed in with five kills and led the team with five digs.
The Tornado dominated the net with 7.0 team blocks behind 12 block assists and a solo block. Five players had two block assists, each.
The Tornado have a quick turnaround when they begin a doubleheader tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. in the Student Center. King will host newcomer to Conference Carolinas Men's Volleyball Belmont Abbey and close the day out with Division I Quincy University.
The Tornado began the day with a decisive 30-14 win over Maryville University before dropping a 29-12 decision to the University of Indianapolis on Friday.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – King Men's Wrestling began their day strongly tallying three pins to pace a 16-point victory over Maryville University. King could not complete the sweep following a 29-12 loss to the University of Indianapolis in their first dual competitions of the season.
KING (TN) 30, NO. 15 MARYVILLE 14
Jerrelle McCabe (Virginia Beach, Va.) began the opening bout with a pin over Brandon Oshiro (125#) at the two-minute mark of the second period to give King an early 6-0 lead. A forfeit gave the Tornado nine-point edge over the Saints before Maryville tightened up with a second win by decision to cut the lead in half, 12-6. Jeremy Miller (Madison, Tenn.) dominated the early seconds of the second period and pinned Christian Loges to give rebuild King's lead back to 12 points. The heavyweights sealed the victory for King with Dyvon Passmore's pin over Nick Burghardt in the 174-pound division followed by Brandon Tressler's major decision win over Ryan Beltz to seal a victory, 27-10.Garrett Fosdyck added another victory to close out the dual on a good note, defeating Morgan Denson, 7-6.
Maryville entered the bout ranked No. 15 in NCAA Division II in the coaches' poll released on Jan. 3.
KING (TN) 12, INDIANAPOLIS (RV) 29
King's dual match against the University of Indianapolis did not fare as well after the Greyhounds won five consecutive bouts to close out the day. Earning wins for King were sophomore Colin Crume (Mishawaka, Ind./UW-Parkside) at 133 and Jeremy Miller at 157. Both Crume and Miller pinned their opponents to account for King's only points in the match. Crume earned a fall over Paul Beck with 27 seconds remaining in the first period. Miller pinned Lucas Rooney 55 seconds into the second period.
Indianapolis received votes in the latest NCAA Division II poll and was the first team outside of the top-20 list.
The duals were the first for King (1-1) this season after participating in five open tournaments earlier this season. They will head to Vienna, W.Va. to take on Ohio Valley University in a dual meet on Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. Their next home action will be on Jan. 27 in a dual against Findlay (Ohio) at 12 p.m.
King Men's Volleyball opened their season with a well-fought, 3-0 loss to the conference preseason favorite Mount Olive Trojans.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King Men's Volleyball began the 2013 season with the first of four matches in three days by hosting the Conference Carolinas preseason favorite, Mount Olive Trojans. The Tornado had chances in the first and third sets to clinch set wins but the Trojans overcame and took the match in three sets (28-26, 25-21, 26-24). Stephen Brown led both sides with 12 kills.
At 13-13 in the first set, Mount Olive (1-0, 1-0) began to separate from King scoring the next two points with a service ace and kill by Adam Miracle. They continued on a 7-3 run to lead by four points before King broke their momentum with a timeout. Out of the break, King responded with a 5-1 run with a pair of kills by freshman Eddie Moushikhian(Alpharetta, Ga.) to tie the first at 21. The Tornado forced set point, 24-23, behind junior Stephen Brown's second kill of the game but the Trojans retaliated by breaking and taking the lead, 26-25. Brown recorded his third and final kill of the set to tie the game at 26 however, Mount Olive took the set with two straight points.
In the second set King fell behind by four points and failed to recover through the duration of the set, coming no closer than three points late in the match. After taking a two-set lead, Mount Olive spotted King the first three points of the third set led by Moushikhian at the service line. The freshman recorded a kill and a service ace to help take the early lead, but the Trojans came back to tie the game at the seven-point marker with help from a pair of Mount Olive blocks at the net. King battled back toward a three-point lead, 16-13, scoring four straight points via two consecutive service aces by senior Ashton Hippenstiel(Yucaipa, Calif.) paired with kills by Brown and Michael Koebel (Richmond, Va.).
A Mount Olive timeout broke the momentum and Hippenstiel serving rally and led to the Trojans battling back to tie the game at 17. Both teams took temporary leads with King's 22-21 advantage forcing the Green and White to take a timeout. The Tornado were two points away from forcing a fourth set after Adam Miracle's attack went into the net but he rebounded from his error to record three of the last four kills for his team and force match point, 25-24. Renzo Rossato completed the match with the winning kill after a host of King blockers failed to keep their attempt in play.
Five of Stephen Brown's 12 kills were recorded in the third set alone. The Lawrenceville, Ga. native led both sides in kill count and hit at a .304 clip.
Ashton Hippenstiel recorded all 36 of King's assists while leading the team with four service aces from the line.
Michael Koebel finished with the most digs among his teammates with seven while adding nine kills.
Redshirt-freshman Adrian Lopez led the team in blocks with four assists at the net. He also tallied five kills in his debut with the Tornado.
Also playing in their first collegiate matches were freshmen Eddie Moushikhian, Matthew Lychock, Matthew DeLong, and Zach Prexta. Moushikhian led the freshman class with six kills on 18 attempts (.056) and had two block assists. Lychock notched four kills on six attempts (.333).
Adam Miracle led the Trojans with 11 kills on a team-high 29 attempts. Lewis Einarson was the most efficient hitter of the night, finishing with a .667 kill percentage. He and Renzo Rossato led the Trojans with block assists while Einarson also tallied one solo block.
King (0-1, 0-1 Conference Carolinas) jumps back into action on Friday, Jan. 11, against Rust College as a part of a slew of men's volleyball happening on campus. Mount Olive and Quincy University will precede King in the Student Center at 5:30 p.m. The Tornado will play the Bearcats at 7:30 p.m. while at Kline Gym the Belmont Abbey Crusaders will play Quincy.
The Tornado will finish their flurry of home games with a doubleheader in the Student Center Complex on Saturday, Jan. 12. King will host newcomer to Conference Carolinas Men's Volleyball, Belmont Abbey, at 10 a.m. and conclude their day against Quincy at 12 p.m. Live stats and video will be available for all King matches through the weekend at www.KingTornado.com.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – You are invited to spend an evening with members of UT’s 1998 National Championship team, Phil Fulmer, Peerless Price, and Al Wilson. The three UT legends will speak at King College on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Former UT Head Coach Phil Fulmer served as Head Football Coach at Tennessee for 17 years, from 1992-2008. He and his staff built an organization that produced the most successful era in modern Tennessee football history. Fulmer and his staff were tireless recruiters and mentored some of the top names in college and NFL history. During his last 11 years, the Vols played in the SEC Championship game five times, winning twice. He also led the Vols to one of the greatest moments in school history, the 1998 National Championship in the very first Bowl Championship Series (BCS) title game.
In his 17 seasons, his record was 152-52 with a 74 percent winning percentage, he had 92 players make a NFL roster, 18 players earned All-American honors and another 68 players were selected All-SEC. Fulmer is also very proud of the family approach he took to guiding his players to off the field successes as well as on the field successes.
On Dec. 4, 2012, Fulmer was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Upon learning of the accolade, Fulmer told Knoxville’s WBIR TV 10 that he was honored to be joining such an elite group of coaches and players in an organization like the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame.
There is one play from the 1998 season that most Tennessee fans will always remember. Tee Martin connecting with Peerless Price for a 79-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of the 1999 Fiesta Bowl. That play alone made the Vols National Champs. It also made Peerless Price a Tennessee legend and ranked him sixth on Tennessee's all-time single game list.
After a stellar career at UT, Price was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played nine seasons in the NFL, spending time with the Bills (twice), Falcons and Cowboys. He caught 403 passes for more than 5,000 yards 31 touchdowns. His best season was the 2002 campaign when he caught 92 passes for 1,252 yards and nine TDs.
Al Wilson just might have been one of the greatest linebackers in Tennessee history, and his leadership was even more distinctive, acting like a quarterback for the defense. He was the Vols’ only All-America selection from the 1998 undefeated national championship team. The UT captain ranked third on the team that year with 77 tackles despite missing the three games to injury, the first since he was a freshman. His highlight was a 12-tackle performance in UT's 20-17 overtime win in Knoxville against No. 2-ranked Florida, in which he set a school record with three caused fumbles.
Wilson was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft. His entire professional career of nine years was spent with the Broncos. One of the fastest middle linebackers in the league, Wilson became the anchor of their defense and earned five Pro Bowl selections.
Ticket prices for King’s UT Legends event are $45 per individual, $40 for two or more, and $300 per table of eight (table sponsors will be recognized in the program and pre-speech introductions). The event will be held in King’s Maclellan Hall dining room. The cost of admission includes dinner and an autograph session.
The proceeds from this event will benefit the Annual Fund for Scholarships & Programs, which is one of the primary sources for direct scholarship assistance for King students. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact King’s College Office of Development at 423.652.4864 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets will be available through January 25, 2013.
ead Coach Simon Duffy has announced King will host a winter skills camp on Feb. 9 at Parks Field. Registration is currently open.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King Women's Soccer has announced it will hold a winter skills camp on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. The camp will be held at Parks Field and is designed for girls from eighth through 12th grades.
All campers will receive a complementary camp T-shirt. Lunch is not provided. Campers must bring their own equipment, including indoor shoes in case of inclement weather. The camp will be held at Parks Field, on the campus of King College, unless weather forces an indoor session.
Registration is currently open and can be completed online (click here). If participants register prior to Feb. 1, the cost for the camp is $60. Those that register after Feb. 1 must pay $70 to attend the camp. The camp will be hosted by Simon Duffy and the King Women's Soccer staff.
If you have any questions, please contact Simon Duffy via e-mail (email@example.com) or phone (423-652-4704).
King set a new team shooting record, hitting 70.6 percent of their shots in their upset win over nationally ranked Barton College. Jason Seymorewas perfect from the field, tying a school record.
WILSON, N.C. – Six Tornado players finished with 10 or more points in King's 97-72 victory over the No. 15 Barton Bulldogs, Thursday night. Jason Seymore went a perfect 10-for-10 shooting, tying a school record in single game shooting percentage, in the team's ninth win of the season. The Tornado also set two team, single-game shooting records and remain undefeated in Conference Carolinas play, improving to 4-0 after defeating the defending conference champions on their home court.
Seymore, a senior from Powell, Tenn., had a perfect night from the floor hitting all 10 shots he took to total a season-high 24 points. He also went 2-for-2 from the free throw line to stay perfect on the offensive front. Of his 10 makes, two were long distance shots while the remaining eight were two pointers. Seymore tallied his fourth double-double of the season when adding 11 rebounds, 10 on the defensive end.
Adding to his career game, Seymore tallied four assists and caused two turnovers via steal. He added two blocks in his 35 minutes of play.
With his unblemished shooting effort, Seymore becomes the second Tornado player in recorded school history to hit 100 percent of his shots (min. 8). The only other player to accomplish the feat was Brian Allen on Feb. 6, 1997 when he went 8-for-8 against Alice Lloyd. This marks the second time Seymore's name appears on the top single game shooters list. Previously, he was tied for second in field goal percentage after going 9-for-10 against Union (Ky.) on Jan. 11, 2010.
King also set two single-game, team shooting records, eclipsing its previous bests in field goal and three-point shooting percentages. King shot 66 percent (31-for-47) set against Grace University on March 19, 2010. The Tornado went 36-for-51 to finish 70.6 percent from field goal range. From three-point range, King shot 75 percent (9-for-12) against Barton to surpass their prior best of 65.2 percent set against UVA-Wise on Jan. 30, 2007.
Michael Fortune (Beckley, W.Va.) joined Seymore with his first double-double of the season of a different variety. The junior guard scored 12 points to combine with his 10 assists over 31 minutes on the floor.
Overall, King featured six players to score 10 or more points in their upset win over nationally-ranked Barton. Alongside of Seymore and Fortune were four additional scorers with a minimum of 12 points. Senior Eddie Piccinini (Orlando, Fla.) and freshman Drew Standifer (Knoxville, Tenn.) both score 16 points. Standifer went 8-for-9 from field goal range in a reserve role. Logan Lyle (Unicoi, Tenn.) tallied 14 points and was perfect from three-point range (3-for-3) while freshman Aaron Wheeler (Morristown, Tenn.) finished with 12 points.
Malcolm St. Louis (Lebanon, Tenn.) earned his first start of his career and led the team with 12 rebounds in 19 minutes.
King (9-1, 4-0) took a 20 point lead into the locker room by completing the first half on a 24-5 run. After the Bulldog's Chris Flemmings regained the lead, 21-20, with a three-point bucket with 9:32 to go in the half Jason Seymore responded with his second straight layup to put King back on top and begin the 19-point swing. Drew Standifer continued to shift the momentum in the Tornado's favor with a powerful dunk to go up by three, 24-21. Seymore scored four more points during the run while Aaron Wheeler scored four of the team's next eight points to extend the lead to 13. Lyle then hit back-to-back threes to break the 20-point marker, leading to a 48-28 score heading into the locker room.
The Tornado continued its hot streak in the second half when Eddie Piccinini scored the first five King points in consecutive possessions. The lead turned to 27 points after another Barton turnover turned into a tip in by Malcolm St. Louis, putting King up 55-28. They built their largest lead, 32 points, when Lyle hit his third and final three pointer with 12:06 remaining to make the score 67-35. Barton never recovered as the Tornado cruised to a 97-72 victory.
King dominated the boards on the defensive end, outrebounding the Bulldogs 43-27 and giving the Tornado 11 second chance points. King ruled the painted area by outscoring Barton by more than double, 55-24.
With the win and a Barton loss, King is now one of two Conference Carolinas team that remains undefeated in league play. They join Limestone College (8-2) with 4-0 records. Barton entered the game versus King ranked 15th by the latest NABC Top-25 Coaches' Poll. They now fall to 7-2 (2-1).
King will return to the Student Center Complex this Saturday, Jan. 5, to host Belmont Abbey College. They will follow the women's basketball game versus the Crusaders with a tentative 7:30 p.m. tipoff time.
King was held to 29.2 percent shooting in its 57-43 loss to the Barton Bulldogs, Thursday night. Bonnie Durrett was one of three players with eight points.
WILSON, N.C. – King dropped a 57-43 decision to the Barton Bulldogs on Thursday night in Wilson Gymnasium. The Bulldogs broke away from the Lady Tornado with an 18-4 run toward the end of the first half to create an unrecoverable gap that snapped King's three-game win streak.
The Bulldogs broke away and created a 14-point lead over the Lady Tornado after the team went 1-for-7 and committed four turnovers over an eight-minute span during the first half. With the score tied 10-10 after freshman Stephanie Brantley hit a game-tying layup, Barton's Shante Neal began an 18-4 run with a pair of made free throws followed by a made three ball by Briana Thomas. Neal scored the team's sixth and seventh consecutive points off of a King turnover taken the length of the court on a fast break, continuing the run.
With a 13-point lead in hand at the half, King chipped into the lead and trimmed their deficit to eight points by the 13-minute mark, 36-28. The Bulldogs rebuilt its lead to 14 points and held that advantage for much of the half. King's Chelsea Bowling(Elizabethton, Tenn./ETSU) hit a three pointer to cut the lead to single digits, 49-41, with 1:21 remaining in the game but Barton connected on all eight of its ensuing free throw attempts to create enough distance it their 57-43 victory.
Barton (5-3, 4-0) held the advantage in rebounds, 53-37, leading to 16 second chance points for the Bulldogs. Shante Neal led all scorers with 18 points and 12 rebounds in her double-double performance. Her teammate Nyeshea Willie was the only other double-digit scorer with 15 points, eight coming from the free throw line.
Three Lady Tornado players took share in the team lead with eight points. Bonnie Durrett (West Paducah, Ky.) shared in that lead, also tallying a team-best seven rebounds. She went 4-for-9 from the field, 4-for-6 on her two-point shots for the day. She also recorded four blocks, all in the first half, three assists, and one steal.
Kelly Jackson (Lynchburg, Va.) and Sara Mitchell (Brooklyn, N.Y.) each had eight points. Brooke Johnson (Roan Mountain, Tenn.) led the team with five assists. King shot only 28.1 percent overall on the night.
King (5-3, 1-3) will return to the Student Center Complex this Saturday, Jan. 5, when they host Belmont Abbey College at 5:30 p.m.
King overtook the Pacers with 9:47 remaining and held off their charge with clutch bench play and strong defense in their 88-84 win to improve to 8-1 on the year.
AIKEN, S.C. – Head Coach George Pitts masterfully managed his roster in King's come-from-behind road victory over the USC Aiken Pacers, Sunday afternoon. The Tornado overcame a seven point deficit and held off the hosts for the final nine-plus minutes of the game for a narrow 88-84 win. Logan Lyle led King with 22 points on a day he shot 70 percent from field goal range as the Tornado improved to 8-1 overall.
Down by four points with just over 10 minutes to play in the second half, King scored the next five points to take a lead it held for the final 9:47 of the game in its victory. Following a crowd-pleasing dunk by Santoine Butler to put the Pacers up, 65-61, Logan Lyle (Unicoi, Tenn.) and the Tornado came down the floor where the sophomore hit one of his seven three pointers on the night to trim the lead to a single point. After a missed three by USC Aiken's Ronald Zimmerman, freshman Aaron Wheeler (Morristown, Tenn.) was fouled on the other end and hit both of his free throw attempts to take a 66-65 lead.
The Pacers temporarily tied the game on the next drive after splitting a pair of free throws but King retaliated with five straight points on their next two possessions. Wheeler again helped his cause off the bench by streaking into the lane for a quick layup with a quick pass by senior Jason Seymore (Powell, Tenn.). Seymore continued on the offensive effort by converting a three-point play when getting fouled after making a layup on their next possession, extending their lead to five, 71-66.
Despite a three point make by USC Aiken's Re'mon Nelson to make for a two point game, freshman Malcolm St. Louis (Lebanon, Tenn.) converted a layup on the fast break to make for a two-possession game, 73-69.
Pacers Kinley Branch and Paul Larsen helped tie the ballgame at 80, capped off by Larsen's dunk, but King thwarted the comeback when senior Eddie Piccinini (Orlando, Fla.) hit his third three pointer of the game. After Jesse Seilern hit two free throws on the next possession, Wheeler continued to impact off the bench with his final two points of the game off a short-range jumper just after being inserted into the game, putting King up 85-82 with 1:09 remaining. He finished with 10 points on the night.
Seilern hit a two pointer on the next drive, forcing King to take a timeout with 35 seconds to go and a one point lead. Piccinini was fouled and split the pair of free throws, making for a two point lead with 29 seconds to go. Coming down the floor, DeVontae Wright lost the handle on the ball when freshman Drew Standifer (Knoxville, Tenn.) forced a steal with seven ticks to go. With possession of the ball, Standifer was fouled and sent to the line where he hit the clinching free throw shots to seal an 88-84 victory for the Tornado.
For much of the first half, King and USC Aiken were nip-and-tuck in their play. Tied 23-23 with 11:37 to go, the Pacers went on a 10-0 run over a 2:30 span of time and built their largest lead of the game, 12 points, with 7:23 to go in the opening frame. King answered with a 13-0 run to regain the lead, 37-36, via seven different scorers. The Pacers took a one point lead into the half after hitting a three at the buzzer, 45-44.
Amidst the Tornado's comeback, 11 of last 23 points were scored by players off of the bench. Eight of those 11 were scored by Aaron Wheeler and in the final 9:47 of the game. The King bench scored 21 points through the entire game.
The Pacers finished ahead of King in most additional categories including points off turnovers (16-13), points in the paint (34-26), and bench points (30-21). The Tornado held the rebounding advantage, 31-28, which led to their edge in second-chance points, 11-8.
Logan Lyle lead all scorers with 22 points, shooting 70 percent of all his shots taken on the day. He went 7-for-10 from the field with all but one shot taken from long range. He finished with six hits on nine attempts from deep and added four rebounds before fouling out of the game.
Jason Seymore joined him in the 20-point club with an even 20 on 7-of-9 from the field. He hit all five of his free throw attempts and added four assists in 38 minutes played. He also brought down seven rebounds.
Eddie Piccinini and Aaron Wheeler finished with double digit scoring nights with 14 and 10 points respectively on a combined 7-of-11 shooting from the field. Malcolm St. Louis neared a double-double on the night, finishing with a team-high nine rebounds and eight points. He also tallied three blocks, two assists, and a pair of steals.
USC Aiken featured five players with 10 or more points on the night, led by Ronald Zimmerman who fell short of his season average of 18.9 points per game. He also led the team with six assists. Paul Larsen and Kinley Branch held a share of the lead with five rebounds. Santoine Butler continued his success defensively adding to his 28 blocks this season with three more.
With their successful rebound after their loss to Lincoln Memorial on Dec. 16, King improves to 8-1 overall after its final nonconference game of the season. They will jump back into Conference Carolinas action with their unblemished 3-0 league record when they head to Wilson, N.C. for a matchup with the nationally-ranked, defending conference champion Barton Bulldogs. The Tornado and Bulldogs are primed for a Jan. 3 meeting and a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.
Jason Seymore posted his second straight double-double while King was led by Eddie Piccinini's 26 points in King's 24-point win over the Mars Hill Lions.
MARS HILL, N.C. – King Men's Basketball posted its second straight 100-point game led by senior guard Eddie Piccinini's 26 points, Tuesday night. Stanford Arena belonged to the Tornado as they rolled past the Lions in their home opener, 103-79. Jason Seymore recorded his second double-double in as many games with 20 points and 10 boards in the winning effort.
The first half turned into a shootout after both teams scored over 40 points and swapped leads multiple times in the first half. Mars Hill began to break away from their 12-12 tie, spurred by James Fields' three pointer just under the 15-minute mark. As part of a 12-3 run, Fields hit back-to-back threes with complimenting layups from teammates Will White, Khouraichi Thiam, and Kevin Haynes to build a six point lead, 21-15.
Mars Hill (1-2) held as much as a four point lead for much of the latter parts of the first half until King began a late run to regain the lead before halftime. With 2:24 remaining in the half and down 41-37, King featured a 10-point swing that was started by reserves James Scales and Brandon Crompton. The freshman, Scales, hit a short-range jumper in the paint to draw within two and after a missed shot by the Lions, Crompton came back on the fast break and laid in the game-tying basket to knotting the game at 41.
Following a Daron Guyton layup to give the Lions a short-lived two point lead, Eddie Piccinini hit his second long distance shot of the half to take the lead for the last time. He also closed the half with a third three-point shot to extend the King lead to six points, 49-43, before the closing horn.
King began the second half on a 13-4 run to give them their first double digit lead of the game via a layup by Piccinini. The senior guard hit two three pointers to open the half and contributed eight of the 13 points during the Tornado's opening rally.
After Jason Seymore (Powell, Tenn.) hit a three pointer to give the Tornado a 66-54 lead at 15:47, King never led by fewer than 11 points. They accumulated their first 20 point lead with eight minutes remaining with a Logan Lyle trey, putting King up 86-64, before scoring the team's next four points from in the painted area.
King hit the 100-point plateau for the second straight game when redshirt freshman Nathanael Hughes (Elizabethon, Tenn./Hampton H.S.) created a turnover with a steal and went the other way on a fast break for an easy layup. King went on to win by a 103-79 final score.
Fourteen Mars Hill turnovers in the second half helped King break out to their substantial lead as they led to 21 Tornado points.
Though the Tornado shot 54.1 percent from the field and nearly 47 percent from long range in the first half, they bettered those marks in the second half. Sophomore Logan Lyle (Unicoi, Tenn.) was a major contributor toward those improvements hitting 4-of-6 shots from the field and 3-of-5 from distance in the second half alone, accounting for 13 points. He totaled 18 points on the night.
Leading the way for King was senior Eddie Piccinini (Orlando, Fla.) who scored a season-high 26 points against the Lions on 9-of-16 shooting. He added six rebounds and four assists plus a steal. Piccinini now has 15 or more points in all four of the team's games this season.
Senior Jason Seymore notched his second double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds. The forward hit 6-of-10 from the field, all three of his three-point attempts, and all five of his free throws. He led the team with four steals on the night while adding three assists.
Freshman Malcolm St. Louis (Lebanon, Tenn.) scored a career-high 13 points in the win while adding a block and a steal. James Scales (Rodgersville, Tenn.) dished out a team best six assists in 15 minutes of action down the stretch.
Mars Hill had a hot set of hands in the first half shooting just above 47 percent from the field and just under that mark from three-point land. In the second half, those percentages fell to 30.0 and 22.2, respectively, and the Lions struggled at the free throw line with only five makes on 19 attempts.
Five players hit double figures in scoring for the Lions, led by Khouraichi Thiam (15). He also shared the lead for rebounds with Will White, both posting eight. Thiam registered four blocks on defense to lead the team in that category.
King improves to 4-0 with the win and will hop back into Conference Carolinas play as they finish their ongoing road trip in Mount Olive, N.C. to play the Trojans on Nov. 27. The Tornado will play host to Queens (N.C.) on Dec. 1 in their next home game inside the Student Center Complex. Tipoff for both games is set for 7:30 p.m.
Sophomore Bonnie Durrett recorded the first double-double of her young career in the Lady Tornado's 63-42 win at Mars Hill, Tuesday night.
MARS HILL, N.C. – Sophomore Bonnie Durrett recorded her first double-double of her career with the Lady Tornado in King's 63-42 road victory over the Mars Hill Lions, Tuesday night. Allison Bosse helped spoil the Lions home opener with a team-high 13 points while Durrett had 12 points and 13 rebounds.
As was the case in their previous game against Pfeiffer, King jumped out in front early on the Mars Hill Lions starting the game on a 16-4 run. The Lady Tornado caused eight turnovers during that run, contributing to the 22 total MHC turnovers forced during the game.
King held an advantage of 10 points or better for the entire first half until the final 15 seconds of the period when Candace Wilmoth hit a pair of free throws to trim the King lead to eight going into the locker room, 28-20. Thirteen of King's 28 first-half points were off of turnovers by the Lions.
Armeka Booker started the second half with a layup to cut deeper into the King lead, 28-22, but the Lady Tornado scored the next seven points to reacquire their double digit lead. Bonnie Durrett hit one of her two three pointers to extend King's lead to 11, 35-24, with 16:45 remaining in the game. FreshmanStephanie Brantley helped maintain that double-digit advantage with a three of her own at the 15-minute mark to increase the lead to 38-26.
Mars Hill shot 0-for-11 from three-point range in the second half, contributing to King's stronghold on the lead late in the game. They shot only 31 percent from the field during the second half but still managed to keep within striking distance of King.
With 6:41 remaining in the game, Armeka Booker laid in an easy two-point basket to draw within six of the Lady Tornado, 46-40. It was the last time Mars Hill would contest for the victory as King went on a 16-3 run to close out the game powered by four points from Kelly Jackson and Allison Bosse.
King largest lead of the game was 19 points, held with 1:22 remaining in the contest after Brantley hit another open jumper which also served as the last basket of the game.
The rebounding advantage went to King as they out boarded the Lions 51 to 36. Twenty-four of King's 51 rebounds were on the offensive end, resulting in 19 second chance points.
Three King players ended the night with 10 or more points, led by senior Allison Bosse. The Knoxville, Tenn. native led the team with 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field while hitting 5-of-6 free throw attempts and adding four rebounds to her line.
Sophomore transfer Bonnie Durrett (West Paducah, Ky./Jefferson College) recorded her first double-double of her young career with King, posting 12 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. She shot 4-for-12 from the field while hitting a pair of three pointers and free throws.
Junior Kelly Jackson (Lynchburg, Va./Elon) contributed 10 points and six rebounds. She shared the team lead in assists (3) with sophomore guard Chelsea Bowling (Elizabethton, Tenn./ETSU). Brooke Johnson (Roan Mountain, Tenn.) added nine points on 4-of-7 shooting from the point.
Mars Hill forward Armeka Booker led the Lions in scoring with 12 points on 6-of-12 shooting, all inside three-point range. Kelsey Espinosa led MHC with seven rebounds.
King (2-1, 1-0) will close out its ongoing three-game road trip with a conference matchup against Mount Olive on Nov. 27. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. The Lady Tornado will bring their game back to the Student Center Complex when they kick off a basketball doubleheader against Queens (N.C.), beginning at 5:30 p.m.
With six of the possible 25 points decided toward the battle for the inaugural Blue Ridge Cup, King College leads Lees-McRae College 4-2 after the fall athletic season.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – After the close of the fall athletic season, King College holds a slight edge over Lees-McRae College in the battle for the Blue Ridge Cup. After the first six events of the inaugural competition for the two rivals King leads in the overall standings, 4-2.
King and Lees-McRae began the 2012-13 Blue Ridge Cup competition by splitting a pair of matches between its women’s volleyball teams. The Lady Tornado ended a 58-match conference winning with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the Bobcats on Sept. 12 to earn the first points toward the cup standings. Lees-McRae delivered a vengeful blow with a 3-0 shutout in Banner Elk (N.C.) on Oct. 24 to even the score.
Lees-McRae took a one point lead following a 1-0 victory against the Lady Tornado soccer team. King evened the score later that evening when its men’s soccer team earned a 3-2 win, leveling the cup count to two points for each school.
Cross Country, thus far, has been the deciding sport so far as King took both points, in full. The Lady Tornado cross country team won its first conference championship while Lees-McRae placed eighth as a team. King earned the full point after its fourth place finish at the Southeast Regional Championships while Lees-McRae placed 22nd overall. The national qualifying Tornado men’s team also won its full point toward the standings after placed second at the conference championships and third at regionals, while the Bobcats ninth and 24th in the same events.
The race for the inaugural Blue Ridge Cup is far from over with 19 points still available to be decided. The next three points will be up for grabs in a matter of three days as both schools transition into the winter season. Men’s and women’s basketball will take the court on Jan. 21 while men’s volleyball will be in action on Jan. 24. All three events will be held at King. February will put four points on the line in the return contests for both basketball teams plus the first Conference Carolinas Indoor Track & Field Championships.
The Tornado and Bobcats share 17 varsity athletic teams which will be used to help determine an annual winner. Participating teams for both schools include men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s cycling, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track & field, men’s and women’s volleyball, and softball. Three academic components will also be used to award a total of three points toward the standings including NCAA graduation rate, the percentage of student-athletes named to the Academic All-Conference Team, and each school’s overall student-athlete grade point average.
A complete breakdown of past and upcoming events that will go toward the battle for the Blue Ridge Cup are provided below.
Madison Martin, Nic Stella, and Garrett Fosdyck all earned a top-3 finish in their respective weight classes at this weekend's King Open wrestling tournament.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King College Men's Wrestling displayed two second place finishers and one third place finisher at this weekend's King College Open, held in the Student Center Complex. Freshman Madison Martin continued his early run of success with a third place finish while Garrett Fosdyck and Nic Stella both were runners-up in their respective weight classes, leading the way for the Tornado. A total of nine King grapplers placed in the top-6 of their respective weight classes.
Heavyweights Garrett Fosdyck and Billy Swanson(Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) gave King two podium finishers in one weight classes as the two battled it out in Sunday's day-long tournament. Fosdyck, a redshirt sophomore from Mathews, Va., went the distance and earned second place in the 285-pound division after making a straight path toward the finals bout. He began his day with a big win by decision over Limestone's Aaron Rowe (10-4) before going on to a major decision win (14-3) over NCAA Division I wrestler Denzel Dejournette of Appalachian State. Fosdyck pinned Kenny Mason (Brewton Parker) just 49 seconds into the bout before matching up against teammate, Billy Swanson.
Swanson's path to the 285 semifinal bout included a pair of decisions after pinning his first opponent, Steven Salvatore of Limestone College. He went on to beat Deandre Johnson (Ferrum) 6-1 and earned a 2-1 decision win on a tiebreaker over Matthew Colter (Newberry).
In the semifinal bout, the dynamic duo met up but Fosdyck took care of the Swanson with a pin in just 53 seconds. With the win, Fosdyck advanced to the finals bout to take on Justin Kozera of Gardener Webb. The two went the distance but in the third round, Fosdyck fell by pin and placed second overall. Swanson advanced to the consolation quarterfinals and earned a fifth place finish.
Senior Nic Stella (Sweet Home, N.Y.) made a strong run through the 149-pound bracket with four wins out of the gate to put him in the finals. His first two bouts turned into easy victories after a 12-3 major decision over Paul Briggs (Ferrum) and a fall over Aaron Booker (Newberry) in the second period. Stella earned a 10-4 victory over Jeremiah Lutz (Brewton Parker) before being matched up with Newberry's Shawn Landgraff. Stella came out on top in a 5-3 decision win but lost in the finals to Deral Brown (Newberry) for second place finish.
Freshman Madison Martin had a very strong start to his day in the 125-pound bracket, pinning Immannuel Henderson (Brewton Parker) early in the second round and then followed with an 8-0 major decision over Limestone's Sam Murph. His second test from the Saints came from Brandon Harrison when after three periods the two were tied 8-8, forcing an overtime session. Martin scored a two-point play early to take the win, 10-8 and advance to the semifinal round. Eventual runner up Vito Pasone (Appalachian State) delivered a 13-9 loss, placing Martin in the consolation bracket where the Ringgold, Ga. native continued his run to a podium finish. He narrowly defeated Zach Bridson (Chattanooga), 10-9, to advance to the third place bout where he edged Appalachian State's Andrew Nie, 6-4.
Freshmen John Jones (Alabaster, Ala.) and Reggie Adams (Memphis, Tenn.) both advanced to the semifinal round of the 157-pound division and combined for five pins between them to that point. Adams defeated Michael Ross (Cumberlands) and Cody Cooper (Ferrum) both inside the first period. Jones won by fall over Ish Walker (Ferrum), Jacob Huggins (Limestone), and Austin Trott (Limestone) all in the first period, as well. Adams lost his next three bouts but finished sixth. Jones earned his fourth pin of the day over Oliver Broadest (Life) before losing to Austin Trott in the third place bout.
Three additional King wrestlers earned sixth place finishes on the day including Jerrell McCabe (133 lbs.), Marcelle McCabe (141 lbs.), and Trevor Wentt (165 lbs.).
At 174, freshman Jesse Masters (Alabaster, Ala.) earned a fifth place finish after going 4-2 in his bracket. After winning his opening bout by pin (1:09) over Sean Bateman (Cumberlands), he fell into the consolation bracket with a major decision loss to eventual champion Travis Sheehy (Newberry). Masters put together two more pins, both in the first period, to be placed in the fifth place bout against Ridge White (UNC-Pembroke), which he won by medical forfeit.
In all, King placed 10 wrestlers inside the top-6 of their respective weight classes. Nationally-ranked wrestler Tywan Claxton did not participate in the King Open.
King will return to the mat for its third open tournament of the season when they travel to St. Louis, Mo. for the Kauffman/Brand Open. The open will be held on Dec. 1 and hosted by Maryville University.
Led by senior Emily Martin, the King women's wrestling team placed third overall at the prestigious Harry Geris Memorial Duals.
LONDON, Ontario -- The No. 1 King Lady Tornado wrestling team traveled to London, Ontario to defend its team title at the Harry Geris Memorial Duals, held on Saturday afternoon. King finished third overall with a short lineup while Emily Martin was named the top American Wrestler of the tournament.
King defeated three different Canadian teams en route to a rematch with the No. 2 Oklahoma City Stars, where they dropped a 16-11 decision. They were put in a third place dual with Alberta, where they were victors by a 20-10 score to take third place as a team.
No. 3 Simon Fraser University defeated OCU in the finals, 21-11, to take the 2012 team title.
Senior Emily Martin earned the Henry Pillard Award for top American Wrestler.
More details will be provided at a later time.
Nearly every member of the King Tornado men's cross country team set new 10,000-meter personal reords at the NCAA Division II National Championships en route to a 27th place overall team finish.
JOPLIN, Mo. – In their first appearance at the NCAA Division II Men's Cross Country Championships, Spencer Frantom and the King Tornado finished 27th overall as a team. Spencer Frantom led the men with a 43rd place individual finish at the Robert W. Plaster Sports Complex, home of Missouri Southern State University. Six out of seven King runners set new 10k personal bests in the event.
Spencer Frantom, a native of Morristown, Tenn., was the first King harrier to cross the finish line in Saturday morning's 10,000-meter championship race. The junior completed the course in 30:31.3 to finish 43 overall in a field of 245 runners.
At the halfway point, Frantom was in 58th position after finishing 5,000 meters in 14:53, 30 seconds off the pace of the leader at that point. He improved by 15 positions with a 15:37.8 time in the second leg of the race.
Frantom bettered his most previous 10k time from the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championship by more than one minute. The all-region selection shaved off 1:19.3 from his second place finish from the regional championships two weeks ago.
Despite such a strong performance, Frantom narrowly missed out from being named a NCAA All-American by three positions and just six seconds. The top-40 finishers at the national meet are awarded All-American honors. With his much improved 10k time, Frantom finished just 17 seconds behind the Southeast Regional champion, Pardon Ndhlovu (UNC-Pembroke), who placed 32nd overall as an individual (30:14.2).
The second half of the Morristown, Tenn. duo, Jordan Noe, put together another strong 10k performance. The sophomore also shortened his previous 10,000-meter time by nearly 20 seconds from the regional championship meet on Nov. 3. Noe finished 111th overall with a finish time of 31:37.5. He finished the first 5,000 meters in 15:15.4, almost a full minute better than his 5k victory at the Pre-Conference Championship meet time, where the all-region honoree was 81st at the halfway point.
Sophomores Dickson Kurgat (Naidi Hills, Kenya) and Jordan Smith (Lebanon, Tenn.) each finished in the top 200. Kurgat, an all-conference selection, matched his performance from the regional championship and placed 187th overall with a finish time of 32:36.5. Smith was just five spots behind his teammate and posted a strong final 5,000 meters (16:55.2), improving 18 spots to finish 192nd. He completed the 10k course in 32:45.1.
Both King freshmen set new personal bests in the 10k as Brent Swiney (Bristol, Va./John Battle H.S.) and Garrett Watts (Fort Blackmore, Va.) finished inside 34 minutes. Watts bettered his previous 10k time by six seconds, finishing 222nd in 33:21.9. Swiney finished six seconds behind his teammate (33:27.8) in 226th position but improved upon his last 10k time by 30 seconds for a new personal best.
Taylor Dix also ran for the Tornado and set a new personal best, breaking the 34-minute barrier. He finished 232nd with 33:54.7.
Of the 32 teams that competed in the Division II Men's Cross Country Championship, King placed 27th overall with 664 team points. The team's average finish time was 32:10.5.
King finished in front of Conference Carolinas champion Mount Olive (28th) by 23 points and an average finish time five seconds better than the Trojans. Southeast Regional champion Columbus State finished 24th overall with 606 team points.
"I am really proud of the team's performance today and all season long," said Head Coach Peter Dalton. "They really worked hard from start to finish and everybody gave everything they had. I think they have been rewarded well for their efforts."
Six of King's seven runners set new 10k personal records with Dickson Kurgat just missing his personal best set two weeks ago by one second.
"I am really impressed with how each person came out and did today," said Dalton of his team setting a host of new PRs. "They have done it all season long but doing it on a big stage such as this is a real feat."
Adams State (34) won the team overall championship, placing runners in second, third, and fourth place to pace the team. Micah Chelimo of Alaska-Anchorage won the individual championship, clocking in a 28:56.6 performance.
Though the season concludes, the men's cross country team may reflect on many successes from the 2012 season. King steadily improved over the course of the season in an array of 5-, 8-, and 10k events. Beginning with the UNC-Charlotte Invitational (Sept. 28) where two harriers clinched new personal bests. Two weeks later, King enjoyed a team victory at the Pre-Conference Meet on Oct. 5 where Noe took the individual victory. Noe continued his success with his second individual victory and was named Conference Carolinas Runner of the Year at the conference championships, helping the Tornado to a second place finish. After Spencer Frantom and Noe finished second and third, in that order, King placed third at the regional championship to advance to Nationals for the first time in program history.
"I am very optimistic for our team going into the 2013 season," said Dalton. "We return our entire team returns next year since we do not graduate anybody and we will only have two seniors. I think a top-15 finish at the national level is a very realistic possibility."
Logan Lyle led the Tornado with 19 points and was one of five King players to reach double digit point totals in their 103-78 win over the Pfeiffer Falcons.
MISENHEIMER, N.C. – King Men's Basketball held an early lead that was never relinquished in the team's conference opener, resulting in a 103-78 victory over the Pfeiffer Falcons. Five Tornado players finished the game with 10 or more points helping them to their third straight victory to start the 2012-13 campaign.
After falling behind by four points in the first two minutes of the contest, King responded with a 15-0 run to take a 16-5 lead by the 13-minute mark of the first half. Senior captain Eddie Piccinini (Orlando, Fla.) spurred the run by converting a three-point play when he made a layup and fouled on the play. A
After giving his team a 6-5 lead, King continued the run to build their lead to 12 points under the 12-minute mark.
King regained a double-digit lead with a three-point make by freshman Aaron Wheeler (Morristown, Tenn.) with 9:23 remaining in the first half and never trailed by less than 10 points from the moment on. King extended that lead to as 24 with less than two minutes to go in the first half when James Scales got in on the scoring action, giving King a 55-31 lead. The Tornado took a 16 point lead into the locker room with Logan Lyle scoring 17 of his 19 total points in the first 20 minutes of action.
Both teams came out firing in the second half with Pfeiffer creeping back into the game near the midway point of the second half after Kenny Tappin hit a three pointer to draw within 11. King replied with seven consecutive points through buckets from Piccinini, senior Jason Seymore, and freshman Drew Standifer.
King hit the 100-point mark with a layup with 1:49 remaining in the game and built their largest lead of the night, 28 points, when Brandon Crompton hit a short-range jump shot with under a minute left, 103-75.
With his 19 points, Logan Lyle is now the third different leading scorer in King's three games this season. Jason Seymore (Powell, Tenn.) posted his first double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor.
King (3-0, 1-0) shot north of 54 percent with aid of 4-for-6 shooting nights from both Michael Fortune (Beckley, W.Va.) and Aaron Wheeler. Both were part of a five-man party that posted 10 or more points on the night as Fortune ended the game with 11 points while Wheeler ended with 15. Also finishing with 10-plus points was Eddie Piccinini with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field.
The Tornado will continue play on the road when they play the Mars Hill Lions in non-conference action on Nov. 20. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. They will return to the Student Center Complex on Dec. 1 when they host Queens (N.C.).
Alley Sprouse led the Lady Tornado with 15 points in King's 63-55 loss to the Pfeiffer Falcons, Saturday afternoon.
MISENHEIMER, N.C. – King Women's Basketball took an eight point lead into halftime before the Pfeiffer Falcons rallied in the second half. The Lady Tornado allowed 36 points in the second half and fell in their Conference Carolinas opener, 63-55. Alley Sprouse led the Lady Tornado with 15 points and five rebounds.
After coming out of the first half with an eight point lead, 35-27, Pfeiffer immediately came out to go on a 15-1 run over a span of 7:50. Pfeiffer jumped out to a six point lead, 42-36, at the end of the run and held on to the advantage for much of the second half.
King came within a basket of the Falcons on multiple occasions, making its first threat at retaking the lead near the six-minute mark. Alley Sprouse hit an open jumper to being the game within two points, 51-49, a deficit that King fought to keep heading into the final three minutes of the game.
With 2:55 remaining, King trailed 55-53 following a pair of made free throws by sophomore Chelsea Bowling (Elizabethton, Tenn.). As time wound down, Pfeiffer began 8-2 run that helped them pull away with a win. King went 0-for-4 from the field down the stretch, hitting only two free throw attempts to improve their score. After Brooke Johnson hit two shots from the charity stripe to bring King within three points, Brittany Cox made a three with 25 seconds remaining to secure the win.
King started strong in the first half building a double digit lead midway through the opening half. With the score 12-11 in favor of the hosts, King went on a 13-0 run led by a strong attack combining of Kelly Jackson (Lynchburg, Va.), Alley Sprouse (Newport, Tenn.) and Brooke Johnson (Roan Mountain, Tenn.). King held as large as a 14 point lead in the final eight minutes of the first half before the Falcons began to chip away at the lead.
Sophomore Alley Sprouse led the Lady Tornado with 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor on the day. She registered a career-high six blocks to lead both sides while adding five rebounds.
Junior Kelly Jackson joined her teammate in double digit scoring with 11 points and also shot north of 50 percent on the night (5-9). Freshman Bonnie Durrett led the team with nine rebounds.
King (1-1, 0-1 Conference Carolinas) will travel to Mars Hill, N.C. for a nonconference match against the Lions of Mars Hill College. The Lady Tornado are in the middle of a three-game streak of road games before returning to the Student Center Complex on Dec. 1 to host Queens (N.C.).
In the finals seconds of the game King made a defensive stand that sealed a two-point win in their season opener over the Virginia Union Panthers.
RICHMOND, Va. – King Men's Basketball opened its season in dramatic fashion by overcoming a seven-point deficit in the second half. The Tornado held on with a defensive stand in the final seconds of the contest for a 71-69 victory. Eddie Piccinini led the Tornado in its opener with 23 points.
After taking the lead with a three pointer by sophomore Logan Lyle with over four minutes remaining in the game, King held as much as a four-point lead before both teams went without a point over a two minute span of time. Virginia Union's Juan Wilson broke that drought with a layup to cut the King lead to two, 69-67. Kimar Johnson committed the team's 10th foul, giving Drew Standifer a chance at two free throws where he split the pair and put the Tornado up three.
Standifer, in return, committed his first foul to put Damion Harris at the line where he hit two free throws to bring the Panthers within one, 70-69, with 26 seconds remaining. Virginia Union immediately fouled Jason Seymore on the inbound, putting the senior at the line. Seymore missed the front end of two shots from the charity stripe but connected on the second to give King a two-point lead with 14 seconds remaining.
The Panthers' Calvin Brown went in for a layup but missed with the ball trickling out of bounds last touched by the Tornado. On the inbound pass, Seymore thwarted any opportunity at the basket by making the team's 10th steal to give King possession as time expired, giving King a 71-69 win.
King (1-0) was down as many as seven points with just over 10 minutes left to go before the turn of the game's tide. Eddie Piccinini (Orlando, Fla.) went on spurt where he scored 10 of the Tornado's next 14 points, including a pair of three-point shots. The senior gave King its first lead of the since the start of the second half on a pair of free throw makes with 5:12 left in the game.
The Tornado held the lead through the entire first half, mounting a lead as many as 15 points. They began the game on an 11-3 run with points coming from five different scorers. Jason Seymore and Piccinini helped King reach that 15-point plateau with back-to-back three pointers to make it a 27-12 game with 9:48 in the first half. That lead diminished as the half wore on. In the final 4:52, Virginia Union went on a 14-1 run to cut the gap to one point, 36-35.
The Panthers took the lead on their first possession of the second half with a made jumper by Juan Wilson, continuing their ongoing rally toward a six-point lead, 43-37. Junior Michael Fortune snapped the King drought with a three pointer three and one half minutes into the half. Each team exchanged blows before King rallied seven points down to earn the win.
Piccinini had 10 points in the first half but outdid himself in the second with an additional 13 to combine for a team-leading 23 points. He did so on an afternoon that he shot 50 percent from the field on 7-of-14 shooting. From distance, Piccinini hit 5-of-8 to lead the team in that category, as well, while finishing with eight assists.
In his first regular season game with the Tornado, freshman center Drew Standifer (Knoxville, Tenn.) scored 12 points and was the only player to join Piccinini with double-digit points. Standifer went 4-of-7 from the field and added three rebounds.
Fellow freshmen Aaron Wheeler (Morristown, Tenn.) and Malcolm St. Louis (Lebanon, Tenn.) each scored eight points in their first action in a Tornado uniform. St. Louis went a perfect 4-for-4 from the field while Wheeler went 4-of-7. Both ended the day with two assists.
Jason Seymore (Powell, Tenn.) led the team with seven rebounds and added five points in his first action since the 2010-11 season. Michael Fortune led the team with nine assists and added six points.
Damoin Harris led the Panthers with 17 points while teammate Kimar Johnson joined him in double digits with 13 points. Johnson finished with a double-double also bringing down 10 rebounds.
King's next action will be at home on Wednesday, Nov. 14 when they host the Tusculum Pioneers. Action from within the Student Center Complex will begin at 5 p.m. with the women's team playing Virginia Intermont. The men are scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.
The King Lady Tornado dropped a 3-0 decision to the No. 1 seed Belmont Abbey Crusaders in the Conference Carolinas Tournament Quarterfinal, ending their season.
BELMONT, N.C. – Summer Kremer led the Lady Tornado with 10 kills in a losing effort against the Belmont Abbey Crusaders in the opening round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament. The Crusaders defeated the Lady Tornado, 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-23), ending King's season with a 16-16 overall record.
Belmont Abbey and King went neck and neck through the first 22 points of the first game. The Crusaders began their breakaway with the score tied at 11 when Hannah Schellenberg and Caitlin Hankins posted back-to-back kills to take a two-point lead. King did not allow the Abbey to separate any further until they hit the 20-point marker when Hannah and Lydia Schellenberg paired up to give Belmont Abbey a 23-18 lead. With a Lauren Willoughby attack error, Caitlin Hankins finished the game with her second kill of the set.
King fell behind by six heading into the latter half of the second set before King ran off a 5-1 run to bring them within two points, 18-16. The trio of Schellenberg sisters helped break away by scoring five of their final six points. Hannah Schellenberg notched three of those points via kill, including the final point that clinched a 25-22 set victory.
The Lady Tornado fell behind early but continued to keep within striking distance. Behind by five points, 18-13, King began to creep back to behind a kills from Lauren Willoughby and Mariah Herington. With kills from the two plus a ball handling error by Kay Schellenberg, King downsized the Belmont Abbey to three, 21-18. The Crusaders built their lead back to four points, 24-20, before King broke match point three times with kills by Kelsey Griffitts, Willoughby and Herington.
Belmont Abbey called a timeout to break the momentum being built before Kay and Hannah Schellenberg combined for the match-clinching kill and a 3-0 victory.
In the loss, sophomore Summer Kremer (Mills River, N.C.) led the team with 10 kills on 28 attacks (.179) and added six digs.
Lauren Willoughby (Cary, N.C.) led the team with 32 attempts and registered nine kills. Fellow freshman Olivia Underwood (Pearland, Texas) tallied 30 of King's 35 assists while sister Grace Underwood led the team with three block assists and a solo block. Kelsey Griffitts also put together two solo blocks.
King held the block advantage over Belmont Abbey with seven team blocks to the Crusaders' one.
Leading Belmont Abbey offensively was Hannah Schellenberg, who finished the night with 20 kills, 11 coming in the second set alone. She hit at a .769 clip, committing no errors on 26 attempts. She also had 12 digs for a double-double on the day.
The loss ends King's season after the team made a late push to advance to the Conference Carolinas Tournament as the No. 3 seed out of the West Division. The Lady Tornado finish the year 16-16 overall after a year in which they housed three All-Conference selections and the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year, Payton Tipton.
Payton Tipton garnered Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year honor while Summer Kremer and Olivia Underwood also were named to All-Conference teams.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Payton Tipton was named the Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year the league announced on Friday. The sophomore was also named to the All-Conference Second Team, as was Summer Kremer, while Olivia Underwood earned Third Team honors.
Payton Tipton (Cleveland, Tenn.) has 437 total digs this season and has the second-most in conference play with 226. Tipton has been all over the court for the Lady Tornado as she has had seven matches this season with at least 20 digs and is averaging 3.90 digs per set (fifth in the league). Her season-high of 25 digs came against Francis Marion, which was just three short of her career high. Tipton also leads the Lady Tornado in with 41 service aces for the season.
Summer Kremer (Mills River, N.C.) leads the conference in kills by 42 with 438, and is second in the league with 3.71 kills per set. The sophomore has had double-digit kills in 25 of her 31 matches this season, including a stretch at one point of double-digit kills in 18-of-19. Kremer has registered at least 20 kills four times, including a career-high 27 kills at Mount Olive. She currently ranks 42nd in NCAA Division II in kills per set (3.71) and is fifth in total kills.
Olivia Underwood (Pearland, Texas) has been the primary setter for King this season, posting 901 total assists for the season. Her 8.42 assists per set is good enough for fourth in the conference. Underwood has also been an asset on defense with 179 digs this year (1.67 digs per set).
Tipton, Kremer, Underwood, and the rest of the Lady Tornado will face Belmont Abbey in the Conference Carolinas Quarterfinals on Saturday. First service in Belmont, N.C. is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
A full list of the Conference Carolinas postseason accolades are provided below.
For the first time in King Men's Cross Country history, the Tornado qualified for national competition after finishing third at the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championships.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – King College Men's Cross Country will be represented in national competition for the first time in the program's history after qualifying for the NCAA Division II National Championship on Saturday. The Tornado, paced by Spencer Frantom and Jordan Noe, finished third overall as a team at the Southeast Regional Championships, hosted by Queens (N.C.) at McAlpine Creek Park. The Lady Tornado narrowly missed out on qualifying for Nationals, finishing a respectable fourth place on the women's side.
Morristown, Tenn. natives Spencer Frantom and Jordan Noe packed a 1-2 punch at the top of the Tornado lineup, finishing second and third respectively pacing King. The two flipped roles after the Conference Carolinas Championships with Frantom being the first Tornado harrier to cross the finish line. The junior finished second overall with a time of 31:50.6. Noe (31:56.3) came in third place overall just six seconds off his teammate's pace.
Both runners improved from their 10k times at last year's regional competition. Frantom improved from last year's time by 40 seconds and 11 positions after a 13th place finish in 2011. Noe improved upon last season's regional time by 31 seconds. The twosome finished together last year as well, completing the course 13th and 14th.
Anchoring the middle of the Tornado lineup, sophomore Dickson Kurgat (Naidi Hills, Kenya) ran a solid 32:35.7, good for 15th overall in the field of 168 runners. Jordan Smith (Lebanon, Va.) finished in 32nd place, clocking in at 33:13.7. Closing out the King running order was freshman Garrett Watts (Bristol, Va./John Battle H.S.) with a 33:27.2 time and a 39th place finish.
"The men simply wanted it more than anybody out there," said Head Coach Peter Dalton. "They ran like national qualifiers and they deserve to advance. Spencer [Frantom] and Jordan [Noe] ran exceptional today. Dickson [Kurgat] ran a really solid race. Top to bottom, they all did very well."
The men's team finished third overall with a total of 91 points and automatically qualify for the NCAA Division II National Championships, held in Joplin, Mo. on Nov. 17. This marks the first time in the program's history that King will advance to the National Championships.
"We're incredibly excited for the opportunity to go the Nationals," said Dalton. "The men have been working really hard all year long for this and it is well deserved."
With their individual finishes Noe, Frantom, and Kurgat all earn a place on the All-Region Team. The top-25 finishers on both sides are awarded the honor. This marks the second time both Noe and Frantom were named to the All-Region Team and Kurgat's first such award.
They will join Mount Olive College as the second Conference Carolinas school to represent the Southeast Region at the NCAA Division II National Championships. Columbus State finished first as a team, edging out the Trojans (63) by 14 points to finish atop the region. UNC-Pembroke's Pardon Ndhlovu was the top individual finisher with a 31:19.2 run.
The women's team ran hard and finished as the top Conference Carolinas school in the 27-team field. The Lady Tornado finished fourth overall with 156 points and were led by junior Kendra Sokol (Kingsport, Tenn./Dobyns-Bennett H.S.).
Sokol was the first Lady Tornado runner to cross the finish line, placing sixth overall in the field of 182. She completed the 6k course in 23:05.3 and was the second runner from the conference to cross the finish line. Sokol narrowly missed out on qualifying for Nationals as an individual. She was 10 second of the place of third place finisher, Liva Mahaffie (UNC-Pembroke), for the qualifying spot. The top three race finishers automatically qualify for national competition.
Junior Eliza Parker (Oswego, N.Y.) was the next harrier to cross the finish line for King, placing 28th with a time of 23:49.8. Danielle Beauvais (Winchester, Va.), Evan Ferrell (Richlands, Va.), and Tabitha Arwood (Lebanon, Va.) closed out the King starting five, in that order.
In her final meet as a Tornado, senior Danielle Beauvais finished 39th overall with a 24:02.3. Ferrell (24:22.5) and Arwood (24:24.1) finished together in 49th and 50th, respectively.
By placing fourth as a team, King will not advance to national competition and their season comes to a close.
"They gave it everything they had," said Dalton. "It just was not their day. It was a great effort on their part that just came up a bit short. Still, it has been a great season for the ladies."
By finishing sixth overall, Sokol also earned a spot on the All-Region Team, making for a total of four King Tornado runners to be given the honor. This is the second time in her career Sokol was named All-Region.
Columbus State also won the women's side of the regional meet with 87 points while Clayton State and UNC-Pembroke finished second and third, in that order. King finished two spots ahead of fellow Conference Carolinas school, Mount Olive (216). Montevallo's Kaley Glover won the meet as an individual with a 22:40.4 finish time.
Click here for complete information regarding the NCAA Division II National Championships. The championships will be held on Nov. 17 in Joplin, Mo. and hosted by Missouri Southern State University.
WCWA No. 1 Lady Tornado defeated Missouri Baptist and the University of the Cumberlands by large margins at the King College Duals.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The No. 1 King Lady Tornado went a combined 18-2 in individual bouts en route to a pair of wins in Saturday's King College Duals. The Lady Tornado defeated Missouri Baptist by a score of 36-6 prior to taking care of No. 5 University of the Cumberlands, 37-4. With two wins, King improves to 7-1 in team duals. King's Scarlett team also took three wins away, including one over Cumberlands' varsity squad.
King, currently ranked No. 1 by the Women's College Wrestling Association (WCWA), began their opening bout against Missouri Baptist with three straight wins by fall. Shannon Constantine (Haverhill, Ma.) and Samantha Klingel (Kresgeville, Pa.) both pinned their respective opponents in the first period of action, adding to defending national champion Emily Martin's fall over Caitlyn Chase. King won four straight bouts and picked the pace back up with Katarina Perez's win by decision in the 136-pound bout. Hannah Martin's technical fall victory over Sarah Holdman sealed the team's win, though King added three more wins by decision to lead to a 36-6 win over the Spartans.
The Lady Tornado returned to the mat against No. 5 University of the Cumberlands and after dropping the opening bout of the match, ran the table the rest of the way en route to a 37-4 win over the Patriots. Down 3-0 after the 101-pound bout, King outscored the Patriots 37-1 through the remaining nine bouts that included two tech falls and three pins. Emily Martin (Frisco, Texas) got the ball rolling with a technical fall over Alex Campbell (0-6, 0-7). The Lady Tornado surrendered only one point the rest of the way in their second match victory of the day.
Julia Salata (Canton, Mich.) won both of her bouts at 155 pounds, each by decision, surrendering only one point in four periods of action. Freshman Malexis McAdoo (Amarillo, Texas) took a pair of victories away, including a fall over Janet Mitchell in the second period.
King dressed a second team, the Scarlett squad, which took three wins away from Missouri Baptist and both Cumberlands squads. Ashley Iliff, Marina Sanchez, Kayla Brendlinger, Kayla Bartosch, and Rebecca Mattes all went 3-0 on the day. They defeated the Cumberlands Red team, 32-11, Missouri Baptist, 25-20, and the Patriots varsity squad, 29-15.
The Tornado will split their squads in their next competitions on Nov. 11. The team will participate in the Missouri Valley Open in Marshall, Mo. while select individuals will compete in the prestigious NYAC Open in New York, N.Y. Last year, Alli Ragan was named Most Outstanding Wreslter at the competition among some of the world's best grapplers.
King Athletics and SAAC will host a relief fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Sandy during the Tornado Men's Basketball exhibition, Nov. 6. With a donation of cash or supplies, admission will be free and fans will have a chance to win prizes.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In lieu of the tragic events that continue to plague the northeast as a result of Hurricane Sandy, King Athletics and the King Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will host a relief fundraiser for those affected by its effects on Nov. 6. Fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable and emergency supplies or make a cash donation that will be donated to the American Red Cross to help those in need. With your donation, fans will be admitted to the game free of charge and be entered into a drawing for prizes, including a VISA gift card and iTunes gift card, in appreciation of their generosity.
Admission for the Nov. 6 men's basketball exhibition game versus University of Virginia – Wise will be waived with a monetary donation or emergency supplies to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Supplies that are welcome include bottled water, blankets, non-perishable food, and any emergency kit items. Monetary donations are preferred.
King students, faculty, and staff that donate items a cash donation exceeding $1 will be entered into a drawing for various prizes that include King gear and apparel generously donated by the Tornado Alley Shoppe and combo dinner meal certificates for the King's Den, provided by Aramark. One ticket will be given to fans for every dollar donation received. Donations will be accepted through halftime of the game. Drawings for prizes will begin after the start of the second half.
All donations will be gifted, in their entirety, to the American Red Cross to help in the relief effort.
Hurricane Sandy has caused over an estimated $10 billion in damage spanning along the eastern seaboard of the United States, applying the most devastating destruction in the Northeast. People from over five states were evacuated, lost homes, property, and loved ones due to the tragic events of the storm. All donations of any kind will be graciously accepted.
Admission without a donation for the King/UVA-Wise game on Tuesday, Nov. 6 is $5. Tipoff for the game is set for 7 p.m. inside the Student Center Complex (Bristol, Tenn.).
King College defeated the Limestone Saints, 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-21) on Senior Night, sending Jessica Hammond out a winner and the team with a spot in the postseason tournament.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Lady Tornado Volleyball celebrated Senior Night with a captivating win over the Limestone Saints that clinched their spot in the 2012 Conference Carolinas Women's Volleyball Tournament. King defeated Limestone 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-21) in their regular season finale at the Student Center Complex, Friday night. Summer Kremer led the Lady Tornado with 17 kills while Payton Tipton led the defense with as many digs.
King surrendered the first set to the Saints in large part due to a 7-2 run by Limestone at the beginning of the first set that created distance between the two teams. The Saints' largest lead of the set was six points, fueled by the blocking combination of Jessica Onken and Nikki Eno, who combined for two of the team's three blocks, and nine King hitting errors. King stormed back from a six-point deficit at 22-16 to draw within one point, but after a timeout by the Saints, Emylee Gotsch and Haley Thomas threw down one kill each to take the first set, 25-23.
Summer Kremer (Mills River, N.C.) and Kelsey Griffitts (Bristol, Va./John Battle H.S.) woke the Lady Tornado up with four kills each in the second set, accompanying Maribeth Kern's three service aces. Neither team led by more than a point until King went on a 6-0 run with the score tied 15-15. Kern, a native of Buchanan, Va., posted three consecutive service aces to help in that run, giving King a 21-15 advantage. Grace Underwood (Pearland, Texas) helped keep the momentum rolling with her third kill of the frame before tossing up an ace from the service line to put King up 23-17. The second half of the Texas twosome, Olivia Underwood, finished off the frame with a kill to tie the match at one, 25-20.
The Lady Tornado jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead, but it did not last long before Limestone came back to tie it up at eight. Tied at 13, Maribeth Kern went wild at the service line, leading King out to a 10-point rally that featured six Saints errors and three more service aces. At 23-13, Limestone took a timeout and chipped away at the King lead but Sumer Kremer put points 24 and 25 down to take a 2-1 advantage in the match.
Kremer continued to hit well, registering the first two kills of the clinching fourth frame to help King out to a 5-1 lead early, prompting a Limestone timeout. King held that edge behind Kremer's five kills and Grace Underwood's four in the set. The Lady Tornado held a lead as large as eight points before the Saints began to close the gap to three, 23-20. Together, G. Underwood and Kremer slammed down the team's final two points to win the set and match.
King hosted two players with 10-plus kills. Grace Underwood finished with 12 kills on 23 attempts (.304). She also led the two with a pair of block assists in the middle.
Sophomore Summer Kremer led the team with 17 kills on 26 attempts (.278). She now has totaled 10 or more kills in her last three contests to close out the regular season.
Sophomore libero Payton Tipton (Cleveland, Tenn.) defended the floor with a team-high 17 digs. She finishes the season with 10 or more digs in four of her last five games.
Emylee Gotsch led the Saints with 10 kills on 45 attempts while Rebecca Kerrison posted 14 digs. Nikki Eno helped Limestone accumulate 10.0 team blocks, tallying two solo blocks and six block assists.
The win by the Lady Tornado clinches their spot in the 2012 Conference Carolinas Women's Volleyball Tournament. Play around the league will dictate what seed King acquires and where they will play their first round tournament contest. An announcement about the team's playoff destination will be made after the conclusion of the final conference game on Nov. 6.
Prior to the game, senior Jessica Hammond (Kingsport, Tenn./Sullivan South H.S.) was honored for her contributions to the Lady Tornado volleyball program. She has played in 11 matches, starting five of those as a defensive specialist. She has totaled 12 service aces on the year, six of which coming against Winston-Salem State University on Thursday, Nov. 1.
The King men's and women's cross country teams are set for the 2012 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championship, being held Saturday in Charlotte, N.C.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The 2012 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Cross Country Championships will be held this Saturday, Nov. 3. The newly minted Conference Carolinas Champion Lady Tornado cross country team will join the men in Charlotte, N.C. to vie for one of the top three positions that will continue their season at the NCAA National Championships in Joplin, Mo. The first race will begin at 10 a.m. at McAlpine Creek Park.
The Conference Carolinas champion women's cross country team will be paced by junior Kendra Sokol (Kingsport, Tenn./Dobyns-Bennett H.S.) who placed second overall at the conference championships to lead the Lady Tornado. Her time of 19:18.50 on the 5k course was just nine second off the pace of the event winner and was one of three top-10 finishes for King.
Evan Ferrell (Richlands, Va.) and Eliza Parker (Oswego, N.Y.) were the second and third top-10 finishers on the squad. Ferrell finished fifth overall with a 19:57.30 time with Parker following closely behind in their pack, breaking 20 minutes and finishing sixth (19:59.08). King after Tabby Arwood crossed the line in 15th position, the Lady Tornado sealed their first conference championship in the sport, finishing first of 12 teams with 42 points. All five runners earned All-Conference honors with a top-15 placing.
The men's team featured the 2012 Conference Carolinas individual champion with sophomore Jordan Noe (Morristown, Tenn.) who finished the 8k course in 25:39.78 for his second collegiate win of his career and second straight victory, both coming on the same course. Teammate and fellow Morristown, Tenn. native Spencer Frantom helped seal a 1-2 finish for the Tornado, finishing just nine seconds behind Noe. Dickson Kurgat (Naidi Hills, Kenya) supported the team with an eighth place finish (26:29.57). King's fourth and fifth runners held their own when Jordan Smith (Lebanon, Va.) and Brent Swiney (Bristol, Va./John Battle H.S.) placed 16th and 18th overall. King took second overall on the men's side behind Mount Olive.
Regional rankings released Oct. 27 following the conference championships bumped the Lady Tornado from fourth place in the Southeast Region to second overall. The men's squad dropped from second to fourth. The top three team finishers at the 2012 Southeast Regional Championship will advance to the NCAA Division II National Championship, held in Joplin, Mo., on Nov. 17.
Saturday's races will be help at McAlpine Creek Park (Charlotte, N.C.) and be hosted by Queens University of Charlotte. The first gun will go off for the men's 10,000-meter race at 10 a.m. while the women's 6,000-meter race will commence at 11 a.m. The regional championship home page can be found by clicking here.
King College Men’s and Women’s Cross Country will head to Frank Liske Park in Concord, N.C. for the 2012 Conference Carolinas Championships to be held on Friday.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Capping off the conference cross country season is step one of King Cross Country’s postseason quest for a return to Nationals. They will take that first step this Friday afternoon, Oct. 19, at the Conference Carolinas Cross Country Championships at Frank J. Liske Park, in Concord, N.C. with high expectations of finishing where they last left that same course just two weeks ago, at the top.
The men’s team is currently ranked second in the Southeast Region and will take that with them to Concord with intentions to ensure their spot at the regional championships. They come off a stellar performance at the Pre-Championship Meet held on the same course they will compete on Friday where they placed first overall with a near-perfect score of 17 points.
Jordan Noe (Morristown, Tenn.) earned his first collegiate win at the Pre-Championship meet, racing across the line in 16:10 on the 5k course. Though Noe topped the list of runners for both King and overall, he was not alone in the race for the top of the standings. Of the top seven overall positions, six belonged to King harriers, falling two points shy of a perfect score.
Season-long standout Spencer Frantom (Morristown, Tenn.) finished second, just two seconds behind Noe and was followed by teammates Dickson Kurgat (3, 16:21.89), Brent Swiney (5, 16:57.64), and Garrett Watts (7, 17:03.04).
The course will be extended to 8,000 meters (8k) but bodes well for the men’s team which participated in three different 8k events prior to the Pre-Championship meet. Spencer Frantom posted the team’s best individual performance for an 8,000-meter race, finished 40th out of 240 runners at the UNC-Charlotte Invitational on Sept. 28. That day he finished 25:30.48 to lead the team while teammate Dickson Kurgat (Naidi Hills, Kenya) also set a new personal record (PR) at that distance of 26:01.12.
Helping sure up the King lineup are two emerging freshmen, Brent Swiney (Bristol, Va./John Battle H.S.) and Garrett Watts (Fort Blackmore, Va.) who have each seen their PRs drop in three 8k races. Swiney finished alongside his teammates in the first meet of the season, crossing the line 15 seconds short of Jordan Noe and less than a minute behind Frantom. Since his first race, he has seen his top time dwindle below the 27-minute marker where he holds a PR of 26:50.82 set on Sept. 14. Watts has seen even more dramatic improvement with his top time dropping more than two minutes from his first meet to 27:22.87.
The women are currently ranked fifth in the Southeast Region and fighting for a top-three position in the rankings heading into the conference championship. They made a good push in their first appearance at Frank Liske Park two week ago, matching the men’s team with a first place team finish and placing four of their five runners inside the top-10 for the event.
Junior Evan Ferrell (Richlands, Va.) led the team at the Pre-Championship meet finishing third overall with a 15:21.99 time on the 4k course. Teammate Kendra Sokol (Kingsport, Tenn./Dobyns-Bennett H.S.) finished fourth, just behind her while junior Eliza Parker and Danielle Beauvais rounded out the top 10 in seventh and tenth place, respectively.
The women’s course will also be extended for the Conference Championship, measuring a distance of 5,000 meters (5k). Prior to their first outing at Frank Liske Park, the Lady Tornado had been participating on 6k courses in their first three meets. The team’s best showing occurred on Sept. 14 at the Virginia Tech Invitational where three runners set new PRs that day and helped the team to a fifth place finish overall. Ferrell set a new personal best of 23:57.62 and finished 47th at the meet while freshman Tabitha Arwood (Lebanon, Va.) also set a new top time of 26:04.12.
Hannah Witt (Mountain City, Tenn.) was the third Lady Tornado to set a new PR at the Virginia Tech Invitational, but will not participate in the Conference Carolinas Championship due to a foot injury that has kept her out of action since.
Despite the loss of Witt, the team has answered the call with Ferrell and Sokol picking up where their senior leader left off and bringing in a strong freshman class for valuable experience heading into the season’s biggest meet, to date.
The women’s 5k race will begin at 4 p.m. and the men’s 8k race is set to begin at 5 p.m. Maps for each course are provided above.
In addition to the championship races being held, host school Belmont Abbey College will also be announcing the All-Conference Team which includes the top 15 finishers of each race, the Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, and Coach of the Year honors. All awards will be presented after both races conclude.
King Tornado Cross Country placed a league-high six student-athletes on the Academic All-Conference Team, as announced by the league on Thursday.
HIGH POINT, N.C. – Conference Carolinas is proud announced the 2012 Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Academic All-Conference award winners on Thursday. Six members of the King Tornado men’s and women’s teams were named to the honor after surpassing the requirements for the award. League member institutions stress the role of "Academics and Athletics Working Together" and each sport’s Academic All-Conference award winners exemplify this continued league-wide commitment.
King placed six on the Academic All-Conference Team, tied for most in the conference with Lees-McRae. On the list were four members of the women’s team and two on the men’s side. Danielle Beauvais, Evan Ferrell, Kendra Sokol, and Hannah Witt represented the Lady Tornado while Taylor Dix and Spencer Frantom represented the men’s team.
The complete list of individuals named to the Academic All-Conference Team is listed below.
Frantom, a junior from Morristown, Tenn., has paced the men’s team all season long having registered the lowest time in every event but one this season. In three 8k events this season, Frantom put forth his best time at the UNC-Charlotte Invitational in which he placed 40th of over 240 runners and was later named Conference Carolinas Cross Country Runner of the Week for that performance.
After Hannah Witt went down with a foot injury, Kendra Sokol (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Evan Ferrell (Richlands, Va.) have both tackled the task of carrying the team the rest of the way. Ferrell and Sokol finished third and fourth, respectively, at the Pre-Conference Championship meet two weeks ago just seconds apart. Ferrell set a new 6k personal record at the Virginia Tech Invitational on Sept. 14 (23:57.62) while Sokol was the top finished both at that meet and the ensuing UNC-Charlotte Invitational on Sept. 28.
The 2012 Conference Carolinas Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Academic All-Conference representatives have been awarded to the following junior and senior student-athletes with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale in all work completed at their member institution that have played in a conference sponsored sport. The GPA is calculated based on the student-athletes cumulative average through the previous semester and each student-athlete must have attended their member institution for at least one academic year.
A trio of King players hit the back of the net as Joshua Feener kept his cage clean in the Tornado’s first win of the season, a 3-0 shutout over the Pfeiffer Falcons.
MISENHEIMER, N.C. – The King Tornado earned their first win of the season behind a strong offensive effort that involved a trio of goals that led them to a 3-0 shutout win over the Pfeiffer Falcons on Saturday evening. Josh Feener earned his first collegiate win between the pipes with a flawless 90 minutes and three saves.
Freshman Cheo Armstrong (Nashville, Tenn.) broke a scoreless tie in the 31st minute with his second goal of the season. After the freshman threatened deep in the Falcons’ zone twice early on with a shot on target and one over top of the crossbar, he finally tickled the twine after making a move to beat Pfeiffer goalkeeper Zach Liles and sneaked a shot inside the left post for the 1-0 lead. The goal, unassisted, was his second of the season.
Pfeiffer had a chance to equal the score just short of the 40 minute mark but Kody Sprinkle’s shot hit the crossbar and stayed out of the King goal, leading to a one-goal King lead heading into the half.
The Falcons came out of the gate and put up the first two shots of the second half, missing wide right and having one blocked down out in front of the net before King doubled up the score on their first shot attempt of the half. Seven minutes and forty-two seconds into the half, Luis Alonso (Atlanta, Ga.) booted King’s first shot attempt and was rewarded with his third goal of the year. After a misplay on the ball by keeper Zach Liles, Alonso capitalized on the error and ripped a shot into the Pfeiffer net. Thomas Dube (Johnson City, Tenn.) was credited with the assist, his first of the season.
Pfeiffer had another unlucky break when Nick Janes rang another shot off of the crossbar, the Falcons’ second such shot of the night.
Six minutes later, Daniel Grossi (Dundee, Scotland) tallied the Tornado’s third goal of the match. The freshman received a cross pass from the right side of the box from Luis Alonso. Grossi flipped the ball passed new goalkeeper Cristian Padilla for his second of the season.
Junior Joshua Feener (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) did his part by keeping Pfeiffer off of the scoreboard, making three saves and facing 13 shots against.
With the win, King earned its first of the season to improve to 1-12-0 (1-7-0 Conference Carolinas). They will bring their game back to Parks Field on Oct. 17 for a home match against the Erskine Flying Fleet for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.
Both teams were held scoreless through 110 minutes with King’s Morgan Lawson totally 10 saves in the draw.
MISENHEIMER, N.C. – King goalkeeper Morgan Lawson made 10 saves to help keep the Pfeiffer University Falcons out of the back of the net. King failed to score, leaving the contest at a 0-0 draw after 110 minutes of play at N.E. Lefko Field.
King had a prime scoring opportunity in the first half when freshman Kendyl Baird (Boone, N.C.) rang the cross bar just short of the 14 minute mark, but luck did not side with the Lady Tornado as it stayed out of the Falcon cage.
Immediately afterward, Lawson was immediately tested four times in a three-minute span of time. Aaliyah Jackson put three of the team’s four shots on net, where Lawson made three stops and was helped by her team on an open net occurrence on Jackson’s final attempt.
Jackson nearly gave Pfeiffer the lead in the final minute of play in the first half, replicating Baird’s shot attempt from earlier in the half. She rang another shot off of the crossbar but again, it stayed out of the net. Despite the surge of offense from the Falcons, King and Pfeiffer both went into the locker room tied at zero.
Pfeiffer picked up the offensive intensity with 13 shot attempts on Lawson but put only five on target. The Falcons’ Katlyn Stevens hit the crossbar for the second time on the afternoon but after 90 minutes both teams remained scoreless.
In the pair of overtime sessions, both teams combined for three shot attempts each with Pfeiffer put two of theirs on goal for Lawson to make saves on. The tie was not broken after 20 extra minutes of play, resulting in a 0-0 draw.
King mustered 12 shot attempts with four different players having a pair. Rachel Thorpe (Ontario, Canada) put both of hers on target. Morgan Lawson (Goodview, Va.) finished with 10 saves in her second start of her collegiate career.
The Lady Tornado are now 3-6-2 overall and hold a 2-5-2 record in Conference Carolinas play with four matches left to play. Their next match is one of two nonconference matches left of the schedule against Concord University on Oct. 19. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.
Summer Kremer was three kills away from joining the “30-kill club” in Saturday’s five-set loss against Mount Olive. King falls to 13-11 (7-4 Conference Carolinas) on the year.
MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The King Lady Tornado and Mount Olive College swapped game wins four times before the Trojans escaped their home floor with the match, 25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 18-25, 15-10. Summer Kremer lit up Kornegay Arena by leading both teams and setting a new career high in kills. The sophomore put down 27 in the loss, dropping King to 13-11 (7-4 Conference Carolinas).
For the third time this season, sophomore Summer Kremer set a new career high in kills by surpassing the 20-kill marker. She nearly exceeded 30 kills, falling just three short. In the meanwhile, the Mills River, N.C. native smashed 27 kills to lead both sides and establish a new career high in the category.
Mount Olive took the first set, 25-22, never allowing King a piece of the lead once the teams reached a 13-13 tie. The Trojans, supported by three King errors, went on a 6-1 run to break away from the Lady Tornado. Mount Olive nearly gave the lead away, allowing three errors of their own plus a Summer Kremer kill and Heather Harvey service ace to bring the Lady Tornado within one point, but went on a 4-1 run to close out the first game to take an early 1-0 lead.
Freshman Grace Underwood (Pearland, Texas) helped seal a second-set victory for King, 25-22, with two well-timed kills to help her team break away from the Trojans late in the second set. Tied 15-15, Maribeth Kern (Buchanan, Va.) put down a kill followed by a service ace by Payton Tipton (Cleveland, Tenn.) to sway to momentum to King’s side, but a block by Nicole Powell and Carly White brought the Navy and Scarlett’s lead back to just one point, 18-17. Two errors by Mount Olive set up Underwood’s first of two consecutive kills that happened on both sides of a Trojan timeout, helping King to a 22-17 lead. Once again, Mount Olive made a late attempt to take the lead but were thwarted when Kremer put down her fifth kill of the set, setting up set point, which was clinched on an attack error by Mount Olive’s Carly White.
Kremer continued to heat up, putting down six kills on the third set despite a 25-22 defeat. Kremer kept her team in the set, but Mariah Herington (Jonesborough, Tenn.) was the glimmer of hope that gave King a brief lead late in the set. Down by four points at one time, King came back and tied the match at points 18, 20, 21, and 22. Herington’s third kill of the set gave King a 21-20 lead, but was quickly retaken by the Trojans .The final two points that clinched the set came on blocks by the duo of Dezirae Mackey and Nicole Karas.
The third set served as a block party as both teams combined for 8.0 team blocks on the efforts of a combined 14 block assists and one solo block. Mackey had four block assists alone in the third set, while five different King players chipped in on the defensive effort at the net.
As good as Kremer had been through three games, totaling 15 kills to that point, she turned it up one more time for seven more kills in the fifth set. King ran away with the set early, starting the game on a 7-3 run and never looking back. Mariah Herington and Kelsey Griffitts (Bristol, Va./John Battle H.S.) each put up four kills in a 25-18 decision, tying the match at two games apiece.
Kremer went 7-for-12 on the attack and committed only one error in the fourth set. That number serves as the most kills in a single set for her as a King Tornado. Heather Harvey (Kingsport, Tenn.) also dished out 18 assists in the frame, as well.
In the fifth set, Kremer came out of the gate with a pair of kills and errors, helping Mount Olive take an early 5-2 lead before King used its first timeout. The outside hitter came back and reasserted her dominance with two more kills out of the timeout and added a third shortly after. The Trojans began to break away with the score 7-5, powered by kills from Danielle Pante, Nicole Powell, and Dezirae Mackey leading to a 11-6 advantage and a King timeout.
King brought the score to within four points twice but did not get any closer as the Trojans rode out to a 15-10 set win, and the match.
Kremer led the team as its main source of offense, adding to her career list improvements with 61 attack attempts and 27 kills. She also had two block assists contributing to King’s 7.0 team blocks.
Mariah Herington also finished the afternoon in double-digit kills, totaling 10 on 26 attempts (.308). She was one of four players to add a pair of block assists, joining Grace Underwood, Maribeth Kern, and Summer Kremer.
Kelsey Griffitts led all Lady Tornado at the net with four block assists and one solo block. The junior also chipped in seven kills on 16 attempts.
Payton Tipton and Maribeth Kern each had 10-plus digs, totaling 28 between the two of them.
Heather Harvey served as the floor general in Saturday’s affair, totaling 55 assists and dishing out two service aces.
The Trojans had four players with 10 or more kills in the match, including Danielle Plante who led the team with 18 kills. Plante hit at a .444 clip, leading the way with 36 attempts and only two errors. Lauren Lee had a double-double, ending the night with 10 kills and 17 digs. Carly White had 12 kills and had a day at the net with three solo blocks and three block assists.
The Lady Tornado (13-11, 7-4) continue their roadtrip by playing North Greenville University on Tuesday, Oct. 16. First service is set for 7 p.m.
S.L.A.C.K. and Chik-fil-A are sponsoring ‘Black Out Barton’ for Tuesday’s women’s volleyball match versus the Bulldogs. Help bring the darkness inside the Student Center over free food and glow-in-the-dark wear!
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Come be a part of the crowd that will attempt to “Black Out” the Bulldogs when the King Lady Tornado volleyball team hosts Barton College at Tuesday evening’s volleyball match. Free food and glow-in-the-dark accessories will be available for fans in attendance, while supplies last.
The Lady Tornado (12-10, 6-3) host the Barton Bulldogs (4-13, 2-7) inside the Student Center Complex gym for a Conference Carolinas match that can help give back a share of first place in the West Division. King is current second in the West, one game behind Erskine (8-8, 7-2). The music starts blaring and the glow sticks start shining early, but first service is set for 7 p.m.
Free food, provided by Chik-fil-A, will be made available for those in attendance. Free glow bracelets and necklaces will be given to fans to help shed light during the ‘black out’, while supplies last. A call to all fans is being made to wear as much black as possible to help support the Lady Tornado in their quest to victory.
King’s match with Barton will be the last home game until Oct. 29, so make sure you find your way to the Student Center for Tuesday’s 7 p.m. match against the Bulldogs. The Lady Tornado will take to the road to play five straight road contests, beginning with Mount Olive on Oct. 13. Last year, King upset Mount Olive on their home floor coming from two games down to defeat the Trojans, 3-2, to advance to the second round of the Conference Carolinas Women’s Volleyball Tournament.
With Taylor Gouge’s two-under par first place finish and Elizabeth Swallow’s top-5 finish, King left day one of their home invitational with a pair of team second place finishes.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – After day one of the King College Invitational the men’s and women’s golf teams find themselves in the midst of a race for the top spot at both the team and individual level of their home tournament. Despite a rain and wind-plagued day at the Bristol Country Club, Taylor Gouge leads the pack with a two-under par performance while Elizabeth Swallow concluded her opening round with a top-five finish. Both Tornado teams either have or share second place in their respective fields.
Sophomore Taylor Gouge was one of only two players in a field of 48 to shoot under par on Monday’s opening round. The Elizabethton, Tenn. native shot a 34 on both the front and back nine to make for a two-under par, 68 (34-34) first round finish, placing him atop the men’s individual leaderboard. He holds a one stroke lead over Belmont Abbey’s Adam Hedges.
Richard Powell (Hixson, Tenn.) gave King it’s second top-10 finish after the first round of play, turning in a two-over par 72 (35-37). He finished tied for 10th position with Virginia Intermont’s Walt Poston.
Ross Maietta (Bexley, England) finished a stroke back of Powell with a first round 73 (38-35). John Scott also finished in the top half of the field with a 39-36-75, good for a share of 18th place. Freshman Sam Hobday rounded out King’s lineup with an 83 (40-83).
The Tornado finished in a tie for second with Belmont Abbey in the field of eight men’s teams. Both the Crusaders and the Tornado finished eight-over par (288) as a team, just two strokes off the pace of leader Barton College (286).
Elizabeth Swallow (Berkshire, England) finished nine-over par (39-41-80) to lead the Lady Tornado in Monday’s action. The freshman stands in a tie with Mount Olive’s Virginia Lane for fifth place individually and is one of three King golfers inside the top 11 positions.
Sophomore Anna Walker shot a first-round 82 (43-39), giving her a share of seventh place overall. Senior Esther Gandarias (Madrid, Spain) rebounded from her effort at the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate by placing herself in a tie for 11th place with a day one 84 (41-43) scorecard.
Cortnee Young (Cleveland, Tenn.) finished two strokes back of Gandarias for 14th place while junior Kerby Jones placed 24th with a 94 (44-50).
The Lady Tornado are in sole possession of second place in the women’s tournament and hold a 13-strole lead over third place Limestone and Erskine (345). They currently trail tournament leader Mount Olive (321) by 11 shots. Elizabeth Swallow is seven shots behind tournament leader Emelie Andersson (38-35-73) of Mount Olive.
The second round of the King College Invitational will begin at 9 a.m. from the Bristol Country Club (Bristol, Tenn.). Conditions call for early morning frost warnings with temperatures warming up to the mid-to-high 60s by early afternoon.
Attachments: King release (PDF), results (m/w, PDF
Online story: http://kingtornado.com/sports/mgolf/2012-13/releases/201210081yitfa
King Golf featured two top-10 finishes between its men’s and women’s program with the completion of Tuesday’s final round. Richard Powell finished tied for fifth while Elizabeth Swallow finished 10th overall.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – After the final day of the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate wrapped up on Tuesday, King Men’s and Women’s Golf turned in two top-10 individual finishes. The men’s team, led by Richard Powell, finished sixth overall while the women’s team, led by Elizabeth Swallow, finished seventh overall. King competed in a field of 15 teams on each side at the Sea Trails Golf Club in a tournament co-hosted by Lenoir-Rhyne University and Lincoln Memorial University.
Senior Richard Scott (Hixson, Tenn.) led the Tornado men’s team, completing his final 18 holes and beating his first round score by one stroke. He finished tied for fifth overall individually with a two-round score of 139 (70-69) for the top King score of the tournament. Powell finished with the second-best par-4 score (-1) and was one of seven players to register eight birdies amongst a field of 80.
Teammate Taylor Gouge (Elizabethton, Tenn./Elizabethton H.S.) joined Powell as one of those seven players with eight converted birdies en route to finishing tied for 17th overall. The sophomore turned in a 71-72-143 scorecard.
Sophomore Ross Maietta (Bexley, England) turned in his best tournament score as a Tornado with a two-day score of 144 (70-74). He was one of three King players to finish inside the top 25 in the tournament.
Freshman Sam Hobday (Kingdom of Bahrain) had an eight-stroke turnaround, improving from his first round score with a round of 73 on Tuesday. He and John Scott finished in a tie for 60th overall with matching 154 scores.
King (283-288-571) dropped three places from their first day finish and completed the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate in sixth place. The top six teams inside a 15-team field finished tightly, as King was just eight strokes behind tournament champion Mount Olive College (563).
The Tornado was only one shot off pace from Belmont Abbey and cohost Lincoln Memorial for a share of fourth place while Wingate University turned in a second round six shots better than their first round 287 to sneak into the top three. Mount Olive held off Conference Carolinas foe Barton College to earn a three-stroke tournament win while the Bulldog’s Daniel Claytor won the individual title with a 137 (68-69) score.
The Lady Tornado held on to their seventh place position from their first round finish, turning in a team score of 648 (320-328) after 36 holes.
Freshman Elizabeth Swallow (Berkshire, England) continued to lead King and finished 10th overall with a second-round 78 to go along with her 75 from day one. Swallow completed the tournament with an overall 153 score to finish the tournament nine-over par.
Cortnee Young (Cleveland, Tenn.) finished second on the team with an overall 162 (80-82), placing her in a tie for 27th, individually. Anna Walker nearly matched her first round score with an 83 to bring her to a tournament score of 165 (82-83).
Kirby Jones (83-85-168) and Esther Gandarias (83-89-172) rounded out the King Lady Tornado scorecard for the tournament.
Catawba College tied with King for seventh position after posted back-to-back rounds of 324 for a combined 648. Saint Leo University (291-301-592) took home the team tournament title while Tusculum’s Jillian Corum won the individual crown.
The men’s and women’s team both return to Bristol to host their lone home tournament, the King College Invitational on Oct. 7-8. The tournament will be held at the Bristol Country Club.
Women’s Cross Country runner Hannah Witt and Men’s Soccer player Joshua Feener have been named the SAAC Student-Athletes of the Month for September.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has named its Student-Athletes of the Month for September 2012. Hannah Witt of women’s cross country and Joshua Feener of men’s soccer were named to the honor, announced on Tuesday.
Witt, a native of Mountain City, Tenn., made splash on the 2012-13 cross country season at the Virginia Tech Invitational on Sept. 14. After returning to the course from an injury, the senior clocked a 22:11.41 time on the 6k course in Blacksburg, Va. for a solid 13th place finish and was the first Division II runner to complete the course among some quality competition. Witt led the Lady Tornado across the finish line and helped the team to a fifth place finish out of nine teams comprised of some of the top Division I and II teams in the region.
Joshua Feener (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) has been a source of stability for the King defense be it between the posts or in the backfield for the men’s soccer team. He has two points off of a goal scored from his defensive position at Milligan College (Sept. 8). The junior captain was then asked to serve as a reserve goaltender following injuries to both King’s keepers. In three games played between the sticks, Feener has made nine saves on 40 shots faced over 225 minutes of play.
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee meets once a month and selects one male and one female student-athlete that best represents Tornado Athletics on and off of the field. At the turn of each month, a new set of Student-Athletes of the Month will be selected.
Patrick Jones earned four victories at this weekend’s USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Tournament to win the Men’s C Singles tournament.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – At this weekend’s USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Tournament held in Sumter, S.C., the King Tornado were well represented on both the singles and doubles front. Senior Patrick Jones stood atop the bracket of the Men’s C Singles division, sweeping through en route to a tournament victory. The combination of Rodrigo Avila and Pablo Vidal competed for the Men’s B Doubles tournament championship, advancing to the finals.
Jones, a senior from (Bluff City, Tenn.), defeated a pair of Conference Carolinas singles players en route to being named the tournament champion in the Men’s Singles C division. In his opening round he defeated Gabriel Trombini of Belmont Abbey College (6-4, 6-3). After suffering a loss to Limestone’s Benjamin Lascari (6-2, 6-4), he redeemed himself with a strong showing (6-3, 1-6, 10-6) against Michael Van Dusen prior to his withdrawal, giving Jones the victory. He advanced to the Men’s C Singles consolation championship round where he defeated Alex Poda of Limestone in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1.
The combination of Rodrigo Avila (Cuernavaca, Mexico) and Pablo Vidal (Madrid, Spain) won three consecutive matches to advance to the championship round of the Men’s B Doubles division. The duo breezed through their first two matches against Benjamin Lascari /Lucas Guinski (8-2) and Orlando Castillo/Stephen Miller (8-0) before defeating Akio Mariano/Gabriel Trombini of Belmont Abbey, 8-5. In the finals round, Avila and Vidal dropped an 8-4 decision to Kenneth Cozart and Taylor Powell (GC).
Leo Brigato, Pablo Vidal, and Rafael Francisco each advanced to the semifinals of their respective brackets before being eliminated.
Sophomore Rafael Francisco (Santos, Brazil) won his first singles match with the team, defeating Alex Poda (Limestone) 6-2, 7-6 (6).
A complete breakdown of matches involving King players is listed below, or click here to download full tournament brackets
Freshman Elizabeth Swallow leads the King starting five with a first round 80 at the Tusculum Classic.
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – The King Lady Tornado golf team finished day one of the Tusculum Fall Classic in eighth place out of 11 teams. Elizabeth Swallow leads King after shooting a first round 80 at the Links Hills Country Club.
Swallow, a freshman from Berkshire, England, paced the Lady Tornado with an 18th overall finish, finishing the back nine strongly with a 38. Her first round 80 (42-38) on the par-72 course was the best among the King squad in her first collegiate event.
Both Anna Walker (Marion, Va.) and Kerby Jones (Franklin, Tenn.) led after nine holes, turning in a pair of 41 scorecards and finished behind Swallow after completing their first run-throughs of the course. Walker turned in an 84 (41-43) to finished tied for 32nd place and Jones just behind her with an 85 (41-44) and share of 36th place.
Cortnee Young shot 44 on both the front and back nine for a first round score of 88 while senior Esther Gandarias shot a first round 90 (48-42).
In King’s first event of the year, they find themselves in eighth place with a team scorecard of 337. Converse College and North Greenville both stand in front of the Lady Tornado in a tie for sixth 12 strokes ahead while Catawba College sits in fifth after a 323 first round score.
Lincoln Memorial (308) currently holds the lead after one round of play while UNC-Pembroke and host Tusculum College sit three strokes back in a tie for second place.
The second round of the two-day tournament will begin Tuesday morning from Link Hills Country Club in Greenville, Tenn. Live stats are being provided as scorecards come in and available on www.KingTornado.com.
The Lady Tornado knocked off former Conference Carolinas unbeaten Queens (N.C.) and then Lander University of the Peach Belt Conference on Saturday afternoon. Summer Kremer had a total of 31 kills on the day to lead King.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King Women’s Volleyball has a very successful Saturday when they hosted both Queens University of Charlotte and Lander University at the Student Center Complex and came away with two wins to help them remain the only unbeaten team in Conference Carolinas and improve to 10-5 overall. Summer Kremer combined for 31 kills and 17 digs over the two matches to help lead the Lady Tornado in a pair of 3-1 victories.
GAME 1 – Queens (N.C.) 1, King 3 (26-24, 25-19, 26-28,
King (9-5, 4-0 Conference Carolinas) won a close opening set, which included a 6-0 run after trailing 10-9 to make it 15-10 King. Queens (7-5, 3-1) rallied to tie the set at 23 apiece. A Royals error gave the Lady Tornado set point at 24-23. Queens got a kill to knot the score again at 24. Summer Kremer (Mills River, N.C.) put away her fourth kill of the set to give the Lady Tornado another chance to close out the set. Brooke Calhoun (Jonesborough, Tenn.) then served an ace and the Lady Tornado took the first, 26-24.
In set number two, the Lady Tornado raced out to a 7-2 lead causing Queens to use an early timeout. The Royals closed the gap slightly but had to use their second and final timeout of the set when King made it 14-10. The teams then split the next eight points before the Royals committed four straight errors which gave King a 22-14 lead. Lauren Willoughby (Cary, N.C.) later gave King a 24-18 lead and a chance to take the second set. Following a service error on King, the Lady Tornado took the second set, 25-19, on a kill by Grace Underwood (Pearland, Texas), who had eight kills on the afternoon, to give King a 2-0 lead.
The third set was a tight one the whole way. At one point, the Lady Tornado trailed 16-12, but rallied to tie the score at 16. Neither team led by more than two points the rest of the set, including when the score was tied at 23 when Willoughby, who had a .444 hitting percentage for the match, put away a kill to give King match point at 24-23, however, a Queens kill knotted the score again at 24. Queens had two chances to take the set at 25-24 and 26-25 but the Lady Tornado erased both of those chances. Finally with Queens leading 27-26, an error by the Lady Tornado allowed Queens to take the third set, 28-26.
King dominated for most of the fourth set, racing out to a 17-6 lead. Queens responded with a 9-2 stretch to close the gap to 19-15. The Lady Tornado then took the next four points to widen the gap again to eight points, 23-15. After Queens tightened the score to 23-18 on three straight Lady Tornado errors, a Willoughby kill gave King their second match point. An error on the Royals gave King the set, 25-18, and the match, three sets to one.
Queens had a balanced attack on the afternoon with Lindsey Everhart having 12 kills and Keri Kemp adding 10. Elizabeth Bialkowski hit most efficiently for the Royals with a .429 attack percentage from eight kills on 14 attempts.
With the victory, King is the only undefeated team left in Conference Carolinas play.
GAME 2 – Lander 1, King 3 (25-17, 18-25, 25-12, 25-20)
King rolled to a 25-17 opening set win to take an early lead before Lander evened up the match at one game each. Summer Kremer belted five of her 16 total kills in the third set, terminating half of her 10 attempts and committing one error in the set win, 25-12. After accumulating a six-point lead, 16-10, Olivia Underwood (Pearland, Texas) led King to a five-point run to build an 11-point lead. Consecutive errors by the Bearcats sealed the third set, allowing King to build all the momentum they needed for the clinching fourth game.
Kremer again was on point with another five kills in the fourth game but her seven digs also helped in the defensive effort necessary in the win. The emergence of Jordan Baty (Wilmington, N.C.) also aided as the sophomore hit .429 in the set, terminating 4-of-7 attack attempts with only one error.
Tied 20-20 late in the fourth, King broke away with five straight points to seal the win behind the service of Grace Underwood. Two attack errors on the Bearcats’ part plus Summer Kremer’s 16th and final kill led right into Underwood’s service ace for match point.
Kremer hit at a .343 clip (16-of-35) and added 10 digs for her first double-double of her career. She was one of five King players to achieve 10 or more kills, joining Heather Harvey (11), Lauren Willoughby (10), Payton Tipton (18), and Brooke Calhoun (11). Kelsey Griffitts (Bristol, Va./John Battle H.S.) led the team at the net with 2.5 total blocks (one solo).
King won its fifth straight match with a 3-0 (26-24, 25-11, 25-22) win over Pfeiffer as Summer Kremer led the Lady Tornado with 16 kills.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King defeated Pfeiffer, 3-0 (26-24, 25-11, 25-22), in Conference Carolinas play Friday night at the Student Center Complex. Summer Kremer led the Lady Tornado with 16 kills while Lauren Willoughby and Brooke Calhoun led the team defensive with nine digs apiece.
King (8-5, 3-0 Conference Carolinas) led for most of the first set, including a six-point lead at 16-10, but Pfeiffer (2-9, 1-3) rallied to have two set points. With Pfeiffer leading 24-22, King saved one of the set points thanks to an error by the Falcons. Olivia Underwood (Pearland, Texas) then served two straight aces to give King a set point at 25-24. Kremer then put away her fifth kill of the opening frame to give King the game, 26-24.
The Lady Tornado cruised in the second set, 25-11, behind 16 kills and a .542 hitting percentage in the set as a team. Eight of team’s 16 kills came from sophomore Summer Kremer (Mills River, N.C.).
The third set was a back-and-forth affair with neither team leading by more than three points in the entire set. After Head Coach Chris Toomey called a timeout with Pfeiffer leading 13-10, the Lady Tornado took the next five points regain the lead, 15-13. The Falcons came back to tie the score at 22. Pfeiffer then committed a service error to give the advantage back to King where junior Kelsey Griffitts (Bristol, Va.) followed with a kill to give the Lady Tornado two chances at match point with the score 24-22. King only needed one of them as the Falcons committed an attack error to allow the Lady Tornado to sweep the Falcons in three.
Kremer led the Lady Tornado with 16 kills and hit at a .364 clip for the match. Freshman Lauren Willoughby (Cary, N.C.) registered four kills on eight attempts with no errors, good for a .500 kill rate. She was one of three Lady Tornado members to have two service aces, joining Grace and Olivia Underwood (Pearland Texas) to account for the team’s seven aces overall. Willoughby and Brooke Calhoun (Jonesborough, Tenn.) paced the team defensively, each tallying nine digs.
Pfeiffer won the battle at the net with 6.0 total team blocks to King’s 3.0. The Falcons were led by Kelly Lancellot, who finished with two solo blocks and three block assists while also leading the team with eight kills.
King plays a doubleheader tomorrow, Sept. 21, at the Student Center Complex. The first match is a Conference Carolinas tilt with Queens University of Charlotte at noon, and the other match is against Lander University with a tentative start time scheduled for 5:00 p.m. In between King’s two matches, the Bearcats and Royals will play a nonconference game, set to begin at 3 p.m.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Behind a top-15 time on the 6k course at Friday’s Virginia Tech Invitational, Hannah Witt put her and King’s name amongst those of some of the top NCAA Division I cross country programs. Witt led the pack of Lady Tornado runners and was supported by her teammates in King’s fifth place team finish.
In her first race of the season, Witt, a native of Mountain City, Tenn. (Johnson County H.S.), clocked in a total time of 22:11.41 on the 6k course for a 13th place finish in the field of 87 runners. The senior embedded herself with a group of runners our of Florida State University, who took the top seven spots, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and East Tennessee State University. She finished ahead of six runners out of Georgia Tech by 20 or more seconds and finished in front of all but one member of the host school, Virginia Tech, whom all ran unattached for the event.
Kendra Sokol (Kingsport, Tenn.) was the second to cross the line for King with a time of 23:16.59, good for a 35th place finish. Evan Ferrell finished third among the team, clocking in at 23:57.62.
Spencer Frantom (Morristown, Tenn.) led the men’s team with an 8k time of 26:02.96, finishing 38th out 96 participating. Compared to his previous race at the Berry Invitational on Sept. 1, Frantom erased more than an entire minute off of his 8k time (27:18.75).
Sophomore, Dickson Kurgat (Naidi Hills, Kenya) ran in his first race with the Tornado and represented King with a 50th place show, finishing just behind his teammate with a 26:23.19 time. Dickson and Jordan Noe (Morristown, Tenn.) finished just 15 seconds apart while freshmen Brent Swiney and Garrett Watts each showed personal growth from their debuts two weeks ago.
Swiney, a freshman from Bristol, Va. (John Battle H.S.), also cut more than a minute off his previous time in his first race at the Berry Invitational. He put in a 26:50.82 time at the Virginia Tech Invitational and is beginning to register times to join the trio of Frantom, Kurgat, and Noe.
Fellow freshman Garrett Watts (Fort Blackmore, Va.) improved by more than two minutes from his previous time at the Berry Invite in a major step forward from his first career race.
“This is a major step in the right direction for our teams,” said Head Coach Peter Dalton. “I think we represented King very well among some major programs while also improving individually. All of these improvements are signs that we are closer to achieving our goals of a conference and regional championship and our ultimate goal of qualifying for Nationals.”
Tornado Cross Country will make its next appearance at the UNC-Charlotte Invitational on Sept. 28 before getting a preview of this year’s Conference Championship site, Belmont Abbey on Oct. 5.
Attachments: King release (PDF), men's and women's results (PDF)
Summer Kremer led the Lady Tornado with 18 kills while Kelsey Griffitts held down net responsibilities with five total blocks in a five-set win over USC-Aiken.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In a back-and-forth affair that featured two teams playing out of conference at a neutral site, the King Lady Tornado reigned supreme in a matchup against the USC-Aiken Pacers on Friday night. King earned its second straight five-set win (25-20, 17-25, 25-15, 15-25, 15-10) to improve to 5-4 overall on the season, led by Summer Kremer’s 18 kills on the night.
King bounced out to an early first set victory, 25-20, beginning the battle that swayed over the course of give games. After the Pacers came back and earned a 25-17 second set victory, both teams swapped 10-point game victories to keep the score tied at two games apiece, leading to the decisive game five.
King wasted no time in jumping out to an early lead, taking a 5-3 advantage behind three kills by Summer Kremer early in the set. With help from kills by Mariah Herington (Jonesborough, Tenn.) and Grace Underwod (Pearland, Texas) the Lady Tornado increased their lead to five points and maintained that lead to the very end. Kremer ended as strong as she started the set, closing out the last two points in King’s victory, 15-10.
Kremer led the team with 18 kills on 46 attempts and was one of three Lady Tornado players to finish in double-digit kills on the night. Underwood and Herington each finished with 11 kills and hit .350 or better on the attack. Herington hit at the highest mark of all, closing with a .450 attack percentage on 11-of-20 attempts and committing only two errors. Underwood converted 11-of-21 attempts with only three errors, good for a .381 attack percentage.
While the Lady Tornado offense was strong out of the gate, the defense helped King both gain momentum and keep themselves distanced from the Pacers in their victories. Sophomore Payton Tipton (Cleveland, Tenn.) once again led the team in digs (13) though Brooke Calhoun (Jonesborough, Tenn.) joined her in double digits with 12 of her own. Freshman Maribeth Kern (Buchanan, Va.) was one dig short of double digits (9) while teammates Olivia Underwood (Pearland, Texas) and Heather Harvey (Kingsport, Tenn.) each added seven digs in the team’s 72 total.
At the net, Kelsey Griffitts (Bristol, Va.) had 3.5 total blocks, two of which were solo, to help lead King in the block advantage, 10-5. King totaled 13 block assists and three solo blocks at the net to help them toward the win. Herington and Griffitts each had three block assists while four different players had a pair, each.
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Olivia Underwood recorded 48 of the team’s 55 assists and added three kills to her line.
Leading the way for USC-Aiken was Ashley Deidrich, who finished the night with 13 kills and six digs, but committed five service errors in the loss. Shannon Byers tallied 12 kills and 10 digs for a double-double on the night.
King (5-4, 1-0) will jump back into Conference Carolinas play with a match against Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C. on Saturday. First service is set for 2 p.m. with live stats available for the match.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In their first season competing in Conference Carolinas, Head Coach George Pitts and his team took the league by storm, finishing 14-2 in the league and taking away a regular season championship as the start of the accolades received in 2011-12. Eight months from the time the team last took the court, King will propel itself back into the thick of the season with a mission to surpass their successes of last year. The NCAA Tournament qualifying Tornado team will hit the court for the first time in an exhibition contest against stateline rival Virginia Intermont on Oct. 30 in preparation for the first of 26 regular season contests at Virginia Union University on Nov. 10.
King will get its first piece of competitive action on Oct. 30 against the Virginia Intermont Cobras in an exhibition game. The rematch from last year’s duel will be played in the Cobra Den (Bristol, Va.) with a 7 p.m. tipoff scheduled.
After an additional pair of exhibition contests against Emory & Henry and UVA-Wise, the Tornado will debut against Virginia Union University on Nov. 10 in the first of three nonconference games that make up their opening four games.
The Tornado will break in the Student Center Complex with its regular season, home opener with regional rival Tusculum on Nov. 14. The Pioneers and Tornado will tipoff at 7:30 p.m.
After the turn of the new year, King will open 2013 half of the schedule with the defending Conference Carolinas Tournament Champions, the Barton Bulldogs. The Tornado will play Barton in Wilson, N.C. on Jan. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in round one of the battle between the top two teams in the league last year.
Later in the month, King and Lees-McRae will continue their battle for the Blue Ridge Cup with the first of two meetings between the rivals. The Bobcats and Tornado will play the first of two games at the Student Center Complex on Jan. 21 with the final matchup on Feb. 13 in Banner Elk, N.C.
To kick off the final week of February, King will attempt to avenge their second round conference tournament defeat against Mount Olive with a Feb. 16 rematch at home with the Trojans. Three of the final four games of the regular season will be played inside the Student Center. Coker will help close out the month of February on Feb. 23 before the team celebrates Senior Night on March 1 against North Greenville University.
The Tornado, who finished 2011-12 with a 23-8 overall record, will be led by senior guard Eddie Piccinini (Orlando, Fla.) who finished the season as the team’s leading scorer with 494 points, averaging 16.5 per game. He scored a career high 32 points against Lincoln Memorial in the NCAA Southeast Regional game last March when he shot 9-of-14 from the field and 6-of-8 from beyond the arc. Also returning is reigning Freshman of the Year, Logan Lyle (Unicoi, Tenn.) who posted a team high 88 three-pointers landed on 219 attempts (.402).
King is joined by a class of six incoming freshmen and eagerly anticipates the return of forward Jason Seymore (Powell, Tenn.). Three of the six freshmen played in the annual BCAT East-West All-Star game, including James Scales (Rogersville, Tenn./Cherokee H.S.), Drew Standifer (Knoxville, Tenn./Bearden H.S.), and Aaron Wheeler (Morristown, Tenn./Morristown East H.S.).
In addition to their first NCAA Tournament appearance, as well as the program’s first in school history, the Tornado were ranked in the NABC Top-25. The team posted two All-Conference selections, one All-Region honoree, two Academic All-Conference Team members, and the Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year in Head Coach George Pitts.
Summer Kremer finished with 35 kills in the Lady Tornado’s two losses on Saturday and was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Eagle Invitational held at Carson-Newman College.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King Women’s Volleyball concluded its run at the Eagle Invitational, hosted by Carson-Newman College, with a pair of losses to Francis Marion (3-2) and Lincoln Memorial (3-1) on Saturday. Summer Kremer finished with 35 kills on Saturday and was later named to the All-Tournament Team for her weekend effort.
FRANCIS MARION 3, KING 2
Summer Kremer (Mills River, N.C.) set a new single match career high in kills with 21 in King’s five-set loss to the Francis Marion Patriots, early Saturday afternoon. The Lady Tornado fought back from two games down to force a fifth set, but the Patriots broke away to clinch the match (25-18, 25-23, 22-25, 20-25, 15-12).
Kremer paced the Lady Tornado with 21 kills on 41 attempts, good for a .415 hit percentage in the team’s first of two matches on the day. The sophomore was key to the team’s fourth-set win to force a tiebreaking game five when she registered seven kills on 13 swings. Kremer also posted a solo block, two block assists, and four digs in the match.
Freshman Grace Underwood (Pearland, Texas) had her first double-digit kill match of her career, recording 12 on 23 attempts for a team-best .435 hit percentage. She shared the team lead for services aces (3) with fellow freshman Maribeth Kern (Buchanan, Va.). Kern had seven kills against Francis Marion and was one of three King players to record 10 or more digs.
King was nearly defeated in three sets, trailing 19-16 in the third before mounting a comeback that momentarily turned the tide of the match. After one of Kremer’s six kills in the third game, Grace Underwood led the team in a three-point swing with a kill by Jordan Baty (Wilmington, N.C.) and service ace to tie the game at 20. Sister Olivia Underwood (Pearland, Texas) set up the team’s counter attack to take the lead, 22-21, before running away with the set, 25-22.
After controlling all of the fourth set in a 25-20 win to tie the match at two games apiece, King found itself down by as many as five points early in the first-to-15 final game. Grace Underwood led one final charge from the service line late and brought the game back to within two points behind two kills and a block by Summer Kremer, but Francis Marion’s Liz Drewry put the match away with her 17th kill of the night to lead the Patriots to the victory.
Drewry shared the team lead for kills (17) with teammate Jessica Imbimbo and added 14 digs for a double-double. She was one of four Francis Marion players with 10 or more kills, joining Megan Mooney (12) and Paige Perreault (10).
LINCOLN MEMORIAL 3, KING 1
Summer Kremer again led the Lady Tornado offense with 14 kills, bringing her day’s total to 35, but King fell to the Railsplitters of Lincoln Memorial University in four games (22-25, 25-10, 25-21, 25-13).
A trio of first-year players helped the Tornado ward off the Splitters late in the first game when tied at 21, sophomore Brooke Calhoun (Jonesborough, Tenn.) registered a kill to put the ball in the hands Heather Harvey (Kingsport, Tenn.) at the service line. Harvey then helped her team win the last three points of the game with a pair of service aces teamed with a kill by freshman Maribeth Kern.
Lincoln Memorial went on to win the next three games in succession, led by Kaitlin Walton’s 14 kills and Blaire Fowler’s 13 kills for the Splitters.
After the tournament’s conclusion, Summer Kremer was named to the All-Tournament Team. Through three matches at the Eagle Invitational, she totaled 42 kills (3.5 k/s) on 119 attempts. She also added nine digs and six total blocks (2 solo, 4 block assists).
King (3-5) will begin their Conference Carolinas slate with the defending champion Lees-McRae Bobcats (3-3) on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The Lady Tornado and Bobcats will play at the Student Complex Center with first service scheduled for 7 p.m. King will be the first team to have a chance at breaking Lees-McRae’s current 58-game conference win streak (regular season and tournament).
Spencer Frantom and Kendra Sokol led King College to apair of fifth place team finishes to start the 2012 campaign strongly at the Berry Invitational, held on Saturday.
ROME, Ga. – Men’s and Women’s Cross Country began the 2012 season on a strong note at the Berry Invitational, held Saturday, Sept. 1, in Rome, Ga. Spencer Frantom and Kendra Sokol paced the regionally-ranked Tornado teams to a pair of fifth place team finishes.
Results: CC Results for Berry Inv.
Junior Spencer Frantom (Morristown, Tenn.) topped the men’s team times after finishing 17th overall with a 27:18.95 time on the designated 8k course. Teammates Jordan Noe (Morristown, Tenn.) and Taylor Dix (Memphis, Tenn.) each posted top-30 times to help the Tornado place fifth out of 15 teams participating. Noe finished the course less than 30 seconds off the pace set by Frantom, crossing the line in 27:40.97 for 26th place. Dix finished just behind Noe (27:48.97), good for a 29th place finish.
High school national qualifier from John Battle High School, Brent Swiney (Bristol, Va.) posted a great start to his Tornado career. In his first race with the team, Swiney finished 33rd overall with a sub-28-minute time (27:53.27) to highlight the men’s freshman class.
King finished fifth overall as a team with 128 points and had an average team finished time of 27:53.24.
Kendra Sokol (Kingsport, Tenn.) led the Lady Tornado team with an 11th place overall finish on the 6k course. The junior crossed the line at 24:11.13 placing herself in a mix of Mississippi State harriers and the top Division II runner.
Junior Evan Ferrell (Richlands, Va.) posted a top-20 time, finishing the course in 24:28.53. Junior Eliza Parker (Alfred, N.Y.) made a splash in her first race as a part of the team. The transfer from Spartanburg Methodist College assimilated well with the team, contributing the third-best Tornado time at 25:05.87, good for 35th overall.
Like the men, the Lady Tornado finished fifth in the team standings of the 14 teams participating, clocking in an average time of 25:10.99. King, ranked second in the Southeast Region, accomplished the feat and held off No. 3 Clayton State University without its top runner Hannah Witt, who did not participate in the Berry Invitational.
Of the performance, Head Coach Peter Dalton said, “This is a solid start for both teams. That being said, we still have a lot of work to do to reach our end goal. We will continue to train and work on some things to make us a better team for our next race and beyond.”
Tornado Cross Country returns to action on Sept. 14 at the Mountaineer Open, hosted by Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.).
King broke out to an early 1-0 lead by Luis Alonso but No. 17 Mars Hill struck back with four goals in the second half in a 5-1 loss, Saturday evening.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Luis Alonso scored King’s first goal of the season to take an early 1-0 lead over the 17th-best team in NCAA Division II but the Lions of Mars Hill College scored four times in the second half to take a 5-1 decision over the Tornado in their home opener on Saturday evening..
Alonso, a sophomore from Atlanta, Ga., put the Tornado on the board in the eighth minute of the contest when freshman Ashkan Balooch (Nashville, Tenn.) fed him a perfect pass up the middle of the field leading to a strong strike off of his right foot to find the back of the net. The goal was Alonso’s first of the season as well as the Tornado’s, taking an early 1-0 lead over the Lions.
At 21:35, MHC’s Stephen Bivens knotted the game at one goal each when a battle up the right side of the pitch put the ball in the Lions hands. Felipe Ferraro fed Bivens a pass up the middle that led to a one-on-one opportunity against King keeper Cameron Sauro (Owen Sound, Ontario). Bivens won the battled with a strike to the right side, tying the game 1-1.
Despite being outshot 14-2 in the first half, King fought tough with the Lions and took a tie game into the half. However, Mars Hill went on the score four times in the second half against the Tornado’s reserve goalkeeper, Tyler Reed (Alcoa, Tenn.).
After a collision in the box forced starting goalkeeper Cameron Sauro out of the match, Reed came in and immediately made a diving save to keep the game tied. Mars Hill applied additional pressure and in the 62nd minute took back a lead they did not give back.
Ferraro entered the score column for the second time in the day when he scored on a goal where Reed challenged him up the middle, but Ferraro’s angle allowed him to tap the ball into the right side of the cage for a 2-1 lead. Shadi Harb added to the lead when his shot off of a free kick hit the left post and caromed into the goal for a two-score lead. Corey Roberts and Craig Carwood each scored the final two Mars Hill goals off of rebound opportunities inside the box, leading to a 5-1 decision.
All four of Mars Hill’s second-half goals were scored inside a 7:22 span with the final three coming within 1:10 of time.
Alonso led the Tornado with three shot attempts with his lone shot on goal leading to a score.
Freshman Cameron Sauro made six saves and allowed one goal before leaving the contest due to an injury. Fellow freshman Tyler read made two saves in 32:41 of time between the posts.
The King College men's and women's cross country teams were each ranked second in the USTFCCCA Southeast Regional Coaches' Preseason Poll, released Tuesday, Aug. 28.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – On Tuesday, the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the King men's and women's cross country programs were picked to finish second in the Southeast Region, based on the Coaches' Preseason Poll.
Head Coach Peter Dalton has set the bar high for the upcoming season, stating, "It is great to be recognized regionally so early in the season but we are all about business to make sure we get to represent King nationally this season. There are a lot of good teams competing for the top three regional positions and we are working incredibly hard to make sure we earn one of them."
The King men have three of their top runners returning for the 2012 season. Spencer Frantom set King's fastest personal best mark of all-time at the Clemson Open last year with a 25:01.00 clip. The junior backed up that meet with a fifth-place finish at the Conference Carolinas Championship and a 14th place showing at the Southeast Regional Championship.
Jordan Noe ran the second-best personal best time in King history (25:26.9) at last year's Conference Carolinas Championship and placed sixth overall. Noe finished 13th at the 2011 Southeast Regional Meet, held in Charlotte, N.C. Taylor Dix also provided a boost for the Tornado, placing 19th at last year's conference championship.
The Lady Tornado have several returners that will contribute to the team's success including Danielle Beauvais and Kendra Sokol, whose personal records are second and third-best in King history, respectively. Sokol, who set a personal best time of 19:20.15 at the Greater Louisville Classic last season, finished 12th at the Conference Carolinas Championship and 16th at the Southeast Regional Championship. Beauvais' time of 19:34.7 was good for a 16th place showing at the Conference Championship.
Mount Olive was selected as the Southeast Region preseason favorite on both the men's and women's side. The King men's team was picked as the preseason favorites in the Conference Carolinas preseason poll, released on Tuesday, Aug. 28.
The top three teams this season in the Southeast Region will advance to the NCAA Division II National Championship. Last season, the men finished third at the regional championship and the women placed fourth.
Both the King men and women will begin their seasons at the Berry Invitational in Rome, Ga. on September 1.
The 2012 Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Preseason Poll proclaimed King to be the preseason favorite to finish atop the league. Conference Carolinas released the poll Tuesday morning.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King College was named to be the preseason favorite after being ranked first in the Conference Carolinas Coaches’ Preseason Poll. The poll was released by the conference office Tuesday morning.
Tornado Cross Country made a splash in its first season as a Conference Carolinas member, fighting their way from fourth to second in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region polls riding into the regional championship. The momentum built behind Tornado record setter Spencer Frantom (Morristown, Tenn.) all season long as well as his fifth place finish in Charlotte helped the team to a runner-up finish in their first Conference Carolinas Championship. The Tornado will return its top three runners including juniors Frantom and Taylor Dix, as well as sophomore Jordan Noe.
Frantom currently sits atop the King all-time list after registering a 25:01 finish at the Clemson Open, last season. Noe ran into the number two all-time spot at King with a 25:26 time at the 2011 conference championship, held in Charlotte, N.C. Dickson Kurgat will join the trio this season and is expected to be a major contributor to accomplishing the team’s goals.
Queens (N.C.) received six first place votes to lead the conference, but ranks second behind King with 87 total points. Mount Olive, who ranks second in the region according to the latest USTFCCCA regional rankings, ranks third with 85 points and received two first place votes. Belmont Abbey and Erskine round out the top-five of the preseason conference poll with 64 and 60 points, respectively. A complete rundown of the poll can be found below.
“It is nice to be recognized as a top team in the conference, but we still have a lot of work to do,” said Head Coach Peter Dalton. “Every year the mantra is to continue improving. That is still our approach and if we keep doing that we will have a good chance to be where we want at the end of the season.”
King opens the 2012 season in Rome, Ga. at the Berry Invitational. The gun will sound at 8 a.m. on Sept. 1 where the Tornado look to take the first steps toward earning their first Conference Carolinas championship.
(first place votes)
1 King 92 (2)
2 Queens (N.C.) 87 (6)
3 Mount Olive 85 (2)
4 Belmont Abbey 64
5 Erskine 60
6 Limestone 55
7 Lees-McRae 54
8 Barton 38
9 North Greenville 26
10 Pfeiffer 22
11 Coker 22
BRISTOL, Tenn. – As a part of King’s initiative to bring fans closer to Tornado Athletics action, the Athletic Department is introducing its new text messaging service system. Fans and media can now enroll in the any variant of the program, free of charge, to receive the text coverage they desire for the sports they wish.
The service is simple to enroll in and will give fans and media members alike the ability to get up-to-the-minute updates from their favorite sport or sports, score and news updates, and instant access to exclusives within the walls of the King Athletic Department from your cellular phone.
“With many people being on the go and using their phones to access information, we felt this was just one more way for those interested in King Athletics to fill their needs quickly and easily,” said Sports Information Director Ryan Gasser. “It is flexible enough to manage what you want to receive or be completely in the loop with everything ongoing at King.”
The service is being offered free of charge and can be changed or deleted at any time. Carrier text message rates from may apply.To begin the sign-up process visit the online home of Tornado Athletics, www.KingTornado.com<http://www.kingtornado.com/>, and click on the “Get Text Updates” icon to the right of the page. You may also click here<http://kingtornado.com/list-signup> for instant access to the sign-in page.
Signing up is quick and easy. Simply insert a valid e-mail address in the designated area at the top of the page for access to manage your account. Then type your mobile phone number and select your carrier from the dropdown menu. Then select which type of coverage you would like to receive. You may select sport-by-sport, scores-only, or full comprehensive coverage by checking “All Sports/News”. Complete the process by clicking “Subscribe” and your service will be activated immediately.Note: The All Sports - All Updates option provides users all scores, news, and story updates for all of King’s 24 athletic programs. The *Scores Only* option will provide final scores or results for all contests, only.
King placed 72 student-athletes on the Division II Athletic Directors Association (D2ADA) Academic Achievement Awards list, released Aug. 15.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The Division II Athletics Directors Association (D2ADA) announced the 2011-12 recipients of the D2ADA Academic Achievement Awards. King College was among 118 institutions across 23 conferences and independents that placed athletes on the list, finishing with 72 student-athletes earning the award. The Academic Achievement Awards is a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division II level.
Of King’s 72 student-athletes named to the D2ADA Academic Achievement Award List, Lady Tornado Track & Field and Basketball led with seven people per team named to the list. All of King’s 19 NCAA varsity sports were represented on the list. A complete list of all the student-athletes honored is featured below.
The D2ADA Academic Achievements collected add to an extensive list of academic accolades collected by King athletic teams over the 2011-12 school year. Those awards include housing 77 conference All-Academic honorees, five Conference Carolinas Student-Athletes of the Year, and one Capital One Academic All-American. In July, King Women’s Basketball was announced to have the second-highest team grade point average in Division II while possessing the third highest team GPA across all collegiate divisions while Women’s Volleyball was recently presented an AVCA Team Academic award.
A record number of institutions (118) and student-athletes (4,492) are being recognized for the 2011-12 Academic Achievement Awards. The Pennsylvania State Athletic Association had 557 student-athletes honored, a record-high for the program, followed by the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) with 400 student-athletes being recognized and the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) with 398 student-athletes being acknowledged with this award.
"The D2ADA would like to thank and congratulate the institutions that took part in honoring the record-number of 4,492 student-athletes with 2011-12 Academic Achievement Awards," stated D2ADA President Anita Barker, director of athletics at Chico State University. "Recognizing and honoring deserving Division II student-athletes is a strategic goal of the D2ADA. This award gives us the platform to showcase these individuals and their efforts in the classroom, as well as on the playing field."
In order for a student-athlete to receive an Academic Achievement Award, the athletics director of the Division II institution must be a current dues paying member of the D2ADA and student-athletes must meet the following criteria:
About D2ADA: The D2ADA is the first organization of its kind to provide educational and networking opportunities; enhancement of acceptable operating standards and ethics; and establishment of the overall prestige and understanding of the profession of Division II athletics directors. For more information about the D2ADA, please visitwww.div2ada.com. The D2ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 48th year. For more information on NACDA and the 13 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King College Women’s Volleyball has August 31 set on their calendars marking the start of the 2012 regular season. The Lady Tornado released their upcoming schedule that consists of 30 matches and two tournaments.
Last year’s Conference Carolinas Tournament participants will begin the year at the Fairmont State Tournament on August 31 for a two-day stay before jumping into regional play in their home opener against Milligan College on Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. The Lady Tornado will play a trio of South Athletic Conference schools in Armstrong Atlantic, Francis Marion, and Lincoln Memorial at the Carson-Newman Tournament on Sept. 7-8 before returning home and taking on the defending Conference Carolinas Champion Lees-McRae Bobcats at the Student Center Complex on Sept. 12.
King will engage in a four-game home stand spanning seven days beginning on Sept. 18 against state line rival Virginia Intermont, followed by conference matches with Pfeiffer University and Queens University of Charlotte. The Lady Tornado’s match against the Royals also marks the start of the day’s tri-match that involves Lander College who King will face later that evening.
The heart of the Conference Carolinas schedule approaches on Oct. 9 with a home match against Barton College prior to a five-match road trip that begins in Mount Olive, N.C. on Oct. 13. Following rematches with NGU, Lees-McRae, Converse, and Erskine on the road the Lady Tornado will host their second tri-match with the University of Montevallo and Concord College to close out the month of October. The team will then finish the regular season with two home matches and saving Senior Day for Nov. 2 against Limestone College.
The Conference Carolinas Women’s Volleyball Tournament will be held Nov. 10-17 with three rounds to determine the tournament champion. Seeding and host sites will be determined by regular season conference record.
In 2011 the Lady Tornado advanced to the Conference Carolinas Tournament in its first season competing in the league and made a splash in the tournament with a come-from-behind, five-set victory on the road against Mount Olive. Down 2-0, King return with three straight set victories including a fifth set win that required extra points to decide the match. That win marked King’s first Conference Carolinas postseason victory since joining the conference as a full member.
The Lady Tornado finished the year 23-13 overall and 13-5 in Conference Carolinas play while housing three All-Conference selections and one All-Tournament Team selection at year’s end. From Oct. 14 on, King won 12 of its last 14 matches and six of those in three-game shut outs.
Scehdule - story: http://kingtornado.com/sports/msoc/2012-13/releases/20120702g4a7u4
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Head Coach Louis Thorpe and the King Tornado men’s soccer team have released their schedule for the 2012 season. The Tornado will begin the year on Aug. 30 on the road at Lenoir-Rhyne University to kick off an 18-match regular season slate.
Of King’s 18 regular season matches, 10 will be against Conference Carolinas competition as the Tornado enter their second full season as a member of the conference. Following six non-conference matches to start the year, second-year head coach Louis Thorpe will lead his team into Mount Olive, N.C. for their first league match of the season on Sept. 15, against the Mount Olive Trojans.
The Tornado will waste no time diving into the best of last year’s teams when they host the defending regular season and conference tournament champion Coker Cobras for the team’s home opener on Sept. 18. The home game against the Cobras begins a four-match home stand that consists of three teams that finished 2011 with .500 or better overall record and advanced to the postseason.
After completing a four-game stay at Parks Field (Bristol, Tenn.) the Tornado take to the road for three of their next five matches beginning with Limestone College on Oct. 6, followed by Queens University of Charlotte (Oct. 10) and Pfeiffer University (Oct. 13). King will break up the road trip by hosting Erskine College prior to closing out their final two road games. Closing out the road and conference schedule is a match against defending West Division champion Lees McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C. King notched its first ever Conference Carolinas victory against the Bobcats in a monster 4-3 upset win at home and served as one of only two league defeats Lees McRae endured last season.
King will close the regular season with one final home contest while they host Trevecca Nazarene University for their Senior Day on Oct. 27.
Last year, King finished the season 5-10-2 overall and sported a 5-5-1 league record while advancing to the Conference Carolinas Tournament at season’s end. Their regular season finale win over Queens (N.C.) in a 1-0 overtime decision clinched their spot in the postseason, setting up a first-round rematch between Lees McRae in what proved to be a nip-tuck match that went down to the bitter end in a 2-1 decision favoring LMC.
All-Conference and All-Region selection Tom Winspear led the team with 15 goals and 33 points while becoming King’s all-time leading goal scorer in 2011. Winspear will return to the team as a graduate assistant coach, making way for junior midfielder Zach Caracciolo. Caracciolo is the team’s lead returning goal scorer after he posted six goals and three assists last year.
King will engage in a friendly on Aug. 22 at home against Tusculum College, beginning at 6 p.m. from Parks Field.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Women’s Basketball Head Coach Josh Thompson has announced the signing of two student-athletes for the 2012-2013 season. Chelsea Bowling (Elizabethton, Tenn.) and Bonnie Durrett (West Paducah, Ky.) have both decided to transfer from their respective schools to join the Lady Tornado next year.
Elizabethton, Tenn. | Elizabethton High School/East Tennessee State
5-10 | So. | Guard
Bowling played at East Tennessee State University under Head Coach Karen Kemp last year. The Elizabethton, Tenn. native saw limited time as a freshman where she logged in 36 minutes before making the decision to join the Lady Tornado.
Prior to her time at ETSU, Bowling played her high school basketball for Len Dugger at Elizabethton High School. In the 2010-11 season she helped guide the Lady Cyclones to a 33-2 record along with a 10-0 record in district play. Bowling netted 101 three-pointers during her senior year, while shooting 48 percent from beyond the arc. She also shot 88 percent from the free throw line, recorded 59 steals, 57 assists, and 98 rebounds. She finished her high school career with 993 total points.
“Chelsea gives us good size at the guard position and she is a very good shooter from the perimeter,” said Coach Thompson. “We are very excited to have her for next year. She is a very hard worker and will contribute on both ends of the floor.”
West Paducah, Ky. | Community Christian H.S./Jefferson College
6-1 | So. | Guard/Forward
While at Jefferson College, Durrett helped her team finish with a 31-5 overall record under Tonika Bruce. The Vikings scored over 100 points six different times last season en route to winning a regional championship and finishing seventh in the nation at the NJCCA Division I National Tournament. In her one year at Jefferson College she averaged just under 5.0 points per game and 4.0 rebounds per game while also shooting 40 percent from three-point range in 35 games played. Durrett was named to the Conference All-Academic Team following the season.
Prior to her time at Jefferson College, she played for James Forthman at Community Christian Academy in high school where she earned multiple All-Tournament and Player of the Week awards. Durrett was a two-time All-Purchase Team honoree, which recognized the top ten players in the region. The West Paducah, Ky. native led the team in rebounding her junior season and led the team in scoring and rebounding as a senior, averaging 20 points per game and 15 rebounds per game. She finished her senior season third in the state of Kentucky in rebounds per game. She finished her high school career with 1,368 points and had over 1,000 rebounds, both school records.
“We are very excited to add a player of Bonnie’s caliber to our program,” said Coach Thompson. “She is a very good three-point shooter and with her size and rebounding ability she will have an impact on both ends of the floor. We know that she will work hard every day and bring good leadership to our team.”
Thompson and the Lady Tornado now have a signing class of five student-athletes with the addition of Bowling and Durrett. They will join Taylor Robinson (C, Lenoir City, Tenn.), Brittany Stringer (G, Fredericksburg, Va.), and Stephanie Brantley (G/F, Pilot Mountain, N.C.) as first-year Tornado players for 2012-13. Last season King finished the season with a 5-21 overall record and a 5-13 mark in their first year in Conference Carolinas.
*attached is photo of the signing (thank you to Dyersburg State Gazette)*
June 19, 2001
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Head Coach Dan Kreiss has announced to signing of two Dyersburg natives to the King College Cycling team for 2012-13. The Tornado have announced that Jordon Galewski and Paul Galewski have signed to compete with King next season.
Jordon has been a spectacle at the Tennessee state level over the last two year. In 2010, she was crowned the Junior Women's State Cycling Champion and in 2011 was a silver medalist at the Women's State Championships.
Paul followed an almost identical path when in 2010 he won the gold at the Men's State Cycling Championships and followed that performance with a silver medal in 2011.
In their most recent competition at the Tennessee State Individual Time Trial Championships, Jordon and Paul both finished second in their respective Junior division races on May 26 in Lascassas, Tenn. Both cyclists currently compete for the East Tennessee Junior Cycling team.
Jordon and Paul are brother and sister and have recently graduated from Dyersburg High School in Dyersburg, Tenn.
King College recently placed fifth overall in the Team Omnium at the USA Cycling Colligate National Championships in Ogden, Utah.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Area baseball players ages 6-12 have their chance to learn from some of the best at the King College Baseball Camp this summer. Tornado Baseball has announced there will be a summer camp held on July 18-20. Registration for the camp is now open.
The camp will run three days and work with players who sincerely wish to learn new skills, as well as improve upon present ones. Participants will be given every opportunity to expand upon their skill level and knowledge of the game of baseball.
The King College coaching staff is committed to training the athlete by providing each player with the opportunity to learn and enhance the basic fundamental skills used in baseball. The camp will provide quality instruction in conjunction with competitive opportunities with the main objectives of the camp being to learn new baseball skills, emphasize sportsmanship, teamwork, and have good old fashioned fun!
If participants register prior to the start of camp, the cost is set at $60 for the three-day session. On July 18 the cost of camp is $70. Walk ups are welcome. The camp will be held at the King College Baseball Complex. Campers are asked to bring their own equipment.
Participants may register for the camp by completing and mailing in the registration form on the camp brochure, King College Camp Waiver, Individual Release and Waiver of Liability form, and payment. Please make all checks payable to “King College Baseball”. All mailed payments can be sent to:
King College Baseball Office
1350 King College Road
Bristol, TN 37620
Online registration and payment will be available later this week. Please check www.sportscamp.king.edu for the appropriate links to the King baseball camp. All liability forms can be downloaded online and returned on the first day of camp. Online payment can be completed with the use of a VISA, Mastercard, or Discover credit card.
A complete list of all summer camps provided or supervised by King College Athletics is available at www.sportscamp.king.edu. All camps can currently be registered and paid for online, for your convenience.
MONTEVALLO, Ala. – In just their second year of championship eligibility, King College is ready to make a statement in the NCAA Division II basketball world. The Tornado are settled in Montevallo, Ala. but far from complacent with the mark they have already made on school history. The Navy and Scarlett are fine-tuning their game over the next 48 hours in preparation for one final 2012 showdown with Lincoln Memorial University on Saturday in an effort to achieve the College's first-ever NCAA National Tournament win and the right to continue their journey toward a National Championship.
Regional Tournament website (provided by University of Montevallo)
NCAA Winter Championships – click here
The Southeast region poll is comprised of eight teams from the South Atlantic Conference, the Peach Belt Conference, and Conference Carolinas. Top-seeded University of Montevallo is hosting the Southeast Region tournament from BankTrust Arena (Montevallo, Ala.) after making the jump from No. 4 to No. 1 in the region after conference tournament play.
King (23-6) earned its first NCAA Tournament bid as an at-large and was tabbed the No. 5 seed in the tournament. The announcement was made Sunday night during the NCAA Division II Selection Show that not only the Tornado had been selected to join the pool of 64 teams to compete in the national tournament but that their first opponent would be one they are all too familiar with, Lincoln Memorial University (25-5). Lincoln Memorial had been nationally ranked for a majority of the season, topping out at No. 3 in the country and No. 1 in the region, but struggled down the stretch. The Railsplitters lost to Wingate University in the South Atlantic Conference Tournament Semifinals, 64-60, in overtime before earning an at-large bid.
The Tornado and the fifth-seeded Railsplitters of LMU will meet on Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. CST / 9:30 p.m. EST at BankTrust Arena as the final game in a full day of men's basketball. Lincoln Memorial and King have met twice before this season, both before Christmas and resulting in a pair of LMU wins by a combined eight points.
In their second game of the season at the SAC/Conference Carolinas Challenge, King held a one-point lead with just under four minutes to go in the game before junior guard Eddie Piccinini injured an ankle driving to the bucket late in the game and the Splitters went on to win, 75-69. Lincoln Memorial was ranked No. 4 in the country at the time of the contest.
In their second meeting, both teams battled back and forth down to the finalsecond in a 77-75 LMU victory. King was within on point after Brian Hewitt hit a three with 48 seconds remaining but after a pair of free throw makes by the Splitters and a three-point miss, the Tornado fell by a 77-75 final as LMU went on to its 11th straight victory.
After that meeting, King went on to win nine straight games and began receiving national attention in the Coaches' Poll when they received their first votes in the Jan. 11 rankings. They cracked into the Division II National Top-25 for the first time in school history later that month in the rankings released on Jan. 31 when the Tornado improved to 17-3 overall. King has flirted with the Top-25 for the duration of the season and currently is ranked 30th by virtue of votes received (8) in the latest poll released March 6.
The winner of the King/Lincoln Memorial matchup will go on to face the winner of No. 1 Montevallo versus No. 8 Barton College on Sunday (March 11) at 7:30 p.m. CST. Barton (20-9) earned an automatic berth to the tournament after upsetting both Queens (N.C.) and Mount Olive en route to winning the Conference Carolinas Tournament.
Additional participants in this year's tournament include host Montevallo (No. 1), USC-Aiken (No. 2), Anderson University (No. 3), Columbus State University (No. 6), Wingate University (No. 7), and No. 8 seed Barton College. Anderson and Columbus State will kick off the day's festivities at 12:00 p.m. CST with game one of four on Saturday.
For preview of this year's regional participants, click here.
As an added bonus, an interactive live blog will be setup for fans and followers to get an inside look at the view from the scorer's table. Viewers may interact with our live blogger, sports information director Ryan Gasser, and ask questions about the action on the court, give your commentary or show your support for the Tornado in their rematch against LMU. The blog center will be set up shortly.
PUEBLO, Colo. – After day one of the 2011-12 NCAA Division II National Championships, two King wrestlers are alive for podium placements. Led by senior Frank Morgan's 2-0 day on the mats, King was well represented and will feature multiple All-American candidates based on the team's performances on Friday.
Updated bracket and team scores – click here
Of the four wrestlers that represent King at this year's Division II National Championship, two remain in contention for a place on the podium. Tywan Claxton (Cleveland, Ohio), ranked sixth in the country coming into Friday's action, went 2-1 on the day to preserve a spot on the mats on Saturday. He matched up against another freshman, James Martinez (Colorado-Mesa), in the 141-pound division to open his day with a demonstrative 7-3 victory by decision. After dropping a tough-fought 4-1 decision to Augustana's Chism Fink, 4-1, Claxton rebounded with a 5-4 decision win over No. 8 Charles Napier.
Frank Morgan (Maynardville, Tenn.) went a perfect 2-0 on the day, winning both of his bouts by decision. The senior 197 pounder relished in a 5-2 win over Tanner Kriss (Fort Hayes) and repeated with a narrow 3-2 win over No. 6 Matthew Baker (MC) in the quarterfinal round. He is now set to host Luke McPeek (Adams State), who is ranked No. 2 in the national rankings. The winner of that match will go out to wrestler the winner of No. 1 Dan Scanlan and No. 8 Shane Nolan in the 197-pound championship.
With their finishes after day one, Morgan and Claxton both have solidified top-8 finishes in their weight class and an All-American berth.
Dondricus Anderson (Macon, Ga.) and Brandon Tressler (Orlando, Fla.) also represented King College at the national level but lost each of their first two bouts and are now eliminated from the tournament. Anderson lost a first round bout by decision (8-2) to No. 2 Matthew Meuleners (Northern State) and then lost in an OT session to No. 7 Justin Glenn of Fort Hayes, 4-2. Tressler lost in consecutive bouts to Zack Zelcs (Gannon) and Mitch Schultz (Indianapolis).
In the team standings, King currently sits in 19th overall with 12.5 points awards after Friday's events. They are just a half point away from Minnesota State – Mankato with much flexibility left to be settled in day two action on Saturday. King entered the tournament with a No. 16 overall ranking in the latest Coaches' Poll.
In addition to the two strong locks for All-American berths and chances to medal, King had several academic awards handed out. Sophomore Trevor Wentt (Virginia Beach, Va.) and redshirt-freshman Austin D'Amico (Virginia Beach, Va.) were both given Academic All-American honors as a testament to their hard work away from the mat. King as a team placed 21st academically.
Frank Morgan will take to the mat at 10:00 a.m. MST / 12:00 p.m. EST with live video available through the NCAA Championship website. The Championships will conclude on Saturday night with National Champions and All-Americans crowned at the conclusion of the tournament.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Kayla Ketron and Sarah Anderson highlighted with perfect days against Salem College in the team's 5-3 win over the Spirits. King won three of its top four singles flights and two of three doubles matches. With the win, the Lady Tornado improved to 2-5 overall this season.
King took commanding wins in doubles competition when Karissa King (Rockwood, Tenn.) and Kayla Ketron (Bristol, Tenn.) took the first flight over Kerri Morgan and Angela Reavis in an 8-4 decision. The combination of Eden Sherrod (Kingston, Tenn.) and Sarah Anderson (Bristol, Tenn.) took care of business in an 8-5 win over Amy Allison and Cierra Young.
After holding 2-1 lead after the doubles competition, King took three of their five singles flights before the final top flight match was called due to darkness. King had already clinched the match by a 5-3 tally, so Karissa King's singles flight was left unfinished.
In the Lady Tornado's three wins, no player surrendered more than one set point to their opponent. Sarah Anderson led off the action with a shut out 6-0, 6-0 win over Allison. Kayla Ketron and Eden Sherrod both followed, each earning 6-0, 6-1 wins over Reavis and Weisler, respectively.
With the win, the Lady Tornado improve to 2-5 overall as they move back into regional action on Saturday. They and the men's team will head to Mars Hill for a full day of tennis beginning at 12:00 p.m. and continue with road regional play at Milligan on March 15.
Salem College 3, King College 5
Karissa King (KING) UNFINISHED vs. K. Morgan (SC) – 6-3, 4-4, UNF (daylight)
Sarah Anderson (KING) defeats A. Allison (SC) – 6-0, 6-0
Kayla Ketron (KING) defeats A. Reavis (SC) – 6-0, 6-1
Eden Sherrod (KING) defeats C. Heisler (SC) – 6-0, 6-1
L. Wisen (SC) defeats Kelsey Copeland (KING) – 7-6, 4-6, 6-4
S. Story (SC) defeats NO PLAYER (KING) – default
Doubles competitionKing/Ketron (KING) defeats Morgan (SC) – 8-4
Sherrod/Anderson (KING) defeats Allison/Young (SC) – 8-5
Heisler/Wisen (SC) defeats Copeland/NO PLAYER – default
Final score: Salem College 3, King College 5
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Reiss Stanley and Cory Rhodes provided a combined 13.0 innings of superb pitching to guide the King Tornado to a pair of victories Sunday afternoon, giving the Navy and Scarlett a series sweep against the Barton Bulldogs in their opening weekend of Conference Carolinas play.
GAME ONE: Barton 4, King 5:
King jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning of their opening game, taking advantage of an error by Bulldog third baseman Collins Cuthrell. After Danny Laperna walked to lead off the frame, Bryant Walker (Knoxville, Tenn.) laid down a bunt to the third base side that Curthrell threw errantly up the right field line. Laperna scored from first on the play and Walker motored all the way to third base, setting up Tyler Orndorff’s RBI double to right center field to give the Tornado a 2-0 lead.
Another leadoff walk led to another King run to increase the lead to three two innings later. Orndorff received the free pass and stole a pair of bases to wind up at third. Garrett Cook (Luray, Va.) then knocked a base hit to center field, scoring Orndorff.
Barton scored three runs in their next two trips to the plate. In the fifth frame back-to-back, two-out singles from the bottom of the order plus a walk loaded the bases for Casey Rawlings. Midway through the at bat, a passed ball that skipped off Brad Blanton’s glove led to two runs when the junior catcher could not locate the ball and Avery Harper and Phillip Cotton both were on their horses and scored on the play. A RBI single by Zac Crumpler in the seventh helped chip into the lead and pull within two runs of the Tornado.
The deciding frame came in response to Barton’s two-run fifth when the Tornado again took advantage of another Cuthrell error at third. Hunter Smith reached base when Cuthrell botched a grounder. Danny Laperna followed with a walk before Bryant Walker put a hard bunt down between the mound and third base where nobody was found. Brad Blanton (Ashland, Ky.) took advantage and blasted a two-run double, deep to left field, at the time taking a 5-2 lead
Sophomore Reiss Stanley (2-1) tossed five innings and surrendered just three hits in the contest, leading to two Barton runs (both unearned). He threw four scoreless frames before the Bulldog’s two-run fifth. Two of his three walks came in his final inning of work.
Matt Higgins and Laperna (S, 1) combined to finish the final four innings. Laperna recorded a three-inning save, allowed three hits and run in relief.
Cody Snyder extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a 1-for-4 effort from the plate. Walker notched two hits and a run scored. Blanton led the Tornado with two ribbies while Laperna scored twice.
GAME TWO: Barton 0, King 3 (F/7)
King received a superb pitching effort from sophomore Cody Rhodes (Kissimmee, Fla.), who tossed all seven innings in a 3-0, sweep-clenching win over the Bulldogs. Rhodes (3-0) set a new career high in strikeouts with 10 against the Bulldogs, surpassing his old mark of seven. He recorded multiple strikeouts in an inning four times and never allowed a runner past second base over his seven innings of work. He allowed only three hits and walked two in the victory.
Each of the Tornado’s hitters batting three through nine in the order had one hit, though Carl Roberts’ double in the fifth served as the most instrumental in the win. After Doug Freeman laid down a bunt down the third base side for a single and Cody Snyder reached base on a fielder’s choice, the Bluff City, Tenn., native stepped to the plate and blasted a liner to right field that cleared the bases, giving King a 2-0 advantage.
Jarrod Payne (Johnson City, Tenn.) added to the lead with a RBI double of his own the very next inning, scoring Heath Williams from second after he singles and stole a base.
Two of Barton’s three hits came from Bulldog right fielder, Ryan Daughtry, both singles in back-to-back at bats.
King (8-5, 3-0) will play one last home game against Mars Hill on Wednesday, Feb. 29, to end a four-game home stretch. First pitch time is set for 2:00 p.m. The Tornado will then turn around and begin a nine-game road stand, jumping back into Conference Carolinas play against Coker College on March 3.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King College Men's Basketball did its part to stay alive in the hunt for a Conference Carolinas regular season championship, defeating Erskine College on Friday night. Earlier today, the Tornado were officially crowned Regular Season Champions after Mount Olive College defeated Queens University of Charlotte, allowing King to leapfrog to the top of the league standings in the season's final day of regular season play.
King entered Friday night tied with Queens (N.C.) for first place in the league standings with a 13-2 Conference Carolinas ledger, however the Royals held the edge by way of head-to-head tiebreaker with their victory over the Tornado on Feb 11.
The Tornado kept their hopes alive for a regular season championship by defeating the Erskine Flying Fleet on Friday night (Feb. 24), 56-50, behind senior guard Brian Hewitt's 19 points, furthering him beyond the 1,000 career point plateau*. The win gave King a one-half game lead over Queens (N.C.) with the Royals having one game left to play against the Mount Olive Trojans, Saturday afternoon.
Queens (N.C.) ended its run toward a regular season championship with a loss to the Trojans, 88-79, in a battle between two regionally-ranked teams fighting for a chance at the regional tournament. Mount Olive broke away near the 10-minute mark of the second half and never looked back en route to their victory.
The regular season championship and being the No. 1 overall team does not affect the Conference Carolinas Tournament seeding. Since the tournament is bracketed based on finish within the division, King as the No. 1 seed in the West Division will host the Coker Cobras who hold the No. 4 seed in the East Division. The first round pitting King versus Coker will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from inside the Student Center Complex at 7:00 p.m.
The Tornado end their regular season 22-6 overall, 14-2 in Conference Carolinas play.
King earns its first Conference Carolinas crown of any sort since joining the conference in June 2011. Four King teams have now advanced on to Conference Carolinas post-season, tournament play. Of the three that have played a tournament game already, one has one in postseason play. This is all in addition to a successful appearance at the league championships for the King cross country team where they placed second of 11 on the men's side, third on the women's side.
For full recap of Queens (N.C.) / Mount Olive game, click here.
* Brian Hewitt achieved point #1,000 with his last bucket at Pfeiffer on Feb. 18. The three-pointer took him from 999 to 1,002 career points entering Friday's game.
BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – King College saved their best for the last meet of the year when they took to the lanes at the Stivers Aquatic Center in Barbourville, Ky. for the 2012 Appalachian Swimming Conference Championships this weekend. Three school records fell while King placed a combined 11th out of 14 teams in the final meet of the season.
Kelsey Wiese had a fantastic day in the pool, breaking two individual school records and helping propel the women's relay teams to successful finishes. The Gallatin, Tenn. native began her day by breaking the King record in the 200-meter backstroke with a preliminary time of 2:14.01. Wiese continued to mark up the Lady Tornado record book by breaking the school 100-meter backstroke record with a 1:00.84 finish time, placing her sixth in the A final. Her prelim and final time eclipsed her previous best coming into the championships by more than a full second (1:02.08).
The men's team broke a school record in the 200-meter freestyle relay when the combination of Mason Edmonds, Alek Nochowicz, Taylor Horton, and Wayne Oliver finished with a 1:28.88 time. The relay team placed ninth out of 17 participating teams to earn their team 18 points. The group bested their previous top time in the event by more than five seconds (1:33.92).
Malorie McBride (Nashville, Tenn.) participated in three consolation finals races and scored her team 10 points from her individual performances. She placed highest in the 200-meter butterfly, finishing 11th (2:25.90) of the 16-swimmer field while trimming three seconds of her qualifying time.
She also improved on her prelim time in a big her performance in the 500-meter freestyle. McBride slashed 13 seconds off of her seed time coming into the meet and posted a 5:36.31 final finish time in the B heat, placing her 14th overall. In her final consolation race, she placed 16th in the 100-meter butterfly with a 1:08.09 time.
In addition to Wiese, two more Lady Tornado swimmers participated in a pair of consolation final heats. Shirley Langford (Cape Coral, Fla.) finished 10th in the 200-meter breaststroke, only 0.11 seconds from a ninth place finish, with a 2:40.91 final time.
She placed 13th in the 100-meter breaststroke, clocking in at 1:15.14. Titusville, Fla. native Jade Schroeder placed 13th in the 100-meter butterfly, trimming one full second from her previous best and posting a 1:06.60 finish in addition to finishing 14th in the 200 butterfly (2:32.53).
Gary Oliver (Bristol, Tenn.) placed in two final heats, including one appearance in an A final. Oliver placed sixth in the 50-meter freestyle with a 21.26 finish time. In the 100 free, Oliver placed in the top spot in the B finals heat with a 48.07 ninth place finish.
Other notable individual performances include those from Daniel Pope (Red Bank, Tenn.), Greg Taylor (Bristol, Tenn.), and Kelsey Copeland (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.). Pope finished 13th in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.90) and Taylor finished the 200 breaststroke in 10th place with a 2:24.82 time. Copeland placed 14th in the 200 backstroke (2:27.13).
Of all the relay teams King assembled, the men's 200-meter freestyle topped the list with their new school record. Three women's relay teams had notable performances for King. The 200-meter medley relay team (Copeland, Langford, Schroeder, Wiese) placed seventh of 14 teams with a 2:00.35 time. The 200 freestyle relay squad (Copeland, Schroeder, McBride, Wiese) also placed seventh, finishing a full second ahead of their previous seed time (1:46.91). McBride, Langford, Copeland, and Schroeder also combined for a ninth place finish (8:43.43) in the 800 freestyle relay.
To add to the men's accomplishments, the 400-meter medley relay team comprising of Alek Nochwicz (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.), Daniel Pope, Wayne Oliver, and Mason Edmonds (Johnson City, Tenn.) placed eighth of 14 schools with a 3:48.99 to improve from their seed time by more than three seconds.
King placed 11th in the combined standings in a 14-team spread with 246.5 team points. On the women's side, King placed ninth edging out Urbana University (116). On the men's side, the Tornado finished 10th of 12 teams. The Appalachian Swim Conference Championships conclude the 2011-12 season for King.
WILSON, N.C. – Stephen Brown led the Tornado men's volleyball team with nine kills while middleback Eric Glenn followed up with eight, but it was a total team effort that earned King College their sixth win of the season against Barton College in a straight-set victory, Saturday night.
After overcoming a five-point deficit early in the contest, King (6-8, 1-2) battled back to tie the game at 11 points apiece. Barton went on a 7-2 run to take a 19-17 advantage, capped off by a kill from Alx Draughan. That kill resulted in Matthew Harper exiting the game after being hit by the ball. Justin Crane (Richmond, Va.) entered the game to give the Tornado a spark and went on an 8-3 run to close out the game. Behind Crane's defensive effort and an emotional spark, King willed themselves to a 25-23 come-from-behind first-set win. Michael Koebel (Richmond, Va.) finished the set with three kills during the game-changing run.
From there the tone was set for the duration of the match. King broke away by seven points in the second set behind Eric Glenn's four kills on five attempts plus one service ace. Barton committed a match-high eight attack errors in the middle frame to help King to a 25-16 set win.
Stephen Brown (Lawrenceville, Ga.) tallied five of his team-high nine kills in the final set to help his team to a 25-21 victory, sealing the match win. King held on to a two-point lead before Barton tied the game at 12-12 and the Tornado began its final breakaway. King went on an 8-1 run that was generated by three different Tornado players tallying kills or service aces, plus three Barton errors. Brown had two kills in the final four King points. Harper returned to form, putting down the final point for his team with a kill for a 25-21 set win.
In addition to Brown's nine kills, he added four digs on the defensive side. Ned Parker (Richmond, Va.) led the team in the category with 11, through Richmond, Va. native Brandon Rorer tallied seven digs, as well. Parker led the team with 24 assists and added a block assist. At the net, Glenn tallied one solo block and one block assist.
"We played much better as a team today [Saturday] than we had in the previous week," said Head Coach Ryan Booher. "Justin Crane gave us a great spark and from there, the whole team just fed into it. Everyone contributed to the win tonight and now we are excited to bring that energy to the Student Center for our first home match against a big-time opponent [Lees-McRae]."
King, now 1-2 in Conference Carolinas, will continue league play and play their first home match this Thursday, Feb. 23 against rival Lees-McRae (5-5, 2-1). First service against the Bobcats is set for 7:00 p.m. from the Student Center. King Men's Volleyball will host "Beach Night", where spring-time attire will be the attire of choice to help encourage spring to arrive sooner! The first 75 fans dressed in a King t-shirt and beach shorts will receive a free King mini-volleyball, courtesy of the team.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – After going 3-0 over the last three weeks of competition, King Men's Wrestling retained its No. 16 national rankings per Wednesday's release of the latest NCAA Division II Coaches' Poll. Frank Morgan and Tywan Claxton remain in the top-6 nationally of their respective weight classes on an individual front. The Tornado continue to garner regional respect as shown in the latest Super Region 2 rankings, also released yesterday.
Official Coaches' Association release - click here
Regional rankings - click here
King remains set in a tie for 16th place but this month with West Liberty (W.Va.) who moved up from 14th in the previous poll. The Tornado gained ground on those ahead of them in the poll, sitting just three points shy of No. 15 Fort Hayes State (Kan.) and five points behind No. 14 Findlay University (Ohio). Limestone fell one spot to No. 13 after losing to King earlier this week, 27-13.
Frank Morgan (Maynardville, Tenn.) moved into the No. 5 spot in the national rankings at 197 pounds after going 3-0 in dual meets over the last month. Including his performance at the Ashland Open (Jan. 14-15), he is undefeated in his last five bouts with one pin. He is ranked second in the region behind Dan Scanlan (Limestone), who did not dress in the teams' dual on Feb. 3.
Tywan Claxton (Cleveland, Ohio) remains sixth in the 141-pound division after defeating Limestone's Judson Smith by decision 11-7 on Feb. 3. He is ranked No. 1 in the region at his class.
The Tornado have a wrestler represented in nine of the ten available weight classes at the regional level. Included in that list are Morgan, Claxton, Jerrelle McCabe (5, 125 lbs.), Cullen King (5, 133 lbs.), Jeremy Miller (6, 157 lbs.), Patrick Spano (4, 165 lbs.), Matt Bogardus (6, 174 lbs.), Brandon Tressler (5, 184 lbs.), and Dondricus Anderson (4, 285 lbs.).
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its list of individual All-Academic selections for the 2011 cross country season. Naseem Haje, Kendra Sokol, Evan Farrell, and Danielle Beauvais were the four members of the King College men's and women's teams named to the list.
Naseem Haje, a junior from Hagerstown, Md., steadily improved from race to race and excelled in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championships held in Charlotte, N.C. Haje ran a 10k time of 32 minutes, 0.1 seconds to lead the Tornado and finish eighth overall and helped the Tornado to a third place finish. He registered an 8k season-high time of 25:54.21 at the Clemson Open (Sept. 16) and helped the men's team possess a second place regional ranking heading into the regional meet.
Kendra Sokol (Kingsport, Tenn.) was the first Lady Tornado to cross the finish line at the regional championships and placed 16th overall with a 22:51.9 6k time, helping the Lady Tornado to a fourth place finish. She made a drastic improvement over the course of the season, trimming more than 1:30 off of her 5k time between her first and last race at the Conference Carolinas Championships. The sophomore posted a season-best 19:21.8 time at the Conference Championships (Oct. 22), finishing first on the team and 12th overall.
A native of Winchester, Va., Danielle Beauvais was consistent all season long, finishing inside the 19-minute mark in all three 5k races this season. She ended the year on a high note with a 16th place finish at the Conference Championships (19:34.7). The junior finished third on the team at the Southeast Regional meet and 31st overall with a 23:28.2 finish time. This is now Beauvais' second time named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic list after doing so as a sophomore last season.
Sophomore Evan Ferrell also showed steady improvement, eliminating nearly two minutes off her 5k finish time after her first race of the season. The Richlands, Va. native finished her last two 5k races at or slightly under 20:00.0, priming herself for the Regional Championships. She rounded out the top-5 on the King squad at regionals, finishing 56th (24:04.7) in the 6k race.
Haje and Sokol were named to the NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region Team after their performances at the Championships. Haje and Beauvais were both named to the Conference Carolinas All-Academic team earlier this year.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team in Division II, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or greater through the most-recent semester, completed at least 12 credit hours in the semester of cross country competition, and placed in the top 50 percent at the most recent NCAA National Championships or in the top 30 percent at the NCAA Regional Championships.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King Tornado clinched the Conference Carolinas West Division in a 79-56 win over Belmont Abbey College, Wednesday night. The Sea of Red was in full effect while Logan Lyle set a new career high in points scored and Lio Gedeon set a new personal best in rebounds. The Tornado earned their 12th league win to stay unbeaten in conference play.
King earned their 20th win of the season with the 79-56 victory over the Crusaders marking the fifth time the Tornado have done so in Head Coach George Pitts' six years at the helm of the program. Prior to Coach Pitts' arrival, the Tornado reached the 20-win plateau only four times since the 1980-81 season.
Freshman Logan Lyle (Unicoi, Tenn.) scored a career-high 25 points against Belmont Abbey, surpassing his previous career high of 23 set against Bluefield State on Nov. 26. He has recorded seven consecutive games of at least 14 points, including a pair of 20-point games. He now has three 20-plus point games in his first season with the program.
One game removed from setting a career high in points scored, Lio Gedeon (Marsh Harbor, Bahamas) set a second career best by recording 16 rebounds. Six of his rebounds against the Crusaders were on the offensive end, also a personal best. Gedeon has recorded double-digit boards in six of his last eight contests.
King held a ten-point or more lead for almost the entire second half, but received its first sniff of the advantage near the 8:29 mark of the first half when Michael Fortune (Beckley, W. Virginia) hit his second three pointer in a three-minute span. The junior and teammate Eddie Piccinini (Orlando, Fla.) hit back-to-back threes to build an 11-point edge over Belmont Abbey. The Crusaders whittled the lead down to five with 6:48 remaining in the first, but Lyle's 4-for-7 first-half performance helped take a nine point lead into the half, 41-32.
The Tornado quickly extended the lead to 14 points in the first four minutes of the second session behind three Piccinini field goals, two from three-point range. After BAC's Matthew Graves and Brandon Goss (St. Louis, Mo.) exchanged buckets to make for a 55-43 score, King continued on a 21-9 run to take them down to the 2:39 marker. Lyle and Nathan Vannoy (Piney Flatts, Tenn.) continued to drain threes late in the contest, hitting three in the final four minutes of the game.
Lyle hit five threes on 12 attempts (.417) and went 8-for-18 (.444) from the field for the game. He added four rebounds and a pair of assists in 31 minutes played. Piccinini was hot from behind the line, hitting four of his six tries from distance for a 66.7 percent mark.
Michael Fortune scored nine of his 15 points with the deep ball. He and Piccinini both went 5-for-9 (.556) shooting overall. DeShaun Greer (Lewisburg, Tenn.) tied a career high with eight points while adding a pair of rebounds, a block, and a steal in eight minutes on the floor.
Senior standout Brian Hewitt (Lexington, Ky.) returned to the lineup after missing three games due to a hand injury. He played 17 minutes and brought back his strong defensive play on the perimeter. He scored two points on 1-of-5 shooting and brought down three rebounds.
King (20-4, 12-0) scored 22 of its points off of 16 Crusader turnovers. Goss was responsible for three of the team's eight steals. The defense held Belmont Abbey to 37 percent shooting and only 14.3 percent from long range, including 0-for-8 from three-point range in the second half.
The win locks up the number-one seed in the West Division of Conference Carolinas, ensuring the Tornado at least one home game during the conference tournament. King will play Queens (N.C.) this Saturday at 4:00 p.m. in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Royals are 15-7 overall and sit in first place in the East Division with a 10-1 conference mark. Queens can clinch the East Division and have a slight edge in the overall number-one seed with a win on Saturday.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King College Athletics has announced that Thursday night (Feb. 2) basketball will help honor those that make the College as strong as it is with its annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night. Free food and beverages for King students, staff and faculty in attendance will be provided and a special contest will be hosted for one lucky pair of child and one of his or her parent.
King educates more than 2,100 students per year with the help of a dedicated and supportive faculty base that totals over 160 full and part-time members and enjoys a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. Complementing the classroom atmosphere, the devoted staff continually helps build and enhance the ambiance that the College provides those students, as well as one another.
Thursday night is your opportunity to show your support and thanks toward the job these individuals do on a daily basis, as well as help us honor this year’s Outstanding Professor of the Year award winner.
To accompany the celebration of those that make King so spectacular, Tornado Athletics will offer a spread of pizza and soft drinks for all faculty, staff, and their families on the mezzanine of the Student Center Complex during the night’s games.
There will be an opportunity to win a $50.00 gift certificate for Fun Expedition, located in Johnson City. Two lucky parent-child groups will be selected by a drawing to participate in a halftime free throw contest to win the gift certificate.
Participants must be in attendance of the women’s basketball game versus North Greenville (5:30 p.m.) and register before the end of halftime for that game. The two families will be drawn and called on to compete during halftime of the men’s game.
The King Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be sponsoring Make-A-Wish Night where they will be selling t-shirts to help raise money for The Foundation. Shirts will be sold for $3.00 each for students and $5.00 for the public. Prizes will be given to those groups or individuals who donate the most toward the cause.
Both basketball teams will host North Greenville University that night with the women’s kicking off the doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. at the Student Center. The men will follow with a tentative 7:30 p.m. tipoff.
Tornado Teams Announce Schedule Changes
BRISTOL, Tenn. – As our seasons rage onward and keep collecting success, King Athletics has had to make a few alterations to multiple schedules among their 24 varsity teams.
WOMEN’S WRESTLING will not be traveling to the Dave Schultz International tournament on Feb. 3 and will not reschedule the event. They will not compete against until University Nationals on April 6 in Akron, Ohio.
BASEBALL has rescheduled their weekend series against No. 23 Georgia College for a Friday/Saturday series due to impending weather conditions. The Tornado and Bobcats will begin their series in doubleheader fashion on Friday, Feb. 3 at 2:00 p.m. and finish the set on Saturday at noon.
SOFTBALL has announced that their doubleheader on Feb. 19 versus Tusculum has been rescheduled for 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
TORNADO BASKETBALL reminds everybody that tonight is Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night at the Student Center as the men’s and women’s teams host North Greenville. Join us for free pizza and beverages for King staff, faculty, and their families on the SCC Mezzanine as well as some great basketball action beginning at 5:30 p.m.
MEN’S WRESTLING would like to remind everyone that this Friday, Feb. 3, they will host their first dual match of the season. The Tornado, ranked 16th in the country, will host No. 11 Limestone College at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Center in a regional matchup.
Continue to keep up-to-date on all Tornado Athletics on www.KingTornado.com.
King Announces Washington County Youth Basketball Day
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King College Athletics has deemed Saturday, Feb. 4, as Washington County Youth Day. Tornado Basketball is offering a special offer for those from Washington County (Va.) to help support King as they play in a doubleheader against St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College this Saturday.
Free admission to both the men’s and women’s game will be given to youths wearing a basketball jersey representing their Washington County (Va.) team. Families of those players wearing their team jerseys will also be admitted free of charge.
Come support your team and ours this Saturday, Feb. 4, beginning at 2:00 p.m. when the Lady Tornado kick off a day of basketball versus the St. Andrew’s Knights. The men’s team will follow at approximately 4:00 p.m.
LAURINBURG, N.C. – King College Men's Wrestling easily handled St. Andrew's Presbyterian College (Laurinburg, N.C.) in their second dual match of the season, 40-3, on Wednesday night. The Tornado nearly shut out the Knights, keeping them scoreless through the meet's first nine matches.
King rolled through their first four bouts registering two major decisions and a technical fall. In those matches King outscored the Knights by a combined score of 51-10. Jerelle McCabe (Virginia Beach, Va.) led the meet off with a 12-2 major decision over Eric Brown in the 125-pound division.
Nic Stella (Sweet Home, N.Y.) registered the first of the team's two technical falls by defeating Nick Sauceda (149#), 21-4. Patrick Spano (Tampa, Fla.) pinned Luke Gregory 2:13 into the bout for the Tornado's sixth straight bout win of the day before Dyvon Passmore (Miami, Fla.) beat Trent Harris by technical fall, 20-4.
Leading 29-0, the Tornado continued its dominance when Brandon Tressler (Orlando, Fla.) pinned Joshua Price (184#) within the first three minutes of the bout, followed by nationally-ranked Frank Morgan's victory to close out the winning streak for King. The fifth-ranked (197#) Maynardville, Tenn. native registered a major decision over Greg Pattis, 12-1, to put the Tornado up 40-0.
The Knight's lone win came from Denny Vaughan (285#) over Dondricus Anderson in a 14-13 decision in the last match of the night. After both sides retired, King came away with a 40-3 victory over St. Andrew's College.
King, ranked 11th in the country by the NCAA in Division II, earns a win in their first of eight dual matches before the Super Regional Tournament (Feb. 24-25). They will continue their road trip to Warrensburg, Mo. to compete in a dual with the University of Central Missouri Mules on Sunday, Jan. 22, before embarking on a three-match home stand beginning on Jan. 25 with current No. 2 Newberry College.
125#- Jerelle McCabe (KC) defeated Eric Brown (SAU) by MD, 12-2 – (4-0)
133#- Cullen King (KC) defeated Chauncey Foster (SAU) by DEC, 8-2 – (7-0)
141#- Blake Bowman (KC) defeated Sterling Perry (SAU) by MD, 10-2 – (11-0)
149#- Nic Stella (KC) defeated Nick Sauceda (SAU) by TF, 21-4 – (16-0)
157#- Jeremy Miller (KC) defeated Kody Getkin (SAU) by DEC, 10-8 – (19-0)
165#- Patrick Spano (KC) defeated Luke Gregory (SAU) by PIN, 2:13 – (25-0)
174#- Dyvon Passmore (KC) defeated Trent Harris (SAU) by TF, 20-4 – (29-0)
184#- Brandon Tressler (KC) defeated Joshua Price (SAU) by PIN, 2:35 – (35-0)
197#- Frank Morgan (KC) defeated Greg Pattis (SAU) by MD, 12-1 – (40-0)
285#- Denny Vaughan (SAU) defeated Dondricus Anderson (KC) by DEC, 14-13 (40-3)
FINAL SCORE: King 40, St. Andrew's 3
King College is hosting a pre-game dinner/kick-off event for the newly established Tornado Athletic Club on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. at King's Student Center Complex. The public is invited to join in the celebration and enjoy an opportunity to meet King coaches, student-athletes, and hear more about the successes of the Tornado Athletic program. The event precedes the women's and men's basketball teams as they take on Barton College.
"The mission of the Tornado Athletic Club (TAC) is to secure annual support and build a stable network of donors who desire to enhance and enable the competitive spirit of student-athletes through financial contributions and participation," said Denise Asbury, director of annual giving for King's Office of Development.
"King student-athletes are prime examples of the ideal student-athlete; they excel in the classroom, on the playing field, and graduate with a passion for becoming transformational leaders in the community," said David Hicks, athletic director for King. "An engaged Tornado Club actively supporting these student athletes and their endeavors is crucial to our mission at King.
"Gifted athletically and academically, King athletes give 100% in competition and in the classroom," said Hicks. "Contributions to the TAC allow these gifted individuals to focus on their next competition, secure in the knowledge their School and their community are behind them."
The TAC is a joint effort between Tornado Athletics and King's Development Office. "We are organizing an opportunity for interested parties to support athletics in general, like a booster type program," said Asbury. "Budgets for small colleges and most athletic programs are usually limited. We rely on support from alumni, friends of the College, and parents to help us. The most noteworthy function of the TAC will be to provide extra resources for needs of the athletic program."
Donations help provide necessary resources. The cost of travel is an ever changing, often increasing expense, as are the costs associated with meals, equipment, maintenance of athletic fields, and indoor facilities. Donors will have the ability to designate their contributions toward a specific sport. Unrestricted gifts will go to the athletics areas that have the greatest need.
The Jan. 21 kick-off event will include a meal at King's Student Center Complex along with a short program featuring speakers such as Athletic Director David Hicks, Men's Basketball Head Coach George Pitts, Chief Development Officer John King as well as a few of King's student-athletes. There will also be several door prizes, and an appearance by King's new mascot, Twister.
"We are excited to provide some additional support for our athletic program," said Asbury. "Approximately 48 percent of King's traditional undergraduate students participate in one or more athletic programs."
A NCAA Division II program and the newest member of the Conference Carolinas, King College athletes compete in the following areas: Men's Baseball, Women's Softball, Men's and Women's Basketball, Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving, Men's and Women's Tennis, Men's and Women's Cross Country, Men's and Women's Track & Field, Men's and Women's Cycling, Men's and Women's Volleyball, Men's and Women's Soccer, Men's and Women's Wrestling, Cheerleading, and Dance.
To RSVP or for more information on King's Tornado Athletic Club Kick-Off, contact Patty Houston at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800.621.5464.
HIGH POINT, N.C. – Senior guard Brian Hewitt earned his third Conference Carolinas Men's Basketball Player of the Week honor of the year after the league office announced this week's recipients Tuesday morning.
Hewitt has been selected for the third time this year, taking the award on weeks two and four of the season. The 6-3 senior guard from Lexington, Ky. set a new season high with 34 points in the Tornado's 19-point, come-from-behind 70-66 road win against Coker. He hit north of 50 percent of his shots both from the field and from distance in the win while also leading the team with eight rebounds.
In their 92-81 victory over Belmont Abbey (Jan. 10), Hewitt again led the team in scoring with 23 points and also dished out four assists. In two games last week, he shot .559 from the field and .474 from three-point range. His shooting has helped the Tornado achieve a 13-3 overall record and remain undefeated in league play with a 5-0 mark, prior to Monday's game. He and the Tornado lead the league's west division standings while posting the most three-point makes per game in NCAA Division II.
Following their win over rival Lees-McRae Monday night, they have improved to 14-3 overall and a perfect 6-0 in league play. The Tornado will play Barton College on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Student Center Complex.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – After an opening day victory over Jamestown College, King Women's Wrestling returned to the Prairie Capital Convention Center for day two action at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Dual Championships. The Lady Tornado defeated Simon Fraser University prior to falling to top-ranked Oklahoma City University in the championship round for a second place finish.
Newcomer Krista Revelle won all three of her bouts through the weekend, wrestling in both the 136 and 143-pound weight classes in her first wins and matches of her collegiate career since joining King. She surrendered only two points in those three matches while posting two shut outs, including a technical fall in her debut match against Jamestown College's Serrina Smith.
Senior Emily Martin (109) also remained unbeaten over the weekend, posting a pair of victories on Sunday by a combined 16-1 score. The Frisco, Texas native defeated No. 5 Michiko Araki of Simon Fraser (6-0, 6-0) and OCU's Kristie Garr by decision, 1-0, 3-1.
King, ranked second by the WCWA, defeated No. 3 Simon Fraser by a 24-17 score. The Lady Tornado jumped out to a 16-3 lead through the five bouts. They continued amassing points with wins by Revelle and Alli Ragan (Carbondale, Ill.) to help seal the win. Ragan was bumped up to the 155-pound division and defeated No. 2 Jenna McLatchy after jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first period and followed with a 3-1 second period score. Shannon Constantine (Haverville, Ma.) defeated second-ranked Daphne Hodgson by pin in the first period to put King up quickly, 5-0.
With the win over Simon Fraser, the Lady Tornado advanced to the championship round against No. 1 Oklahoma City. King took a 6-5 lead over the Stars with wins from Emily Martin (109) and Samantha Klingel (116). Klingel, who possesses a number-two individual ranking by the WCWA, took the mat with No. 1 Joey Miller and beat her in a decisive 3-1 third period (0-2, 2-0, 3-1). The Stars responded by winning four of the next five bouts to regain the lead, 21-11. Wins by OCU's Kristie Davis and Brittany Delgado in the latter part of the match sent King to a second place finish in the tournament.
King will return to the mats at the Student Center Complex on Sunday, Jan. 15 for their final meet prior to the WCWA National Tournament (Jan. 28). They will host OCU and the University of the Cumberlands beginning at 9:00 a.m.
King (KING) defeated Simon Fraser (SIM)
Oklahoma City (OKC) defeated King (KING)
Lady Tornado Down Jamestown in Opening Day of National Duals
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – King College women's wrestling surrendered only one individual loss and five points total to the Jamestown College Jimmies (NAIA) in a victory during the opening day of action at the NCWA/Cliff Keen National Duals, Saturday evening.
King allowed only two points until the final bout of the match, including nine previous bouts. The Lady Tornado earned nine easy points by forfeit when the Jimmies did not send competitors to the mat for the 101, 109 and 170-pound weight divisions and another three when Tiffany Sluik (130) withdrew due to injury.
Alli Ragan (143) registered the team's lone pin in the victory. Just 1:12 into the bout, the Carbondale, Ill. native impressed her home state with the takedown and gave the Lady Tornado a 25-1 lead, all but sealing the win for King.
Samantha Kingel (Kresgeville, Pa.) overcame a four-point deficit in the first round of her bout against Michelle Canete by scoring eight unanswered points for the come-from-behind 8-4 victory. Klingel responded with a five-point second period to retake the lead and capped off the victory with three insurance points while shutting out Canete in the final minutes of the bout.
Lorrie Ramos (Orlando, Fla.) faced a similar style match at the 155-pound division when she was forced to battle back from a 1-4 setback in the first period. Ramos fell behind to Michelle Quiles but responded with a 4-0 second period performance to take a one-point lead. In the third period, Ramos and Quiles exchanged points before the freshman recorded a final point to ensure victory.
King, currently ranked second in the nation (WCWA), will return to action Sunday morning against No. 3 Simon Fraser in the semifinal round of the NCWA/Cliff Keen National Duals. Simon Fraser defeated Missouri Valley College 37-5 on Saturday evening. The winner of King/Simon Fraser will advance to the finals to play the winner of No. 1 Oklahoma City University and No. 4 Lindenwood.
King (38.0) defeated Jamestown (5.0)
BRISTOL, Tenn. – To show our appreciation for the continued support of King Athletics and Tornado Basketball are hosting Community Day. As a part of the event, free admission will be provided and a variety of giveaways for all fans in attendance of the men's and women's basketball games on Jan. 7 versus Mount Olive University. Among the opportunities for prizes will be a chance to win a set of NASCAR race tickets for two events at Bristol Motors Speedway this March.
Community Day is being held this Saturday, Jan. 7 for the basketball doubleheader matchup pitting the Tornado against the Trojans of Mount Olive. Fans of either team will be admitted free of charge to both games at the Student Center Complex as the first wave of appreciation for their continued support this season.
Various contests will be held throughout both games including a free throw shooting competition in addition to King College and Bristol community trivia. Contest winners have the chance to win prizes that include movie tickets to Tinseltown Cinemark Movie Theatres and free bowling from Interstate Bowl.
The grand prize will be a set of two tickets for the NASCAR Nationwide and Food City 500 Sprint Cup races at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 17-18. To enter for a chance to win the tickets, simply come to the Lady Tornado basketball game and sign up for the drawing at the main gate before the end of halftime. The lucky winner will be announced at halftime of the men's basketball game and must be present to claim the tickets.
The Lady Tornado will kick off the day's activity with a 2:00 p.m. tipoff against the Trojans. The men's team will follow 20 minutes after the conclusion of the women's game with a tentative tipoff set for 4:00 p.m. Live statistics and video will be available for those unable to attend.
King Athletics and Tornado basketball wish to thank you for your continued support of all our endeavors as we enter our first year as a member of Conference Carolinas and begin our journey as a NCAA Division II institution of higher learning and athletics. Come to Community Night to join in the celebration of what is sure to be an exciting beginning to a new era of Tornado Athletics.
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King's Lady Tornado Soccer Team Wins Academic Honors
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- King Women's Soccer has brought in yet another academic award, this one dating back to the 2010-11 season. Recapping the previous academic year, the Lady Tornado earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award.
NSCAA release link - click here
King was included in a list of 572 women's soccer programs between Divisions I, II and III to earn a place on the prestigious award. To be eligible, teams must produce a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher during the 2010-11 academic year.
A total of 792 soccer programs on both the men's and women's side were recognized for the honor with 161 having both teams represented.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Even after the Christmas Day the holiday spirit remains alive as King College closes out 2011. With the Arby's Classic high school basketball tournament taking place in its own back yard, Tornado Athletics is extending those in attendance of the event free admission to the Dec. 30 Men's Basketball game against Salem International at the Student Center Complex.
Free admission will be given to those who can provide a ticket stub from the Dec. 30 Arby's Classic games upon entrance at the King/Salem International men's basketball game. All teams participating in The Classic will also be admitted free of charge.
The final contest of the Arby's Classic afternoon session will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Viking Hall at Tennessee High School (Bristol, Tenn.). Action will resume at 5:30 p.m. when the slam dunk contest commences. The Tornado will tipoff against the Tigers (1-9) at 3:00 p.m. in the final athletic contest of 2011.
The Tornado ride on an 8-3 overall record after taking the No. 3 Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters to the wire in a 77-75 loss on Dec. 17. Their matchup against the Tigers will be the Tornado's last non-conference game of the year before entering the heart of their schedule on the road at North Greenville on Jan. 3.
Arby's Classic link - click here
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Head Coach Chris Toomey and the Lady Tornado Volleyball program are pleased to announce the signing of Grace and Olivia Underwood to the Class of 2012. In the package deal, the team adds a setter and a middle blocker to a team that finished with a 20-plus win in its fifth straight season.
Grace and Olivia Underwood both stand at 5-10 and come from Glenda Dawson High School (Pearland, Texas) where they had outstanding careers at the high school and club levels. Each played for the Absolute Volleyball Academy (AVA), coached by Phil Guerrero, and the Dawson High Eagles.
Olivia, who will serve as a setter for the Tornado, was named to the First Team All-District this year and was a second teamer in 2010. She earned Lone Star All-State Honorable Mention honors and was the team speaking captain her senior year. Olivia was a four-year letterwinner for the Eagles and holds the school record for assists in a season.
"It was my upmost priority to sign a high caliber setter for the 2012 class," said Head Coach Chris Toomey. "Olivia is definitely that. Her many accolades speak to the tremendous talent she has on the court, but it is the combination of her volleyball skills and strong leadership skills that will make her an exceptional setter at the college level. I expect Olivia to be a major contributor in her first year at King. Her commitment to volleyball, academics and Christ make her an invaluable addition to our program."
Earlier this month, Olivia was named to the Texas State All-Star Team, a monumental individual honor for Texas high school student-athletes, and will play in the state All-Star game in July.
Grace Underwood will play middle blocker for King. She comes with an extensive resume that dates back to her sophomore year when she was named to the All-District Honorable Mention Team and has escalated since. Following her junior year, Grace was a Second Team All-District honoree and followed up with a senior season where she netted First Team All-District and Lone Stat All-State Team Honorable Mention awards. She played varsity all four seasons and during her career earned the Athletic Academic Maintaining GPA Award every year.
"With the departure of senior middle blocker Kirsten Hamel it was inherent that I find a player who was prepared to play at a high level upon arrival at King," said Toomey. "There is no doubt that Grace has the ability to make an immediate impact as a freshman. Her strong volleyball IQ, work ethic and athleticism will certainly provide a boost for our front court defense and attack. Grace is a young lady with impressive volleyball talent but will also be a great teammate and strong Christian leader for the Lady Tornado."
Both Grace and Olivia helped the Eagles to championships on multiple levels in regular season and tournament play over their careers. Most recently, they were a part of a Dawson High team that became Area Champions and earned a first place finish in the Silver Dickenson Tournament. Following their senior seasons, Grace and Olivia were named to the Greater Houston Volleyball Coaching Association (GHVCA) All-Star team that pooled together the top female high school volleyball players for 4A and 5A schools in the Houston area.
The Tornado finished the 2011 season 23-13 overall and 13-5 in their first season as a member of Conference Carolinas. They earned a No. 3 seed in the West Division, fourth overall, at the Conference Carolinas Tournament. In their tournament opener, King came from two games down to defeat Mount Olive and advance to the semi-final round before falling to eventual champion, Lees-McRae.
King College Men's Basketball is offering an early Christmas gift for any Tornado or basketball fan in the Tri-Cities area!
Join the team and its coaching staff for a three-day developmental clinic to hone in on and learn new basketball skills from some of the best in the region.
Boys ages 7-17 are invited to participate in passing, shooting, ball-handling, pivoting and rebounding drills. The clinic will be held Dec. 20, 21 and 22 at the Student Center Complex gym. The clinic will be held each day from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
The cost for the clinic is $75 for the three-day session. Registration is currently open and will be taken until the start of the clinic.
Sign up now by contacting Assistant Coach Nick Pasqua by phone (423-652-6031) or e-mail, email@example.com. You may also click here to register online. All checks should be made payable to:
George Pitts, King Men's Basketball
Feel free to contact Coach Pasqua for any further questions regarding the clinic.
MARS HILL, N.C. – Alley Sprouse and Mikki Oliver each scored ten points but fell short in a 73-41 loss to the Mars Hill Lions on Sunday afternoon. The Lady Tornado fall to 0-9 overall after their last non-conference game of the season.
Freshman center Alley Sprouse (Newport, Tenn.) fell one rebound short of her first career double-double, the second time she has done so this season, in her return to the lineup after missing her last two games. She finished the game with 10 points and nine rebounds going perfect from the field (3-for-3) and the charity stripe (4-for-4).
Mikki Oliver (Hampton, Tenn.) matched Sprouse with 10 points on 2-of-4 shooting from the field, including a three-point make on her only attempt. The junior guard did most of her scoring from the free throw line, going 5-for-7 on the evening.
King (0-9) struggled shooting as a team knocking down only 21.4 percent of all shots and 6-of-24 from behind the arc (.250).
The Lions (6-4) jumped out to a 38-21 halftime lead though shot only 1-for-11 from behind the arc. They paced themselves shooting nearly 43 percent from the floor in the first half cooled off to a respectable 36.4 percent in the second.
Mars Hill forward Danielle Tucker led the Lions with 21 points and seven rebounds. She was one of three double-digit scorers for the Lions.
The Lady Tornado have finished their non-conference slate and continue the hunt for their first win of the season on Jan. 3 against the North Greenville Crusaders (Tigersville, S.C.).
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King College Softball will host a trio of summer camps for softball players ages eight and up this June. Camp registration is currently open and can be done online for all three sessions.
Lady Tornado softball players and coaches will lead participants in a three-day skills camp based on age and skill level. Campers will focus on basic and advanced fielding, pitching and hitting skills while also honing in on baserunning, catching and other individual talents.
The first of two sessions for ages 8-12 will be held June 13-15 with a second to be held the following week. A third camp will be held for those players ages 12 and up for an advanced skills session.
All camps will be held at the King College Softball Complex (Bristol, Tenn.) from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Registration for each camp will begin at 8:15 a.m. on the first day of each session. Players are encouraged to bring their own equipment, including tennis shoes and cleats for indoor and outdoor conditions.
Each camp session can be attended for only $60 if you sign up before May 15, 2012. Payment for all camps can be handled at registration on the first day of the camp. Additional payment information is included in the downloadable registration form. Please have all medical forms complete upon registration.
Shelton named to the NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region Third Team
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Morgan Shelton has added yet another trophy to her shelf after a fantastic senior season. Shelton was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) / NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region Third Team over the weekend.
Complete NSCAA All-Southeast Region Team - click here
The Chattanooga, Tenn. native helped her team to an 8-8-1 overall record, 7-4-1 in conference play. She scored 14 goals in 15 games overall and added a team-high five assists to account for 33 points. Shelton's 1.93 points per game ranked her 21st in the country and she finished 22nd in the nation in goals per game (0.786). She was a key part of a total team turnaround after the Lady Tornado started the season 0-3-0 in conference play, leading the team to a 7-1-1 league record to finish the season with a fifth overall seed in the conference tournament.
She was named to the All-Conference Carolinas First Team and the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region First Team in November, capping off a memorable King career. Shelton was named the Female Student-Athlete of the Month (October) by the College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) on Nov. 4 and made her way onto the Academic All-Conference Team after a strong fall semester in the classroom.
Tornado Send Two to Cyclocross Championships
BANNER ELK, N.C. – King College Cycling sent two of its own to the 2011 SECCC Cyclocross Championship, held in Banner Elk, North Carolina. Casey Stallard and Blake Adams both competed in the event on Sunday (Dec. 11), wrapping up the fall cycling schedule.
Complete results - click here
Freshman Blake Adams (Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) placed seventh out of eight riders in the Cat 2/3/4 event that began the day. He finished with a score of 590.00 points.
Senior Casey Stallard (Bristol, Tenn.) took part in the Cat 1/2 event and placed 16th out of 19 riders, scoring 458.82 in his ride.
The Cyclocross Championship, hosted by Lees-McRae, concludes the fall season for Tornado Cycling after three races. They took part in the Mars Hill Cyclocross event on Dec. 3 and host the King Cyclocross event to open their season on Nov. 12. The spring cycling schedule will be released later this month.
King College / Mars Hill women's basketball game on Dec. 19 has been relocated to Stanford Arena
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The location of the King College / Mars Hill women's basketball game on Dec. 19 has been relocated to Stanford Arena (Mars Hill, N.C.). The game pitting the Tornado and the Lions was originally scheduled to be played in Bobcats Arena (Charlotte, N.C.), home of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats, but needed to be relocated due to the fallout of the NBA lockout the location.
King (0-8) will try to earn its first win of the season against Mars Hill (4-4) on Dec. 19. The Lions broke a three-game skid with a win over King on Dec. 6, 68-50, at the Student Center Complex. In that game, freshman Tia Keitt (Dallas, Ga.) set a new career-high in points (13), going 5-for-8 from the floor in the loss.
The Tornado's game against Mars Hill will be the last non-conference game before they engage in Conference Carolinas play to end the regular season.
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