King News Archives

  • Four Tornado set to compete in Final X
    June 20, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The last site of U.S.A. Wrestling's Final X will have many King University ties as four of the 10 competitors are former Tornado. However, the four King women's wrestlers will all square off against each other on Saturday night in Bethlehem, Pa. Forrest Molinari will take on Julia Salata at 65 kilograms and Sarah Hildebrandt takes on Haley Augello at 53 kilograms for a spot on the U.S. World Team.
  • King records highest finish in Learfield Directors' Cup standings
    June 14, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University athletic department had a successful 2017-18 season, sending three teams and two other individuals to NCAA Championships. The Tornado finished 128th in the NCAA Division II Learfield Directors’ Cup standings and were the third highest ranked Conference Carolinas program.
  • Moorman adds Killian to men's wrestling staff
    June 12, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Head Wrestling Coach Jason Moorman announced the hire of Bryce Killian as assistant coach. Killian was a standout wrestler for the Tornado, earning All-America honors each of the last two years.
  • King has 211 student-athletes named to ConfCarolinas Presidential Honor Roll
    June 07, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Conference Carolinas announced their Presidential Honor Roll for the spring semester and King University was one of six schools to have at least 200 student-athletes named to the list with 211. The Tornado baseball team led the way for King teams with 22 student-athletes on the list.
  • Howard resigns from King baseball to take head coaching position
    May 31, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Head Baseball Coach Blaine Brown announced the resignation of associate head coach Luke Howard on Thursday. Howard has accepted the head coach position at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark.
  • Seven Tornado selected academic All-ECAC
    May 30, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University acrobatics & tumbling team had seven members earn academic All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) when the league announced their honorees on Wednesday.
  • Riddle garners first team All-ECAC honors
    May 24, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Hannah Riddle of the King University softball team can add another award to her collection following her outstanding senior season. On Thursday, Riddle was selected first team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).
  • King women's tennis, softball earn Messick Sportsmanship Awards
    May 18, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – At the conclusion of the spring season, Conference Carolinas announced their Messick Sportsmanship Awards, and two King University teams were recognized. The King women’s tennis team and the Tornado softball team both earned Messick Sportsmanship Awards.
  • King retains the Blue Ridge Cup for sixth straight year
    May 18, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University trailed Lees-McRae College following the fall in the sixth annual battle for the Blue Ridge Cup. The Tornado came back with a solid winter and even better spring, taking the competition for the sixth straight year, 14-9.
  • Barton, McPhee named USTFCCCA All-Southeast Region
    May 15, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Two King University track and field athletes earned All-Southeast honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Adriel McPhee earned the honor on the men’s side and Kirstin Barton garnered recognition on the women’s side.
  • Riddle, Burnett tabbed All-Southeast Region by D2CCA
    May 14, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second time in program history, the King University softball team has had two players selected All-Southeast Region by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA). Hannah Riddle becomes the first Tornado to earn first team honors and Jenna Burnett garnered second team recognition.
  • NCAA run for King comes to an end against #1 UNG
    May 12, 2018
    DAHLONEGA, Ga. – In a rematch from the opening game of the NCAA Southeast Regional, the King University softball team took on top seed and top-ranked University of North Georgia. The Nighthawks jumped on the eighth seeded Tornado early and used a solid pitching performance, taking the 9-1 win and ending King’s season.
  • Pitching lifts King past Coker and into NCAA Regional final
    May 11, 2018
    DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Coming off of an extra innings win, the eighth seeded King University softball team kept rolling on Friday at the NCAA Southeast Regional. The Tornado jumped ahead of four seed Coker College early and had a great performance in the circle from Emma Hughes and Rachel Farmer to take the 2-0 win and advance to the regional final.
  • Tornado outlast Queens for first NCAA Tournament win
    May 11, 2018
    DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The last three outs are always the toughest to get. The King University softball team learned that on Friday afternoon, but the eight-seeded Tornado persevered to earn their first NCAA Tournament victory in program history. The Tornado defeated fifth seed Queens University 4-2 in 10 innings, setting the school record for wins in the process.
  • Dempsey selected Conference Carolinas All-Support team
    May 11, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the first time, Conference Carolinas announced an All-Support team, recognizing one student from each institution who supports their team or department through service. Regan Dempsey was the selection from King University with her service as a student athletic trainer.
  • Mercado resigns from King wrestling to take head coaching position
    May 11, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University head wrestling coach Jason Moorman announced that associate head coach Travis Mercado has resigned to take the head coach position at Colorado Mesa University.
  • Lyons selected ECAC FOY to lead King's All-ECAC selections
    May 10, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University acrobatics & tumbling athlete Moira Lyons had a great freshman season, culminating in an award from the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Along with Lyons, Maya Fuller and Ashley Berlin earned All-ECAC honors while Abigail Keith garnered honorable mention recognition.
  • Early runs for #1 UNG costly for King in NCAA opener
    May 10, 2018
    DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Playing the NCAA Division II Softball Championship for the second time, and first time in six years, the King University Softball team fell behind top-ranked University of North Georgia in the second inning. The Tornado couldn’t get a rally going until the seventh inning, and then it was too late as the Nighthawks took the contest 5-2.
  • Riddle, Burnett selected NFCA All-Region
    May 09, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second time in as many years, the King University softball team has had two players selected All-Southeast Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). Hannah Riddle becomes the first Tornado to earn first team honors and Jenna Burnett garnered second team recognition.
  • King opens NCAA Southeast Region on Thursday
    May 08, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University softball team has earned their second berth into the NCAA Division II Softball Championship, and as the Tornado did six years ago, King will face top-seed and top-ranked University of North Georgia on Thursday afternoon. First pitch in the double elimination tournament is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. King will then take on either fourth seed Coker College or fifth seed Queens University on Friday.
  • King to travel to #1 UNG for NCAA Southeast Regional
    May 07, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – One week ago, the King University softball team won their second Conference Carolinas Tournament championship, clinching their second trip to the NCAA Division Softball Championship. On Monday, King learned who they would face, top-ranked and top-seed University of North Georgia.
  • Crapiz wins national title, leads King at USAC National Championships
    May 06, 2018
    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The King University cycling team closed their season at the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships. Fausto Crapiz highlighted the weekend, taking a national championship in the individual team time trial, leading King to a seventh place finish in Division 2.
  • King ranked 9th in NCAA Region Rankings
    May 02, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the first time in program history, the King University softball team is ranked in the NCAA Regional Rankings. Following their Conference Carolinas Tournament title, the Tornado are ranked ninth in the final NCAA Regional Rankings of the year.
  • Tornado tandem selected Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar semifinalists
    May 02, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Marina Doi and Regina Doi of the King University women’s wresting team added another amazing achievement to their already long list of accomplishments. The twins were the first Tornado student-athletes to become Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar semifinalists.
  • Presley announces summer soccer camps
    May 01, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – This summer, King University women’s soccer coach Leah Presley will be holding a soccer camp from June 25-28 on campus. There are full day and half day options available for the camp that is open to players ages 5-14. She will also hold a Summer ID camp on June 29.
  • Pierce hires Slonski as assistant coach
    May 01, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach Desmond Pierce announced the hiring of Abby Slonski as his assistant coach. Slonski spend the last season as a graduate assistant on the coaching staff.
  • Berlin takes 2nd in six-element at NCATA Event Finals
    April 28, 2018
    ERIE, Pa. – Ashley Berlin of the King University acrobatics & tumbling team qualified for the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) Event Finals in the six-element tumbling pass. Over the weekend, Berlin finished second behind a competitor from the University of Oregon.
  • Tornado compete at US Senior Open
    April 27, 2018
    LAS VEGAS, Nev. – One current member of the King University women’ s wrestling team and five former Tornado competed over the weekend at the 2018 US Senior Open. Three individuals have qualified for the upcoming Final X competition.
  • Sprayberry earns AVCA honorable mention All-America honors
    April 30, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University men’s volleyball player Jeff Sprayberry had a spectacular senior season, and he was rewarded by earning honorable mention All-America honors by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
  • King captures second Conference Carolinas title
    April 29, 2018
    BURLINGTON, N.C. – The King University softball team forced a decisive game for the Conference Carolinas Softball Championship against third seed North Greenville University. The fourth seeded Tornado took their second title behind a masterful outing from Leslie Odom, winning the contest 7-0.
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