I must admit that when I first came to WYMT and I was told that Pikeville College had a nationally ranked Bowling program I was a bit surprised. You don't think of a small college tucked away in the Mountains to be able to compete with Big 10 schools on any athletic level, but they do... and they win.
The Lady Bears won the national title last season and are... as I type competing in the Third Round of the National Tournament in Rockford, IL. The Men's team is also competing in round number 3. I'm not sure what results the tournament will bring, but it's great to see them performing on the national level.
For those of you not familiar with the National Bowling Tournament it pits teams from all the different levels of college sport in one place. For instance, the Lady Bears of Pikeville with a school enrollment around 1,000 faced Penn State in the first round. It's an interesting tournament to say the least.
But the Pikeville Bowling Program is not the only traditionally strong "oddball" sport that flourishes in the Mountains. The Union College cycling team is a national power year in and year out. And both their Men's and Women's Tennis teams have been a player on the national scene for a couple of years now.
The University of the Cumberlands women's wrestling team is always a threat to bring home a national title. I didn't even know there was women's wrestling at the college level until I got here. But that's pretty cool.
What other sports out there at colleges in the Mountains are dominate? What did I not mention? Let me hear you.
` Jeff Archer