King News Archives

  • Kirk takes 3rd, leads King at 39th Annual Midwest Classic
    December 17, 2017
    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The 20th-ranked King University men’s wrestling team wrapped up competition at the 39th Annual Midwest Classic with a 21st place finish. Top-ranked Dustin Kirk led the way for the Tornado, finishing third at 133 pounds.
  • King survives late run to defeat BAC
    December 16, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s basketball fell behind Belmont Abbey College early, but closed the first half on a run behind Kalen Clifton to take a lead into the break. The Tornado lead grew to 20 in the second half, but the Crusaders didn’t give up. King held off a late run to escape with the 91-88 Conference Carolinas victory.
  • Kirk leads Tornado at Midwest Classic
    December 16, 2017
    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The 20th-ranked King University men’s wrestling team competed Saturday at the 39th Annual Midwest Classic in Indianapolis. Dustin Kirk led the way for the Tornado going 3-0 on the day and helping King place 18th out of 35 teams after day one.
  • Fourth quarter costly for Tornado against BAC
    December 16, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women’s basketball got off to a hot start against Belmont Abbey College and held a lead at halftime. However, the Crusader defense clamped down in the fourth quarter, fueling a Belmont Abbey comeback as they took the contest 76-65.
  • Kusmierz selected Conference Carolinas Scholar Athlete of the Year
    December 15, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the first time since 2013 and the third time since joining Conference Carolinas, a King University women’s cross country runner has been selected Conference Carolinas Scholar Athlete of the Year. Hannah Kusmierz had a standout season for the Tornado, earning Conference Carolinas Women’s Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year.
  • Second half run too much for King at #7 WLU
    December 13, 2017
    WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. – Playing their second top 10 opponent of the season, the King University men’s basketball team knew they were in for a challenge when they traveled to take on seventh-ranked West Liberty University. The Tornado owned the lead at the break and stretched their advantage to 11 early in the second half, but the Hilltoppers used a run to gain the lead and held off the Tornado, taking he contest 91-87.
  • Fourth quarter runs lifts Tornado over Converse
    December 10, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women’s basketball team came away with a well-earned Conference Carolinas victory on Sunday afternoon in the Student Center Complex. The Tornado used a 7-0 run in the fourth quarter to gain separation from Converse College and ultimately hold on for the 92-83 victory.
  • Late free throws, defense propels Tornado to victory
    December 10, 2017
    SALEM, W.Va. – The King University men’s basketball team used a strong defensive effort and some late free throws to clinch a victory Sunday afternoon over Lynn University. The Tornado got off to a hot start, but had to hold off the Fighting Knights late to take a 70-62 win.
  • Balanced attack leads King past Salem
    December 09, 2017
    SALEM, W.Va. – The King University men’s basketball team used a balance effort to defeat Salem University on Saturday night. The Tornado had an answer every time the Tigers tried to get back into the contest, and held off a late Salem run to take the contest 84-78.
  • King basketball game against Converse pushed to Sunday
    December 08, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – With snowfall covering the southeast, the King University women’s basketball game on Saturday against Converse College has been postponed. The Conference Carolinas contest has been rescheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Sunday in the Student Center Complex.
  • Pitts becomes King men's basketball's all-time wins leader
    December 07, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University men’s basketball coach George Pitts has had a historic career, and this week he added another accomplishment to his list. With King’s 75-57 victory over Limestone College on Saturday, Pitts passed Al Nida for the most wins in program history.
  • Goforth selected ECAC Wrestler of the Month
    December 07, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following his great start to the season, King University men’s wrestler Landon Goforth has earned recognition from the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Goforth has been named the first ECAC Men’s Wrestling of the Month for the 2017-18 season.
  • Tornado basketball teams play on ESPN3
    December 07, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. - On December 2, the King University basketball teams played in front of a national audience as the Conference Carolinas doubleheader was streamed live on ESPN3. See the highlights of the day for each game below.
  • Ridley inks with King men's wrestling
    December 06, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University head wrestling coach Jason Moorman announced the signing of Cade Ridley during the early signing period. He will join the Tornado following a standout career at Commerce High School in Lula, Ga.
  • Tornado ranked 6th, six individuals ranked
    December 06, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – In the latest Women’s Collegiate Wresting Association (WCWA) rankings, the King University women’s wrestling team is ranked sixth. There are six Tornado ranked, led by Marina Doi who is ranked first at 101 pounds.
  • Presley attends NCAA Women's Coaches Academy
    December 05, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Earlier this month, King University women’s soccer coach Leah Presley was selected to attend the NCAA Women’s Coaches Academy (WCA) in Denver, Colo. Presley enjoyed the experience and will bring new knowledge back to campus with her team and colleagues this spring.
  • Owens' double-doubles give him Conference Carolinas POW honors
    December 04, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Mack Owens led the King University men’s basketball team to a pair of Conference Carolinas wins last week, and on Monday he was recognized by the league. Owens posted a pair of double-doubles to earn Conference Carolinas Men’s Basketball Player of the Week.
  • King trails Lees-McRae in the early Blue Ridge Cup
    December 04, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following the completion of the fall season, King University trails in the annual battle with Lees-McRae College for the Blue Ridge Cup. The 2017-18 season marks the sixth year of the battle for the Blue Ridge Cup, and the Bobcats hold a narrow 4-2 advantage following the fall season.
  • King stymies Saints on ESPN3
    December 02, 2017
    GAFFNEY, S.C. – Playing in front of a national audience on ESPN3, the King University men’s basketball put together one of their best performances of the season. The Tornado lead Limestone College by as many as 30 points in the second half, defeating the Saints 75-57. Head coach George Pitts also became King’s all-time wins leader with his 246th win.
  • Tornado comeback falls short at Limestone
    December 02, 2017
    GAFFNEY, S.C. – Playing in front of a national audience, both King University and Limestone College got off to a slow start in a rematch of last season’s Conference Carolinas Women’s Basketball Tournament championship game. The Saints opened up a sizable advantage in the third quarter, and the Tornado tried to come back in the final stanza, but Limestone held on for the 77-63 victory.
  • Tornado help USA to fourth at Women's World Cup
    December 01, 2017
    CHEBOKSARY, Russia – The King University women’s wrestling team had four athletes compete for USA at the Women’s World Cup on Friday and Saturday. The USA finished runner-up at Group A and tool fourth on Saturday.
  • King travels to Limestone NCAA Division II Showcase
    November 30, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – In a rematch of last year’s Conference Carolinas Tournament championship game, the King University men’s basketball team travels to Limestone College on Saturday. The contest will be streamed live on ESPN3 as part of the NCAA Division II Basketball Showcase. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. If fans are on campus, there will be a view party in the dining hall.
  • Tornado square off with Limestone on ESPN3
    November 30, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – In a rematch of last year’s Conference Carolinas Tournament championship game, the King University women’s basketball team travels to Limestone College on Saturday. The contest will be streamed live on ESPN3 as part of the NCAA Division II Basketball Showcase. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. If fans are on campus, there will be a view party in the dining hall.
  • Thompson inks Lee in early signing period
    November 29, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University women’s basketball coach Josh Thompson announced the signing of Trinity Lee in the early signing period. She has had a standout career at Bearden High School in Knoxville.
  • King hosts Food and Toy Drives
    November 29, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Over three games encompassing the Thanksgiving holiday, the King University Athletic Department held a pair of Food Drives and a Toy Drive at home contests for the Tornado men’s and women’s basketball teams.
  • Tornado open conference play with victory over NGU
    November 28, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women’s basketball team took on North Greenville University in their Conference Carolinas home opener. The Tornado recorded a strong fourth quarter to take down the Crusaders 67-56 and improve to 1-0 in conference play.
  • Second half offense leads King past NGU
    November 28, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s basketball team opened Conference Carolinas play with a comeback victory over North Greenville University. The Tornado trailed at halftime, but Jordan Floyd help lead the Tornado back in the second half, scoring 26 points in the frame to lead King to the 83-69 victory.
  • Tornado move up to 20th in latest Coaches Poll
    November 27, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s wrestling team is off to a good start this season, and the Tornado moved up one spot in the latest NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association. The Tornado are ranked 20th in the latest rankings while Dustin Kirk is still atop at 133 pounds. Joey Mammolenti also broke into the rankings at 174 pounds.
  • King drops home opener to Clayton State
    November 25, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s basketball team returned to the court for their first game of the season in the Student Center Complex when they took on Clayton State University. The Tornado got off to a hot start, but the Lakers went on a run to close the first half and used that momentum in the second half to take the 83-68 victory.
  • #21 Tornado comeback to defeat BAC in ECAC opener
    November 21, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The 21st-ranked King University men’s wrestling team made their first dual of the season a memorable one. The Tornado came back from a 22-6 deficit to defeat Belmont Abbey College 23-22 behind four straight victories to close out the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) match.
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