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Lindsey Wilson athletics gain national recognition, win Learfield Directors’ Cup for first time

Lindsey Wilson athletics has captured the program’s first National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Learfield Directors’ Cup, NACDA officials announced. Lindsey Wilson finished with 852.75 points in the yearlong competition. Oklahoma City finished second with 777 points followed by Wayland Baptist (Texas) with 750 points. Lindsey Wilson athletics director Willis Pooler was...

Lindsey Wilson knocks off No. 1 Georgia Gwinnett, advances to NAIA World Series

The third-seeded Lindsey Wilson baseball team used a walk off wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat top-seeded Georgia Gwinnett, 4-3, in the championship game of the NAIA Opening Round – Lawrenceville Bracket on Friday. With the victory, the Blue Raiders earned a berth to the Avista NAIA Baseball World Series in Lewiston, Idaho for the second-straight season. The Avista NAIA World...

Quick recovery from labrum tear results in surprise national title for Lindsey Wilson swimmer

Lindsey Wilson College swimmer Ronni Borders did not expect to win a national title this season. In fact, she wasn’t even sure she would get to compete for one. Last fall, the freshman from Louis, Del., suffered what she feared was a season-ending injury when she tore her left labrum. But Borders made one of the quickest recoveries doctors have seen from an injury that usually ends a swimmer’s...

Mid-South Conference expanding to 20 teams, creating largest college football league

The Mid-South Conference and The Sun Conference are merging to form the largest football conference in college sports. Conference officials announced Thursday that beginning with the 2017 season, the Mid-South Conference will include 20 teams which will compete in three divisions. The new, expanded football conference will allow three teams to earn an automatic bid to the NAIA Football Championship...

Lindsey Wilson’s Pahkasalo named CoSIDA College Division Academic All-America of the Year

Lindsey Wilson men’s soccer student-athlete Aleksi Pahkasalo has been named the 2015 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) College Division Academic All-America of the Year. In addition to earning Academic All-America of the Year honors, Pahkasalo was also selected to the College Division First Team, along with 10 other student-athletes from across the NAIA. Academic All-American...

Lindsey Wilson’s Wethington picks up 500th career basketball win — all as a Blue Raider

Lindsey Wilson women’s basketball head coach John B. Wethington collected his 500th career win on Saturday when the Blue Raiders defeated NCAA Division II member Lane (Tenn.) at Biggers Sports Center. The 84-63 victory over the Dragons puts Wethington’s record at 500-318 for his career, with every single game coming as the head coach at Lindsey Wilson. He is the fifth winningest coach in NAIA Division...

Second-half goals by Ploeg, Perez lift top-ranked Lindsey Wilson women to win

Yvonne Ploeg and Lyana Perez each scored second-half goals as top-ranked Lindsey Wilson defeated No. 14 Campbellsville, 2-0 (LWC Athletics Photo)   Yvonne Ploeg and Lyana Perez each scored second-half goals, and No. 1 Lindsey Wilson women’s soccer defeated No. 14 Campbellsville (Ky.) 2-0 at Finley Stadium on Tuesday.   Lindsey Wilson (10-1-2, 5-1-0 MSC) outshot Campbellsville (15-1-0,...

Lindsey Wilson retains top spot in football poll; Raiders face pair of soccer challenges

The Blue Raiders return to action on Saturday when they head to Waleska, Georgia for an MSC West Division showdown with No. 8 Reinhardt (LWC Athletics Photo)   For the fourth week in a row, the Lindsey Wilson football team is ranked No. 1 in the NAIA according to the NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll released by the national office this week.   The Blue Raiders accumulated 338 total voting...

Top-ranked Lindsey Wilson women capture soccer program's historic 400th victory

Top-ranked Lindsey Wilson routed St. Catharine’s 10-1, clinching the 400th victory in the history of the women’s soccer program (LWC Athletics Photo)   The No. 1-ranked Lindsey Wilson women’s soccer dominated in a 10-1 win over St. Catharine (Ky.) on Wednesday night at Walter S. Reuling Stadium.   Lindsey Wilson (8-0-2, 4-0-0 MSC) grabbed their 400th win in program history with...

Blue Raiders continue month-long run at top of the NAIA women's soccer coaches' poll

Lindsey Wilson’s unbeaten women’s soccer team has been ranked No. 1 in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll for four consecutive weeks (LWC Athletics Photo)   The Lindsey Wilson women’s soccer team retained its No. 1 ranking for a fourth-straight NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll as the Blue Raiders received 18 first-place votes and 498 total voting points.   Lindsey Wilson (7-0-2) stayed...

Lindsey Wilson retains top position in NAIA national poll for for second straight week

Lindsey Wilson remains undefeated on the year following Saturday’s 42-17 win over Union (Ky.) (LWC Athletics Photo)   For the second-straight week, the Lindsey Wilson College football team is the top-ranked team in the nation according to the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.   The Blue Raiders garnered 339 total voting points and 13-of-15 first-place votes to retain the top spot in the poll.   Lindsey...

Pahkasalo becomes first Blue Raider to earn NAIA National Player of Week honors twice

Aleksi Pahkasalo earns his second national weekly honor of the season (LWC Athletics Photo)   For the second time in the 2015 season, Lindsey Wilson men’s soccer standout Aleksi Pahkasalo has been selected as the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Offensive Player of the Week, the national office announced.   With the award, Pahkasalo becomes the first Blue Raider in the history of the storied...

First regular season NAIA Coaches' Poll results in top ranking for Lindsey Wilson

The Lindsey Wilson women’s soccer team earned a No. 1 ranking in the first regular season NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll this week (LWC Athletics Photo)   The Lindsey Wilson women’s soccer team earned a No. 1 ranking for the first regular season NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, as announced by the national office on Tuesday.   The Blue Raiders received 16 first-place votes and 527...

Blue Raider women sweep first-place voting in NAIA poll; Lindsey men check in at No. 9

This week’s top ranking marks the fifth time in Lindsey Wilson program history Lindsey Wilson has earned the top spot in the preseason NAIA poll (LWC Athletics Photo)   The Lindsey Wilson women’s soccer program is the top-ranked team in the country to start the 2015 season, according to the NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll released by the national office.   The...

National champion Lindsey Wilson women favored in Mid-South; Raider men also No. 1

Lindsey Wilson’s men’s soccer squad reached the NAIA National Tournament last season before falling to the eventual runner-up in the second round (MSC Photo)   Lindsey Wilson’s men’s and women’s soccer teams have been chosen as the favorites to capture the Mid-South Conference regular season title following a vote of league coaches.   On the women’s side,...

Lindsey Wilson checks in at No. 7 spot in NAIA Football Coaches' preseason ranking

Lindsey Wilson in No. 7 in the NAIA preseason poll, a high mark in program history (LWC Photo)   The Lindsey Wilson football team is ranked No. 7 in the 2015 NAIA Football Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll, released on Monday by the national office.   The No. 7 position is the highest preseason ranking in program history, surpassing the No. 18 preseason ranking the Blue Raiders received prior...

Lindsey Wilson extends NAIA World Series to limit, but falls 10-0 to Auburn-Montgomery

Lindsey Wilson’s Chelsea Showers went 2-for-3 with two RBI doubles in the opening game victory, but the Blue Raiders lost to Auburn-Montgomery in the national title contest (LWC Athletics Photo)   The 2015 Lindsey Wilson softball season came to end Thursday night in the National Championship Game of the 2015 NAIA Softball World Series.   The Blue Raiders (53-8) took the first game of...

Lindsey Wilson pushes softball record win total to 52, advances to NAIA title game

Jordan Hood tossed two complete-game victories to send Lindsey Wilson to the NAIA World Series final (LWC Athletics Photo)   The Lindsey Wilson softball team secured a spot in the program’s first-ever NAIA National Championship game after winning twice on Wednesday night to emerge as the consolation bracket winner at the NAIA Softball World Series.   The victory moves the Blue Raiders...

Lindsey Wilson captures Mid South baseball, softball crowns to qualify for NAIA tourney

The Blue Raiders (45-6) won their fifth MSC Softball Tournament title in the last six years and extended the program-record winning streak to 29 straight games (LWC Athletics Photo)   A barrage of hits and a stellar pitching performance from Jordan Hood helped propel the Lindsey Wilson softball team to a 9-0 win over St. Catharine (Ky.) in the championship game of the Mid-South Conference Tournament...

Lindsey Wilson's Bautista named MSC Player of the Year; Werner selected the top pitcher

Lindsey Wilson slugger Alex Bautista was named the Mid-South Conference Baseball Player of the Year on Tuesday night at the MSC Awards banquet held at the National Corvette Museum.   Bautista leads the Mid-South in slugging (.810), runs (65), hits (73), RBIs (67), home runs (18) total bases (145) and on-base percentage (.493). He is second in the conference in batting average (.408) and stolen...