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Union remains TranSouth’s best program

Union remains TranSouth’s best program

Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 7:00 pm

NASHVILLE — Union University has earned the TranSouth Athletic Conference All-Sports Trophy for the 2011-12 season, the ninth straight trophy for the Bulldogs.
There were 10 sports that eligible for inclusion in this year’s contest.
Union claimed or shared six conference titles in the 2011-12 season, including men’s cross country, women’s cross country, women’s basketball, softball, women’s soccer and men’s golf. Union shared the women’s soccer title with Martin Methodist. Union also tied for second in two additional sports.
Martin Methodist rose to a second place finish with two championships and a runner-up finish in two others sports.
The RedHawks won the men’s basketball title and shared the women’s soccer championship. They also won the women’s tennis title, but that sport didn’t qualify.
Cumberland University was third for the second consecutive year. CU won two sports that didn’t count toward the all-sports trophy — women’s golf and men’s tennis titles.
Bethel won the men’s soccer and volleyball titles, while Freed-Hardeman claimed the baseball championship.
Rounding out the All-Sports rankings were: Mid-Continent, Blue Mountain and Lyon College.
The All-Sports Trophy is awarded to the program that produces the most success during regular season. Points are awarded for how each team finishes in the regular season standings in each sport. Then, the point total for each school is divided by the number of sports the school participated to reach the average. The TranSouth sponsors 13 sports, but only sports with at least four teams participating in each sport qualify.
The 2011-12 qualifying sports were: men’s soccer, women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, women’s basketball, men’s basketball, baseball, softball and men’s golf.
The three sports that came up a team short were: women’s golf, men’s tennis and women’s tennis.
Lee University, no longer in the league, is the only other school to win the All-Sports Trophy.
The Flames claimed the title in its first year, 2000-01, and then again two years later.
This marks the last year Union will win the league’s all-sports championship.
The school is one of four that will be leaving the conference beginning with the 2012-13 athletics calendar.
Union and Trevecca Nazarene will be NCAA Division II programs, while Mid-Continent and Cumberland are moving on to other NAIA leagues. Published in The  WCP 7.10.12

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