Blazers Beat Last Year’s National Champions

This morning our baseball team beat last year’s national championship team – Lubbock Christian University by a score of 3-2.

This was a big win!

Monday morning at 10:30 central time, we will play Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University from Daytona Beach, Florida.

Here is the full story from our web site:

The Belhaven baseball team upset the defending national champion Lubbock Christian University 3-2 on Saturday morning in the losers bracket of the 2010 Avista NAIA World Series at Harris Field in Lewiston, Idaho. It’s the first time in the 54 year history of the World Series that a defending champion has been eliminated in two games. The Blazers, the number eight seed in the tournament, blasted three home runs to account for all their scoring in the contest. The win was the 44th of the season and sets a new Belhaven record for most wins in a season.   Read more HERE


Mrs. Harmon Goes Home to Heaven

One of Belhaven’s great legacy faculty members passed away this morning.  Mary Harmon was a remarkable servant for the Lord, and we are especially thankful that she dedicated her life to God’s work here at Belhaven.

Larry Mills, Assistant to the President, told me “The Lord called Mrs. Harmon to her heavenly home this morning around 6:10.  Her mind stayed keen, but her 103 year old body just could not recover from a recent illness. She went into the hospital a little over a week ago.  It was a blessing to have had the article on her in the recent issue of the Tartan.”

That Tartan article can be found HERE.

On Mrs. Harmon’s 103rd birthday last year, October 26, 2009, I’d posted this about her here on my blog

Mary Harmon taught home economics at Belhaven from 1952 until 1982.  Today she is celebrating her 103rd birthday!

She grew up in Goodman, Mississippi and graduated from “the W” in 1932 where she studied home economics.

At the request of President Gillespie she joined our faculty in 1952 “to finish out a semester for another professor”  She stayed 30 years, and of course, is a member of our Legacy of Learning Faculty honor roll.

She taught our own Ms. Bettye Quinn at Belhaven.

I know from reliable sources that Mrs. Harmon took most of her paycheck while teaching and put it right back into her classes.  She especially loved the Dr. Ford choirs, and her classes would help make the costumes each year.

Mrs. Harmon says that every morning she reminds herself that “this is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice in it.”  That is a great way to live to 103 and make the most of each precious day the Lord gives us on this earth.

Softball Comes Home – Baseball Ready to Go

The National Softball Championship was won this afternoon by Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. SFU is a public university of 32,000 students.

We lost to them in the opening round of the Elite Eight, by a score of 4 – 2.  And with some breaks the other way, we could have won that game.


Our Baseball team flew out yesterday for Lewiston, Idaho. Their first game will be Friday at noon (1 pm central time).

The NAIA World Series news release reports this about us:

No. 8 Belhaven (Miss.) (43-15)

• Won the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship and was the No. 1 seed in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament.

• As a team, Belhaven leads the NAIA in total triples with 39 and has 222 total extra base hits, including 51 home runs heading into the World Series.

• Shawn Diehl and Drew Dillard top the team with eight triples apiece, good for fourth in the NAIA.

• Timmy Foster has 30 doubles on the season, which is first in the NAIA and set a Belhaven single season record for most doubles in a season previously held by Thomas Royals who had 25 in 2007.

• Belhaven pitcher Brandt Hinton is third in the NAIA in wins with 12 and Wade Broyles is third in the nation in saves with 13.

• Head Coach Hill Denson also surpassed the 1,000 win mark for his coaching career. The win total includes games at the collegiate and high school levels. He is 822-629-2 in 24 years of collegiate coaching.

• Blazers ended the season ranked No. 14 in the Coaches’ Top 25 Poll — reached as high as No. 10 on two occasions.

• Team averages 8.4 runs per game and has been close to that mark in its last 10 games averaging 8.3 runs.

• Making first appearance in the World Series and is playing in its second NAIA postseason making it to the 2009 National Championship Opening Round.

• Is the first team from the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference to make the World Series since 2003 when LSU-Shreveport went 3-2.

Softball 5th in the Nation – Historic Season To Celebrate

Our women played two tough games in the elite eight bracket of the national championship tournament in Decatur, Alabama this afternoon.  They won the first over Trevecca Nazarene University, but lost the second by one run to William Carey University.

That loss put them out of the tournament. Interestingly, we beat William Carey 4 of 5 games during the regular season, but they beat us twice in the conference tournament three weeks ago.

And while we hate to end the year on a loss, we must  be celebrating all this team has accomplished.

The records they have set a whole new standard for this program.

Congratulations to this team of exceptional players!

Congratulations to Head Coach Rick Fremin – who was voted Coach of the Year by the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. – and our Assistant Coaches Alana Fremin, Mallory Meadows, and Shaunte Fremin.  They have put Belhaven Softball on the national map.

I told the team right after their loss, that they have gone farther in Belhaven national competition than any other team in our history, other than the year we won the national championship in soccer and the tennis team that won the national championship.

To be the 5th best team is the country is a tremendous accomplishment.

When competing at this level, only one team goes home happy – when they win it all. But let’s not keep this loss today from celebrating this historic softball season of success.

Go Blazers!

Here is a picture from my phone of a couple of the loyal fans.

I was especially glad to see how  great parents were there to support this team today.  Of all the teams competing, we had more parent support than most of the other schools combined.


This is BIG – Softball Makes it Elite Eight

Our softball team swept their pool play with big wins and now we move onto the final 8 teams competing for a the national championship.

We could win this thing!!!

They start their first game in just a few minutes (9 pm central) against Simon Fraser from British Columbia.  You can follow it live on the internet HERE just scroll down to our game – Game #3.

WHEN we win tonight, the Blazer will next play tomorrow at noon (and if we lose, we also play tomorrow at noon in the bottom bracket).  I’ll be in Decatur for that game tomorrow and through the end of our national championship march.

Here is the double elimination bracket….all the games can be followed on the web.

Softball Bracket

World Series Plans and SE Championship Highlights

Scott Little, our VP of Student Affairs and Athletics just announced the plans for our baseball team’s trip to the World Series.  Here is the message from Scott with lots of great links:

Blazer Baseball Fans,

What a memorable moment around 10:30 pm at Smith Wills last night – after a two hour rain delay the Blazers beat Texas Wesleyan 4-3 to earn the program’s first trip to the World Series in Lewiston, Idaho.

We learned late today that we are the #8 seed in the 10-team bracket and open play vs. #9 seed Point Loma Nazarene at noon (Pacific Time) on Friday, May 28.  You can follow all Belhaven World Series games online with Live Stats and Audio that will be found at the schedule link below.

I know you’ll also enjoy the video recaps below from two of our local television stations – plus the attached World Series bracket.

Thanks for your support of Coach Denson, Coach Smith and our record-setting Baseball Blazers!


Kosin University

This afternoon we hosted guests from Kosin University in Busan Korea for a signing of a sister school partnership we’ve been developing during the past year.

Kosin is a strong Presbyterian school of 5,00 students. They build a understanding of vibrant faith into all their curriculum and teach from a Reformed perspective.  In many ways, they are like a Korean version of Belhaven.

Along with Belhaven, they have partnership arrangements Daystar University, Kenya; Dordt College, USA; Mongolia International University, Mongolia, along with four universities in China.

They have some wonderful exchange opportunities for our undergraduate students, and they offer in English both an MDiv and Master of Christian Education.

Below is the picture of one of their board members, Rev. Bae, exchanging the agreement today.  Joining Rev. Bae were his wife and two of his three sons – all three of which are studying at RTS here in Jackson.


World Series Ahead!!! – Belhaven Baseball History

Our baseball team has just made history, by beating Texas Wesleyan 4 to 3 a few minutes ago to win the SE Regional Tournament and earn a ticket to the NAIA College Baseball World Series.

We started playing baseball in 1959 and this is our FIRST World Series appearance.

We will play our first game of the series on Friday next week in Lewiston, Idaho, hosted by Lewis-Clark State College.

This is a ten team, double elimination tournament.  The games will be broadcast over the internet.

Congratulations to Head Coach Hill Denson and Assistant Head Coach Clay Smith.

This is a remarkable athletic year with three teams earning a trip to their national tournament – men’s baseketball, softball, and now baseball.

Go Blazers!!!

Big Games Tomorrow Night (Thursday)

In athletics, losing builds character . . . but winning is fun!

And it has been a fun year  for Belhaven University.  (And winning can build character too if you have quality coaches like ours.)

Tomorrow night our Baseball team will play for the championship of the SE Regional Tournament – and if they win, a ticket to the NAIA World Series in Idaho.

The game will be at Smith-Wills Stadium at 6:30 pm.

We’ve arranged for all Belhaven faculty, staff and students to receive Championship Day admission for $1 with a Belhaven ID.

Should we not win (but we will), then we have a second opportunity to take the championship the next night as this is a double elimination tournament.

Although not as close to home for us all to attend, our softball  begins their national championship competition tomorrow night at 7:30 in Decatur, Alabama.

Go Blazers!!!

Lost in Cyber Space

It seems as if my last couple of posts to the blogs did not get distributed to those of you who are kind enough to be subscribers to my blog.

But the glitch is fixed, and I’d encourage you to look at the last two items:

  1. Both our softball coach and baseball coach were named coach of the year.
  2. Some observations from the President of Butler University on academic quality and athletic success.

Thanks for reading!