PIKEVILLE - The 2012 national champion University of Pikeville women’s bowling team will receive their rings in a ceremony at halftime of this weekend’s football game.
The Bears will take on Lindsey Wilson College on Saturday at 1:30 at the W.C. Hambley Athletics Complex. The ring ceremony will be held on the field at intermission.
The Bears won the NAIA championship on April 1. Coach Ron Damron’s team won the crown in only the season year the NAIA has held a championship tournament, knocking off Webber International University in the finals.
The championship was the third for the women’s bowling program since it was founded in 2001. The first came in 2004 followed by the 2008 title, both won under the auspices of the USBC.
With the 2012 title, every bowler who has been a member of the program for four years has won a national championship.
The Bears were led by two-time NAIA women’s bowler of the year Kim Yioulos, who was a senior. Then-junior Brandy Hensley was also named first-team All-American.
Later in April, Yioulos was a first-team All-American selection by the USBC while Hensley was an honorable mention All-American.
Damron was named the national coach of the year for the third time.
The Bears will be presented their rings by Gov. Paul E. Patton, his wife Judi, Vice-President James Hurley and Athletics Director Dr. Reginald Overton.