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John R. Pendleton: Watched Union College win National Title

With a shout-out to Phyllis Curry, who reminded him of the game, writer watched Union College defeat Cornerstone University 72-69, last night, Tue 14 Mar 2017, in the finals of the NAIA Div II Men's Basketball Championship in Grand Rapids, MI. Union College graduate John R. Pendleton recalls Adair County ties to the program when he was a waterboy for the team, Harry T. Loy was a star on the team, and the influence of legenday high school John Burr could be felt - as it can today, with another Columbian, Tim Curry, who is Athletic Director, currently, at the Barbourville school.
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By John R. Pendleton
Sports commentary and local color

I would like to thank cousin Phyllis Curry for informing us Columbia Magazine readers that the Union College Bulldogs, of Barbourville, KY, were playing for the NAIA Division II National Basketball Championship on Tuesday night. I was able to watch the game on ESPN3.


Several years ago I was a waterboy for the Bulldogs and my friend Harry T. Loy was a vital part of that basketball team. We had aspirations that our team would be able to attain the heights that this year's team did, but it was not to be.

Coach John Burr of Adair County High School had imparted more basketball knowledge to us than the coach Union possessed at the time and we were trying to scale new heights. We felt thwarted that we were stymied at that time.

I feel sure Harry, if he were alive today, would join me in sending congratulations to our alma mater on being National Champs after they won on Tuesday night. Also, to another Columbian, Tim Curry, who is Athletic Director at Union.

John R. Pendleton, CPA
Union College graduate


This story was posted on 2017-03-15 08:46:49
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