The Battle of Chalk Bluff, May 1-2, 1863. Union Brigadier General Vandever was repulsed in his attempt to prevent Confederate General Marmaduke from crossing the St. Francis River, though Marmaduke’s forces suffered considerable losses. The battle was fought near the present day city of Paragould, Arkansas, at a geological formation known as Crowley’s Ridge.
Today, Crowley’s Ridge also gives its name to a tiny four year private college whose 2011 enrollment totaled 311 students. Those students interested in playing basketball can fill out a simple signup form on the school’s web site (www.crc.edu). The school is a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Through January 19 of this year, their men’s basketball team was 5-15 on the season. Apparently, none of the 311 students at the school has bothered updating their website with the results of the four games they have played since then.*
Tonight, 7:00 PM Eastern, small Crowley’s Ridge College will send their Pioneers men’s basketball team on the road to Richmond, Kentucky to battle the Colonels of Eastern Kentucky out of the Ohio Valley Conference. While on occasion a Division I school will face off against a Division 2 or 3 school, or even more rarely against an NAIA school, for a Division I team to play an NCCAA school is almost unheard of. Almost. This same Crowley’s Ridge team actually already played another OVC member, Tennessee Tech, back in November. CRC lost 107-32. Unfortunately, it is likely to be more of the same in tonight’s SCGD.
One more side note on CRC – they actually have only been a member of the NCCAA for about 4 years now. Prior to that, they were in the Association of Christian College Athletics (ACCA), where they were actually the runner-up in the National Tournament in 2007. If you want any further information about the team, feel free to check out their website. The phone number and email address of Head Coach Chris Perkins is listed right on it.
*UPDATE: Through due diligence, it has been established they went 2-2 in those games, making their current overall record 7-17.