April 26, 2013

Today's Blue & White - April 26, 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013

First Pitch!

Final exams began this week which could mean more foot traffic for Summerall Chapel.

Members of the track and field team participate in the Penn Relays this weekend and the baseball team has a key three-game series at Furman.  While those two sports are the only ones in season (and baseball continues for another month), the Department of Athletics enjoyed its second annual Awards Banquet in which wrestlers Odie Delaney and Ugi Khishignyam and soccer player Mariana Garcia collected athlete of the year honors.  We congratulate them and all of our cadet-student-athletes for another terrific year of Citadel Athletics.

Speaking of the baseball team, the Diamond Dogs are on a tear having won eight straight games and, as mentioned, visit rival Furman this weekend.  The team visits No. 1 ranked North Carolina in Chapel Hill on May 1 before hosting Davidson on Friday night and Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

And around the track, Micah Wessinger closed out her career by recording the two best 800m times in school history en route to a third place finish and her third all-conference honor as The Citadel finished the 2013 Southern Conference Outdoor Championship in Statesboro, Ga.

The men's 4x400m team that consists of Jamaal Brantley, Gus Vazquez-Milan, Tevin Williams and Kevin Poland, along with Nicole Levermann (heptathlon) and Dylan Gidado (shot put) were also tabbed with all-conference honors.

As you’ve come to expect, we have another solid issue full of news and notes, so enjoy and Go Bulldogs!!!

Odie Delaney, Ugi Khishignyam and Mariana Garcia Named Athletes of the Year at The Citadel Awards Banquet

The Citadel held its second annual athletic awards banquet Monday night at the Holliday Alumni Center with wrestlers Odie Delaney and Ugi Khishignyam and soccer player Mariana Garcia earning athlete of the year honors.

In addition to honoring the top male and female cadet-student-athlete for the 2012-13 academic year, the coaching staff of each of The Citadel's 14 varsity teams selected a team MVP and an academic award went to the athlete with the top grade point average on the squad.

Delaney and Khishignyam made Citadel history last month when the duo became only the second and third All-Americans in the long history of the school's wrestling program at the NCAA meet in Des Moines, Iowa. This is the second time that Delaney has been recognized as the male athlete of the year.

Delaney dominated the heavyweight division during his redshirt senior season, accumulating a record of 42-9 en route to collecting his fourth consecutive Southern Conference championship, the first Bulldog in school history to achieve that feat.

The Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., product then split his first two matches at the NCAA meet, losing in the second round to the defending national champion before running off four more wins to take seventh place and earn a spot on the All-America team in his fourth trip to nationals.

His performance on the mat this season earned him SoCon Wrestler of the Year honors from the league's head coaches. He also received four wrestler of the week awards, giving him a conference record eight in his career, and was the wrestler of the month on two occasions. He closed out his career with 125 wins, tied for the most in school history, and his 61 career pins ranks him second in The Citadel record book.

Ugi exploded onto the wrestling scene this season, grabbing national attention after defeating the country's ninth-ranked grappler in just his third collegiate bout. The native of Mongolia spent the entire season in the top 10 in the nation in the 141-pound weight class and cruised to his first SoCon championship.

After earning the sixth seed at the NCAA meet, Ugi won three consecutive matches, including a 3-2 overtime thriller against the fourth-ranked wrestler in the nation, to become the first Bulldog in program history to earn a spot in the semifinals. He finished fourth at the NCAA meet, the highest in school history.

He finished his redshirt freshman campaign with a record of 42-6 and was named the SoCon Freshman of the Year. He earned three consecutive wrestler of the week awards in December and was the wrestler of the month as well.

Garcia turned in one of the top individual season performances in women's soccer history last fall, scoring 14 goals and totaling 28 points with both figures ranking second in the school's single-season record book.

The Bogota, Colombia, native ranked 11th in the nation in goals per game with 0.78 and tied for 33rd nationally with 1.56 points per game while earning first team All-SoCon accolades for the second time in her career.

She scored a goal in 11 of the team's 18 games and had two goals on three occasions, including a pair in a 4-2 win over eventual SoCon champion Georgia Southern.

Garcia sits atop the record book in several career categories, including 31 goals, 67 points, 100 shots on goal and 11 game-winning goals. She was named first team All-SoCon in 2010 when she was honored as the league's player and freshman of the year.

In addition to her work on the soccer field, Garcia has excelled in the classroom. She is a four-time member of the Dean's List and has received Gold Stars on three occasions while boasting a 3.66 grade point average as a biology major.

Team Awards

Baseball: MVP - Will be awarded at conclusion of season; Academic - Ryne Hardwick;

Basketball: MVP and Academic - Mike Groselle;

Men's Cross Country: MVP - Kyle Keene; Academic - Raeven Lantz;

Women's Cross Country: MVP - Danielle McKee; Academic - Micah Wessinger;

Football: MVP - Chris Billingslea; Academic - Carson Smith;

Golf: MVP - Eraina Manor; Academic - Kellie Anderson;

Men's Rifle: MVP - Robert Jackson; Academic - William Wutzer;

Women's Rifle: MVP - Julia McCullohs; Academic - Margaret LaRiviere;

Soccer: MVP - Mariana Garcia; Academic - Grace Raines;

Tennis: MVP - David Orces; Academic - Alex Howle;

Men's Track and Field: MVP - Geno Porter; Academic - Cory Yslas;

Women's Track and Field: MVP - Micah Wessinger; Academic - Savannah Emmrich;

Volleyball: MVP - Rachael Farrell; Academic - Amanda Rudnick and Cassie Urbie;

Wrestling: MVP - Matt Frisch; Academic - Blake Holt.

Baseball Sweeps App State; Tops CSU

On Tuesday at Riley Park Calvin Orth established a career high with four hits and drove in runs with a triple and double in his first two at bats and powered The Citadel to its eighth-straight win, an 8-5 victory over Charleston Southern.

Freshman right hander Austin Livingston worked a season-high five innings, allowing five hits and two runs with five strikeouts to win for the fourth time in as many decisions. Skylar Hunter allowed one hit and struck out one in the ninth for his 11th save and third in the last four games.

Orth topped his previous career best of three hits and moved his hitting streak to six in the second inning when he tripled into the right field corner to score Drew DeKerlegand. Johnathan Stokes followed with an RBI single that gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead. Joe Jackson and Bo Thompson walked to start the third, and Orth knocked in Jackson with a double to center. Stokes also drove in his second run of the game when his sacrifice fly plated Thompson to build The Citadel cushion to 5-0. Orth added two singles and was intentionally walked in the eighth in his last chance to hit for the cycle.

Hughston Armstrong singled to lead off the bottom of the ninth -- a career-high fifth hit of the game -- and scored on Thompson’s sacrifice fly to give The Citadel an 8-7 win over Appalachian State and a sweep of its Southern Conference series at Riley Park.

The Mountaineers rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth to even the score at seven.  In the bottom half, Armstrong singled up the middle and was sacrificed to second by Joe Jackson. The App State pitcher unleashed a wild pitch to move Armstrong to third and he came across when Thompson's fly ball to right carried deep enough to prevent a potential play at the plate.

Hunter earned his second win. Austin Mason started and went 4 2/3 innings, allowed four hits and three unearned runs, before James Reeves went the next two frames and surrendered just one hit and fanned three.

On Saturday The Citadel spotted Appalachian State an early two-run lead before scoring five times in a two-inning stretch to defeat the Mountaineers, 5-3.

Brett Bullard doubled to lead off the third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Armstrong to get the Bulldogs on the board.  With two outs in the inning, Jackson doubled and Thompson walked to put two on for Drew DeKerlegand, who lashed a triple into the left-center alley to score both runners and gave The Citadel a lead it would never relinquish.

An inning later, Bret Hines and Bullard walked with one out and moved up on a ground out by Mason Davis. Armstrong came through again, driving in Hines and Bullard with a single in the hole at short to boost The Citadel margin to 5-2.

In Friday’s series opener, Orth clubbed the first pitch of the bottom of the seventh over the fence in left to spark a four-run inning, breaking a 2-2 tie and sending The Citadel on its way to a 6-3 victory.  Orth put The Citadel ahead to stay when he hit his sixth home run of the season and fourth in the past four conference games. Before the inning would conclude, the Bulldogs would add five more hits and three two-out runs to take a 6-2 lead.

Bret Hines singled with one out and Davis and Armstrong had consecutive RBI doubles with two down to give The Citadel a 5-2 lead.  Armstrong moved to third on a single by Jackson and scored when Thompson dropped a run-scoring single into shallow right field to cap the frame.

James Reeves worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the eighth, and Hunter retired the final two batters with the bases loaded in the ninth for his ninth save of the year.

The game featured a matchup of two of the top starting pitchers in the league, and it lived up to that billing through six innings. Senior right hander Austin Pritcher blanked the Mountaineers for the first four innings while The Citadel scored single runs in the first and fourth to take an early 2-0 lead.

For more information, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com.

Baseball Ticket Promotions

Our marketing staff has come up with several standing promotions for baseball season that encompasses games on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays.

Tuesday games will be our Mr. Pigs Twitter Tuesday’s. Starting on the Friday at 11:30 am before a Tuesday game (excluding the South Carolina game) two (2) pictures will be posted on twitter and Facebook identifying two (2) products from Piggly Wiggly. Fans who bring both Piggly Wiggly branded items to the box office on the day of the game (Tuesday) will receive one (1) free ticket for the day’s game. Pictures will be reposted every day at 11:30 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) leading up to the Tuesday game. Most proceeds to benefit the Charleston Food Bank.

Please note that in order to receive a free ticket, all items must be the Piggly Wiggly brand.

Wednesday games will be Wendy’s Winning Wednesday’s as fans will have the opportunity to get a $4 ticket (Student/Faculty price) when they exchange their Wendy’s receipt at the box office on the day of the game. If we win, Wendy’s coupons will be distributed at the gate during exiting.

Please note that one ticket will be rewarded per receipt, and that the receipt will be collected.

Sunday’s games are Family Funday. Kidet Club members receive free admission when they wear their Spike’s Kidet Club t-shirt and are accompanied by an adult. Also, fans who bring their Sunday Church Bulletin will receive a discounted $4 ticket.

Baseball Parking Information

Fans coming to Riley Park for home Citadel baseball games this season have several parking opportunities.  Those possessing any level membership in The Citadel Brigadier Foundation (you must have your membership card or window decal), baseball season pass or vehicles displaying the approved handicapped placard are permitted to park in the lot adjacent to the facility. Others are encouraged to park in what is referred to as the “MUSC Lot” across the street, while Brittlebank Park is another viable option. Parking is based on a first-come, first-served basis.

Wessinger Earns All-Conference Honors as Bulldogs Complete Action at SoCon Outdoor Track and Field Championship

Micah Wessinger closed out her career by recording the two best 800m times in school history en route to a third place finish and her third all-conference honor as The Citadel track and field teams finished the 2013 Southern Conference Outdoor Championship in Statesboro, Ga.

The men's 4x400m team, Nicole Levermann (heptathlon) and Dylan Gidado (shot put) were also tabbed with all-conference honors.

Wessinger, who shattered her own 800m mark in the preliminary round with a time of 2:10.63, posted her second consecutive sub 2:11 time in the finals as the senior captain finished in third place with a 2:10.76.  The Chester native concluded an outdoor career that included a SoCon title, two third-place finishes and a fourth-place mark in the 800m. Wessinger's 2010 title remains as the only conference championship captured by a Citadel female runner in the school's history.

Levermann found her way to the podium in the heptathlon for the first time, racking up 4,304 points to earn all-conference with a third-place finish. The points total is a personal best and places her third in program history.

Gidado heaved the shot put 48'2.5" to take third place and earn his first all-conference honor in the event. The St. Augustine, Fla., native also scored in the discus, taking eighth place with a throw of 139'11". 

The men's 4x400m team of Jamaal Brantley, Gus Vazquez-Milan, Tevin Williams and Kevin Poland took third place in their relay to earn all-conference honors with a time of 3:17.75. The women's quartet of Wessinger, Danielle Williams, Danielle McKee and Tanisha Bethel shattered the school mark in the 4x400m, taking fourth place with a 3:51.34.  Brantley recorded two personal bests, finishing fourth in the 100m with a 10.81 and sixth in the 200m with a 22.20.

Vazquez-Milan took fourth place in the 400m finals with a time of 49.45, while Danielle Williams nabbed seventh in the finals of the same event with a 57.60.  Alex Moss recorded a season-best in the 400m with a 60.34.  Eddie Jones and Valian Brown both posted team points in the triple jump, taking fifth and eighth place, respectively. Brown's leap of 44'11.5" is a new personal best.

Both teams scored in the 4x100m relays as the men's team of Vazquez-Milan, Brantley, Williams and Cody McCoy took fourth place, while the women's quartet of Chalita Johnson, Bethel, Levermann and Williams earned fifth.  Freshman Jessica DeWitte ran the fourth-best time in school history in the 1500m with a time of 5:01.44, while Parker Gaston scored in the decathlon, racking up 4,819 points to take eighth.

Senior Atom Young finished his career by etching his name in the record books with a sixth-best time in school history in the steeplechase (9:38.84).  The men took fifth place with 55 points, while the women's team collected 23.5 points to earn eighth place.

Men's Results – Final

1. Western Carolina    222.5
2. Samford                  209
3. Appalachian State   183.5
4. Davidson                 70.5
5. The Citadel                         55

6. Furman                    38
7. Chattanooga            25
8. UNCG                    11
9. Wofford                  4.5

Women's Results – Final

1. Western Carolina    197.5
2. Appalachian State   159.5
3. Georgia Southern    112.5
4. Elon                         111
5. Samford                  110
6. Furman                    32
6. Coll. of Charleston  32
8. Citadel                    23.5

9. Wofford                  13
10. Chattanooga          12
10. UNCG                  12
12. Davidson               4

For more information, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com.

Netters Fall to Georgia Southern in First Round of SoCon Championships

The tennis team wrapped up its 2013 season when the fell to sixth-seeded Georgia

Southern, 4-0, in the first round of the Southern Conference Championships that was hosted by Elon.

The Eagles went up early winning the doubles point and needed three singles victories for the win.  Elliott Sperr, playing at No. 5 singles, was leading 6-3, 5-1 when the third GSU victory was recorded, thus cancelling the unfinished battle and concluding the match.

For more information, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com.

Soccer Inks Seven for 2013 Season

Coach Bob Winch has announced the addition of six cadet-student-athletes and one graduate student who will join the soccer program for the 2013 season. The diverse incoming class includes international athletes from Colombia, England, Germany and New Zealand along with three players representing North Carolina, Tennessee and South Carolina.

Florence Amess, a midfielder from London, England attended Kingston University of London where she was a member of the BUCS league 1B unbeaten team and the Kingston University team of the year. A 2009 graduate of St. Bernard's High, Amess was a member of the Arsenal Ladies Centre of Excellence U14 team in 2006 that won the league and was honored to the West Ham United Ladies first team in 2007. The London native was also a member of the Essex County team that won the County Cup for two consecutive years and played for the St. Bernard's High for Girls' 2005 Coca-Cola National English School Cup team that won the championship.

Naomi-Beth Carter, a goalkeeper from Karapiro, New Zealand and St. Peters High where she was honored as sportswoman of the year during her junior and senior seasons and named as the top goalkeeper for the national tournament. She was a member of the Waikato Bay of Plenty football club, Claudeland Rovers football club and New Zealand football club.

Ilana Green is a forward from Raleigh Charter High in Raleigh, NC where she was named to the 1A all-region soccer team and tabbed with all-conference honors in 2012. She earned the CASL Hamilton Sportsmanship Award in 2011 and the Brittany Tournament Sportsmanship Award in 2010. In 2012 she posted 13 goals for the Raleigh Charter team to go along with her 11 goals in the spring of 2010 for the West Johnson High women's varsity team.

Montana Hinson is a defender from Pope John Paul II High in Hendersonville, Tenn. where she was a four-year letterwinner in soccer and basketball. Hinson was also tabbed with freshman and sophomore first-team all-region honors.

Lea Raedle is a midfield from Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany who is a graduate of Hechingen Gymnasium where she was a member of the U17 soccer teams, VFL Sindelfingen and Bundesliga, which both won championships.

Nata Torres-Diaz is a midfielder from Centro Johann Kepler School in Bucaramanga, Colombia where she played on the Colombian National U17 women's team in 2012 that traveled to Brazil for the Suramericano Female U17 tournament and scored a goal against Uruguay. Torres-Diaz was also a member of the Besser F.C., a well-recognized club team in Colombia.

Sara Winch is a defender from Wando High in Mt. Pleasant, where she is a three-year letterwinner in soccer and was honored with the team's Warrior Award. She is the coach’s daughter.

For more information, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com.

The Boo’s Personal Gun to Be Auctioned

Here is the chance to own a piece of Citadel history.

East Coast Guns is auctioning a Colt 1911 (M19911A1) Series 80 that was presented to the legendary Lt. Col. T.N. Courvoisie (“The Boo”) by some of his “Lambs” in 1999.  All proceeds from this auction will benefit The Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s on-going effort to fund athletic scholarships.

The auction will be in writing either via email (manager@eastcoastgunshop.com), mailed or dropped off at East Coast Guns (1725 North Main Street, Summerville, SC 29483).  Bids must contain the bidder’s name, email address, mailing address and a telephone number.

Bidding concludes at 4 pm on Friday, May 17, 2013.  The current high bid will be posted on East Coast Gun Shop’s Facebook page each Friday at noon.  The minimum starting bid is $1,500.

Summer Sports Camps at The Citadel

Are you looking for something for your children/grandchildren to do this summer?  Consider attending a sports camp that is offered by our coaches:

Baseball                      June 24-27                Day Camp

                                    June 28-June 30        Father/Son Camp

Basketball                   June 17-21                Day Camp

                                    June 21-23                Team Camp

Wrestling                    July 5-12                   Multiple

Soccer                         June 10-13                Day Camp 1

                                    June 17-20                Day Camp 2

                                    June 24-27                Day Camp 3

Football                       June 10-14               Youth Camp

                                    June 14-15            Skill/Lineman Camp

                                    June 19-21            Team option Camp

For more information, please call the Department of Athletics at 843/953-5070.

Bulldog Business Partners

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation has once again begun the “Bulldog Business Partners” for  the 2012-13 academic year and the first to sign up are:

  • Allstate - Kevin Shealy Agency
  • Charleston Crab  House
  • Delicious Management – East Bay Deli
  • Fairfield Inn by Marriott Airport
  • Hay Tire
  • Moe's Southwest Grill
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • Radiste Tech
  • Wilson & Quirk
We encourage you to please stop by and thank our supporters.  If you want more information on how your business can partner with The Citadel Brigadier Foundation, please call us at 843/953-5277.

They Said It:

“When I get out there and work at about 80 to 90 percent and get in that groove.  That’s when I do my best.”

  • Senior ace Austin Pritcher.
“Austin is a true testament to development,” said Jordan. “He had his ups and downs as a freshman, a few weekend starts as a sophomore and now he’s just a very competitive guy for Friday night. … He’s not going to beat himself, and he’s given us a quality outing almost every time out this year.”
  • Coach Fred Jordan, on Pritcher.


“Hughston has been special for us.  He’s come up with big hits, gets on base at opportune times.”

  • Catcher Joe Jackson, on teammate Hughston Armstrong.

Keep Up With Citadel Athletics

For the latest on all athletic events and giveaways, visit the official Facebook and Twitter accounts of The Citadel Athletics at www.facebook.com/citadelbulldogs and at www.twitter.com/citadelsports.  Also, the baseball and football teams now have their own Twitter accounts at www.twitter.com/citadelbaseball and www.twitter.com/citadelfootball.  Follow them today!

Upcoming Birthdays

May 7              Andy Solomon                        Administration
May 8              Robby Bennett                       Administration
May 21            Buddy Wellman                      Administration
May 23            Al Buddin                                Administration

Upcoming Events

Apr. 30            Savannah Citadel Club Meeting (Evening)
May 1              Orangeburg Citadel Club Meeting (12:30 golf)
May 2              Horry County Citadel Club Meeting (Evening)
May 14            Sumter Citadel Club Meeting ((Evening)
May 15            Greenwood Citadel Club Meeting (Lunch)
May 16            Augusta Citadel Club Meeting (Evening)
May 20            Columbia Citadel Club Meeting (Evening)
May 21            Rock Hill Citadel Club Meeting (Evening)
May 22-26       Southern Conference Baseball @Greenville, SC
May 22            Charlotte Citadel Club Meeting (Lunch)
                       Chester Citadel Club Meeting (Evening)
May 30            Beaufort Citadel Club Meeting (Evening)
May 31            Greenville Citadel Club Meeting (Noon golf)
June 6             Summerville Citadel Club (Golf)
Aug. 24           15th Annual Kickoff Golf Classic @Wild Dunes Resort
                      Citadel Club of Charleston Shrimp & Beer Night @Beach House

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