December 7, 2012

Today's Blue & White - Dec. 7, 2012

Friday, December 7, 2012

Opening Tip!

Final exams begin today, which could possibly explain the heavy foot traffic in and around Summerall Chapel.

We open by saluting senior center Mike Groselle, who on Tuesday became the 30th player in program history to surpass the 1,000-point mark for his career.    

Congratulations to our “other” center – football’s Mike Sellers – who was named to the FCS American Football Coaches Association’s All-America team.

Our marketing staff has introduced Spike’s Kidet Club, which is aimed to get our youngsters excited about Citadel Athletics at an early age.  Please consider enrolling your child(ren) and/or grandchild(ren). 

Also on the horizon is our 10th Annual Alumni Basketball Game, also referred to as “Time to Lace ‘Em Up Again,” which will be held after the Elon game on Jan. 26.  Please help us spread the word to all former Bulldog Hoopsters.

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

Introducing Our New Kids Club: Spike’s Kidet Club

It’s time to get your kids signed up for The Citadel Athletics’ new kids club, appropriately billed as “Spike’s Kidet Club.”  With your membership you will help cheer on the Bulldogs at basketball and baseball games. You will also have the opportunity to meet and greet Citadel athletes during autograph sessions, be invited to “member only” celebration events and much more.  If you are 12-under and want to show your Bulldog spirit, join today.  Let’s have fun and cheer for our teams.

Here is what comes with your membership: Spike’s Kidet Club t-shirt, exclusive Kidet Club email updates, Kidet Club drawstring backpack, a Citadel Athletics temporary tattoo, general admission to a select basketball and baseball game, invitation to Kidet Club “member only” celebrations and Kidet Club meet-and-greet autograph session with selected cadet-student-athletes.

Sponsors for the Kidet Club are Bojangles and Domino’s Pizza.

To register, please visit http://citadelsports.com/fanZone/Bulldog_Kids_Club_Page_1.pdf, call 843/953-6812 or email spikeskidetclub@citadel.edu.

Hoopsters Fall at UNCG & Charleston Southern

For the fourth time in his career senior Mike Groselle scored 20 points against UNCG, but it was the Spartans’ hot hand that made the difference in the 84-54 Southern Conference opener for both teams at the Greensboro Coliseum on Saturday.

Groselle scored nearly half of The Citadel's point total, hitting 6-of-12 from the field and adding eight points from the free throw line.  It marked the Plano, Texas native's second 20-point performance of the campaign and the first since the season-opening win over VMI.  He was joined in scoring guard Ashton Moore, who added 11 points, all in the second half, on 5-of-14 shooting in his first start of the season.  Both Groselle and Moore were also responsible for the Bulldogs' team-high four rebounds.

On Tuesday, Groselle scored a team-high 18 points and became the 30th player in program history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark, but it was Charleston Southern's 61.7 percent shooting that stole the show in a 101-73 victory at CSU Fieldhouse.

Groselle was one of five Bulldogs to reach double figures, joined by Lawrence Miller (14), Ashton Moore (12), Matt Van Scyoc (11) and Marshall Harris III (10).  They became the first quintet of Citadel teammates to reach double figures since a meeting with VMI on Nov. 11, 2011.  Groselle capped the evening by hitting 8-of-12 in the contest and combined with Ashton Moore (5-11) and Lawrence Miller (5-7) to highlight a Citadel unit that was 28-of-54 (51.9%) from the field.

The Bulldogs managed 8-of-18 (44.4%) shooting from beyond the arc, led by Miller (4-6) and Moore (3-4).   Meanwhile, Stephen Elmore grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, pulling down 10 on the defensive glass.

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

Time to "Lace 'Em Up Again" Set for Jan. 26

Calling all former basketball players!!!

The 10th Annual Alumni Basketball Game, also known as the time to “Lace ‘Em Up Again,” will be held on Saturday, January 26, immediately following the Bulldogs’ game with Elon (2:05pm tipoff).
 
This is the time to join many former Citadel basketball players (spanning several decades) in the special game that features the common bond of playing hoops for the Bulldogs in McAlister Field House.  The Alumni Game participants will be introduced at the Elon game.

And, of course, the true goal of the Alumni Game is for veteran Director of Sports Medicine Andy Clawson to simply sit and watch, and not work.

For information, please contact Associate Athletics Director Andy Solomon at andy.solomon@citadel.edu or at 843/953-6300.

Bulldogs Place Three Wrestlers in Competitive Nittany Lion Open

Ugi Khishignyam and Turtogtokh Luvsandorj earned third place finishes at the 149- and 174-pound weight classes, respectively, while heavyweight Odie Delaney nabbed fourth place at the Nittany Lion Open on Sunday on the campus of Penn State University.

Ugi, who is currently ranked sixth nationally by Intermat Wrestling, opened the day with three consecutive wins.  The Mongolia native took down Boston University's Tyler Scotton by a 7-5 decision before posting a 4-2 decision over Penn State's Zachary Beitz and a 6-3 win over Maryland's Shyheim Brown.

Ugi needed just one more win to a land a spot in the championship bout but North Carolina's 17th-ranked Evan Henderson edged out a 4-3 win to land Ugi a spot in the third place bout.  In that match, the Bulldog grappler earned his fourth win of the day and 13th of the season when he won by forfeit over Cornell's Joseph Stanzione.

In the 174-pound division, Luvsandorj, who was wrestling unattached, captured two quick decisions over Central Michigan's Anthony Bill (2-1) and Campbell's Matthew Cox (2-0).  The senior's tough stretch continued in his third bout when Luvsandorj earned a 3-1 sudden victory over Pittsburgh's Patrick Tasser.

In a similar situation, Luvsandorj needed one more win to get in the championship, but was tripped up by Penn State's No.3-ranked Matthew Brown by major decision (9-0).

Luvsandorj bounced back nicely in the third place match, earning a 6-0 decision over Old Dominion's Billy Curling.

Delaney, who is currently ranked 13th in the nation in the heavyweight division, dominated his first two bouts taking down Maryland's Carl Bucholtz and Old Dominion's Danny Davis, recording 8-1 decisions in both matches.  Delaney tacked on a 5-3 sudden victory win over Lehigh's Douglas Vollaro to land in a semifinal match against Penn State's James Lawson. 

Both held control, but it was Lawson who moved on after earning the 2-1 sudden victory to move Delaney in the third place bout where he was topped by Penn State's Jonathan Gingrich in a 14-1 major decision.

Delaney's three wins on Sunday improve his career record to 91-37 with 47 pins as the senior chases the 100-win and 50-pin plateau.

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

Shooters Take First Place in NCAA Air Rifle Competition; Nab Second at SEARC 4

The rifle team captured second place in the fourth Southeastern Air Rifle Conference match of the season on Saturday at Wofford but were able to take the team crown in the NCAA portion of the contest.

The conference scoring differs from the NCAA in that it takes the top four marks and adds them together, while NCAA regulations require that the coach must predetermine five shooters before the match and the top four scores from that pool will be added up and counted.

Richard Hunton led all Citadel shooters on the day, racking up a 570, while teammate Robert Jackson collected a 569.  Sophomore William Wutzer (562) and freshman Thor Wright (561) rounded out the top four for the Bulldogs which consisted of all underclassmen.

North Georgia edged The Citadel for the match by a 12-point margin (2,274-2,262).   However, the Bulldogs still maintain their second place standing in the conference.

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

 Mike Sellers Named to AFCA All-America Team

Junior center Mike Sellers has been selected to the FCS All-America team by the American Football Coaches Association, becoming the first Bulldog to be honored by the organization in four years.

Previously this fall, Sellers received first team All-Southern Conference recognition and was presented with the Jacobs Blocking Award as the top offensive lineman in the league.

The last Citadel player named to the AFCA All-America team was wide receiver Andre Roberts in 2008, and the last Bulldog offensive lineman on the squad was Levi Davis in 1994.  Overall, Sellers is the ninth different Citadel player honored by the AFCA dating back to the 1982 season.

Sellers, who hails from Summerville’s Fort Dorchester High, led the team with 75 knockdown blocks and earned the highest assignment grade of all Citadel offensive linemen.  He anchored a line which enabled the Bulldogs to rank fourth in the nation with an average of 300.6 rushing yards per game while allowing only two sacks.

A year ago Sellers was the team's offensive MVP, and he has started the past 22 games at center after originally coming to The Citadel as a defensive lineman.

In addition to Sellers and Davis, three other Citadel offensive linemen have been named to the AFCA All-America team, including Jim Gabrish (1984 and 1985), Carlos Avalos (1988) and DeRhon Robinson (1990).

Rounding out the list of AFCA All-Americans from The Citadel are defensive lineman Jim Ettari (1982), safety Lester Smith (1992) and defensive lineman Brad Kenney (1995).

Chris McGuiness Chosen by Indians in MLB Rule 5 Draft

Three weeks after being named the MVP of the Arizona Fall League, former Citadel star Chris McGuiness has been chosen by the Cleveland Indians in the Rule 5 draft, held Thursday at the MLB Winter Meetings in Nashville.

McGuiness was selected out of the Texas Ranger organization and by rule will be part of Cleveland's 25-man roster when the major league season opens in April. He spent the past two-and-a-half years with the Rangers after being traded from Boston on July 31, 2010 in a deal that sent Jarrod Saltalamacchia to the Red Sox.

The first baseman was chosen by Boston in the 13th round of the June 2009 Major League Draft after batting .367 with 15 home runs and 59 RBI in his senior season at The Citadel. He also led the nation with 65 walks, was named first team All-Southern Conference and selected to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America team.

McGuiness batted .268 with 25 doubles, 23 home runs and 77 RBI for Double A Frisco last season and then posted an average of .283 with four homers and 27 RBI in 25 games for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League en route to MVP honors.

In commenting on his selection in Thursday's draft, the Bleacher Report stated that "McGuiness is an intriguing bat for the Indians. He has a good eye and discipline at the plate, his power started to show up in games this season and he can handle himself at first base."

Although not considered ready to be an everyday starter, the Indians would seem to be looking for an upgrade at first base. Veteran Casey Kotchman played in 142 games last season but struggled to a .229 batting average with 12 homers and 55 RBI.

Although designed primarily for teams to take prospects on other teams who may not be ready for the major leagues, the Rule 5 draft has nonetheless produced current all-stars Johan Santana, Jose Bautista, Dan Uggla, Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth among others.

The most prominent player ever selected in the Rule 5 draft was Pittsburgh Pirate Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, who was taken out of the Brooklyn Dodger organization in 1954.

Bulldog Wrestling Opens Conference Slate with 32-12 Victory Over Davidson

The Bulldog grapplers used two pins, a technical fall and five decisions en route to a 32-12 Southern Conference-opening victory over Davidson at McAlister Field House on Thursday evening. The win improves the Bulldogs' record to 1-1 on the season while Davidson drops to 5-2.

The Citadel continued its domination on the mats against the Wildcats as the wrestling team bettered its overall record to 49-0-1 against the SoCon foe.

Aaron Hansen jump started the Bulldogs to six consecutive wins in the second bout of the evening as the 133-pounder downed Davidson's Matt Zarth to improve his record to 11-6 on the season.

No. 7-ranked Ugi Khishignyam followed Hansen with an impressive 21-6 technical fall that was earned with riding time at the end of the final period.

Three close decisions by Jordan Dix (4-3), Matt Frisch (4-0) and Vincent Bellaran (13-12) at the 149, 157 and 165 weight classes, respectively, improved the score to a 17-6 margin.

Pins by Jack Duane (1:57) and Odie Delaney (1:25), along with a 7-2 decision by Marshall Haas, topped off the scoring for the Bulldogs.

Delaney's win by fall marks his 91st career win and 48th career pin as a Bulldog as the redshirt senior closes in on the 100-win and 50-pin marks. Sean Markey, a 2006 Citadel graduate, currently holds the school's win and fall record with 125 and 69, respectively.

"Overall I thought we wrestled hard, and I am happy that we were able to come out on top in the close matches," said Coach Rob Hjerling. "Davidson came out and wrestled us hard tonight."

The Bulldogs will head to another premiere wrestling open next weekend, Dec. 16, when they travel to Reno, Nev., to compete in the Reno Tournament of Champions.

"We are really looking forward to next week's trip as it will be another strong test for us in the young season," added Hjerling.

14th Annual Broxton Bridge Fun Shoot Set for Feb. 16

The 14th Annual Broxton Bridge Fun Shoot is a 100-shot event that will be held on Feb. 16 at Broxton Bridge Plantation in Ehrhardt with a start time of 9 am and concluding at 1 pm.  Lunch, prizes and trophies will be awarded immediately following the shoot as well as extra shooting games. 

The Fun Shoot is open to all and the cost is $100 per person.  Included are 100 shells, 100 clays and a barbeque lunch.  Advanced tickets can be bought by calling 800/437-4868, and one can go to www.broxtonbridge.com to the sporting clays tab and also register there.

Since this a NSCA Registered Shoot, trophies will be awarded using the Lewis Class System for Classes AA, A, B, C, D, Novice, Juniors, Seniors and Ladies.  Shooters need to bring their own guns.  (Juniors are considered 16-under while seniors are 60-above.

Sponsorships are available at $150, and checks should be made payable to The Citadel Brigadier Foundation, Inc., and mailed to Broxton Bridge Plantation, PO Box 97, Ehrhardt, SC 29081 along with your registration form.

Proceeds from the event go to the Jerry Varn ’53 Basketball Scholarship.  For additional information, please call 800/437-4868.

Hot Stove Banquet to Feature Hall of Famer Wade Boggs

In keeping with the custom of brining in high-profile names, Hall of Fame third baseman Wade Boggs will serve as the guest speaker for the 9th Annual Hot Stove Banquet that is hosted by the Charleston RiverDogs.

The event, which will be held on Friday, February 1 at The Crystal Ballroom at the Charleston Marriott on Lockwood Blvd., is being sponsored for the sixth consecutive year by Tom McQueeney State Farm Insurance.

The Hot Stove Banquet is an annual event that is coordinated by the Charleston RiverDogs to whet the appetite of Charleston area baseball fans.  Proceeds benefit The Citadel, College of Charleston and Charleston Southern baseball programs and the MUSC’s Storm Eye Institute, the RiverDogs’ primary charity. 

The reception begins at 6 pm with the dinner starting at 7 o’clock.  Tickets are $65 per person and include dinner and beverages.  Tables with preferred seating for eight individuals are available for $550.

Boggs spent his 18-year baseball career primarily with the Boston Red Sox (1982-92), but also played for the New York Yankees (1993-97), with whom he won his only World Series, and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998-99), with whom he recorded his 3,000th career hit.  His hitting in the 1980s and ‘90s made him a perennial contender for American League batting titles.  Boggs was elected to the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005.

For his illustrious career, Boggs captured five batting titles, strung together seven consecutive seasons of 200 or more hits and earned 100 walks in four straight seasons.  With his knack for getting on base, the superstitious Boggs often batted leadoff and scored at least 100 runs every season from 1983-89.  Boggs retired with a lofty .328 career batting average.

For individual tickets and additional information, please contact the RiverDogs at (843) 577-DOGS (3647).  Tickets may also be purchased online at www.riverdogs.com.

Previous Hot Stove Speakers
2011 – John Smoltz
2010 – Bobby Cox
2009 – Dale Murphy
2008 – Gaylord Perry
2007 – Jeff Francoeur
2006 – Tommy John
2005 – Jim Bouton
2004 – Bobby Richardson & John Blanchard

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.

Date for 25th Annual TCBF Auction Set

Be sure and mark down February 9 on your calendar or IPhone as that will be the date for the 25th Annual Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s Auction.   If you have items to donate or care to join the planning committee, please contact Gina Inabnett at 843/953-5277.

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!

He Said It:

“It made me a better man. It made me the man I am today. … It was a different experience, that’s for sure.  But I felt that going there would prepare me for life. ... It was very good discipline. It was good life lessons. … I also felt that if I worked hard enough, I would get noticed playing football, too.  And that’s what happened.  It (The Citadel) made me the man I am today.”

* Former cornerback Cortez Allen, now a starter for the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers, on his four years at The Citadel.

 

Upcoming Birthdays

Dec. 1              Kevin Higgins              Football
Dec. 12            Andy Clawson            Sports Medicine
Dec. 15            Bob Winch                  Soccer
Dec. 17            Mike Capaccio            Administration
Dec. 27            Mike Hoffman             Administration

Upcoming Events

Feb. 1              9th Annual Hot Stove Banquet Featuring Wade Boggs @Marriott
Feb. 9              25th Annual TCBF Auction @McAlister Field House

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