February 22, 2013

Today's Blue & White - Feb. 22, 2013

Friday, February 22, 2013

Opening Tip/First Pitch!

What a “Wonderful Wednesday” it was this week.

First, we got word that heavyweight Odie Delaney received his third consecutive Southern Conference wrestler of the week citation – his fourth of the season – and established the league record of eight in a career.  Congratulations, Odie!

Then the baseball team came from behind to defeat Winthrop, 6-4, at Riley Park as the Bulldogs pushed two runs across in the bottom of the eighth on Bailey Rush’s two-out double to the right-center field gap. 

And to cap the “Wonderful Wednesday,” the Mike Groselle-led basketball team captured an overtime 80-77 win at Appalachian State in an exciting fashion.

Speaking of Groselle, he needs your (daily) vote as he is one of 10 finalists for the 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award.  Please see the piece below and be sure to vote for Groselle at http://www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/

And finally, if you’re planning to attend the SoCon Basketball Tournament in Asheville, NC from March 8-11, we ask that you secure your tickets from us by calling 843/953-DOGS (3647).

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

Odie Delaney Caps Regular Season with Third Straight SoCon Wrestler of the Week Award

In his final week of regular season competition, redshirt senior Odie Delaney was named the Southern Conference wrestler of the week, marking his third consecutive weekly award.

The honor is Delaney's fourth of the season, pushing his career total to a league-record eight.  This week's selection breaks Delaney's tie with former Appalachian State standout Austin Trotman, who won the award seven times from 2008-12.

Delaney went 3-0 with a pin and a major decision on the week, leading the Bulldogs to a 2-1 team showing.

In The Citadel's 25-9 win over VMI on Friday, the heavyweight from Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., pinned the Keydets' Mike LaPrade in 4:34.  The pin was Delaney's league-best 15th of the season and clinched his third undefeated SoCon dual slate. He finished his conference dual career with a 20-3 mark.

On Sunday, the Bulldogs trailed Duke 17-15 heading into the heavyweight bout.  Delaney lifted The Citadel to the win, earning a 13-4 major decision to clinch the team victory, 19-17.

In his second match of the day, Delaney squared off against No. 24 North Carolina's Jake Barnhart.  Delaney took an 11-4 decision, but The Citadel fell 27-9 to the Tar Heels.  The win was the 117th of Delaney's career, moving him into a tie for second place in school history behind Sean Markey ('06) who has 125.

The winner of 14 consecutive matches, Delaney is ranked 13th in the nation according to the NCAA coaches' panel rankings.

Prior to this season, no SoCon wrestler had ever been named wrestler of the week three straight times, but The Citadel has now had two student-athletes pull off the feat this season.  Seventh-ranked Ugi Khishignyam took the weekly honor three consecutive times in December and January. The award originated with the 2000-01 season.

2012-13 SoCon Wrestlers of the Week
Nov. 7             Nick Soto, Chattanooga
Nov. 14           Niko Brown, Chattanooga
Nov. 21           Odie Delaney, The Citadel
Dec. 5              Patrick Myers, SIUE
Dec. 12            Ugi Khishignyam, The Citadel
Dec. 19            Ugi Khishignyam, The Citadel
Jan. 3               Ugi Khishignyam, The Citadel
Jan. 9               Zack Strickland, Appalachian State
Jan. 16             Eric Montoya, Campbell
Jan. 23             Marshall Haas, The Citadel
Jan. 30             John Merickel, Campbell
Feb. 6              Odie Delaney, The Citadel
Feb. 13            Odie Delaney, The Citadel
Feb. 20            Odie Delaney, The Citadel

Wrestling Tops Duke & VMI; Fall to No. 24 North Carolina at UNC Duals

Heavyweight Odie Delaney earned wins in each of his two bouts on Sunday to move into a tie for second place in school history with 117 career wins as the wrestling team split a pair of matches at the UNC Duals in Chapel Hill, NC.  The Bulldogs downed Duke, 19-17, before falling to North Carolina, 27-9.

With the Bulldogs down, 17-15, heading into the final bout, Delaney earned a major decision victory to clinch The Citadel's seventh win of the season and eighth consecutive against the Blue Devils.

An 11-4 decision over Tar Heel heavyweight David Woody in the Bulldogs' second dual moved Delaney into a tie with Travis Piccard '06 for second-most wins in Citadel history with 117.  He is now just eight wins shy of tying Ryan McClester '06 for most in school history.

After dropping its first two matches, The Citadel's seventh-ranked Ugi Khishignyam earned a 5-1 decision over Duke's Tanner Hough to pull the Bulldogs within four, 7-3. The win was Ugi's conference-leading 35th.  Following a Jordan Dix loss, Matt Frisch and Vincent Bellaran collected wins by decision and fall, respectively, the Bulldogs got their first lead of the match, 12-10.  A Josh Tuck win by decision, in between losses at 174- and 197-pounds, left The Citadel down 17-15 heading into the heavyweight bout.  Delaney sealed the victory by a 14-3 margin to earn his 33rd win of the season and third by major decision.

It was all North Carolina in the second dual of the day as the 24th-ranked Tar Heels notched wins in each of the first four bouts, including an overtime win by No. 6 Evan Henderson over No .7 Khishignyam at 141.

Frisch put The Citadel on the board in the 157-pound bout with an 8-6 decision.  A win by Marshall Haas at 197-pounds, followed by an 11-4 win in Delaney's regular season finale, concluded the match with the Tar Heels on top, 27-9.

On Friday at Cocke Hall on VMI’s campus, Delaney earned his conference-leading 15th pin to help lead the wrestling team to a 25-9 win over military rival VMI in the Southern Conference finale.  The win secured Delaney's third season without suffering a loss in conference dual action as the redshirt senior holds a 7-0 SoCon mark for the year and 20-3 for his career.

Three other grapplers escaped conference dual action unscathed as redshirt freshmen Aaron Hansen, seventh-ranked Ugi Khishignyam and Matt Frisch all collected wins.  Frisch posted his team-leading eighth major decision when he closed out the 157-pound bout with a 10-2 advantage.  Ugi handed VMI's Ryan Goodsell his first conference loss of the season in a 6-2 decision, while Hansen posted a 6-1 win in the 133-pound match.

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

Hoopsters Bow to Georgia Southern, Davidson; Top App State in OT

Mike Groselle completed his 26th career double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds, including 10 points in the extra session, as The Citadel earned an 80-77 overtime victory over Appalachian State in Boone, NC on Wednesday evening.  He was joined in double figures by freshman Matt Van Scyoc, who added a season-high 24 points, due in large part to four 3-pointers, as The Citadel earned its third win at the Holmes Convocation Center since the 2008-09 campaign.

Van Scyoc capped his fourth 20-point performance by hitting 8-of-12 from the floor and 4-of-6 from the 3-point line.  He also grabbed six rebounds including five on the defensive glass in a career-high 41 minutes.  Groselle combined his 7-of-16 shooting from the floor and 8-of-9 outing from the free throw line to record the 19th 20-point game of his career.  The senior center hauled in five of his 14 rebounds on the offensive end as The Citadel edged Appalachian State in rebounds (37-36) and points in the paint (34-26).

The Bulldogs’ offense was charged by a 29-of-60 (48.3%) performance from the field.  Four Citadel players converted at least one trey as the Bulldogs finished 7-of-13 from beyond the arc.  Backcourt mates Marshall Harris III and Raemond Robinson were the catalysts to the offensive effort with nine and five assists, respectively, as The Citadel dished out 23 helpers as a unit

On Saturday at McAlister Field House, Davidson's Nik Cochran scored 18 points to lead five players in double figures as the Wildcats earned their 10th straight win at McAlister Field House following a 72-57 victory.

Groselle finished with a game-high 21 points following a 10-of-14 outing from the floor.  It marked the fifth game this season that Groselle has topped the 20-point plateau.  P.J. Horgan added 10 points and a team-high 10 rebounds to notch his third career double-double.  Harris was the catalyst for the Bulldogs' offensive attack with seven assists.

The Citadel responded to a difficult shooting performance in the opening frame by knocking down 14-of-24 (58.3%) from the floor in the second half to finish 21-of-44 (47.7%) on the game.  The Bulldogs returned to form from the free throw line, hitting 9-of-10 (90%) as a unit, highlighted by Horgan's 6-of-6 outing.  The Cadets also finished with a 24-23 advantage on the glass which produced a 28-24 edge in points in the paint. 

Georgia Southern's Cleon Roberts tied his career-high by scoring 20 points to lead four players in double figures as the Eagles downed The Citadel, 78-57, Thursday night at McAlister Field House.

The Eagles took advantage of a 34-29 edge on the glass to outscore The Citadel, 29-24, in the paint.  Horgan led all Citadel scorers with 19 points while Harris added10.  Horgan capped off his sixth double-digit performance of the season by hitting 7-of-10 from the floor and 5-of-8 at the charity stripe while climbing the glass for a team-high eight rebounds.  Meanwhile, Harris topped double figures for the eighth time in the campaign after knocking down 3-of-7 from the field, including a second half 3-pointer, and 3-of-6 from the free throw line.

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

Attention Citadel Fans:  Mike Groselle Needs Your Vote

Basketball senior Mike Groselle has been named as one of 10 finalists for the 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award. 

The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 men’s candidates and 30 women’s candidates announced in October.  Nationwide fan voting has begun and fans can vote EVERY DAY from now until March 25.  Please take a moment and support Mike Groselle for this award by casting your ballot at (http://www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/)

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

SoCon Basketball Tournament Information

The Southern Conference Basketball Tournament returns to Asheville, March 8-11, and if you’re planning to attend – and we hope that you will – we respectfully request that you secure your tickets from us.  All of our tickets are good for any two-game session and are $18 each.  We have tickets on sale now through The Athletic Ticket Office, so call us at 843/953-DOGS (3647) and we’ll set you up.  If you need assistance or suggestions for travel, please refer to www.SoConTravel.com.

Baseball Takes Two of Three in Opening Weekend; Tops Winthrop

On Wednesday Bailey Rush drove a two-out double into right center to score Drew DeKerlegand with two outs in the eighth, breaking a 4-4 tie and giving The Citadel a 6-4 victory over Winthrop at Riley Park.

With two outs and nobody on in the eighth, DeKerlegand was hit by a pitch. On a 1-0 count, Rush's drive split the gap and DeKerlegand easily raced home to make it 5-4.  Rush also scored on the play when the relay throw eluded the Winthrop catcher.

The Eagles threw a scare into the Bulldogs in the ninth when Matt Lobacz walked and Clay Altman singled off closer Skylar Hunter to put the tying runs on base with nobody out.  After a sacrifice bunt, the freshman posted a pair of strikeouts to earn his first collegiate save.

On Sunday at Riley Park, High Point took advantage of a two-out error to score five times in the top of the eighth, and the Panthers went on to hand The Citadel a 7-2 defeat on the final day of the Homewood Suites Tournament presented by Charleston Crab House.

With the score tied at 1 in the top of the eighth, High Point loaded the bases with one out against Logan Cribb before Ryan Hines came in to get a Panther to foul out to third.  Kevin Connell relieved Hines to face a left-handed hitter and induced a grounder to short, but Johnathan Stokes threw wide of Bo Thompson at first to allow the tiebreaking runs to cross the plate.

Freshman right-hander Austin Mason enjoyed a solid college debut on the mound for The Citadel, allowing only one run and three hits in six innings of work but did not figure in the decision.

On Saturday at Riley Park, Thompson slammed a mammoth three-run homer to cap a six-run third inning to help the Bulldogs down Kansas State, 10-8.  The Citadel is 2-0 on the young season and has scored 19 runs while banging out 28 hits in wins over George Mason and the Wildcats. The Bulldogs will look to sweep their first of two home tournaments this season on Sunday when they face High Point at 1:30.

After leading by as many as seven runs early in the game, The Citadel saw Kansas State touch closer Skylar Hunter for three hits and two runs in the ninth to pull within two.  But Hunter responded by fanning the final out with the tying runs in scoring position.

Tyler Griffin hit a solo homer to left in the second.  Joe Jackson lined a two-run single to center before Thompson easily cleared the fence in left-center to give the Bulldogs a 7-1 advantage.  Jackson had two hits on the day.  Mason Davis and Drew DeKerlegand had back-to-back triples to open the bottom of the fourth to make it 8-1, and later in the inning Thompson took advantage of a surprised Wildcat defense to swipe his second career base after drawing a walk.  Stokes added a steal of home in the fifth, sprinting to the plate as Davis scampered back to first to get out of a rundown.

On Friday at Riley Park, Jackson got The Citadel off and running with a two-run homer in the first and drove in five runs on the day while Austin Pritcher worked six shutout innings in a 9-1 victory over George Mason.  Jackson established a personal high with his five RBI and matched his career best with four hits, adding a double and two singles to round out his big day.  His first inning shot was his second career home run and gave Pritcher and the Bulldogs all the runs they would need.

The senior right hander worked the first six innings, giving up only four hits and two walks to go along with six strikeouts.  He worked around a leadoff walk to start the game and a first and third, nobody out situation in the second to extend his consecutive streak of not allowing an earned run at Riley Park to 32.1 innings.

The Citadel added to its lead in the second, using four hits including back-to-back RBI doubles by Davis and DeKerlegand and a run-scoring single by Jackson to build a 5-0 advantage.

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

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.

Track and Field Completes Action at Appalachian Open & Gamecock Invitational

Nicole Levermann sprinted to a 8.69 in the 55m-hurdles to establish a new school record at the Gamecock Invitational, while Tanisha Bethel and Jamaal Brantley earned first place finishes in the 55m-dash at Friday's Appalachian Open.

Levermann's time of 8.69 shattered the school's record in the event by .12 seconds, set in 2007 by Tasha Sanders.  Bethel recorded a first place time of 7.30 in the 55m at the Appalachian Open on Friday, moving the sophomore into second place all-time, while Taylor Viana cracked the top 10 with a 7.55 to move into eighth.  Brantley clocked in at 6.50 in the men's 55 to take first place.

In the Gamecock Invitational, thrower Geno Porter posted his fourth-consecutive heave of more than 50-feet.  The redshirt sophomore launched the 35-lb. weight a personal-best 51'11.25" to take fourth place and move into fifth in Citadel history.  Dylan Gidado threw the weight a personal-best 48'9" to improve on his eighth place standing in the team's record book.

Chalita Johnson moved into fourth on the women's all-time 55m list with a 7.42, while freshman Danielle Williams ran a 7.71 to become the 10th-best in Citadel history for the event.  Christine Hinds also recorded a personal-best 55m time of 7.72.

In the pole vault, Mark Boozer finished in a tie for first place, clearing the bar at 14'5.25" to move into fourth place in Citadel history.

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

Rifle Completes Action in SEARC 6 and NCAA Sectional Competition

Freshman marksman Thor Wright carded a career-high air rifle mark of 578 to lead all Bulldogs in the NCAA Sectional and sixth Southeastern Air Rifle Conference match of the season held at the Inouye Marksmanship this past weekend.

The Bulldogs finished the conference competition in second place with 2,293 points behind SEARC leader NC State, who posted a 2,336.  The second place finish is the Bulldogs' fifth this season and leaves them comfortably ahead of North Georgia for second place in the standings with one match left on the schedule.

Wright's score of 578 placed him sixth overall in air rifle for the weekend and marked the first time in his young career that he has led all Citadel shooters.

Robert Jackson (573), Richard Hunton (572), Julia McCullohs (570) and William Wutzer (568) rounded out the top five for The Citadel in air rifle.

In small bore action, Jackson led all Bulldog shooters, carding a 567 to earn fifth place, while Nathaniel Moy (554), Hunton (547), Wright (543) and Wutzer (540) finished closely behind.

NC State marksmen took the top four spots in the air rifle and top three in small bore as Daniel Cliff (587) and Alex Martin (575) took the individual crowns in each, respectively.

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

Weather Washes out Netters’ Weekend

Due to inclement weather, Saturday’s match against Coker and Sunday’s against Guilford was postponed.

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

Spring Football Continues

The football team’s 15 spring practices have begun at the Maybank Triplets Practice Facility at Willson Field and they’ll culminate with the Spring Game on March 9 at Johnson Hagood Stadium.

Here is the schedule of spring practices:

  • Friday, Feb. 22 @4pm
  • Saturday, Feb. 23 @10am
  • Tuesday, Feb. 26 @4pm
  • Friday, Mar. 1 @4pm
  • Saturday, Mar. 2 @10am
  • Wednesday, Mar. 6 @4pm
  • Friday, Mar 8 @4pm
  • Saturday, Mar. 9 @1pm

Citadel Football Association to Present 3rd Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest

The 3rd Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest is just around the corner.

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, March 9 in conjunction with The Citadel’s spring football game at Johnson Hagood Stadium and is sponsored by The Citadel Football Association.

Awards will be given in six categories topped by the Most Beautiful Bulldog. Other categories include Best Costume, Best Tail Wagger, Best Smiler, Miss Congeniality and Mr. Personality. A beauty pageant featuring all of the entered dogs will take place at halftime of the spring game.

Awards will also be presented to the dog that travelled the furthest and for the oldest dog.

All registration will be done online by credit card with a fee of $40 at cfabulldogs.com beginning Wednesday, Jan. 15 and closing at 5 p.m. on March 8. No dogs may be registered at the door on Saturday. A maximum of 60 dogs will be able to compete and no more than two dogs per person or family.

All entrants must be current on vaccinations and heartworm preventative, and a certificate of vaccinations is required at the stadium.  Owners must also be covered by homeowner’s insurance and are also responsible for their dog’s own water and bowl, umbrella for shade and cooling, pad or rug for their dog to rest on and other items for their dog’s comfort.  A veterinarian will be present during the contest.

Entrants will check in under the home side stands at 11 a.m. on March 9, and judging will take place from 11:30-12:30 followed by a free hot dog lunch for owners.  All human friends and family of dog owners are encouraged to visit the dogs in the judging area and attend the spring game, which kicks off at 1 p.m.  There is no admission for both the Beautiful Bulldog Contest and the spring game.

Proceeds from the event benefit The Citadel’s live mascots, General and Boo, in addition to The Citadel Football Association’s Scholarship Program.  For additional information, contact Assistant Athletics Director Mike Groshon at 843/953-2161.

Buy an Aerial Photo of Johnson Hagood Stadium; Proceeds Benefit TCBF and Live Bulldog Mascots

Assistant Athletics Director/Facilities Mike Groshon ’76 has come across 40 aerial photos of a filled Johnson Hagood Stadium (see attached) that TCBF is selling for only $10.  Of the $10, five dollars will go toward athletic scholarships while the remaining five dollars will go toward the feeding of the college’s two live bulldog mascots, General and Boo.

To order yours, please call us at 843/953-5277.

Spring Soccer Defeats USC-Beaufort, Charleston Southern

The soccer team played 45 minutes apiece against USC-Beaufort and Charleston Southern at Johnson Hagood Stadium on Saturday, winning both contests by scores of 1-0 and 2-1, respectively.

Mariana Garcia netted the only Citadel goal in the first half of Saturday's round-robin contest against USC-Beaufort, while Kim Maldonado and Ana Mesa notched a goal each in the final 45 minutes against Charleston Southern.

Freshman goalkeeper Samantha Millspaugh played a solid 90 minutes in net, allowing just one goal.

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

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.

He Said It:

“Everybody said as long as you know what you are doing and get the job done, it doesn’t matter what age you are.”

 - Interim tennis coach Oliver Reynolds, at age 24 is among the youngest college coaches in America, to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“We have a gear we haven’t found yet. … We did not step on the brakes the whole game.”

- Senior center Mike Groselle, after the Bulldogs upset Appalachian State in Boone in overtime on Wednesday night.

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

Feb. 27            John Hauser                            Football
Feb. 28            J.P. Gunter                              Football
Mar. 1              Amir Khaledi                          Volleyball
Mar. 2              Lynn Meador                          Administration
Mar. 2              Barbara Mellor                        Brigadier Foundation
Mar. 8              Kelly Simpson                         Administration
Mar. 11            Gina Inabnett                          Brigadier Foundation
Mar. 13            Darlene Poston                        Administration
Mar. 17            Jon Cole                                  Administration
Mar. 20            Geoff Von Dollen                   Administration

Upcoming Events

Mar. 8-11        Southern Conference Basketball @Asheville, NC
Mar. 9              Beautiful Bulldog Contest @Johnson Hagood Stadium
                        Spring Football Game @Johnson Hagood Stadium
May 22-26       Southern Conference Baseball @Greenville, SC

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