March 8, 2013

Today's Blue & White - Mar. 8, 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013

Opening Tip/First Pitch!

The Southern Conference’s awards truck delivered a load of citations this week as Citadel athletes collected five awards on Monday, including three in baseball, one in basketball and one in wrestling.  Right fielder Tyler Griffin and right-handed pitcher Austin Pritcher were named baseball’s player and pitcher of the month, respectively, while Odie Delaney was named the wrestler of the month.  And to top off things, Mike Groselle was named the league’s basketball player of the week. 

The awards truck returned on Tuesday as Groselle was named all-conference by the Southern Conference coaches and second team all-conference by members of the media, while forward Matt Van Scyoc was named to the all-freshman team by the coaches and media.

On Wednesday,  the truck came back as Delaney was named the league’s wrestler of the year and Ugi Khishignyam was named freshman of the year.  Also, Aaron Hansen, Matt Frisch and Josh Tuck were named to the all-conference team, while Marshall Haas, in addition to Frisch, Hansen and Khishignyam, were also selected to the all-freshman squad.

Being Corps Day Weekend, this is one of the most active weekends on the calendar as the basketball team is in Asheville for their conference tournament while wrestling is in Lexington, Va. for their tournament.  Football has their spring game on Saturday while the baseball team opens league play with a three-game homestand beginning today (Friday) against Samford and running through Sunday.  And The Citadel Football Association’s 3rd Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest will also be held Saturday at the stadium.

March is National Athletic Training Month, and Spike and all of his pals stop to say “thanks” to veteran Director of Sports Medicine Andy Clawson and his terrific and qualified staff for doing all they do.

And, finally, Spike reminds everyone to adjust your clocks UP an hour before going to bed Saturday night.

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

Basketball Tournament Returns to Asheville; Western Carolina Citadel Club & TCBF Invite All Fans to the Hospitality Gathering

Its tourney time once again in Asheville.

The Southern Conference Basketball Tournament, with the winner earning the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championships, will once again be held at the US Cellular Center (formerly known as the Asheville Civic Center).  The Bulldogs’ opening round game is Friday (tonight) at 8:30 pm and we’ll battle Western Carolina. Should we emerge victorious, we would meet rival College of Charleston at 8:30 on Saturday night.
Our good friends at The Western Carolina Citadel Club, in association with The Citadel Brigadier Foundation, will host a pregame social from 6-8 pm at the Bier Garden, 46 Haywood Street, and the site is located a block down and across the street from the Civic Center.  All Citadel fans are encouraged to gather there.

Hoopsters Top Furman; Fall at Wofford

The basketball team outscored Wofford 23-8 during a 6:23 stretch of the second half, trimming a 17-point lead to two, but the Terriers held on late to capture a 69-62 win to close out the regular season at Benjamin Johnson Arena on Saturday evening.

The 23-point outburst was highlighted by redshirt freshman Dylen Setzekorn, who knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and tacked on three free throws to lead all Citadel scorers with nine points. Setzekorn was joined in scoring by Mike Groselle and P.J. Horgan, who scored four points each, as well as Raemond Robinson and Janeil Jenkins, who chipped in three points apiece.

Groselle led the charge with team highs in points (17) and rebounds (7). The senior finished 4-of-9 from the floor, but converted 9-of-12 free throws for his 24th double-digit outing of the season. Setzekorn came off the bench to score 13 points, hitting 4-of-6 from the floor including two long distance 3-pointers in the second half.  Robinson rounded out double figure scorers with 11 points and a team-high seven assists as he finished 3-of-7 from the field and 2-for-4 from beyond the arc.

Groselle left his mark in his final collegiate game at McAlister Field House on Thursday as he notched his 27th career double-double (24 points, 10 rebounds) to lead The Citadel to a 68-57 victory over rival Furman.

Groselle finished 12-of-19 from the field and collected  a team-high 10 rebounds (5 offensive).  He was joined in double figures by Setzekorn and Horgan, who came off the bench to score 11 points apiece. Setzekorn, who finished 4-of-5 from the floor and 3-for-4 from beyond the arc, notched his third double-digit game of the season.

Horgan, who was relegated to the bench in favor of fifth-year senior Stephen Elmore, knocked down 5-of-11 from the field and posted his fifth straight double figure outing.

The Bulldogs finished 27-of-60 (45%) from the floor and have now converted 20 field goals in their last five contests. Highlighted by multiple 3-pointers from Setzekorn (3-4) and Ashton Moore (2-3), The Citadel knocked down 6-of-17 (35.3%) from long distance. 

The offense was clicking on all cylinders due in large part to the backcourt of Harris (nine assists) and Robinson (eight assists), who led the team to 21 assists. That marks the fifth time in the 2012-13 season that the Bulldogs have handed out 20 or more assists in a game.

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Groselle, Van Scyoc Receive Southern Conference Honors by Coaches & Media

Center Mike Groselle was named all-conference by the Southern Conference coaches and second team all-conference by members of the media, while forward Matt Van Scyoc was named to the all-freshman team by the coaches and media.

Groselle, who played at least 30 minutes in all but two SoCon games, capped off conference play by averaging 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds. The Plano, Texas, native eclipsed the 20-point mark against six league schools including a season-high 24 points against Wofford (Jan. 31) and Furman (Feb. 28).

Groselle placed favorably among the SoCon leaders in scoring average (3rd; 16.4), total rebounds (6th; 131), offensive rebounds (1st; 54), defensive rebounds (12th; 77) and field goal percentage (2nd; 57.4).

Van Scyoc, who started all 29 contests this season, became the first freshman in Citadel history to rank in the top 10 in points (321), field goals made (105), 3-point field goals made (55), free throws made (56) and minutes played (904).

Against league competition the Green Lake, Wis., native averaged 11.6 points and knocked down 41.7 percent (68-163) from the floor in SoCon play. He eclipsed the 20-point plateau on four occasions including a season-high 24 points against Appalachian State. In that contest he knocked down 8-of-12 (66.7%) from the field and converted 4-of-6 (66.7%) from beyond the arc. Van Scyoc also climbed the glass for six rebounds, tying his mark against league competition.

The rookie finished the SoCon regular season ranked in scoring average (23rd; 11.6), free throw percentage (10; 77.6) and 3-point field goals made (8th; 35).

Mike Groselle Named Player of the Week

Mike Groselle has been named the Southern Conference Basketball Player of the Week for all games played February 26-March 2. It is the first time since Nov. 13 that the Plano, Texas, native has received the accolade, placing him alongside Jake Cohen of Davidson and Lucas Troutman of Elon as the only players to be distinguished with the honor on multiple occasions this season.

Groselle averaged 20.5 points and 8.5 rebounds as the Bulldogs split a pair of games to close the regular season. The Citadel topped Furman (68-57) at home before falling at Wofford (69-62).
Groselle posted his sixth double-double of the season against Furman as the senior scored a game-high 24 points and pulled down a team-best 10 rebounds.  He followed that performance with team highs in points (17) and rebounds (seven) at Wofford.  Groselle made 57 percent (16-of-28) of his field goal attempts last week, shot 75 percent from the free throw line and added six steals in two games. 

The senior leads the Southern Conference in field goal percentage (.573) and ranks third in rebounds (7.7 rpg).  He is the only player in the SoCon to average at least three offensive rebounds per game (3.1).
SoCon Basketball Player of the Week

Nov. 13 – Mike Groselle, The Citadel
Nov. 20 – Tim Williams, Samford
Nov. 27 – Lucas Troutman, Elon
Dec. 4 – Jay Canty, Appalachian State
Dec. 11 – Bobby Austin, Furman
Dec. 18 – Jake Cohen, Davidson
Jan. 2 – Andrew Lawrence, College of Charleston
Jan. 8 – Jake Cohen, Davidson
Jan. 15 – Adjehi Baru, College of Charleston
Jan. 22 – Z. Mason, Chattanooga
Jan. 29 – Trevis Simpson, UNCG
Feb. 5 – Lucas Troutman, Elon
Feb. 12 – Trey Sumler, WCU
Feb. 19 – Ryley Beaumont, Elon
Feb. 26 – Jake Cohen, Davidson

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 (

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.

Basketball Banquet Open to All

You are cordially invited to attend the 2012-13 Citadel Basketball Awards Banquet that is set for Monday, April 15, at 6 pm at the Pearson Lounge at Johnson Hagood Stadium.

At this event, in which we will enjoy a buffet dinner and a highlight video presentation, we will celebrate the successes of this year’s team. Individual tickets are $40 each and tables of eight are available for $300. Business casual is the attire.

Please make checks payable to “The Citadel Basketball Association” and send them to Andy Solomon, Associate Athletics Director, The Citadel, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409. Also, please direct any questions or concerns to Andy at 843/953-6300 or email him at

We hope to see you there!

Baseball Takes Three of Four Over the Weekend; Tops Winthrop

Jason Smith singled in two runs, Austin Livingston picked up his first collegiate win and Skylar Hunter fanned three batters in the ninth to earn the save, leading The Citadel to a 3-1 victory over Winthrop on Tuesday night in Rock Hill.

Livingston worked the first 4 2/3 innings in a split-staff game, allowing four hits and one unearned run while walking two and striking out five. Kevin Connell worked a perfect sixth but ran into trouble in the seventh. Zach Sherrill escaped the two-on, one-out jam with a strikeout and ground out, and Winthrop never seriously threatened again.

The game was scoreless in the top of the third when Calvin Orth singled, Hughston Armstrong walked and Mason Davis hit into a fielder's choice to put runners at first and third with two out. Davis stole second and Smith followed by grounding a single into right to plate Orth and Davis to hand The Citadel a 2-0 lead. An error and RBI double by Orth in the fourth made it 3-0.

Drew DeKerlegand and Armstrong provided the offensive spark and The Citadel bullpen pitched out of bases-loaded jams in the final inning of both games to lead the Bulldogs to a 7-5 and 5-3 doubleheader sweep of UNC Asheville Sunday at Riley Park. The Citadel won three of four games over the weekend at the Charleston Crab House Shootout presented by Homewood Suites.

In the opener, DeKerlegand had two singles, a double and a triple, scored three runs and drove in three, yet fell a home run short of the first cycle by a Citadel player since Dallas McPherson in 2000. DeKerlegand's RBI single in the sixth snapped a 4-4 tie and was followed by a squeeze bunt by Johnathan Stokes and sacrifice fly by Orth that made it 7-4.

UNC Asheville scored a run in the ninth off reliever Sherrill and had the bases full when Hunter came in to get a pop up and a strikeout to secure his second save of the season.

Austin Mason had his third straight solid start of his freshman season and was rewarded with a victory after picking up no-decisions in his first two appearances. Mason worked the first seven innings, allowed six hits and four runs (three earned) with one walk and five strikeouts.

In the nightcap, The Citadel used three extra base hits to score twice in the fourth to break a 3-3 tie. Bailey Rush doubled to right and Armstrong followed with a triple into the alley in right center, giving the Bulldogs the lead for good. Davis pulled a double just inside the bag at first to score Armstrong and made it a two-run game.

Griffin saved a potential big inning for UNC Asheville in the fifth when he made a running catch heading to the wall in right with a runner at second. David Rivera came on and retired five in a row before running into trouble in the seventh and final inning.

Logan Cribb was victimized by an error and passed ball, leading to two unearned runs and the early UNCA lead. Cribb went the first four innings (of the 7-inning contest) and allowed only three hits while fanning four to gain credit for the win that evened his record at 1-1.

On Saturday, Vimael Machin hit a grand slam in the sixth inning to stake VCU to an 8-2 lead, and  Virginia Commonwealth remained undefeated with an 11-6 victory over The Citadel. 

The game was not one for the highlight video as The Citadel committed seven errors leading to five unearned runs, walked seven batters and hit three others and left 14 runners on base. The contest lasted 3 hours, 37 minutes, just 15 minutes shy of the school record for longest nine-inning game.

On Friday, Austin Pritcher and two relievers combined on a shutout, and DeKerlegand jump started the offense with a first inning home run to lead The Citadel to an 8-0 victory over Pittsburgh in the opening day of the Charleston Crab House Shootout presented by Homewood Suites.

Pritcher battled through five innings, allowing five hits and three walks with four strikeouts to increase his consecutive innings streak without allowing an earned run at Riley Park to 37 1/3. Ryan Hines worked 2 1/3 innings of three-hit ball before Ross White went a perfect 1 2/3 innings to close it out.

DeKerlegand went 3-for-3 and scored three times, and Jackson also had three hits to lead a 12-hit Citadel attack. DeKerlegand gave the Bulldogs the only run they would need in the first when his slicing drive smacked the top of the left field foul pole for his first home run of the season.

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Tyler Griffin, Austin Pritcher Sweep SoCon Baseball Awards for February

The baseball team earned the Southern Conference Player and Pitcher of the Month awards for February on the strength of outstanding performances by right fielder Tyler Griffin and right hander Austin Pritcher.

Griffin went 15-for-35 in eight games during the opening month of the season for a batting average of .429. He had a double, a triple, four home runs and 12 RBI, led the SoCon with 30 total bases and tied for the league lead in round trippers. His hit total was the second-highest in the conference and he tied for third in RBI.

Griffin, a junior from Gainesville, Fla., had five multi-hit games including a monster series against North Florida, when he had a career-high four hits and two RBI in the opener and three home runs and five RBI the following day. He drove in a pair of runs in the series finale to give him nine on the weekend.

Pritcher, a senior from James Island, did not allow a run in two starts covering 13 innings in February, picking up a win over George Mason in the season opener and a no-decision against North Florida.

He went six innings against George Mason and limited the Patriots to four hits while striking out six. He worked seven innings against North Florida, allowing six hits and fanning four, and left with a 3-0 lead in a game The Citadel eventually won 6-3 in 11 innings.

Including Friday's win over Pittsburgh, in which he blanked the Panthers on five hits in five innings, Pritcher is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in three starts this year. He has not allowed an earned run at Riley Park over his past 37.1 innings and has surrendered only 12 earned runs in his past 10 starts covering 65 innings for an ERA of 1.66 over that span.

Pritcher is the winningest active pitcher in the SoCon with 16, and his career ERA has dipped from 4.26 entering the 2013 season to 3.94.

Drew DeKerlegand Collects SoCon Player of the Week Honors

Drew DeKerlegand's hot stretch at the plate has earned The Citadel junior left fielder the Southern Conference Player of the Week Award for games played Feb. 25 through March 3.

The Pearland, Texas, product went 9-for-14 (.643) with two doubles, a triple, a home run, eight runs scored, five RBI and a 1.143 slugging percentage to help the Bulldogs go 3-2 for the week. He walked three times and was hit by three pitches for an on-base percentage of .750.

DeKerlegand established a career high with four hits, including a double and triple, in the 7-5 win over UNC Asheville in the opening game of Sunday's doubleheader. He matched his career highs with three runs and three RBI and fell a home run shy of the first cycle by a Bulldog since Dallas McPherson did it in 2000.

He had a three-hit game and scored three runs against Pittsburgh in the opening game of the Charleston Crab House Shootout presented by Homewood Suites on Friday. His solo homer in the bottom of the first gave the Bulldogs the only run they needed in an 8-0 win over the Panthers.

DeKerlegand doubled in a run and scored in an 8-6 loss to Charleston Southern and had a base hit and run scored in an 11-6 defeat to VCU. He also had 10 putouts in left field during the week.

He leads the SoCon in on-base percentage and is tied for second in triples and hit by pitches (four) while ranking fourth in runs, fifth in batting average, seventh in slugging percentage and ninth in total bases (27).

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.

South Carolina Baseball Comes to Riley Park on March 19

The annual visit by the South Carolina Gamecocks to Riley Park to face The Citadel in baseball will be held on Tuesday, March 19, with the first pitch slated for 7 pm (gates open at 5:30).  The game is always close to a sellout, and we’re encouraging fans to secure their tickets early. Tickets are $10 each ($4 for ages 3-18, or with college ID), and they may be secured by contacting our Ticket Office at 843/953-DOGS (3647) or online at

We will be giving out Blue Rally Towels that night, thanks to our pals at the Yellow Pages.

Also, that contest has been billed as a “Blue Out Game” and we’re asking all Bulldogs fans to wear their blue for that contest.  Let’s make the Gamecocks see blue that night!

Six Bulldog Wrestlers Honored with Southern Conference Postseason Awards; Delaney Named Wrestler of the Year

Odie Delaney was named Southern Conference wrestler of the year, while teammate Ugi Khishignyam was tabbed as freshman of the year by a vote of the league's eight head coaches.

Aaron Hansen, Matt Frisch and Josh Tuck were named to the all-conference team, while Marshall Haas, in addition to Frisch, Hansen and Khishignyam, were also selected to the all-freshman squad.

Delaney, a redshirt senior, finished the regular season with a 34-7 record, including a 12-1 dual mark. Ranked 14th nationally among heavyweights, Delaney went 7-0 in SoCon matches this year, earning his third career undefeated league season. The Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., product finished his SoCon career with a 20-3 league mark. He finished the regular season on a 14-match winning streak and pushed his career wins total to 117, good for a tie for second in school history.

A two-time SoCon wrestler of the month this season, Delaney was also the league's wrestler of the week four times in 2012-13, pushing his career total to a conference-record eight weekly awards. He won the award in three straight weeks late in the season, becoming just the second wrestler in league history to accomplish that feat, behind Khishignyam.

Delaney also earned All-SoCon recognition for the third time in his career.

Khishignyam, a redshirt freshman, burst onto the SoCon scene this year, turning in a 35-4 overall mark and a 10-1 dual record. Ranked sixth nationally at 141 pounds, Khishignyam went 6-0 in SoCon duals this season to earn all-conference and freshman honors, as well. The Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, native was the SoCon Wrestler of the Month for December and earned three consecutive wrestler of the week awards from December to January, becoming the first wrestler in league history to do so.

Hansen, Khishignyam, Frisch and Delaney all finished the 2012-13 conference dual slate unscathed, while Tuck earned four wins in his six conference dual bouts.

Hansen, of Summerville High, made an immediate impact in the 133-pound division, accumulating a 20-16 record with seven conference wins. In the 157-pound weight division, Frisch dominated his conference competition with a perfect 7-0 mark to go along with a 27-13 overall record in his first season. At one point, the Oxford Mich., native collected four consecutive major decisions and finished the regular season with a team-leading eight.

After two conference losses to open the 2013 slate, Tuck went on a tear, collecting wins in eight of his final 10 bouts en route to amassing a 4-2 conference record and 12-13 overall mark at 184 pounds during his final season as Bulldog.

2012-13 Wrestler of the Year

Odie Delaney, R-Sr., HWT, The Citadel

2012-13 Freshman of the Year
Ugi Khishignyam, 141, The Citadel

2012-13 All-Southern Conference Team

125 – Nick Soto, So., Chattanooga
133 – Aaron Hansen, R-Fr., The Citadel
141 – Ugi Khishignyam, R-Fr., The Citadel
149 – Alex Hudson, R-Jr., Chattanooga
157 – Matt Frisch, R-Fr., The Citadel
165 – Zack Strickland, R-Fr., Appalachian State
          Josh Condon, R-Sr., Chattanooga
174 – John Lampe, R-Fr., Chattanooga
184 – Josh Tuck, Sr., The Citadel
197 – Niko Brown, R-Sr., Chattanooga
HWT – Odie Delaney, R-Sr., The Citadel

2012-13 All-Freshman Team

Colin Hedash, Appalachian State
Zack Strickland, Appalachian State
Eric Montoya, Campbell
Matt Frisch, The Citadel
Marshall Haas, The Citadel
Aaron Hansen, The Citadel
Ugi Khishignyam, The Citadel
Gray Jones, Gardner-Webb
Jake Residori, SIUE
John Lampe, Chattanooga

Odie Delaney Honored as February's SoCon Wrestler of the Month

Odie Delaney earned his second consecutive monthly award after going 7-0 overall and 2-0 in Southern Conference action in February.

Delaney, who collected three SoCon wrestler of the week citations in February, earned four pins, a major decision and two decisions to run his winning streak to 14 consecutive matches.

The redshirt senior cruised to the heavyweight title at the All-Academy Championships in West Point, N.Y., on Feb. 2, pinning Merchant Marines' Mason Reed in just 18 seconds and Coast Guard's Mark Howard in 38 before knocking off 28th-ranked Dan Miller of Navy, 10-6, in the final.  Delaney also pinned Gardner-Webb's 33rd-ranked Travis Porter and VMI's Mike LaPrade in league dual wins before earning a major decision over Duke's Brian Self and an 11-4 decision over No. 24 North Carolina's Jake Barnhart.

The Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., product finished his dual career 20-3 in SoCon bouts, including three undefeated campaigns.

Delaney now looks to become the first Citadel grappler to win four conference championship titles and needs just one more win to move into sole possession of second place in school history with 118.

The heavyweight has now earned a SoCon-record eight wrestler of the week citations for his career, including four this season.  He began the 2013 season with two wrestler of the month awards.

Luvsandorj Wins 184-pound Title at 2013 National Collegiate Open

Turtogtokh Luvsandorj took the 184-pound title at Sunday's National Collegiate Open, an open championship designed for redshirts from around the country, in the Arthur Ashe Center in Richmond, Va. 

Luvsandorj, who is currently redshirting during the 2012-13 season, opened the competition with a pin over Virginia Tech's Sam Law in the first period before topping Law's Hokie teammate, John Dixon, in a 4-2 scuffle.

A sudden victory takedown over Finger Lakes' Gabe Dean placed the Mongolia native in the championship bout against Old Dominion's Jack Dechow. Luvsandorj finished off Dechow with a 3-2 decision to take the title in his respective bracket.

Luvsandorj, who has amassed 96 victories in three different weight classes, will chase The Citadel's all-time wins mark next season of 125 set by Sean Markey in 2006.  Current teammate Odie Delaney most recently moved into second place on the list with 117.

Marksmen Cap 2012-13 Season with Second Place Finish at SEARC Championships

Robert Jackson and Richard Hunton paced the rifle team with scores of 576 and 573, respectively, as The Citadel took second place in Saturday's Southeastern Air Rifle Conference Championship (SEARC) match at Inouye Marksmanship Center.

Jackson carded his fifth conference score of 570 or better in the season finale to finish atop the Bulldog roster with a SEARC average of 573.1, good for seventh place in the conference.

Hunton, who finished ninth in the league with an air rifle average of 570.3, took 11th in Saturday's match, while senior captain Julia McCullohs carded a 570 in her final collegiate competition to take 12th. Thor Wright rounded out the Bulldogs’ top four, carding a 562.  The freshman concluded his first season with an average mark of 565.3.

The Citadel finished the championship in second place with a 2,281 and closed out the 2012-13 campaign in second place overall behind SEARC Champion NC State.

Following the match several Bulldog marksmen were honored at the SEARC banquet, which awards the conference's top teams and shooters, as well as sectional achievements.  Wright, Jackson and Hunton were tabbed as the top ROTC Air Rifle shooters, while Jackson and Nathaniel Moy took the top two spots in ROTC smallbore.

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Track and Field Completes Action at Battle of the Beaches

The track and field team concluded the outdoor season’s opener on Sunday afternoon in Wilmington, N.C., at the annual Battle of the Beaches competition.

In her first collegiate outdoor meet, freshman Kristen Kessinger took the top spot in the 1,500m with a time of 5:39.22, while Jayce Almes, also in his first collegiate outdoor meet, finished the 400m hurdles with a time of 57.84.

Andi Love etched her name in The Citadel record book with a hammer throw of 118'11", which is good for ninth place.  Love also captured second in the shot put with a heave of 38'1.5". Nicole Levermann, who took fourth place in the pentathlon at the SoCon Indoor Championships last weekend, threw the javelin a personal-best 111'6" to move into seventh place in program history.

Atom Young earned a personal-best in the 2,000m steeplechase with a time of 6:25.29. Raeven Lantz, who was running the event for the first time, clocked in at 6:37.64. The men's 4x800m team of John Gatewood (1:58), Jordan Ashley (1:57), Gregory Coggins (1:58) and Jordan Johnson (2:00) narrowly missed a top-10 time as the quartet took third place in the event with a 7:55.90. 

The Citadel women's pole vault record holder, Savannah Emmrich, cleared the bar at 10-feet to take fourth place in that event.

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Atkinson Earns Conference Win in Netters’ 6-1 Loss at Elon

James Atkinson earned the lone point for the tennis team in the 6-1 loss Sunday afternoon to Elon at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center.

Elon took the early lead earning the doubles point with victories in all three positions.  In his second appearance for the Bulldogs this season, Atkinson earned The Citadel’s lone point with a win in the No. 3 slot over Brian Kowalski, 7-6, 3-6, 10-8.

In the anticipated rematch in the No. 1 position, David Orces was toppled by his foe in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1. Sophomore Alex Howle made his first appearance in singles play but dropped a 6-1, 6-1 decision. Playing in the No. 2 slot, Dillon Berkabile battled tough but fell 6-3, 7-5.

On Saturday, the netters were swept, 7-0, by UNC Greensboro at the Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center. The evening started off with hard fought doubles matches as Elliott Sperr-Alex Howle fell, 9-8. The duo couldn't overcome the play of their rivals as the Spartan tandem won the tiebreaker, 7-3, to earn the doubles point at the No. 3 position. 

In singles Peter Bleach, J.C. Pauli and Sperr's two-match winning streaks were halted by their UNC Greensboro foes. In No. 3 singles, Bleach was taken down, 6-4, 6-0 while Pauli lost in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 4. At No. 6, Sperr lost for the first time this season, 6-2, 6-2.

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Manor Leads Citadel Golfers at Edwin Watts Invitational

Freshman Eraina Manor led all Citadel players with a three-round total of 245 (+29) at the Edwin Watts Invitational.  She topped a Bulldogs team that finished with a three-day total of 1,017 (337-346-334, +153), and tied with Farleigh-Dickinson for 30th place.

Manor (78-85-82—245) finished six shots in front of teammate TaKima Butler, who fired a 251 (85-83-83


; +35). Manor was the lone Citadel participant to post a round of 70 at the courses of Oak Point Golf Club.

The Bulldogs also counted scorecards from Kellie Anderson (85-88-80—253), who tied for 140th, Hollie Salvo (89-90-89—268) and Amelia Goodwin (95-0-0—WD).

Big South Conference representative Campbell captured the event with an 899 (+35), followed by host College of Charleston (902, +38) and Troy (906, +42). Top individual honors went to CofC's Julia Neumann, who fired a three-over-par (219) to edge Julia Roth (Central Arkansas) by one stroke.

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Spring Football Concludes

The football team’s 15 spring practices are nearly over and they’ll culminate with the Spring Game on Saturday at 1 pm at Johnson Hagood Stadium.

Here is the schedule of remaining spring practices:

  • Friday, Mar 8 @4pm
  • Saturday, Mar. 9 @1pm

Citadel Football Association to Present 3rd Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest

The 3rd Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest takes place tomorrow (Saturday) 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.

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.

Soccer Tops Montreat, Falls to UNC Asheville in Spring Season Finale

The soccer team dropped a Saturday contest to UNC Asheville, 5-0, before capping its spring season with a 3-1 victory over Montreat in matches held in Asheville, NC.

Mariana Garcia continued her solid spring campaign on Sunday as the Bogota, Colombia, native netted her fifth goal of the spring, while Ana Mesa and Kimberly Maldonado posted a goal apiece to lead the Bulldogs past the Cavaliers.

In Saturday's contest, strong performances by Grace Raines, Jill Meyer and Ana Mesa were overshadowed by a five-goal performance from UNC Asheville.

The Bulldogs completed the spring with a 3-2-1 mark.  Sarah Katchen recorded Sunday's win, playing all 90 minutes in net, while freshman Samantha Millspaugh took the loss in Saturday's match.

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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:

“It’s not that I didn’t believe I could play Division I baseball, I just didn’t know if other people believed it.”

  • Center fielder Brett Bullard, the first graduate student ever to play baseball for The Citadel.

“His determination is what stood out.  He could have come out just for weekend practices, he didn’t have to come to the weight room.  But he did, and he earned a spot. It was not given to him. … He was unbelievable in our scrimmages, and that’s what got him this opportunity.”

  • Coach Fred Jordan, on Bullard.

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 and at  Also, the baseball and football teams now have their own Twitter accounts at and  Follow them today!

Upcoming Birthdays

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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Publishers........................Jerry Baker & Larry Leckonby

Editor...............................Andy Solomon

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