October 26, 2012

Today's Blue & White - Oct. 26, 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

Opening Kickoff!

After the open week, the football-playing Cadets return to action Saturday and visit rival Wofford in a 1:35 pm kickoff at Snyder Field in Spartanburg.  The Terriers have had the upper hand in recent years, and what a great opportunity we have to knock off the No. 7 ranked hosts.

Our cross country teams will serve as host of the Southern Conference Championships on Saturday at Laurel Hill Plantation in Mt. Pleasant.  We, of course, wish them the very best.

On the wrestling mats, two-time Southern Conference champions Turtogtokh Luvsandorj and Odie Delaney along with Jordan Dix, who finished third at last year's championships, were named to the All-Southern Conference Preseason team as selected by the coaches.

Speaking of wrestling, another winter sport – basketball – is almost ready for their season opener (Nov.10-11) with the All-Military Tournament that features Army, Air Force and VMI in a two-day event in McAlister Field House (see ticket information below).

And while we’re with basketball, congratulations to senior Mike Groselle for earning preseason all-Southern Conference honors.

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

Cross Country Set to Host the 2012 Southern Conference Championship Race

The Citadel will host the Southern Conference Championship race on Saturday at its home course of Laurel Hill Plantation in Mt. Pleasant. The women’s race is slated to begin at 10 a.m. followed by the men’s 8k at 10:45.

This will be the 83rd annual cross country championship for the men and the 28th for the women.  The 2011 championship ended with the UNC Greensboro men and women claiming both team titles.  UNCG's Paul Chelimo and Ashley Schnell won both individual titles.

Danielle McKee led all Bulldog runners at last year’s championship race with a personal-best time of 18:09, while Kyle Keene recorded a season-best 25:19 at Trophy Lakes on Johns Island.  The men's team finished the race in ninth place, while the women took 12th.

Keene continues to impress as the senior captain has finished in the top 10 in each of his three races, including a first place finish at the Bulldog Invitational on Sept. 29.  McKee looks to continue her streak of 17 straight races in which she was the top individual finisher for The Citadel.

The Citadel Visits Wofford

The Citadel will be looking to pull off a feat it has never accomplished – defeating three Top 10 teams in the same season - when it heads to Spartanburg to face Wofford on Saturday.  The Bulldogs already have wins over then No. 3 Georgia Southern and then No. 8 Appalachian State.

It will take a strong effort by the Bulldogs to pull off a win over the Terriers. The Citadel has lost 13 in a row to Wofford by an average margin of more than 20 points per game. The last win in the series came in 1998, a 20-14 victory in Spartanburg.  For The Citadel to emerge victorious, it must find a way to stop Wofford’s powerful ground game led by national player of the year candidate Eric Breitenstein, who leads the SoCon and ranks third in the nation with an average of 159.7 yards per game.

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

The Bulldogs – Terriers Series

The Citadel holds a 40-23-1 lead in the all-time series but Wofford has dominated recently, winning 13 in a row including a 43-14 win at Johnson Hagood Stadium a year ago.

The Bulldogs have not defeated Wofford since a 20-14 win in Spartanburg in 1998. Since then the Terriers have outscored the Bulldogs 436-169, for an average victory margin of 33.5-13.

Only four of the 13 games during the current losing streak were decided by fewer than two touchdowns, and The Citadel has been shut out twice.

Prior to the current Wofford winning streak, the Bulldogs won five of seven between 1992 and 1998, and had a run of 14 straight victories between 1978 and 1990.

The series with Wofford ranks third in Citadel history in terms of number of games against an opponent.  Only the rivalries with Furman (91 meetings) and VMI (67) have been played more than the 64 between the Bulldogs and Terriers.

Kevin Higgins is 0-7 against Wofford while Mike Ayers is 18-8 against The Citadel (16-7 at Wofford and 2-1 at East Tennessee State from 1985-87).

The Citadel vs. Wofford Under Kevin Higgins

Year    Score
2005    Wofford 28, The Citadel 10 (Charleston)
2006    Wofford 28, The Citadel 20 (Spartanburg)
2007    Wofford 28, The Citadel 7 (Charleston)
2008    Wofford 33, The Citadel 28 (Spartanburg)
2009    Wofford 43, The Citadel 17 (Charleston)
2010    Wofford 35, The Citadel 0 (Spartanburg)
2011    Wofford 43, The Citadel 14 (Charleston)

 

Paul Maguire, Darren Goldwater to Broadcast Game

The Citadel-Wofford game will be broadcast live on ESPN3, with former “Voice of the Bulldogs” Darren Goldwater calling the play-by-play and Citadel Hall of Famer Paul Maguire ‘60, who splits his time living in Charleston and Buffalo, will be the broadcast crew’s analyst.  This will be Maguire’s second game calling the Bulldogs as he was part of the crew that worked the NC State game on Sept. 22 in Raleigh.

The game can be heard on The Citadel Sports Network around the state and on Bulldog Insider beginning with The Citadel Tailgate Show at noon. “Voice of the Bulldogs” Danny Reed again will be joined on the broadcast by analyst Josh Baker, Hall of Famer Lee Glaze and Hall of Famer Walt Nadzak.

Soccer Beats App State; Falls to Western Carolina & CofC

The Bulldogs and Cougars added another exciting chapter to the cross-town rivalry on Wednesday night as The Citadel dropped a 1-0 decision in a game that would give the winner the final spot in the Southern Conference tournament.  The game's only goal came just 1:37 into the match when the Cougars took advantage of a free kick.

True to its history, this 12th edition of the intracity showdown was extremely physical and drew 22 evenly-split fouls and three red cards after a physical altercation broke out on the field in the 62nd minute that resulted in the ejections of two Bulldogs and a Cougar.  The Bulldogs would continue to attack despite playing with just nine players on the field as they managed seven shots in the final 27 minutes, including three on goal by Jannel Johnson.

The Citadel's best scoring opportunity came in the 57th minute when Johnson took a pass from Vanessa Aponte and drilled a 20-yard bending shot that beat the Cougar keeper but deflected off the near post and caromed off the goalie and out of bounds.

On Sunday in Cullowhee, NC, Western Carolina’s two second-half goals proved to be the difference as the hosts edged The Citadel, 3-2.  Mariana Garcia pushed across the first goal at the 11:35 mark in the first half and the Catamounts tied it for a 1-1 halftime score.  Though Western scored first in the second stanza, Vanessa Aponte tied it at the 72:43 mark but the Catamounts’ game-winning score came eight minutes later.

The soccer team netted two late goals and came from behind in the second half to nab a 3-2 victory over Appalachian State in a Friday night Southern Conference battle in Boone, NC.  Jannel Johnson had a career day as the freshman netted the game's first goal in the 18th minute and the game-winner in the 81st minute to record her fourth and fifth goals of the season.  Mariana Garcia tied the match at 2-2 with a goal at the 76:20 mark.

Volleyball Tops North Carolina A&T

The volleyball team earned its third victory at McAlister Field House this season when it completed a 25-18, 25-22, 25-20 sweep of North Carolina A&T on Tuesday evening.

The Citadel, participating in its 5th Annual "Dig Pink" match, was led by senior Rachael Farrell, who finished with 11 kills and a .474 hitting percentage.  Farrell was joined by Ise d'Angelo (eight kills) and Bailey Kernodle (six kills) as the Bulldogs notched 43 kills and a .276 hitting percentage.  Erin Bucherl's 17 digs anchored the back row defensive efforts, while three assisted blocks by Lauren Hurt provided a solid front row.  

Outside hitter Ise d'Angelo recorded her sixth double-digit kill performance of the season when she tallied 14 against Appalachian State on Saturday evening in Boone, NC, but it was the host Mountaineers that earned the 25-13, 25-14, 17-25, and 25-19 victory.  The Citadel posted 46 kills as a team, highlighted by d'Angelo's second double-figure kill effort of the Southern Conference slate.  She was joined by Farrell, Jessica Maxwell and Kernodle, who finished with seven kills apiece.  Bucherl topped the Bulldogs lineup with 17 digs, while Farrell added 14.  Maxwell also made her presence known defensively with four assisted blocks. 

A trio of double-digit kill matches by a trio of Western Carolina players proved to be the difference in the Catamounts’ 25-15, 26-24, 25-14 downing of The Citadel Friday night in Cullowhee, NC.  The Bulldogs tallied 32 kills as a team, led by a team-high nine from Farrell and eight by d'Angelo.  Meanwhile, Bucherl anchored The Citadel defensive efforts with 21 digs, while Farrell tacked on 10 digs, narrowly missing the double-double. The Bulldogs posted 14 assisted blocks, including five by Hurt and four by Farrell.

Shooters Nab Second Place at SEARC 2

The Bulldogs took second place this weekend at the second Southeastern Air Rifle Conference (SEARC) match of the season in Milledgeville, Ga., behind an impressive performance by Robert Jackson, who posted a season-high 577.

NC State took first place overall for the second consecutive match, edging The Citadel with a 2,312.  Wolfpack shooter Maddy Pike took the individual crown in both air rifle (587) and smallbore (582).

Jackson's 577 was a personal-best for the sophomore who has lettered in three of the four matches this season.  Nathaniel Moy (566), William Wutzer (565) and Franklin Wright (564) rounded out the top four for the Bulldogs' conference team.

Julia McCullohs led all Citadel women with a 558.  Joining McCullohs was Terri Craig (553) and Ashton Byrne (547).

In Sunday's NCAA smallbore action, Jackson led the way for The Citadel with another season-best mark as the Roswell, Ga., native carded a 563 to earn his first smallbore letter of the season.

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

Delaney, Dix, Luvsandorj Selected to Preseason All-Southern Conference Wrestling Team

Three-time Southern Conference Champion Odie Delaney and two-time champion Turtogtokh Luvsandorj along with Jordan Dix, who finished third at last year's conference championships, were named to the 2012-13 All-Conference Preseason team on Wednesday as selected by the coaches.

Chattanooga picked up four-first place votes and 46 total points to edge The Citadel by two points.  The Mocs, who saw their streak of seven straight regular-season titles come to an end last season, won the tournament for the second straight year and seventh time in the last eight seasons.

The Citadel will host its annual Blue/White "Wrestle-Offs" this weekend.  Preliminary rounds start on Friday at 3:30 pm in Vandiver Hall before concluding with the finals on Saturday at 10 am in McAlister Field House.


2012-13 SoCon Wrestling Preseason Coaches Poll

School (First-place votes)                  Points

1.      Chattanooga (4)                         46
2.      The Citadel (4)                             44

3.      Campbell                                    35
4.      Appalachian State                      33
5.      Gardner-Webb                           25
6.      VMI                                            20
7.      SIU-Edwardsville                       14
8.      Davidson                                    7

2012-13 SoCon Wrestling Preseason All-Conference Team

125    Nick Soto, Chattanooga@
133    Brett Boston, Appalachian State
         (tie) Joey Rizzolino, Campbell
141    Dean Pavlou, Chattanooga^
149    Jordan Dix, The Citadel
 
157    Nick Rex, Campbell
165    Justin Guthrie, Gardner-Webb
174    Turtogtokh Luvsandorj, The Citadel*

184    James Cook, Campbell
197    Niko Brown, Chattanooga
HWT   Odie Delaney, The Citadel #

@ 2012 SoCon champion at 133
^ - 2010, 2012 SoCon champion at 149
* - 2012 SoCon champion at 174, 2010 SoCon champion at 157
# - 2009 (197 lb.), 2010, 2012 SoCon champion

Grapplers Host Annual Blue-White “Wrestle-Off” This Weekend

The wrestling team will host its annual Blue/White "Wrestle-Off" competition this weekend as the preliminary round will be held today (Friday) at 3:30 p.m. in Vandiver Hall and will conclude with the finals on Saturday at 10 a.m. in McAlister Field House.

Admission is free.

Wrestling Team Participates in Race for the Cure

Members of the wrestling team and its coaching staff laced up their running shoes on Saturday and participated in the 19th Annual Komen Lowcountry Race for the Cure 5K at the Family Circle Cup on Daniel Island.

The Citadel, which opens its 2012-13 slate this weekend in its yearly Blue/White match, collected donations and ran as a team to help promote breast cancer awareness in the Lowcountry.

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series is the largest series of 5K run/fitness walks in the world. You can run or walk the 5K route, with a team or as an individual.

Mike Groselle Named to Preseason All-League Squad

Mike Groselle has been named to the preseason All-Southern Conference team by the league's head coaches.

Groselle added to his list of preseason accolades having been named to "watch" lists for the Lou Henson Award and Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.  The lone senior on Coach Chuck Driesell's roster, Groselle was ranked among the country's top 15 rebounders by Bleacherreport.com and ninth-best mid-major forward/center by Bloguin.com.

As a junior, Groselle established himself as the go-to player in the Bulldogs' offense with 501 points (16.7 ppg) and 288 rebounds (9.6 rpg).  The eventual team most valuable player, Groselle led the Bulldogs in 18 statistical categories on the season.

The SoCon head coaches and media also tabbed The Citadel sixth in the South Division in both polls.

Preseason All-Conference Team
Andrew Lawrence - College of Charleston
Trent Wiedeman - College of Charleston
Mike Groselle - The Citadel
De'Mon Brooks - Davidson
Nik Cochran - Davidson
Jake Cohen - Davidson
Jack Isenbarger - Elon
Eric Ferguson - Georgia Southern
Trevis Simpson - UNC Greensboro
Trey Sumler - Western Carolina

Preseason Player of the Year
De'Mon Brooks - Davidson

Basketball Tickets Are on Sale

Season tickets for all 14 basketball home games are now on sale for $180 while the special Courtside Season Plan is $300 per person.  Tickets for the All-Military Tournament are $20 per person per day, which is the same price for the College of Charleston game on Jan. 14.  All Southern Conference games are $14 each while non-league games are $13 each.  Also, if you are interested in attending the College of Charleston game at TD Arena on Jan. 24, those tickets are available for $20 each (but you better get them early).  We also have Southern Conference Tournament (in Asheville, NC) tickets available and they are $18 per session.

As always, if you need tickets to any Citadel event, please call us at 843/953-DOGS (3647) or you can order online at www.CitadelSports.com.

Design a Blue Out Rally Towel for Basketball Game

The basketball team wants your help designing the Blue Out Rally Towel that will be distributed at the Blue Out basketball game versus Davidson on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7 pm.

The design may consist of up to three colors on one side of a blue towel.  The fan with the best design, as voted on by members of the athletics department staff and Coca-Cola, will win a $250 VISA gift card, courtesy of Coca-Cola and an autographed team basketball.

All designs must be submitted via email to SportMarketing@Citadel.edu or in person by bringing a CD to the sports marketing office in McAlister Field House, by Nov. 2, at 5 pm.

The winner will be announced Nov. 10 on the official Citadel Sports Athletics Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/citadelbulldogs.  For more information or questions please contact SportMarketing@Citadel.edu or 843-953-8303.


Another Citadel-Furman Competition Looms

In conjunction with The Citadel playing rival Furman in football, The Citadel Brigadier Foundation is seeking golfers in which to battle the Paladins on the links.  Anyone interested in playing on Friday, Nov.16, at The Furman Golf Course (1 pm tee time) are asked to contact Jerry Baker at (843) 953-5277 or email him at jerry.baker@citadel.edu

TCBF Launches New Website

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation recently launched its own website and we’ll ask that you make www.brigadierfoundation.com one of your bookmarks.  The site is clean and easy-to-navigate site, and is full of information on facts and events surrounding TCBF.  We hope you find it beneficial.

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:

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.

22nd Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament Is Nov. 2

The 22nd Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament is set for Friday, Nov. 2 at Patriots Point Golf Club on Mt. Pleasant.  Registration is set from 7:15-8am with the shotgun start going at 8:30.  Participants that sign up prior to Sept. 30 get a discount ($125 as compared to $135 AFTER Sept. 30).  Fee includes green fees, cart, box lunch, beverage, Citadel Titleist golf cap, Citadel Footjoy Golf shirt, sleeve of Prov1 golf balls, range balls and more.  Hole sponsorships are available as is the opportunity for Reunion Classes to battle each other for a tournament within a tournament.  Early registration is encouraged as we are sure to sell out.  For more information, please call The Citadel Brigadier Foundation 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!

They Said It:

"Our players have put in great effort to get off to a

great start to this 2012-13 season.  Their effort and execution have been very good because they have come to practice each day with the attitude to get a little better.  I have really been pleased with the way they are coming together as a team as they seem to really like each other and it is showing on the court."

- Basketball coach Chuck Driesell.
"It is always great to get the team together to do something to help a great cause.   This is something that we believe in and we continue to participate in the Komen Lowcountry Race for the Cure as a team every year."
 
- Wrestling associate head coach Jeff Ragan, on the team’s annual participation with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.


Hello, World!

Sydney Grace Beckley, daughter of Associate Head Baseball Coach David Beckley, was born Wednesday morning and weighed in at 8 lbs. 5 oz. and was 21 ¼ inches long.  Mom, along with brothers Payton and Tanner are reportedly all doing well. 

 


And Having Absolutely Nothing to Do with Athletics

We don't know how you could have missed news that came out last week about Charleston being the top city in the world, according to readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine.  (We also were named best city in the U.S. for the second year in a row!)  But if you missed this, look at the company we keep:

1. Charleston
2. Cape Town, South Africa
3. Florence, Italy
4. Bangkok, Thailand
5. Vancouver, Canada
6. Sydney, Australia
7. Beirut, Lebanon
8. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
9. Buenos Aires, Argentina
10. Gustavia, St. Barts

Birthdays

Nov.  3                        Chuck Driesell                        Basketball
Nov.  9                        Caleb Davis                           Brigadier Foundation

Upcoming Events

Nov. 1              Basketball “Meet the Bulldogs Night” @McAlister Field House
Nov. 2              22nd Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament @Patriots Point
Feb. 9              25th Annual TCBF Auction @McAlister Field House

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Today’s Blue & White is the official electronic publication of The Citadel Brigadier Foundation, Inc. with its office located at The Citadel, McAlister Field House, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC  29409 (office 843/953-5277).

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

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

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