Today’s Blue & White

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s Official Electronic Newsletter

Friday, September 28, 2012


Opening Kickoff!

Spike had a grand time at last night’s Memorial Fund Banquet and is equally excited about tonight’s 35th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet that begins at 6 pm at the Holliday Alumni Center.  The five new inductees will be middle-distance runner Mike Cason ’90, football great Travis Jervey ’95, pitchers Jim Scott ’69 and Brian Wiley ’98 and former basketball coach and athletics director Les Robinson.

Yet while we are enjoying these social functions, the big gathering will be Saturday at 6 pm when the Mocs of Chattanooga invade Johnson Hagood Stadium to battle our SoCon-leading Bulldogs.  We need a big crowd for the game and we hope to see you there early enough to help the Stray Dog Society welcome the team with their 4 pm “Rally at the Alley.”

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


Football Falls at NC State

Darien Robinson went 65 yards for a touchdown on The Citadel’s sec­ond possession to tie the game at 7, but NC State scored twice more in the first quarter and added three touchdowns in the second en route to a 52-14 victory at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh.

The loss was the first of the season for the Bulldogs and extended their streak of defeats to FBS opponents to 24.  The Citadel has not beaten a team from the highest classification since knocking off Arkansas and Army in 1992.

Robinson finished with 102 rushing yards, his third 100-yard game of the season and sixth of his career.  VanDyke Jones added 46 yards but the rest of the Bulldog potent running game was held to a total of 51 yards by the bigger and faster Wolfpack.

Vinny Miller added the second Bulldog touchdown with a 15-yard run in the third quarter.  Carl Robinson reached double figures in tackles for the third straight game with 13 followed by Rah Muhammad with 10 along with a forced and recovered fumble.

Freshman Mark Thomas had a sack in his third straight game, fellow first-year player Mitchell Jeter had the first of his career and Chris Bill­ingslea added a quarterback takedown.

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Despite Defeat, Bulldogs Remain Ranked

Despite its loss to NC State on Saturday, The Citadel dropped only one spot in both major national polls.

The Bulldogs are ranked 11th by The Sports Network and 15th in the FCS Coaches poll.  The previous week, following the win at Appalachian State, The Citadel moved up 11 spots to No. 10 in the TSN poll and nine spots to No. 14 in the coaches poll.

When the Bulldogs reached the No. 10 spot in the TSN poll, it marked the first time they had been in the Top 10 since finishing the 1992 regular season at No. 1.

This is the third season The Citadel has been ranked in eight years under head coach Kevin Higgins.  The Bull­dogs made a brief appearance at No. 25 in 2007 and spent seven weeks in the rankings the following year.

Prior to that, The Citadel had not been ranked since spend­ing two weeks in the polls during the 1993 campaign.


Bulldogs Host Mocs

The Citadel looks to rebound from its first loss of the season when it returns to SoCon play against Chattanooga at Johnson Hagood Stadium (6 pm kickoff).  Chattanooga is seeking its first SoCon win after opening league play with a 34-17 loss to Appalachian State on its Homecoming.  The Mocs have also lost to South Florida and Jacksonville State, and have a win over Glenville State.

The Bulldogs earned a dramatic 28-27 win at Chattanooga last year, rallying for all their points after trailing 27-0 early in the third quarter.  Including that win The Citadel has defeated the Mocs in four of the last six meetings.

The Citadel is looking to go 3-0 at Johnson Hagood Stadium for the first time since 2008.


"Rally to the Alley" -- Greet the Bulldogs on Their Arrival at Johnson Hagood Stadium 

Join the Stray Dog Society as they meet, greet and cheer the Bulldogs two hours prior to every home game at the Altman Athletic Center parking lot on Hagood Avenue.  This week, the group will have a whole hog pickin’ with live music, and they invite everyone to join them as they help welcome the football-playing Bulldogs strut up “Stray Dog Alley,” accompanied by our cheerleaders and Spike.  The Stray Dog Society Tailgate hosts a pregame social and celebration following the Dog Walk two hours before every game with live entertainment, fellowship and loads of fun.  This is evolving into a great place to mix and mingle before the Regimental Band leads the Corps of Cadets as they march down Hagood Avenue and into Johnson Hagood Stadium.


Sweet Johnson Hagood Stadium Suite Is Available

An environmentally-controlled luxury suite at Johnson Hagood Stadium is available for the rest of the season.  If you have an interest, please contact Senior Associate Athletics Director John McAleer ’72 at 843/953-1354 or email him at


Rent a Luxury Suite for the Elon Game

Have you always wanted to entertain and impress your friends at Homecoming and enjoy one of the luxury suites at Johnson Hagood Stadium?  One suite (#617) is now available to rent for the Elon (Homecoming) game on Nov. 3.  For more information, please contact TCBF Executive Director Jerry Baker at 843/953-5277 or email him at


Aponte Breaks Career Shots Mark En Route to 3-1 Win Over Wofford

Vanessa Aponte had a career day on WLI Field on Sunday as the Bulldogs topped Wofford, 3-1.  The junior captain's school-record breaking 160th career shot resulted in a goal that would eventually prove to be the game-winner.  The goal was scored by way of a 20-yard direct kick in the 21st minute to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 advantage.

Later in the first half Aponte added to her memorable game when she flicked a pass onto the foot of Mariana Garcia who finished the play past the Wofford goalie in the 39th minute to put the Bulldogs up, 3-0.  The assist was Aponte's ninth of her career and moved her into a three-way tie for first place in Citadel history.

Freshman Jannel Johnson connected on the game's first goal in the 15th minute when Anastasia Mesa drilled a corner kick in the box that was tapped by Nicole Levermann onto the foot of Johnson for her second goal of the season.

Sarah Katchen had another great outing in goal for the Bulldogs, recording eight saves.  The Bulldogs outshot the Terriers, 24-16, in the contest.

On Friday Aponte fired six shots as the Bulldogs were downed by Furman, 3-0, in the team's Southern Conference opener at WLI Field.

The backfield struggled with Furman's attack as the Paladins were able to fire 25 shots and put 11 on goal, keeping goalie Sarah Katchen busy.  Katchen finished with eight saves and has posted 19 stops in the last two contests.  Furman broke the 0-0 tie in the 19th minute.

Aponte posted three of The Citadel's four shots on goal but was unable to get one passed the Furman goalkeeper. Freshman Jannel Johnson led all Bulldogs with eight shots.

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Volleyball Falls to CofC, UNCG

Senior Jessica Maxwell finished with eight kills and Lauren Hurt added seven, but it was a well-balanced College of Charleston lineup that emerged with a 25-14, 25-14, 25-18 win over The Citadel in McAlister Field House on Tuesday evening.

Maxwell converted eight kills in 13 total attacks to finish with a .615 attack percentage.  She also made her presence felt for the defense with two solo blocks.  Meanwhile, Hurt had seven kills (.278 attack percentage) and assisted on four front row blocks.  Emily Dalton added eight digs, while Mikaela Tracy was active on both the back row (seven digs) and offensively (20 assists).

The volleyball team endured its third five-set match in the last five outings as it fell in a tough SoCon opener to UNCG on Saturday in Greensboro by scores of 19-25, 25-20, 24-26, 25-17 and 15-11.

The Bulldogs were led by Lauren Hurt (12 kills), Rachael Farrell (11 kills) and Jessica Maxwell (10 kills).  The trio combined to give the Cadets 54 total kills and a .220 attack percentage. The Citadel managed to find an offensive flow due in large part to a 44-assist effort by freshman setter Mikaela Tracy.  Farrell and Maxwell also proved to be a force defensively with 11 and 10 digs, respectively. Emily Dalton (13 digs) and Amanda Rudnik (10 digs) were also tops among defensive performers.

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Rifle Tops Military Rival VMI in Season Opener

The men and women's rifle teams opened their 2012-13 slate in dominant fashion, posting an overall score of 4,403-4,360 to take the team crowns in both air rifle and smallbore action on Saturday against VMI in Lexington, Va.

The men took the top four spots of the match in air rifle as Richard Hunton posted the day's top score of 565 en route to the Bulldogs' 2,250-2,019 win.  Following behind Hunton were William Wutzer (564), Franklin Wright (563) and Robert Jackson (558).

In smallbore action, The Citadel took the match, 2,153-1,882.  Jackson took third overall and tops among his teammates with a 549, while Nathaniel Moy (542) and Hunton (534) finished right behind.

On the women's side, senior Terri Craig and captain Julia McCullohs carded first and second place scores of 556 and 551, respectively, to give the women a 2,176-2,110 edge over the VMI women's team in air rifle.

Craig also led The Citadel women in smallbore action, carding a 516, while Ashten Byrne finished closely behind with a 514.

The Citadel has now topped the Keydets in each of their previous seven meetings.

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Tennis Volunteers with Special Olympics

The tennis team ran a training camp for the athletes of the Special Olympics of South Carolina on Saturday at the Earle Tennis Center.  The Fall Games are coming in Greenville during the weekend of Oct. 19-21.

The vision of Special Olympics South Carolina is to be the leader in lifelong and unified sports programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities, empowering athletes to be valued members of their community and respected members of society.


TCBF Launches New Website

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation recently launched its own website and we’ll ask that you make 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.


6th Annual Kevin Higgins Golf Classic Is Today

The Sixth Annual Kevin Higgins Golf Classic, hosted by Bufort Blanton ’54, is being held at Miler Country Club in Summerville today (Sept. 28).  All proceeds from the tournament are used to support the football program.  The Citadel Football Association looks forward to your participation as a player, sponsor or both.  

For registration and additional information, please contact Connie Tuza ’58 at or 843/452-9801 or visit and click on "events."


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


They Said It:

“We knew we’d have to play a perfect game to get a win at N.C. State.  Obviously, we didn’t do that.  But we’re over it, and we’re ready to get back to where we started in the SoCon.”

  • Fullback Darien Robinson.

“He’s got great speed and at an early age understands how to use his hands.  But the main thing is that he’s just relentless. He’s got a great motor.”

  • Coach Kevin Higgins, on freshman defensive end Mark Thomas.

Upcoming Birthdays

Sept. 28           Lt Gen John Rosa                   President

Sept. 29           Quinton Ferrell                        Basketball

Oct. 7              Gerald Dixon                          Football

Oct. 13            Rob Burke                               Basketball

Oct. 14            Fred Jordan                             Baseball


 Upcoming Events

Sept. 28           6th Annual Kevin Higgins Golf Outing @Miler Country Club

Sept. 28           35th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Nov. 2             22nd Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament @Patriots Point

Feb. 9              25th Annual TCBF Auction @McAlister Field House


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