February 1, 2013

Today's Blue & White - Feb. 1, 2013

Friday, February 1, 2013

Opening Tip!

Spike is excited about hearing Hall of Fame third baseman Wade Boggs at tonight’s 9th Annual Hot Stove Banquet that is hosted by the Charleston RiverDogs.  The event begins at 6 pm and is being held at the Marriott on Lockwood Blvd.  We’re hopeful that Boggs will visit with the baseball team at some point this afternoon.

We salute Geno Porter for being named the Southern Conference's track and field athlete of the week for his performance in the 35-lb. weight throw at Navy this past weekend.  Congratulations, Geno!

Caleb Davis had his heart valve surgery on Thursday and we understand that he’s recovering nicely in Roper Hospital’s ICU, where he’ll be for a brief spell.  He should be home soon.  Spike joins the many, many friends of Caleb who wish him a speedy recovery.

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

25th Annual TCBF Auction Is Coming Up

Be sure to note that February 9 is the date for the 25th Annual Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s Blue-White Bash & Auction.  Early items up for bid include a Citadel-colored golf cart, a red, white and blue guitar autographed by Bruce Springsteen, a signed baseball bat from Justin Smoak of the Seattle Mariners and unique “happy hour” chairs.  Additionally, there will be vacations, Citadel-oriented gifts, offshore fishing, golf packages and a plethora of goods and services.  Check for updates on auction items and registration information at www.BrigadierFoundation.com.  If you have items to donate, please contact Gina Inabnett at 843/953-5277.

Hoopsters Bow at CofC; Fall to Elon

On Saturday in McAlister Field House, Jack Isenbarger led three Elon players in double figures with a game-high 22 points as the Phoenix won in a 70-66 shootout   The Citadel offense was keyed by 20-point performances by Mike Groselle and Matt Van Scyoc as they became the first Bulldog teammates to both score 20 points since Groselle and Cosmo Morabbi netted 25 and 20 points, respectively, in a win over Samford on Jan. 7, 2012.

Groselle converted 8-of-11 from the field while Van Scyoc regained his shooting touch by hitting 7-of-14 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. Marshall Harris III (9 points) and P.J. Horgan (8) also made contributions to offensive attack.

On Thursday, Willis Hall scored 14 points and led three College of Charleston players in double figures as the Cougars earned a 69-54 victory over The Citadel at TD Arena and won for  their sixth consecutive time in the series.

Groselle was the bright spot for The Citadel offense with a game-high 17 points and nine rebounds.  The senior center hit 8-of-17 from the floor, both game highs, to notch his first back-to-back double figure contests in more than a month.  Sophomore guard Ashton Moore narrowly missed double figures as he added nine points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field.  The Bulldogs struggled to find any offensive rhythm, hitting just 23-of-63 (36.5%) from the field.  The Citadel offense was not limited by turnovers, tying a season low (seven), which was previously set at UNCG.  However, the Cadets made just six trips to the free throw line as CofC committed only seven personal fouls in the contest.

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

Jenkins Paces Alumni Past Corps Team, 61-50

Jamie Jenkins pumped in 24 points to lead the Alumni to a 61-50 victory over a team from the Corps of Cadets to highlight the 9th Annual Alumni Basketball Game on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 26) in McAlister Field House.

Jenkins, representing the Class of ’98, again paced the Alumni to their third consecutive win over the Corps.  Joining Jenkins in double-figure scoring were Kevin Hammack (Class of ’06) with 18 points and D


aniel Eykyn (Class of ’11) with 12.  Kirill Misyuchenko (Class of ’98) chipped in 7 points.

The Corps, led by Ben Dupree (Hotel Company) with 16 points, took a quick 37-35 lead with 44 seconds in the initial period on a dunk by Brandon McCladdie (Oscar Company), but the Alumni came back strong in the early minutes of the second half. 

McCladdie finished with 15 points and was followed by Aaron Miller (Sierra Company), who had 10 points.  Also scoring for the Corps were Scott Dabney (India Company), Akeen Garnett (F-Troop) and Caleb Turner (Echo), who each contributed three points.

The Alumni were led by former coach and Hall of Famer Les Robinson.

Wrestling Tops SIU-Edwardsville; Falls at UTC

The wrestling team topped Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in dominant fashion, 41-3, in a Wednesday evening Southern Conference dual match at McAlister Field House.

SoCon newcomer SIUE opened the match with a 12-0 deficit as the Cougars forfeited the 125- and 165-pound bouts.  Aaron Hansen, eighth-ranked Ugi Khishignyam, Matt Frisch and 14th-ranked Odie Delaney all topped their respective competition to remain unscathed in the conference.

Hansen kicked off action in the 133-pound bout against SoCon's top-ranked Patrick Myers. With a 2-2 score after two periods, the Summerville native tallied an escape and a takedown in the final two minutes to collect the 5-3 decision en route to earning his 16th win of the season and fifth in conference dual meets.

Ugi followed Hansen's performance with a pin in the final minute over Brandon Brindley to give the Bulldogs a commanding 21-0 advantage.  The win improves the Mongolia native's record to 29-3.  At 149 pounds, senior Jordan Dix posted his 14th win of the season and second by technical fall over Logun Taylor.  Frisch, who entered the match with four consecutive major decision victories, bettered the result by earning a fall on SIUE's Kyle Lowman at the 4:32 mark.

After an 8-4 loss by Jack Duane at 174-pounds, Josh Tuck (184) and Marshall Haas (197) earned 5-3 and 7-3 decisions, respectively, to increase the Bulldogs' margin to 38-3.  Delaney closed the match with a hard-fought 6-2 decision over David Devine to collect his 27th win on the season and 110th of his career.  The redshirt senior is now one win shy of tying Ryan McClester for third most wins in Citadel history.

Chattanooga took advantage of a late pin in the 197-pound bout to edge The Citadel, 22-20, in a Sunday afternoon Southern Conference wrestling dual at Maclellan Gymnasium.

UTC's 19th-ranked Nick Soto opened the match with a 12-3 major decision over Joaquin Marquez to give the Mocs a quick 4-0 advantage.  The lead lasted only one match as Hansen and eighth-ranked Ugi followed Marquez with a major decision and a decision, respectively, to give The Citadel the 7-4 advantage through three bouts.  Hansen, a Summerville native, remains perfect in conference action at 4-0, while improving his overall mark to 15-13 in his first collegiate season.

Ugi, who collected his 28th overall and third conference win of the season, topped defending 141-pound SoCon champion Dean Pavlou for the second time this season.

After a UTC win at 149 to even the score, Frisch stepped in at 157 and dominated Trey Stavrum to collect his fourth consecutive major decision victory and seventh of the season. The redshirt freshman improved his record to 20-11 and gave the Bulldogs an 11-7 advantage halfway through the contest.

The lead wouldn't last long as UTC dealt a pin and decision at 165 and 174 to regain the lead, 16-11.  Tuck came to the mats next for The Citadel to face against Robert Prigmore, who defeated him all three times in their careers.  Tuck would avenge his foe with a dominant 10-3 decision to move the Bulldogs within two, 16-14, with two matches left.

The Citadel's Marshall Haas was next as he was pegged against 18th-ranked Niko Brown.  After holding off the Chattanooga grappler for two rounds, Brown took control early in the third and pinned Haas to clinch the Mocs' ninth consecutive win over the Bulldogs.

Delaney followed Haas in the heavyweight bout with a pin at 3:53 over Kevin Malone to close out the match with a score, 22-20.

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

Jackson Leads The Citadel in Weekend NCAA Rifle Competition

Robert Jackson led the rifle team in each of its two NCAA competitions this weekend at the Inouye Marksmanship Center.  The Bulldogs took fourth place on Saturday and third in Sunday's match.

The Citadel hosted two ranked teams on Saturday in No. 8 Air Force and No. 14 NC State along with military rival VMI.  Jackson carded a small bore score of 569 to take eighth place and a 572 air rifle mark to earn ninth overall on Saturday.  Julia McCullohs matched Jackson's air rifle tally, while Richard Hunton (567) and Margaret LaRiviere (564) rounded out the Bulldogs' top four.

NC State's Maddy Pike took the individual title with an air rifle score of 590.  Air Force won the team title for the day with 4,636 points, followed by NC State (4,619) and VMI (4,483).

Jackson improved his air rifle score on Sunday, carding a 575 to earn seventh place in the match.  Hunton took second for the Bulldogs with a 569.  Air Force nabbed first in consecutive days with a 4,643, while 12th-ranked Nevada finished behind the Falcons with a 4,625.

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

Track and Field Completes Action at Wesley A. Brown Invitational

The men's track and field team concluded a successful day at the Wesley A. Brown Invitational on Saturday at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.  The relay team of Tevin Williams (52.0), Jamaal Brantley (49.9), Kevin Poland (50.4) and Gus Vazquez-Milan (50.9) took first place in the 4x400 with a time of 3:23.25.

Geno Porter posted a personal-best in the weight throw, recording a heave of 50'6.75" to lead all Bulldogs and nab sixth place in the event.  Mike Sellers threw the shot put 48'.75" to set an indoor

personal-best and grabbed fourth place, while Dylan Gidado took sixth with a 45'8.5".  Brantley also ran a 22.22 in the 200m to move into seventh in Citadel history, while Williams jumped to fourth-place all-time in the 400m with a 50.52.

Freshmen Cody Richardson and Darius Johnson improved their times from last week in the 60m and 60m hurdles, respectively as Richardson posted a new personal-best in the 60m-sprint with a 7.15, while Johnson moved into the ninth in school history in the 60m hurdles, clocking in at 8.98.  Eddie Jones, who was competing for the first time since being crowned long jump champion at the 2012 outdoor conference championship, posted a triple jump distance of 45'8.5" to earn third place.  Denard Smith took second in the long jump with a leap of 22'3.5".

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

Geno Porter Named SoCon Track & Field Athlete of the Week

Geno Porter has been named the Southern Conference's track and field athlete of the week for his performance in the 35-lb. weight throw at the Wesley A. Brown Invitational this past weekend.  The selections are made by the league's track and field coaches.

In the midst of his first season as a member of the track and field team, Porter has broken the school's freshman record in the weight throw in consecutive weeks to open his intercollegiate career.

The Ladson native took sixth place at last weekend's meet, hosted by The United States Naval Academy, recording a 50'6.75" throw to shatter the freshman record and move into sixth place in The Citadel's all-time record book.

Cody Worley Appointed Quarterbacks and B-backs Coach

The Citadel head coach Kevin Higgins has announced the promotion of two-year staff veteran Cody Worley to quarterbacks and B-backs coach.

Worley replaces Craig Candeto, who departed The Citadel in December to become the head coach at Capital University.

Worley joined the Bulldog staff in July 2011 as special teams quality control coach. He helped put together special teams game plans and assisted with a unit that tied the FCS record with nine blocked punts during the 2011 season. Following that season he became the offensive quality control coach and assistant quarterbacks and B-backs coach.

"The opportunity to start my career as a fulltime coach is something I have been working toward, and I'm very excited to get started," said Worley. "I'm looking forward to getting to work with our players in the meeting room and on the practice field.

"The transition will be easier since I've had the opportunity to work with Ben, Aaron and Darien the past two years, "continued Worley, referring to quarterbacks Ben Dupree and Aaron Miller and B-back Darien Robinson. "A lot of things will stay the same but a lot will be different as they get accustomed to my coaching style."

Worley attended Furman and was the starting quarterback for the Paladins his junior and senior seasons. He passed for over 1,500 yards and accounted for 19 touchdowns his final year, earning one honorable mention Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Week award and the team's offensive player of the week accolades on four occasions.

He also merited a spot on the SoCon Academic Honor Roll during the 2007-08 academic year. Worley received his bachelor's degree in communication studies from Furman in December 2010 and a master's certification in health, exercise and sport sciences from The Citadel in July 2012.

The Bulldogs begin spring practice on Friday, Feb. 8, culminating in the annual spring game at Johnson Hagood Stadium on Saturday, March 9 at 1 p.m.

The Citadel Baseball Team Hosts Meet the Bulldogs Day on Feb. 10

The Citadel baseball team will host its annual Meet the Bulldogs Day at Riley Park on Sunday, Feb. 10 with gates opening at 11 a.m.

The first 500 fans will receive a hot dog, chips and drink courtesy of the Charleston RiverDogs. Citadel baseball schedule cards, posters and magnets will be available for all fans.

Bulldog players and coaches will be available to sign autographs on the field from 11:30 to 12:45. Following the autograph session, The Citadel will hold a Blue-White intrasquad scrimmage as it begins final preparations for its season opener.

The Bulldogs open the 2013 campaign with the Homewood Suites Tournament presented by Charleston Crab House on Feb. 15-17 at Riley Park. The Citadel will host George Mason and Kansas State at 4 p.m. the first two days of the tournament followed by a 1:30 game against High Point.

Tennis Coach Departs for Coastal Georgia College

Coastal Georgia College, a NAIA program that is located in Brunswick, Ga., has hired Citadel coach  Kemper Baker as the new coach of their men's and women's tennis programs.  Baker served one season as the Bulldogs’ mentor.

The 2013 season will mark only the third year of tennis at Coastal Georgia, as the Mariners' program was disbanded for many years but reinstated for the 2010-11 campaign.  As a member of the NAIA, Coastal Georgia will enter its first season in the Southern States Athletic Conference after being invited to join during the summer of 2011.

Before coming to The Citadel, Baker spent nine years at the helm of the Samford men's tennis program.  Prior to his coaching career, Kemper attended graduate school at

Samford where he played two years before becoming the assistant coach of the men's and women's teams.

In his 10 years as a head coach, Baker has an overall record of 171-86.

Of note, the Bulldogs open the 2013 season on Feb. 1 against at Coastal Georgia, but Baker will not be involved as he makes the transition to Brunswick, Ga.

Tennis Team Volunteers with Special Olympics

Members of the tennis team ran a training camp for the athletes of the Special Olympics of South Carolina this past weekend at the Earle Tennis Center.

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.  The 2013 Mid-Winter Games will be held the weekend of March 1-3 on The Citadel campus.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hot Stove Banquet to Feature Hall of Famer Wade Boggs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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:

“It’s clearly time.  While the athletic directors have discussed membership issues before, now is the time we have to get down to what we want the league to look like in the near future.”

- Southern Conference commissioner John Iamarino, on the league’s pending expansion.  Colleges mentioned include UNC-Wilmington and Mercer, along with former SoCon members Richmond, VMI and East Tennessee State.


“I really wanted to go someplace where I could make a difference.  The Citadel is one of the few schools that has never been to the NCAA tournament.  Winning hasn’t happened a lot here, and to be able to help them do that, that would be big for me.”

- Basketball freshman standout MAtt Van Scyoc, on why the highly-recruited forward with 15 Division I offers selected The Citadel.

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. 6              Amanda Newell                        Volleyball
Feb. 6              Jeff Ragan                               Wrestling
Feb. 19            Lori Bonacci                             Golf
Feb. 19            Michelle Lomonaco                  Sports Medicine
Feb. 27            John Hauser                            Football
Feb. 28            J.P. Gunter                              Football

Upcoming Events

Feb. 1              9th Annual Hot Stove Banquet Featuring Wade Boggs @Marriott
Feb. 9              25th Annual TCBF Auction @McAlister Field House
Feb. 10            Baseball’s “Meet the Bulldogs Day” @Riley Park

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