February 15, 2013

Today's Blue & White - Feb. 15, 2013

Friday, February 15, 2013

Opening Tip/First Pitch!

The first pitch of the long-awaited baseball season is expected to be tossed by senior ace Austin Pritcher around 4 pm today at Riley Park as the 2013 campaign gets underway with the Homewood Suites Tournament presented by the Charleston Crab House.  The Bulldogs host George Mason on Friday, Kansas State on Saturday (4 pm) and High Point on Sunday (1:30 pm) in the two-games-a-day, round-robin format.

Baseball season passes will be available for $149 at the gate that will secure 36 admissions over the course of the season … or 36 entries for one game.  Speaking of tickets, do you have yours yet for the Southern Conference Basketball Tournament in Asheville, March 8-11?  If not, call us at 843/953-DOGS (3647).

We salute heavyweight Odie Delaney for securing his second consecutive SoCon Wrestler of the Week Award and third of the season.  It also the seventh of the redshirt senior’s career, moving him into a tie with Appalachian State’s Austin Trotman (2008-12) for the most in league history.

Our annual Broxton Bridge Fun Shoot is also Saturday, which is a full day that includes spring football practice (10 am), home baseball (vs. Kansas State) and a home basketball game (vs. Davidson).

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

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.

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.

Wrestling Downs Gardner-Webb on Senior Day

Seniors Josh Tuck and Odie Delaney closed their final home bouts with impressive victories to help lead the wrestling team to a dominant 33-7 win over Southern Conference foe Gardner-Webb in McAlister Field House on Sunday.  Prior to the match, the Bulldogs honored seniors Delaney, Tuck, Jordan Dix and Mike Harper.

Delaney, who is ranked 14th in the country in the heavyweight division, extended his winning streak to 11 matches and notched his 114th win of his Citadel career and 31st of the season when he pinned 33rd-ranked Travis Porter at the 4:03 mark.  The redshirt senior now needs four wins to overtake Travis Piccard for second place in Citadel history and 11 to move in front of current wins leader Sean Markey.

Delaney evened his record to 6-6 against ranked wrestlers on the year and posted his SoCon-leading 14th pin of the season and 56th of his career.

The new mat side camera, which provides instant review to the officials when necessary, was used on two different occasions to decide matches in the 157- and 184-pound bouts.  Matt Frisch battled with Gardner-Webb's Alex Medved through three periods, falling just one point shy, 5-4, until a last minute takedown was called out of bounds as time was expiring.

After the replay showed that his foot was still in during the takedown, two points were awarded to Frisch as he capped off his 24th win of the season and improved his SoCon dual mark to 6-0.

With The Citadel up 21-7, Tuck came to the mats to face GWU's Gray Jones in a physical match that required an overtime sudden victory to decide.  The match was knotted at one apiece after seven minutes and in sudden victory, Tuck managed a takedown to earn the victory.  A review by the official confirmed the call and the senior Cadet put the match out of reach with his third consecutive conference dual win.

Pins by Joaquin Marquez and eighth-ranked Ugi Khishignyam, in addition to decision victories by Aaron Hansen, Jack Duane and Marshall Haas rounded out the Bulldogs’ scoring.

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

Odie Delaney Repeats as Wrestler of the Week

Heavyweight Odie Delaney has been named the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week for all competition from Feb. 6-12. The selection is made by the league office.

The award is Delaney’s second straight and third this season.  It also the seventh of the redshirt senior’s career, moving him into a tie with Appalachian State’s Austin Trotman (2008-12) for the most in league history.

Delaney, ranked 15th nationally at heavyweight by InterMat Wrestling, won his only match of the week via pin as the Bulldogs downed Gardner-Webb, 33-7, in league action on Sunday.

The Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., native, who is ranked 14th in the nation in the recently released NCAA coaches’ panel rankings, stuck Gardner-Webb’s Travis Porter in 4:03. Porter is ranked 33rd in the coaches’ panel rankings.

The pin was Delaney’s SoCon-best 14th of the season, regardless of weight class, and moved his season record to 31-7 overall and 9-1 in duals.  He is 6-0 in the league this year and has won 11 consecutive matches overall.

With 114 career wins, Delaney needs just four more to move into second place in Citadel history.  He has 56 career pins and is 18-3 in SoCon duals in his career with three undefeated league seasons to his credit.

All told, three Bulldogs – Delaney, Ugi Khishignyam and Marshall Haas, have combined to capture seven of the 13 weekly honors.

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

Hoopsters Fall at Samford, UTC

Samford placed four playing in double-figures scoring as they completed its first season sweep of The Citadel in program history with a 79-67 victory at the Pete Hanna Center on Saturday evening.

Mike Groselle and Janeil Jenkins shared team-high scoring honors for The Citadel with 13 points apiece.  Matt Van Scyoc notched his 14th double-digit game of the season, and finished with 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the floor.  Meanwhile, Groselle finished 4-of-10 from the field and was successful on 5-of-6 free throws to go along with five rebounds.

On Thursday in Chattanooga, the Mocs’ Gee McGhee scored a team-high 22 points and led five players in double figures as the Mocs completed the season sweep of The Citadel following an 89-76 victory.

Sophomore P.J. Horgan continued his solid play, establishing a new career-high (25 points) after hitting 7-of-8 from the field and converting 10-of-12 from the free throw line.  Horgan climbed the glass for 10 rebounds to post his second double-double in three games.  Groselle also reached double figures, scoring 19 points to go along with seven rebounds.

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

Attention Citadel Fans:  Mike Groselle Needs Your Vote

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

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

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

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

SoCon Basketball Tournament Information

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

Bulldogs Close Out Successful Track and Field Weekend at the Tiger Paw Invitational

Several athletes shook up The Citadel's record books, posting career-best marks at the Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex for the Tiger Paw Invitational this weekend.

 The women's 4x400 relay team of Micah Wessinger, Danielle Williams, Tanisha Bethel and Danielle McKee broke the school record, set at the 2012 Southern Conference Indoor Championship, with a time of 3:56.08 to earn fourth place on the day.
David Melton bettered his own pole vault record as the Mt. Pleasant native cleared the bar at 15'7" to take fourth place in the event, while Eddie Jones posted a personal-best in the triple jump with a leap of 47'5.75".
Geno Porter continues to improve in the 35-lb. weight throw as the redshirt sophomore has now heaved the weight more than 50-feet in each of the last three competitions.  Porter's toss of 50'10.75" at the Tiger Paw Invitational was a personal-best and also moves him into fifth place in Citadel history.  Dylan Gidado and Clay Allen also produced personal-bests in the same event with throws of 47'4.5" and 46'9.5", respectively.

In the men's distance medley relay, the team of Jordan Ashley, Tevin Williams, John Gatewood and Kyle Keene nabbed fourth place with a 10:23.09.  The finish moved the relay team into sixth place in school history.  The women's team of Jackie Thompson, Williams, McKee and Jessica DeWitte earned 13th place in the same event with a 12:54.38, which was good for seventh all-time.  Wessinger, The Citadel's 800-meter record holder, ran a season-best 2:14 in the event, while Bethel clocked in at 26.00 in the 200, moving her into third place in school history.

Chalita Johnson improved on her 60m time as the senior ran the sprint in 7.99 seconds, three-tenths of a second better than her old personal-best.  Jamaal Brantley improved on his 60m time, posting a 6.96, while Tevin Williams clocked in at 50.58 to move into sixth place in Citadel history.

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

East Carolina Hands Netters First Loss; Team Rebounds with Two Wins

On Thursday in Greenville, NC, East Carolina whitewashed the Bulldogs, 7-0.  Matthew McGill, playing in the No. 5 single slot, was the lone Cadet to take his singles match to three sets before bowing, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.  Jackson Pride, playing in the No. 6 position, narrowly fell to his foe, 7-6, 6-3.  It was the Bulldogs’ first loss of the season after three consecutive wins.

On Sunday, the Bulldogs got back to their winning ways by blanking both Benedict and Spartanburg Methodist by identical 7-0 scores at the Earle Tennis Center.  The Bulldogs have garnered a 5-1 record to mark their best start since 1999 while already matching their win total from a season ago.

After securing the doubles point against Benedict, all six singles players notched victories as David Orces (No. 1), Peter Bleach (No. 2), J.C. Pauli (No. 3), Elliott Sperr (No. 4), Matthew McGill (No. 5) and Jackson Pride (No. 6) captured their matches.  Pride won his by default.

Against Spartanburg Methodist the duo of Sperr-Alex Howle played in the No. 1 position for the first time this season and the pair was victorious, 8-2.  Posting singles victories were Bleach, Pauli, Sperr, Pride, Oliver Dedding and Justin Wycoff.

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

Spring Football Continues

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

Here is the schedule of spring practices:

  • Friday, Feb. 15 @4pm
  • Saturday, Feb. 16 @10am
  • Tuesday, Feb. 19 @4pm
  • Friday, Feb. 22 @4pm
  • Saturday, Feb. 23 @10am
  • Tuesday, Feb. 26 @4pm
  • Friday, Mar. 1 @4pm
  • Saturday, Mar. 2 @10am
  • Wednesday, Mar. 6 @4pm
  • Friday, Mar 8 @4pm
  • Saturday, Mar. 9 @1pm

Spring Soccer Falls at USC, 3-1

Mariana Garcia scored the Bulldogs' lone goal when The Citadel soccer team dropped its spring season opener to South Carolina, 3-1, on Friday afternoon in Columbia.

Garcia, who became The Citadel's all-time goals leader last season, notched the game's first goal just 15 minutes into the contest when she collected a pass from Kimberly Maldonado and drove a rocket past the Gamecocks’ goalkeeper.

South Carolina netted the game's next three goals.

Sarah Katchen, who spent more than 1,300 minutes in net last season, played the entire 90 minutes, earning 12 saves in the process.

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

Citadel Football Association to Present 3rd Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:

“I’ve got that 2010 feeling again.  There’s something about our team chemistry and the way everybody carries them on the field this year, it’s something you see in championship teams. … I feel like this team has all the bits and pieces.  If we can put it all together, we can make a serious run at the championship.”

 - Senior pitcher Austin Pritcher, recalling The Citadel’s regular season and tournament titles three years ago.

 “To me, it’s the equivalent of dropping track and field from the Olympics.  Wrestling is one of the defining sports of the Olympics.  You see the direction that the Olympics are going in the last 12 or 16 years, you kind of feel like the Olympics are losing their significance. … For a sport like wrestling, the Olympics are the pinnacle.  Or at least, it was.”

- Coach Rob Hjerling, on the Olympics’ decision to drop wrestling.

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. 19            Lori Bonacci                             Golf
Feb. 19            Michelle Lomonaco                  Sports Medicine
Feb. 27            John Hauser                            Football
Feb. 28            J.P. Gunter                              Football

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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