January 18, 2013

Today's Blue & White - Jan. 18, 2013

Friday, January 18, 2013

Opening Tip!

Like where you are, it has been unseasonably warm in the Lowcountry as the temperature records have been consistently broken or tied.  Sure wish we could save some of these gorgeous days for February baseball.

All of our spring sports are preparing for their respective seasons (see www.CitadelSports.com for complete schedules), while basketball, wrestling and rifle continue with theirs (outdoor track and field begins this weekend).

Speaking of schedules, we have – in addition to our sports schedules – several special events coming up, beginning with the 9th Annual Alumni Basketball Game next Saturday (Jan. 26).  Then the 9th Annual Hot Stove Banquet that features Hall of Fame third baseman Wade Boggs is on Friday, Feb. 1 while the 25th Annual TCBF Auction (note the change in date to Feb. 9) is also on the immediate horizon.  Baseball’s Meet the Bulldogs Day is set for Sunday, Feb. 10 (season opens Feb. 15) at Riley Park.  And finally, the 14th Annual Broxton Bridge Fun Shoot, truly a fun outing, will be held on Feb. 16 in Ehrhardt.  We hope you’ll check out those special events.

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.   If you have items to donate or care to join the planning committee, please contact Gina Inabnett at 843/953-5277.

Hoopsters Battle Cougars Tough

On Monday Andrew Lawrence scored a game-high 21 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 28 seconds left on the clock, as cross-town rival College of Charleston completed its 73-69 victory over The Citadel at McAlister Field House.  Lawrence hit a spinning one-hander in the lane to provide the Cougars with a 71-69 lead with 28 seconds remaining.  The Citadel was unable to answer on the ensuing possession and following a pair of Lawrence free throws at the 12 second mark, CofC won its fifth straight contest in the all-time series.

Mike Groselle took home high honors for The Citadel with 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting.  The senior center also snagged nine rebounds (three offensive) and finished with three blocks.  Matt Van Scyoc capped off a 17-point performance by knocking down 6-of-9 field goals, including two from long range, while adding a season-high three blocks.

Ashton Moore led the way for all Citadel reserves with 10 points, hitting a critical 3-pointer with 45 seconds remaining to knot the game at 69-69.  The Bulldogs converted 28-of-53 (52.8%) from the field and topped the 50 percent mark for the first time in four games.  Moore, Van Scyoc and Marshall Harris III finished with two 3-pointers apiece as The Citadel hit 42.9% from beyond the arc. Harris dished out a game-high seven assists as the Cadets have now posted at least 18 assists in their last three contests.

On Saturday, Clide Geffrard Jr. netted a game-high 22 points to lead Samford past The Citadel, 69-65, at McAlister Field House.  Van Scyoc topped all Citadel scorers for the second straight contest, finishing with 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the field as four of Van Scyoc's six field goals came from 3-point range.  The freshman also made his presence felt by hauling in five rebounds, dishing out three assists and finishing with two blocks.  Harris capped off his fifth double-figure outing of the year by hitting 4-11 from the floor, including a trio of 3-pointers, all in the second half.  Harris was also responsible for seven of The Citadel's 18 assists.  P.J. Horgan (11 points) and Moore (6 points) led the way for Citadel reserves as Horgan hit all four field goal attempts while Moore provided a pair of long range 3-pointers.

On Thursday night in McAlister Field House, Chattanooga's combo of Z. Mason and Dontay Hampton combined for 15 of the team's final 17 points as the Mocs earned a hard- fought 70-65 victory over The Citadel.  The Bulldogs’ lineup was anchored by the play of Van Scyoc (20 points) and Raemond Robinson (15 points).  Also joining in double-digit scoring were Mike Groselle (13 points) and Stephen Elmore (11 points), as the Bulldogs hit 23-of-53 (43.4%) from the field and 8-22 (36.4%) from beyond the arc.

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

Time to "Lace 'Em Up Again" Set for Jan. 26

Calling all former basketball players!!!

The 10th Annual Alumni Basketball Game, also known as the time to “Lace ‘Em Up Again,” will be held on Saturday, January 26, immediately following the Bulldogs’ game with Elon (2:05pm tipoff).
This is the time to join many former Citadel basketball players (spanning several decades) in the special game that features the common bond of playing hoops for the Bulldogs in McAlister Field House.  The Alumni Game participants will be introduced at the Elon game.

And, of course, the true goal of the Alumni Game is for veteran Director of Sports Medicine Andy Clawson to simply sit and watch, and not work.

For information, please contact Associate Athletics Director Andy Solomon at andy.solomon@citadel.edu or at 843/953-6300.

Wrestling Earn 38-3 Win Over VMI; Drop Matches to No. 25 Old Dominion and Army at Virginia Duals

The wrestling team dropped a pair of duals to No. 25 Old Dominion and Army before earning a huge win over Southern Conference foe VMI, 38-3, on Friday at the Virginia Duals in Hampton, Va.

The Bulldogs posted individual wins at all but one weight class against VMI en route to their 38-3 domination.  Joaquin Marquez kicked off the match with a pin in the final minute, while 14th-ranked Odie Delaney finished the match the same way at the 2:17 mark.

Josh Tuck and Matt Frisch received four points apiece, earning major decisions by scores of 12-2 and 13-2, respectively.  The nation's eighth-ranked wrestler at 141 pounds, Ugi Khishignyam, sat out the final match after collecting wins in both of his earlier bouts.

The Bulldogs and Keydets will meet again in Lexington, Va., for a SoCon dual on Feb. 15.

The Citadel opened Friday's competition with a tough 26-9 loss to 25th-ranked Old Dominion.  In that match the Bulldogs dropped two overtime bouts at 157 and 174 pounds.  Frisch (157) fell by sudden victory, 4-2, while Tuck (174) lost in a 5-4 tiebreaker. 

The loss pitted the Bulldogs against Army in the middle of their three matches.  The Citadel jumped to a 15-6 advantage, led by three close wins by decision and a pin at the 2:42 mark by senior Jordan Dix.

Army bounced back with three consecutive pins in the 174-, 184- and 197-pound bouts to take the 27-16 lead.  With the match out of reach, Delaney came out in the heavyweight bout and dominated Stephen Snyder in a 20-6 major decision.

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

Rifle Completes Action Against No. 6 Army and No. 14 NC State

The rifle team took third place with an aggregate team score of 4,460 on Saturday in an NCAA match against No. 6 Army and No. 14 NC State at the Inouye Marksmanship Center.  The Black Knights carded 4,664 points to take the team crown.

Robert Jackson continued his impressive sophomore campaign, firing the team's highest air rifle score for the sixth time in eight contests this season.  Jackson also led all Bulldog shooters in smallbore action with a 562.

Army took the top four spots in air rifle and the top six in smallbore en route to their first place finish.  Michael Matthews took the individual crown in both events, firing a 592 and 584, respectively.

Richard Hunton (562), Thor Wright (560) and Nathaniel Moy (556) rounded out the top four spots for The Citadel air rifle team.

On the women's side, senior captain Julia McCullohs led her air rifle squad with a 559, while Ashton Byrne (556), Terri Craig (554) and Teddi Haliscak (550) rounded out the women's top four.

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

Orces Opens Spring Campaign with a Victory at Florida Gulf Coast Invitational

After a strong fall campaign, David Orces opened the 2013 season with a win in the Flight A singles draw as the tennis team competed in the Florida Gulf Coast Spring Invitational at Fort Myers, Fla., over the weekend.

Orces started the tournament on a positive note with a victory over Tulane's Idan Mark, 7-6, 6-1, in the first day of play on Saturday.  The Bulldog senior continued his winning play on Sunday by defeating Nacho Gonzalez of the University of South Florida, 7-6, 6-3, in the finals.

Dillon Berkabile, Oliver Dedding and J.C. Pauli also represented the Bulldogs but were unable to collect a win in their respective flights.

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

Introducing Our New Kids Club: Spike’s Kidet Club

It’s time to get your kids signed up for The Citadel Athletics’ new kids club, appropriately billed as “Spike’s Kidet Club.”  With your membership you will help cheer on the Bulldogs at basketball and baseball games. You will also have the opportunity to meet and greet Citadel athletes during autograph sessions, be invited to “member only” celebration events and much more.  If you are 12-under and want to show your Bulldog spirit, join today.  Let’s have fun and cheer for our teams.

Here is what comes with your membership: Spike’s Kidet Club t-shirt, exclusive Kidet Club email updates, Kidet Club drawstring backpack, a Citadel Athletics temporary tattoo, general admission to a select basketball and baseball game, invitation to Kidet Club “member only” celebrations and Kidet Club meet-and-greet autograph session with selected cadet-student-athletes.

Sponsors for the Kidet Club are Bojangles and Domino’s Pizza.

To register, please visit http://citadelsports.com/fanZone/Bulldog_Kids_Club_Page_1.pdf, call 843/953-6812 or email spikeskidetclub@citadel.edu.

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.

Cam Turner Leaves Vikings for FIU

Former Citadel quarterback Cam Turner ‘10, who spent the last two seasons on Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier’s staff, is leaving the NFL and will be part of the new Florida International coaching staff.

Turner, who served as assistant to the head coach the past two years, is leaving to take an offensive assistant position at FIU, coachingsearch.com reported.

Turner's father, Ron Turner, recently became FIU's head coach.  Ron Turner, the Chicago Bears’ former offensive coordinator, is the brother of ex-San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner.

Turner worked closely with Frazier, handling a variety of administrative tasks, and had an adjoining office.

Also, Josh Conklin, who served as defensive coordinator and safeties coach at The Citadel in 2010 and 2011, will serve as FIU’s defensive coordinator.  Conklin spent the 2012 season as the safeties coach at the University of Tennessee.


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:

“But we need not wonder where to find the heroic people who put their lives on the line for our country:  They come from special places across the land – including The Citadel.”

- Editorial, The Post and Courier, January, 16, 2013


“They played a hell of game.  They battled for the whole 40 minutes.  It was a tough, grind-it-out game.  We knew coming in they’d make a lot of shots and play their hearts out, and they really did.”

- College of Charleston senior guard Andrew Lawrence, after the Cougars downed the Bulldogs, 73-69, Monday night in McAlister Field House.

 “We’re knocking on that door.  The last three games, we’ve given a phenomenal effort.  It’s going to pay off for us.”

- Senior center Mike Groselle, after Monday's basketball game against College of Charleston.

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

Jan. 18             Donnell Boucher                    Strength & Conditioning
Jan. 20             Kris Kut                                  Track & Field
Jan. 23             Scott Yielding                         Football

Upcoming Events

Jan. 26             10th Annual Alumni Basketball Game @McAlister Field House
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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