January 25, 2013

Today's Blue & White - Jan. 25, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013

Opening Tip!

Spike’s good buddy Caleb Davis has come down with pneumonia which has caused his heart surgery (valve replacement) to be rescheduled for next week.  We’re all pulling for Caleb to have successful surgery and a quick and smooth recovery. 

The 2013 football schedule was released this week and fans coming to Johnson Hagood Stadium this fall will enjoy a solid lineup of six contests that include Charleston Southern, Wofford, Furman, Appalachian State, Samford and VMI.  This is a great home schedule, and we’re excited about closing the season at Clemson as well.

While the hoopsters snapped their losing skid at Georgia Southern, they host Elon on Saturday afternoon at 2:05 pm.  The 10th Annual Alumni Basketball Game, also known as the time to “Lace ‘Em Up Again,” will follow the Elon contest.  Consider sticking around after the game to watch some of the old timers battle a team from the Corps of Cadets.

Congrats to Marshall Haas for being recognized as the Southern Conference’s Wrestler of the Week and a tip of the cap goes to Jamaal Brantley, who established a school record in the 200m-hurdles (25.78).

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

’13 Football Schedule is Released

Six home games, including meetings with longtime rivals Furman and VMI, four contests against teams that reached the FCS playoffs a year ago and a season finale at Clemson highlight the 2013 Citadel football schedule.

For the third straight year, the Bulldogs open the season with two home games, hosting Charleston Southern on Aug. 31 and Wofford the following week. Both of those games are scheduled for 6 p.m. kickoffs. Last year The Citadel rallied from a 17-point halftime deficit but fell just short in a 24-21 loss to a Wofford team that reached the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs.

Following a road game at Western Carolina on Sept. 14, The Citadel heads to Norfolk, Va., for a first-ever meeting with Old Dominion.  The Monarchs are entering their final season as an FCS team before joining Conference USA.  Led by Walter Payton Award winning quarterback Taylor Heinicke, ODU won 11 games last season, advanced to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs and finished the season ranked sixth by The Sports Network.

A second set of back-to-back home games takes place Sept. 28 against Furman at 6 p.m. and Oct. 5 against playoff-qualifier Appalachian State for a Parents Weekend contest at 2 p.m. The Bulldogs defeated both of those opponents on the road in 2012, knocking off the then-No. 8 Mountaineers 52-28 and downing the Paladins 42-20 in the final game of the season.

The Citadel heads to Georgia Southern on Oct. 12 and will be looking to duplicate its 23-21 victory over the then third-ranked Eagles at Johnson Hagood Stadium last September. Georgia Southern won a pair of playoff games last year to reach the national semifinals for the third consecutive season.

After a bye week, the Bulldogs travel to Chattanooga on Oct. 26 and host Samford on Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. in their Homecoming game, and The Citadel will be seeking to avenge 2012 losses to both the Mocs and Bulldogs. The Southern Conference schedule wraps up on Nov. 9 with a trip to Elon with The Citadel looking for consecutive wins over the Phoenix following a 38-24 victory at home last year.

VMI visits Charleston on Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. in the 34th edition of the Military Classic of the South and 69th overall meeting with the Keydets. The Bulldogs have won six in a row over VMI, including a 27-24 victory in Lexington in 2012.

The Citadel plays its lone game against an FBS opponent on Nov. 23 at Clemson in the first meeting with the Tigers since 2008. Clemson is coming off an 11-2 season that included a victory over LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl and final national rankings of No. 9 in the Coaches Poll and No. 11 in the Associated Press poll.

Season tickets are available by calling 843-953-DOGS during regular business hours. Individual game tickets are not yet available. 

The Bulldogs open spring practice on Friday, Feb. 8 and will hold their spring game at Johnson Hagood Stadium on Saturday, March 9 in conjunction with the Beautiful Bulldog Contest.

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 Snap Losing Skid with Victory at Georgia Southern

Matt Van Scyoc scored a game-high 21 points and led three Citadel players in double-figures as the Bulldogs snapped a 12-game losing streak with a 70-55 victory over Georgia Southern at Hanner Field House in Statesboro, Ga. on Saturday night.  The Green Lake, Wisc. freshman guided the Cadets to their first 60 percent shooting performance (24-40) since a meeting with Davidson on Jan. 26, 2011.

Van Scyoc established a new season-high in points after hitting 7-of-11 from the floor and 5-of-8 from beyond the arc.  The five treys topped a Citadel lineup that finished 9-of-17 (52.9%) from the perimeter.  Also reaching double-digits for The Citadel were Mike Groselle (15) and Marshall Harris III (11).  Groselle notched his 14th double figure outing of the season after hitting 6-of-8 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe.  The front line of Groselle and P.J. Horgan combined for 16 rebounds, including three offensive, as The Citadel outrebounded Georgia Southern, 29-28.  This provided a 28-18 edge in points in the paint and accounted for 11 second chance points.

On Thursday at Davidson, De'Mon Brooks scored a game-high 15 points and led the Wildcats to a 70-38 victory over The Citadel at Belk Arena.  Davidson forced 26 Citadel turnovers and took advantage of 22-point differential (27-5) in points off turnovers.  Van Scyoc was the leading scorer for the Bulldogs with eight points as he hit 2-of-7 from the field.  Groselle finished with seven points and a game-high nine rebounds while P.J. Horgan led the way for the reserves as he finished with five points and four rebounds.

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 Snap Mountaineers' 11-Match Conference Winning Streak with 25-13 Victory; Fall to Campbell

The wrestling team used three decisions, two falls and a major decision to dominate Appalachian State, 25-13, and snap the Mountaineers' 11-match Southern Conference winning streak on Friday evening at Varsity Gymnasium.

Jordan Dix and Matt Frisch set the tone in the 149- and 157-pound weight classes, respectively, collecting two quick wins to jumpstart The Citadel to a 7-0 lead.  Dix earned a 7-4 victory, while Frisch followed with a dominant 9-1 major decision to improve his record to 18-11 on the season.

Three consecutive losses by Vincent Bellaran at 165 (13-5 major decision), Jack Duane at 174 (10-5 decision) and Josh Tuck at 185 (6-1 decision), left the Bulldogs with a 10-7 deficit heading into the 197-pound bout.

Marshall Haas came out and changed the momentum of the match, recording a fall at the 2:23 mark.  Odie Delaney followed suit in the heavyweight bout, posting a pin in the final minute to give the Bulldogs the 19-10 advantage.

Joaquin Marquez, who recently dropped from the 133-pound division to 125, improved the score to 22-10 with a huge 6-5 decision.  Aaron Hansen followed Marquez's upset with a 9-5 win.  With the match out of reach, Coach Rob Hjerling decided to give eighth-ranked Ugi Khishignyam a rest in the 141-pound bout, and freshman Drew Ferguson stepped in and dropped a 5-0 decision.

On Wednesday night in McAlister Field House, The Citadel dropped its first Southern Conference match of the season to Campbell, 25-13.

Two falls in the 184- and 197-pound bouts by Campbell to open the contest lifted the Fighting Camels to an early 12-0 lead.  Odie Delaney stepped in and earned an 11-8 victory in the heavyweight bout to bring the Bulldogs within nine, 12-3.  The win was Delaney's 108th of his career and moves the redshirt senior within three of tying Ryan McClester for third-most in Citadel history.

After 27th-ranked Eric Montoya topped Joaquin Marquez by a 4-0 deficit in the 125, Aaron Hansen and Ugi Khishignyam earned solid 5-0 and 11-6 decisions, respectively, to close the gap to 15-9.  Hansen, a Summerville native, collected his 14th win of the season, while eighth-ranked Ugi earned his 27th.  Both wrestlers remain undefeated in SoCon action.

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

Marshall Haas Selected as SoCon Wrestler of the Week

Marshall Haas, who battles in the 197-pound weight class, earned his first-career wrestler of the week award from the Southern Conference office for his performance in The Citadel's win over Appalachian State last Friday.

With the Bulldogs down 10-7 halfway through the match, Haas swung the momentum back to his team with a huge first period pin at the 2:23 mark over Paul Weiss.  The six-point fall sparked a string of four consecutive wins to put the match out of reach.

The loss snapped the Mountaineers' 11-match SoCon winning streak and moved the Bulldogs to the top of the league standings.

The weekly award is the fifth for a Citadel wrestler this season.  Heavyweight Odie Delaney took the award on Nov. 21 and 141-pounder Ugi Khishignyam captured it three straight weeks from Dec. 12 to Jan. 3.

McCullohs, Jackson Lead Shooters to Second Place Finish at SEARC 5

Julia McCullohs and Robert Jackson each fired team-high marks of 569 to lead The Citadel to a second-place finish at the fifth Southeastern Air Rifle Conference match of the season on Saturday in Dahlonega, Ga.

In addition to McCullohs and Jackson, freshman Thor Wright (567) and William Wutzer (565) carded solid air rifle averages to round out the Bulldogs' top four and posted a collective team mark of 2,270.

The score was enough to edge North Georgia College and State University by 11 points, leaving The Citadel in second place in the conference standings behind NC State.  The Wolfpack took the team crown in the match with a 2,325.  NC State's Cliff Daniel fired the top individual score of the day (585).

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

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.

Brantley Breaks Track Record in 200 Hurdles as Bulldogs Complete Action at Captain's Invitational

Jamaal Brantley established a school record in the 200m-hurdles on Sunday when the junior posted a 25.78 at the Captain's Invitational on the campus of Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va.

Brantley, who broke Nat Jones' record of 25.87 set last January, also ran a personal best in the 60m finals when he clocked a 6.92 to earn fourth-place.  The Summerville native's time moved him into second all-time in program history.

Danielle Williams, who was competing in her first collegiate race, clocked in at 59.87 in the 400m to take fifth place.  The time is good for second place in Citadel history and is only the second sub-minute time ever posted in the event by a Bulldog woman.

In the women's 200m, Tanisha Bethel improved her place in the school's record book, moving up four spots to third place with a time of 26.08, while teammate Christine Hinds finished with a 27.29 in the same event.  Andriana Love, who established the school record in the 200m hurdles last season, improved on her time as the junior posted a 30.25. 

Taylor Viana took fifth in the event, clocking in at 30.52 to move into second all-time.

In an event that has never previously been run by The Citadel, the 200m hurdles, freshmen Jayce Almes (second place; 26.18) and Darius Johnson (fourth place; 27.27) finished close behind Brantley to establish themselves in the school's record book.

The women's distance relay clocked in at 12:59.06 to take third in the event and placed seventh in school history.  In the field events, pole vaulter David Melton took second place, clearing the bar at 14'9", while Valian Brown took third in the triple jump with a leap of 43'7.25".  Love highlighted the women's field events with a seventh-place shot put mark of 38'8.25", while Nicole Levermann cleared the high jump bar at 5'3".

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.

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:

“We really work on trying to get into their hips, so they can get lower to the ground with more open, flexible hips and create more range of motion.  And since this is my third or fourth year with some of the guys, we’ve been working more on the mental aspects of being really focused. … Yoga is much bigger than just the physical aspects, and this season we’ve gotten more into the mental aspects.  Getting them to hold the poses for a longer time kind of hits all those points at the same time.”

- Yoga Instructor, Lyn Talley, on working with The Citadel football team.


“You know when it’s difficult for them and they still want it, it’s doing something good for them.”

- Strength & Conditioning coach Donnell Boucher, on the football team's use of yoga in the offseason.

"Once again our schedule is comparable to any school in the FCS.  Having our two biggest rivals come to Johnson Hagood Stadium along with Wofford and Appalachian State makes this an attractive home schedule."

- Coach Kevin Higgins, on the 2013 football schedule.

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

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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