June 21, 2013

Today's Blue & White - June 21, 2013

Friday, June 21, 2013

First Pitch!

It has been a relatively quiet week in and around McAlister Field House, except for basketball camp.

Speaking of camps, there are several sports camps still to come and if your children/grandchildren are already bored with summer vacation, give our camps a look (see below).

If you haven’t checked out www.CitadelSports.com, we encourage you to do so as we’ve introduced “Off the Collar: The Lighter Side of Citadel Athletics” which is a blog from members of the Athletics Department and additional guests.

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

Football Ticket/Parking Pickup Set for June 27 at JHS

Pickup day for 2013 football tickets and parking passes will be held on Thursday, June 27 on the ground-floor lobby of Johnson Hagood Stadium for all Brigadier Foundation members.

Individuals that are Generals Club members and above are invited to a cocktail reception in the Pearson Lounge (4th Floor) at the stadium that begins at 5:30 pm on June 27, following the ticket/parking pickup.

Please contact Bryson Young at 843/953-5277 or at byoung5@citadel.edu with any questions or concerns.

Top 10 Moments of the Year to Be Released Weekly; Moment No. 10 Goes to Micah Wessinger

For the last two weeks, members of the Department of Athletics have voted for their Top-10 sports moments for the 2012-13 academic year.

A new “moment” will be released through www.CitadelSports.com each Tuesday for the next 10 weeks. The nominations were scored on a scale of 1-10 with the number one moment being the best of 2012-13. A first place vote received 10 points, a second place vote received nine points, and so on.

The 10th-best moment in Citadel athletics for 2012-13 goes to Micah Wessinger of the track and field and cross country teams.

Individually and as a member of relay teams, she was a part of six school records during this past season. She earned indoor all-conference honors for the third time in her career, breaking the school indoor 800 record with a time of 2:12.70, while breaking her outdoor record in the same event at the outdoor conference championship with a time of 2:10.63, taking third place and earning outdoor all-conference honors.

Wessinger was also a member of this season’s 4x800, 4x400 and sprint medley relay teams that moved to the top of the school’s record book.

New on www.CitadelSports.com

Perhaps you’ve already seen it, perhaps not.  But we call your attention to our ever-expanding website, www.CitadelSports.com, as members of the Department of Athletics and several guests are contributing to our “blog” site called “Off the Collar: The Lighter Side of Citadel Athletics.”

Britt Reames, Channing Proctor Selected as Finalists for Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame

Two former Citadel pitchers are among the finalists for enshrinement into the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame, the hall's advisory committee announced this week.

Britt Reames, who starred on the mound for the Bulldogs from 1993-95 and later pitched for four teams in the major leagues, and Channing Proctor, the founder of the Charleston Chapter of The Miracle League, will be among the eight candidates up for election.

Balloting will take place at Riley Park and online voting will be available via a link at RiverDogs.com (http://www.ballotbin.com/voterReg.php?b=40063). Voting will conclude on August 2, and the top three vote getters will be inducted prior to the RiverDogs' game against the Rome Braves on August 9.

Reames had a three-year record of 18-7, an ERA of 2.03 and 296 strikeouts to rank second in school history at the conclusion of his Citadel career in the latter category. He struck out 10 or more batters in a game 12 times including 18 against Marshall in a 1995 Southern Conference tournament game.

The hard-throwing righty went 10-3 with a 1.93 ERA and 123 strikeouts in 1995 and was named first team All-SoCon after earning a spot on the second team the previous season. That year he helped lead the Bulldogs to their second straight conference tournament championship and in June was selected in the 17th round of the MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Reames made his major league debut in 2000, going 2-1 with a 2.88 ERA in 40 2/3 innings. He also became the first Citadel alum to appear in the postseason and was the winning pitcher in the final game of the Cardinals' three-game sweep of Atlanta in the National League Division series.

Reames also pitched for the Expos and Athletics and wrapped up his six-year career with the Pirates in 2006 with 204 career strikeouts. He went into coaching and spent three seasons at Furman before returning to The Citadel as an assistant coach in July 2011. He was inducted into The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.

Proctor was a pitcher for the Bulldogs in 1988 and 1989 but injuries derailed his career. He left the team before his junior season but stayed at The Citadel and earned his bachelor's degree in business administration in 1991.

He made his living in medical sales but his real passion was in helping disabled kids play baseball after learning about the newly-formed Miracle League in Conyers, Ga. Proctor worked tirelessly in bringing the league to Charleston, and his dream became a reality in November 2004 when the Charleston Miracle League held its first game, growing dramatically since then.

Proctor is also the author of "Seasoned Rookie" about a talented baseball player forced from the game, and he has donated much of the proceeds from the book to the Miracle League.

Through his efforts, Proctor was presented with the Sertoma Club's Humanitarian Award, received the Mass Mutual and Exceptional Parenting Magazine's Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award and was the inaugural Citadel Young Alumnus of the Year in 2006.

Stray Dog Society Dishes Assist with Basketball Fundraiser

The Stray Dog Society will assist with the basketball team’s fundraising as the Bulldogs prepare for a playing trip to Canada. 

The Stray Dogs will devote their next “Yappy Hour” on July 11 from 5-8 pm at Mynt downtown (135 Calhoun Street) with musician Mitch Wetherington ’08, an “American Idol” contestant, entertaining.  Coach Chuck Driesell and his staff, and possibly a few players, will be on hand.

Coach Driesell will address the group and will bring a basketball that has been signed by all past living coaches to be raffled in addition to several jerseys and other items.  Other items up for grabs include a boat cruise, dinner, spa visits and other auction-able items

The event is free and open to all Citadel supporters.  For more information, including the opportunity to donate items, please contacting Shelly Nuttall Gardner at shellygardner@homesc.com or www.thestraydogsociety.com.

Last Call for Hall of Fame Nominations

This is the (next-to-last) last call for nominations for consideration for The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013.  The deadline for submissions of nominations and letters of endorsement is June 28.  If a candidate has already been nominated, there is no need to re-submit.

The Hall of Fame Committee meets in the second week of July and the announcement is expected the following week.  Enshrinement for the Class of 2013 will take place on Friday, Nov. 15, prior to the Bulldogs hosting military rival VMI in football at 1 pm the following day at Johnson Hagood Stadium.

If you have any questions regarding The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame, please contact Associate Athletics Director Andy Solomon at 843/953-6300 or andy.solomon@citadel.edu.

Summer Sports Camps at The Citadel

Are you looking for something for your children/grandchildren to do this summer?  Consider attending a sports camp that is offered by our coaches:

Baseball                     June 24-27                Day Camp

                                  June 28-June 30       Father/Son

Basketball                  June 21-23               Team Camp

Wrestling                   July 5-12                    Multiple

Soccer                        June 24-27               Day Camp 3

For more information, please call the Department of Athletics at 843/953-5070.

4th Annual CFA Lady Bulldogs Football 101 Set for July 26

Just in time for the perfect Mother's Day gift, The Citadel Football Association has opened registration for the 4th Annual Lady Bulldogs Football 101 clinic, which will be held on Friday, July 26 on campus.

The experience is open to women and teenage girls and the cost is $50 per person or two for $85. Those interested can register at www.cfabulldogs.org. Everyone in attendance will receive a goody bag, a t-shirt and two tickets to The Citadel-Charleston Southern game on August 31.

A portion of the clinic is tax deductible as proceeds directly benefit The Citadel Football Association's Scholarship fund.

The activities begin with a reception in Seignious Hall at 4:30 hosted by wives of The Citadel football coaches and include tours of the training and equipment rooms. The coaching staff will discuss the basics of offensive and defensive football and there will be a weight room demonstration.

Then it's time to hit the field as all attendees travel to Johnson Hagood Stadium. From 7:15-8:00, the group will show off their passing and catching skills and take off on the "fun run to the end zone" to showcase their individual touchdown dances.

After the on-field practice, Kay Higgins - wife of coach Kevin Higgins - will host a catered meal at the Pearson Lounge on the fourth floor of the stadium. Door prizes will be presented and an optional tour of the stadium suites and press box will follow the dinner.

Kevin Higgins Golf Classic Set for October 18

The 7th Annual Kevin Higgins Golf Classic will be held at the Summerville Country Club on Friday, October 18.  The Captain's Choice format will start at 12 noon with lunch and prizes that includes a fishing boat for a hole-in-one on a specific hole. All profits from the tournament directly support Citadel Football.  For player and sponsorship information, please contact Connie Tuza '58 at Elcid58@knology.net or 843/452-9801.

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

June 27            Rob Hjerling                          Wrestling
June 28            Jamie Stewart                       Soccer

Upcoming Events

July 26            4th Annual CFA Lady Bulldogs Football 101 @Johnson Hagood Stadium

Aug. 22           15th Annual Kickoff Golf Classic @Wild Dunes Resort

                       Citadel Club of Charleston Shrimp & Beer Night @Beach House

March 15        4th Annual CFA Beautiful Bulldog Contest @Johnson Hagood Stadium

Oct. 18            7th Annual Kevin Higgins Golf Outing @Summerville Country Club

Nov. 15           36th Annual Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet @Holliday Center

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Publishers........................Jerry Baker & Larry Leckonby

Editor...............................Andy Solomon

Layout/Distribution...........Brian Gargone

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