June 28, 2013

Today's Blue & White - June 28, 2013

Friday, June 28, 2013

First Pitch!

We wish the best of luck to first baseman/designated hitter Bo Thompson as he competes in the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby in Omaha, Neb. on Wednesday, and it will air nationally on Thursday.

We congratulate the 18 cadet-student-athletes who earned spots on the Southern Conference Academic All-Conference team.  And speaking of the league, with all of the flurry regarding the recent change in membership within the Southern Conference, Commissioner John Iamarino penned a letter for all institutions to share. 

The Southern Conference’s ESPN3 football games of the week have been announced, and our Wofford and Samford games will be aired with Citadel Hall of Famer Paul Maguire and former “Voice of the Bulldogs” Darren Goldwater calling the action from Johnson Hagood Stadium. 

If you haven’t yet noticed, we’re counting the Top-10 Moments of the 2012-13 Year on our website, www.CitadelSports.com.  Each Tuesday, we release one of the top moments of the year and today we recap No. 10 and 9.  Also, we recently started a daily blog called “Off the Collar: The Lighter Side of Citadel Athletics,” and we think you’ll enjoy the various contributions.
Due to the short Fourth of July week, we will not publish Today’s Blue & White next week.  Our next issue will be Friday, July 12.  We wish you a happy and safe Independence Day celebration!!!!
As you’ve come to expect, we have another solid issue full of news and notes, so enjoy and Go Bulldogs!!!

The Citadel Places 18 Cadet-Student-Athletes on SoCon Spring Academic All-Conference Team

A total of 18 cadet-student-athletes representing five spring sports have earned spots on the Southern Conference Academic All-Conference team, the league office announced on Tuesday. 

At least one member of each of The Citadel’s five spring sports were represented on the list with the men's outdoor track and field team garnering the most cadet-student-athletes with eight. Women’s outdoor track and field (four), men's tennis (three), baseball (two) and women's golf (one), followed closely behind.

The 321 student-athletes on the team surpassed last year’s spring total by 11. All 12 SoCon institutions were represented on the team, which honored student-athletes from the sports of baseball, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s golf and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field.

To be eligible, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA entering the spring season and were required to compete in at least one-half of their teams’ competitions during the recently concluded spring campaign. In addition, the student-athletes must have successfully completed at least 24 credit hours in the previous two semesters.

Hughston Armstrong
Drew DeKerlegand

Men's Outdoor  Track & Field

Jordan Ashley
Brandon Fetrow
Parker Gaston
John Gatewood
Raeven Lantz
Ben McCoy
Austin Waldrop
Cory Yslas

Women's Indoor Track & Field
Savannah Emmrich
Emily Fields
Nicole Ogilbee
Micah Wessinger

James Atkinson
Alex Howle
Elliott Sperr

Women's Golf
Kellie Anderson

Bo Thompson Heads to Omaha for College Home Run Derby

First baseman/designated hitter Bo Thompson will be joined by several of the top sluggers in the nation when he competes in the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby in Omaha, Neb., on Wednesday, July 3. 

The event takes place at TD Ameritrade Park, which again hosted the College World Series, and will be shown on ESPN on July 4.  He was accompanied to Omaha with hitting/first base coach Adam Vrable.

Thompson earned a spot in the derby on the strength of his 14 home runs during his sophomore season, a figure that tied him for third in the Southern Conference and 20th in the nation.
The Mauldin native batted .299 and added 10 doubles and 52 RBI. He slugged .567 on the year and his on-base percentage of .472 ranked him second in the SoCon and 30th in the nation. Thompson's 54 walks were the sixth-most in the country.
After missing three games with an ankle injury in early March, Thompson slammed three home runs and drove in five runs in a win over Samford in the first conference game of the season on March 8.
He matched that career high in RBI against Furman on April 27 as part of a game which saw him knock out a career-best five hits and hit two more homers. He also drove in five runs against Charleston Southern on May 14.
Thompson had a stretch in which he reached base via a hit, walk or hit by pitch in 44 consecutive games. He homered in six of The Citadel's 10 SoCon series and also went deep against Big 12 champion and NCAA Super Regional participant Kansas State.

Top 10 Moments of the Year to Be Released Weekly; Moment No. 10 Goes to Micah Wessinger; Soccer’s Mariana Garcia’s Soccer Season Comes in at No. 9

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.
The ninth-best moment in Citadel athletics for 2012-13 went to Mariana Garcia of the  soccer team.
Named as the school's Female Athlete of the Year and the team's MVP, Garcia turned in one of the top individual season performances in program history last fall, as the Bogota, Colombia, native finished her junior season ranked 11th in the nation in goals per game with 0.78 and tied for 33rd nationally with 1.56 points per game.
She scored 14 goals and 28 points to rank second in school history for a single season, earning her first team All-Southern Conference accolades for the second time in her career.
Garcia netted a goal in 11 of the team’s 18 games and had two goals on three occasions, including a pair in a 4-2 win over eventual Southern Conference champion Georgia Southern.
She sits atop the record book in several career categories, including 31 goals, 67 points, 100 shots on goal and 11 game-winning goals. She was named first team All-SoCon in 2010 when she was honored as the league’s player and freshman of the year.
In addition to her work on the soccer field, this cadet-student-athlete has excelled in the classroom. She is a four-time member of the Dean’s List and has received Gold Stars on three occasions while boasting a 3.66 grade point average as a biology major.

A Letter from Southern Conference Commissioner John Iamarino

Greetings from the Southern Conference: 

In appreciation of those who support and follow our institutions, I wanted to share a few thoughts with you on our future.

Without question, 2012-13 was a challenging year for us. The changes caused by conference realignment are never an easy thing to deal with and often lead to misperceptions and unfounded rumors. The SoCon is not the only Division I conference to be touched by realignment. The constant search for more dollars and exposure in new markets has led a good number of institutions to use their athletic programs to rebrand themselves and abandon rivalries and other geographic considerations. Inevitably, it will be the student-athletes who will bear the brunt of increased travel and more time away from campus.

 For a variety of reasons, five of our institutions decided to join different conferences. We will strive to make the coming year as fair and equitable as possible for our departing members and wish them well when they leave. But this attrition does not mean we’re looking at a declining period for the Southern Conference.
Rather, we see opportunity.
We see a chance to brand the SoCon for what it truly is – an association of 10 institutions (beginning in July of 2014) committed to each other and to the diversity we bring. We see the opportunity to reinforce the student-athlete experience as our highest priority. Our teams will continue to play against conference members located within a bus ride’s distance, minimizing missed class time and enabling family and friends to travel to away games.
Our Presidents and Chancellors are constantly discussing ways to reinforce the principles of good sportsmanship. We’re also in the business of educating leaders, and so the Southern Conference will continue to organize a three-day leadership institute each summer for representatives of our student-athlete advisory committee.
The SoCon values the communities our member institutions call home. Unlike some conferences that have cobbled together new members based largely on exposure in certain  markets, we have added East Tennessee State, Mercer and VMI as members that will be good fits based upon three attributes – their commitment to the academic success of their student-athletes, their competiveness on the playing field or court, and their geographic location. It is telling that two of the three – VMI and East Tennessee State – are eagerly returning to the SoCon.
We never want to lose sight of our goal to be a highly competitive Division I conference and we’re adding quality programs to help in that regard. VMI’s basketball team has appeared in its conference tournament championship game three times since 2007. Mercer’s men’s basketball team won the 2012 College Insider Tournament and played in the 2013 NIT. Its baseball team earned an at-large bid to the NCAAs this season, and its women’s basketball team finished 20-12 and played in the postseason WBI tournament.  East Tennessee State sent its volleyball, women’s golf, men’s tennis and baseball teams to NCAA tournaments this past season.
We see terrific opportunities with the newest technology. We are working to make all SoCon videostreamed events available through a common digital platform, providing one-stop video shopping for families, friends and fans. We are committed to adding website video content and creating more apps for use on smart phones and tablets. More games will be made available on local and cable TV outlets than in the recent past, as well.
We’re also exploring non-athletic methods of strengthening the affiliation our members feel for each other and the Conference. These may take the form of community service projects done in competition by our student-athlete groups, awards honoring faculty members on our campuses, or a student-athlete wellness project conducted on a league-wide basis.
You might say change is in our DNA. In the past 92 years, we’ve had to re-invent ourselves on multiple occasions. Most of the present members of the ACC and SEC started out as members of the SoCon. Each time there has been change, our institutional leaders have made wise choices to stabilize the Conference and flourish.
We believe we have done that once again and we remain enthusiastic and energized about our future. On behalf of the Southern Conference, I thank you for your support of our member institutions and their student-athletes.

John Iamarino


Football Games Against Wofford and Samford to be Aired on ESPN3

The Citadel will host two football games that will be broadcast on ESPN3 in the fall, the Southern Conference announced.

The 2013 season will mark the third consecutive year the SoCon has partnered with ESPN3 to telecast league games and will be the first ESPN3 aired game at Johnson Hagood Stadium since Sept. 10, 2011.

The Citadel opens the conference's eight-week ESPN3 schedule against Wofford at Johnson Hagood Stadium in a game slated for 6 pm. Fireworks, sponsored by Kirkman Broadcasting, will follow the conclusion of that game.

The ESPN3 crew will be back in Charleston for The Citadel's Homecoming Game on Nov. 2 against Samford. Kickoff is slated for 2 pm.
Darren Goldwater returns to handle the play-by-play duties for the league's telecasts.  The 2013-14 season will mark Goldwater's third year on the conference package after three years as director of broadcasting and play-by-play announcer for The Citadel.
Veteran broadcaster Paul Maguire, who played football for the Bulldogs from 1956-59 and is enshrined in The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame, will handle the color commentary duties.  Maguire, who has called games at both the professional and collegiate levels, has more than 35 years of experience on air.  He has worked for ABC, NBC, ESPN and HDNet calling games for the NFL, CFL, USFL, UFL and college football.
ESPN3 is available in approximately 75 million homes to fans who receive their Internet connection from an affiliated service provider.  The network is also available at no cost to 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel.  ESPN3 programming is also available to subscribers through Xbox LIVE and through the free WatchESPN app available on smartphones and tablets.  The WatchESPN app is now available through Apple TV.

2013 Southern Conference Football Telecast Schedule on ESPN3

Sept. 7               Wofford at The Citadel                                       6 pm

Oct. 5                 Elon at Furman                                                     1:30 pm

Oct. 12               Furman at Chattanooga                                       6 pm

Oct. 19               Wofford at Western Carolina                               TBA

Oct. 26               Georgia Southern at Appalachian State               3:30 pm

Nov. 2                Samford at The Citadel                                       2 pm

Nov.  9                Wofford at Chattanooga                                      2 pm

Nov. 16               Chattanooga at Samford                                    3 pm    

*All times Eastern


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.”

A new “regular” to our lineup of correspondents are Col. Tony Lackey ’61, who has followed Citadel Athletics since the mid-1950s.  Col. Lackey’s memorable games and events run on Tuesdays as we’ve billed it, “Tuesdays With Tony.” 

We hope you enjoy them.

Quinton Ferrell Joins West Point Basketball Staff

Army head men's basketball coach Zach Spiker has announced the latest addition to the Black Knights' coaching staff with the announcement that Quinton Ferrell will serve as an assistant coach. Ferrell, a six-year sideline veteran, will begin his duties immediately.

A native of North Augusta, Ferrell spent the 2012-13 season as assistant at The Citadel. He worked with the Bulldogs' perimeter players while holding major responsibility in recruiting, opponent scouting and the monitoring of players' academic progress. Ferrell mentored Citadel sophomore point guard Marshall Harris III, who handed out 155 assists, the second most in program history.

Prior to his tenure at The Citadel, Ferrell spent five years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Presbyterian College. In addition to working with both perimeter and post players during his five seasons, he was responsible for a wide variety of tasks, including recruiting, scouting, team travel, equipment and academics. Ferrell helped the Blue Hose transition from Division II into the Division I ranks in 2007-08, and was part of the staff that engineered victories over Auburn, Wake Forest and 20th-ranked Cincinnati during his time in Clinton. He recruited the top two scorers in Presbyterian history, Khalid Mutakabbir (1,576 points) and Al'Lonzo Coleman (1,501 points), and helped Coleman earn All-Big South honors twice.

Ferrell joined the coaching ranks after a standout playing career with the Blue Hose. A team captain as a senior, he led the team in assists and steals in each of his final two seasons and was named the program's Most Valuable Defensive Player in each of those two campaigns. He was a two-time all-state performer at North Augusta High School, participating in the North Carolina/South Carolina All-Star Game after his senior season.

Ferrell earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Presbyterian in 2007.

Bulldog Breakaway

For those who don’t want all the bells and whistles, a terrific training run is the super low-key (typically 30 people or less) Bulldog Breakaway Twilight 5K at The Citadel, which starts at 6:30 pm Thursday from the Willson Field track and winds through campus and Hampton Park.  The fee is $25 and benefits The Citadel track team.  In-person registration starts at 5:30 pm.

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.

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 28-June 30       Father/Son

Wrestling                   July 5-12                    Multiple

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!

And Having Absolutely Nothing to Do with Athletics

With afternoon rains becoming more frequent, the Charleston County Mosquito Control folks are spraying to keep down mosquitoes. But they say there are steps you can take to reduce mosquitoes in your area:

  • Every three days, flush birdbaths, potted plant saucers and other containers that hold water;
  • Keep yard clean and cut;
  • Remove items from yard that hold water and are not needed outside;
  • Keep lawn and gardening equipment indoors;
  • Fix leaky faucets;
  • Keep gutters clean;
  • Fill in tree holes with sand or concrete;
  • Change pet water dishes regularly;
  • Chlorinate pools and clean the pool and filters;
  • Add fish to ponds.
Courtesy:  CharlestonCurrents.com

He Said It:

“I learned so much in the little time I was up there.  It’s such a mental game up there.  The pitchers are thinking two or three pitches ahead in the count. That’s the biggest difference.  I felt like they were a step ahead of me and I know I’ve got to get better at that.”

  • Former Bulldog first baseman Chris McGuiness, on his two weeks playing for the Texas Rangers.

Upcoming Birthdays

June 28            Jamie Stewart                            Soccer

July 8               Rob Acunto                            Administration

July 8               John McAleer                          Administration

July 10             Chad Wheeler                           Football

July 11             Russ Pace                               Photographer

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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