Today’s Blue & White

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s Official Electronic Newsletter

Friday, October 12, 2012


Opening Kickoff!

Today is the day that nearly 400 senior cadets have been waiting for since they ventured through Lesesne Gate slightly more three years ago as their Citadel Rings will be issued during an early afternoon ceremony in McAlister Field House.  We congratulate those who receive them and are certain that you will remember this afternoon forever.

While receiving Senior Rings is indeed a highlight of the weekend, another bright light is that it is Parents Weekend.  That means a 2 pm football game (against Southern Conference rival Western Carolina) with the famed Summerall Guards performing their spectacular and silent performance at halftime.

Families, friends and alumni from across the country and around the globe are expected on campus for the biggest of the college's four major weekends celebrated each year. The others are Homecoming, Corps Days and Graduation Week.

Parents' Weekend is filled with pomp and circumstance and milestones worth celebrating - from the promotion of the freshmen to cadet privates and their induction to the South Carolina Corps of Cadets to the presentation of class rings to the seniors. And, of course, it's all about parents getting a chance to spend time with their cadets, visit the campus and learn more about how the college develops principled leaders.

In addition to the Saturday morning military dress parade in honor of all parents, all academic departments will host open houses on Friday, and on Saturday parents and families will be able to go inside the barracks to visit cadet rooms, watch the Kelly Cup competition, hear the Regimental Band and Pipes perform and take part in many other activities, including the afternoon's football game.

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


Samford Tops Citadel

Andy Summerlin completed 23 of 32 passes for 320 yards, including an 82-yard touchdown strike to snatch momentum away from The Citadel in the third quarter, leading host Samford to a 38-7 victory over the Bulldogs in a Southern Conference game in Birmingham.

Rickey Anderson was one of the lone bright spots for The Citadel, rush­ing for 80 yards and scoring on a 55-yard sprint to pull the Bulldogs within 14-7 with 10:37 left in the third quarter.  The touchdown followed a fumble by Summerlin which was recovered at midfield by Mitchell Jeter.

But Samford responded just 1:18 later when a wide receiver raced past cor­nerback Brandon McCladdie, who slipped on the play, and hauled in the Summerlin throw to make it 21-7.  The touchdown was the third-longest pass play against The Citadel since 1966 when complete game records are available.

Carson Smith, the last standing member of The Citadel’s trio of sopho­more linebackers, led the Bulldogs with a game-high 12 tackles and also broke up two passes.  Derek Douglas had his second sack in as many weeks since returning to the starting lineup.

Earlier in the game, Rah Muhammad was lost for the season with a broken ankle.  The Bulldogs were already without Carl Robinson, who suffered a torn ACL the previous week against Chattanooga.

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Bulldogs Battle Catamounts

Two teams that need a win meet Saturday afternoon at Johnson Hagood Stadium when The Citadel hosts Western Carolina.  The Bulldogs have dropped three in a row after a 3-0 start, including wins over Georgia Southern and Appalachian State, which saw them climb to as high as No. 10 in the nation.

The Catamounts have won only once in six games during a difficult opening half of the season which has seen them play at Marshall in addition to SoCon games against Wofford, Samford, Furman and Georgia Southern.  Western’s lone win came in the opener against Mars Hill.

The Citadel will be looking to reverse a trend which has seen it lose 10 of its past 11 SoCon games at Johnson Hagood Stadium.  The Bulldogs snapped a nine-game home conference skid with their 23-21 victory over Georgia Southern on Sept. 8.


Noting The Citadel vs. Western Carolina Matchup

The Citadel holds a 20-15-1 lead in the all-time series which dates back to the 1972 season.  Last year the Bulldogs snapped a two-game losing skid to the Catamounts with a 35-7 victory in Cullowhee.

Prior to those two losses, The Citadel had won five in a row, begin­ning with a 30-27 overtime win in 2006.  Overall, the Bulldogs are 11-6 against the Catamounts at Johnson Hagood Stadium.

In addition to those 17 games in Charleston, The Citadel was the host team when it battled Western to a 22-22 tie at Williams-Brice Stadium in 1989.  That game was moved to Columbia as a result of the damage to Johnson Hagood Stadium by Hurricane Hugo.  Kevin Higgins is 5-2 vs. Western Carolina while Mark Speir is coaching against The Citadel for the first time.


The Citadel vs. Western Carolina under Kevin Higgins

Year    Score

2005    The Citadel 17, Western Carolina 7 (Cullowhee)

2006    The Citadel 30, Western Carolina 27 - OT (Charleston)

2007    The Citadel 37, Western Carolina 31 (Cullowhee)

2008    The Citadel 34, Western Carolina 14 (Charleston)

2009    Western Carolina 14, The Citadel 10 (Cullowhee)

2010    Western Carolina 24, The Citadel 13 (Charleston)

2011    The Citadel 35, Western Carolina 7 (Cullowhee)


"Rally to the Alley" -- Greet the Bulldogs on Their Arrival at Johnson Hagood Stadium 

Join the Stray Dog Society as they meet, greet and cheer the Bulldogs two hours prior to every home game at the Altman Athletic Center parking lot on Hagood Avenue.  The group invites everyone to join them as they help welcome the football-playing Bulldogs strut up “Stray Dog Alley,” accompanied by our cheerleaders and Spike.  The Stray Dog Society Tailgate hosts a pregame social and celebration following the Dog Walk two hours before every game with live entertainment, fellowship and loads of fun.  This is evolving into a great place to mix and mingle before the Regimental Band leads the Corps of Cadets as they march down Hagood Avenue and into Johnson Hagood Stadium.


Rent a Luxury Suite for the Elon Game

Have you always wanted to entertain and impress your friends at Homecoming and enjoy one of the luxury suites at Johnson Hagood Stadium?  One suite (#617) is now available to rent for the Elon (Homecoming) game on Nov. 3.  For more information, please contact TCBF Executive Director Jerry Baker at 843/953-5277 or email him at


Soccer Tops Georgia Southern; Falls to Davidson

Mariana Garcia scored two goals on five shots to record her ninth and tenth goals of the season as the soccer team downed Georgia Southern, 4-2, in a hard fought Southern Conference battle on Sunday in Statesboro, Ga.

Georgia Southern struck first in the game on a penalty shot goal in the 23rd minute to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead early in the match.  It took 17 minutes for the Bulldogs to strike back and even the game at one goal apiece before the half when Garcia took a pass from Nicholle Griffith and drove a 20-yard left-footed laser into the back of the net for her team-leading ninth goal of the season and 26th of her career.

The Citadel opened the score in the second half when Nicole Levermann fired a shot off a pass from Jillian Meyer in the 67th minute to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead.  Four minutes later Garcia posted what would prove to be the game-winner, the 11th of her career and second of the season, on a rebounded shot taken from Jannel Johnson that Garcia was able to put past the Eagle goalkeeper.

The second goal for Garcia gave her four points on the day, moving her into sole possession of first place in Citadel history with 59 career points.

Johnson would close out the Bulldogs' scoring spree in the final minutes when she dribbled a pass across midfield and fired a shot from 25 yards out to give her team a commanding 4-2 lead.  The win is the Bulldogs' fourth against Georgia Southern to improve its all-time record in the series to 4-8, the best against any conference foe.

On Thursday Garcia's early second half goal was not enough as Davidson edged The Citadel, 2-1, on WLI Field.  Garcia's eighth goal of the season and 25th of her career came in the 50th minute when The Citadel's career assist leader, Vanessa Aponte, pushed a pass to the foot of Garcia which she finished into the back of the net.

The Wildcats struck first as a mishap on the exchange from Karina Schneider to goalie Sarah Katchen was deflected and lobbed into the back of the net for the game's first goal.  The Bulldogs' best chance to notch one on the board in the first frame came in the 43rd minute when Aponte drilled a laser that grazed the post and deflected out of bounds.

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Wofford and Furman Down Bulldogs in Volleyball; Cadets Rebound with Wins over CSU and SSU

Behind four double-digit kill performances the volleyball team completed its second win of the season over Charleston Southern, prevailing in a five-set, 3-2 thriller by scores of 16-25, 25-20, 25-16, 19-25, 15-12 at McAlister Field House on Tuesday evening.

The Bulldogs managed 13 kills apiece from Rachael Farrell and Jessica Maxwell, while Amanda Rudnik and Ise d'Angelo added 12 and 10 kills, respectively, in the nightcap of a tri-match. Freshman Mikaela Tracy was also an integral part of the offense, handing out 45 assists, tying her career-high for a match.  On the defensive end, the Bulldogs got a sound showing from the back row combination of Erin Bucherl (22 digs), d'Angelo (12 digs) and Tracy (11 digs).  Up front they were able to rely on the performances of Farrell (five assisted blocks) and Lauren Hurt (four assisted blocks, one solo). 

Later in the day, a well-balanced lineup that included seven hits from Hurt, Farrell and Jessica Maxwell, The Citadel completed its second sweep of the season by defeating Savannah State by scores of 25-12, 25-17 and 25.17.

The Bulldogs converted 38 kills in 93 total attacks, committing only nine errors to close with a .312 hitting percentage. D'Angelo topped all hitters as she finished with five kills in 10 attacks and a .500 hitting percentage.  Meanwhile the defensive effort was anchored by the play of Bucherl (14 digs) and Maxwell, who finished with three solo blocks and assisted on four others. 

Rival Furman, behind double-digit kill outings by three players, completed a 3-0 sweep of The Citadel volleyball team by scores of 25-23, 25-13 and 25-10 on Saturday evening in McAlister Field House.

The Bulldogs were led offensively by Rudnik (seven kills) and Bailey Kernodle (five kills).  Meanwhile, Bucherl anchored a back row with 13 digs.

Lauren Hurt finished with 11 kills, four digs and three assisted blocks, however a trio of Wofford players proved to be the difference in the Terriers’ 3-1 (19-25, 25-12, 25-20 and 25-18) victory in Friday's action in McAlister Field House.

Hurt was the key cog in The Citadel lineup, converting 11 kills in 21 total attempts to finish with a .429 hitting percentage.  She also made her mark defensively with two solo blocks and three assisted blocks, both team highs.  Meanwhile, Maxwell added seven kills and the tandem of Farrell and Rudnik each chipped in five.  Bucherl highlighted the back row with 11 digs, while Rudnik finished with five.

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Men Nab Third Place; Women Take 11th at Disney Classic

The men's cross country team placed two runners in the top 10 to finish in third place out of 23 teams at the Disney Classic on Saturday, held on the campus of ESPN's Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla.

Danielle McKee placed seventh in the women's race to lead her team to 11th place out of 27 teams.

Seniors Kyle Keene and Austin Waldrop finished in seventh and 10th place, respectively, in a field of 190 collegiate runners to score impressive finishes in the men's 8k race.  Keene, who was the overall winner in last week's Bulldog Invitational, ran a time of 26:10, while Waldrop finished at 26:30.

Raeven Lantz (34th; 27:48), Atom Young (48th; 28:29) and John Gatewood (60th; 28:52) closed out the top-5 for The Citadel.

McKee, who has now led the Bulldogs in each of her 16 collegiate races, finished with a 19:25.  A trio of freshmen runners, Jacqueline Thompson (20:47), Jessica DeWitte (21:22) and Callian Colquitt (21:26), joined McKee in the 5k race.

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Jackson & Hunton Card Personal Bests in NCAA Rifle Match

The rifle team carded an aggregate score of 4,511 to finish in fourth place behind three ranked teams, including No. 1-ranked and 2012 NCAA National Champion Texas Christian, No. 7 Jacksonville State and No. 16 Columbus State, in Saturday's match at the Inouye Marksmanship Center.

Robert Jackson and Richard Hunton led all Bulldog shooters in air rifle with a mark of 575.  The score is Hunton's career-best and ties Jackson's personal best.  Jackson also carded a collegiate career-best small bore score of 564.

The Wright brothers, Franklin and Thor, fired air rifle scores of 567 and 569, respectively, en route to earning varsity letters in the event.  A varsity letter is earned when a marksman cards a score in air rifle or small bore that is 560 or above.

Nathaniel Moy and Hunton paced Jackson in small bore with impressive scores of 559 and 556, respectively.

Senior captain Julia McCullohs led all Citadel women, carding an air rifle mark of 569 and small bore score of 525.  Terri Craig finished closely behind McCullohs with an air rifle score of 564.

The defending national champion Horned Frogs dominated the match with an aggregate score of 4,702.  Behind TCU were No. 7 Jacksonville State (4,644) and No. 16 Columbus State (4,530).

TCU's Sarah Scherer, who is also a member of the United States Olympic Rifle team, took the individual crown with an air rifle mark of 598 and a small bore score of 589.

Sarah Beard, who is a member of the Pan-American team, finished right behind teammate Scherer, carding marks of 594 and 586 in air rifle and small bore.

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Design a Blue Out Rally Towel for Basketball Game

The basketball team wants your help designing the Blue Out Rally Towel that will be distributed at the Blue Out basketball game versus Davidson on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7 pm.

The design may consist of up to three colors on one side of a blue towel.  The fan with the best design, as voted on by members of the athletics department staff and Coca-Cola, will win a $250 VISA gift card, courtesy of Coca-Cola and an autographed team basketball.

All designs must be submitted via email to or in person by bringing a CD to the sports marketing office in McAlister Field House, by Nov. 2, at 5 pm.

The winner will be announced Nov. 10 on the official Citadel Sports Athletics Facebook page at  For more information or questions please contact or 843-953-8303.


Another Citadel-Furman Competition Looms

In conjunction with The Citadel playing rival Furman in football, The Citadel Brigadier Foundation is seeking golfers in which to battle the Paladins on the links.  Anyone interested in playing on Friday, Nov.16, at The Furman Golf Course (1 pm tee time) are asked to contact Jerry Baker at (843) 953-5277 or email him at


 TCBF Launches New Website

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation recently launched its own website and we’ll ask that you make one of your bookmarks.  The site is clean and easy-to-navigate site, and is full of information on facts and events surrounding TCBF.  We hope you find it beneficial.


22nd Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament Is Nov. 2

The 22nd Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament is set for Friday, Nov. 2 at Patriots Point Golf Club on Mt. Pleasant.  Registration is set from 7:15-8am with the shotgun start going at 8:30.  Participants that sign up prior to Sept. 30 get a discount ($125 as compared to $135 AFTER Sept. 30).  Fee includes green fees, cart, box lunch, beverage, Citadel Titleist golf cap, Citadel Footjoy Golf shirt, sleeve of Prov1 golf balls, range balls and more.  Hole sponsorships are available as is the opportunity for Reunion Classes to battle each other for a tournament within a tournament.  Early registration is encouraged as we are sure to sell out.  For more information, please call The Citadel Brigadier Foundation at 843/953-5277.


Date for 25th Annual TCBF Auction Set

Be sure and mark down February 9 on your calendar or IPhone as that will be the date for the 25th Annual Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s Auction.   If you have items to donate or care to join the planning committee, please contact Gina Inabnett at 843/953-5277.


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 and at  Also, the baseball and football teams now have their own Twitter accounts at and  Follow them today!


And Having Absolutely Nothing to Do with Athletics

Charleston's Broad Street is America's ninth greatest street, according to a new list by the American Planning Association. The top 10 great streets in the group's lists of 2012 Great Places in America are:

  1. Duval Street, Key West, Fla.
  2. Ward Parkway, Kansas City, Mo.
  3. Main Street, Bozeman, Mont.
  4. Wall Street, Kingston, N.Y.
  5. Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y.
  6. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
  7. Shaker Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio.
  8. Grant Street, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  9. Broad Street, Charleston, S.C.
  10. Gay Street, Knoxville, Tenn.


They Said It:

“It’s hard for a team to come up with a brand new scheme in three days’ practice.  So the good news is, we’ll know how they are going to line up.  Now we just have to go out and execute.”

  • Coach Kevin Higgins, on Western Carolina’s defense.


“I’m working for it.  I know that nothing’s guaranteed, and right now I’m just trying to focus on the season and doing the best I can for the team.”

  • Senior punter Cass Couey, who currently ranks second in the Southern Conference and sixth in FCS with an average of 44.1 yards per punt, on the possibility of seeking a NFL opportunity.

“I’m as interested in growing revenue and finding new ways to do that as anyone, but I think I’d bow to the overriding fact that the drinking age is 21 in the state of South Carolina and the majority of our cadets are younger than that.”

  • Director of Athletics Larry Leckonby, on the discussion of serving beer at home football games.


Upcoming Birthdays

Oct. 13                        Rob Burke                               Basketball

Oct. 14                        Fred Jordan                              Baseball


Upcoming Events

Nov. 2             22nd Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament @Patriots Point

Feb. 9              25th Annual TCBF Auction @McAlister Field House


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Today’s Blue & White is the official electronic publication of The Citadel Brigadier Foundation, Inc. with its office located at The Citadel, McAlister Field House, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC  29409 (office 843/953-5277).

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

Editor…………………Andy Solomon

Layout/Distribution…...Mike Petrini


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