Issue 12 of The Campbell Times
After falling 10-2 to High Point on Monday, the Campbell baseball team (19-10) took on ACC foe NC State Tuesday evening at Jim Perry Stadium (16-11) in a dual to the end of 12 innings falling 9-2.
Both NC State and Campbell fans filled the stadium with an attendance of 1,082.
The Camels dropped two runs in the third and fourth innings including a solo HR in the top of the fourth by second baseman Logan Ratledge. However, senior starting pitcher Ryan Koopman was able to take the team deep in the game with six innings pitched along with four strikeouts.
“For me, tonight was building off what I have been doing in the past. The defense behind me was great where they had a lot of hard hit balls making big time double plays.” Koopman said. “It wasn’t really about me; it was about the team where we had a lot of energy coming in. Sometimes you are going to win, and sometimes you aren’t, it was just a tough night at the end.
Freshman Danny Pardo was able to put the Camels on the board in the seventh inning with a single knocking in senior Clayton Brown. Redshirt sophomore catcher Steven Leonard was able to sacrifice bunt in senior short shop John Reilly evening the game at two runs even.
“The strengths of the game are that we kept battling tonight. It took all 35 guys to get to the point where we were in that ball game. The pressure we put on ourselves and the excitement we had, and if we use that from here on out we will be alright.” said Reilly. “Some people say that playing teams like NC State brings out the excess excitement, but we should just treat them just like any other team.”
Senior pitcher Ryan Thompson was able to stop any further damage where the team already faced a two run deficit. Thompson was able to shut the doors with 3.1 innings pitched along with two strikeouts.
“We were down 2-0 when I came, and it was just my job to be the stopper where I knew our offense was going to put up runs”. said Thompson. “We had the best dugout energy we had all year, where it didn’t matter who we were playing. We have so many games ahead with more important games to come this weekend where we are going to sweep that series.”
The game remained with a Pack lead of two runs until the seventh inning where NC State was able to put seven runs across. In the start of the long twelfth inning, NC State was able to clear the bases where damage couldn’t be stopped. However, the team was able to hold the Wolf pack off thanks to numerous pitching changes.
“I thought our guys were really comfortable and we had three or four times to win and the ball just didn’t bounce our way. Sometimes in baseball the ball falls in, and sometimes it doesn’t. Our guys hit the ball hard right at them. Pardo smokes the ball right up the middle. “Goff said. “It is one of those things where baseball doesn’t have any feelings, and only the tough kids survive. We will bounce back, and we didn’t come here to participate in this game, we expected to win where we an awesome crowd; one of the biggest since I have been here.”
Campbell takes on Elon University on Wednesday night away at Elon with a 6:30 start with clear weather in the forecast.
By Matt Sokol
Campbell Women’s Lacrosse team plans to improve their 6-7 finish from last year with the start of their spring season.
The team has increased from last season bringing back 12 players and welcoming 12 newcomers.
The team is bringing back the same three team captains: senior midfielders Cloey Henchcliffe, Taelar Errington, and senior goalkeeper Brittany Kincer.
The team has three new coaches, including new head coach Dawn Easley. Coach Easley is a 2005 Pfeiffer graduate who served as both an assistant coach in the 2007-2008 season and then later, a head coach.
“For this year we really want to compete for the conference tournament and finish in the top half of the conference. Being a second year programs we are really young with a ton of talent, but we have to make it work for our team.” Easley said. “I am looking for the captain’s leadership and experience where all 3 are four year lacrosse players.”
Henchcliffe , who was honored by being named first team of the Big South Conference last year, hopes to continue to make an impact on the field.
Henchcliffe scored 36 points on 60 shots in 12 games last year earning 29 goals. Henchcliffe tallied seven assists along with 17 forced turnovers.
“I couldn’t have done it without our team, the set ups by my offensive players were giving me. I know this year is going to be a lot better between incoming freshman and the girls from last year are going to get a lot of recognition.” Henchcliffe said. “The younger players inspire me and I take what they have on the table where we all work together.
Sophomore attack Loren Day was named Second Team for the Big South. Of 13 games, Day led the team with 35 goals scoring 48 points earning 13 assists with a total of 74 shots.
“It was definitely an honor as a freshman earning that award but I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere without my teammates. When my teammates are doing well, then I play well.” Day said. “The coaching and the positivity they are giving and having their leadership is what is important.”
The team will host a scrimmage at Barker-Lane Stadium Sunday at 2 p.m.
By Matt Sokol
With the Campbell Wrestling Team’s season underway, head coach Joseph Boardwine feels there are misconceptions about the sport and the team itself.
1. The sport is misunderstood
Boardwine said people should be open-minded when it comes to wrestling and said he feelsmany people are quick to judge this highly athletic sport.
“[Wrestling] it has been around since biblical times,” Boardwine said. “It really is the basis of a lot of other sports like UFC fighting and MMA.”
Boardwine said he encourages Camel fans to come out and watch a match.
“Even if you know nothing about wrestling, don’t judge. You’ll learn more about it from one match.”
2. Wrestling brings more diversity to Campbell
The geographical and ethnic diversity on the wrestling team is wide spread.
The team includes twelve athletes from North Carolina, three from Pennsylvania, two from California, and one each from Ohio, Florida, Washington, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, and Finland.
Boardwine said a more diverse team brings high athleticism from everywhere, providing a greater competitive atmosphere.
3. Wrestling brings big name universities to a small town
Not only has wrestling brought diversity inside the team, it brings big name college and universities to Buies Creek for their matches.
Big name schools such as, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State, Duke and Northwestern compete in the Creek.
4. Making their way from the bottom
In 2010, Campbell Wrestling was ranked at the bottom of nation rankings.
According to Takedown Media, Campbell is ranked #53 in the country now, which is above 59#-Duke.
In 2014, Campbell defeated Appalachian State 26-15, but CU was previously outscored 647-170 in those scores with a record of 1-21.
Campbell was win-less to both Gardner-Webb and Davidson in previous years. Gardner Webb with 8 attempts and Davidson with 5 attempts.
Recently Campbell has defeated Gardner-Webb three seasons in a row and Davidson 4 seasons in a row.
5. Wrestling is currently undefeated
Campbell’s record is currently 4-0 and the team is tied for #1 in the Southern Conference.
In the near future, they will compete against more Division I schools they hope to beat.
The CU team will next face Chattanooga in Gore Arena on Saturday at 6 p.m.
By LynJosha Russell
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Senior defender, Travis Golden was recently selected in the MLS Draft for DC United. Being one of the eight from Campbell in the past years to be selected he said he is beyond excited about the news.
How does it feel to be selected in the MLS draft?
“It feels amazing to be selected in the MLS draft. It has been my dream to become a professional soccer player since I was a little kid, and to actually get a chance to fulfill my dream is a blessing.”
What went through your mind when you found out that you were selected?
“I honestly was in complete and total shock and very excited when I heard the news. I had to call my parents right away.”
What have been your major achievements?
“Playing for the Youth National Team when I was in the seventh and eighth grade has to be one of my major achievements. Also, when I signed to play for Campbell when I was a senior in high school, but nothing beats getting drafted into the MLS.”
How has your team supported you through the years?
“My team has been extremely supported of me through the years. They have always believed in me, and I would not be where I am today without them.”
What are you looking forward to while in the draft?
“I look forward to gaining experience from this and just learn what it takes to become a professional.”
By LynJosha Russell
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