Issue 6 Of The Campbell Times
Men’s Basketball head coach Kevin McGeehan opened his first season at Campbell with an 87-62 win over the Shenandoah Hornets.
Campbell has welcomed three new freshman and two transfers with Coach McGeehan for the 2013-2014 season.
Freshman guard Quinton Ray said that the team simply took “the will to win” from the victory over the hornets.
Ray said, “I feel like we are going to have a good season and this is going to be an exciting one.”
The Camels gave fans great hope for this season with their exhilarating performance on Friday night.
Redshirt-junior guard Andrew Ryan led the team with 21 points while redshirt-junior forward Darius Leonard had a career-high of 18 points.
Redshirt-junior Reco McCarter added 12 more points for the Camels and broke personal records with six steals and three blocks throughout the game. Redshirt-senior Antwon Oliver contributed an additional ten.
The team led from the start and the scoreboard read 28-13 at the half.
The Hornets attempted to close the gap during the second half but were not able to overcome the Camels.
To top off the victory over the division III hornets, senior Leek Leek and sophomore transfer Luke Moyer each threw in eight points and DJ Mason gave the team seven.
Coach McGeehan said, “87-62 is the ultimate positive. It’s hard to win college basketball games even against division three or whatever. It’s just hard to win so any time you can get one that’s terrific.”
Luke Moyer, a guard, took several positives away from the team’s first game.
Moyer said, “We have a chance to be a special team because of how much talent we have. We clearly saw that we need to get better on defense and trust in our offense. These are things that can and will be fixed through practice.”
Campbell’s record for opening games is now an impressive 7-1, not having lost an opening season game since 2005 against San Diego. This game starts off head Coach Kevin McGeehan’s career putting him at 1-0 right now.
The Camels take on Appalachian State on Tuesday, playing their first division one team of the season.
The Camels will start preparing for their next face off as soon as possible.
McGeehan said, “I think we have a lot to look at now. We can say ‘okay this is how we need to approach the next few days to get ready for Appalachian State.’ I think that there are lots of positives that we’ll use too. There’s positives and negatives. I think every time you go out there, that’s what you’re looking for, just to get the material for the next area of improvement.”
Fans can see the Camels back in action on Nov. 18 in Gore Arena at 7p.m. against NC Central.
By Hannah Lamb
Brian Hudson threw for a school-record 340 passing yards and three touchdowns as Campbell lost 55-28 to Pioneer Football League opponent Marist on Saturday at Barker-Lane Stadium.
Marist won its fourth-straight game as they totaled 487 yards of offense. Quarterback Chuckie Looney paced the Marist offense by completing 15-of-24 passes for 280 yards and four touchdowns and running back Atiq Lucas rumbled for 173 yards and three scores on 29 attempts.
Campbell was able to accumulate 459 yards of total offense on the afternoon, but the Camels were penalized 11 times for 112 yards, all in the first half.
“Marist is a very good football team, and at the end of the day you have to play a flawless football game to beat a good football team,” Campbell head coach Mike Minter said. “I’m proud of my team because they never quit, and we could have laid down, but we fought and battled until the final whistle and that’s the sign of a football team that is getting better.”
Campbell also recognized 14 seniors on the 2013 squad in pre-game ceremonies, as the Camels played in Barker-Lane Stadium for the final time on Saturday in front of 2820 fans.
“The seniors are the foundation of what we are doing and where this program is going to go,” Minter said. “I told them that when we get that championship, they’re going to be coming back here to hold the trophy and put a ring on their finger as well, because they bought in to the program, showed great leadership, and became men while showing the younger guys how to do the same.”
Senior Brian Hudson completed 18-31 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns, and added 19 yards on the ground. Hudson’s 340 passing yards is a Campbell single-game passing record, breaking Braden Smith’s mark of 336 set last season against Shorter.
“I’m proud of Brian Hudson,” Minter said. “I knew he would have a great year, running and throwing the ball, and I wish I had him for another season because lately, he’s really been in his groove and been able to break records here.”
Freshman DeShawn Jones led the Camels on the ground with 41 yards on 6 carries. Redshirt-junior Jabri Ridenhour caught six passes for 65 yards, while redshirt-sophomore Ben Bolling added five catches for 114 yards and a score. Bolling also found the endzone on a ten-yard run.
Campbell entered the game ranked eighth in the NCAA FCS rankings for rushing at 255.8 yards per game, but finished with a season-low 119yards on 36 attempts. Nevertheless, the Camels established a new season team rushing record with 2421 yards through ten games, passing the mark of 2315 set in 2011.
“The run game is something that I preach, run the ball and stopping the run,” Minter said. “We have got to do both of those things every single week, it is a winning formula. Our offense today was a machine, but we gave up too many yards on the ground.”
Marist jumped out to a 28-0 lead on the Camels with 4:26 to go in the second quarter. On the ensuing CU drive, Hudson connected with redshirt-junior Jordan Hildreth on a 71-yard strike to bring the Camels with 28-7 at halftime.
Campbell was able to find the end zone on three drives in the fourth quarter, including Bolling’s 10-yard scamper to open the fourth quarter. Hudson was able to connect freshman tight end Austin Fleming on a 36-yard touchdown to bring the score to 41-21. CU put their final points on the board as Hudson also connected with Bolling for a 74-yard score with 5:55 to go and the score at 48-28.
Campbell will take a break from PFL action on Nov. 16, when the Camels travel to Old Dominion for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
CU closes out the season on Nov. 23 at in-state PFL opponent Davidson for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
By Scott Baytala
As Campbell’s Swimming Team treks through their season, they have gone undefeated, 6-0.
Head Coach Pascal Molinard acknowledges the team’s work and success.
“It is a good feeling to know that what we are doing and working toward is working so far,” Molinard said. “We take it one meet at a time and we prepare to the best of our abilities to stay focused on our goals. Our athletes are working very hard in the classroom and at practice to reach one common goal and it seems like it’s working well.”
Also impressed by their team record is Sophomore Erica Wammock, a sprint free and fly swimmer.
“It feels pretty amazing to be undefeated. This is the best record we’ve had so far,” Wammock said. “We put a lot of effort into it, so it’s nice to see it pay off.”
On Saturday, Women’s Swimming will swim against Queens and Davidson in Charlotte.
Queens, with a top five Division-II program and Davidson with its own strong swimming program, Coach Pascal said he expects his team to meet the challenge.
“We want them to be ready to give everything that they have in and out of the water for that meet. It will take a team effort and everyone will have to swim their best,” Molinard said.
Wammock is also looking forward to swimming against Queens and Davidson.
“I think we’re going to put up a really good fight. Whatever happens is gonna happen. We are gonna swim as fast as we can and keep up what we’ve got going on,” she said, “Regardless of whatever happens, we are still going to train hard so when conference comes around we are well prepared.”
Women’s Swimming’s Current Season:
Oct. 12 Sat. UNC ASHEVILLE- W 166-86
Oct. 12 Sat. NORTH CAROLINA A&T- W 188-60
Oct. 19 Sat. at Radford, Radford, Va.- W 191-71
Oct. 26 Sat. at St. Andrews, Laurinburg, N.C.- W 158-21
Oct. 26 Sat. vs. Davis & Elkins, Laurinburg, N.C.- W 152-60
Nov. 2 Sat. at Marshall, Huntington, W. Va.- W 166-114
By LynJosha Russell
At the beginning of the academic year, the Women’s basketball team has brought on former CU point guard Janice Washington to the Lady Camels as an
assistant coach, entering the first season of her second coaching stint with the program. She spent her sixth campaign as an assistant coach from 2002-2008 after her stellar playing career in 1997-2001. As a Campbell alumnus, she considers the Creek her home as she starts her time with the Lady Camels.
What brought you back to Campbell?
“Last year, I was with Lackawanna College. I had seen the coaches at the final four and we started talking for a while. I noticed that a position came available on the staff (one of the other assistants decided to go back to school) and I took the opportunity to apply. This place is kind of like home and just like everyone else, you apply and hope everything works out for the best.”
What were you doing while you were away from Campbell?
“While I was away for the most of the time, four out of the five years I was gone, I spent doing commercial sponsorship and event management for different army bases I had lived on. The last year I was away I spent that year as head coach of Lackawanna College.”
What is your role here at Campbell?
“This year I handle all of the travel arrangements for our team. I also do scouting break downs and on/off campus recruiting. I manage the sophomore recruiting database. Right now, one of the biggest things outside the scouting is preparing for our 12th annual fundraiser, the Lady Camel Golf Tournament on April 26, 2014 which is really the world I lived in before with event management.”
What has the transition been like coming back to Campbell?
“It’s been good, it always good to be back because you always feel like a rock star when you walk across campus where everyone knows you. I mean that literally. In the first month I was back, I would go across campus; I would see professors, boosters, and other alumni. It’s a really good feeling to feel loved around here. I would be in Lillington, Dunn, and someone would yell out “small-fry” and I would be like ‘who knows me, who is it?’ The feeling of being loved is amazing.”
What adversities might you face this year as assistant coach?
“In terms of adversity, as a team concept you will never face it yourself. It will be a team thing, and right now we are having some issues keeping everyone healthy. Information sharing with the scouts is a big deal because we need to make sure we have all the information to fully prepare our kids. If we don’t have the information we need, then it’s a problem. I don’t want there to be a situation going into a game where we don’t know what we are going to face. When problems come out, we just need to deal with them as they come.”
By Matthew Sokol
On Saturday night, Campbell women’s soccer hosted VMI for the Camel’s Senior Night.
The night honored three seniors: Hillary Gupton, Caitlin Schneider, and Jessica Tharpe.
Gupton and Schneider each contributed a goal to the nights 4-0 victory over VMI.
Schneider scored the first goal thirteen minutes and twenty-four seconds into the first half.
The senior midfielder kinesiology major said, “It was a big night and it was Senior Night. Everyone wanted to play hard and end the year strong here.”
The second goal was scored by Alexis Prada, junior midfield/forward, about five minutes after Schneider’s goal.
Before the half ended, Rachel Miller, sophomore defender, added a third goal with 32:45 left in the first half.
This put the camels up 3-0 against VMI ending the first half.
The team did not let halftime deflate their energy and maintained their momentum going into second half.
Senior defender Hillary Gupton said, “When you’re winning, it’s easy to feed off of each other’s energy.”
Gupton added the Camels’ fourth and final goal of the night early in the second half forty-seven minutes and fifty-one seconds into the game.
Head coach Todd Clark said the win was a promising sign for the team.
Clark said, “We were motivated. We did not have it easy early in the year, but we’re seeing our real team now. We just challenge the kids; we’re here for a reason. We told them, ‘we’re having success because you pushed hard.’”
Schneider said the win was crucial for the team.
Schneider said, “It feels really good. It’s a huge win going into High Point and potentially the tournament.”
The team is hoping to make it into the conference tournament, which will be determined by the outcome of the game against High Point on Oct. 29.
Clark said he is already focused on the next game.
“We have to go to High Point and win that game,” Clark said. “The goal is always to get to the conference championship. Nobody cares that we’re young and have a lot of injuries; all they care about is that we win.”
By Hannah Lamb
Campbell University took on High Point University in a duel in Gore Arena on Friday evening, but did not produce the outcome they were looking for.
The High Point offense hit the Camels hard in the first two sets. They fell in the first set, 16-25, as well as in the second set, 22-25.
As the match arrived at the third set,Campbell started to show some confidence in their play and some potential for a comeback.
Campbell’s offense showed great signs of strength and their serving was top quality.
The Camels took the third set 26-21, but were still down, 1-2.
Unfortunately, the confident Panthers showed no mercy in the fourth set closing down the doors. Campbell gave up many points due to errors in the game giving High Point easy points.
The Camels fell, 18-25, wrapping up the match.
Head Coach Goral said the team is working hard to produce wins.
“We will just continue to practice and focus on becoming more consistent,” Goral said. “We are playing really good volleyball for most of every game. However, there is one section of the game, being four or five points, where we have a lot of errors, allowing teams to either get a lead or get back in the game. If we can clean that up and change our mentality and earn some points before they get four or five then we will be good.”
Sophomore outside hitter Katelyn Layden was a major component of the game and led the team in the points.
“I think for our next game the most important part is having the mentality of being aggressive and staying aggressive from beginning to end,” Layden said. “Part of being aggressive is communication and having your teammates talking to you gives you confidence and with confidence builds aggression.”
Senior setter Heather Wilson said she learned a lesson for the game.
“The most important thing is not to dwell on tonight’s game and not take it into another game,” Wilson said. “We need look back at what our errors were and what our strong points are. We need to find new ways to score and learn from our mistakes.”
The Lady Camels will play their next game against Gardner Webb on Nov. 1.
By Matthew Sokol
The Fighting Camels Men’s Soccer team swept Longwood Wednesday evening, 3-1.
Campbell defense stayed strong as senior goalkeeper, Ethan Hall, blocked two back-to-back shots by Longwood in the first half.
With all the fancy Camel footwork being done on the field, junior forward, Bryce Miller, assisted fellow junior forward, Jhuvon Francis, in the first goal of the half.
However, Longwood quickly retorted back with a goal, leaving the score 1-1 at the end of the half, with six shots from the Camels and four from the Lancers.
The Fighting Camels came into the second half strong.
Ten minutes into the half, sophomore forward, Pepe Rangel, assisted Francis with another goal.
As hard as the Lancers tried, they couldn’t keep up with the rapid strides of the Camels.
With less than nine minutes left in the half, Francis, assisted by sophomore forward Isaiah Page makes the third goal of the half, leaving the score at 3-1.
The goal was Francis’ fifth goal of the season.
With the third goal, the Camels secured their win against the Lancers.
“Everyone came in with 100% to bring in the win,” Francis said.
Head coach Steve Armas had positive testaments after the Camels’ win.
“Longwood changes the way they play depending on who they play,” Armas said. “Playing them was a big guessing game. Overall I am pleased with how the guys played. Scoring three goals in a game is huge for us.”
However, the coach acknowledges the Camels’ work is not done.
“We need more individual big plays in our game and be clearer on not giving up our goals,” Armas said. “We also need to be stronger mentally and physically because we never know what the team will throw at us.”
Francis agrees the team can still work on their game.
“Our communication needs to get better. We are improving day by day and training very hard,” Francis said.
The Men’s Soccer team will be back in action this Saturday against host Gardner Webb at 1 p.m.
By LynJosha Russell
On Tuesday in Gore Arena, Campbell’s volleyball team overpowered South Carolina State. 3-0.
The Fighting Camel’s offense was too potent for the Bulldog’s defense firing from all angles.
In the first set, Campbell took a sharp lead of 25-15 edging out South Carolina State
Red-shirt junior and outside hitter Jessica Groen led the team with five points in the first set.
Campbell took the second set with a score of 25-11.
Red-shirt sophomore outside hitter Alexis Hein led the team with three kills and six total attacks.
“We felt prepared this game from last game,” Hein said, “and are now mentally prepared for our game Friday Oct. 25 against High Point University.”
The Camels gave no leniency to the Bulldogs and took the third set, 25-17, leading Campbell to a victory.
Freshman middle back Jenny Tait was a force to be reckoned with coming off the bench with five kills and six total attacks.
“It felt really good coming off the bench and go out showing what we can do,” Tait said. “It is always a team effort knowing we go out as a team and play like a team all the time. Every time we go out on the court, we get more confident with what we need to do.”
Head coach Goral was positive about Tait’s performance
“Jenny did a great job for us and we really have been working on her arm swing making it faster,” Goral said. “She has some length that really opens up different parts of the court for her. As long as we put the ball in the right spot, our hitters can be effective, and our setters did a great job. She did a great job in attacking the right area of the court with some pace, and she is only going to get better.”
Rookie freshman setter Rachel Ramirez also came off the bench and led the team with nineteen assists.
Ramirez said, “It made me felt good coming off the bench knowing my team supports me. It paid off working hard in practice coming in early and staying late. We work hard to make the program better every time we play.”
Sophomore libero Mary Crema has earned 528 digs of the season, second on the Camels’ all-time chart. Crema leads the Camels with 5.50 per set average.
Coach Goral has pushed the Fighting Camels to success, surpassing their old record, 7-24, with a current record of 8-4.
“We really worked on our execution offensively and defensively from last game making sure we were discipline and ready for South Carolina St. to attack all different areas of the court,” Goral said. “This is the hardest part about playing defense; a team like South Carolina St. does a really good job in not hitting in just one area, but in all areas. We really just focused on our defense making sure they weren’t getting any easy points and really executing scoring points with our offense. Serving is always something we strive to be good at, and we wanted to pressure on them with our serve. This game we had better energy, communication, and focus that we needed to put away a good team in three games.”
Catch the Lady Camels at home as they host High Point University on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.