Archive for February, 2012

Citadel Ranger Challenge team headed to Sandhurst Challenge

February 29, 2012

The Citadel’s Ranger Challenge team is headed to the premier military skills competition April 20-21. After finishing in first place at the Bold Leaders Challenge Feb. 18 and 19 at Fort Knox, Ky., the team qualifies to take part in the Sandhurst Military Skills Competition at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Sandhurst is an inter-company competition at West Point. Not only do West Point teams compete amongst themselves, but they compete against teams from their fellow federal service academies, select teams from the U.S. Army Cadet Command (ROTC), the United States Military Academy Preparatory School team, and international teams. Fifty-five teams will take part in Sandhurst, including international competitors from Great Britain, Australia, Afghanistan and China.

Thiswill be the first time in more than a decade that a Citadel team has competed at Sandhurst.

“We have an exceptional group of young men and women that will represent The Citadel,” said Col. Laurence Hutto, commanding officer of the Palmetto Battalion at The Citadel. “We are excited to be able to compete at this level for the first time in recent years.This is a testament to the commitment, training and leadership of our cadets and the instructors in the Palmetto Battalion.”

The Palmetto Battalion Ranger Challenge team trains seven days a week while maintaining good standing in their academic requirements and cadet duties. They compete in a rapid, timed series military tasks along an eight-mile route. The winning squad is determined by the total time required to negotiate the course plus total points scored throughout the two days.

The Citadel team that will compete at Sandhurst consists of cadets Joseph Cruz (captain), Guy Perez (assistant captain), Jeffrey Batchelder, Scott Benton, Alexa Bookhart, Morgan Fowler, Phillip Martin, Daniel Smith, Colton Waugh, Brayden Reince and Paris Scot.

Among the other 16 teams at the Bold Leader Challenge were Virginia Military Institute, Norwich, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, New Mexico Military Institute and Georgia Military College.

Placing 4th at the Bold Leaders Challenge was the team of cadets Jeffrey Selan (captain), Yban Nieto (assistant captain), Matthew Boatner, George Brumbalow, Carter Elms, Nicholas Fish, Julia McCulloughs, Jack Russell, Zachary Taylor and alternates Terri Craig and Robert Sumner.

Coaches for this year’s Bold Leaders Challenge were Maj. Todd Cody, Capt. Chris Bigott, Master Sgt. Daniel Webster and Master Sgt. Mario Dread. 


The Truth about Indian Hill

February 28, 2012

From the Charleston Post/Courier

written by Bo Petersen

“Tribal mounds, artillery batteries and surreptitious soap box racing — Indian Hill is both legend and lore. Its history is an obscure piece of Charleston’s past.

The hill is a sand bluff along the Ashley River on The Citadel military college campus, the rise where the water tower stands today. It climbs some 15 feet from the marshes, making it the highest natural ground on the Charleston peninsula. It’s steep enough that on a recent afternoon Marine ROTC cadets sweated up it crawling with rifles or hauling sand-filled ammo boxes, panting as they stopped to call, “Good afternoon, Master Sergeant.”


Photo by Tyrone Walker
A Citadel cadet totes an ammunition cans atop the campus'
Indian Hill during physical training Feb. 23, 2012.

The rise has been called Indian Hill for as long as anyone remembers, maybe because its camel-hump shape resembles a native ceremonial mound.   The “Indian” legend of its origin was widely accepted for generations, until archaeologists in the 1970s excavated and disproved it. They did find a brick wall, a clay pipe, a pewter spoon, a shutter pin and — incongruously — native American pottery fragments. They concluded the hill was the site or very near the site of the colonial Gibbs plantation house, a trading family that likely did business with native tribes.

In the 1950s, Elmore Marlow of James Island and his friends used to scavenge wood and metal from the neighbors’ garbage around Rutledge Avenue, so they could build soap box racers. There was only one hill in the sea level Lowcountry to race them. So the kids snuck by the guard at the Dunnemann Street back gate to roll Indian Hill.   “It was exciting,” he recalled recently, “and the ride ended when we reached the bottom of the hill and were greeted by marsh.” He later heard that the hill was created as an artillery battery to guard the river during the Revolutionary War.

That’s another myth. Its true past is eerie.

Almost directly across the Ashley from the hill is Charles Towne Landing, the original city site and the spot where a ferry ran to the Gibbs Plantation and the Lowndes Grove Plantation nearby. At this time of year in 1780, British forces landed on Kiawah Island, looking to force the surrender of Charleston. They worked upstream along the plantation road south of the Ashley, crossed the river out of sight of the city, came down and took the plantations and the ferry.  They began digging parallels — trench lines for troops to advance, dig by dig, on the defenses of the walled city. The staging grounds, the place where men and supplies were ferried across, were set where The Citadel and nearby Hampton Park are today. From the hill, commanders had an unrivaled view of the peninsula and the battle — a view so dramatic that period etchings of the city evidently were drawn from it.   The siege of the city became the largest surrender of American forces until the surrender of Bataan in the Philippines during World War II, said Maj. Steven Smith, The Citadel tactical officer and campus historian.

The hill did eventually become an artillery battery. In the 1930s, The Citadel cadets in training fired artillery from the rise. It’s been used by bagpipe players and campus pep rallies. Smith got introduced to the hill on an obstacle course across it when he was a cadet in the 1980s. Little regarded in the history laden city, it has its own rich heritage. Walking by it “is like walking in downtown Charleston. If you know the history it comes alive. It has its own story,” Smith said. “If you don’t know the history, you’ll walk right past.””

Citadel NROTC announces Surface Warfare Officer Assignments

February 27, 2012

Eight midshipmen and an active duty officer candidate in The Citadel Naval ROTC have competitive Surface Warfare Officer assignments waiting for them upon graduation in May.   Warfare Officer assignments available for graduating seniors. Ship assignments are all around the globe from Virginia to Hawaii to Japan.    “This is a unique and exciting opportunity for the midshipmen to pick the port and ship where they will serve their first two-year tour as a Division Officer,” said Col Tom Clark, commander of the NROTC unit. “It is a very important decision that will determine their course at the beginning of their careers.”

Midshipmen (all cadets) and Officer Candidates (all active duty sailors enrolled in the Seaman-to-Admiral 21 program) are ranked by order of merit against their peers nationally. It is a competitive process.   In addition to receiving highly regarded Surface Warfare Officer assignments, all The Citadel students received their top choices of ships shown below:

  • Cadet Mary Rochelle Bennett – USS Ashland (LSD-58), Norfolk, Va.
  • Officer Candidate/STA-21 Matthew Finn – USS Carney (DDG-64) , Mayport, Fla.
  • Cadet William Pike – USS Gettysburg (CG-64) , Mayport, Fla.
  • Cadet Zachary Wardelman – USS Gettysburg (CG-64) , Mayport, Fla.
  • Cadet Edward Anuat -USS McFaul (DDG-74), Norfolk, Va.
  • Cadet Casey McAuliffe – USS MITSCHER (DDG-57), Norfolk, Va.
  • Cadet Jordan Smith – USS MITSCHER (DDG-57), Norfolk, Va.
  • Cadet Dolph Eich – USS Freedom (LCS-1), San Diego, Calif. (This is one of the newest Navy ships, which was commissioned in 2008 and is designed specifically for littoral warfare.)

Achieving excellence in the education of principled leaders

Cribb hurls Gem, Dogs gain split with Blue Hens

February 26, 2012

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Delaware (2-5) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 6 1
The Citadel (3-4) 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 X 3 8 0
@ Charleston, S.C. | Joseph P. Riley Park
Win: Logan Cribb (1-0) – The Citadel
Loss: Kuhl,Chad (0-2) – Delaware
Delaware Batting
2B: Powell,Tyler
3B: none
HR: none
The Citadel Batting
2B: Joe Jackson; Justin Mackert; Tyler Griffin; Bo Thompson
3B: none
HR: none

full stats

Charleston, S.C. – Logan Cribb tossed six scoreless innings with five strikeouts to lead The Citadel to a 3-2 victory over visiting Delaware Sunday afternoon at Riley Park. The Bulldogs won the final two games of the four-game series and take a 3-4 record into another four-game set with Columbia starting Thursday at 5:00 p.m.

The Bulldogs jumped on the scoreboard with a single run in the third for a 1-0 lead. With two outs, Joe Jackson doubled to center and advanced to third on a wild pitch during ball four to Nick Orvin, putting runners at the corners. Delaware starter Chad Kuhl balked on a 2-1 pitch to Justin Mackert to bring in Jackson for the 1-0 Bulldog lead.

The Citadel added a pair of runs in the fifth to extend its lead to 3-0. Mason Davislined a one-out single through the right side and advanced to second on a wild pitch by Kuhl. One batter later, Orvin laced a RBI single to left center and Mackert followed with a RBI double that painted the left-field line, scoring Orvin from first.

Delaware got back into the game with a pair of runs in the eighth, but the Bulldogs held on for the win. With Ryan Hines on in relief of Cribb and two away, Hines walked Nick Ferdinand and Alex Maruri singled to right to put runners at first and second. Zach Sherrill replaced Hines on the mound and promptly threw a wild pitch on his first delivery, moving the runners up 90 feet. Tyler Powell stroked a two-run double down the right-field line on a 2-0 pitch to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to one. Sherrill settled down to get the final out of the inning and TJ Clarkson tossed a perfect ninth for his first save of the season.

Jackson had a pair of hits to lead the Bulldogs, who recorded four doubles on eight hits of the Blue Hens’ staff. Cribb scattered four hits and walked three on the way to his first win of the season.

Kuhl took the loss for Delaware, allowing three runs on six hits in 4-2/3 innings. Powell collected three hits for the Blue Hens. Both teams left seven runners on base each.

Groselle Ties Reagan Truesdale for season Double-Doubles

February 26, 2012
Mike Groselle (file photo)
Charleston, S.C. –  Mike Groselle recorded the 14th double-double of the season and 22nd of his career, finishing with 14 points and 16 rebounds, but it was rival College of Charleston that emerged with a 55-47 victory at McAlister Field House on Saturday afternoon.

Groselle scored a game-high 14 points by hitting 7-of-12 from the floor, while teammate DeVontae Wright converted 10-of-12 free throw attempts to close with 10 points and four assists. The Citadel (6-23, 3-15) also got solid offensive performances from the tandem of Bo Holston (eight points) and Lawrence Miller(seven points). Groselle completed the double-double by posting 16 rebounds, including six on the offensive glass, to place himself alongside Regan Truesdale for the most in program history. Joining Groselle as a force in the paint was C.J. Bray, who hauled in seven boards, as the Bulldogs finished with a decisive 37-26 edge in rebounds.

The trio of Anthony Stitt (12 points), Antwaine Wiggins (12 points) and Andrew Lawrence (11 points) carried the load for the College of Charleston offensively. Both Stitt and Wiggins finished 4-of-7 from the floor and were held without a 3-pointer, while Lawrence capped off his double figure outing by knocking down 3-of-7 from the field and 1-of-5 from beyond the arc. The trio also managed four free throws apiece as the Cougars finished 16-of-27 (59.3%) from the line on the afternoon. Center Trent Wiedeman led CofC with seven rebounds, while Adjehi Baru and Wiggins hauled in five rebounds each. The College of Charleston moves to 19-11 overall and 10-8 in league play.

The Citadel scored first to break the 21-21 halftime score as Groselle caught a pass from Marshall Harris III to put the Dogs in front by two. College of Charleston quickly answered with a jumper from Baru, before Robertson forged the Dogs in front 25-23 with 16:39 on the clock.

Wiggins scored the next four straight points for CofC, including a dunk on a pass from Anthony Stitt, to move the Cougars in front 27-25 at the 14:49 mark.

Freshman Lawrence Miller stepped up for The Citadel, draining a 3-pointer for the slim one point lead, only to have College of Charleston score the next seven straight points and move in front 34-28 on a breakaway dunk by Wiedeman.

A free throw by Wright trimmed the CofC advantage to five before a four points by Stitt pushed the lead to 38-30 with 9:18 remaining in the half.

Buckets by Groselle and Miller brought the Cadets within five points of the Cougars, only to have a layup by Wiggins and free throws by Stitt make for the first double-digit lead of the game, 45-35.

The Citadel used its defensive prowess hold College of Charleston to just six points over the next 3:14 of the contest, maneuvering themselves within 51-47 of the lead on a pair of layups by Groselle and Holston.

However, CofC made three free throws down the stretch to complete the eight-point victory in front of 4,166 in attendance at McAlister Field House.

The two teams struggled to find any offensive rhythm in the opening half, as CofC manged to hit 7-of-22 (31.8%) from the field and The Citadel 5-of-18 (27.8%).

Wright and Lawrence led their respective units with seven points, as Wright converted 7-of-8 trips to the charity stripe. Groselle finished the opening frame with nine rebounds, including three on the offensive glass, as the Bulldogs held an 18-12 edge on the boards.

Behind six points from Groselle, The Citadel established an early 10-5 lead by the 14:09 mark of the contest.

CofC answered with an 11-0 run that took 9:41 off the clock that included four points each from Stitt and Lawrence to assume a 16-10 advantage.

Wright singlehandedly brought The Citadel back by drawing fouls on Baru, Wiggins and Wiedeman over the next 43 seconds of the contest. Hitting all six free throws in the process the game reached a 16-16 tie with 3:25 remaining in the half.

The Cougars regained the lead following a series of buckets by Nori Johnson and Baru, only to have Holston and Harris III make for the final four points of the half and a 21-21 halftime score.

The Citadel now heads to the Southern Conference Tournament in Asheville, N.C. as the sixth seed from the South Division. The Bulldogs will face either Elon or Samford in the opening round that begins on Thursday, March 2 at 2 p.m.

Brunson Miller Shines, Basketball loses while Baseball wins!

February 25, 2012

Brunson Miller

Miller Smashes Conference Record in 400

Birmingham, Ala. – Brunson Miller broke a 23-year-old Southern Conference record in the 400 set by VMI’s Mario Small in the 400 on Friday posting a time of 46.97 en route to earning his seventh SoCon title and third consecutive in the event. The Murrells Inlet, S.C., native was named the 2012 Most Outstanding Track Performer for the indoor championship meet by the conference.

“Great meet for Brunson as it was one of the best individual performances at the indoor championships in school history,” said Bulldog Head Coach Jody Huddleston. “It was very satisfying for him to be selected as the Most Outstanding Track Athlete of the meet by the conference coaches.”

Miller also captured second place in the 200 with a time of 21.58 and was a member of the 4×400 relay team that took second place with a time of 3:18.47. The mark moves the speedy team of Jamaal Brantley, Keith Lemay, Daniel Till and Miller into fourth all-time in Bulldog history.

“Miller is a very special athlete and we are fortunate to have him as part of our team,” said Huddleston. “He makes everyone around him want to be a better athlete.”

Basketball loses to CofC 55-47

Details tomorrow


Dogs pull our 12 -8 win over Delaware – look to even series on Sunday

The ‘Dogs dropped two games to the visiting Blue Hens.  Finally a win!  Game 4 Sunday at the Joe.

Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel used a seven-run first inning, highlighted by a three-run homer by Bo Thompson, and Drew DeKerlegand went 3-for-3 on the afternoon as the Bulldogs held on to defeat Delaware 12-8 at Riley Park on Saturday. The two teams wrap up the series Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

Delaware (2-4) struck first with a single run in the top of the first. Cameron Travalini led off the game with a single to right and DJ Long drew a four-pitch walk from Bulldog starter James Reeves. A fly out to right by Nick Ferdinand moved Travalini to third and a RBI infield single by Tyler Powell gave the Blue Hens an early lead.

The Citadel’s (2-4) offense exploded in the bottom of the frame, scoring seven runs and knocking Blue Hens starter Eric Soren from the game after just seven batters. After Mason Davis grounded out to second, the next eight Bulldog batters reached base and put up six runs during the stretch. Joe Jackson got things going with a double to left center and the Bulldogs got the bases loaded after a walk byNick Orvin and a hit by pitch on Justin Mackert. DeKerlegand drew a full-count walk to force in the tying run and Tyler Griffin ripped a two-run double to right for a 3-1 Citadel lead.

Thompson proceeded to clear the bases with his first collegiate home run, a three-run shot over the fence in left center, for a 6-1 lead and prompting Delaware head coach Jim Sherman to go to his bullpen early in the game. The Bulldogs were not done offensively, as Calvin Orth doubled off Blue Hens’ reliever Ken Fetchko andBailey Rush followed with a RBI single up the middle to give The Citadel a 7-1 lead after the first inning.

The Blue Hens scored twice in the top of the second to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 7-3. Singles by Brock Niggebrugge and Ty Warrington put runners at the corners and a sacrifice fly by Travalini and a RBI double by Ferdinand brought home the two runs.

The Bulldogs regained the six-advantage with two runs in the fourth for a 9-3 lead. Jackson reached on a two-base error by Ferdinand in right and scored on a RBI single to left by Mackert. After Mackert was caught stealing second, DeKerlegand doubled to left center and later came home on a RBI single to center by Griffin. The Citadel increased its lead to 10-3 in the seventh on a RBI single to right center by Orth that scored DeKerlegand.

Delaware made the game interesting in the eighth, scoring five unearned runs on a pair of errors and three base hits, including a grand slam to left by Ferdinand. With Ross White on in relief, Niggebrugge reached on a fielding error by White and walk put runners at first and second with one out. A fielder’s choice to short advanced the runners, when Davis mishandled the ball at second for an error, allowing Niggebrugge to score. DJ Long singled up the middle and Ferdinand drove a 3-1 pitch from White over the wall in left, cutting the Bulldogs’ lead to 10-8.

The Citadel added a couple of insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth to seal the win. Davis drew a lead-off walk and after Jackson was retired, Orvin walked on five pitches. Mackert struck out for the second out, but a walk by Griffin loaded the bases and DeKerlegand was hit by the first pitch from Stephen Richter to force in a run. Thompson worked a full-count walk to force in the second run of the frame and close the scorebook on the afternoon.

Reeves improved to 2-0 on the season, scattering seven hits in five innings and allowing three runs with three walks and a strikeout. Zach Sherrill picked up his first save, tossing 1-2/3 scoreless innings on two hits. Thompson and Griffin each had four RBI on the afternoon, while DeKerlegand scored three times to go with his three hits, including two doubles.

Bulldog Baseball Mourns Chance Smith & Coach Mack Erwin

February 23, 2012



The Citadel baseball family lost two members last weekend with the passing of former player Chance Smith and Hall of Fame coach Mack Erwin.

Smith, an outfielder for The Citadel baseball team from 2004-07, was killed early Saturday morning in a car accident that also left his wife, La-aia, in critical condition. Their infant daughter, Laina Madison, was not with them at the time of the accident.  Smith was returning home to McDonough, Ga., from Atlanta after celebrating his upcoming 27th birthday with his wife when the crash occurred. The 2003 graduate of Evans High School worked as an U.S. Army contractor and was scheduled to return to Afghanistan this week.  Many Citadel fans will remember his two home runs and four RBIs in an 11-10 victory over rival College of Charleston in 2006.  “He was a very inspirational player with tremendous enthusiasm for the game and for the Citadel,” said Citadel head coach Fred Jordan. “He was a hard-nosed and athletic centerfielder. The important thing was, he graduated from The Citadel and was defending his country in the military. He’s a very special person to me and to all of us.” 

Erwin, an honorary inductee into The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993, guided the baseball program from 1957-60. He had an overall record of 62-30-1 in four seasons, including a 24-12-1 mark in the Southern Conference, and his winning percentage of .672 is the highest in the school’s illustrious baseball history.  After going 25-19-1 his first two seasons, Erwin’s Bulldogs went 19-5 in 1959 and followed that up with a record of 18-6 in 1960, winning the conference championship with an 8-2 league mark and earning The Citadel’s first trip to NCAA postseason action with an appearance in the District III tournament. The 1960 squad finished the season ranked 17th in the nation – the highest for any Citadel athletic team up to then.  In addition to his work with the baseball team, Erwin spent the 1957-59 seasons as an assistant football coach under Eddie Teague. In his final season on the football staff, the Bulldogs went 8-2 and finished second in the Southern Conference with a 5-1 league mark.  Erwin, a 1950 Davidson graduate, starred in baseball and football for the Wildcats and also was inducted into that school’s Hall of Fame.

Holston’s Double-Double leads Dogs to 62-51Win

February 23, 2012
Charleston, S.C. —Redshirt junior Bo Holston recorded his first career double-double, 13 points and 10 rebounds, to guide The Citadel to a 62-51 victory over Appalachian State at McAlister Field House. Holston was the catalyst to a Bulldog offense that witnessed three double figure scorers, including Mike Groselle (18 points) and C.J. Bray (10 points). The Citadel has now earned back-to-back Southern Conference victories for the first time since last season, when they downed Western Carolina and Davidson in late January.

Holston knocked down 3-of-6 from the floor and finished 7-of-9 from the charity stripe to close with 13 points. He also made his defensive presence known with a team-high seven defensive rebounds.

The Bulldogs hit 19-of-38 (50%) from the floor and were successful on 21-of-28 (75%) attempts from the charity stripe. Groselle was the individual leader in field goals, converting 6-of-8, while Bray finished 5-of-9 to go along with seven rebounds. Teammate Lawrence Miller added a punch from the perimeter, hitting 3-of-5 from 3-point range, to close with nine points. The Cadets edge Appalachian State in points in the paint (28-22) and bench points (19-16) as they moved to 6-22 overall and 3-14 in conference action.

Appalachian State (12-16, 7-10 SoCon) was paced by a game-high 19-point performance by junior Nathan Healy. Healy reached his career-high behind a 6-of-12 outing, which included three conversions from beyond the arc. Andre Williamson came off the bench to score 10 points and add a game-high 14 rebounds for the Mountaineers, hauling in seven offensive boards. However, ASU struggled in dealing with The Citadel’s zone defense, hitting just 20-of-56 (35.7%) from the field and 3-of-22 (13.6%) from beyond the arc.

After holding the Mountaineers to their fewest first half points since scoring 17 against East Carolina, The Citadel took an eight point lead, 30-22, on a Groselle free throw at the 16:06 mark of the second half.

The Bulldogs used their defense to keep the Mountaineers at eight, before Healy scored five straight points to trim the lead to 32-28 just over two minutes later.

On the ensuing possession, DeVontae Wright found Miller for a key 3-pointer from the right arc to provide a 35-28 lead for The Citadel.

Appalachian State scored six of the next 10 points, including a pair of free throws by Omar Carter, to make for a 39-35 Bulldogs advantage with just under 10 minutes remaining.

After a three minute scoring lull by both teams, Groselle sent home a Holston pass to provide a 41-35 Dogs lead.

The Citadel went onto score 16 of their final 21 points from the free throw line, over the final 5:21 of the contest. Holston led the way with seven free throws, while Groselle and Wright added four each.

Despite six points apiece from Healy and teammate Tab Hamilton, Appalachian State falls to 0-13 on the season when trailing at the half.

Taking advantage of a 3-pointer by Miller and a layup by Holston, who charged from just outside the arc in an attempt to dunk over Healy, The Citadel outscored Appalachian State 21-16 down the stretch to complete the victory.

The Citadel’s inside game was the key to the opening half, as Groselle and Bray scored eight and six points, respectively, to go along with a combined nine rebounds. Groselle found his range by hitting 4-of-5 from the floor and snagged three offensive rebounds, giving the Bulldogs an 18-10 edge in points in the paint. Meanwhile, Bray came off the bench to hit 3-of-5 field goal attempts, along with a team-high five rebounds.

The Dogs hit 12-of-22 (54.5%) from the floor, connecting on only one 3-point attempt in the process. Along with Holston’s four rebounds the Cadets finished with an 18-9 advantage in rebounds.

Appalachian State opened the game by hitting 8-of-25 (32%), including Healy who finished 3-of-6 en route to eight points. Healy led five Mountaineers in scoring, followed closely by Williamson who came off the bench to finish with four points. Williamson posted a team-best four rebounds, three of which came on the offensive glass, as ASU was limited to nine team rebounds.

The two teams traded baskets in the early phases of the game, as the Mountaineers assumed an 8-4 lead on an old fashioned three-point play by Healy at the 16:34 mark.

The Citadel quickly answered by scoring six of the next eight points, over the next 1:41 of the contest, by utilizing the inside combination of Groselle, Bray andJordan Robertson, to knot the game at 10-10.

Appalachian State countered with back-to-back buckets by Williamson and Carter to regain the lead, 14-10.

The Bulldogs bounced back by scoring the next nine straight points, keyed by four points from Groselle and a 3-pointer by Miller, to move in front 19-14 with just under six minutes remaining.

Healy and Williamson converted a pair of buckets to pull the Mountaineers even at 19, before a jumper and free throw by Marshall Harris III gave the Dogs a three point edge with 2:19 remaining.

The Citadel closed out the first half on a 7-0 run following a pair of scores by Bray and Holston to take a 26-19 lead into the locker room.

The Citadel completes the 2011-12 regular season on Saturday when the Dogs host crosstown rival College of Charleston. The game is slated for 3:05 p.m.

Corps Day & Leadership Symposium

February 22, 2012

The Citadel will celebrate the 169th birthday of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets in March and will use the celebration to focus on the college’s tradition of educating principled leaders.

Corps Day is one of the most highly attended weekends at The Citadel. Attractions include dress parades, awards presentations, special cadet performances and athletic events. A highlight is the mess hall birthday celebration in which the oldest alumnus and the youngest cadet share cake-cutting honors.

A centerpiece for this year’s Corps Day observance is the 2012 Principled Leadership Symposium hosted by the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics. The two-day conference will attract student delegates from various colleges, federal service academies and senior military colleges giving them an opportunity to interact and discuss topics ranging from military to corporate and social ethics and leadership.

Guest speakers include:

  • William J. Bennett, former U.S. Secretary of Education
  • Congressional Medal of Honor recipient retired Army Maj. Gen. Patrick H. Brady
  • Deborah Lee James, executive vice president, Science Applications International Corp
  • Joe Ehrmann, former NFL defensive lineman and author of “InSideOut Coaching”
  • Retired Air Force Col. James E. Moschgat of the National Security Space Institute
  • Dave Roever of the Wounded Warriors Alliance.

“Graduating principled leaders is what we do at The Citadel,” said Brig. Gen. Cliff Poole, executive director of the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics, “We are delighted that the Principled Leadership Symposium gives us the opportunity to bring other students to The Citadel to explore and generate dialogue about the meaning of leadership.”

The Principled Leadership Symposium is made possible by the generous support of Bill (’63) and Gay Krause and by Steve (’64) and Rita McManus as well as The Citadel Class of 1959 and The Citadel Alumni Association.

Corps Day is one of the most highly attended weekends at The Citadel. Attractions include dress parades, awards presentations, special cadet performances and athletic events. A highlight is the mess hall birthday celebration in which the oldest alumnus and the youngest cadet share cake-cutting honors.

Most Corps Day and Leadership Symposium activities are free free and open to the public. Please see the schedule of events for details and exceptions: 

Thursday 15 March            
8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Student delegates from colleges and universities across the nation will take part in group discussions, panel meetings and other activities as part of the 2012 Principled Leadership Symposium
8:45 a.m.  Leadership Symposium – Welcome
Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa
Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall
9 a.m. Leadership Symposium – Plenary Speaker #1
Deborah Lee James, executive vice president for communications and governmental affairs, Science Applications International Corp.
Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall.
10 a.m. Leadership Symposium – Roundtable Discussions #1
Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall

Cross-Talk: The Citadel and visiting institution faculty/staff
Leadership Reading Room, Secon Floor, Daniel Library

11 a.m. Leadership Symposium – Greater Issues Address
Speaker: William J. Bennett, former U.S. Secretary of Education 
McAlister Field House
Noon President’s Luncheon
Invitation only
Noon Symposium delegates lunch with Corps of Cadets
Coward Hall
Invitation only
1:15 p.m. Leadership Symposium – Distinguished Leader Panel Session #1
Sports Leadership – Grimsley Hall
Panelists: Kelly Simpson (moderator), Larry Leckonby, Joe Ehrmann, Janet R. Cone, Roy Barth

Business Leadership – Bond Hall 165
Panelists: Earl Walker (moderator), Deborah Lee James, Retired Army Col. B. Herbert Ellis, Bonnie Oulla and William C. Stevens Jr.

Education Leadership – Duckett Auditorium
Panelists: Tony Johnson (moderator). TBA

2:30 p.m. Leadership Symposium – Distinguished Leader Panel Session #2 
Spiritually Inspired Leadership – Grimsley Hall
Panelists: Chaplain Joel Harris (moderator) TBA

Media Influence and ladership – Bond Hall 165
Panelists: Maria Aselage (Moderator) TBA

Political Leadership – Jenkins Hall Auditorium
Panelists: Bill Woolsey (moderator) TBA

Service Leadership – Duckett Hall Auditorium
Panelists: Conway Saylor (moderator) TBA

3:30-4 p.m. Author book signing
Refreshment break
Mark Clak Hall lobby


4:15 p.m. Leadership Symposium – Plenary Speaker #2
Speaker: Maj. Gen. Patrick H. Brady, U.S. Army retired, Medal of Honor recipient
Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall

Leadership Symposium – Plenary Speaker #3
Speaker: Joe Ehrmann, former NFL defensive lineman and author of “InSideOut Coaching”
McAlister Field House

5:45 p.m. President’s Reception for symposium guests
Regimental Commanders Riverview Room
Invitation Only
6:15 p.m. Corps of Cadets’ 169th birthday celebration 
Coward Mess Hall
Invitation Only 
Friday 16 March  
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Student delegates from colleges and universities across the nation will take part in group discussions, panel meetings and other activities as part of the 2012 Principled Leadership Symposium.
8 to 8:45 a.m. Continental breakfast for symposium delegates
Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall
9 a.m. Leadership Symposium – Presentation of leadership topic papers by The Citadel faculty and staff, students and invited authors on leadership, ethics, honor, integrity and moral courage.
Buyer Auditorium and Greater Issues Room, Mark Clark Hall
10 a.m. Leadership Symposium – Roundtable Discussions #2
Buyer Auditorium , Marrk Cark Hall
10 a.m. Leadership Symposium – Faculty Cross Talk
Leadership development in colleges and universities
Leadership Reading Room, Second Floor, Daniel Library
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Leadership Symposium – Citadel Undergraduate Research Conference
Student Posters on display
Daniel Library
11:30 a.m. Symposium delegates lunch
Mark Clark Hall Reception Room
11:30 a.m. Author book signing
Mark Clark Hall lobby
1 p.m. Leadership Symposium – Plenary Speaker #4
Speaker: Speaker: Joe Ehrmann, former NFL defensive lineman and author of “InSideOut Coaching”
Freshmen, junior and senior classes
McAlister Field House 
1 p.m. Leadership Symposium – Plenary Speaker #5
Speaker: Col. James E. Moschgat, U.S. Air Force retired, National Security Space Institute and author of “Leadership and the Janitor.”
Topic: Athletics and coaching integrity
Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall
Sophmores, juniors and freshmen
2 p.m. The Citadel Family Association open meeting
Bond Hall, Room 165
 2 p.m. Leadership Symposium – Plenary Speaker #6
Speaker: Dave Roever, U.S. Navy, Wounded Warrior Alliance, Vietnam veteran
Topic: Honor, integrity and the moral courage to go on serving
McAlister Field House
3 p.m. Leadership Symposium – Delegate Wrap up 
3:45 p.m. Washington Light Infantry Review to commemorate the 169th birthday of the Corps of Cadets
Gold Corps Alumni Recognition
Summerall Field
6:30 p.m. Krause Center Banquet
Holliday Alumni Center
Invitation Only
8-11 p.m. Corps Day Hop
Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall
Saturday 17 March  
8 a.m. Sale of photographs
Mark Clark Hall Reception Room
8:30–10 a.m. Barracks and facilities open to visitors
Regimental Pipe Band will perform at each barracks
9 a.m. Summerall Guards performance/ Bond Volunteers exchange of rifles
Presentation of Anthony Griffin Sword and Clubb Award
Summerall Field 
(Inclement weather, awards presentation moved to McAlister Field House) 
10:15 a.m. The Citadel Story – A musical narration of the history of The Citadel
Summerall Field
11 a.m. Dress parade
Presentation of Palmetto Medals
Summerall Field 
(Inclement weather: Parade cancelled; awards presentation moved to Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall)
Noon Gold Corps Luncheon
Regimental Commanders Riverview Room
Invitation Only
12:30 p.m. 2nd annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest
Johnson Hagood Stadium
10-10:45 a.m. – registration
11 a.m. to noon. – judges’ review 
12:30 a.m. – pageant
Sponsored by The Citadel Football Association
Entry fee $30
Admission: $5 donation For information contact Assistant Athletics Director Mike Groshon at 843-953-2161.
2 p.m. Blue-White Spring Football Game
Johnson Hagood Stadium
Sunday 18 March  
9 a.m. Protestant Service, Summerall Chapel
Reception to follow, Mark Clark Hall Reception Room
11 a.m. Episcopal Service – 70th anniversay of St. Alban’s
Summerall Chapel
Reception to follow in Mark Clark Hall Reception Room
6 p.m. Catholic Mass, Summerall Chapel

Trouble comes in 3s

February 21, 2012

You will see a post from yesterday about the death of Ryan Hall ’04 in an USAF plane crash and today we have other bad news from the alumni ranks.  I guess the old folks were right when they said  “trouble always come in 3’s” .

 Today we got news that former Citadel baseball player Chance Smith ’07 died in a weekend auto accident.  His wife is in critical condition and he leaves a baby girl.

In other news Tom Sponseller ’72 of Columbia is missing. It has been in all the South Carolina papers & media since he was the CEO & chief lobbyist for the South Carolina Hotel Association.  Mr. Sponseller has not been seen since he went to his office on Saturday.  Media sources say his car was in its usual parking spot and foul play has not been ruled out.  FYI, his son is Thomas Sponseller, Oscar Company’95. 

Please remember these families in your thoughts and prayers.