Archive for June, 2013

Police arrest golfer suspected of beating motorist in Ponce Inlet

June 28, 2013

By Partricio Balona, Daytona Beach News-Journal Staff Writer

Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 10:03 p.m

 PONCE INLET — A Ponce Inlet golfer who severely beat a motorist, sending him to the hospital with multiple facial fractures, was scared to contact police and hoped the incident would “just go away,” officials said Tuesday night.

Ponce Inlet police arrested David James Barror, 43, on Tuesday afternoon and charged him with aggravated battery causing bodily harm/disability, an arrest report shows. Police said Barror severely beat Richard Fillingame, 63, on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the 4600 block of South Atlantic Avenue. Fillingame had stopped to talk to Barror after a wayward golf ball struck his pickup from a nearby private course.

According to Ponce Inlet police Lt. Max Binz, police canvassed the Harbor Village Links Complex starting Saturday, knocking on the doors of several residences after maintenance personnel and staff gave them a list of persons fitting the description of the man who beat Fillingame.  Police also got a call from a witness who lived in the same complex as Barror and was out walking his dog. That witness reported hearing the argument between Barror and Fillingame and gave police a better description of Barror and his wife, who had been playing golf at Harbor Village’s private course with him, Binz said.

Police finally knocked on Barror’s door Tuesday. Barror invited Binz, Police Chief Frank G. Fabrizio and Cpl. Corey Mead into his home, Binz said.  Police then told Barror why they were at his home in the Harbor Village complex. “He said he was scared to contact the police,” Binz said. “He was just hoping it would just go away.”

According to a charging affidavit obtained late Tuesday night, Barror said he became involved in an argument with Fillingame after a golf ball struck Fillingame’s truck. Barror said that during the confrontation, he tried to give Fillingame his name so Fillingame could make a complaint.   Barror said that was when Fillingame grabbed his arm, telling him he was not finished. Barror said he “went off” on Fillingame, striking him in the head with his fist, the affidavit states.

“He said he didn’t want to argue anymore but then the victim grabbed his arm,” Binz said.  When Fillingame fell to the ground, Barror said he began hitting the 63-year-old man numerous times about the face and head. Barror and his wife then left the area, the report states.

A woman who drove by when Barror was on top of Fillingame punching him said she honked her horn to distract Barror and he stopped and laughed, the report states. Fillingame suffered numerous fractures around the eye and nose that caused permanent damage and required surgery, police said.  Once at the Ponce Inlet Police Department, Barror refused to make a formal statement, Binz said.

Barror is listed as an insurance broker in the charging affidavit. A short bio on the website for Founders Professional, a St. Petersburg-based business, shows Barror started working with the company in December 2010 with a focus on management liability. Barror is listed as a 1992 graduate of The Citadel Military College of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. While at the military college, Barror was a varsity wrestler for the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps, according to the website.

He was booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail on Tuesday night with bail set at $5,000, a booking officer said.

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Basketball Asst. Coach leaves for West Point

June 27, 2013

Quinton Ferrell Joins Men’s Basketball Staff at West Point

 

Coach Ferrell is leaving El Cid for West Point

Coach Ferrell is leaving El Cid for West Point

 

From: GoArmysports.comJune 25, 2013

WEST POINT, N.Y.  –  Army head men’s basketball coach Zach Spiker unveiled 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, S.C., 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.

“I am honored to be part of the Army basketball program and Coach Spiker’s staff,” Ferrell said. “As a coach, it is a great opportunity to work at the best leadership development institution in the world. I am looking forward to helping this up-and-coming program take the next step and competing for Patriot League championships.”

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.

“Quinton is a great addition to our staff,” Spiker said. “He brings tremendous energy and an attitude that our players will appreciate, both on and off the floor. Quinton has a proven track record of identifying and developing young talent, and we look forward to his contributions as we continue striving to make Army basketball a consistent championship contender.”

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.

The Black Knights posted a 16-15 overall mark and an 8-6 showing in Patriot League play last season, the program’s first winning campaign in 28 years. Six of the team’s top eight scorers from the team that advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament return for the 2013-14 season.

 

Bo Thompson Heading to Omaha for College Home Run Derby

June 26, 2013
#22 Bo Thompson is headed for Omaha!

#22 Bo Thompson is headed for Omaha!

From WCSC, Channel 5 CBS affilliate

CHARLESTON, SC –

The Citadel 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 July 3.

The event takes place at TD Ameritrade Park, which is currently hosting the College World Series, and will be shown on ESPN on July 4.

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, S.C., 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.

Citadel cadet takes top APFT honors

June 25, 2013

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Cadet Phillip Martin, a criminal justice major from Cottageville, took first place in the male division of the 2nd Regiment Army physical fitness test June 18 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

“As an Army ROTC cadet, Phillip Martin has demonstrated great potential and is well on his way to becoming an outstanding lieutenant,” said Col. Lawrence Hutto, head of the college’s Army ROTC unit.

Competing against 459 of his peers, Martin grabbed the top spot with a score of 368.

The APFT is broken down into three parts including the two-mile run, two-minute push-up and two-minute sit-up. Each cadet completes all three and then receives a score based on the Army’s APFT score chart. Cadets must pass the APFT based on Army standards for age and gender in order to qualify for the Army. To pass the APFT, cadets must receive at least 60 points in each event.

Martin is a rising senior and the 2013-14 Lima Company commander

Regimental Band and Pipes to represent U.S. in Nova Scotia tattoo

June 24, 2013
Band Company at the Edinburgh tatto

Band Company at the Edinburgh tattoo

Yesterday 62 cadets boarded a plane to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to perform at The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo.  The Citadel is one of just 28 groups invited to perform in an action-packed show that includes Highland dancers, a ukulele ensemble and a motorcycle team.  The Citadel is the only group to represent the United States in the world’s largest annual indoor show.

The Canadian tattoo marks the third time The Citadel has received a prestigious invitation to an international festival. 

“Once again it is an honor for the Regimental Band and Pipes to represent not only our college and hometown, but also the United States on the world stage,” said Director of Music Cmdr. Mike Alverson.

The Citadel performed in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 1991 and in 2010.

The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo performance begins June 30 and runs for eight days.  Cadets will depart a week early to rehearse with the rest of the performers at the Halifax Metro Centre.  In addition to performing as a unit in the arena, the band must learn 27 new songs that it will perform alongside military bands from Canada and Germany.

Throwbacks!

June 21, 2013

During the 2013 football season Adidas will provide “throwback” jerseys for the Bulldogs to wear in a  game.  I have heard that sometime after said game these game worn jerseys will be auctioned to raise money for athletic scholarships.   The scuttlebutt is that the jerseys will be worn when we play the dreaded Wofford Rat Terriers on September 7.  None of this is confirmed  but if and when it is….you heard it here first.

Here is what the thowbacks allegedly look like….

 

This may be the throwback design.

This may be the throwback design.

 

SoCon wrap, Exteme Makeover edition

June 20, 2013

cropped-CitadelFor those of you who don’t frequent the Charleston Post & Courier website, let me introduce you to one of the best, non-partisan blogs about Citadel Sports, Bulldog Bites from most excellent Citadel beat sportswriter, Jeff Hartsell. Here is his take on the “New SoCon”  (Courtesy of the Charleston Post & Courier)

 After the SoCon announcement Thursday, somebody called me on the phone, wanting to know what the Big South would do about replacing VMI.   My answer: “Click.”    I’ve had enough of “conference realignment” for a while, as I’m sure SoCon commish John Iamarino has. For at least the time being, he can turn those duties over to the bosses of the Atlantic Sun and Big South.

First, a couple of extras from Thursday:

– Davidson and Elon will compete for league championships in 2013-14, their final year in the league, as will App State and Georgia Southern. The only exception is football, where App and GSU are ineligible because they will exceed the FCS 63-scholarship limit.

– The SoCon basketball tournament will be held in Asheville through 2016-17 after the city and league agreed to a three-year extension.

Now, on to how the SoCon will look as of July 1, 2014, when the five departing members are all gone and VMI, ETSU and Mercer are on board.

In football, the 8-team lineup will look like this in 2014:

The Citadel, Wofford, Furman, Samford, Western Carolina, Chattanooga, Mercer, VMI. (ETSU does not plan to start league play until 2016).

Capt. Obvious reports that it’s a weaker football league without App State and GSU and their nine FCS national titles. And Wofford, the only team to seriously threaten those two in recent years, looks set up to rule the roost for a while. But it might be a more competitive, balanced league than it was in some years under App State and GSU’s rule. I can see Citadel, Wofford, Furman, Samford and Chatt as perennial contenders.

As for playoff bids, don’t forget that the FCS is going up to a 24-team field this year, and App State and GSU won’t be getting two of them. Those bids have to go somewhere, so I think the SoCon will remain a 2 or 3-bid league.

A seven-game SoCon slate in 2014 means league ADs will be scrambling to fill holes. For example, The Citadel will have 12 games in 2014: seven against the SoCon (with VMI now a league foe), a money game against Florida State and non-conference games with Coastal Carolina and Charlotte. That leaves two games for the Dogs to fill.

Among the start-up programs, Mercer is well ahead of ETSU. The Bears have former Furman coach Bobby Lamb at the helm (ETSU does not yet have a coach), have had a couple of recruiting classes already and begin play this season in the non-scholarship Pioneer League. Mercer has already had to expand its stadium from the original 6,000 to 10,000 because of season-ticket demand. I don’t think Mercer will have a Old Dominion-type liftoff to its program, but Lamb knows what it takes to compete in the SoCon.

ETSU, meanwhile, does not yet have a coach, though former Tennessee boss Phil Fulmer is serving as a “football expert.” The Bucs have yet to sign a recruiting class, though they are having a reunion of former players. The best news is ETSU won’t be playing football in the old Mini-Dome; ETSU plans to build a new, on-campus, open-air stadium in time for the 2016 season.

Then there’s VMI, which left the SoCon in 2003 largely because it could not compete in football, and hasn’t done any better in the Big South. The commish said VMI has made promises of stepping up its game in football, but even former USC coach Sparky Woods has failed to make inroads in that regard; he’s 9-24 in three seasons. Of course, VMI won’t have to play GSU and App any longer, and that should help.

Basketball

In 2014, the 10-team lineup will be: The Citadel, Wofford, Furman, Samford, Western Carolina, Chattanooga, UNC Greensboro, Mercer, VMI and ETSU

All together now: Yikes.

Mercer, which won the Atlantic Sun regular season last year (ahead of NCAA darling Florida Gulf Coast) comes in as a top contender immediately. Heck, VMI might too. But after last season, the SoCon has no where to go but up (we hope). Wofford coach Mike Young won’t be down for long, and new coaches at Furman and Chattanooga offer hope.

With a 10-team league, the SoCon is likely to play an 18-game, round-robin slate with no divisions, which works out pretty well for scheduling purposes.

Baseball

A 9-team lineup in 2014: Western Carolina, The Citadel, Furman, Samford, Wofford, UNCG, Mercer, VMI, ETSU.

The SoCon loses top programs in College of Charleston, Elon and Georgia Southern, and App State made strides in recent years. But Mercer and ETSU are NCAA playoff teams this year, and that means SoCon baseball will suffer the least of the three major sports. Plus, it’s great to have ETSU coach and Citadel College World Series hero and two-sport star Tony Skole back in the league.

A 24-game league slate means coaches will have to fill a couple of extra weekends. That’s good for The Citadel and College of Charleston, who plan to play 3-game non-conference series at least for the next couple of years.

All in all, the SoCon will not be what it was. But neither is the Atlantic 10 or Colonial Athletic Association, or even the Big East.

Your comments on the new-look SoCon are welcome.

 

Editors note:  As you can see, Jeff does a great job with Bulldog Bites.  If you wish to read it on a regular basis here is the website address:

http://blog.postandcourier.com/bulldog-bites

Conroy’s newest role is as an editor

June 18, 2013
Pat Conroy, Romeo '67

Pat Conroy, Romeo ’67

By Bo Emerson
Cox Newspapers

Printed in the Charleston Post-Courier 6/16/13

ATLANTA — Pat Conroy has done more to put South Carolina on the map than almost any modern writer, but he’s just getting started. The best-selling author of five novels, all set in the Palmetto State, including “The Great Santini” and “The Prince of Tides,” wants to see other South Carolinians get their due.  His new job will help in that goal. He has become the editor at large for a new imprint from the University of South Carolina Press called Story River Books.

Named for a small river which marks the northern border of Fripp Island, where Conroy keeps one of his homes with wife and novelist Cassandra King, Story River Books is intended to highlight South Carolinians writing works set mostly in their home  state.   The first volume in the Story River Books series will be “A Southern Girl: A Novel,” by John Warley, to be released in May 2014.

A military brat and the son of a Marine fighter pilot, Conroy moved to Beaufort as a teenager and has lived in South Carolina much of his life, not including short periods of residence in Rome, Italy, and Atlanta. He recently moved to Beaufort from Fripp Island, “to be closer to the doctors.” In a conversation from his home there, the 67-year-old writer talked about his goal in becoming an editor.

Q: What will this new job do to your writing time?

A: It will cut into it, but that happens. I’ve got a new book coming out in November and another one started, so I’m on a steady roll.

Q: You want to help South Carolina writers reach a national audience?

A: That was the original idea. But I’m really worried about the midlist writers in America. … They can’t get published anymore. The publishers have all become big conglomerates and they’re looking for the next blockbuster. Everything else they’re dissatisfied with. There’s not a writer you can talk to who doesn’t think publishing is dead. … So I want to help the midlist writers and I’m going to try to get some experience by putting out these South Carolina writers.

Also I will be the final judge of the South Carolina high school writer’s competition.

Q: Why do you want to do that?

A: I was a kid living in South Carolina, a kid who wanted to be a writer, and I didn’t have an idea how to go about it. Now I know.

Q: Has South Carolina forgiven you? (Conroy was persona non grata at his alma mater, The Citadel, after his 1980 novel “The Lords of Discipline” portrayed the South Carolina military school in an unflattering light. The grudge ended in 2001 when the school gave him a parade and an honorary doctorate.)

A: I used to be what passes for a Communist in South Carolina, but since I’ve aged, I have wizened into an avuncular figure and an object of humor. They seem to have accepted me.

Q: Your memoir, “The Death of Santini,” is coming out in the fall. Does it sort of lift the veil on the real Santini, your father?

A: “The Death of Santini” is Dad’s second act. It’s about what happened when I wrote the book, which is: Everybody went crazy.

Q: Is there a little reconciliation in there?

A: There’s probably a little of that. … You know it’s hard to maintain that rage as you get older. On the other hand, he was mean as a snake.

Assault charge dismissed against Citadel lacrosse coach this morning

June 18, 2013

By: Glenn Smith, The Charleston Post-Courier

June 17, 2013

Prosecutors dismissed an April assault charge against The Citadel’s lacrosse club coach Monday after the alleged victim in the case opted against going forward to trial, authorities said.

Prosecutors tossed the third-degree assault charge just before Garett Rosecrans, 33, of Broad Street, was to stand trial in Charleston’s municipal court. Rosecrans’ lawyer, David Aylor, said the evidence clearly showed Rosecrans acted in self-defense.   “This is very positive news for my client,” Aylor said. “This was extremely embarrassing and damaging for him, and we feel like now he has been relieved in any responsibility in all this.”

Charleston police arrested Rosecrans on April 2 after a confrontation at the Waffle House at 325 Savannah Highway.  A witness told police Rosecrans punched a 44-year-old man who was harassing him. The man who was struck told police that Rosecrans invited him outside and punched him several times after he complained about Rosecrans and a friend treating staff in “rude and offensive” manner.

Rosecrans told police the man was standing close to him and being intimidating, and he hit him in self-defense because he “feared for his safety.” Rosecrans was initially charged with second-degree assault, a felony, but the charge was later reduced to third-degree assault, a misdemeanor.

Aylor described his client’s actions as “a classic case of self-defense,” but city prosecutor Mark Bourdine said he didn’t agree with that characterization.  Bourdine said the case basically boiled down to one man’s word against another, as video footage of the incident had no sound to verify what was said leading up to punches being thrown.

“We were ready to go to trial,” Bourdine said. “But the whole case was the victim and he didn’t want to go forward.”  Aylor maintained that the alleged victim was the one acting inappropriately and recklessly, and that Rosecrans had a right to defend himself under the state’s stand-your-ground law. “My client is not denying he struck him and that the man had a fractured nose,” he said. “But he claimed self-defense from the beginning and that’s why we refused to take anything but a complete dismissal.”

Bulldog update in MLB & Minors….

June 17, 2013
Wojo is close to a call up to Houston

Wojo is close to a call up to Houston

CHRIS MCGUINESS has been struggling at the plate while playing first base for the Texas Rangers. Chis is hitting .200 (6 for 30) with 1 RBI, no home runs and 30 strike outs while hitting in the 8 hole in the lineup. On the positive side he has not made an error.  Hopefully, he will increase his contact at the plate, cut down on the Ks and raise the batting average before Ranger starting first baseman Mitch Moreland comes of the DL sometime late this week.  Regardless of his average he will probably get sent back to the minors when Moreland returns, but we hope he sticks with the Rangers!

ASHER WOJCIECHOWSKI is 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA for Houston’s Triple-A club in Oklahoma City. Asher has walked 23 and  struck out 63 at the highest level in the minors.  He should be called up to pitch for the rebuilding Houston Astros in the near future. 

CHRIS SWAUGER is hitting .267 at Triple-A Memphis for the St. Louis Cardinal organization.  The rumor on the street is that Chris could be called up to “the show” in St. Louis if the Cards have an outfielder go on the DL.