June 11, 2012
Seth Stuart, a senior at the College of Charleston, won the Hill Country Amateur by shooting 68-73=141. Stuart's three under par total was good for a four shot victory over Jeff Snell, who posted 72-73 for a one over par 145. Cody Price, last year's champion finished at 147, good for third place.
Stuart finished his eligibility at the College of Charleston with a respectable season with a stroke average of 73.81. He recorded two top-15 finishes and shot the low round for the team in the fall season as well as the low round for the team all season. He finished 10th in the Southern Conference Championship with rounds of 74-75-71. See his College of Charleston Player Profile here.
John Fellenz won the senior division with 71-71=142, two under par and one shot ahead of Randy Mavropoulis, who put on a strong charge with 66 in the final round to post 77-66=143. Bob Karcher and Fred Franco were one shot behind second place with 145 totals.
Post and Courier
June 10, 2012
The College of Charleston, which closed out the season with a fourth-place finish at the three-day ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas, was honored for the fifth time in program history as the winner of the Leonard M. Fowle Trophy.
The award goes to the best overall collegiate team in the nation based on a compilation of results throughout the season from the ICSA Women’s Singlehanded, Men’s Singlehanded, Match Racing, Women’s Dinghy, Team Racing and Coed Dinghy National Championships.
“Winning the Fowle Trophy is such a thrill for our tremendous team and coaches,” College of Charleston Director of Sailing Greg Fisher said. “(Head coach) Ward (Cromwell) and (assistant coach) Mitch (Hall) did a superb job leading the team right up to the last day of nationals. These results are indicative of the depth our program has developed and what we have to look forward to in the future.”
College of Charleston junior skipper Mac Mace was one of four Cougars sailors to be named to the Intercollegiate Sailing Association All-America team, earning his second career All-American nod.
Mace was also one of the top four finalists for the Everett B. Morris Trophy, which is awarded annually to the College Sailor of the Year. Chris Barnard of Georgetown won the award after leading the Hoyas to the ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship title.
College of Charleston seniors Alyssa Aitken and Perry Emsiek were named ICSA Crew All-Americans for the third and second time of their careers respectively, while senior skipper Zeke Horowitz was recognized as an honorable mention All-American for the second year in a row.
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June 8, 2012
College of Charleston basketball players Matt Sundberg and Willis Hall both said they brought home more than they took with them on a recent five-day mission trip to Haiti. They brought the game of basketball to a deaf community, did some construction work and assisted with other projects as part of the school's College of Hope program.
“It's not every day you go and meet someone who has so much less than you do but is just as happy or happier than you are,” said Hall.
“When we arrived, I was in shock seeing how poor this community was and realizing how blessed I am and how blessed we are at the College of Charleston,” Sundberg said. “Seeing little kids walking around barefoot and naked trying to raise money for their families to eat. It was an eye-opener.”
The idea for the trip came from Angela Mallen, a freelance reporter for ESPN. She shared her dream with Carolyn Cremins, the wife of former College of Charleston coach Bobby Cremins, and with Jason Surratt, the missions pastor at Seacoast Church. Mallen raised more than $10,000 toward the trip in less than a month.
Working with 410 Bridge, a missions group that works in Haiti and Kenya, Sundberg, Hall, Mallen, Carolyn Cremins, Surratt and Judson Hall, Willis Hall's brother and a member of the College of Charleston's practice squad, made the trip a couple of weeks ago.
The first community they worked in was Leveque, which houses a large portion of the deaf community, shunned by the Haitians who can hear.
“To be working with the deaf people, that interested me a lot. We got to go down and actually become friends with them and for four or five days become part of their community. That's what drew me,” Hall said.
The group took two basketball goals, and Miami coach Jim Larranaga donated basketballs. There was one basketball goal in the community of Leveque, but the deaf were not allowed to play there.
Instead, the players and Haitians played basketball in driveways and on roads. The players would hold their arms in a circle as they taught the young Haitians to shoot.
“As far as being able to do an actual (basketball) camp, that's far, far down the road,” Hall said. “But you can definitely see it's a possibility. We made do with what we had. They taught us sign language.”
In the community of Chadirac, they taught basketball and helped plant coffee trees.
“It was life-changing,” Mallen said. “You see a need and think you are going over there to help them, but it changes you.”
Post and Courier
June 6, 2012
AUSTIN, TEXAS — The College of Charleston sailing team won the ICSA/APS Team Race national championship to secure the Walter C. Wood Trophy on Tuesday.
It marked the first team race national title in program history and first national regatta title since the Cougars won the women’s dinghy national championship in 2010. The event is the second of three collegiate sailing nationals co-hosted by the University of Texas Sailing Team and the Austin Yacht Club on Lake Travis.
“We were the best team out there today,” said Cougars coach Ward Cromwell. “We were fast and were able to sail quickly in the light wind. We also had good clean boat handling which allowed us to get back into the races when we were a little behind. We are very proud of our kids and how they sailed today.”
The Cougars, ranked No. 1 in Sail1Design College Sailing Team Race Rankings, led the event with nine victoriess going into the final day of racing. The other final four teams, No. 7 St. Mary’s College of Maryland, No. 2 Boston College and No. 5 Hobart and William Smith College, had eight wins each.
The Final Four began Tuesday morning in light winds, and six races total were completed in the final-four round robin.
The Cougars lost to Hobart, then beat Boston College to set up a decisive race with St. Mary’s for the national title. It was a slow fight between the two teams due to the light wind. St. Mary’s had a good start and an advantage over the Cougars up the first windward leg, but they were able to take the lead by the leeward mark. Charleston was able to hold on to its winning combination, moving up the last beat, and St. Mary’s could not break up the winning pair in time. The Cougars took the win with a 1, 2, 3.
The winning team members were junior All-American skipper Mac Mace with senior All-American crew Perry Emsiek; senior All-American skipper Zeke Horowitz with junior crew Cory DeCollibus; and junior skipper Ben Spector with senior All-American crew Alyssa Aitken.
Racing continues today with the first day of the ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy national championship. The Cougars are among the top 18 collegiate teams in the nation who qualified to compete in the event.
Post and Courier
June 5, 2012
College of Charleston outfielder Marty Gantt and pitchers Christian Powell and David Peterson were selected today on the second day of the Major League Baseball draft.
Gantt, the Southern Conference player of the year, was picked in the seventh round by Tampa Bay. Powell, the SoCon pitcher of the year, went in the eighth round to the Minnesota Twins.
Gantt batted .373 this season with 11 home runs and 46 runs batted-in. Powell was 9-4 with a 2.69 earned-run average. Peterson, a 6-4, 214-pound senior, was 1-3 with a 3.40 ERA and 10 saves out of the bullpen for the Cougars.
Earlier today, South Carolina’s Christian Walker was picked in the fourth round by Baltimore with the 132nd overall pick. Walker, a junior, is batting .319 with 11 homers and 53 runs batted-in this season.
Catcher Spencer Kieboom of Clemson was taken in the fifth round by the Washington Nationals. He’s a junior who hit .250 with three homers and 33 RBI this season. The Baltimore Orioles picked USC reliever Matt Price in the seventh round, with the No. 222 overall pick.
Jamie Callahan, a pitcher from Dillon High School who had signed a letter of intent to play at South Carolina, was taken in the second round by the Red Sox. He reportedly will turn pro and not play for the Gamecocks.
Clemson third baseman Richie Shaffer was taken in the first round of the draft Monday night, the 25th overall pick by Tampa Bay.