Cougars In The News (October 31-November 7, 2011)
Post and Courier
November 7, 2011
Nancy Wilson doesn't regret the decision she made last June to make this her final season coaching College of Charleston women's basketball. But she does admit to moments of nostalgia.
"I can just be walking to the gym and it will hit me," said Wilson, who has piled up 535 wins in 30 years of coaching, including two stints totaling 16 years at the College of Charleston. "Maybe we'll be over in (the Silcox gym) and I'll have memories or visions of past teams. I'll remember what great opportunities I've had. Or I'll get an email from a past player and it takes me back.
"Or there have been thoughts like, 'This is the last time I'm having my first day of practice.' I've really had a lot more of that than I expected."
Wilson, 60, said her decision had nothing to do with coaching but was more a case of being tired of the recruiting grind.
"I think for this program to go to another level, to be consistently vying for championships, you really have to get out there in the recruiting world and go after it. That's more what I see I want a break from.
"Thinking about that and looking at the fact we're in a rebuilding process, I felt the timing was good for somebody to come in and have a good group of players. They could take their energy and enthusiasm and build from there."
She said she decided to make her announcement earlier rather than during the season because she didn't feel like she was being honest with recruits in selling a program she wouldn't be around and the decision would allow her assistants to make plans for their futures.
Post and Courier
November 7, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. — The College of Charleston came up short in the Southern Conference women’s soccer tournament final, falling to Samford, 1-0, on an 88th-minute goal Sunday.
Adrianne Mancino scored the only goal to give top-seeded Samford (14-5-2) the title and the conference’s NCAA tournament automatic berth. Three Cougars were all-tournament: Hope Atkinson, Hannah Gmerek and Sarah Schaidle.
-- The College of Charleston men were eliminated in the SoCon tournament quarterfinals with a 2-1 loss to Furman in Greenville.
The Cougars (5-8-5) got their goal from George Khoury in the 71st minute. Clint Ritter had a goal and an assist for the Paladins (14-2-4). He made it 2-0 in the 67th minute.
The College of Charleston (21-9, 12-2) swept to a 3-0 SoCon win over Wofford (13-18, 2-12) in the Cougars’ home season finale.
C of C won, 25-18, 25-23, 25-17. Sloane White led the Cougars with 10 kills, and Elyse Chubb had nine.
The Lowcountry Tennis Association’s 4.5 Women won the state championship over the weekend in the USTA South Carolina Super Senior State Championships, hosted by the Wild Dunes Racquet Club.
In a best-of-3 competition against a team from Hilton Head, the locals won the first two matches and the state title.The next stop is next month’s sectionals in Hilton Head. Team members are Susan Battle, Sarah Hyatt, Lynda Leffler, Ann Munday, Maureen O’Berg, Susie Peiffer, Barb Pinkerton, Carrie Randall, Linda Robinson, and Kitsy Wise.
The College of Charleston men earned four singles flight championships and one doubles title after the final day of their three-day Cougar Challenge.
Post and Courier
November 6, 2011
The College of Charleston, coming off a 4-2 win over Georgia Southern in the semifinals, will take on top-seeded Samford at 1 p.m. today in the championship match of the Southern Conference women's soccer tournament in Greensboro, N.C.
The Cougars (13-7-1), the No. 3 seed, dropped a 2-1 decision in overtime to Samford (13-5-2) earlier this year in Birmingham, Ala.
--Seventh-seeded College of Charleston faces No. 2 seed Furman in the Southern Conference men's tournament at 6 p.m. today in Greenville.
The Cougars (5-7-5) are winless in their last nine matches (0-5-4). Furman enters on a seven-match unbeaten run and boasts a 13-2-4 overall record going into the postseason.
The College of Charleston men's tennis team won all six singles flights and two of three doubles flights in the second day of the Cougar Challenge at the College of Charleston Tennis Center at Patriots Point.
Mickael Trintignac, Chris Toussaint, Billy Kenny, Bryan Roberts, Brice Allanic and Crescente Lesser all won in their respective singles flights against players from Wofford.
Trintignac and Allanic won doubles flight one, while Roberts and Toussaint beat Drew Superstein and former Bishop England standout Walker Heffron, 8-4, in the doubles third flight.
Trintignac, Allanic, Roberts, and Lesser are each 2-0 in this weekend's tournament, as are the Cougars tandems of Trintignac/Allanic and Roberts/Toussiant.
The Cougars will conclude fall tournament play today against opponents from Presbyterian starting at 11:30 a.m.
The College of Charleston swept Furman, 28-26, 25-18, 26-24, in volleyball.
The win marked the 19th straight home conference win for the Cougars (20-9, 11-2 Southern Conference), a streak dating back to 2009.
Furman fell to 18-8, 11-3.
--The Citadel earned its first Southern Conference victory of the season, beating Wofford 25-17, 25-17, 11-25, 25-20.
Amanda Rudnik led The Citadel (8-20, 1-13) with nine kills, while Alexa Dahlstrom had 29 assists and 12 digs. The Bulldogs' win was the first over Wofford (13-17, 2-11) since 2007.
The Citadel hosts College of Charleston on Tuesday.
Live 5 News
November 5, 2011
CHARLESTON, SC - Six Cougars reached double figures as the College of Charleston men's basketball team knocked off NCAA Division II Limestone College, 95-61, in its final exhibition game of the preseason on Saturday night at TD Arena.
Led by 15 points from sophomore Jordan Scott (Darlington, S.C.), the Cougars shot 49.4 percent from the field including 47.6 percent from three-point range. Scott also led the team with four assists. Sophomore Trent Wiedeman (Suwanee, Ga.) registered a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while sophomore James Carlton also notched a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards including eight on the offensive end.
Senior Antwaine Wiggins (Greeneville, Tenn.), freshman Anthony Stitt (Charlotte, N.C.) and freshman Trevonté Dixon (Florence, S.C.) rounded out the Cougars' balanced scoring attack with 14, 11 and 10 points respectively.
Josh Corry led Limestone with a game-high 21 points shooting 7-of-11 from the field and 5-of-7 from beyond the arc.
November 5, 2011
College of Charleston put forth a spectacular performance in the last home meet of the season as the men knocked off the defending CCSA champion Davidson Wildcats, 163-131, at the Stern Center on Saturday afternoon. The Davidson women defeated College of Charleston, 167-133.
The Cougars won seven events on the men’s side and six events on the women’s side.
"I couldn’t be more pleased of the effort of our men’s and women’s teams today," head coach Bruce Zimmerman said. "We competed in every race and continued to improve. There were some dramatic finishes and we showed a lot of heart."
Matthew Sherrier capped another huge day with a dramatic final leg of the 400-meter freestyle relay that secured the win for the Cougars. Sherrier teamed with his brother, David, Greg Karel and Eric Craig to race a first-place time of 3:32.52. Sherrier also took home first-place finishes in the 200-meter freestyle and 400-meter freestyle race with times of 1:54.31 and 4:05.76, respectively.
Freshman Pablo Ortiz continued to swim well in the butterfly events, winning the 100-meter fly in 58.67 second and the 200-meter butterfly in 2:07.72. Ortiz also took second place in the 200-meter backstroke with a time of 2:10.47.
Zack Lambert and Greg Karel each won their individual events as Lambert won the 100-meter backstroke (59.55) and Karel took the 50-meter freestyle (24.53). Brantley Reynolds scored points by taking second place in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:08.05), and Jackson Marine was right behind Lambert in the 100 back (1:00.33).
Michael Topitzer had a strong in the diving events as he won the 3-meter (167.17) and 1-meter (158.10) dives.
Post and Courier
November 1, 2011
MOUNT PLEASANT -- The second-ranked College of Charleston sailing team claimed its third straight SAISA Fall Coed Championship title this past weekend on the Cooper River.
The Cougars sailed to a seven-point victory with 10 first-place finishes in 24 races for 55 points ahead of district rivals Miami (62). No. 19 South Florida (73) was third. With the win, Charleston advances to the Atlantic Coast Dinghy Championship hosted by MIT on Nov. 12-13 in Boston.
Junior All-American skipper Mac Mace led A-Division to a first-place finish with the crew of All-American Perry Emsiek and Sam Stokes. Ben Spector also guided the Cougars to a first-place finish in a closely-contested B-Division race with the crew of Nick Johnstone, Jeff Aschieris and All-American Alyssa Aitken.
Charleston will host the SAISA/MAISA regatta on Nov. 5-6.
College of Charleston's equestrian team had a first-place finish and runner-up finish in its weekend Intercollegiate Horse Show Association.
The Cougars claimed second at the Savannah College of Art and Design Halloween Horse Show in Hardeeville, and then won the Georgia Southern Fall Show in Brooklet, Ga.
At SCAD, Charleston's winners were Eliza Hay, Deryn Hannapel, Sara von Schweinitz and Alyssa Johnson.
The Cougars won eight of 16 events at Georgia Southern, including Emily McKee, Zoe Merritt, Rachel Williams, Danielle Huntsman, Amanda Mazzola, Caitlin Ignatowicz, Hannapel and Johnson.
The Cougars host their first show of the season at Storybook Farms on Nov. 19.
The Citadel rifle team, led by junior captain Julia McCullohs, finished fourth with a total of 2,245 at the third Southeastern Air Rifle Conference match of the season in Milledgeville, Ga., this weekend.
McCullohs, had a 567 to lead the Bulldogs. William Wutzer (561), Kristofer Small (559) and Robert Jackson (558).
Taking the crown for the third consecutive SEARC match was N.C. State (2,292).
Wolfpack marksmen Will Teller captured the individual crown, recording a mark of 578.
The Citadel Rifle team will be back in action next weekend as they compete in the final SEARC competition of the fall slate in Spartanburg.
College of Charleston freshman right-side hitter Sloane White was named Southern Conference Freshman of the Week for a league-best fourth time this season. White had 34 kills in road wins over Georgia Southern and Davidson.