Athletic Notes Summer 2013
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Photo by Bennett Scarborough
Courtesy of Campbell Athletics
The 2013 season has yet to kickoff, but there’s already excitement brewing about the 2014 season.
Campbell University will travel to Boone to take on Appalachian State in football on Sept. 6, 2014, at Kidd Brewer Stadium, one week after ASU makes its FBS debut at the University of Michigan.
"Playing at Appalachian State will be a great challenge for our team, competing against our program's first FBS opponent," said new Campbell head coach Mike Minter. "Appalachian State is a great program with a great tradition of success. This is another step for our program as it continues to advance and grow."
The meeting between Campbell and ASU will be the first in the Camels' modern era of football, with one previous meeting on record from 1931. Campbell relaunched its football program in 2008.
The Camels will also take on Charlotte and Charleston Southern in 2014, opening the season against the 49ers on a Saturday night, Aug. 31 at Barker-Lane Stadium. Campbell will play at CSU, marking the third scholarship program on the Camels' 2014 non-conference schedule.
Home dates with North Carolina State and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and five opponents that advanced to last year's NCAA College Cup highlight the 2013 Campbell University men's soccer schedule.
Coming off 12-5-2 campaign in 2012 and a final South Atlantic Region ranking, Campbell will face 10 Big South Conference opponents, two of which advanced to NCAA postseason competition.
“With every given year, challenges come to every program," said Steve Armas, who is entering his fourth year as head coach. “In order to prepare for Big South conference play and to position our team for success at the end of year, scheduling becomes ever so important. Our goal every year is to create a schedule that will challenge our players and help us improve throughout the season. Playing a difficult schedule allows us the opportunity to test our boundaries and measure where we are as a program.”
Campbell opens the regular season at home on Aug. 30 with a 7 p.m. kickoff against North Carolina State. Last year at Raleigh, Campbell defeated the 17th-ranked Pack 2-0 behind goals from Bryce Miller and Ricki Gaez.
Former Campbell University star Eric Griffin is playing with the two-time defending world champion Miami Heat in the 2013 NBA Summer League.
The highlight of Griffin’s first four games with the Heat was a 13-point, 5-rebound and 3-block performance against the New York Knicks’ summer squad on July 17. He also showed his already famous dunking ability with a put-back slam against the Pistons that earned him more time on the ESPN highlight reels (Griffin was responsible for a dunk that went viral on YouTube during his senior year with Campbell).
After finishing his two-year career at Campbell in 2012, Griffin played with the Los Angeles Lakers summer league team. He then signed a contract with Filieni BPA Jesi in Italy, where he averaged 17.5 points and 7.1 rebounds this past season.
A forward from Orlando, Fla., Griffin was named a first-team All-Big South Conference and NABC District 3 performer following his senior season. He averaged 16.8 points and 8.6 rebounds during 2011-12 for the Camels with a .610 field goal percentage. He ranked sixth in the nation in shooting and set a single-season school-record with 73 blocks. His .559 career field goal percentage is also a new school record.
Greg Goff, who led Campbell University baseball to a record-setting 49 wins and a national ranking in 2013, was signed to a long-term extension as the Fighting Camels head coach shortly after the season.
"Greg is the heart and soul of this team," said Campbell Athletic Director Bob Roller. "He and his excellent staff of Justin Haire and Rick McCarty lead and teach in a way that is a wonder to watch. He has made Campbell baseball a national name, and we plan to keep it that way as our teams consistently strive to be playing in the month of June. Coach Goff is a born leader, and we hope that he is at the helm of Campbell baseball for many, many years to come."
The contract runs through the 2018 season with another extension built in that could extend to 2021.
The Camels have won 90 games over the last two seasons, posting the school's first pair of 40-win campaigns, including 49 victories in 2013, winning the Big South's North Division title and finishing as the tournament runner-up. The team also posted 41 wins in 2012.
Campbell University alumnus Davy Sum is in his third year playing on the International Tennis Federation Futures Tour.
The native of Strasbourg, France is now ranked No.-600 in the world in singles after reaching as high as No.-585 in late May. He stands No.-682 in the world doubles rankings after moving as high as No.-574 last month.
This season Sum has twice reached the semifinals in tournaments in Turkey (outdoors) and France (indoors). On the year, he owns a 15-13 record in singles. Since turning pro in 2011, Sum owns a 39-43 all-time singles record on the ITF Futures Tour.
A four-time all-conference choice and the 2011 Atlantic Sun men’s tennis player of the year, Sum won Campbell’s 2010-11 Outstanding Male Athlete award. Sum won more singles matches – 108 (against just 29 losses) – than any player in Campbell men’s tennis history. As a senior in 2011 he was unbeaten in 20 matches and was a unanimous choice as the Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year.
Construction on the home-side seating at Barker-Lane Stadium began during the spring, and the progress was more than noticeable to anybody driving along U.S. Highway 421 near the main campus by the summer. In mid-July, steel was erected for the main tower and stadium seating, and the main press box was beginning to take shape. Once construction is complete, the west side of the stadium will become the "home" side.
Barker-Lane Stadium has been the home of Campbell's football team since the program relaunched 2008. The stadium also hosted CU's inaugural women's lacrosse team in spring 2013.
Photo by Bennett Scarborough
Courtesy of Campbell Athletics
After winning six of its 12 tournaments, Campbell University finished the 2012-13 women's golf season ranked No. 44 in the nation in the year-end NCAA head-to-head ratings by Golfstat.
Coach John Crooks' team, which advanced to an NCAA regional for the 16th time in the last 21 years, ranked among the nation's Top 25 in seven team statistical categories. Campbell finished in a tie for ninth place among the country's 254 Division I programs with seven eagles.
The Lady Camels also ranked tied for 11th in birdies, 12th in par-3 scoring and 19th in par-4 scoring and subpar strokes per round.
Individually, sophomore Lisbeth Brooks finished 97th nationally in the Golfstat Cup with a 74.37 stroke average. Senior Teresa Urquizu was 141st, sophomore Brooke Bellomy 236th and freshman Tahnia Ravnjak 248th.
Each of Campbell's top five individuals earned all-conference honors as all five ranked among the league's top nine in stroke average. Brooks was second among Big South Conference golfers in average score, while Urquizu, Bellomy and Ravnjak ranked 4-5-6, respectively.
Yost, the 2012 Big South golfer of the year, finished the 2012-13 campaign in ninth place among the league's scoring leaders (76.12).
Juniors Cloey Henchcliffe and Taelar Errington and freshman Loren Day were named to Big South All-Conference teams after Campbell University’s inaugural season of lacrosse in 2013.
Henchcliffe was placed on the first team while Day made second-team all-conference. Errington was selected to the All-Academic squad.
"This is a team honor, just as much as it is an individual honor," head coach Phil Schuman said. "Cloey, Loren and Taelar wouldn't have been as successful as they were without the team they had around them. We're proud of them, we're lucky that all three are coming back and we expect all of them to make just as big of an impact next year."
Henchcliffe scored the third-most goals for Campbell’s squad with 29 and added seven assists. She picked up the most ground balls of any Camel with 30 and also caused a team-high 30 turnovers. Her 2.42 goals per game was sixth in the conference.
Former Campbell women's basketball star Tonisha Baker signed a professional contract in June with the Marburg Blue Dolphins, a women's basketball club based out of Marburg, Germany.
"We are so excited for Tonisha," said Campbell head coach Wanda Watkins. "She has worked diligently for this opportunity, and I am sure she will be an asset to the Marburg organization. I know our entire Campbell women's basketball family swells with pride and celebrates with her as she continues her brilliant career in the professional ranks.”
Marburg is a part of the DBBL, the Women's Basketball Federation League in Germany, which is made up of players from both Europe and the United States.
"I am nearly speechless, but I can finally say that I did it," said Baker on signing her first contract. "I have worked very hard all my life for this opportunity."
Baker became the second Lady Camel to sign a professional contract with Marburg as April Cromartie (1998-02) joined the squad in 2002-03 following her playing career in Buies Creek. Regina McKeithan (1984-88) also played a season in Germany for Luxemburg in 1989-90.