Sports Quick Hits

Michael Nicholson ’15

Football
Hampden Sydney had a strong season, finishing with a record of 6-4 and 4-3 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference action. The team boasted wins over Averett, Christopher Newport University, Bridgewater, Emory and Henry, Shenandoah, and Guilford.

The Hampden-Sydney Football team also had an incredibly close game with Washington and Lee that unfortunately resulted in a 45-42 loss after four overtimes.

“After losing to W&L in the ODAC Championship Game, we were all fired up to beat Macon, so during Macon Week we were all ready to play,” said sophomore Harry Smith.

This year, the Macon Game resulted in a score of 41-31, with the win sadly going to the hated Yellow Jackets. This year also marked the 118th edition of the Game.

Since the season concluded, accolades have been rolling in for H-SC football players. Twelve of our Tiger football players were named All-ODAC this year. That list includes Nash Nance, Holton Walker, Will Ferrell, Max Antwerpes, Kenny Fryman, Steven Fogleman, Evan King, Tyler White, Ray Jackson, John Michael Sparagna, Alex Price, and John Moore. Of those twelve players, six were named to the first team (Nance, Walker, Ferrell, Antwerpes, Fryman and Fogleman). Three Tigers (King, White and Jackson) were named to the second team, and three more players (Sparagna, Price and Moore) made the All-ODAC third team.

Three players, Price, junior tight end Mike Goad and senior defensive lineman Russ Leboff, were named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Football teams, an honor given to players who combine excellence both on the field and in the classroom.

Also, the Touchdown Club of Richmond honored Ferrell, Fryman and Walker for their great seasons. Ferrell received the award for Offensive Lineman of the Year, Fryman took home the Linebacker of the Year Award, and Walker was named a finalist for the Lanier Award, which goes to the top player at a Division II/III/NAIA school in the state of Virginia.

This fall was another great season for Tiger Football, and we are all looking forward to what next fall’s season will bring.

Cross Country

The Hampden Sydney Cross Country team finished out the season and came in ninth place at the ODAC Championship held outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia.

“We didn’t do as well in the ODAC Championship as we hoped, but we placed 9th in front of Emory & Henry and Randolph College,” said Coach Betsy Prengaman.

Coach Prengaman attributes some of the team’s struggles to inexperience, noting that the team is mostly comprised of runners who only have one or two seasons of experience.  “The team is still young and we have a lot to work on” she continued.

Many of the injuries covered in earlier issues have healed which has been great for the team, and one injury in particular stands out.

“Andrew Craver came back from a serious leg break to finish his senior year with a great finish at the Regional meet!  We did not even think he would have the strength to run at all this season, so it meant a lot to us,” said Coach Prengaman. 

“We had a few other injured runners who will still need to rehab throughout the winter and up until next fall.  The good thing is that they still have seasons of eligibility left to compete,” continued Coach Prengaman.

There is much optimism for a solid comeback next season.   “Our top runner, Andrew Stoddard, continues to run well and, thankfully, is injury free,” said Coach Prengaman. 

“The freshmen will continue to improve during track season and into next year.  We will be able to build mileage and implement a stronger lifting regimen to improve strength and boost power needed for hills and rough terrain,” continued Coach Prengaman. From the looks of it, bright skies illuminate the path for Hampden-Sydney cross country going into the future.

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