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Tigers Take Second Place in H-SC Invitational

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It was a homecoming of sorts for the H-SC golf team, as the Tigers were able to take second place in the Hampden-Sydney Invitational. The contest was hosted by the Manor Country Club in Farmville.

Hampden-Sydney shot 35 over par during the two-day event. Four juniors led the group of Tigers in the competition. Brian Burt shot an even par to set the pace for the Tiger contingent, scoring a 70 on the first day and a 74 in the second round.  The good showing earned him second place individually. Drew Arnold shot seven over par to place seventh, posting rounds of 76 and 75, while Trey Cully shot a 76 and 77 to finish in a tie for 11th. George Whiting took 21st place with scores of 85 and 78.

Freshman Alex Simmons (85, 80) finished 25th, while senior Rick O’Connell, playing as an individual participant placed third overall at three over par, with scores of 71 and 76.

Ferrum College shot seven over par collectively to take home the win. They were led by Scott Obenshain, who finished five under par (69, 70) to take home medalist honors. Bridgewater College rounded out the top three, posting a team score of 47 over par.

The Hampden-Sydney golf team’s next competition will be the VSGA State Collegiate at the Winchester Country Club, taking place on October 13th and 14th.

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Tiger Football Begins ODAC Slate

 

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Ellis Hopson ’16, Sports Writer

It’s been a successful October for the Tigers as the ODAC schedule has gotten underway. Hampden-Sydney began the climb up the ODAC mountain with three straight wins over Catholic, Bridgewater, and Emory & Henry.

On October 5th, H-SC began ODAC play against Catholic inside Everett Stadium. The Tiger offense rolled over Catholic’s top-ranked scoring defense in the ODAC. A 39-27 win improved the Tigers to 3-1 on the year.

Junior quarterback Nash Nance gave a strong showing, going 24 of 43 for 294 yards and two touchdown passes. He also rushed for 63 yards and 18 carries with scores on the ground. Junior running back Brady Macko led the Tigers in rushing, carrying the ball 27 times for 175 yards and a touchdown. Junior receiver Holton Walker continued to be a key in the passing game, hauling in six catches for 108 yards and two scores.

On defense, the Tigers held Catholic to 304 yards of total offense. Linebacker Tyler Ikwild and safety John Moore led the way, each contributing seven tackles. Turnovers were key to Hampden-Sydney’s success, as linebacker Josh Doggett, cornerback Michael Marquez, and cornerback Zach Morgan each recorded an interception.

On October 12th, Hampden-Sydney continued ODAC play at home against Bridgewater. It was a balanced 28-7 win for the Tigers, as the offense racked up 333 yards of offense, while the defense was stingy in allowing only 292 yards from the Eagles.

Quarterback Nash Nance went 14 of 24 for 192 yards and one touchdown pass. He completed his aerial game with 15 carries for a game-high 78 rushing yards. Receiver Holton Walker was responsible for 112 of the 192 passing yards. Running back Brady Macko carried the ball ten times for 43 yards and a touchdown.

The Tiger defense was stout, only allowing Bridgewater to convert of 5 of 18 third downs. Safety Shreve Rohle, along with linebackers Josh Doggett and Robert Stack, each recorded ten tackles. Fellow linebacker Tyler Ikwild racked up seven tackles, while safety Charlie Shoemaker made six tackles and intercepted a pass.

On October 19th, Hampden-Sydney hit the road for a trip to Emory & Henry. Tigers history was made in a 33-12 win over the Wasps, as fourteenth year head coach Marty Favret became the second head coach in Hampden-Sydney history to win 100 games. The win improved Favret’s career mark to 100-40, and an ODAC record of 60-22.

For the first three quarters, the game was a close contest. However, in the fourth quarter the defense stiffened and the Tiger offense was able pull away from the Wasps. Nash Nance went 21 of 32 for 225 yards, three touchdown passes, and one interception. Junior tight end Joey Druhan had a standout game, hauling in four passes for 79 yards and a touchdown. Junior receiver Holton Walker continued a stellar season, catching six passes for 55 yards and a score.

On the other side of the ball, safety Shreve Rohle once again led the Tigers in tackles with ten. Linebackers Robert Stack and Tyler Ikwild recorded nine and eight stops respectively. Lineback Josh Doggett and safety John Moore had seven stops. In the running game, Brady Macko combined with senior Chris Shembo for 115 yards on 17 carries, with Shembo scoring twice.

On October 26th, Hampden-Sydney returns to Everett Stadium for the homecoming game. They will face their fourth consecutive ODAC opponent in the Shenandoah Hornets. The Tigers will be expecting a plethora of fans, family, and friends. Kickoff for the contest is set for 1 P.M.

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Cross Country Faces Tough Competition in Newport News

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Mason Watkins’15, Sports Editor

         Following their astonishing 2nd place finish in the Maroon Invitational on September 21, the Hampden-Sydney cross country team hosted the annual Family Weekend 5k/1k and competed in the Christopher Newport Invitational, where they came in 10th place out of the 11 teams.

The Christopher Newport Invitational, which occurred on October 19th, had the Tigers traveling two and a half hours to Newport News, VA. In all, eleven Division III schools competed in the meet, including: Washington & Lee, John Hopkins, York, and Randolph.

The results, while unsatisfactory for the Tigers, allowed many runners to make their mark on the team. Senior Andrew Stoddard, who has been the staple runner for the team over the past four years, was not able to complete the race due to an injury he acquired mid-race. Freshman Grant Brown stepped up to the plate for the third time this season by taking the lead for the team, finishing the eight-kilometer race with a time of 28:36 to place 68th overall. Brown scored first for the Tigers, followed by sophomore Will Imeson’s 91st place finish with a time of 30:23. Freshman Andrew Madison crossed the finish line at 31:20 and sophomore David Hart finished the race in 32:07, good for 98th and 102nd overall respectively. Rounding out the top five scoring for the Tigers was senior Drew Fletcher, who ran a 33:06 to come in at 107th.

Overall, John Hopkins stole the show, winning with their cumulative score of 17 points. Senior Max Robinson crossed the finish line with an excellent time of 25:00, coming in at first place overall for the Blue Jays. 69 points behind first was York College, followed by hosts Christopher Newport, who scored 92 points to take third.

The cross country team’s next meet will be the ODAC Championship at 11am on Saturday, November 2, which will be held on the Tigers’ home course at The Manor Golf Club.

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H-SC Golf Dominating In October

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Ellis Hopson ’16, Sports Writer

            The Hampden-Sydney golf team has roared into the month of October, putting up strong showings at two competitions. With four competitions this month, the golfers have begun to settle into the flow of the season. With all the competitions within 15 days, the team was under pressure to get off on the right foot, and they delivered.

On October 13th, the Tigers competed in the Virginia State Intercollegiate Tournament. The event, hosted by Shenandoah University, was scheduled for 36 holes over two days, but was cut to one round after rain interfered.

Hampden-Sydney was able to bring home first place team honors. Junior Brian Burt earned medalist honors by shooting a 68, putting him four under par. The Tigers also had two other golfers in the top ten. Sophomore Trey Cully was able to finish fourth by shooting for par, while junior Drew Arnold posted a score of one over par to finish ninth. Junior George Whiting shot two over par for a 12th place finish, while senior Rick O’Connell posted a score of six over par, placing him in a tie for 26th.

Hampden-Sydney shot one under par as a team. The team finished eleven strokes ahead of their next competitor, with Bridgewater and Washington & Lee tying for second.

On October 20th, the Tigers traveled to Ashland to compete in Ted Keller Invitational. The team brought home their second straight win, finishing 30 strokes ahead of second place finisher Greensboro College.

Rick O’Connell earned medalist honors by shooting three under par, posting scores of 69 and 68 on the 70-par course. Two more Tigers finished in the top five, with juniors Brian Burt and George Whiting each shot five over par to tie for fifth place. Fellow juniors Drew Arnold and Trey Cully also posted strong results, with Arnold placing 12th with a score of 12 over par, and Cully finishing 20th with scores of 79 and 75.

The fall season will conclude for Hampden-Sydney golf at the O’Briant–Jensen Memorial on October 28th and 29th. The competition will be hosted by the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Tiger Soccer Fights for Playoff Berth

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Mason Watkins’15, Sports Editor

Excluding the previously covered game against Lynchburg, the past six games have been a roller coaster ride for the Hampden-Sydney soccer team. With playoff berths being handed out to the top ODAC teams already, coming up with victories has been of increasingly profound importance. In all, the six games have seen the Tigers defeat Emory & Henry, Eastern Mennonite, and Bridgewater, lose to Virginia Wesleyan and top-of-table Randolph, and tie rivals Randolph-Macon.

The first game had the Wasps of Emory & Henry travel to the Hill on Family Weekend, Friday, October 4th, to compete in, what would become, the biggest blowout of the season, 6-0. Scoring was the name of the game for the Tigers as they managed to knock in three goals in both halves. Junior defender Davis Carter started the tally when he tapped in senior midfielder Bryan Talbert’s corner kick in the 23rd minute. Talbert, putting forth the effort necessary as a captain of the team, was rewarded in the 37th minute when he found himself on the receiving end of sophomore midfielder Costin Gregory’s pass and put it in the net. Sophomore forward Leo Kowalski scored with less than two minutes remaining in the half, making it 3-0 going into the break. Even with the home crowd already cheering it as a victory, the Tigers were not through with the Wasps. Carter started the ball rolling again in the 72nd minute when he scored off of an assist from sophomore defender Josiah Fleming. Freshman midfielder Kurt Anderson made it 5-0 in the 78th minute. To top off the hectic night, freshman forward Bryce Jones got in on the action in the 86th minute, making it 6-0. 6-0 is the highest scoring difference in a game for the Tigers since 2011’s 8-0 win over Berkley (NJ).

The Randolph College game, which was held on Wednesday, October 9th, was an upsetting one for the Hampden-Sydney soccer team. The 3-1 loss against the then undefeated team was a chance to see who would step up to the plate in a desperate time of need, especially after freshman goalkeeper standout Cameron McFarlane was sent out of the game with a red card, leaving the Tigers with 10 men. The Rooneys managed to score three consecutive goals throughout the game. Only in the final six minutes of play did the Tigers find a consolation goal. Kowalski buried an unassisted goal into the net, giving some reward to the team as they traveled back from Salem, VA. Randolph, while unbeaten throughout the season thus far, lost their most recent match to Lynchburg College on October 23rd, meaning everyone now has a loss.

The Tigers traveled to Harrisonburg, VA to take on the Blue Lions of Eastern Mennonite University on Saturday, October 12th. The 2-1 victory was gratifying for the Tigers because the previous two seasons have been losses. McFarlane was forced to sit out the away game due to his red card from the previous game, meaning last season’s starter, junior Blake Carrey, found himself on the starting lineup in the net for Hampden-Sydney. It took the entire first 55 minutes, but junior forward Robert Stephens scored the first goal of the game when he broke away from EMU defenders and notched the ball past the goalkeeper. Carter linked up with Talbert again to make it 2-0 in the 81st minute. The Blue Lions scored a non-consequential goal with two minutes remaining, making the final score 2-1.

Archrivals Randolph-Macon traveled to the Hill on Wednesday, October 16th. Expectations were for a Hampden-Sydney victory, considering R-MC’s record was lagging noticeably behind the Tigers’. Due to the hype surrounding the matchup, the eventual double overtime result of a tie was anticlimactic. In 0-0 ties, the defense is always of note. Senior defenders Jackson Parker, Bo Burns, and Jason Haas headed the backfield for the Tigers, accompanied by Carter and sophomores Johnny Curran and Alex Strain. McFarlane and his defense have held every visiting team, excluding Lynchburg’s one, to scoreless contests.

An away game at Bridgewater College on Saturday, October 19th, allowed the Tigers to make a significant impact on their ODAC standings; both teams were tied with three wins and two losses. Winning 2-1 put the Tigers one win away from grabbing their ODAC Tournament berth. The Eagles dominated the first two-thirds of the game in terms of scoring, staying 1-0 up on the Tigers. It wasn’t until the 66th minute that Kowalski scored his third goal of October, tying the game 1-1. The game looked to end in another double overtime draw, but Stephens, off an assist from freshman forward Robert Kerby, scored in the second minute of overtime, giving the Tigers the victory.

The final away game of the regular season resulted in a 2-0 loss to Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday, October 23rd. Virginia Wesleyan outshot the Tigers 19-8, with 8-2 being shots on target. Talbert put forth the most offensive pressure by shooting two shots on goal.

Despite missing out on their first chance to clinch an ODAC Tournament seat in the Virginia Wesleyan game, the Hampden-Sydney soccer team looks to try again, but this time in spectacular fashion by taking on fifth place Roanoke College on Saturday, October 26th, at 7pm for Homecoming Weekend. A victory for the Tigers will move them up to fifth, simultaneously securing the much desired ODAC Tournament spot.

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Golf Wins First Tournament of Young Season

Behind a stellar performance from Brian Burt, the Hampden-Sydney golf team notched the team’s first win at the Tom Kinder Memorial hosted by fellow ODAC member Bridgewater College. Burt led the Tigers with a score of three over to finish in fifth place overall. Close behind was Alex Simmons who finished seventh overall with a five over and two Tigers, Trey Culley and Drew Arnold, tied for 13th after finishing with a six over. Rounding out the Tigers’ top five was George Whiting who also finished in the top 25 with a score of nine over.

After the first round the Tigers found themselves behind the host Eagles by one stroke, but a strong performance in the second round allowed the Tigers to secure a ten-stroke victory. The Tigers will next hit the links at home, when they host the Hampden-Sydney Invitational on September 23rd and 24th

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Player Profile: A Fireside Chat with Chris Shembo

Ned Belliveau ’14, Sports Editor

Q: How important was the win over Coast Guard after the CNU game?

A: It was very important! After a tough loss like that, it’s important to have a big win like that, especially going into the bye week. And it was a fun trip. An educational trip.

Q: How is the foot feeling?

A: It’s feeling good. I’ll be back for Catholic the doctor says.

Q: Why did you choose Hampden-Sydney?

A: Because when I came and visited, I fell in love with the campus and so did my mom and the whole family, and I figured it was best for what I was trying to do. I could focus primarily on academics while also playing the sport I love, and it wasn’t too far from home. Some people say four hours is far, but I don’t think it’s far.

Q: What has been your best on-field moment?

A: Probably my first touchdown. The first touchdown is always a good feeling, especially since it was against Averett. It was my welcome to college football moment my freshman year. The guy hit me right after my spin move right under my helmet and pushed my teeth through my lip and back. I was gushing blood everywhere, so it felt nice to score against them.

Q: Off the field?

A: Joining a fraternity, PiKA; it was big. I had hopes of doing that coming in here, so when I heard they were coming back on campus, I decided to do that. And it’s cool to say that you were one of the founding brothers of a fraternity, especially with the campus having so much history with that fraternity.

Q: Is there anyone on the team that you feel deserves more recognition than they get?

A: I’d say Mitch Perrara, the other running back. I’d also say Brady, but he’s got some fame now after the four touchdown game. Also, the O-line men, Will Ferrell is on the cover and all that stuff, but the other four guys deserve love too. I love my O-line. The O-line doesn’t get enough credit in football.

Q: What are your goals for the year as an individual?

A: Right now, my main goal is to just get back on the field, try and keep this toe as close to 100% as I can for the rest of the season, try not to re-aggravate it too badly. I’m not going to think about the toe too much. Every running back’s goal is an average of five yards per rush, so I’m going to try to get to that.

Q: As a team?

A: Win the ODAC and try to make it deep into the playoffs.

Q: What game does the team have circled on the calendar so to speak?

A: All of them. Of course Randolph-Macon and W&L are our big games, but we go week-by-week of course.

Q: Any pre-game superstitions?

A: I always listen to certain songs, “Nuck if you Buck” by Crime Mob, “WE be Steady Mobbin’” by, Rough Riders Anthem by DMX. Draw crosses on my wrists taped up, I get taped up by the same person. I always have to go out on the field and run around before.

Q: What’s the biggest difference between college and high school football?

A: The pace. Definitely the pace, the condition you got to be in, especially with Marty’s offense. Marty runs a no-huddle, and you have to be well-conditioned to play in that.

Q: Who wins the Super Bowl this year?

A: Panthers all day! Carolina Panthers till I die. Don’t let the 1-2 fool you.

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