Volume 3, Issue 2
Winter 2013– 2014
Wildcat Press JWU Charlotte Athletics
Wildcats Showing Early Success JWU men‟s basketball jumped into the 2013-2014 season with a few ups and downs but soon found their way to success. The Wildcats opened the season hosting the JWU classic, which featured three other USCAA schools. The Wildcats went 1-1 in the tournament and were competitive in each game. Coach Lansdale set the bar high for the guys after seeing the performance on the court in those first two games. The Wildcats won two of their next four games and set several single game school records in the process, highlighted by a 122-61 victory over Piedmont International. One highlight of this game is that the Wildcats had six players score in double figures. This was one of the 16 records set that night. The team is now 4-7, but has shown the type of improvement that will serve them well throughout the remainder of the season. The opening portion of the season featured several games against NCAA Division I opponents, including Davidson College. Coach Lansdale added seven new faces to the team, including four freshman and three transfer students. These seven new players; DeQuincey Bennett, Bobby Scriven, Clarence Ellis, Kyle Cooper, Duane Chisholm, Haywood Jackson, and Darnell Edwards, have helped bolster the roster. These new faces have made significant contributions to the Wildcats success this year. The leading scorers to this point in the season are, sophomore Josh Cohen (17.0 ppg), junior DeQuincey Bennett (15.9 ppg), and junior Kindrick Anderson (15.0 ppg). Sophomore Nick Crawford leads the team in rebounds per game (5.9), assists per game (4.7), and steals per game (2.8).
First Annual JWU Cup!
Inside this issue: Ice Hockey
The men‟s varsity basketball team will travel to Providence, Rhode Island on December 13th and 14th for the first annual JWU Cup Tournament. The JWU Cup is a new basketball tournament between all four of the Johnson & Wales University Campuses that will occur annually. Subsequent tournaments will rotate annually to each of the four campuses. JWU Charlotte will host the men‟s basketball tournament in December 2014. At this years tournament JWU Charlotte will compete against JWU Miami on Friday, December 13th at 5:30pm. JWU Denver will take on JWU Providence at 7:30pm that same evening. The winners of those games will play for the JWU Cup on Saturday, December 14th at 3:00pm. The consolation game will be played at 1:00pm that day. Each game of the tournament will be streamed live in the Student Center Wildcat Den, with refreshments being provided on each day. Additionally, we will be giving out great prizes to those in attendance. Make plans to be here throughout the weekend to support your JWU Charlotte Wildcats!
Winter 2013-2014 Ice Hockey Club The JWU Ice Hockey team got their season underway in mid-October, first hosting Appalachian State University at their new home, Time Warner Cable Arena. The team has played five games for the season so far, against some familiar foes, the club team from College of Charleston, and some new additions to the Blue Ridge Hockey Conference. The ice hockey team squared off against Coastal Carolina University‟s club hockey team for the first time, unfortunately falling in the end. The team started off with a small roster, but slowly added new players to the lineup as the fall term proceeded. Ann-Maries Stefany is one of the new additions to the ice hockey club team. Stefany is a sophomore at JWU and has been a hockey player her whole life. She had played hockey for about 21 years and is expected to add to her extended hockey family. She says that, “Hockey players are a different breed of people, and most of the time we only understand each other.” Since the team is small, Stefany and the team remain positive, and are making sure improvement is consistent for the rest of the season. Through the fall, the team is determined to improve by scoring more goals and remaining intense. Two of the returning players, Michael Morgan and A.J. Schueckler have proven themselves to be a valuable asset to the team, holding the top two spots in points scored. Marcus Peacock a new face on the team is proving to be a great addition with 2 points for the year so far. He has shown he is willing to learn and develop throughout this season with the team. Coach Plano is pushing his team to make sure the 2013-14 year is a successful one. The JWU ice hockey team plans to continue their momentum as they progress through the winter months and work their way towards a successful second half of the season.
Women’s Basketball Club The ladies began competition in late fall, taking on the junior varsity team from Montreat College. First hosting a game, then visiting Montreat College, the girls fell to the more experienced team in both games. The ladies started off with five returning players and added six new faces in the fall. Assistant Coach Winston Baker believes the freshman will be able to be molded to fit the team and be a great addition overall. With the new additions and the five returning players the girls are still keeping their focus on the fundamentals for the 2013-2014 year. Junior Alexis Steward has been with the team for the past two years and has seen a change in the team this year. She tells us that “the team has been pushed harder with the new coaching staff,” She also says, “the girls have gained more discipline and have changed their mind-set to become more “varsity” oriented.” As Coach Gadson and his team are focused on the 2013-2014 year, they are also keeping their eyes on the 2014-2015 year in hopes to become the next varsity team on the Charlotte Campus. The girls are going to make sure their dedication and heart are left on the court this year in order to get their team to the next level. They continue to strive to better the name of the women‟s basketball club and set a reputation that catches peoples‟ attention. The team is planning to get back to work in late winter as they will host the women‟s varsity team from Barber-Scotia College. With a level mind-set and a willingness to work together.
Lady Wildcats Wrap Up Record Setting Season The Lady Wildcats were back at it again, easily proving they are getting better every year. The team ended the regular season with a record of 24-9 and was ranked 8th in the final USCAA Coachâ€&#x;s Poll of the season, which qualified them for a spot in the USCAA National Championship Tournament. The ladies traveled to SUNY- Canton in upstate New York to compete in the Tournament in early November. Unfortunately the team left the USCAA Volleyball Championship failing to advance into the elimination round of the tournament. Though the postseason did not end as the ladies had hoped, the team is holding their heads high, as this was certainly a successful season for the Wildcats. At the close of last year the Ladies wanted to improve the offense and strengthen their cohesiveness on defense, and they have definitely proven themselves with a solid team for the 2013-2014 year. The Lady Wildcats got derailed in late August and early September when they lost four matches in a row. But the team got back on their feet in mid-September as they began an eight match win streak. Coach Phillips knew her team had plenty of talent to keep that winning momentum for the rest of the season. The team continued their winning ways with a ten match win streak in early and mid October, and won 22 of their last 26 regular season matches. After back-to-back great seasons, the ladies plan to keep up their winning momentum for years to come. The ladies success during the season created drive for them to maintain focus in the classroom as well. For the past three years, JWU has lead the nation in USCAA All-Academic Team members for womenâ€&#x;s volleyball. The Lady Wildcats earned six spots on the All-Academic team; Erika Ross, Madelyn Leonard, Moriah Hughes, Sarah Slaughter, Shauna Powell, and Stephanie Harris. Five of these players received this honor for the first time (Ross, Hughes, Slaughter, Leonard, and Powell). Stephanie Harris also received All-Academic honors for the 2012 and 2011 seasons, making her the first athlete in school history to be so honored three years in a row. The team also had two All-American honorees. Moriah Hughes was named 2nd team All-American, while Tori Dublino received honorable mention All-American honors.
Alumni Spotlight Carrington Chambliss „12
Carrington Chambliss (2012) is in our Alumni Spotlight for Winter 2013-2014. Carrington attended Johnson & Wales University- Charlotte from Fall 2008 to Spring 2012. He majored in Sports, Entertainment, and Event Management, with aspirations to one day coach basketball or own his own athletic skills development facility. With this on his mind Carrington was a participant on the men‟s basketball club team for two years and then volunteered as a student coach with the varsity team. He also worked his way up to become a Student Assistant within Athletics at JWU. He tells us, “Being a SA in Athletics at JWU was one of the most rewarding and challenging aspects of my collegiate career.” He felt that this experience played a huge role in molding him into the person he is today. Carrington explains to us that working within Athletics has influenced his style of management and supervision with his own employees and how he will respond and interact with reports and daily tasks. Carrington currently works in Greensboro, North Carolina as an Environmental Service Manager at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital. In his current position he oversees staffing, assigning, supervising, training and evaluating the environmental services staff. Carrington helps with development and implementation of policies and programs for the staff and equipment. Along with this full time position, he also is an assistant coach for varsity men‟s basketball at Caldwell Academy, a private high school team in Greensboro, North Carolina. Carrington has found that JWU‟s career based learning objectives prepared him for the “real world” in regards to dressing appropriately, presentation skills, time management, networking and self-development. He has taken away the resource of successful time management and networking skills from his experiences at JWU, making Carrington feel more prepared and developed than his peers. Looking back at JWU, Carrington finds that the culture has changed on campus, in a positive way. He says that, “JWU provides it's students with one of the best educations that there is today, all the while being located and heavily influential in one of the most "up & coming" business cities in America.”
JWU Charlotte Athletics
Men’s Soccer Club The men‟s soccer club team got off to a quick start in the fall term, beginning their season in September and hosting games against the club teams from Central Piedmont Community College and Western Carolina University. Unfortunately the JWU team fell in both games, but they used this competition as learning points in order to better the team as a whole. Freshman Sean Appleby says that he is excited to be a part of the men‟s soccer program. Sean explained to us that, “Starting as a club team has been a great opportunity, especially since we, as a team, are working to get better and are looking forward to maybe becoming a varsity sport on campus.” Coach Sosa has seen an individual improvement in all of the payers which has added to the strength of the team. He is confident that the team has built a strong foundation that is continuously being improved and structured. “We‟ve been able to put the ball in the net recently and that is huge for the confidence of this team,” he tells us. As the JWU soccer team continues to develop on the field, their offense continues to improve. The guys are looking to bring on some more players during the winter season to prepare for spring competition.
Women’s Soccer Club Team The women‟s soccer club was eager to get the ball rolling for the fall season, beginning practice in September. “This year the team is pretty young,” Coach Michels tells us, “but this could be a positive. We are developing some new players defensively to create a sturdy team on the field.” Sophomore, Katie Vanek, is glad to see the number of girls that came out this year, and tells us, “If this continues, the team will have a good possibility of becoming a varsity team in the future.” Katie has played on the team for two years now and has liked the changes so far this year, “We played in a league last year with teams that were really good, and this year we played other college club teams, which was nice because we believe we stand a fair chance.” The team got their competition underway when they traveled to UNC-Asheville to compete in a club team tournament. The girls went head to head with UNC-Asheville and the University of Tennessee‟s club teams. Coach Michels tells us, “The new teams we have competed against this year are more experienced and have a strong history together but we received positive feedback from the opposing teams in regards to teamwork and sportsmanship, despite losing both games.” Coach Michels is proud of her team, telling us, “The girls have a great time playing together on the field, and this is the beginning of growing and creating a strong bond within the team.” You can see the girls back on the field in the spring, with potential matches against the club teams from Winthrop University, Wofford University and Patrick Henry Community College.
December/ January 2013-2014 JWU Charlotte Athletics Calendar Sun
Men’s Basketball vs. Greensboro College 7:30pm
Men’s Basketball vs. Emmanuel (GA) College 7:30pm
Ice Hockey Club at Appalachian State University 10:15pm
Men‟s Basketball at Davidson College 2:00pm
Men’s Basketball vs. Ice Hockey Club vs. Averett University UNC-Charlotte 7:30pm 10:00pm
Men‟s Basketball at JWU Providence JWU Cup 5:30pm
Men‟s Basketball at JWU Providence JWU Cup TBD
Men‟s Basketball at Campbell University 2:00pm
5 on 5 Intramural Basketball begins
Holiday Break Begins 22
Holiday Break 5
Men’s Basketball vs. Barber-Scotia College 7:30pm
Classes begin ** All Home Games are in bold** *Home events will take place in the campus Student Center (exceptions: ice hockey contests are played at the Time Warner Cable Arena and soccer will be played at Ramblewood Park)*
The Student Center operation hours are: Monday – Thursday: 9:00am - 11:00pm Friday: 9:00am - 8:00pm Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 6:00pm For questions, comments, or further information please contact us at Athletics.firstname.lastname@example.org or 980-598-1840 Published by: Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte Athletics Writers: Amoure Warfield, Briosha Dawkins, Kayla Gipner Senior Writer: Kayla Gipner Editor: Stephen Byrd
Men‟s Basketball at William Peace University 4:00pm