DR. B's BUZZ
Friday, October 23, 2009
DR. B's BUZZ

DR. B’S Buzz #2

Time does fly when you’re having fun at North Greenville University; at least that’s the case for me and those who’ve wondered why the Buzz hasn’t been buzzing live at www.ngcrusaders.com.

This time of year holds the best of all possible worlds for sport fans.  College football is beginning to hit its crescendo, the thump, thump, thump of the round ball has begun, soccer and volleyball are hitting overdrive toward the post-season and pro events like the World Serious, the NBA’s lugubrious tipoff and the Canadian national pastime are starting up.  It begs the question, how can the semi-serious sports fan keep up with all that? 

I don’t try; I just thrive in enjoying Crusader Athletics!

FINAL FOOTBALL GAME NOV. 7 – MILITARY APPRECIATION AND RA DAY

Season one for Coach Jamey Chadwell will wrap-up on Saturday, Nov. 7 when NGU hosts Military Appreciation Day and Royal Ambassador at Younts Stadium.  The Buzz has heard we will have tanks, helicopters, trucks, troops and other military hardware on hand in addition to a flyover of planes.  Dr. B isn’t sure how much we’ll see, but one thing is certain: we should thank God every day for each and every member of our armed forces.  One of Dr. B’s axioms is to remind people to say “thank you for your service” to every member of the U.S. Military you encounter in uniform!

VOLLEYBALL REGULAR SEASON FINALE OCT. 29

Coach Lauren Axson’s spikers have made a serious light year jump to advance to the next level this season, and NGU’s last chance to see them in action during the regular season at Hayes Gym will be Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7:00 p.m.  As a bonus though, NGU will host the NCCAA Region Tournament Nov. 20-21.  More details on that on the NGU website.

SPECIAL THANKS TO TTI INDUSTRIES

TTI Outdoor Products has once again come up big for North Greenville!  The makers of great outdoor products like Ryobi and Homelite has once again donated $25,000 to NGU for scholarships.  Special thanks to Mr. Lee Sowell, TTI President and Mr. Brian Hobbs, Director of Marketing, for playing such a vital part of NGU athletics!

THRILL TO MEET YET ANOTHER BOWDEN

In a previous life, Dr. B had a chance to meet Bobby Bowden at Florida State University.  He had the opp. to talk with Coach Terry Bowden in Florence, Alabama a week ago when the Crusaders took on the second ranked Lions.  Coach B was highly complementary of Coach Chadwell and his team.  “I was really impressed with Jamey after talking him before the game,” Bowden said.  “He made a very good first impression on me.   I know Coach Chadwell’s only been there one year and for them to compete at this level, they just need to get better players to come in.  I hope that North Greenville has the resources to give him the ability and the opportunities to be successful at this level.  The one thing that impressed us about NGU is that they played hard the whole game. Last year, they held our offense in check the whole game and they played hard every snap of the way tonight. It’ll be fun to watch their journey.”

 

 

MOE’S MADNESS ANOTHER BIG HIT

The second Moe’s Madness at midnight on Oct. 14 to tipoff the official practices for the men’s and women’s basketball teams at NGU was another smash hit.  Congrats to senior sport marketing student Danielle Duff and her fellow classmates who coordinated the event.  Dr. B (alias the Schwag master) enjoyed received the official T-shirt at the event?  Did you get one?  If not, perhaps you need to put that date on your calendar for “next year.”

SPEAKING OF HOOPS ….

After getting absorbed in first downs and touchdowns, Dr. B has neglected to talk about HOOPS!  The Crusader men’s and women’s teams, under Coaches Chad Lister and Jayne Arledge respectively, are practicing hard to get ready for the year.  Arledge’s bunch will get into action first on Monday, Nov. 2 against … now listen to me … North Carolina State!  Wow.  Arledge and her team will go to Raleigh and play the Wolfpack in an exhibition game to start the season.  Big time!  Following a Nov. 13 exhibition against USC-Upstate in Spartanburg, the Crusader ladies will tipoff the regular season Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m. against Newberry College.  The men don’t have it so easy in the exhibition season either.  They begin with three road games against Presbyterian (Nov. 5), UNC-Wilmington (Nov. 7) and Kennesaw State (Nov. 13) before hosting Toccoa Falls Monday, Nov. 16 at 7:00 p.m.

FIRST THERE WAS LEAH, NOW THERE’S KAITLYN

First it was affectionately called the ‘Leah Show’, or the Crusader Sports Weekly Roundup on our athletics website.  Now it’s the ‘Leah and Kaitlyn Show.’  Volleyball player Kaitlyn Harris (SO Orlando, FL) now teams up with soccer standout Leah Ward to put on a pretty dandy highlights show each week.  Check them out!

THANK YOU SENIORS!

NGU athletics will be celebrating the final home performances of numerous student-athletes in the coming weeks.  Please say ‘thanks” to those who have had distinguished careers in the red and black: Volleyball Oct. 29; Men’s Soccer Nov. 3, Football – Nov. 7 and Women’s Soccer Nov. 12.

WOMEN’S SOCCER SCORING JUGGERNAUT

The Crusader women have been on a scoring role this season.  Led by Hayley Williams, Leah Ward and Ashlyn Henderson, the ladies have had several games they’ve won by 9-0, 8-0 or 7-0.  Come check out this special team in the next few weeks.

MEN’S SOCCER SCORES 15

It might take a few years to break this record.  The NGU men scored 15 goals in a game in late September, and the amazing part is that 10 different players had goals.  Jonathan Restrepo led with a hat trick (3), and Chandler Patterson and Max Duarte had two each. 

HARRISON MAKES GREAT REFEREE

Phi Beta Lamdba, the business honor society at NGU, held a fund-raiser a few weeks ago where celebrated members of the faculty and staff (Allen McWhite, Jody Jennings, Walter Terlitsky, and Donnie Mathis among others), took on an overmatched student body.  Through the outstanding officiating skills of Paul Harrison (SO, Alpharetta,GA), the students came from behind in OT to eek out a narrow victory.  Nice job Paul!

PLENTY OF NGU SCHTUFF FOR SALE AT HOME FOOTBALL

Never again can an NGU alumnus say that you can’t buy NGU paraphernalia at home football games.  At the game against Charleston on Oct. 17, the Alumni Association, Crusader Club, the NGU Marching Band, and the Student Marketing Association were selling everything from bricks, T-shirts to a fresh brew of Crusader  Coffee.  If you’d like to purchase NGU merchandise, contact Dr. Jeff Briggs at jbriggs@ngu.edu!

NOW WE KNOW WHY THE G’VILLE DRIVE IS SO SUCCESSFUL

Mr. Nate Lipscomb, the Senior Vice President of the Greenville Drive, spoke to NGU sport management students on Oct. 5, and he confirmed what a lot of us already know.  “NGU is a great brand,” he said.  “You have a great reputation in the community, and people know what you stand for.”  Mr. Lipscomb told the story of the Drive and how they go about attracting baseball fans to their games.  Several NGU grads currently work for the Drive (Justin Miller and Michael Rennison come to mind).

MEN’S HOOP TO BE YOUNG, BUT AGGRESSIVE

The men’s basketball team has 10 freshman on the roster, which can only mean an influx of enthusiasm and energy.  Coach Chad Lister, one of the best teachers of the game I’ve seen in awhile, will reign in the young stallions, but will also have vets Paul Harrison, Kyler Vitko and Tyler Mains to lead the way.  Schedule cards will be available soon through the SID office.