Freshman of the Year

Redshirt freshman LB Jack Ryan was named Freshman Defensive Player of the Year on Monday by the Pioneer Football League.

The 6-foot-2 native of Matthews, N.C. finished second in tackles (66), while leading all freshman with 47 tackles in Pioneer Football League play this season, anchoring the PFL’s best-ranked defense.

Ryan posted his best game of the season vs. San Diego, leading his team with 12 tackles and one interception.

The conference also announced that All-League selections will be released Tuesday, which could lead to even more postseason accolades for the Fighting Camels following a 5-6 season.

For more on Jack Ryan, take a look back at our Camel Cam interview following a breakout game against the Drake Bulldogs.

 

 

Beating The Champs

The Campbell men’s basketball team opened conference play on Saturday against Coastal Carolina, becoming the first matchup of conference foes in the entire NCAA Division-1 landscape.

“We think they (Coastal Carolina) will be one of the best teams in league this season, and we feel like we’re gonna be right up there with them,” said head coach Kevin McGeehan.

Following the upset win, 79-73, over the two-time defending champions, the Fighting Camels rest alone in first place led by a strong double double (17 points, 14 rebounds) from senior D.J. Mason.

In fact four players scored in double figures for Campbell (3-2, 1-0), who overcame a double digit deficit in the second half.

Junior guard Kyre’ Hamer provided the clutch points late in the game, shooting 10-11 from the free throw line, while Chris Clemons notched his fifth-straight game scoring in double figures (16).

While the Fighting Camels do not play another Big South Conference opponent until Dec. 13, at UNC Asheville, Campbell has now won two straight games by overcoming large second-half deficits.

Here are the highlights and reaction to an upset win in Buies Creek as Campbell opens conference play with an impressive win over the team predicted to finish second in the Big South Conference.

 

Turkey Tradition

Before Saturday’s conference opener against Costal Carolina, the Campbell men’s basketball team hosted a team dinner on Thanksgiving, brining the coaches, staff, players together for the holiday.

Campbell remained in Buies Creek over the holidays, prepping for the start of Big South Conference play, opening the door for a fun afternoon hosted by MBB head coach Kevin McGeehan.

Check out the best sights and sounds from the Turkey Tradition.

Happy Thanksgiving

The Fighting Camels want to wish the entire Campbell community both in Buies Creek and beyond a Happy Thanksgiving.

We also want to give special notice to the Campbell women’s basketball team for creating this unique graphic for our appreciation for Thanksgiving Turkey and the Campbell family.

 

All-State Trio

Following an impressive trip to the finals of the Big South Conference Tournament this past season, three Campbell women’s soccer players have been named to the 2015 NCCSIA University Division All-State Women’s Soccer Teams.

Ashley Clark, the 2015 Big South Attacking Player of the Year, and first-team All-Big South selection Payton Ormsby were named NCCSIA first-team selections while Murita Storey was given second-team honors, finishing her season with five assists as a starting defensive back for the Fighting Camels.

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Keep an eye out for Ashley Clark, however, as she ranked inside the top-10 in multiple offensive categories and could be up for an All-America selection later this offseason.

The Cary, N.C., product finished her career as a four-time All-Big South first team selection and ranks second in Campbell history with 46 goals, including 20 game-winning markers, and 114 points.

For more on the All-State Women’s Soccer Teams, make sure to explore the full recap on GoCamels.com and @GoCamelsWSOC.

Flying Sky High

The Campbell men’s basketball team took an exciting charter flight to SIU Edwardsville on Monday night, flying nearly 850 miles away for their second road contest of the regular season.

Campbell will look towards All-Big South Conference center D.J. Mason, who rates third among league rebounding leaders (9.0) after grabbing a season-best 10 rebounds vs. Morgan State.

Freshman star Chris Clemons leads the Fighting Camels scoring 15.3 PPG, averaging over three steals per game, the best mark in the Big South. Campbell ranks 3rd in the country in steals per game (13.3) and 8th overall in scoring defense (53.3).

The Fighting Camels (1-2) look to bounce back after suffering consecutive losses starting tonight at 8 p.m. EST. You can listen to the action live on the Campbell Digital Network starting at 7:45 p.m. EST. Make sure to follow @GoCamelsMBB for scores and updates.

 

 

Climbing The Ladder

The Fighting Camels dropped a tough conference championship match to No. 1 seed Coastal Carolina on Sunday afternoon, ending a historic run to the finals of the Big South Volleyball Tournament.

Earning a trip to the conference championship for the first time since 1989, the Fighting Camels finished out the season winning four of their last six matches (14-17 overall, 6-8 Big South), posting their most wins in conference play since 2011.

Campbell upset both the No. 2 seed (High Point) in three sets and No. 6 seed (Radford) in four sets on Friday, overcoming a combined 0-4 record against those squads during the regular season.

“I told the team to savor the feeling and understand that it is a stepping stone for this program to go forward,” said Greg Goral.

Following the Big South Conference Tournament, senior Mary Crema, the new all-time digs leader at Campbell and fellow senior Katelyn Layden were named All-Tournament selections.

The Fighting Camels return all but Crema and Layden, hoping to consistently build a championship contender year-in and year-out.