Campbell Football First

Campbell Football achieved a first of its kind moment on Saturday, in fact it happened twice in the span of 60 minutes, as former football standouts Greg Milhouse and Danny Dillon signed free agent contracts to play in the National Football League.

Milhouse, the two-time All-PFL selection from Garner, N.C. led the charge following an outstanding Pro Day in Buies Creek, signing with the New York Giants just minutes after the conclusion of the 2016 NFL Draft in Chicago.

Dillon, the man of many talents at Campbell University from Sanford, N.C. who started all four seasons as the long snapper, signed with the Arizona Cardinals over the weekend.

The outport of support and congratulations on social media was overwhelming, especially for a program sending its first two players into the National Football League under the direction of long-time Carolina Panthers great – Mike Minter.

Many other Fighting Camels are in the hunt for NFL auditions this Fall, including All-PFL pass rusher, and Campbell’s all-time sack leader, Ugonna Awuruonye. Back in April, 20 professional scouts visited Barker-Lane Stadium for the first-ever Pro Day.

The Fighting Camels open the 2016 regular season Thursday night against Bluefield College on August 25th at 7 p.m. Fans can follow the hashtag #BuiesCreektotheNFL and @GoCamelsFB for the latest updates on the Camels in the National Football League.

Advertisements

Balanced Camels Advance To NCAA Regional Play

Written by Matthew Sokol – Campbell blog contributor

The 2015-2016 Big South Champions begin their quest for a national championship as NCAA regional play starts for Campbell Women’s Golf on May 5-7 in Bryan Park, Texas.

“For a team to qualify for the NCAA championship, they have to have several outstanding individual performances,” said Campbell golf head coach John Crooks. “The team has to be focused, and the (individual) team members have to be focused.”

The Big South championship tournament win was the 13th title in 25 years under the leadership of head coach John Crooks and the programs third conference title in the last five years.

Last Monday, the NCAA selection show was shown on the Golf Channel. The show accounted the seventy-two teams and 24 individual players that are selected for post-season play. Each regional consist of 18 teams and six individual players.

Campbell is ranked 13th in the Bryan regional site. UCLA is the top seed for the region that the Campbell women’s golf team is competing in. The Camels are ranked No.-51 nationally in this week’s Golfstat rating and No.-53 in the Golfweek/Sagarin listing.

“It was pretty exciting [winning the Big South Championship], and last year conference was disappointing toward the end,” said White, the Big South Golfer of the Year.

“Going into the last couple of holes, I knew I had to focus and just make pars. It was very exciting coming in and seeing my teammates on the last couple of holes. The team is working on short game, and course is going a lot longer than what we have played the last couple of months.”

Crooks earned his 97th tournament title for the women’s side, which is the second-most among active Division (I) head coaches. Led by junior golfer Nadine White, who took home the individual title (at) the Big South Championship at DeBordieu Club, Campbell women’s golf took massive strides throughout the 2015-16 season.

“Nadine went a step beyond,” noted her head coach.

“Last semester, she had one of the best semesters both academically and athletically in team history. She prepared well, and when the time came she was clearly the best player.”

White helped claim Campbell’s 10th individual conference title since Janet Wooten won the 1993 Big South championship and earned her fifth top five outing of the year with the finish at 3-over 219 (73-70-76) on the par-72, 6082-yard course. White also was named Big South player of the year, and the all- conference and all-championship teams.

“Going into the last couple of holes (of the Big South Tournament), I knew I had to focus and just make pars. It was very exciting coming in and seeing my teammates on the last couple of holes. The team is working on short game, and course is going a lot longer than what we have played the last couple of months.”

During the 2015-2016 season, the Brisbane, Australia native notched three tournament titles; the most tournament titles won by a Campbell player since 1999 when Kylie Pratt won four times.

This year, the women’s golf squad had a wide range of balance and depth on the team. Senior Tania Ravnjak played a key role during the season, and during the Big South tournament play.

Ravnjak recorded her third top-five display in four years of Big South Championship competition. She is now the 12th player in Big South history to be named all-conference four-straight years while also gaining all-championship honors.

Annelie Sjoholm currently ranks 32nd in the country in greens in regulation (.681) this season. She also secured top (no-hyphen needed) five finishes at the Golfweek Conference Challenge (T5th) and Fighting Camel Fall Classic (3rd) this season.

The 2014 BSC individual champion, Louise Latorre, claimed her third-straight top-15 finish in the Big South Championship back in April, earning all-conference honors for the third straight year.

This NCAA tournament play will be the 19th time in 24 years for the Campbell women’s golf team. Coach Crooks has led his squad to its fifth-consecutive post-season play. Three of the five players for the Camels, that were representatives during the 2014 and 2015 national tournament, are representing Campbell next week.

“I am a lucky man to be associated with such an outstanding program,” said Crooks. “It‘s a credit to the support staff, coaching staff, and the athletic department. The entire Campbell community contributes to the success of the team.”

Special Needs Prom

Campbell Athletics teamed up with local high school kids across Harnett County for a Special Needs Prom on Sunday Night.

Hosted by the Campbell Lacrosse program, athletes across campus worked together for a wonderful event for players, students and family alike over the weekend at Carter Gym.

The Fighting Camels now prepare for their end of the year celebration tonight, the Cammys awards, featuring the best and brightest from Campbell Athletics during the year.

Make sure to follow the action live on social media @GoCamels on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat plus use the hashtag #Cammys5 for the latest information on the orange carpet.

Monday Conversation – Liberty Recap

Fresh off a series win over Liberty University, Campbell Baseball has now won two of its last three series in Big South Conference play.

The Fighting Camels featured three strong pitching performances as Nick Thayer went 8.0 innings on Friday for the win, while Grant Yost pitched his second-straight complete game on Saturday, while Michael Horrell went 9.0 innings as well on Sunday.

Campbell came from behind to kickstart the series Friday night as the Fighting Camels scored runs in the 7th and 8th innings for the eventual 2-1 win as Erik Dowse collected his third save of the season. Saturday was filled with exciting and intense moments as freshman Zach Minnick provided some punch with a walk-off double.

After finishing out a 7-game home stand, Campbell hits the road for the next six games featuring a three-game set at Longwood University, who is equal at 7-5 in the Big South standings at the half-way point of the conference slate.

For more on the Fighting Camels efforts on the bump, head coach Justin Haire breaks down the series win and previews what Campbell has in store this week away from the Creek on “Campbell Baseball Monday Conversation” on YouTube.

Record Breaking Weekend

Campbell Track and Field hosted their first and only home meet of the season – soaring to new heights in the Campbell Invitational.

First and foremost, Davian Rhodes set a PR in the high jump, moving inside the top-25 rankings in the nation following this massive leap.

Then Sabina Allen, the reigning Big South Conference champion, set her own PR as well, moving inside the top-1o regional rankings in the Triple Jump.

Meanwhile, fans can check out the entire action as four competitors  – including Big South Indoor Female Athlete of the Year Lilla Juhasz (100-m Hurdles) and Tatiana Wolfe (400-m Hurdles) now place inside the top-25 regional rankings overall.

Those were just some of the records broken this past weekend in Buies Creek as the Fighting Camels performed well at the Campbell Invitational. The Fighting Camels return to the track on next weekend at the UVA Challenge in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Make sure to follow @GoCamelsRun on both Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates on the Running Camels pursuit of records before the Big South Outdoor Championships on May 10-11 in Lynchgburg, Virginia at the campus of Liberty University.

 

Putting Up The Ranks

The Campbell Women’s Golf team continues to make a strong statement atop the leaderboard in the Big South Women’s Golf Tournament this week in Georgetown, S.C.

Led by head coach legendary John Crooks and reigning Big South Player of the Week Nadine White, the Fighting Camels are right in the thick of the chase for the Big South conference crown on Wednesday’s final round of action.

Fans can follow the action in a variety of ways. First and foremost, makes sure to follow @BigSouthGolf and @CampbellWGolf on social media for in-tournamnet updates.

Make sure to keep an eye on the live stats updated hole-by-hole as the Fighting Camels search for yet another Big South conference championship. Live stats here!

FEW NUGGETS FOR THE CAMELS

6082 -yardage for the Pete Dye-designed, par-72 DeBordieu Golf Club in Georgetown, S.C., site of the 2016 Big South Conference Championship, Apr. 11-13.

864 –Big South Conference Championship 54-hole record score (278-289-297) recorded by Campbell in 2014 when the Camels won the title by 30 strokes over Coastal Carolina.

278 – Big South and school single round record set by the Camels in the opening round of the 2014 Big South Championship.

213 – Lowest 54-hole individual total in Big South history set by then freshman Louise Latorre (68-73-72) in winning the 2014 league championship by one stroke over teammate Tahnia Ravnjak (72-69-73—214).

4 – Campbell enters the Big South Championship ranked 4th in the nation in fairway percentage (.799).

1-2-3 – Campbell golfers have finished 1-2-3 in their conference tournament twice in the program’s 27-year history – 2000 (Sharon O’Neill won the A-Sun title, while Laura Torrisi and Yvonne Cox tied for second) and 2014 (Louise Latorre, Tahnia Ravnjak and Kaylin Yost swept the top three spots).

1 – for the first time, Coach John Crooks will take an all-international team to the conference championship tournament.  Not only will the Camels represent the University, but also their home countries of Argentina (Ayelen Irizar), Australia (Tahnia RavnjakNadine White), France (Louise Latorre) and Sweden (Annelie Sjoholm).

Cuts For “Vs Cancer” Cause

Campbell Baseball took public service to the next level over the weekend, shaving their heads for the second-straight year via Vs. Cancer Foundation, helping in the fight against childhood cancer.

Full Photo Gallery

Check out the entire footage from a fun afternoon in Buies Creek as players, coaches and staff from Campbell Baseball shaved their heads in support for this great cause.

Fore m0re information on the Vs. Cancer Foundation, and how you can get involved for donations or support, visit this team-oriented Campbell Baseball fundraiser page here.

Fresh off a series win over Gardner-Webb, the Fighting Camels (18-16, 5-4) return to action on Friday night hosting Liberty University at 6 p.m. inside Jim Perry Stadium.