Cyber Monday Special

In the spirit of holiday shopping, the Campbell University Ticket Office is giving away an amazing deal on Campbell Men’s and Women’s Basketball tickets on Cyber Monday.

Log into GoCamels.com/tickets and enter the Special Offer Code “cybermonday” for extraordinary deals for all Campbell hoops action in the month of December.

Women’s Games:  GA tickets can be purchased in increments of 2 for $2.50 each.

 Men’s Games:  Reserved Courtside seats can be purchased in increments of 2 for $5 each.

The Fighting Camels return home tonight at 7 p.m. as Campbell Men’s Basketball hosts Allen University inside Gore Arena.

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Camels Enter New Era

Written by: Matt Sokol – Campbell blog contributor 

The 2016-2017 season is underway for the Campbell Women’s Basketball after winning the home-opener against St. Andrews, 94-39.

The Camels are 1-2 now on the season after falling to Mercer on the road, 76-60 and dropping to VCU at home, 66-53, hosting NC Central on Tuesday night at Gore Arena.

The Camels are led by Ronny Fisher, the former head coach at Presbyterian.  Fisher is taking over for the legendary head coach Wanda Watkins, who ran the program for over 35 years.

“It has been really different [having a new head coach], and the culture that Coach Fisher brings is a lot different then we were used to,” said Brianna Cribb. “It is refreshing and it’s just something new so the change has fun along with being exciting. We [as upperclassmen] are bringing in the freshmen showing team unity. We are showing them that we are here for them and want them to be successful as they continue to their careers as well.”

Intensity is one description that has been used regularly by Fisher when breaking down the direction of his program. Case in point, defense and toughness have been a key focus for the team as they continue into the early part of the 2016-17 season.

Production from the younger players of the team hasn’t gone unnoticed after the first three games of the season. Freshman guard Breanna Foster posted early success for the Camels in the start of her collegiate career, recording a game-high of 19 points in her collegiate debut against St. Andrews on November 11.

“It felt great, and I was kind of surprised because I didn’t expect to come out as confident as I was,” said Foster. “I knew that I was going to play as the player I knew I could be, and I couldn’t have done any of it without the success of my teammates.”

Foster was originally recruited by legendary head coach Wanda Watkins, but is now playing under the direction of Fisher. Foster is showing Fisher her capabilities on and off the court as one of the newest members of the Fighting Camels.

“Coach Fisher didn’t know how I was as a player beforehand,” said Foster, adding that, “I just have to show how good I am so he can see what Coach (Wanda) Watkins saw.”

Foster is second on the team averaging 9.3 points per game, and has connected on 7-of-20 three-pointers.  Taya Bolden is another freshman contributing early in her career, rankings second on the team with 5.3 rebounds per game. Overall, the Fighting Camels are relying upon their infusion of young talent (both freshmen and sophomores) to gain immediate experience on the floor.

“I am really proud of our team, and I have asked three things from my team which are: put up a great effort, have a good attitude and be a great teammate,” said Fisher. “I really feel like we are doing well in those three areas progressing … I feel like we have a long way to go, but I am really proud of our progress.”

The Fighting Camels return to action inside Gore Arena tonight at 7 p.m. against N.C. Central.

Save The President’s Pride

Campbell University President Dr. J. Bradley Creed is heavily invested into tonight’s Campbell Men’s Basketball game for a variety of reasons.

First and foremost, Creed spent 14 years in higher-level education at Samford University. What adds to this rivalry, however, is that his daughter, Emily Grace, is currently enrolled at Samford and will be inside Gore Arena tonight rooting on her Bulldogs.

The Fighting Camels and Bulldogs will meet for the first time since 2014, making tonight’s matchup the first since Dr. Creed took office at Campbell University. Fans can watch the action live at 7 p.m. on the Big South Network and listen on 88.3 FM – WUAW.

 

Astros Coming To Buies Creek

Written by: Matthew Sokol – Campbell blog contributor

The Houston Astros announced on Friday that the Carolina League Buies Creek Astros will be playing their home games at Jim Perry Stadium.

The new minor league team will be the temporary Astros Class A Advanced affiliate for the 2017-18 seasons, playing 70 home games per season right here in Buies Creek. Many new additions have been in the making at the baseball stadium as the Houston Astros will be supplying and putting in new synthetic turf at Jim Perry Stadium.

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“This is an unexpected and exciting development,” said Campbell University President J. Bradley Creed. “We are glad that we are able to work with the Houston Astros organization in a way that benefits both the Houston Astros and Campbell University.”

The Houston Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan is excited over the relationship that is developing between the Houston Astros and Campbell University Athletics. Ryan is actively working to market the Fighting Camels brand for years to come.

“We want to raise Campbell’s profile nationally,” said Ryan. “We think the good thing that the Houston Astros being here is that they are going to get a new field.”

“A lot of people around the country are going to realize that Campbell has Division I baseball. We want to have a long-term partnership with Campbell, and once we open the facility in Fayetteville, we would like to try to get them to host a Division I tournament.”

The Buies Creek Astros will start the 2017 season at Jim Perry Stadium when they play the Salem Red Sox on Thursday, April 6.

Clemons Caps Off Home Opener

Campbell sophomore Chris Clemons kickstarted his 2016-17 campaign in impressive fashion, scoring 28 points and bringing the house down with some strong dunks.

The Fighting Camels ended up setting a modern Gore Arena record, posting the 56-point win margin – the most-ever in program history.

Clemons, the 5-foot-9 guard, electrified the Gore Arena atmosphere on Tuesday night, featuring this insane dunk. The Fighting Camels return home next Monday night for the President’s Pride Night as Campbell hosts Samford at 7 p.m.

Thank You Seniors

Campbell Volleyball guaranteed a top-4 seed in the Big South Volleyball Championships after running past the Runnin’ Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb in four sets.

Seniors Loni Kreun,  Rebecca Ramirez and Jenny Tait all played in their final match at Gore Arena, securing the Fighting Camels final mark at 15-15 (10-6) overall this season.

The Fighting Camels now get set to battle Charleston Southern on Friday at the Vines Center in Lynchburg, Va. opening the Big South Volleyball Championships at 4:30 p.m.

Impressive Opening Statement

Campbell Wrestling kickstarted their 2016-17 campaign with two quality victories as the Fighting Camels defeated West Virginia and Ohio University at the Mountaineer Quad.

After winning just three dual matches all of last season, Campbell came flying out of the gates for an impressive performance on Sunday against Ohio and Big 12 foe West Virginia, the Fighting Camels first-ever win over a Big-12 opponent.

Full Recap Here

Nathan Kraisser led the charge for Campbell going 3-0 in his dual matchups, posting 14 points while Ville Heino and Jere Heino combined for 6-0 marks on the day. Campbell returns to the mat this Sunday against Clarion and American.