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Hartshorn’s Blog: From Spring Break to First Scrimmage

Two weeks ago we were on spring break at the beach, at home, or visiting a foreign country with not a worry in the world.

Fast forward to 8 a.m. this past Saturday, butterflies were in our stomachs as we were both excited and nervous to scrimmage for the first time all spring.

So, how did we go from 80 degrees on Miami Beach to 40 degrees at Barker-Lane Stadium? Let me take you through the process:

Step 1 – Getting the Body Back in Shape

It was the first day back from break and it’s time to get our bodies back into shape. There is no better way to start then with a heavy squat day to, as Coach Minter says, ‘get the legs back.’ I learned quickly that Coach Minter and I have opposite definitions when it comes to getting the legs back.


On Monday our lift focused on the lower half of the body, so by no surprise on Tuesday we had an upper body lift. The surprise came when lift ended and Coach Stryffeler told us to get our cleats on for coaches stations.

The feeling we had within us was similar to when a coach tells you to get on the line after practice. To our luck though, the coaches stations we did were a condensed version and we were all smiles around 6 p.m. when it was time to head home.

Step 2 – Team Bonding

Everyone was ready for some rest and relaxation and what better way to do that then gathering in the field house to play UNO and eat wings.

We were able to take a small break from reality, enjoy a simple childhood game, and learn a little bit more about each other.

After the games finished up and the wings were gone, we headed over to the Convocation Center to watch the basketball team in the College Basketball Invitational. There was only one rule all night; no cell phones allowed.


Step 3 – Back to the Basics

It’s finally time to get back on the practice field. With two practices over the next three days, the coaches want to ensure we all have a great grasp on our base formations and plays after going a week and a half without practice.

So, there were no new concepts in for practice Thursday and Saturday. However, Saturday’s practice brought something new to the mix, full pads. Saturday’s practice was filled with contact, contact, and more contact with live drills mixed in throughout practice. The industriousness and enthusiasm were high.


Step 4 – Routine Lift & Meetings

After a glorious day off on Sunday, it was time to get back work. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays consist of weight training, conditioning, and meetings. This week was a bit special as we prepared for our first scrimmage of Spring Football on Saturday.

With a scrimmage, comes new plays and formations. We worked on understanding the new plays and studied film from practice during the week to sharpen our knowledge on the new pressures, route concepts, and pre-snap reads that our coaches threw upon us.

Step 5 – Practice Time (again)

It was time to move out of the meeting room and onto the field and practice these new concepts we installed. Tuesday’s practice had its ups and downs, which comes when something new is installed.

After seeing the new concepts on film, we were able to clean up some things and fix the kinks. Thursday’s practice was shorter and precise, as we wanted to be as sound as possible going into the scrimmage.

That’s not all though. This week we had drills on our four different phases of special teams: kickoff, kickoff return, punt and punt return. Although, punt was nothing new to us; we do it every single day. Yes, it is as exciting as it sounds.


Step 6 – Scrimmage Day

The day has finally come and we don’t mind waking up at 6:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning as much as before.

The routine stays the same with a team meeting to start of the day, then transitioning to position meetings for last minute adjustments and then an hour of free time to prepare our minds and bodies before going full force for the first time this spring.

I will say the scrimmage went well, however as you know depending on the player or coach you talk to the narrative could be different. Nonetheless, we can all agree that the scrimmage was effective in measuring not only the potential success of individual players, but the execution of the new concepts going forward.

Thomas Hartshorn is a redshirt senior linebacker on the Campbell Football team from Apex, N.C. Read his entire blog series leading up to the start of the 2018 season.


Motivated By Brotherly Connection

Written by: Matthew Sokol – Campbell blog contributor

If you have heard teammates refer to themselves as a family, they are usually just close friends that wrestle for the same team. For the Campbell wrestling team, Nathan and Austin Kraisser plus Ville and Jere Heino experience the true brotherly connection.

They are more than just four Camels wrestling for the same team who help guide each other on and off the mat – including twin brothers Brandon and Bradley Skinner.

The older brothers, Nathan and Ville, are leaders for the Campbell squad, and have been able to show the ropes to their younger brothers during their careers. As both veterans prepare for Senior Day this Saturday hosting VMI, the time spent wrestling together becomes even more meaningful.

“I try to set an example for my brother,” said older brother Nathan Kraisser, adding, “and lead by example than through words. I am constantly checking in on him (Austin), and inviting him over to my house to hangout.”

Campbell head coach Cary Kolat views the Kraisser’s and the Heino’s as great assets to the team.

“I think it shows a lot for our program when we have brothers willing to follow their brother to a program that means they are enjoying the experience they are getting,” said Kolat.

“Those guys in particular have made huge impacts on our lineup with both sets [of brothers]. We hope that [Austin and Jere] shine further than their brothers did earning more wins and accomplishments; not to take away from Nathan and Ville.”

Both pair of brothers share similar feelings of support for one another. Just like any other sibling rivalry there is competition, but helping each other improve is what sticks out in the relationship as Campbell teammates and brothers.

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Austin Kraisser – Currently 18-9 in Dual Matches
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Nathan Kraisser – Currently 23-6 in Dual Matches

“We are from a big family, and we have some other brothers. I am a little taller for my weight, and my wrestling tends to be more technical. Austin uses his athleticism more, but since he has been in college, he has become more technical,” Nathan points out.

For younger brother Austin, he has watched his older brother wrestle both as a Tar Heel and as a Fighting Camel when Nathan transferred in 2014, taking an initial redshirt year.

Austin Kraisser has also seen his brother win the Southern Conference Championship, something that is on his personal checklist this season as the tournament approaches.

“I have always gone to his matches and his work inspires me to do as well as I can,” said Austin. “I want to work hard to be just as good as he is or even better. I see Nathan working hard and it makes me want to work hard. It is like a battle back and forth, as we are pushing each other to our limits every day.”

The Kraisser brothers have had the ability to support each other as teammates this season, something that the Heino brothers went through last season during Jere Heino’s first year at Campbell. Both brothers have won their last five matches in their respective classes and are feeding off each others success.

“I have a learned a lot that I have been able to help him (Jere) like where you get car insurance,” noted Ville, adding, “Now that we are older, we aren’t competing against each other since he is so big now. We are supporting each other, and that has been very helpful. We mostly talk about wrestling and it is something we both enjoy.”

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Ville Heino – Currently 23-6 in Dual Matches
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Jere Heino – 19-6 in Dual Matches

Jere Heino has wrestled together with his older brother, Ville, since they were young. Jere earned a spot on So-Con All-Freshman team last season, and finished fourth in the SoCon Championship – striving for even more as his sophomore season concludes next month.

“Ville has been very helpful and good a role model to me,” said Jere Heino. “On the wrestling mat, I think he has been a good inspiration for myself and the rest of the team. I think if Ville wrestles well, it changes my mentality and I do better and I don’t think we would be this close if it wasn’t for wrestling.”

The Heino and Kraisser brothers return to action along with the rest of the Campbell squad on Feb. 18 when they take on VMI for Senior Day at 5:00pm inside Carter Gym, closing out their home career building on the impressive 5-1 start in SoCon action.

Campbell Tag Day

Campbell Athletics joined the campus-wide event #CampbellTAGDay highlighting the generous donations that help fund Campbell University. Check out the best social media posts across Campbell Athletics showcasing our appreciation and gratitude.

National Boss Day

Campbell Athletics has many people working behind the scenes to ensure great success on and off the field – although none may be more impactful than Bob Roller, the Director of Athletics here in Buies Creek since 2011.

This past season, Campbell gained its highest ranking in the Big South Conference overall sports trophy standings since re-joining the league five years ago and the academic rigor has translated to an average 3.042 GPA over his tenure.

From major construction projects featuring Jim Perry Stadium, the brand-new video board inside Gore Arena, construction and completion of Amanda Littlejohn Stadium  and the Eakes Athletics Complex, Mr. Roller has been key in upgrading facilities across campus.

As Monday marked the National Boss Day, we would like to thank Bob Roller for his efforts  improving and enhancing Campbell University Athletics. #theCreekisRising

Dual Attacking Players of the Week

Campbell Soccer found its scoring touch over the week as both Gabe Parrish and Christine Kindt won Big South Attacking Player of the Week honors, combining to score four goals in the Fighting Camels recent stretch of home matches.

Gabe Parrish leads the Fighting Camels with five goals this season for the men’s squad that now sits 5-5 on the season and Christine Kindt posts a team-high five goals plus four assists for the second-highest scoring squad in the Big South Conference.

The Fighting Camels return to action this weekend as Campbell Men’s Soccer travels to Liberty on Friday while Campbell Women’s Soccer hosts Liberty Saturday night at Eakes Athletics Complex.

Saturday’s match will be streamed on the Big South Network and fans can follow @GoCamelsMSOC and @GoCamelsWSOC on Twitter and Instagram for the latest.


Top-10 Plays – September

In our brand new video series, check out the Top-10 Plays of the Month from September as everyone got involved in the action.

Our countdown begins on the volleyball court, circles over to Eakes Athletics Complex and ends back on the gridiron as De’Shawn Jones takes home the No. 1 play of the month.

Follow @GoCamels on Twitter and Instagram for the latest scores, updates and videos on the Fighting Camels. #theCreekisRising

Season High Effort

Campbell Men’s Soccer pieced together their best scoring effort of the season, running past Georgia Southern 4-2. Gabe Parrish led Campbell with two goals, including the game-winner in the 73rd minute, improving the Fighting Camels’ record to 3-4 on the season.


While Campbell was outshot during the match, the Fighting Camels rested heavily on the laurels of goalkeeper Matt Mozynski posting seven saves in the win.

Campbell jumped out early, 2-0, thanks to goals from Seth Jones and Hakeem Reid, his first goal of the season, both coming during the first half. Holding tight on the defensive end in the second half, the Fighting Camels eventually ran away from Georgia Southern.

The Fighting Camels return to action this Saturday night in Farmville, Va battling Longwood in Big South Conference action starting at 6 p.m. Make sure to follow @GoCamelsMSOC on Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.