Searching For Even More

Written by: Matthew Sokol – Campbell blog contributor

After earning a trip to the finals of last year’s Big South Conference Tournament, the ladies in Buies Creek are eager to get the 2017 season started.

The Fighting Camels were picked to finish third in the preseason poll for the third time since rejoining the Big South in 2011 and for the second time in four years they’ve earned the top-three overall selection.

A major focus for the team this year will be offensive production led by Amber Schisler, the 2017 Big South Preseason Player of the Year. Schisler led the team in hits (67), and tied the team lead in home runs (16), while driving in a team-best 46 RBI for the Camels.

Another key component from the Fighting Camels offense last season was Rachel McCollum. The Seven Springs, N.C. product tied with Schisler for the home run lead, while recording 55 hits and scoring 41 runs as a freshman. McCollum led the team with 25 two-out RBI and she is looking to continue her success heading into this season.

“I am preparing for the upcoming season by staying mentally tough,” said McCollum. “We are taking a lot of cuts in practice, and we are keeping our offense strong … Stepping up to the plate and really performing with two outs is very important and changes the momentum of the inning tremendously.”

“Pitching to Rachel in front of me or in back of me along with my other teammates getting on base as well is a big deal,” said Schisler on having McCollum beside her in the lineup.

While the team may have the players and means in place to have a successful season, they know executing on the opportunities that are presented on the field will be vital to their overall success.

“Our focus is to score runs, but one big thing for this year is that we want to make sure we aren’t leave people on base and not leaving opportunities on the field,” said head coach Todd Bradley.

As one of the seniors on the team, Schisler believes she is surrounded with teammates that can contribute well beyond their years. The San Diego, Calif. natives plans to execute the opportunities presented their way through a collaborative team effort.


“These girls have experience under their belt, and our lineup is made up of a lot of three-hole hitters all the way through, something that coach Bradley preaches every time,” noted Schisler.

Head coach Todd Bradley has centered the team focus on offensive production, and wants the team to connect on every opportunity they can one step at a time.

“We want to start the season strong, and it is about going out by competing every single inning of the weekend,” before adding, “Everybody knows where we were last year, and ultimately the goal is to not fall short.”

The Fighting Camels open the 2017 season this weekend at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium as Campbell hosts St. Francis (Pa.) Friday at 3:00pm in the Campbell Invitational. Follow the Fighting Camels all season long on social media @GoCamelsSB


Defensive Dominance

Campbell Women’s Basketball continues its upstart season, limiting High Point to just 33 points in their impressive win over the Panthers.

The Fighting Camels (14-4, 6-1) held their sixth opponent under 35 points this season, just two away from setting the program’s all-time conference record for fewest points allowed in one game – set earlier this season.

Campbell now prepares for life on the road in Boiling Springs as the Camels face Gardner-Webb looking to improve upon their best start in program history.

Make sure to follow the Fighting Camels on social media @GoCamelsWBB on Twitter and Instagram plus like the Campbell Women’s Basketball page on Facebook.



Strong Start in Big South Play

Campbell Men’s Basketball improved to 2-1 in Big South Conference action after coming from behind to defeat Charleston Southern, 92-82, inside Gore Arena, earning the programs first win in the 2017 calendar year.

After the game, the excitement was palpable and strong in the locker room as the team exploded for their annual celebration. Head coach Kevin McGeehan then rallied the troops, preparing them for an important road test at Liberty this Saturday afternoon.

The Fighting Camels (9-6, 2-1) are now 6-3 since the start of December, now ranking second in the Big South Conference averaging just over 78 points per game. Campbell returns home next Saturday, Jan. 14, for a conference showdown with Winthrop.

Tis The Season For Camel Claus

The most popular figure in Buies Creek makes a return appearance this Winter as Camel Claus will be a regular at Campbell Basketball games during the month of December.


Make sure to follow all the upcoming events on Twitter and Instagram @GoCamelsMBB and @GoCamelsWBB for much more. The Fighting Camels return to action Wednesday night at 7 p.m. hosting UNC Wilmington featuring our first Camel Claus outing.

Flashback Friday – Historic Dunks

In our latest Campbell Sports Minute, the Campbell Digital Network crew explored the awesome SportSCenter Top-10 Dunks from Campbell Basketball alums Eric Griffin and Reco McCarter  inside Gore Arena.

Speaking of Top-10 moments, Chris Clemons has been featured on ESPN twice this season including his tremendous effort at the Homecoming Hoopla, ranking No. 3 overall.

Hamer Steps Back Into Spotlight

Written by: Matthew Sokol – Campbell blog contributor

You might have noticed a familiar face back on the basketball court a week ago for the Campbell men’s basketball team.

That familiar face is senior guard Kyre’ Hamer, who had missed the last five games due to injury. Hamer contributed 9.3 points per game and four boards last weekend as Campbell went 2-1 over the Holy City Hoop Classic in Charleston, S.C.

The Stone Mountain, Ga. native is averaging 8.3 points per game over his Campbell career, and has shot 48.5 percent from the field. His overall presence will certainly be felt over the next couple of games as Hamer gets back into the offensive and defensive flow.

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After getting knocked out of the season opener at Oklahoma State, Hamer had the opportunity to watch the younger Camels perform. His senior leadership will be felt again by the whole team, but the youth stepped up during the absence of their senior captain.

“The younger players would look to me for advice on what they can do, and I would say just play your game,” said Hamer. “I would say play together, and if everybody is playing together, my absence won’t show. When I came back we just jelled, and it made it a lot easier to play.”

Hamer is exciting about being back out on the court, and he knows that his presence will add to an already growing roster. Many of the younger players had the opportunities to fill the role that Hamer had previously occupied, but the senior guard is ready to take charge again preparing to guide his team into Big South Conference play.

“Senior leadership is very important because the younger guys look up to the older ones because they have the experience,” said Hamer.

“If the seniors are doing their job holding their leadership up, then I think the team will follow; you will continue to win and build as a team. I am working on being more aggressive offensively and defensively as well.”

Exams finish up for students on Dec. 12 and that means Campbell Basketball returns to the floor this week as Hamer makes his first home start since his injury as the Fighting Camels take on UNC Wilmington this Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7:00 p.m.

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