Men’s soccer makes history as National Champions

It’s the first national sports title for Bulldogs 

Kori Adams, Staff Writer

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—–The Wingate men’s soccer team made history this Saturday night winning the Division II national championship.  The top ranked Bulldogs were led by All-American Jon Ander who scored two goals to force Wingate to a 2-0 victory over the University of Charleston.  Wingate finished the season 19-1 while the Golden Eagles fell to 19-3-2.

“It’s honestly the best feeling in the world…knowing that we are making this Wingate family proud,” Junior Mateo Correa says.  Coach Hamill has worked so hard to get us all here and doing this for him makes it feel even better.”

Throughout the national tournament Wingate did not allow one goal.  The Bulldog defense shut down the nation’s top ranked offense in the regional championship and the nation’s second ranked offense Saturday to win it all.  Throughout the season the Golden Eagles averaged 20 shots per game, but the Bulldog’s defense held them down to a season low of eight.  Damian Goana and Alex Nelson were a major part of Wingate’s strong defense.

Wingate imposed their offense in the last ten minutes of the first half when freshman, Oscar Perez assisted Ander who put it in the back of the net for the Bulldog’s first goal.  Wingate Nate Evans and Christian Szalay each had an attempted goal during the first half to keep the pressure on.

Charleston tried to tie the game early in the second half when Felipe Antonio attempted to head the ball for a goal, but it was saved by Wingate All-American goalkeeper Pablo Jara.  Ander scored once again later in the second half, giving the Bulldogs a 2-0 final lead to capture the national championship for the first time in history.

“The whole way through we have had a lot of support from home and it has been absolutely fantastic,” says head coach Gary Hamill.

Ander, Jara, Szalay, Goana, and Nelson all were named to the All-Tournament Team.  Ander received the Most Outstanding Offensive Player while teammate Nelson received the Most Outstanding Defensive Player.

The National Champions arrived back at Wingate University Sunday afternoon where a crowd of students welcomed them in celebration of the historical day.

Edited by: Sara Gunter

Faculty Spotlight: Dr.David Brooks

Professors have lives too???

Andrew Elliott, Staff Writer

As one of the piano instructors for the Wingate University Music Department, Dr. David Brooks, is able to show his musical ability as well as share his ability with his students. He started at Wingate three years ago and has been here ever since.

Where are you from originally?

I was born in New York, I grew up in Seattle, and then went back to New York to go to college.

What college did you go to?

I went to Stony Brook to receive my doctorate.

Do you have family here?

Well, I don’t have kids. It’s just my and Annie (my wife). But, we both have family back in Seattle and all around the country.

You seem to like traveling. What are your interests when you’re in the classroom and what are your interest outside the classroom?

I enjoy all kinds of music. But, I really enjoy modern music; the kind of music that most audiences would not like when they first listen to it. I believe that they can enjoy it if they give it a listen. As for outside the classroom, non musical things (laughs). I enjoy hiking, kayaking, and traveling. I like being there, but I don’t like getting there. I also enjoy reading about conspiracy theories and enjoying excellent coffee.  

What is your favorite food?

Oh man, that’s a tough one; I like all kinds of food. But, if I had to choose a favorite, it would be Indian food; there are so many different ways it can be served. Either that or Korean food, but I know of very few, if any Korean food places here (laughs).

After knowing for the past year, I’ve noticed that you like to wear hats and socks with cool designs. Where did you get your sense of fashion?

(laughs) I’m not sure! I think the socks thing started a few years ago when I accidentally wore some colorful socks for a concert instead of black and people commented positively.  I guess I kept at it because the socks are one of the few opportunities for guys to introduce a little flair…

Edited by: Sara Gunter

Wingate football finishes 8-3, takes 2nd place in SAC

End of Football Season, the Start of Prepping for next Season

Tariah Harrell, Staff Writer

Coach Joe Reich and the Wingate Bulldogs came up short in the South Atlantic Conference championship game on Nov. 12 against the Newberry Wolves 22-27.

Wingate senior running back Blake Hayes rushed 27 times for 165 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs. Hayes ended the 2016 season with 1109 rushing yards.

“It was a tight game,”  Wingate redshirt senior defensive end Andre Foulks said. “Both teams played great, we just fell short. It was an exciting atmosphere to play in”.

“It is frustrating to see your guys work that hard to come up a bit short but again as I get older, it is more the group effort and the team,” Wingate head coach Joe Reich says. “I personally do not carry stuff over from one year to the next; each year is a new team, but there are lessons that we need to take from any experience so we can get better. We need to work on finishing, that is not just from the game. We had a few games that we did not finish strong enough, even in some wins,” Reich mentioned. “I think the returning players will understand that and make that a key goal for next year”.

The Bulldogs finished the season 8-3 overall and 5-2 in the South Atlantic Conference. “I would not have change anything about the way the game went,” Reich says. “I think our guys played hard and executed pretty well against a good team. I am not one to really call the fire department over a fire that happened last week, if that makes sense. You learn and you move on”.

In the 2017 season, the Bulldogs will be regaining Lawrence Pittman, Adam Riley lll, Kam Johnson back to the field due to season-ending injuries, along with newcomers. “I am hoping that it won’t be one guy you need to keep an eye on but many as we play great team football,” Reich mentioned. “Between Blake and LP returning, that is a lot of yard ok the ground plus the entire offensive line and tight ends as well. Having Adam back, especially as a kickoff and punt returner will be awesome,”.

“It hurts falling short to something when it is at your fingertips, but I realized that all the seniors I have seen come before did not get this close. I think this team will show later teams how to get the job done,” Andre Foulks says. “I would advise next year’s team to not take any game or team for granted. Hard work will get them back in the same position, but it will be a greater outcome,”.

The Bulldogs has already started post-season lifting striving for greatness. “The outlook for next year is very good,” Reich says. “We return a lot of guys at key spots and where we lose guys, we have some key backups that now need to step up and take over. If we work hard starting NOW, we have a change to be pretty good, but that is all talk until we put in work.”

Edited by: Sara Gunter 

The 1st December Commencement Information

Graduation 101

Brandon Bowles, Staff Writer

            On Dec. 17 Wingate University will hold its first ever Fall Commencement Ceremony. The ceremony will be held in Austin Auditorium beginning at 9a.m.. There are 219 total graduates with 152 planning to attend the ceremony.

For those planning to attend, Austin Auditorium has a 1,000 seating capacity overflow will be provided at McGee Theater with live streaming of the event.

According to Ms. Jodi Meer “the reason for holding this event is to shorten the amount of time it takes to grow through a graduation ceremony.”

Students will be filled into the auditorium to the so T. Rhett und of “Pomp and Circumstance” with the processional being led by Mr. Paul Koepke. Once everyone is seated the Invocation will be given by Shawn Riser Taylor.

Everyone will be welcomed by the Chair of the Wingate University Board of Trustees, Mr. Luther T. Moore. Following the welcome the Graduate Faculty Award will be presented by President Dr. T. Rhett Brown to someone who has yet to be named.

Former President Dr. Jerry E. McGee will proudly deliver the keynote speech. Once the keynote speech is delivered the students will begin to receive their degrees Provost Helen Tate and President Brown.

The Alma Mater will follow the presentation of the degrees have been presented followed the benediction given by William Clifford Stokes to close the program.

Edited by: Sara Gunter




Recent Wingate Grad Transitions through Athletic Dept.

Transitions from Grad to Coaching to Athletic Administration

Jackson Kaplan, Staff Writer

Wingate, N.C.—-Previous Wingate University assistant football coach Max Wolfe began his first year as a member of the WU Athletic Administrative team in the fall of 2016. Wolfe spent the 2015 Bulldog football season on head coach Joe Reich‘s staff as an assistant coach.

“The transition has been pretty seamless for me,” Wolfe says. “Thankfully with knowing everyone in the athletic department, it has made the transition much smoother. Michelle Caddigan and Courtney Callahan have been there to help me and have my back. It has really helped me out.”

Wolfe currently serves as the Administrative Assistant for Athletic Business Operations in the Wingate athletic department. The transition was not an easy choice for Wolfe to leave the game of football, but felt it was the best decision to move on to his next endeavor.

“I left football back in March right after the recruiting period,” Wolfe says. “After that, I hung around for a little while and could not figure out what I wanted to do. Then, the administration job opened up and I spoke with Michelle Caddigan about it. I felt like it was the best fit for me and a way to get my first start in this business. The athletic administration is something which has always interested me. This was a terrific opportunity for me to get some experience and be able to remain at Wingate.”

Wolfe is a 2015 graduate of Wingate University with a Criminal Justice major. He spent four seasons as a student assistant coach for the Bulldog football team. During this period, Wingate won a combined 20 games and the ‘Dogs finished with a 6-5 overall record in the 2015 campaign when Wolfe was a member of the full-time staff. Wolfe reminisces on his time with the football program and he remembers the moments which made his job special.

“My favorite memory as a coach was beating the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears last season at their place,” Wolfe says. “It was one of the best wins I have ever had the chance to experience; however, I think all of my experiences in football whether good or bad were positive to me in some way. Being a member of the football coaching staff helped me grow as a person and allowed me to gain valuable experience. I started out as an equipment manager and then worked my way up as an assistant coach after I graduated. Coach Reich has been an amazing person to me. He has always had my back and I will always have his as well.”

Prior to joining the Bulldog family, Wolfe attended Hunter Huss High School in Gastonia. While in high school, he gained early experience as a part of an athletic administrative team when he served as a student assistant to the athletic director Terry Radford. Wolfe continued to display his impressive versatility when he was selected to be a student athletic trainer for the 2011 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, a high school football all-star game held in Charlotte showcasing the top scholastic talent from North and South Carolina.

Wolfe has also previously taken on another vital role at Wingate University when he served as a Campus Safety officer. His multiple experiences through football and in the Wingate community leaves the Bulldog Athletic Administration in very capable hands for years to come.

“My ultimate goal is to stay here at Wingate,” Wolfe says. “Having the chance to work in athletics is a dream come true for me. I would love to stay here, while working my way up the administrative ladder by gaining more responsibilities and opportunities. I love Wingate University and I want to be here as long as I possibly can.”

Edited by: Sara Gunter

The ups and downs of a Wingate Volleyball Regional Game

Wingate Volleyball Loses region opener in 5

Zeriq Lolar, Staff Writer

The Wingate University Bulldogs went down to USC-Aiken to play their Southeast Regional game in the NCAA tournament after they were fresh off winning their 10th South Atlantic Conference tournament in 11 seasons.

They faced a close foe in the conference, the royals of Queens University. The Bulldogs had already faced the Royals three times prior this meeting, with the Bulldogs winning all three.

The Bulldogs started off hot, winning the first set 25-22. In the second set the bulldogs were cold being down 12-5 at one point, but Abby Saehler, Katie Bludau, and Oakley Attaway led them back to win the second set 25-21.

One more set win would help to finish the game, the tides turn drastically for the bulldogs. The set went to tie at 19-19 but Queens would put it away with a couple kills to win the third set 25-19.

The next set would be the same thing with a Queens taking it 25-16.

Onto the fifth set Queens was dominant on the kills and would finish the game 15-8, and win it in five sets.

The Bulldogs fought hard but the Royals just somehow found a way to come back and win.

Senior Middle Blocker Abby Saehler (Iowa City, Iowa) said, “It was not the way we had planned this. I think we got confident in being up 2-0 and then just played relaxed and couldn’t respond. We were pretty confident in our game plan for them but then we didn’t take care of the ball on our side of the net.”

Junior Outside Hitter Katie Bludau (Seabrook, Texas) had similar thoughts towards the game, “We kept with our same game and just changed up the shots. we wanted to hit where their defense was not. And we wanted to serve and pass really well. When you play a team 4 times in a season it’s hard to change your game significantly by that fourth game,” said Bludau.

With a good lasting impact Junior Kori Adams (Ayden, N.C.) had some good insight, Adams said, “Overall this season was a challenge. We had a lot of adversity this year, but we still were able to win two championships. That just goes to show how special of a team we are. Every year we set 3 main goals and we accomplished 2 out of the 3 this year. Of course we all were striving for that third goal of winning regionals and going to the elite 8, but we fell short. We will use it as motivation this spring to come back stronger next year.”

Despite the loss the Bulldogs had a great season of 29 wins and 6 losses.

Edited by: Sara Gunter

Digging into your past may help to find long lost relatives

Change of Career leads to Relatives

Kendall Sienon, Staff Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Stuart Watson was once known as an investigative reporter digging into the lives of others. After an unexpected career change, Watson changed course and started digging into his own past creating a documentary as he goes. He tells his story and the journey of discovery to the Charlotte Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists.

Watson was adopted at 4 months of age to his current mother and father. Because of his experience as an investigative reporter, Watson knew he could obtain a “non-identifiable information” document on his birth parents.

In 2003, he received eight-single spaced pages full of information. Watson figured out that his birth father was a white, lawyer, from Atlanta. After further investigation he figured out his birth mother was from Augusta, G.A. and her name is Helen. After more research Watson got an address for his birth mother. He decided to send her a confidential, two-page letter simply saying “thank you” and to let her know how he turned out.

Watson heard back from Helen and went down to Georgia to meet her. He learned that his father’s name was Henry Scott Schmidt. He was a World War II vet wounded in action. Henry and Helen met at a mental hospital.

She was a nurse while he was a recovering alcoholic. Helen and Henry were remarried twice again and had 2 other children. Watson himself is an alcoholic in addition to his father and in addition to his two biological siblings. Today, Watson and his biological family have a great relationship. He realized that alcoholism and mental illness is hard to deal with.

Watson continues his efforts to finish the documentary on his life. He has great information and wants the story to be less about himself and more about Helen. Watson wishes he had more information on his biological father but hopes to discover more about his experiences. Stuart Watson’s journey has a bigger message and he hopes to display it through his documentary still untitled.

Edited by: Sara Gunter