How do you follow up arguably the most successful editor-in-chief in the history of this paper?
Simple. By doing exactly what she taught you.
My name is Eric Fuller and I am the current editor-in-chief of The Sentinel. If you are reading this, I would like to thank you for picking up a copy of The Sentinel, and whether you are an incoming freshman or a returning student, I would like to welcome you to the 2013 Fall semester at KSU.
I owe my gratitude to a number of people for helping me achieve this position, but I especially owe my thanks to our former Editor-in-Chief, Megan Emory. I can honestly say I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her. She taught me so much about this paper, the people who work for it, and how to run it. She changed The Sentinel forever, and has instilled a number of aspects that have made this paper something to be proud of.
Now, how do we continue that success? This is the question that I am faced with this semester. The Sentinel is better than it has ever been, and my biggest goal is to maintain that success. I want that success to not only encompass this semester, but for as long as The Sentinel is in print. I want it to continue to grow and become even bigger and better then it already is.
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Going into the final hole of the National Collegiate Disc Golf tournament, Brett Wishon didn’t know how close to victory he was. All he knew was that his opponent had just bogeyed the 18th hole, and a conservative approach would help him shoot one better.
The KSU disc golfer defeated Mike Sale of the University of California, Santa Barbara by one stroke and won the Individual National Collegiate Disc Golf Championship on April 7 at North Augusta, SC. Behind the kind of conservative play that defined his tournament, Wishon shot a 38 in the final round of play, finishing with a score of 150.
“I think I tied for the best score on the final round. I felt like I played good, but I didn’t feel like I played the best,” Wishon said. “I was happy I won though. It felt awesome.”
A pole stood in the middle of the fairway on the final hole that required the disc golfers to throw to the right side of it. Wishon watched as Sale failed to drive his disc to the mandatory side, forcing it left and eventually causing him to bogey the hole.
“He had to re-tee, and ended up getting a four on the hole,” Wishon said. “I just made sure I threw it inbounds.”
Wishon was able to shoot a three on the 18th, carefully coordinating his drive as to not miss the mandatory side of the fairway. The chain basket he was aiming for sat directly in front of a small pond. He made sure not to overthrow his second shot, and laid his disc up near the basket, allowing for an easy putt for par.
Wishon is not known for this conservative style of play, but it was that exact style that allowed him to outduel Sale on the final hole and stay in the hunt for first throughout the tournament.
“I normally don’t play as conservative as I did. This course is a lot tougher than most courses I’m used to,” Wishon said. “The baskets are elevated, so if you go for a putt you could end up throwing your disc 15 to 20 feet past the hole.”
Wishon had the opportunity to play the course earlier in the week during team play. Distance and terrain made for a challenging course. Wishon had to rely on his long drives, combined with precision throws to best the heavily wooded course.
“Most of the courses around here [Kennesaw] aren’t as wooded as the course we played,” Wishon said. “All the baskets were elevated so it made it hard to putt. If you miss-putt you go way past it.”
Wishon finished the first round of play tied for 4th with a score of 56, just 3 shots behind the leaders. Sale shot an excellent first round, finishing tied for 2nd with a score of 54. Wishon hung around in the second round, and then came alive in the third, besting Sale’s final round by 3 shots.
Wishon’s stellar play in the final round had him tied with Sale. As the two approached the 18th hole, one throw would prove to be the difference.
“We were tied up until that last hole. He bogeyed and I got a par. I ended up winning because of that,”Wishon said.
The KSU women’s golf team will look to claim their second consecutive Atlantic Sun Conference championship on Monday, April 15 at the Pine Lakes Course at Jekyll Island in Jekyll Island, Ga.
The Owls won the championship last season, marking the first conference title in the program’s history. KSU will look to defend their title and grab their second conference title in back-to-back tries.
The 54-hole event will begin on Monday at 8 a.m. and will be played over three days. The Owls are seeded third, and are grouped with the overall seed, East Tennessee State and No. 2 Mercer.
“This is what we’ve been leading up to in the spring is this championship,” head coach Rhyll Brinsmead said. “It’s really our time to shine. We’re excited to get away. The last couple of tournaments have been our best, so I’m excited the team is peaking at the right time.”
The Owls enter the conference tournament playing some of their best golf. The team recently finished tied for eighth place at the Web. com Intercollegiate last week in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The eighth place finish was the third straight top 10 finish for the team.
The veteran experience and leadership of Ket Preamchuen led the team. The senior turned in her best finish of the season, grabbing a 10th-place finish with a 2-over par.
Preamchuen was named A-Sun Golfer of the Week back in September for her finish at the Dale McNamara Invitational. Preamchuen tied for second with a 2-over par 218.
Fellow teammate Kaew Preamchuen was part of a group of four players who tied for 27th with a score of 6-over par. Sophomore Ines Lescudier tied for 43rd with a 10-over par, while freshman Brittany Jarrett and senior Molly Winnett tied for 77th and 100th respectively.
Jarrett joined the roster in 2012-2013 after playing a solid junior and high school career. While competing for Tifton County High School, Jarrett led her team to the 2010 Georgia High School Association Region AAAAA state championship. She finished as the 2012 state runner up.
Lescudier has been a top player for the Owls all season. Her performance in the Challenge at Onion Creek earned her a second A-Sun Golfer of the Week award on April 3. She was previously named A-Sun Golfer of the Week on Feb. 13 after tying for 12th at the UCF Challenge.
The Owls will look to grab the conference victory coming off its most successful season as a program.
The KSU baseball team dropped a 12-5 contest on the road against cross-town rival, Georgia State, on Tuesday, April 9.
“It’s exciting to play in-state teams,” said GSU head coach Greg Frady prior to the game on Tuesday. “Kennesaw State has a really good program, and they have a reputation for having a really good pitching staff.
Our reputation is a little more offensive, so when you look at the matchup, it should make for a very interesting game.”
The Panthers strong offense would prove to be the difference in the ball game.
It looked like the Owls were going to run away with the game early on. KSU scored three runs right of the gate in the top of the first inning. Andy Almonte scored the first run, seizing the opportunity to streak home from third base after a wild pitch from the Panthers. Jacob Bruce was driven in by Payton Hart’s sacrifice bunt for the Owls second run of the inning before Max Pentecost came home to give KSU an early 3-0 lead.
While KSU took complete control in the top half of the first inning, the Panthers responded with strong hitting of their own in the bottom half. A pair of back-to-back doubles from Georgia State made it a one- run contest. After a scoreless second inning, the Panthers scored two more runs in the third to go grab a 4-3 lead.
KSU would regain the lead in the fifth. Almonte and Bruce were driven in after the Owls hit four straight singles to make it 5-3. In a back-and-forth game, the Panthers would grab the tying run in the same inning. After getting the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, the Panthers would take a 6-5 lead heading into the eighth.
In the top of the inning, and with their back’s against the wall, the Panther’s powerful offense came to life.
With two outs on the board, GSU would score six runs, three coming off a homerun to left field from Nic Wilson. The Panthers explosive inning was enough to bury KSU, and grab the win, 12-5.
Despite the lopsided score, the Owls were able to put up 10 hits through the contest. Pentacost and Ryan Raper had two hits a piece, with Pentacoast grabbing a double off one of his hits. Hart had a pair of RBI’s while Bruce and Almonte scored twice for the Owls.
The Owls pitching was not enough to overcome the Panthers prolific offense. Starter Nathan Harsh gave up five runs on eight hits in five innings. Jordan Hillyer gave up only two hits on two innings and struck out four, but suffered the loss to fall to 1-2 on the season.
The Owls will get a rematch against Georgia State at home on Tuesday, April 16 before heading off to Statesboro to face Georgia Southern.
Both the men and women’s tennis teams competed at the Byers Tennis Complex at Georgia Tech on Saturday, March 23, taking on Florida Gulf Coast University. The men’s team fell to FGCU 6-1, while the women dropped a 4-1 contest.
The matches were moved inside due to the extreme weather conditions. The Byers Tennis Complex proved to be the perfect setting for the meeting between the Atlantic Sun rivals.
With the loss, the men’s squad fell to 3-11 and 0-3 in the A-Sun Conference, while the FGCU Eagles improve to 8-7 and 3-1 in conference play.
“We did a great job of putting ourselves in position to win, but we simply did not play the big points as well as they did today,” said KSU head coach T.J. Greggs. “If we can play at this level the rest of the way, we will be going in the right direction.”
Alexander Peña was the shining spot for the Owls. The sophomore went undefeated in both of his singles and doubles matches. Peña and his senior partner, Gokalp Ozdemir combined for an 8-5 win over Eagles teammates Lance Lvovsky and Jackson Moore. The Owls lost the second doubles match, forcing freshman Tobi Menhofer and sophomore Louis Theodor
to win the third match and grab the doubles point for KSU. Down 6-2 early on, the pair fought back, forcing a tiebreaker point against the Eagles’ Jordi Vives and Dean Tsamas. However, the Owls comeback bid fell short, as FGCU grabbed the early 1-0 lead.
As singles action started, Peña would defeat his opponent in three sets, and grab the lone point for the Owls in the match. Freshman Maksim Yorsh fell to FGCU’s Tianyu Bao after forcing a comeback in the second set, only to fall to the reigning A-Sun Freshman of the Year in the third set. The Owls were persistent across the board, forcing two more games to three sets before falling to their opponents.
KSU lost the match 6-1, the lone point coming from Peña’s singles performance.
The women’s team also struggled against the Eagles, falling to FGCU 4-1. The Owls drop to 5-9 on the season and 0-3 in conference play, while the Eagles improve to 10-3 and 4-0 in league play.
The pairing of junior Alexandra Apostu and sophomore Jana Hueckinghaus grabbed an early victory for the Owls in doubles play, but KSU dropped the next two matches, and lost the doubles point to the Eagles.
The Owls grabbed a singles victory when Apostu defeated Johanna Sterkel, but the win proved to be too little, too late, as the Eagles had claimed the first two single victories. The decisive win came in the following match as Hueckinghaus dropped her match to the Eagles’ Gyanna Mandic.
Both tennis teams team will travel to Marietta on April 4 when KSU will face off against Jacksonville State.
The KSU men and women’s track team competed in the Yellow Jacket Invitational at Georgia Tech over the weekend. The competition would prove to be a great success for the Owls, with KSU claiming 17 top five finishes and four new school records.
Sprinter Cynthia Davis had a tremendous competition, breaking records in the individual 200m as well as part of the 4x100m relay team. She had held the previous record for the 200m, beating her career best time when she ran a 24.04 in the event.
She then went on to help teammates Alicia Whittle, Kentrell White and Hannah Wood run a 45.80 in the 4x100m relay. The finish was a KSU record and the team’s third top finish in a row. They defeated Alabama and Auburn for the top spot in the relay.
The records were part of a complete day for the women’s team as they had five athletes finish in the top five for their events.
Michelle Quimby jumped to 3.7m in the pole vault to finish in fourth place, while her teammate Abby Lizard placed fifth in the triple jump with 3.7m. Thrower Megan Adebamowo placed third in the shot put, while Suzee Mills and Shannon Hooper placed fourth and fifth in the hammer and discuss.
In his first meet of the 2013 outdoor season, Andre Dorsey finished first in the triple jump with 15.92m, shattering the previous school record by a full meter. The jump was the sixth best distance in the nation this season. Dorsey also broke his own record in the javelin throw with a distance of 58.80m and placing third in the event.
“I felt pretty good for the first outdoor meet, and breaking a school record is always fun,” Dorsey said. “Everyone else was feeling good, and so was I. It was just a great breakout day.”
Throwers Matrynas Sedys and Tyler Crow turned in impressive performances, as Sedys threw for the top mark in the hammer with a distance of 60.60m, which was just short of his Atlantic Sun Conference leading mark of 61.56m. Crow placed third in the sot put with a distance of 12.49m.
It was on the track where the men had exponential success with four runners finished in the top ten. Josh Mulder placed third in the 400m hurdles, while Bilal Abdullah and Sadio Diallo grabbed fifth place finishes in the 200 and 100m hurdles. Zac Davis ran a personal best in the 400m, finishing eighth.
“This early in our season, we are doing very well,” said KSU head coach Duane Morris. “We aren’t where we want to be, but we are getting there.”
The team will travel to Gainesville, FL to compete in the Florida Relays and continue their 2013 outdoor season.
KSU soccer added eight total players to their 2013 roster, with six players signing National Letters of Intent, while two players transferred from different universities.
The class includes forwards Shannon Driscoll and Maggie Gaughan, midfielders Suzanne Arafa, Monica Herrera, and Cassidy Kemp and goalkeeper Olivia Sturdivant. Kemp, who is also listed as a forward, is a versatile utility player for the Owls.
“We are very pleased with this class,” said King. “This is a class that we have put together for a couple of years and I am thrilled with the group. It is a collection of very good athletes, but then also blended with some very technical players with a high soccer IQ. I am delighted with this group. It is very exciting.”
Along with the signings, KSU added two players from the SEC. Defenders Elizabeth Johnson and Brittney Reed will bring experience to the Owls defense. Johnson, who previously played 13 matches for the University of Georgia in the 2012 season, is used to playing in big games.
Before arriving at UGA, Johnson was a four-year starter and four-time all- region performer at Fellowship Christian High School. She helped lead her team to state final four in 2011, and went on to surpass that when her team recorded a finalist finish the following year in 2012.
She claimed MVP honors in the 2011 season, and claimed two state titles with the North Atlanta Soccer Association in 2008 and 2010. Her team went on to win the national league championship in 2010 following their state victory.
“They [Johnson and Reed] are the type of players that we like to have on our team,” said KSU head coach Rob King. “They are not going to panic under pressure. They are used to playing in big games and are they are settling in very nicely.”
The Owls have added offensive firepower in Driscoll and Gaughan. Driscoll tallied 64 goals in her career at River Ridge High School. A three- year varsity letterwinner, she helped lead her team to the state championship in each of her first three years of high school. She earned Cherokee County All-County Team honors following her sophomore and junior seasons.
In her career at Hillgrove High School, Gaughan scored 58 goals and added 23 assists through her junior year. She scored 13 game-winning goals in her career. As a member of the Southern Soccer Academy and Cobb FC premier teams, she won the 2012 State Cup Championship.
“These two are both athletic forwards,” King said. “They are big, strong and fast. They can play with their back to goal and hold the ball up, but they are also a threat in behind and they can finish as well. They are very versatile and can play as central forwards in that position, but can also play wide because they have the pace to take players on. They are both very hardworking and I expect a lot from both of them immediately.”
KSU will add championship experience with their signees. The players will join the Owls squad in fall of 2103, and look to make an immediate impact.
KSU pitcher Kevin Kyle allowed only four hits in the Owls 4-0 shutout against the Stetson Hatters on Saturday to win the series against their Atlantic Sun Conference rivals.
Kyle was resilient on the mound, pitching all nine innings. After a first inning that saw action at the plate, Kyle faced the minimum number of batters in the remaining eight innings and struck out three straight batters to grab his fourth straight victory from the mound.
The Owls improved their overall record to 17-11 and are now 6-3 in the A-Sun conference. KSU has now won back-to-back conference series matchups and are 5-1 in their last six conference games. Stetson head coach Pete Dunn commented on the Owls defensive play in a Daytona Beach News-Journal article.
“That is the best defensive infield that I can remember seeing in a long time. I am not just talking about the A-Sun.
I mean anywhere. Those guys really make a lot of plays,” Dunn said.
The second inning saw a lot of action at the plate for the Owls. KSU scored three runs in the top of the second. Catcher Max Pentecost was able to get on base after a Stetson error. Ryan Raper drove him in for the Owl’s first run of the game. Raper would score himself after Kal Simmons drove him in. The RBI was Simmon’s 23rd of the season, which leads the team. Andy Almonte was driven in by Bo Way to cap the inning and put Stetson in a three run hole.
For the next six innings, Kyle would control the game and the Owls defense would keep Stetson off the board. In the eighth inning, right fielder Alex Liquori scored on an Almonte double to make it 4-0. Liquori was walked and then stole second to put himself in scoring position for Almonte’s double.
The Owls were balanced offensively, as seven different KSU players recorded hits for a total of eight. Simmons was the lone Owl with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. Almonte’s eighth inning double was the only hit for extra bases.
The story of the game was Kyle, who threw 104 pitches in the game, suffocating Stetson’s offense. The senior forced 17 ground balls and bumped his ERA down to 2.40 and improved his season record to 5-2. The shutout was the second in three games for the Owls, as they downed Stetson by the same score in the opening game of the series on Thursday night. The Owls will hope to pick up some momentum from the series victory. KSU will face off against Georgia at home on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the team will travel to Atlanta to challenge top 25 opponent Georgia Tech before taking on Florida Gulf Coast at home in a three-game series.
On Tuesday, KSU held a press conference to formally introduce Brian Bohannon, who will take the helm as the first head coach of the football program, slated to begin in 2015. The press conference was held in the locker room at Fifth Third Bank Stadium, the site where the future KSU football players will take the field.
“Let me just first say how humbled and honored I am to be here today,” Bohannon said. “This is something you look forward to in our profession and I’m honored to be a part of an institution that is as special as this one is. I’m truly excited and it’s surreal for me to hear ‘first head football coach at Kennesaw State.’”
In attendance were members of the media, fellow members of KSU Athletics, President Daniel S. Papp, Athletic Director Vaughn Williams and the legendary Vince Dooley, who helped serve on the football exploratory committee that assisted in bringing football to KSU. Dooley served as the Athletic Director at the University of Georgia while Bohannon attended UGA, where he played wide receiver.
“Kennesaw State and Mr. Vaughn Williams hired the right man to lead and to build their football program,” Dooley told KSU Athletics. “He [Bohannon] is a masterful teacher, a relentless recruiter and is a person of unquestionable character and integrity. There is no doubt in my mind that Brian will be a very successful head coach.”
Bohannon, who spent 17 years as an assistant coach at Gardner-Webb University, Georgia Southern University, The United States Naval Academy and Georgia Tech, expressed his gratitude and thanks to KSU, Dr. Papp and Williams for giving him an opportunity to become a head coach.
Bohannon also thanked his family, many of whom were in attendance at the press conference, for all their love and support throughout his career. He also thanked Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson, who he served under as an assistant coach for 16 years.
“He’s been unbelievably good to me,” Bohannon said. “I owe a lot to coach Johnson. My career and my path to today really reflect him. He’s impacted my life in a lot of ways.”
Bohannon has been a resident of Woodstock, GA for five years and expressed his joy in being part of the great community surrounding KSU. He also had the opportunity to attend a KSU vs. Mercer basketball game where he witnessed the unveiling of the refurbished school logo and the brand new fight song, and realized that KSU was something he wanted to be a part of. “It was the most unbelievable atmosphere I had seen in a long time,” Bohannon said. “This is a special place. This is the place you want to be because something special is going on here. Football is going to open that up for everyone to see.”
As a head coach, Bohannon hopes he can help his players succeed in their everyday lives, as well as on the football field.
“We want to win the day,” he said. “We win the day in the classroom. We win the day on the field. We win the day in our personal lives. We want to win, but it’s also about developing these young men to be successful in life.”
Bohannon expressed three core values that he believes he can instill in his team and those values will allow them to find that success.
“Faith, family, and football,” he said. “The culture of faith and family should be created here, and obviously we want to win, but there is also a bigger picture.”
The next big step for the program will be recruiting, and Bohannon is eager to find athletes who will be willing to immerse themselves in KSU football. He believes character and what an athlete does on the field on Saturday will help KSU build a winning culture and develop a strong program.
The team will look to be in competition at the start of the 2015 season. Bohannon will look to build a staff, promote KSU football and recruit players, all in preparation for the start of the inaugural season.
KSU Athletic Director Vaughn Williams announced that Brian Bohannon, the former quarterbacks and B-backs coach at Georgia Tech will make history on Tuesday when he will be formerly introduced as the first head coach of KSU football.
“He’s the perfect fit,”Williams said in an AJC article. “He’s an up-and-coming coach. He’s been around success in a lot of different ways all his life. I think you are a product of your environment.”
Bohannon has 17 years of coaching experience, and has served as an assistant coach since 1996, coaching the wide receivers at Gardner-Webb University, Georgia Southern University, and The United States Naval Academy before arriving at Georgia Tech.
He also spent two seasons as a defensive backs coach while at GSU.
“Let me start by saying how excited I am to be the first-ever Kennesaw State head football coach,” Bohannon said in a KSU Athletics press release. “Kennesaw State is a special place with a great student body, administration and faculty, and I am just excited about the opportunity.”
After arriving at Georgia Tech in 2008, Bohannon helped Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson create a prolific rushing offensive attack. The Yellow Jackets have finished in the top four nationally in rushing yards since Bohannon’s arrival, including when they led the nation in rushing for the first time in school history during the 2010 season.
Bohannon’s lack of head coaching experience was a concern, but Williams expressed to the AJC that ultimately it was a quality he preferred. Bohannon’s background made him a prime candidate that he felt the program could not pass on.
“I think from all the criteria, his characteristics, his talent, his skill, what he’s been around, that outweighs that,”Williams said. “He deserves a chance. He’s ready.”
Williams believes Bohannon’s character, leadership, and excitement to be part of KSU was what made him the obvious choice for the position.
KSU will hold a press conference inside the Owls’ locker room at Fifth Third Bank Stadium on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Follow the Sentinel on Twitter @ksusentinel for live updates from the press conference and any other information regarding Bohannon and the football program.
The next issue of The Sentinel will include an in-depth story on Bohannon, his introductory press conference, and his future plans for the football program that is scheduled to launch in 2015.