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home : sports : local sports August 20, 2019 



Lander Women's Basketball Releases 2019-20 Schedule

The Lander women's basketball team aims for its sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance with the release of its 2019-20 schedule. The slate consists of 15 matchups at home, seven games against NCAA tournament teams from last season, and a preseason contest against an in-state Division I program that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season. 

Lander will visit Clemson, a Division I opponent from the Atlantic Coast Conference, for a preseason exhibition before hosting Lenoir-Rhyne and Carson Newman, an NCAA tournament team from last season, for the PBC/SAC Challenge to begin the season. In total, the Bearcats will compete against five NCAA tournament teams from last season: Carson-Newman (Nov. 9), Anderson (Nov. 19), Barton (Nov. 26), Clayton State (Dec. 14, Jan. 20), and North Georgia (Jan. 18, Feb. 15).


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Lander Adds 16 Newcomers for 2019 Campaign

Lander men's soccer head coach Lee Squires announced his 2019 newcomers on Monday, two days ahead of Lander's first fall practice. The new additions to Lander are Rasmus Andersson, Harry Bircumshaw, Max Bolton, Enoch Carrell, Alistair Danjon, Carson Dinger, Jack Frost, Simon Gudmundsson, Mitch Gutteridge, Owen Hamilton, Samuel Maardh, Tom Marriott, Max McNulty, Jonah Miller, Bradley Nickles, and Jed Smith


Rasmus Andersson - Fr. - Defender/Midfielder - Stenungsund, Sweden

Squires on Andersson: "Rasmus will bring great balance down the left side of the pitch for us. He will get up and down the pitch all game long, provide good delivery from wide areas, and bring an outgoing personality to the group."


Harry Bircumshaw - Fr. - Midfielder - Mansfield, England

Squires on Bircumshaw: "Harry is a top quality center midfield who can compete and play on both sides of the ball. He has great experience in professional youth team environments in England that will help his transition to the college game here."


Max Bolton - Fr. - Forward - Brentwood, England

Squires on Bolton: "Max is the younger brother of recent graduate and key player Tyler Bolton.  He's a powerful number nine with a keen eye for goal and a good personality He'll be ready for the physical battle that the PBC and our region provides."


Enoch Carrell - Fr. - Midfielder - Durham, N.C.

Squires on Carrell: "Enoch is a smooth central midfielder who is technically sound. He reads the game well and is a well-rounded player. He'll add good quality to our midfield."


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Former Bearcat Jordan Skelton Signs Professional Contract

Jordan Skelton, a former Lander standout men's soccer player, has signed a professional contract to play with Tormenta FC of USL League One.

Skelton was a two-time All-American and three-time All-Peach Belt Conference honoree that played for the Bearcats from 2015-18. The former Bearcat captain played in 75 matches at Lander, starting 74. He scored 38 points on 17 goals and four assists while anchoring one of the nation's top defenses.


Friday, August 9, 2019

Lander Athletics 2019-20 Kickoff and Fan Appreciation

Lander Athletics has announced a continuation of its partnership with Break on the Lake to present its 2019-20 Kickoff & Fan Appreciation event on Tuesday, September 3.

"We are thrilled to continue this tradition with Break on the Lake and are thankful for their partnership in providing 'Bearcat Nation' an opportunity to share in the excitement of the 2019-20 school year at the premier destination on Lake Greenwood," said Lander athletics director Brian Reese. "We hope all Bearcat supporters will consider joining us on September 3 at Break on the Lake."


Friday, August 2, 2019

Lander staff to Attend Mental Health First Aid training

 Lander University's head coaches, assistant coaches, training staff, and departmental staff will be attending a Mental Health First Aid training on Tuesday August 6thand Friday August 9th.

This training will teach the staff how to identify warning signs of mental health and addiction concerns, risk factors, how to provide support, and refer them to a professional.


Friday, August 2, 2019

Lander hires Jordan Jacobs as Strength and Conditioning Coach

Jordan Jacobs, who previously served as Shippensburg's strength and conditioning coach, is joining the Lander athletic department in the same capacity, athletics director Brian Reese announced Tuesday.

"I am extremely excited to become a Lander Bearcat," said Jacobs. "I would like to thank Brian Reese for the amazing opportunity to establish the Lander University strength and conditioning program. I look forward to helping develop Bearcat athletes as strong and capable men and women on and off the field of play." 

Prior to Lander, Jacobs spent the last year as the head strength and conditioning coach at Shippensburg University, where he was responsible for directing and managing the strength and conditioning program of Shippensburg's athletic department.


Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Lander Men's Golf Schedule

Head coach Mark Riddle announced the 2019-20 Lander men's golf schedule on Monday. The Bearcats are aiming to return to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five seasons. 

The challenge starts Sept. 16 at the Kiawah Island Invitational, followed by a trip to the Jay Jennison Cup (Sept. 23-24), where Lander finished third last season. The Bearcats then head to Florida for the Copperhead Championship (Oct. 14-15). Lander finishes the fall slate with an appearance in Queens Fall Invitational (Oct. 21-22).


Monday, July 29, 2019

Lander Men's Basketball Announces Elite Camp

The Lander men's basketball program will host its Elite Camp at Finis Horne Arena from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on August 10, head coach Drew Richards announced on Tuesday.

Registration, which can be found here, can be scanned and emailed to assistant coach Justin Griffith at coachgriffith33@gmail.com. Received registration will hold a spot and money is due on the day of the camp.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Lander Women's Golf Releases 2019-20 Schedule

Lander golf head coach Mark Riddle announced the 2019-2020 schedule for the Bearcats on Tuesday. The finalized schedule features seven events that Lander participated in last season.

The Bearcats will take part in nine total regular season events, four in the fall and five in the spring, before heading to the Peach Belt Conference Championship (Apr. 17-19).

The fall opens in September with trips to the Cutter Creek Invitational (Sept. 8-10) and the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate (Sept. 29-Oct. 1). Lander had its best finish of last season at the Cutter Creek Invitational, where the Bearcats took third and Caroline Hardee tied for first individually.


Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Lander Athletics Announces Budweiser Clydesdales to Appear on Campus

The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933, will be on the campus of Lander University on August 30.

The eight-horse hitch will be harnessed and hitched to the famous red beer wagon at the new fountain and green space on Willson St. on the campus of Lander University on Friday, August 30 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The "Gentle Giants," as they are often referred to, will host a parade at 7 p.m. on campus. This event is free and open to the public. 

"We are excited to have the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales here in Greenwood to help us kick-off the 2019-20 athletics calendar," said Lander athletic director Brian Reese. "Lander Athletics invites the Lakelands and surrounding communities to Lander's campus on August 30 for this unique showcase in what is sure to be a memorable evening for our community."


Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Lander Men's Tennis Team Earns Spot With Intercollegiate Tennis Association

The Lander men's tennis team earned a spot on this year's Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Teams list. Additionally, seven Bearcats were recognized as ITA Scholar-Athletes.

Gabriel Balestero, Philippe Courteau, Gabriel Couto, Eirik Groner, Fergus O'Rourke, Liam Roos, and Tommaso Rossin were among the seven Bearcats that received the honor. Lander's seven selections were the most in the Peach Belt Conference.


Monday, July 22, 2019

Lander Cross Country Schedule

Head coach Kevin Scola announced the 2019 Lander cross country schedule that includes five meets in three states capped by the NCAA Southeast Regionals in Wingate, N.C. 

The Bearcats kick off the campaign on Sept. 6 with the Converse Kick-Off in Spartanburg, S.C. One week later, Lander will return to Spartanburg for the Eye Opener hosted by USC Upstate.


Thursday, July 18, 2019

Lander Women's Tennis Adds Six Players

Lander women's tennis head coach Samantha Pinchoff announced the addition of six players as part of the 2019 class on Wednesday. The incoming Bearcats hail from three different states and two countries. 

"I am very intentional throughout my recruiting process," said Pinchoff, "making sure to welcome into our program the right young ladies who will not only model, but will enhance our program ideals. I look for athletes who are going to make Lander better both on and off the tennis court. Each one of these young ladies has been hand selected for their talent, character, determination, and energy. I know that as our program continues to grow each one of these ladies will serve as a huge asset to that development. The future of Lander tennis is very bright."

Raquel Acco, a native of Columbia, S.C., attended A.C. Flora H.S. and was a three-time region Player of the Year. She was selected for the North-South competition. and won a 4A state title with the Falcons. 

"Raquel is a very determined, hard working, and competitive player," Pinchoff said. "She is coming to Lander from A.C. Flora High School where her team had an undefeated season and won the SC state championship. She knows what it is like to be on a winning team and wants to continue to be be on a winning team. We are very excited for her to bring that competitive edge to Lander."

Guiliana Gibson was the No. 1 singles player for four seasons at Harrison H.S. in Acworth, Ga. A two-time region champion, Gibson received the Carl Harrison Leadership Award for tennis at Harrison.


Thursday, July 18, 2019

Greenwood Post 20 Advances
Last night during the American Legion Post 20 game the Greenwood team pulled a win of 3-2 which guarantees them a 4th game on Thursday in the first round of the payoffs at Rock Hill High School. Both Greenwood and Rock Hill have secured a win each. The playoff is best three of five games to move forward to the next round.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

5th Annual WCTEL Kick-Off Classic
The West Carolina Tel will be hosting the 5th Annual WCTEL Kick-Off Classic event on Friday, August 9 at Abbeville High School’s Hite Stadium located at 701 Washington St in Abbeville. The free event will be located on the practice field outside of the stadium starting at 6pm and the first football game will start at 7pm. This fun-filled event is perfect for the whole family!
Monday, July 15, 2019


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