Saturday, August 27, 2005

Next One Counts

Several fall teams got their first chance to put it all together against an opponent this afternoon. The field hockey team hosted York College, volleyball hosted Hood and Washington, while the football team took to the road for a scrimmage at Salisbury. Today was the final tune-up for each of the teams with the regular season rapidly approaching. If Katrina cooperates, McDaniel field hockey will open the season here on Thursday with the College of Notre Dame. Men's Soccer will travel to Lancaster Bible that same afternoon, while volleyball will open its season later that evening at Neumann.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Hoops Schedules Posted

Nary a football player has been tackled by anyone representing another institution, nor have our soccer teams been on the pitch in this continent in 2005, but hoops fans already have basketball on their mind. And we have the basketball schedules online. A few t's remain to be crossed and i's need to be dotted concerning tip-off times, but the dates are set.

With a challenging 2005-2006 slate, the Green Terror women's team will need your support to gather its fourth Centennial Championship in the past five years, while the men's team is set to kick off its march to a new era under the tutelage of Bob Flynn.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Kicking competition wide open
by Patrick Brannan, Carroll County Times

Monday, August 22, 2005

McDaniel's Records Online

Four years of work carried out primarily by current and former Green Terror athletes has culminated in the most comprehensive compilation of McDaniel College athletic records ever assembled. Millions of keystrokes of data entry and countless hours of tedious research have been narrowed down to one central spot on the web.

And there is still more to come.

Over the next few days, additional track & field records will be worked in, as well as top ten times for swimming. Over the course of the coming academic year, tennis and men's golf records will be complied and added in as well, while baseball pitching stats from 1932 through 1970 will be tabulated and factored in too.

Special thanks are in order for Jay Lorenz, Matt Barnhart, Kristy Costa, Kristin Ramey, Phil Blackman, Joan Namasinga, Joe Horrocks, and Todd Huber. Those folks combined to do the heavy lifting on this project, and cannot be recognized enough for their efforts.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Green Terror battles heat at first practice
Patrick Brannan, Carroll County Times

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Summer's Over

The calendar may say August. The thermometer might read like August, but for McDaniel's fall athletes, the summer is officially over. The Green Terror football team got back into the swing of things on a hot and hazy Westminster afternoon. They are the first of the teams to descend on campus for the 2005-2006 academic year.

The field hockey and volleyball teams are McDaniel's next arrivals, with the squads slated to make their way onto campus this Thursday, and onto the field and court on Friday. Saturday will see the arrival of the men's soccer team fresh off of its European swing. The cross country team arrives on Saturday as well. The women's soccer team, also coming back from Europe, will round out the return of fall sports on Sunday, August 21st.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Terror Women's Hoops Team Posts Third Best GPA in Nation

The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced its 2004-2005 Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and Junior College/Community College. The awards recognize teams throughout the nation that have the highest grade point averages (GPA) for the 2004-05 season based upon nominations submitted by WBCA-member coaches.

Notably amongst the top 25 was the McDaniel College women's team, which placed third in Division III with a team Grade Point Average of 3.561. Only York College and Messiah finished ahead of McDaniel, the two-time defending Centennial Conference Champions. The only other Centennial school to break into the top 25 was Muhlenberg, falling in at 18th.

McDaniel's girls didn't take it easy in the classroom last season either. The 15 player, 2004-2005 roster featured a dual-major of Biology and Biochemistry, two additional Biology majors, two Mathematics majors, and a Chemistry major.

College, Coach, Team GPA
1. York College, Betsy Witman, 3.725
2. Messiah College, Michael Miller, 3.715
3. McDaniel College. Becky L. Martin, 3.561
4. Whitman College, Michelle Ferenz , 3.539
5. Colorado College, Kelly Mahlum , 3.512

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Poll Trackers

While preseason polls are for the most part meaningless, they do fill the dead air of August with conversation about the outcomes of seasons yet to be played. With that in mind, McDaniel fans can keep up with the Terror's Centennial poll position in all of the fall sports as they are released over the course of the next few days. You can also check out the 2005 Centennial Conference Football Prospectus, featuring a web interview with Tim Keating.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Workin' for a Livin'

Everybody has those mornings where the alarm clock goes off, and the overwhelming urge to do just about anything besides work sets in. Some people just happen to have far fewer of those days than others. Former Green Terror football players, Justin Sheridan and Dan Gadd, who earned six Centennial rings between them) are some of those people.

While they may be two of the busiest people in the working world this time of year, you won't hear any complaints about long hours. That's because they are cashing paychecks earned working in the game that they love.

For Gadd, a short commute across sunny Jacksonville, Florida, lands him at Alltel Stadium, home of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars. He is the Multimedia Specialist for the Jacksonville Jaguars, or more specifically jaguars.com.

It's a pretty sweet gig that grants Gadd sideline access to all of the Jags games, both home and away, and allows him the creative latitude at work most can only dream of. So, you might ask, what exactly is a Multimedia Specialist?

"To be honest, I couldn’t tell you myself," laughs Gadd. " I’d never heard of that title until I was one. Basically I have to be able to do a little bit of everything for jaguars.com including writing code, graphic design, content management and writing."

But his primary responsibility is video content. He shoots, edits, produces, and sometimes even hosts video features including in-studio segments, highlight packages and press conferences.

It's a job Gadd began training for during his own football career on the Hill. While his teammates were catching up on classwork, sleep, or their golf game on the Monday afternoon off, Gadd was in the tiny TV studio, editing VHS game film between two VCRs into a highlight reel for his weekly coaches show with the Terror's head coach, Tim Keating. His show was so successful that the local cable operator picked it up for broadcast.

Gadd now works with state-of-the-art digital video equipment, and McDaniel has since added a high-tech studio of its own, but Gadd certainly wouldn't trade his hours in the basement of Rouzer for the world at this point. Those long hours prepared him for his new long hours, but Gadd doesn't sweat punching the clock.

"Working in the NFL can be a very hectic and sometimes stressful job," he concedes. "But hey, I’m working in football so I love every minute of it!"


Sheridan is no stranger to stress himself. He stays extraordinarily busy as Director of Football Operations at Northwestern University. It's a great job title, but a tough one by every stretch of the imagination. Responsible for the day-to-day operations of a Division I football program, Sheridan's hand is involved in just about every aspect of Wildcats' football.

Aside from coordination the team's pre-season training camp, currently underway at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Sheridan is the primary point of contact for on-campus constituencies, as well as outside vendors. He also oversees the team's travel arrangements, evaluates prospective talent, hosts interested NFL personnel, and directs the Wildcats summer football camp.

Sheridan wears many caps in his day-to-day life, but is ultimately the gatekeeper between Head Coach Randy Walker, and the rest of the world. He allows Walker to wrap himself in a worry-free football cocoon.

"Everyday is different," says Sheridan. "There is always something new to begin, or a new issue or set of problems to conquer.

The job is not all paper pushing, phone calls, and long hours -- Sheridan's life is devoid of both a cubicle or a sense of 9 to 5. In his position, Western Maryland's old number 9 experiences Division I football up close everyday, particularly Saturdays.

"It sounds corny, but I still get that rush when we come out of the tunnel and take the field," says Sheridan. "I enjoy being a part of the team."

And it is for that reason Sheridan still smiles when the alarm clock shakes him from his sleep. Waking up in his Lincoln Park neighborhood, which he describes as "a great place to live" is another, and it seems Sheridan is putting down roots in the Windy City.

Despite his preference for thin crust to the Chi-town deep dish, the native of rural Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, is becoming a full-fledged Chicagoan. He prefers the Cubbies to his hometown Pirates, but hasn't sold out his Steelers for the "Da Bears" just yet.

"The Bears are growing on me though," Sheridan admits. "And there is no doubt I am a Bulls guy." That may have something to do with the fact that his new bride, Kristen, who he met at Northwestern, is one of the Chicago Luvabulls dancers.

Just one more reason for Sheridan to smile at that pesky alarm clock.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

McDaniel's Wrestling Class of 2009 Hits Web

When McDaniel's wrestlers take to the mats late this fall, they will do so with 11 new faces on the roster, nine of which are members of the incoming freshman class. Get the full inside scoop on McDaniel's newest grapplers at WrestlingUSA.com.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

McDaniel Given Consideration in D3football.com's Preseason Poll

McDaniel College was not in the top 25, but was one of four schools to receive votes in the D3football.com Preseason Poll. The D3football.com Top 25 is voted on by a panel of 25 coaches, Sports Information Directors and media members from across the country, and is published weekly throughout the regular season and NCAA Division III Playoffs.

The Green Terror returns 15 starters between the offense (8) and defense (7), while Chris Martin (RS) and Corey Allen (P) each return on the special teams. You can get the early inside scoop on McDaniel's 2005 season on D3football.com's Season Preview Page.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Cramp NJ State Amateur Champ... Again

Her name is attached to approximately 90 percent of the records in McDaniel's book. She has twice been named an All-American, and has four Centennial team and individual championships to show for her playing days at McDaniel.

She is far from done.

Kelly Cramp won the 2005 New Jersey State Amateur Championship, taking the title for the second time in three years. She now has her sights set on the pros, and the Newark Star-Ledger has the account of a tight championship showdown.