The Harry L. Vance Athletic Center, the newest addition to Davidson’s athletic facilities, will have its grand opening in mid-November.
A grand opening and dedication ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m. Nov. 15, with the public allowed to tour the $13.3 million facility after the ribbon cutting.
“Nov. 15 will be an exciting day for the Davidson College family,” Athletics Director Jim Murphy said in a prepared release. “We appreciate each and every gift that brought the vision for this facility to life, and I look forward to gathering with the Davidson family to share our excitement.
“The space means a great deal for our athletic programs, and enhances our ability to recruit top scholar athletes and compete at the highest levels.”
The Vance Athletic Center was named after 1926 Davidson graduate Harry L. Vance. The name came about as part of a $4 million challenge gift from Samuel and Ann Ginn of Hillsborough, Calif. Ann Ginn is the late Vance’s daughter.
The Vance Athletic Center is an addition to the Baker Sports Complex. The 50,000-square-foot facility provides two full-size practice courts for the Wildcats’ men’s and women’s basketball teams and the volleyball team.
The addition will have offices for the coaching and administrative staffs, locker rooms, team rooms and film study rooms for the men’s and women’s basketball teams. The center also will provide rehearsal and practice facilities for Davidson’s dance program with the Cheryle Williamson Center for Dance.
The Vance Athletic Center also will be the new gameday entrance to Belk Arena, where the Wildcats’ men’s and women’s basketball teams and volleyball team play their home games. It features an expanded ticket office, with the lobby displays including the Nisbet Hall of Fame and the Red Ventures Athletic Club.
Wildcats 11th at AutoTradder.com Classic
The men’s golf team posted a pair of season-low rounds en route to an 11th-place finish in the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic Oct. 11-13 in Atlanta.
The Wildcats finished with a three-day total of 21-over-par 855, shooting a season-low 6-over 294 in the second round, then topping that with a 1-under 287 on the final day at the Berkeley Hills Country Club.
Davidson’s final-round score was the third-lowest in the 14-team tournament, just behind South Florida’s 284 and Lipscomb’s 286. Lipscomb won the tournament at 25-under-par 839, with South Florida eight shots back in second.
Freshman Mike Blasey was Davidson’s top individual player, shooting a 1-over-par 217 to tie for 23rd overall. Lipscomb’s Dawson Armstrong won the individual title with a 16-under 200.
After opening with a 3-over 75, Blasey posted back-to-back career-best rounds. He shot an even-par 72 in the second round, then followed that with a 2-under 70 on the final day.
That performance earned Blasey, of Potomac, Md., the Atlantic 10’s Rookie of the Week award for matches played Oct. 7-14.
Other Davidson scorers were senior David Sargent (tied for 39th, 5-over 221), freshman Jack Lang (tied for 54th, 10-over 226), junior Andy Simmons (tied for 77th, 14-over 230), and sophomore Spencer Papciak (tied for 78th, 17-over 233). Freshman Hoke Carlton, playing as an individual, finished tied for 69th after shooting 13-over 229.
Red team wins scrimmage
The projected backcourt starters for Davidson’s men’s basketball team paced the Red squad in a 51-31 victory over the Black team in the annual Red/Black Scrimmage on Oct. 17 at Belk Arena.
Senior guard Brian Sullivan scored 14 points, fellow senior guard Jordan Barham added 13 and junior guard Jack Gibbs 13 for the Red squad in the 20-minute scrimmage game.
The Red team hit 11 of 23 3-pointers and had 14 assists against the Black squad, comprised of the Wildcats’ walk-on and practice squad players and assistant coaches.
Davidson opens its season Nov. 7 with an exhibition game against Lenoir-Rhyne at Belk Arena. The season officially begins Nov. 14 with a home game against Central Florida.
A-10 Co-Player of the Week
Junior midfielder Anne Federico was named the Atlantic 10’s field hockey co-player of the week for games of Oct. 12-18.
Federick, who shared the A-10 honor with La Salle’s Kendall Kreider, scored the game-winning goal in the Wildcats’ 1-0 overtime victory over conference rival Richmond on Oct. 16. It was the Towson, Md., native’s second game winner this season.
Bill Kiser is a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.