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Jon Ander honored for role in 2 Wingate victories

Wingate’s Jon Ander scored three goals and two assists, leading Wingate to soccer victories.

His recent performance resulted in Ander being named AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Soccer Co-Player of the Week.

It’s the first time he’s received the honor.

“I am very happy to receive the SAC Player of the Week award,” Ander said in an email. “It has been a good couple of weeks for the team. Everyone is playing their part in our success, not just the guys scoring the goals.”

With five goals this season in eight matches, Ander is tied for the SAC lead. He’s also second in the conference with 12 assists and 32 shots.

Wingate football team unbeaten

Wingate climbed to 4-0, 2-0 in the South Atlantic Conference, after beating Catawba College 17-0 on the road.

Lawrence Pittman rushed for 193 yards and two scores on 31 carries. The former Mallard Creek star’s day was highlighted by a 55-yard run in the fourth quarter. Eric Mapoles, the Academic All-America senior linebacker from Snellville, Ga., led the team with 10 tackles, seven solo.

“For us, this was a solid game overall ... a great team win,” said coach Joe Reich. “Our defense played phenomenal. The offense hit a rough patch ... but (offensive coordinator) Mike Long and his group stuck with the run and eventually we wore them down.”

It was Reich’s 50th career win at Wingate.

Wingate women remain unbeaten

The Bulldogs’ undefeated streak was in jeopardy recently against Newberry College. However, freshman Caileigh Apicella delivered the winning score, her first career goal, 5 minutes into the second overtime.

Wingate’s women won the match 2-1. Wingate is now 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the SAC.

The Bulldogs scored in the 70th minute, with freshman forward Kimmi Moore scoring on a pass from sophomore Taylor Leyble. It was the second goal of the year for Moore.

Bulldogs take 2 volleyball victories

The Bulldogs recently defeated Carson-Newman and Lincoln Memorial by a combined 6-2 score.

The Bulldogs ruined Newman’s perfect record with a 3-1 victory. Senior right-side hitter Shelly Stumpff posted 16 kills, 10 digs and nine blocks.

It was the Bulldogs’ 13th straight win over the Eagles in Carson-Newman’s own gym.

The next match, Stumpff compiled 17 kills and 13 digs in a come-from-behind win at Lincoln Memorial. All-American middle blocker Abby Saehler recorded 12 kills, seven digs and six blocks.

The Bulldogs have never lost to the Railsplitters, improving to 18-0 all-time.

Wingate takes Bulldog Stampede title

Wingate’s cross country team is really that good.

The Bulldogs ran away from the field for the second consecutive Bulldog Stampede title. In early September, the Bulldogs won the Catawba College Chick-fil-A Cross Country Invitational.

Juniors Ashley Hinderer and Alyssa Johnson captured top 10 times in the 6K Stampede Event. Hinderer finished in 23:14.97. Johnson was eighth with a time of 23:36.75

The Bulldogs posted 74 points to take the team crown. Anderson (94 points) and Queens (99 points) gave the South Atlantic Conference the top three team spots in the regional preview race.

The Bulldogs gave first-year head coach Ashley Vaughn Glover a victory in her first home meet.

“The Bulldog Stampede was really exciting. The girls deserve this,” Glover said. “I know it’s exciting for me, but for them I wanted them to win this race for the confidence boost. I have a great group of girls and I wanted their hard training to pay dividends.”

New compliance director

Russ Jackson is Wingate’s new director of compliance.

Jackson is a former college basketball assistant coach at Livingstone College. He served three years as the NCAA Compliance Program Manager for the School District of Philadelphia.

Rob Jones is a freelance writer: rgj7213@yahoo.com.