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On March 20, the Hampden-Sydney baseball team took down Frostburg State 14-13 in an exciting back-and-forth battle. More exciting than the action was what the win signified; the victory meant win number 226 for 11th-year head coach Jeff Kinne, putting him ahead of Hall of Fame coach Stokeley Fulton ’55 as the program’s all-time winningest baseball coach.
Kinne came to Hampden-Sydney in June of 2003, bringing with him nearly ten years of coaching experience, having worked as an assistant coach at Mary Washington, Washington & Lee, Virginia Military Institute, and Charleston Southern and as a head coach for one year at New Hampshire Technical Institute.
The Salisbury, New Hampshire, native has had great success at the helm of the baseball program, thrice being named the ODAC Coach of the Year (2005, 2007, 2010) and earning ABCA Division III South Region Coach of the Year honors in 2005 after leading the Tigers to a school-record 27 wins, their second-ever ODAC Championship, and an appearance in the Division III World Series. Kinne has produced 13 First Team All-ODAC honorees as well as nine All-Region players, two ODAC Rookies of the Year, and one ODAC Pitcher of the Year.
This season, the Tigers have gotten off to an unprecedented start, and at the time of Kinne’s milestone win, held a 16-5 overall record while receiving votes in the D3baseball.com national Top-25 poll.
Hampden-Sydney Basketball didn’t have the year it expected to have during the regular season, but they put it all together when it counted the most in the postseason.
The Tigers did get their season off on the right foot, winning four of their first five games. One of those wins came at home vs. eventual NCAA Sweet 16 team Mary Washington when two Greg Lewis three-pointers in the last six seconds gave H-SC a one-point win and a spot in the ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 Plays for November 22. The Tigers played the next day to beat North Carolina Wesleyan 90-73 to win the ACAC Fitness and Wellness Center South Region Classic. Hampden-Sydney would then dispatch off another NCAA Tournament team when a Khobi Williamson running hook shot at the buzzer sent the game into overtime. The Tigers eventually prevailed 89-82 over Springfield in a game played at Carnegie Mellon.
The Tigers got a few impressive wins in their ODAC slate, including a two-game sweep of Eastern Mennonite, who tied for fourth in the ODAC, along with a 60-56 win over Randolph College, a team that finished sixth in the league.
Hampden-Sydney ended the regular season with back-to-back road losses by 20+ points to Randolph-Macon and Roanoke, but those two losses proved to be the wake-up call the Tigers needed. Just three days after the Roanoke game, the Tigers entered the ODAC Tournament as the #8 seed and hosted #9 seed Roanoke College in the first round. Hampden-Sydney manhandled the Maroons to the score of a 104-82 win to advance to Salem for the ODAC Tournament Quarterfinals.
The Tigers matched up against #1 seed Randolph-Macon in the first game of the quarterfinals. The Yellow Jackets swept the Tigers in the regular season and had their sights on another ODAC Championship. However, Hampden-Sydney showed their performance against Roanoke was no fluke as they rolled past Randolph-Macon 68-55 to send R-MC back home to Ashland while H-SC advanced to the semi-finals.
In the semifinals, the Tigers would once again square off against a team they saw twice in the regular season: Eastern Mennonite. H-SC won both matchups in the regular season by double-digits but they were both competitive games throughout. This game proved to be drastically different as the Tigers led by as many as 32 points en route to blowing out the Royals 104-80 to advance to the ODAC Championship game for the first time since 2007. In the process, Hampden-Sydney became the first team in ODAC Tournament history to score 100 or more points in two tournament games.
The Tigers matched up with Virginia Wesleyan in the title game. It was a tightly contested game with neither team leading by more than six points at any point in the second half, but the Marlins were able to secure the game by making five-of-six free throws in the final minute.
Williamson, who was named First-Team All-ODAC the night before the quarterfinals game vs. R-MC, had a sensational four-game run in the ODAC Tournament. He set the tournament record for made field goals, tied the tournament record for rebounds, and scored the second-most points in a single ODAC Tournament. He along with Mike Murray were named to the ODAC All-Tournament team. Additionally, Williamson was named Second-Team All-South Region by D3hoops.com.
On March 18, junior golfer Brian Burt was named the ODAC Golfer of the Week for his performances in the Tigers’ third-place finish in the TaylorMade ADIDAS Intercollegiate and 13th-place finish in the Jekyll Island Invitational.
Burt put together a pair of top-10 finishes, including the top prize at the TaylorMade ADIDAS Intercollegiate. He posted a 1-over-par 217 over three rounds on the Cotton Dike Course at Dataw Island, including a tournament-best 69 during the second round. He shot 74 in both the first and third rounds. His efforts helped Hampden-Sydney to a third-place team finish (921). Burt followed up that performance by tying for sixth at the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational at Pine Lakes Golf Club in Jekyll Island, Ga. He posted an even-par 216, again matching the tournament’s best round with a 68 over the second 18 holes. He went 73 and 75 in rounds one and three, respectively. At the time, Burt led the ODAC in scoring average at 72.6 strokes per round over 17 rounds played.
Members of the Tiger football team gathered on March 22 for a banquet to celebrate their historic season last fall and to receive their 2013 ODAC Champion rings. This was the second championship ring for the juniors and seniors, who also won the ODAC Championship in 2011.
The 2013 Tigers won Hampden-Sydney’s eighth ODAC title and, for the first time in school history, won a first-round playoff game with a 42-34 decision over Maryville. The Tigers then travelled out west and fell 31-21 to second-ranked nationally Linfield College in Oregon.
Individually, several players received accolades, including 13 All-ODAC picks with senior linebacker Tyler Ikwild and head coach Marty Favret taking home Defensive Player and Coach of the Year awards, respectively. Five players were named All-Region with quarterback Nash Nance being named the South Region Offensive Player of the Year.
The Tigers kick off the 2014 season on the road on September 6, facing Wabash College in Indiana.
Senior football offensive lineman Will Ferrell was one of two dozen local football prospects invited to the Pro Day at the University of Richmond in March.
NFL hopefuls from Liberty, James Madison, Virginia State, and Richmond joined the Tiger All-American in the workout. There were 19 NFL scouts on hand to evaluate the players.
Ferrell, the three-time First Team All-ODAC tackle, recorded the second strongest lift, benching 225 pounds 30 times. He also clocked in at 5.1 in the 40-yard dash.
“Will’s career has been truly remarkable,” noted offensive line coach Zeke Traylor ’06. “He will graduate as one of the most decorated Tigers in our storied history, and I could not be more proud of what he’s accomplished.”