TAKING ADVANTAGE OF EVERYTHING H-SC HAS TO OFFER IS PAYING OFF FOR THIS TIGER
"Basketball never has been everything for me," says Khobi Williamson (above), the 6' 7" junior from Norfolk. "That was one of the reasons I decided to come to Hampden-Sydney. Knowing that I would get lots of different opportunities here was very appealing."
As a senior at Maury High School, his team went to the state tournament. Khobi was recruited by a number of schools, and he turned down a full scholarship to a Division 1 school for Hampden-Sydney College.
"I was recruited pretty heavily by Virginia Wesleyan, too," he adds. "The school is only ten minutes from my house in Norfolk, so when we play them, it's a pretty big game for me."
When Khobi arrived as a freshman, then-senior Colin O'Neill was playing center for the Tigers. "He was a great mentor for me. He taught me a lot about playing the position and what would be expected from me when I became a starter. The team has really come together this year. We all know what role we play and that has led to huge success on the court."
Khobi credits Head Coach Dee Vick '94 for teaching each group of freshmen college-level basketball and a variety of different systems that have proven effective.
As a physics major, Khobi spends long hours in the lab before hustling to the gym for many more hours in basketball practice. Math has long been a "strong suit" of the self-described analytical student, so as an alternative to physics he is also considering a career in finance. He participates in Hampden-Sydney's Hobbie Business and Ethics program and this summer he was accepted into the Management Leadership for Tomorrow program.
Khobi certainly has found those opportunities he knew Hampden-Sydney would offer him and he doesn't regret choosing to be a Tiger. "I love how the professors, administrators, and coaches all get to know me on a personal level. At some other school, I would just be a basketball player. At Hampden-Sydney, I am much, much more."
ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME TAPS FOUR
Four alumni were inducted into the Hampden-Sydney College Athletic Hall of Fame on October 27. This year included the induction of an outstanding soccer player and an unprecedented three special citations.
Jeff Mencini '84 was a two-time ODAC Player of the Year, earning the title along with First Team honors in 1981 and 1983. Mencini was a Virginia Independent Soccer Association All-Star selection in 1979. He still stands as one of the program's best goal scorers, as his 21 goals in 15 games in 1981 are a school record and his 15 goals in 1983 stand second. He ranks second in career goals with 46 and career points with 105, and his 47 points in 1981 are a program best. In the ODAC ranks, he is in the top then for career goals though just playing only three years. His mark of 21 goals is tied for third in league history.
Johnny Ellis '70 (special citation) played one year of varsity baseball in 1967 before founding the College's rugby program in 1968 and serving as team captain for two years. Ellis has since been a vital part in increasing rugby's status to a varsity club program-the only one in the state of Virginia. His dedication to H-SC Rugby has been relentless, as evidenced by his invaluable assistance with coaching, clinics, and financial support. Ellis has played and coached rugby at the highest levels, including international competitions representing his College, his clubs, and Virginia during his 47 years of rugby. He was the First Inductee into the Virginia Cardinals Rugby Hall of Fame. Ellis' strong involvement has continued in his post-graduate years, as he has served on the Athletic Committee of the Board of Trustees for nine of the past 11 years and has helped support the College and the athletic department in countless and immeasurable ways.
Bill Kirk '72 (special citation) was a four-year defensive starter on the Tiger football team, including both Knute Rockne Bowl squads in 1970 and 1971. On the gridiron, he earned First Team All-State and First Team All Mason-Dixon Conference honors as a senior and helped lead the Tigers to their first-ever 10-0 season in 1971. That same year, the defensive tackle anchored a talented unit that led the nation in total and scoring defense. Kirk was also a member of the College's wrestling team and finished fourth overall in the 1970 Mason-Dixon Tournament. He is the major benefactor for the Kirk Athletic Center, which has profoundly improved the lives of coaches and student-athletes at Hampden-Sydney. He has served on the Athletic Committee of the Board of Trustees for five years.
Joe Viar '63 (special citation) was a two-way player on the football field as a defensive end and tight end from 1959-1962. As a senior, he led the team in receiving yards with 204 to go with a touchdown. He was also named First Team All Mason-Dixon Conference and All Little-Eight that season. Viar has shown unwaivering support and devotion to the College throughout the years, highlighted by co-founding the Athletics Hall of Fame with Hall of Fame Athletic Director Louis "Weenie" Miller; he has served as the master of ceremonies of the induction ceremony for a number of years. In addition, Viar serves on the Gridiron Club Advisory Board and has served on the Athletic Committee of the Board of Trustees for ten of the last 12 years.
SOCCER BATTLES TOUGH CONFERENCE
The 2012 Hampden-Sydney Soccer team finished with a 6-11 record and a 5-6 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) record while playing a very tough strength of schedule. Hampden-Sydney narrowly missed out on making the tournament with a near .500 record, a feat that would have been unheard of just merely one season ago.
H-SC went on the road to once against beat Randolph-Macon, this time by a score of 1-0. They also defeated Lynchburg 3-0 on the road, a team perennially ranked in the region and contending for the ODAC championship, and defeated Bridgewater College 3-0 on senior day.
Three student-athletes made the All-ODAC team with Nick DeProspero and Curran Blackwell earning first-team honors while Bryan Talbert was tabbed to the third-team. It was the third consecutive year on the first-team for DeProspero and the second straight year on the first-team for Blackwell.
The Tigers graduated four seniors that were yearlong starters in DeProspero, Blackwell, Chris Whiteside, and Andre Graham. DeProspero completed his four-year career second in H-SC history for career assists with 28.
TWO HARRIERS TO REGIONAL
The Cross Country team finished ninth at the ODAC Championship meet this year and sent two runners to the NCAA South/Southeast Regional meet for the second year in a row. The Tigers top team finish was fifth at the Washington & Lee Invitational.
The 2012 team grew significantly to 21 runners after averaging just nine runners per season over the last three seasons.
Andrew Stoddard continued to excel as he posted the top three times on the team and five of the top ten. He placed eighth in a time of 29:59 to open the season at the ODAC Preview Meet and followed with a sixth place finish in 30:08 at the W&L Invitational. He boasted a season best time of 27:23 at the Christopher Newport Invitational.
Freshman William Imeson proved to be a welcome addition to the squad, registering the fourth fastest time on the team, a 29:28 at the Christopher Newport Invitational. Yonathan Tarekegne Ararso also had a strong year, posting his fastest time of the season - 29:51 - at the Christopher Newport Invitational. Andrew Craver also recorded one sub-30 minute race, pacing the CNU Invitational in 29:59.
BIG WINS IN THE POOL
The Swimming team got off to an outstanding start to the year, winning it's first three dual meets in blowout fashion.
The Tigers opened their season at Hollins University on October 27, first battling Greensboro College followed by Gallaudet University. H-SC took down Greensboro 62-33 and Gallaudet 76-18. H-SC won four of the races against Greensboro and Gallaudet while finishing runner up in seven events.
H-SC returned to Hollins on November 12 to take down Davis and Elkins 126-34. An even strong performance out of the swimmers, the Tigers won eight events and took runner up honors in four competitions.
While H-SC only placed fifth at the R-MC Yellow Jacket Invitational, the team had it's strongest meet of the year. H-SC set season-best times in many events against a strong field of teams.