Sports News

By Davis Yake ’08, assistant athletic director
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Robert Bareford Takes Over Men’s Tennis Post

Director of Athletics Richard Epperson has named Robert Bareford as the head tennis coach. He takes over for Murrie Bates, who retired in May.

Robert Bareford Hampden Sydney

“I’m very excited and eager to start working with the team,” said bareford. “The College, Mr. Epperson, and I are committed to transforming Tiger tennis into a yearly ODAC contender and nationally recognized program.”

“We welcome Robert Bareford to Hampden-Sydney College as our new head tennis coach,” said Epperson. “Robert brings strong recruiting connections to our program, and I am confident our team will reach new heights under his leadership.”

Bareford played two years of collegiate tennis at University of Virginia’s College at Wise before transferring to Virginia Tech, where he graduated in May 2011 with a history degree. As a Hokie, he led the Virginia Tech Club team to a 2009 Mid-Atlantic Championship title. He has a United States Tennis Association (USTA) rating of 5.0 and is a certified tennis instructor under the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR).

He comes to Hampden-Sydney from Estes Express Lines, where he most recently worked in Inside Sales as an account manager. bareford’s last head coaching position was from February 2012 to June 2012, when he was the head boys tennis coach at his alma mater, Monacan High School, in Chesterfield County. As a student- athlete at Monacan, he was a district champion, player of the year, and all-metro.

He has an extensive seven-plus year background in individual and group instruction and training with youths and adults. bareford was the director of Junior Tennis at Midlothian Athletic Club from May 2011 to October 2012, a tennis instructor at Midlothian Tennis Club from November 2008 to October 2011, a tennis instructor in the Virginia Tech Sports Recreation Department from September 2008 to 2009, and a tennis assistant for Salisbury Country Club in Midlothian from May 2006 to August 2008.

Bareford will be moving to Hampden-Sydney, where he will reside with his wife Ammara and their one-year-old son, Camden.

Basketball Announces Exciting Schedule for 2014-15

Hampden-Sydney head basketball coach Dee Vick has announced an exciting and challenging schedule for the 2014-15 Tigers. 

Leon Hargrove Hampden Sydney

Included in the 25-game schedule are a trip to Puerto Rico, two Classics, one tournament, and one Division I opponent.

The Tigers open up the year on November 14, facing the Coast Guard Academy on ESPN3 in the Armed Forces Classic, taking place at the United States Coast Guard Air Station borinquen in Puerto Rico.

Later in December, the Tigers will play in the Classic in Las Vegas, facing Wartburg and Husson on December 28 and 29. Following those games, Hampden-Sydney continues west to face Division I UC Irvine, coached by the 2014 big West Conference Coach of the Year and Hampden-Sydney Hall of Famer Russell Turner ’92, on December 31.

“Being invited to compete in these prestigious events is an honor and will gain national exposure,” noted Vick. “This coupled with playing Division I opponent UC Irvine is invaluable to the continued growth of our program and our college.”

Before the Classic, H-SC travels to Shenandoah to face North Carolina Wesleyan and Mary Washington in the South Region Classic on November 21 and 22.

The Tigers then play three of their next four in the friendly confines of S. Douglas Fleet Gymnasium, opening up against ODAC-foe Roanoke on December 3. After a road game against Emory & Henry on December 6, the team returns home to host the Luck Stone Holiday Classic on December 18 and 19. The tournament will include Kean, Sewanee, and Keystone.

The new year brings William Peace (1/4), Randolph (1/7), arch-rival Randolph-Macon (1/14), Eastern Mennonite (1/17), and Emory & Henry (1/31) to the Tiger Den in January. The Tigers hit the road on January 10 to face Bridgewater, and run a stretch of three straight on the road with Lynchburg (1/21), Shenandoah (1/24), and Washington & Lee (1/28).

February sees the team at home for three games with Guilford (2/4), bridgewater (2/7), and Shenandoah (2/21). In between bridgewater and the regular season finale with Shenandoah, the Tigers hit the road for a tough three game road stint playing against rival team Randolph- Macon (2/11), Roanoke (2/14), and Virginia Wesleyan (2/18).

Hampden-Sydney finished the 2013- 14 season at 16-13 overall while making an appearance in the ODAC Championship game. The Tigers have an ODAC-record ten ODAC Championships and 14 NCAA appearances, with two appearances in the Final Four.

Gentlemen’s Classic

In a much anticipated season opener between two Top-25 teams, it was 16th-ranked Wabash that protected its home turf, defeating #21 Hampden-Sydney 34-21 in the inaugural “Gentlemen’s Classic.”

The Tigers (0-1, 0-0 ODAC), who averaged just shy of 450 yards-per-game last season, were held to just 242 yards of offense in the effort. Wabash’s (1-0, 0-0 NCAC) offense produced 321 yards, while its defense forced three turnovers—one for a score.

Hampden-Sydney hit the scoreboard first, using a 60-yard strike from Nash Nance ’15 to Holton Walker ’15 to go up 7-0 on its second possession.

The Little Giants fired right back, using 11 plays and 5:19 to drive 69 yards, capped off by a Tyler Holmes four-yard run, to tie the game.

Nash Nance Hampden SydneyAfter traded punts, Hampden-Sydney took its fourth drive into the second quarter, and finished off a six-play drive with Nance finding pay dirt on a goal line push.

The Tiger defense forced a three-and-out on the ensuing drive, but four plays later, Ethan Buresh picked off Nance and returned the turnover 41 yards for the game-tying touchdown.

Wabash’s defense used its momentum to force a punt from the Tigers on the next drive, which was downed at the Wabash 49-yard line. Wabash found itself in the red zone, but the Tiger defense stood strong and forced a 39-yard field goal from Andrew Tutsie to give the Little Giants their first lead, 17-14, with just over five minutes remaining in the half.

The Little Giants controlled the third quarter, scoring ten points while possessing the ball for just over 13 minutes.

The Tigers, behind Freddie Potter ’15, got a big fourth-and-one stop on Wabash’s first drive, but the Little Giants notched a touchdown on its second drive – a 26-yard touchdown pass from Michael Putko to Houston Hodges.

Hampden-Sydney fumbled on its next drive, and Wabash capitalized with a 29-yard field goal from Tutsie.

Wabash tacked on one more score on its first drive of the fourth quarter, going up 34-14 while driving 68 yards in 11 plays and 4:31 minutes.

Two drives later, the Tigers found the end zone again, with Walker catching his second touchdown of the day, this time from 34 yards out.

Brady Macko ’15 led the Tiger rushing attack with 45 yards on nine carries, averaging 5.0 yards-per-carry.

Nance on the day was 24-of-37 for 247 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Walker had game-highs of ten catches, 168 yards, and two scores. Fuller Clark ’15 caught four passes, and Owen Costello ’16, Craige Sprouse ’15, Joey Kernan ’14, and Joey Druhan ’15 all had two catches.

Defensively, the Tigers were led by Robert Stack ’14 who tallied 14 tackles and two sacks for a loss of 15 yards. Larry Haskins ’15 and Josh Doggett ’15 recorded 11 and 10 tackles, respectively.

The Little Giants had a balanced running attack, with Tyler Holmes (21 car.; 60 yds.), Michael Putko (18 car.; 59 yds.), and Mason Zurek (13 car.; 45 yds) leading the way. Putko was 15-of-22 passing for 134 yards and a touchdown. Only three receivers caught passes for Wabash, with Hodges having a team-high nine catches for 78 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, Austin Brown led the way with ten tackles and two tackles-for-loss. Preseason All-American Cody Buresh notched six stops, three for loss, two sacks, while forcing and recovering one fumble.