February 12, 2009 Volume CXXV Issue 3

GC takes down Campbellsville

By ANDY RUSSELL, Sports Editor

We all have rivals. For some people they are greater than others and to others they are nothing at all. However to the fans of Georgetown College basketball, Campbellsville is one of the greatest rivalries to ever hit the hardwood. With the series dating back several years, each game between these two bitter enemies is always a joy to watch. However this year’s game turned out to be a little less exciting. With the superior talent, depth and athleticism of GC, Campbellsville wasn’t even able to get close the entire game. However, the same fate didn’t befall the women’s basketball team who also hosted Campbellsville this past Saturday. Campbellsville was able to come in and steal a victory from the GC women’s team which has been so great all season.

This is how the games went down: The first game of the day was the women’s portion. Coming into the game at 14-10 and fresh off a very impressive showing in a close call at Lindsey Wilson College, this team was out to send a message to a very tough Campbellsville team. Campbellsville’s women’s team was coming in with an overall record of 21-3 and 7-0 in the conference. They knew that this was going to be a tough road test. They came ready to play and showed that potential in the first 15 minutes. Shooting 54 percent from distance and 41 percent from the floor really helped boost the visiting Tigers’ confidence and send them into a shooting frenzy the first 15 minutes of play. GC had to respond somehow but they were unable to do it from the floor, shooting a mere 27 percent and missing all six attempts from three-point range. The poor shooting and lack of confidence led to a deep hole at halftime, 36-21. Coming out for the second half everyone in the building tried to help spear-head a comeback effort. GC shot slightly better in the second half, shooting 33 percent (15-of-39) from the floor and 20 percent (1-of-5) from threepoint range. Despite the improved shooting and lifted confidence they were unable to pull-off the spirited comeback and they eventually fell by the final score of 75-56.

The leading scorer in the game was Campbellsville’s Whitney Ballinger who had 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting and eight rebounds. The leading scorer for GC was freshman Gina Beining who had 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting, nine rebounds, one assist and one block. The women fought hard but were unsuccessful. The men faired a slight bit better.

The second game of the day was the men’s game. As the fans started to arrive in their black attire for the “blackout,” the atmosphere startedto really pick up and very quickly Alumni Gymnasium was rocking. Finally it was time to tipoff the game. From the very beginning GC was able to get a grip on Campbellsville and didn’t let go throughout the course of the game. The first half was a great success for GC on both sides of the ball as they were able to hit 13 of their 29 shots from the floor (44 percent) and play some great defense too. They held Campbellsville to 41 percent shooting in the first half (10-of-24) and only allowed 25 total points. Due to the great defense and the amazing success of the GC offense they were able to secure a rather comfortable lead (by normal standards) at 25-33 as they headed into the half. The second half proved to be the knockout blow to the visiting tigers. I have been to several games and I have seen GC light it up from the field several times, but this was something very special to watch. GC hit the bottom of the net on 17-of-29 shots in the second half (51 percent). They were able to really put all of the momentum from the home crowd behind them and take control of the game early into the second half. Campbellsville tried to keep up, but was unable to do so, shooting only 37 percent (8-of-24) in the second half. They also lost their feel from behind the three-point line where they went 4-of-8 in the first half and the second half yielded only six points (2-of-7). GC was able to put the game out of reach early in the second half and outscored Campbellsville 40-20 in the second and win the game by a sizable margin, 45-73. The leading scorer in the game was Zach Allender from Campbellsville who had 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting along with four rebounds and three assists. The leaders for GC were Vic Moses and Johonne Hamilton who both had 12 points. Maurice Pearson also added 11 points. Congratulations to our men and women for two hardfought games!


Valentines Day Love

Freshman Sara Grega shares her story on dating an athlete

By ANDY RUSSELL, Sports Editor

One of the great things about February is the day that greeting card companies created to make lots of money: Valentine’s Day. This is the one day of the year that guys can be romantic without getting made fun of and even the most “boyish” girls can accept a rose and a box of chocolates. However, for some, Valentine’s Day is just another day. It’s simply another day in their busy schedule and they don’t even have time to see their significant other. This is truly a sad day. Athletes are one of the busiest groups of people on the campus of Georgetown College. The busiest of all, in my opinion, are baseball players. With practices everyday, sometimes two times a day they rarely have time for much else. Sara Grega and Josh Hamlin are one of the couples that have withstood these time constraints to have a great relationship.

Sara Grega is dating athlete Josh Hamlin.

Sara Grega is dating athlete Josh Hamlin.

Name: Sara Grega

Year: Freshman

Who are you dating: Josh Hamlin

What year is he: Sophomore Sport: Baseball

How long have you been dating: Almost four-and-a-half years.

Do you enjoy watching baseball: Believe it or not I was not a baseball fan, but it has been something that I have learned to love. It’s a huge part of his life and it has turned into something very important in mine.

Favorite things to do together: Well, anytime we spend together is good time but we are both into sports so anything from goofing off and playing tennis to me putting baseballs on a tee for him while he hits is something we enjoy.

Plans for Valentine’s Day: Actually we don’t have any yet. We are both really busy so who knows if we will even see each other? But if we do I hope we go to the movies and out to dinner, usually he lets me pick the movie and of course, it’s always a chick flick!

What’s it like dating an athlete: I guess because we are both so busy that it can be hard at times. I dance and am part of Greek life on campus and he has baseball so that really doesn’t leave a lot of time for one another. But, we have both always been very active and involved and it has really helped our relationship grow and teach us respect for the important things in each other’s life. There are sometimes entire weeks where we don’t see each other besides the occasional 10-15 minutes before the next class, but (yes, this is corny) because we love each other I don’t think it really matters.

Favorite memory: One time I was at a dance competition in Las Vegas and it was on our anniversary. Well, I just thought he had forgotten because he hadn’t called me the entire day. Then we got to our hotel and checked into our room and there on my bed were a dozen roses and a teddy bear with a little note that said, “I love you.” It was the sweetest and most perfect thing anyone has ever done for me. Even though we weren’t actually together, it is something that I will never forget. I knew how much he cared about me and it was the best feeling in the whole world.

Inerview conducted by Ciera Lowery
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