Wingate Gets Revenge on Pioneers

Maggie Smith, Staff Writer

Wingate University’s men’s basketball got revenge on the Tusculum Pioneers Saturday, January 28, after losing to them earlier in the season. The bulldogs faced the pioneers back in November losing 98-101, this time they prevailed over the Pioneers with a 84-67 win.

The bulldogs were lead to their victory by senior guard, Josh Dominguez, who had a career-high of 29 points. Dominguez shot 10-for-17 from the field, which included 6-of-8 from the three-point line. “Coach gives me the ultimate green light when shooting the three, so I just took advantage of that and how the defense was playing me” said Dominguez.

Dominguez gives credit to his teammates in helping him have such a dominant performance. “It feels good to have a dominant performance, but it’s all due to my teammates giving me the ball where I like it. They know when I’m hot to keep feeding me. As much as it was me, it was them as well” said Dominguez.

Behind Dominguez was Junior guard, Zeriq Lolar, who added 18 points, shooting 3 of 5 from three-point line. Sophomore forward, Mike Baez added 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists for the bulldogs.Cory Fagan contributed 15 points for the Pioneers, with teammate Kendall Patterson behind him adding 12 points.

Wingate was still able to get the Win, despite missing their starting center, Keith Griffin, who is out with a shoulder injury. Griffin said he doesn’t think he’ll be back for the next game on Wednesday, but hopes to be back on Saturday.

Wingate Bulldogs will seek revenge again with their next opponent, the Newberry Wolves, whom they lost to back in November.“We are better than we were in November defensively. So I think that will be our main focus as they have a really fast paced team. Defense is always our focus but even so much more with us playing Newberry” said Dominguez.

Wingate will look to extend their 10-game winning streak against the Wolves (12-8, 8-7), Wednesday night, in Cuddy arena at 8 p.m.

Edited by: Brea Childs

 

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Wingate takes on Tusculum to grasp a 77-45 SAC Victory

Rachel Lods, Staff Writer

Wingate, NC- On Saturday, January 2, the Wingate University Women’s Basketball team hosted Tusculum College gaining their fourth consecutive victory. Marta Miscenko (Riga, Latvia), junior center, led the Bulldogs to victory with 16 points, followed closely by Danasia Witherspoon (Hickory, N.C.) who scored 13 points and led the game in rebounds, racking up 8 out of the 43, to help Wingate finish 77-45 over Tusculum.

Senior guard Shelby Tricoli (Waynesville, N.C.)  said, “Without the influence and game changing play of Kristina Rumplasch, it would have been a much different game. She put up a lot of big baskets and fast break lay-ups coming off the bench and inspired the whole team to elevate their level of play.” Rumplasch (Mount Airy, N.C.) scored 13 points in 19 minutes after coming off the bench.

The start of the third quarter was pivotal for Wingate, coming out with a 20-2 lead over Tusculum. When asked about game-changing moments, Wingate’s head Coach Ann Hancock said, “We started a little slowly, but we got it together at the end of the second quarter. I thought our defense tightened up and we got some easy baskets to start the third to keep the momentum going.”

Wingate swept Tusculum in every statistical category with a .509-.395 field goal percentage and 1.000-.375 three-point field goal percentage. Rebounds were also a huge factor Wingate nabbing 43 while Tusculum only managing 17. Coach Hancock said, “Rebounding was key as was taking care of the ball better in the second half.  Tusculum has some talented players who started the game hot. I was glad to see us fight through a rough start.”

Tricoli said, “Despite Tusculum’s record, we knew they would come in and put up a fight and our coach was proud we took care of business.”

Edited by: Brea Childs

McGee Fitness Center Dedication

Tia Randolph, Staff Writer

“If you build it, we will come!” Dr. Sylvia Little-Sweat said in the spirit of the 1989 movie “Field of Dreams”. The glow of the captivating chandelier, reminiscent of the conjoined Olympic rings, as well as the open, optimistic atmosphere of the building invites students and faculty to do just that.

At four o’clock Tuesday evening, the ceremony to dedicate the new athletic building, which is, as Dr. Little Sweat commented, historically the largest and most expensive building on campus, in the honor of it’s namesake and 9th university president, Dr. Jerry McGee.

In his twenty three years leading Wingate University into a continued season of academic and athletic excellence, Dr. McGee inspired the campus with his energy and visions for constant improvement.

In his address, President Rhett Brown acknowledged the propriety of the building being named in Dr. McGee’s honor, as the center symbolizes the virtues he displayed, “a full life and totality of work, joy, youth, and passion.” The facility is intended to represent our university’s successes in academics as well as in sports, for as Dr. Little-Sweat reminded the assembly, “It is no accident our academic excellence happened on Dr. McGee’s watch.”

She explained that Dr. McGee’s direction enabled Wingate University to work hard and expect much; his passion for wellness was not displayed solely in his support of Wingate’s athletic teams, but also in the establishment sciences of the medical field. His passion for the well being and health of others led him to introduce to Wingate the fields of nursing, exercise science, pre-pharmacy, and other health sciences.

In his home Dr. McGee taught his family the value of sports in everyday life. His son, Ryan McGee, explained that he was taught,“ Whether in sports or just attempting to get in shape, you learn how to push yourself, compete, and work with a team.” These lessons are the qualities the president wished to pass to Wingate, as well as the spirit of the fitness center named after him.

The athletic center memorializes the former president’s ideals, representing the necessity of self and mental discipline as well as physical performance. Scott Hunsucker, a former student, reasoned that the habits students form here at the McGee Center will extend beyond their time as a student and into their adult life. “This is an example of what hard work can do.” said Ryan McGee.

The newest addition to campus is an example of what a career of excellence leads to. Ryan McGee added to this by asking “ What will the legacy of this building be?” To encourage students in making conscious decisions to challenge themselves physically and in their studies.

Edited by: Brea Childs

My Vantage Point of History: The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump, 2017

Nick Vaughn, Staff Writer

Washington, D.C.- inauguration_1Last Friday was not your average day. Normally, Fridays at school would include me attending classes or having a grilled cheese at lunch with my friends or if I am at home you could catch me simply going about my daily activities.

Last Friday, however, was not that kind of Friday, because I had the honor of attending the Inauguration of the 45th President of the United States. As I woke up that Friday morning and I looked out my window to see a cloudy and rainy Washington, D.C., I couldn’t believe that I was actually there.

One moment I will never forget was walking from the metro and seeing the beautiful Capitol dome get closer and closer. As my friends and I were going through the gates, pass security, and then to our seats, it hit me. We had a front row vantage point to history.

I was sitting there thinking while the Marine Band played and as the former Presidents and First Ladies walked out onto the Inaugural platform, “How am I here?”

During that moment, I began to reflect on my last year. I had felt pretty lucky. Lucky to be able to not just watch history on television like I have done for years which inspired me to get involved in the first place but to witness history first hand. To live the history that would be talked about centuries from now.

In the past year I had the opportunities to attend a Presidential Debate in the primaries; the Republican National Convention; where the now President accepted the nomination; and now on January 20, the Inauguration.

One of the most vivid moments of my experience was when President-Elect Trump was announced and walked out on the platform, then all you could hear was the voices and cheers of Americans from all walks of life, backgrounds, races, sexual orientations, and religions behind me. It felt like there was a heavy force against my back, that kept me from standing still.

The swearing-in and speech was absolutely incredible to see and hear. Plus, to have friends beside me, and all around me, made it all the more incredible.

The line in President Trump’s speech that I loved the most was, “At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.” In order to produce results for our country and we will, we must work together.

At the close of what was a beautiful ceremony with a few drops of “good luck” rain, we ended by praying for our country. Afterwards, it was time to head back and prepare for the Inaugural Ball that evening.

It wasn’t until we arrived at the ball, that I realized how massive the crowd actually was. The Ball was absolutely spectacular. It was everything I thought it would be and more. I met many journalists, celebrities, and politicians. It was also special to see old friends there and make some new ones as well. My favorite run-in of the night had to be meeting CNN Anchor Anderson Cooper. As a matter of fact, we took a selfie that absolutely made my night.

Another great moment was when the band played “Hail to the Chief” and the President and the First Lady emerged, the huge crowd was electrified. I remember being so close and seeing all those phones in the air taking pictures and videos, mine included and thinking to myself, “just enjoy the moment.” So for two minutes I completely put the phone away and took in the moment of history before me. As the President and the First Lady danced to “My Way” by Frank Sinatra, my all time favorite song coincidentally, I felt so honored to be there.

On a personal note, I learned a lot this weekend. About myself and the future, things I knew before, but needed reminding of in some way. I was reminded that if you work hard and keep pushing through hard times, as we have all experienced, it will look up and things will turn around. As for now I’m going to enjoy the moment.

In closing, I ask of my fellow students and Americans who are not supportive of this President a simple task: Give the President a chance, because he is our President. Support him when you think he’s right and fight back when you think he’s wrong. Pick up the mantle of leadership. Get involved in either party you agree with and try to change things for the better however you view.

Always remember America’s best days are ahead of us.

Edited by: Brea Childs