With another academic year coming to an end means that another athletic year is as well. Here are the highlights and lowlights of the 2018-19 year in athletics.
In basketball, the men’s team received their first home loss in almost two years this season against conference opponent, Drexel. The game went down to the wire as the Cougars lost that game by just one point, 79-78.
This season, the College of Charleston men’s basketball team won against some notable opponents such as Memphis and VCU. At one point of the season, the Cougars went on a 10-game win streak. Their record this season was 24-9, going 12-6 in conference play. The men’s team ended the season third in the Colonial Athletic Association conference. In the CAA tournament, the Cougars looked to repeat as conference champions but fell short in the semi-finals against the eventual conference champion Northeastern.
Grant Riller made it on SportsCenter’s Top Ten Plays twice this season with two signature posterizing dunks. Senior Jarrell Brantley and Junior Grant Riller were selected to the All-CAA first team. Brantley was also selected to play for the CAA conference team in the 3X3U National Championship tournament along with Justin Wright-Foreman from Hofstra, Devontae Cocak from UNCW and Vasa Pusica from Northeastern. Brantley was also played in the NABC Reese’s College Basketball Game. They went on to win the tournament thanks to a pair of Jarrell Brantley free throws.
In women’s basketball, the lady Cougars had a record of 7-23, going 3-15 in conference play. The Cougars finished last in the Colonial Athletic Association conference. Senior Darien Huff and Junior Deja Ford received All-CAA third team honors and Freshman Arynn Eady earned a spot on the All-CAA Rookie team. Recently, the Cougars named Robin Harmony as their new head coach. Harmony previously coached at Lamar University where she had a 115-66 record. Hopefully, she can continue her winning ways here at The College.
In soccer, the men’s soccer team had a record of 5-10-2, going 1-6-1 in conference play. The Cougars finished last in the conference. Junior Tucker Heffron was named to the All-CAA Third team and Freshman Peter Dearle was named to the All-CAA Rookie team. In women’s soccer, the Cougars had an 11-8-1 record, going 6-3-0 in conference play. They finished the season fourth in the CAA conference. Senior Forward Laura Ortega was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-Region First team on the All-East Region team. She became the first student-athlete to receive those honors in program history.
Before the season started, the Softball team was already making headlines for their controversial Halloween costumes. On Halloween, a group of players decided to dress up as border patrol and illegal immigrants for their team’s costume contest. This stunt had students calling for the team to be suspended. Students held a rally to express their frustrations about the situation. The coaches issued an apology for the players’ actions and the team had to go through a diversity training.
In Volleyball, the Cougars went 24-12 this season, going 11-5 in conference play. The Cougars ended the season third in the CAA. The Cougars made it to the semifinals in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship tournament. Seniors Devon Rachel and Kennedy Madison were named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-East Coast Region team. Madison was also named an AVCA All-American this year, being the second to do so in program history.
This athletic year was filled with many highs and lows. Seniors will be leaving us behind with memories and incoming Freshmen will try and fill in their shoes. It is hard to predict the future with athletics, so we’ll just have to wait and see what the future has in store for athletics.