The Top 10 Greatest Moments in Oglethorpe Athletic History

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September 25, 1926 - Football
After six years of trying, Oglethorpe tops Georgia Tech in football, 7-6 when halfback “Cy” Bell gallops for a 42 yard touchdown run and “Nutty” Campbell connects for the game-winning extra point.

September 28, 1929 - Football
The Stormy Petrels top the mighty Georgia Bulldogs on the football field 13-6 when halfback “Cy” Bell races 64 yards for the game winning touchdown.

April 1930 - Baseball
Future Hall of Famer Luke Appling hits three home runs to lead the Petrels to a 12-4 victory over the Mercer Bears to secure the Southern Championship and cap a perfect 13-0 season against college teams.  Bored with dominating college teams, the Petrels eventually beat pro squad Carrollton twice to finish the season 15-0 and a combined 7-0 against major college teams Georgia, Georgia Tech and Clemson.

March 14, 1963 – Men’s Basketball
Garland Pinholster and his revolutionary wheel offense run all the way to the NCAA Div. II Men’s Final Four in Evansville, Indiana before losing 46-37 to Wittenberg in front of 18,526 rabid fans.  The Stormy Petrels won the 3rd place game the next day vs. Southern Illinois by the score of 68-64 for the University’s highest ever team sport finish. 

March 4, 1966 – Men’s Basketball
Petrel captain Bill Garrigan holds the legendary Earl “The Pearl” Monroe and his 32 point-per-game average of Winston-Salem State to only 14 points on  6 of 21 shooting to lift Oglethorpe to a 69-66 victory in the Mideast Regional held in Durham, North Carolina. Garrigan goes 5 for 5 from the field and 5 of 5 at the line for 15 points to help Oglethorpe advance to the Regional Final in Owensboro, Kentucky where they lost to the eventual national champions, Kentucky Wesleyan.

1968 – Men’s Tennis
Robbie Smith won the Georgia Intercollegiate Tennis Championships by defeating John Gilbart of Georgia Tech in the finals. He also knocked off University of Georgia player Bill Shippey in the semifinals.

1968 – Men’s Tennis
Robbie Smith advances all the way to the quarterfinal round of the 1968 NCAA Division II Championships in Fort Worth, Texas. Additionally, Smith and doubles partner Joe Dennis advanced to the round of 16 in the doubles competition.

January 16, 1972 – Men’s Basketball
Victory over Mercer University in the Macon Coliseum to become “the #1 small team in the country.”

October 1979 – Men’s Cross Country
Oglethorpe Cross Country captures fifth place at the Georgia Intercollegiate Championships finishing behind stalwarts Georgia, Georgia Tech, West Georgia and Berry. Don Henry’s 14th place finish earns him All-State honors for his outstanding effort.

October 19, 1981 – Men’s Soccer
Tom Smith scores a game-winning goal over Lynchburg College as time expires in Hermance Stadium.

1987 – Greek Week
The Chi-Phi brothers design a bobsled-style vehicle for the traditional Chariot Race using chemical and industrial technology that was highly innovative and led them to victory. ESPN filmed a piece about the event that, alas, never aired.

November 1989 - Volleyball
The volleyball team posts a 28-3 overall record and clinches the Phoenix Cup led by Kerensa Shoemake, Jennifer Marine, Samie Bashlor and the late Mary Jane Stewart.

November 9, 1992 – Women’s Cross Country
Freshman Katie Farrell finishes 9th in the SCAC Cross Country Championships held on the Oglethorpe campus thus becoming the first OU woman named to the ALL- Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Cross Country Team.  Farrell was later selected to the Oglethorpe Athletic Hall of Fame holding OU cross country course records as well as the school record for the 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 5000m, 10000m and most points scored in a track career.

April 21-25, 1992 – Women’s Track and Field
Senior Jean Faasse amassed 45 points leading the OU women to a 3rd place finish (9.5 points behind first place) at the SCAC Track & Field Championships hosted by Millsaps.  Faasse finished 2nd in the long jump; 3rd in the triple jump; 2nd in the 400 meters; 2nd in the high jump; 2nd in the 400 meter hurdles; 4th in the 200 meters and anchored the 3rd place team in both the 400m and 1600 meter relays.  Faasse was later selected to the OU Athletic Hall of Fame, the first woman track and field athlete so chosen.

May 5, 1992 – Men’s Track and Field
Senior Stephen Summerow qualified for the NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships to be held at Colby College in Waterville, Maine May 27-30, by running the 100 meters in 10.69 seconds and the 200 meters in 21.71 at UGA’s Spec Towns Invitational in Athens.  Summerow thus qualified with one of the top times in the nation in both events.  Summerow was later selected to the Oglethorpe Athletic Hall of Fame.

November 13, 1993 – Men’s Cross Country
Sophomore Doug Pack finishes 5th in the NCAA South/Southeast Regional Cross Country Championships qualifying him for the NCAA Championship finals to be held the following weekend at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.  Pack was the lone SCAC male cross country runner to qualify and becomes the first OU cross country runner to qualify for the NCAA Championships.  Pack again qualified for the NCAA Nationals in 1994.

February 13, 1994 – Men’s Basketball
Brian Davis banks in a 3-pointer (his only made three of his career) to beat Trinity 72-71 in overetime and continue Oglethorpe on their quest for their first SCAC Championship.

February 20, 1994 – Men’s Basketball
Men beat Millsaps in Jackson 87-76 to clinch school’s first SCAC Championship and earn the team’s first host opportunity of an NCAA game.

March 12, 1994 – Men’s Track and Field
Senior, Nathan Briesemeister high jumps 6’9” at the Charleston Southern Track & Field Invitational, setting the OU record, and posting the sixth best jump in the nation at Division III schools  and qualifying for the NCAA Track & Field Championships which were held at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois in May.

April 10, 1997 - Baseball
The baseball team avenges a 34-3 loss to Division II West Georgia from earlier in the season by stunning the Wolves on Anderson Field, 6-5.

October 19, 2002 – Men’s and Women’s Soccer
The Oglethorpe University soccer field is dedicated to John P. Salamone in a moving ceremony following the tragic 911 disaster that claimed his life.

December 6, 2003 – Men’s Basketball
The men’s team upsets highly ranked Puget Sound 105-97 on the strength of Russ Churchwell setting the school record for points in a game with 45.

September 30, 2004 – Women’s Soccer
Stephanie Chapman sets the SCAC record for points (12) and goals scored (5) in a 14-0 whitewashing of Fisk.

October 2007 – Women’s Golf
The Oglethorpe women’s golf team receives a Top 20 national ranking with senior Julia Gates and sophomore Katie Dale ultimately earning invitations to the NCAA Championships.

November 2, 2007 – Men’s Soccer
Birmingham-native Matt Brisendine scores as time expires in the second overtime to beat Birmingham-Southern, a team full of Division I scholarship players, 2-1.

March 15, 2008 – Women’s Basketball
Anna Findley sets a school record for three-pointers made in a game (8) on her way to scoring 44 points and lifting the Stormy Petrels into the 2008 Final Four.

March 1, 2009 – Women’s Basketball
The women’s basketball team topples Trinity University, 82-65 in Conway, Arkansas at the 2009 SCAC Tournament to claim the school’s first SCAC title in any women’s sport.

May 16, 2009 – Men’s Golf
The Oglethorpe men’s golf team erases a four stroke deficit on the final day of the tournament to claim the school’s first ever NCAA Championship.

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