Apprentice School Weekend Preview - November 8-9, 2013

Apprentice School Weekend Preview - November 8-9, 2013

FOOTBALL

The football team hits the road today toward Babson Park, Florida where they'll face Webber International University on Saturday at 1 pm.

Webber has won the previous five meetings between the schools and defeated the Builders last year 13-12 on Senior Day.  The Warriors are currently 4-4 after losing to the Builders opponent for next week, Ave Maria University, 28-13.

The Builders will face their second opponent from Florida this weekend after falling 38-21 to Edward Waters College on October 26.    Junior Jonathan Whelan has thrown for nearly 1400 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Builders.  Freshman wide receiver Chase Donahue has caught a team-high 39 passes for 475 yards and four touchdowns. 

Defensively, the Builders have been topped by seniors Brock Bullock and Izhia Roundtree.  Bullock set the single season tackle mark last week with 125 as he had 16 in the loss to Southern Virginia,  He is five from the career record of 295 by Steve Sobczak from 1989-91.  Roundtree has had 80 tackles in eight games, with 10.5 for a loss and 2.5 sacks.

A video stream of Saturday's game can be found by clicking here.

WRESTLING

This weekend will be a very busy weekend for the Apprentice School wrestling team as they'll have six dual matches over Friday and Saturday in Pennsylvania.

On Friday night, they'll travel to Mont Alto, PA. to face Penn State Mont Alto in a 6pm dual match.  This match will be the first one using an optional team scoring system in which individual match scores are directly reflected in the team scores. In the experimental system, falls, forfeits, disqualifications and injury defaults would earn 15 team points, and forfeits would earn 16. A 10-point spread in the individual match score would signify a technical fall, but both wrestlers would earn their points toward their team's overall score. All other bout scores would simply be added to the team score.

Following this dual with Penn State Mont Alto, they'll travel to Scranton and participate in the Electric City Duals at the University of Scranton.  This year the event has expanded to eight teams and the Builders will have five dual matches on Saturday.  They'll open with Penn State Beaver, Wilkes University and Penn College in pool play.

The Builders are coming off an impressive performance last Saturday in the Virginia Beach Open at the Virginia Beach Field House.  Three Builders won their weight brackets as Jacob Michael (125) Patrik Foxworth (149) and Ian Jones (285) went undefeated on the day.  Two Builders took second, three finished third and as a whole 12 finished in the top five in their weight classes. 

MEN'S BASKETBALL

The Apprentice School men's basketball team will open its 2013-14 season this weekend as they participate in the Penn State Greater Allegheny Tip-off in McKeesport, Pa.

The Builders will play at 4 pm on Friday against Penn State Fayette in the opening round contest.  At 8 pm the Penn State Greater Allegheny men will take on Southern State CC (OH).  On Saturday, the consolation game is scheduled for 1 pm, while the championship game is scheduled for a 5 pm tip.

Penn State Fayette finished as runner-up last year in the USCAA Men's Division II National Championships and will be the first-time these schools have met in men's basketball.  The Roaring Lions have five returning players from last year's team with Dierre Jenkins leading that group averaging almost six points per game last year.

Apprentice School is returning 11 players from last year's 17-11 squad.  Six of those returnees averaged between six and nine points per game as junior Johnnie Ferebee was the leader of that group at 9.7 ppg.  Senior Darrell Fenton was next in line at 9.6 ppg and 6.3 rpg, while junior Lavontae Thomas averaged 9.2 points and just under five assists per game.

The men will play six of their first seven games on the road as they'll travel to NCAA Division II Chowan University on November 16 for a 4 pm tipoff.  They'll open at home on November 20 when they face Mid-Atlantic Christian University at 7 pm.

You'll be able to listen to a webcast of the men's game this afternoon by clicking here.