NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Apprentice School announced on Tuesday its winter sports schedules as the wrestling team will open the winter seasons on October 30 in the Electric City Duals at University of Scranton. Men's basketball will kick its season off with an exhibition game on November 6 at Chowan University, while the women will start with an exhibition game at St. Paul's also on November 6.
WRESTLING2009-10 Record: 18-5 Head Coach: Bruce Shumaker Home Opener: Jan. 21 – Builder Duals
The 2010-11 wrestling season kicks off on Halloween weekend as the Builders seek to defend their title at the Electric City Duals hosted by the University of Scranton. Last year, the Builders went 4-0 in the event knocking off American International 22-19 in the championship match. This year they'll face the hosts along with Morrisville State, Penn State DuBois and University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
November will see the team compete for the first time in the Citadel Open at Charleston, S.C. on November 6. This event will see a host of NCAA Division I and II South regional teams and will be a good proving ground for the Builders. They'll follow that with a trip to the Ursinus Fall Brawl on November 13 where they'll face a host of NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic regional powers. The following weekend will be their first taste of National Collegiate Wrestling Association opposition when they'll participate in the Central Florida Duals and Invitational on November 19-20.
December will be a short month for the Builders as they'll go back to Pennsylvania for the York Spartan Invitational (December 4), before a pair of NCWA events with a quad match at University of Maryland-Baltimore County (Dec. 11) and a dual at first-year program Lynchburg College on December 18.
January will be a busy month as they'll start at the annual Virginia Duals on January 7-8 where they'll face College at Brockport, Johns Hopkins, King College (Tn.), Nassau CC (N.Y.), New York University, St. Andrews and York College (Pa.) in the American Division of the event. The next weekend they'll participate for the first time in the Washington & Lee Invitational on January 15.
Apprentice School will hit the home mat for the first time the following weekend when they'll host the Builder Duals (Jan. 21) and Builder Invitational (Jan. 22). The duals will start at 5 pm, while the invitational will kick off at 9 am the next morning. Following that will be the NCWA National Duals in Dalton, Ga. on January 28-29 where they took second place last year.
The month of February starts with the first United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Invitational Duals (Feb. 4) and Tournament (Feb. 5) hosted by Penn State DuBois. Last year's event was snowed out as Southern Virginia University, Williamson Trade, Penn State New Kensington, Penn College and the hosts will join the Builders in the first USCAA National Invitational weekend.
The team will return home for a pair of dual matches against Washington & Lee University Feb. 12 at 1 pm) and St. Andrews Presbyterian (Feb. 19 at 2 pm) before concluding with the NCWA Mid-Atlantic Conference meet at Southern Virginia University (Feb. 26) and NCWA Nationals (Mar. 10-12) at Macon, Ga.
MEN'S BASKETBALL2009-10 Record: 13-12 Head Coach: Franklin Chatman Home Opener: Jan. 14 – Barber-Scotia College
The Apprentice School men's basketball team, under first-year head coach Franklin Chatman, will open its schedule with an exhibition game on November 6 at NCAA Division II Chowan University in a 4 pm start.
The Builders start the regular season with a three-game swing to Maine facing three United States Collegiate Athletic Association opponents in Southern Maine CC (Nov. 12), Central Maine CC (Nov. 13) and University of Maine-Fort Kent (Nov. 14).
After a trip to Petersburg to face first-time opponent Virginia State on November 20, the Builders will have their first of four straight weekend trips when they'll face NCAA Division II UNC Pembroke (Nov. 28) and St. Andrews Presbyterian (Nov. 29) in North Carolina to close November.
The opening weekend of December will see the Builders in western North Carolina and in South Carolina when they'll face NAIA Division I Barber-Scotia (Dec. 3) and NCAA Division II regional power Francis Marion (Dec. 4). Following a short trip across the water to face Virginia Wesleyan College (Dec. 6) the team will trek to Pennsylvania for a USCAA weekend facing Williamson Trade (Dec. 11) and first-time opponent Penn State-York (Dec. 12). The front half of the schedule closes out with a pair of NCAA Division II first-time opponents as the Builders travel to Charlotte, NC to face Johnson C. Smith (Dec. 18) and Livingstone College (Dec. 19).
January starts out with USCAA rival Washington Adventist University on January 8 in Maryland before the Builders host the Martin Luther King Classic over the weekend of Jan. 14-16. Apprentice School will take on Barber-Scotia (Jan. 14), Rhema Bible College (Jan. 15) and Robert Morris Springfield (Jan. 16). Following a trip to Southern Virginia University on Jan. 22, the Builders will close out the season with a stretch of six of the last seven games at home beginning with Livingstone on Jan. 25.
February will see the Builders face University of District of Columbia twice (Feb. 2 and 16), hosting Southern Virginia (Feb. 12), Washington Adventist (Feb. 20), Williamson Trade (Feb. 25) and first-time opponent Berkeley College (Feb. 26).
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL2009-10 Record: 9-14 Head Coach: Lanica Williams Home Opener: Nov. 19 – Briarcliffe College 2010-11 Schedule
Apprentice School Lady Builder basketball, under fourth-year head coach Lanica Williams, will open its season on the weekend of November 12-13 as they'll make a two-game swing in Maine facing United States Collegiate Athletic Association members Southern Maine CC and Central Maine CC.
They will open the home schedule with the annual Great Ships Classic when they'll face USCAA members Briarcliffe College (Nov. 19/8pm) and Penn State Fayette (Nov. 20/3 pm). November will close out with a trip to outside of Baltimore, Md. facing Goucher College in a 6 pm tip on November 29.
December begins with a pair of tournaments as Apprentice School will participate in the Sea Gull Optimist Classic (Dec. 3-4) and a USCAA weekend at Penn State Brandywine where they'll face national runner-up Rochester College on Dec. 10 and the host Penn State Brandywine on Dec. 11. The following weekend they'll visit Danville, Va. to face Averett University on Dec. 17 before closing out 2010 with hosting NCAA Division III Tournament participant Washington & Lee University on Dec. 30 in a 5 pm tip.
The 2011 portion of the schedule begins with the Lady Builders hosting N.C. Wesleyan College (Jan. 5) before a USCAA road game at Southern Virginia University on January 8. That game with SVU begins a closing stretch of the season where Apprentice School faces USCAA opponents in 11 of its last 12 games. The next weekend they'll host the Martin Luther King Classic when they'll face Rhema Bible (Jan. 13), Bennett College (Jan. 14) and Robert Morris Springfield (Jan. 15).
A five-game road swing begins the following weekend with a New York trip to face USCAA rivals St. Joseph's-Brooklyn (Jan. 21) and Briarcliffe College (Jan. 22) before a trip to Washington Adventist University (Jan. 26) and Bennett College (Jan. 29) closes out the month.
February starts with a road trip to Rocky Mount, NC and a rematch with N.C. Wesleyan College (Feb. 2) before ending with three straight at home against Southern Virginia University (Feb. 5), Washington Adventist (Feb. 16) and Senior Day against Berkeley College, N.J. at 1 pm on Feb. 26.