As summer turns to fall and the Apprentice School football team approaches the halfway point of its season, it will not be that far away before the winter sports take center stage for the Builders
On Wednesday, the Apprentice School announced its winter sports schedules for the men's and women's basketball teams along with the wrestlers. The wrestling team starts its season in late October, while the basketball teams open up the weekend of November 11-12.
WRESTLING (20-8 in 2010-11)
The wrestling team will kick off its 2011-12 campaign in a strong tri-match at Lynchburg College on October 30. On that date they'll face the host Hornets along with the club team from Virginia Tech and new opponent Liberty University. The Flames recently dropped their program from varsity to club status and should still have plenty of firepower to push the Builders in the season opening event.
Last year the Builders ventured to Charleston, S.C. to participate in the Citadel Tournament, this year they'll continue a military tournament run by going to Lexington, Va. to participate in the NCAA Division I VMI Keydet Open Tournament.
December will put the Builders in a pair of familiar events as they'll go to York College (Pa.) for the Spartan Invitational on December 3 and then will go to the University of Maryland Baltimore County for the UMBC Duals on December 11.
Two weekends in January the Builders will be the host teams for events locally. The Builders serve as the host team for the annual Virginia Duals event held at the Hampton Coliseum – this season falling on January 13-14. Participating in the American Division this year will be Liberty, University of Central Florida, Johns Hopkins, St. Andrews, Nassau CC (NY), The College at Brockport, and Anderson (SC) along with the Builders.
The next weekend, the 32nd annual Builder Invitational will take place on January 21 where last year 15 schools and over 90 wrestlers competed at The Apprentice Gym. This year's event will take place at the Boo Williams Sports Complex in Hampton.
February will start the Builders in Laurinburg, N.C. for a tri-match with St. Andrews and East Carolina (Feb. 4). The following weekend they'll have a chance to wrestle in one of the historic wrestling venues on the east coast as the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association will host its wrestling national invitational at Rec Hall on the campus of Penn State University on Feb. 11. A week later they'll close the regular season in a dual match at Washington & Lee University in Lexington.
The wrestling team will go for another National Collegiate Wrestling Association Mid-Atlantic Conference crown on February 25 when they'll participate in the conference tournament to be held at Liberty University. Last year, the Builders won the title for the tenth straight year. Two weeks after that they'll travel to Knoxville, Tennessee to participate in the season-ending NCWA Nationals held March 8-10.
HEAD COACH BRUCE SHUMAKER
"The addition of East Carolina and Liberty in our conference will make it tougher than ever," he said. "Our challenge is always peaking our team at the right time. If we can keep our team roster together we could have a good finish."
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (18-9 IN 2010-11)
The women's basketball schedule starts off with five of the first seven games at home with all of those coming in a 19 day span of November 15-December 4. After opening with a two-game swing against Pitt-Titusville and first-time opponent Penn College to start the season, the Lady Builders will open with a doubleheader on November 15 as they'll face Goucher College in a 6 pm tip. The nightcap will pit the men's team against Virginia University of Lynchburg at 8 pm.
Following the doubleheader, the Lady Builders will host the Great Ships Tipoff Classic as they'll face Christendom College at 8 pm on November 18 and Penn State Fayette at 3 pm on November 19.
The home swing will close out with a pair of matchups against USA South Athletic Conference members N.C. Wesleyan College (Nov. 22/6pm) and Methodist University (Dec. 4/2 pm). To close out the home slate for the first half of the season, the Lady Builders will face another USA South Athletic Conference member in Averett University at 6 pm on December 14.
In the 2012 portion of their schedule, the Lady Builders will face nothing but USCAA members. That run starts with a home game against rival St. Joseph's-Brooklyn on January 8 at 2 pm, before they'll host the second annual Martin Luther King Classic on January 13-15. In-state rival Southern Virginia University comes to Apprentice Gym on January 18 for a 6 pm tipoff.
After that home stand, they'll be on the road for four games before ending the season with home games against Bennett (Feb. 4), Washington Adventist (Feb. 15) and Virginia University of Lynchburg (Feb. 21) all at 6 pm.
HEAD COACH LANICA WILLIAMS-TALLON
"I am very excited about our schedule this year. It will prove to be an exciting one, with 14 home and 20 USCAA games," she said. "It will be challenging, competing with tough conference foes, along with talented NCAA Division II and III teams. But, with the support of our biggest fans - The Apprentice School students, faculty, and staff - we plan to have a very successful season."
MEN'S BASKETBALL (12-13 IN 2010-11)
The men's basketball team, under second-year head coach Franklin Chatman, will face a new look schedule as they'll face 10 schools for the first-time ever. That stretch starts the season as they'll face five of those new opponents in the opening five games. A three-game tournament at Mid-Atlantic Christian University in Elizabeth City, N.C. will pit them against the hosts as well as Davis College (NY) and Florida Christian to start the year. After that will be the first home game of the year in the nightcap of a doubleheader with the women as the men will host Virginia University of Lynchburg on November 15 at 8 pm.
The following weekend, the Builders travel to participate in the Mary Washington Tipoff in Fredericksburg, Va. where they'll face York College (NY) on November 18 and the host Eagles on November 19. After being off over Thanksgiving weekend, they'll travel to Murfreesboro, NC to face NCAA Division II Chowan University on November 30.
December starts with a home rematch against Mary Washington on December 6 (7 pm) before traveling to Media, Pennsylvania to face Williamson Trade on December 10. The front half of the schedule will close out with a road trip to western North Carolina facing Barber-Scotia College (Dec. 17) and NCAA Division II Pfeiffer University (Dec. 18).
The 2012 portion starts off in Naples, Florida where the Builders will participate in the Ave Maria/USCAA Classic facing first-time opponents Vermont Tech (Jan. 5), Cooper Union (Jan. 6) and the host Gyrenes (Jan. 7). That is followed by another classic, this time hosted by the Builders over Martin Luther King weekend where they'll face Barber-Scotia and Williamson Trade. That tournament schedule will be announced at a later date.
After a swing to South Carolina facing NAIA members Morris College and Voorhees College, the Builders will close out the season with four home games in their last six. Mid Atlantic Christian starts that stretch (Jan. 26/7pm) before a swing to USCAA National Champion Southern Virginia (Jan. 28/2 pm). February will have the Builders home to Washington Adventist (Feb. 5/2 pm), Southern Va. (Feb. 11/2pm) and University of Maine-Fort Kent (Feb. 20/7 pm) to close out the season.
HEAD COACH FRANKLIN CHATMAN
"We are happy to release the Men's Basketball Schedule for the 2011-2012 season," he said. "We have several new teams on our schedule for 2011-2012 season: Mid-Atlantic Christian, Florida Christian, Davis College, Pfeiffer College and UVA-Lynchburg to name a few which will provide new challenges for our guys this year."