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Tradition • Character • Service

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Chargers to Hire Tharp as New Basketball Coach

Chargerblue.com has learned that Lawrence University (Wisc.)'s John Tharp will be named the new men's basketball coach at Hillsdale College. For the second time in a row, athletic director Mike Kovalcik has nabbed a coach from the Division III ranks with a long history of success.

Tharp has spent the last 14 seasons as head coach at Lawrence and developed one of the elite D3 programs in the country.

Midwest Conference Champions - 1997, 2004, 2005, 2006
NCAA Division III National Tournament - 1997, 2004, 2005, 2006
NCAA Division III Elite 8 - 2004
NCAA Division III Sweet 16 - 2004, 2006

2005-2006 season highlights:
25-1 Record - Best record in the country
Perfect 16-0 Midwest Conference season
3rd Consecutive Midwest Conference Title
3rd Consecutive Midwest Conference Tournament Champion
NCAA Division III National Tournament Sweet 16 (2nd time in 3 years)
.852 Winning % over last 3 years - Best of any Division III team in the nation

His 2005-2006 squad finished 25-1 and spent a month ranked number one in the nation.

Read his complete bio at The Lawrence Men's Basketball Webpage.

This single quote from his Lawrence bio states why he should be a good fit for Hillsdale: "When I came to Lawrence, there was an aura that you couldn't win here, you couldn't mix academics and athletics," Tharp said. "We eliminated that thought process immediately."

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Looks like I'm Buying Somebody a Shirt


After making a pretty good run, I have hit the pile of also-rans in our Chargerblue.com Bracket Challenge.

I have no idea what Rock Chalk Jayhawk means or why USC can't hold a lead, but this is the last year I put any stock in them.

Thanks to all who participated. Check out the standings here.

Friday, March 16, 2007

CB Bracket Challenge after Day 1

Congrats to Dexter Cardinal who stands alone in 1st place with 15 out 16 correct picks on day one. Old Dominion gave Butler more game than they cared for, but came up short in Dexter's perfect day.

After that comes a whole slew of us in second place who picked 14 of the 16 first day winners. Marching Mavs, Dave in Colorado, Key, RLB82, Iowa Bearcat, and I are one game back.

11 members are 2 games back in 9th place with 13 points.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Nicolet: Mr. Hillsdale Runner-Up

It was the shirt
A second place finish in the first ever Mr. Hillsdale pageant netted Charger quarterback Mark Nicolet (the one in the middle) $50 to spend at Chicago Water Grill, but helped raise money for Pi Beta Phi Sorority and Child Abuse Awareness Prevention.

Brandon Muri of Phi Mu Alpha was the winner despite dropping the microphone during the talent portion of the show.

Charger tailback Vinnie Panizzi also participated representing the Delt Sig House.

Full Story from Hillsdale Daily News.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Chargerblue.com Bracket Challenge

Join other D2 football fans from across the country in the Chargerblue.com Bracket Buster Challenge. Pick games the way you would in any office pool and let Yahoo do all of the work. No money, just bragging rights and a swanky Chargerblue.com t-shirt to the winner.


Visit http://tournament.fantasysports.yahoo.com/ and click on Join a Group.

You will either need to use an existing Yahoo ID or create one.

When prompted enter 86072 as the group ID. Password is otter (all lower case).

Give your bracket a name. It is that easy.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Michigan All Stars

New Chargers LB Nate English form Hillsdale High School and Bren Berquist a TE from Clarkston are playing in the Michigan High School Football Allstar Game this summer.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Indiana All Stars

The following incoming freshmen will play in the Indiana Grange Insurance North South Classic All Star game this summer.

WR Cody Henderson, Hamilton Hghts.
TE Matt Terhune, Norwell
FS Adam Hutnick, Chesterton

All 3 will be teammates on the North squad.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Hillary Clinton Site Rips Off Pitt State Gorilla Logo

Maybe it's just my own feelings toward the lady, but when I saw a link to a website for presidential candiate Hillary Rodham Clinton's website, I couldn't help but feel like I had seen that logo before.

Being someone who spends way too much time following Division II football, it soon became quite obvious as to what my mind was trying to reference. These Hillary supporters had ripped off an icon of small college football, the Pittsburg State Gorilla. You be the judge.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

All America Honors for Kell and Korte


Sincerest apologies go out to the Charger faithful for not posting this sooner. For some reason, it waas saved as a draft and never made the blog.

After securing Northwest region honors from Don Hanson's Football Gazette, Chargers Jared Kell (pictured) and Tom Korte both have been named honorable mention All Americans for the 2006 season. Both return to lead a talented defensive unit next season.

Monday, March 05, 2007

2007 Hillsdale College Football Camp Announced

From July 22-25, the Hillsdale College football team will be conducting its annual commuter camp. The camp is open to players entering grades 7-12 in the fall. For complete camp information, click on the links below.
2007 Hillsdale College football commuter camp
2007 Hillsdale College youth football camp

Friday, March 02, 2007

Party Like a Champion this St. Patty's Day

Here is the newest design to hit the Chargerblue.com online store. Pick one up in time for St. Patrick's Day and support this blog as well as Chargerblue.com.

It beats buying the same shirt at Target that everyone else has.

As always, be safe and smart when you are out and about. Happy Holiday!

Click here to buy yours today.

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