Local notebook: Hubbs commits to The Citadel

bmccormick@heraldonline.comNovember 27, 2013 

Former Northwestern Trojan Ricky Garbanzo has eight game-winning goals this season for Coastal Carolina.

PHOTO COURTESY OF COASTAL CAROLINA

Amidst Wednesday’s freezing drip, Northwestern linebacker Russell Hubbs committed to play football next year at The Citadel, in front of his family, and his football family.

“It’s a great school, a great coaching staff and it will help me after college,” Hubbs said afterward.

Hubbs, the Trojans’ second-leading tackler this season with 110, opted for the military school over interest and offers from a number of schools, including Campbell, Appalachian State and Charleston Southern. He wasn’t fazed by the unique lifestyle at The Citadel, especially after a number of conversations with alumni.

“I was practically raised the same way,” he said. “It will help me a lot.”

Hubbs, who has a 3.7 grade point average, can’t sign until February, but wanted to get the decision out of the way.

“We did a lot of camps over the summer,” Hubbs said. “It’s just a lot of weight off my back, and now I can finish off the season strong.”

Garbanzo clutch again for Coastal

Former Northwestern Trojan Ricky Garbanzo helped fire 11th-ranked Coastal Carolina (19-4) into the third round of NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament on Sunday with the only goal in a 1-0 win over 16th-ranked Charlotte. It was Garbanzo’s eighth game-winning goal of the season, strengthening his claim as one of the most clutch players in college soccer at the moment.

Garbanzo’s game-winner came less than five minutes into the match when he fired in off the post for his 13th goal of the season. The junior led the Big South in that category last year, with six, and his 13 goals are in the top-12 nationally this season. After the early opener Sunday, Coastal’s defense held out the remaining 85 minutes for the program’s third all-time win over a seeded opponent.

Coastal polished off East Tennessee State 2-0 in the first round to set up the second round meeting with Charlotte. After beating the 49ers, Coastal will hit the road to face California Sunday.

Mike McClure named second team All-Big South football

Former Rock Hill Bearcat Mike McClure was named to the All-Big South football second team earlier this week. The senior linebacker has had an excellent campaign for Coastal Carolina, with 76 tackles, second best on the team, five tackles-for-loss and a sack.

McClure and the Chanticleers host Bethune-Cookman in the first round of the NCAA Division I Football Championship at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Bret McCormick •  803-329-4032; Twitter: @BretJust1T

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