The recent sunshine was enough to clear away any lingering snow in time for the first ACRL Sevens Tournament of the season. North Carolina State would play host on Saturday with a moist playing field and beautiful 60 degree weather.
Wake Forest opened the tournament with a match against the CRC-bound Virginia Tech Hokies, who made the most of a bad bounce on the opening kickoff to take a very early 7-0 lead. Wake Forest drove the ensuing kickoff return into Virginia Tech territory, but kicked away possession and gave the Hokies a gap up the sideline, allowing them to extend their lead to 12-0. The Hokies converted a third try before the half, leaving Wake Forest with a 19 point deficit to make up after the break.
The Demon Deacon side found its defensive structure on the opening kickoff and pressured the Hokies to kick away possession. Shifty footwork from freshman Austin Cunningham set up some great offloads and allowed junior Max Wohlmuth to find a seam up the sideline. Splitting two defenders, Max connected with senior Bryce Lambert, who sprinted the remaining 22 meters and scored Wake's first points of the day. Virginia Tech put one more on the board in the second half, but Wake Forest answered back to end the game with the final score of 26-14 in favor of the Hokies.
Wake Forest's momentum spilled over into their first half versus the University of Virginia; the Deacs jumped to a quick 14-7 lead, then conserved their energy and managed the clock for the remainder of the game. During the final minute, the Cavaliers exploited a mismatch that led to a short break up the sideline. Virginia's tight support and sharp offloading skills helped them find the try zone as time expired and the successful conversion left the game in a draw.
In final pool match of the day, the Demon Deacons faced off against Northeastern University, who'd made the drive all the way from Boston. The Deacs drew first blood to start the match 5-0, but the Mad Dogs offered a "Polar Vortex" of pent up energy in response, rebounding to 21-5 at the half and scoring two more tries early in the second half. The Deacs scored once more, but couldn't close the gap on Northeastern's 33-10 lead.
After finishing fourth in pool play, Wake Forest finished out the day with a match against the UNC Tarheels. With both teams coming off just a 45-minute recovery, the match was clearly a battle of wills. The Demon Deacons controlled much of the first half's possession as freshman Eli Groves used selective attacking strategies to score twice, giving Wake a 12-7 lead at the half.
Fresh legs helped boost the Tarheels to a 14-12 lead early in the second half, but a midfield scrum soon gave senior John McMurray the chance to make a 30 meter breakaway. McMurray connected with Austin Cunningham, who took it the rest of the way, putting Wake Forest on top 19-14. The Deacs continued to fight, but relentless effort from UNC earned the Tarheels two late tries and a 28-19 victory.
The Demon Deacons will sit the next ACRL event out since it falls during Wake Forest's spring break, but they will have plenty of time to analyze their film and develop their defensive structure before hosting the following tournament in Winston-Salem on March 22.
courtesy of www.atlanticcoastrugby.com
Atlantic Coast Rugby Seven's Series Event - 22nd February 2014 - Raleigh, North CarolinaThe tournament will be played at the Method Rd. Soccer Complex at North Carolina State University. The field is located at:
Ligon St. & Method Rd.
There are various hotels very close by that offer competitive rates and also include free hot breakfast. Here are some recommended hotels:
Wingate By Windham
Hampton Inn and Suites
A - Virginia Tech, Northeastern, Virginia, Wake Forest
B - Kutztown, NC State, American International College, North Carolina
Game 1 - 10am - Virginia Tech v. Wake Forest
Game 2 - 10.20am - Northeastern v. Virginia
Game 3 - 10.40am - Kutztown v. North Carolina
Game 4 - 11.00am - NC State v. AIC
Game 5 - 11.40am - Virginia Tech v. Northeastern
Game 6 - 12.00pm - Virginia v. Wake Forest
Game 7 - 12.20pm - Kutztown v. NC State
Game 8 - 12.40pm - AIC v. North Carolina
Game 9 - 1.20pm - Virginia Tech v. Virginia
Game 10 - 1.40pm - Northeastern v. Wake Forest
Game 11 - 2.00pm - NC State v. North Carolina
Game 12 - 2.20pm - Kutztown v. AIC
Game 13 - 3.00pm - A#4 v. B#4
Game 14 - 3.20pm - A#3 v. B#3
Game 15 - 3.40pm - A#2 v. B#2
FINAL - 4.00pm - A#1 v. B#1
Last week, Senior player and team president, Jack Zimmerman and his business partners was featured in the Old Gold and Black to highlight their start-up hot dog company, Swizzlers. Check out the article to learn more about the business and their unique selling point.
Getting tangled up with Swizzler
Posted by Annie Johnson on Jan 30, 2014 in Feature, Featured, Life
Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? The team behind the WFU start-up Swizzler, believes you can – and they’re making it their mission to teach the community a few new tricks along the way.
Swizzlers are an inventive twist on the classic hot dog. It is a spiral cut hot dog, which increases the surface area by 350 percent says Swizzler CEO, senior Jack Zimmerman.
“The spiral gives it visual appeal,” said Zimmerman. “It allows us to marinate the hotdogs and make sure every bite has crisp charred flavor.”
The idea is to “incorporate surprising flavors, that people wouldn’t expect or associate with a hot dog,” said chief communications coordinator, senior Jesse Konig. “Eating is an adventure, and we want to take them along.”
Dreaming of dogs
The concept of Swizzler was “born out of a hostel in the south of Spain,” said Zimmerman. While studying abroad in the fall of their junior year, Zimmerman and Konig dreamed up the business idea sitting on lawn chairs on the roof of a hostel in Malaga. So the story goes, when they returned to their home city of Madrid, they started cooking.
Soon they brought on fellow senior Ben Johnson as chief marketing officer who brought fresh ideas for the Swizzler. After testing several recipes out on friends, the response was “overwhelmingly positive,” said Konig.
The business of Swizzler was officially born as the final group project for Konig in an entrepreneurship class the next semester. For three days, the campus got its first taste of the Swizzler.
“We had the highest grossing venture in the seven-year history of the class,” said Konig. “People keep asking us when they can get Swizzlers again.”
Thanks to a grant from the WFU Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship, the team received the funds to get started on its website and other new developments.
The Swizzlers team is constantly working on new flavors. One of their newest creations is called the “Acropolis,” a combination of hot dog, olives, Roma tomatoes and a homemade tzatziki sauce. Johnson says they’ve also dug into a caprese dog – complete with fresh mozzarella, pesto, tomato and topped with balsamic vinaigrette. Next up? A Carolina dog – a compilation of all the comforts of the South including chili and cole slaw.
They also hope to one day mass market their original “sauwces.” Fans have gone crazy for their homemade “Moncloa sauwce,” aptly named for the Madrid Metro station that Zimmerman and Konig frequented abroad. Their newest “sauwce,” is still in the development stage, with the working title “Sweet Heat.”
“We’re trying to get away from just ketchup and mustard,” said Konig.
Emphasis on values
Innovation and healthier options are two priorities for the Swizzler team.
“We’re a value-based brand,” said Konig. “[Swizzler] stands for adventure, innovation and responsibility.”
They’re responsible for providing the freshest produce, the highest quality meats and other green additions said Konig. In addition, they’re reaching out into the Winston-Salem community to give back.
The Swizzler guys are teaming up to work with the H.O.P.E food truck in downtown Winston-Salem, which uses interfaith community networks to make meals on the weekend and deliver to underprivileged children in neighborhoods with the highest food insecurity. H.O.P.E. stands for “helping our people eat.” According to its website, Winston-Salem has been ranked as one of the worst cities in the country for hunger for the last four years.
“Many of these kids are part of the federal lunch program, but many times the food provided [through the Backpack program, which sends food home for the weekend] doesn’t last until Sunday,” said Zimmerman. “We want to make sure kids are well-fed.”
The team spent this past weekend helping to deliver food to the local community.
The future of Swizzler
The team hopes to have their own Swizzler truck up and running locally in time for the fall semester. For these three seniors, Swizzlers are the plan for after graduation. They’ve added freshman Andres Fernandez to their team as their campus representative, to keep them connected to the WFU community and spread the brand name.
Swizzler fans can look forward to more innovative eating this semester as well. Due to restrictions regarding bringing food to campus, as well as health and safety regulations, the team can only sell their product in conjunction with special events. Swizzler is planning on sponsoring an eating competition for charity, as well as selling at events like Lilting Banshees shows.