The front page of todays Atlanta Journal-Constitution had this article about Russ Churchwell, Oglethorpes only post player in a four-guard offense. Russ became the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conferences all-time leading scorer in mens basketball, joining Heather Francoeur (OU 03) who holds the womens record. Russ will also become the conferences all-time leading rebounder soon, if he didnt do so last night against Hendrix. (Given that he scored 23 points in an Oglethorpe victory and given how close he was to the record, I suspect he did. Russ leads the conference in both rebounding and scoring this year.)
But beyond his athletic prowess is the fact, as the article points out, that he has excelled in a take-no-prisoners biology major, will likely attend med school this year, and is a genuinely nice human being. I love student-athletes like this and have seen my share of them over the years.
By the way, the Oglethorpe womens basketball team did beat the UC-Santa Cruz Banana Slugs before Christmas. Slimy, yet satisfying.