Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Mighty Charlotte Dynamic Duos

When one hears the words Dynamic Duo, a majority of people would think of comic book action heroes Batman and Robin. They are not the only cultural Dynamic Duos there are the legendary comedic teams of Laurel and Hardy and Abbott and Costello. In more recent times, there are the cinema dynamic duos of Dr. Brown and Marty McFly from the Back to the Future Trilogy, Frodo and Sam from the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in Good Will Hunting. Recently, we have heard a great deal about the tabloid duo of Jon and Kate Gosselin. The sporting world has had many great dynamic duos as well whether it is Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen with the Chicago Bulls or Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal with the Los Angeles Lakers. In the NFL, there was Joe Montana and Jerry Rice with the San Francisco 49ers and at times they were not so dynamic but the duo with the Dallas Cowboys of Tony Romo and Terrell Owens. The Arizona Diamondbacks won the World Series behind the dynamic duo of pitchers Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson.

This decade, the Charlotte 49ers have had several dynamic duos which have lead their particular programs to great deal of success. In 2006, the volleyball program had Eden Ramos and Carly Romberg move into the program’s single-season records list. Ramos set the school-record for assists, while Romberg recorded the sixth highest single-season digs total. Romberg would set the school single-season digs record in 2007 and then break her own record in 2008. The men’s soccer program had the scoring duo of Adam Ruud and Floyd Franks who both earned first-team all-conference honors in 2004 and 2005. The cross country program currently has Adu Dentamo and Amanda Goetschius. Dentamo captured the 2008 A-10 Men’s Championship and Goetschius claimed
the 2008 A-10 Women’s Championship. The women’s basketball program had Sakellie Daniels and Pam Brown who both earned first-team All-Atlantic 10 honors after leading the 49ers to a share of the A-10 regular season title in 2006. In 2005, the men’s basketball program had Eddie Basden, the Conference USA Player of the Year, and Curtis Withers, who earned first-team All-Conference USA honors, lead the 49ers into the national rankings and the NCAA Tournament. In 2001, the men’s tennis program had All-Conference USA selections number one singles player Ola Jonsson and number two singles player Jacob Nordwall who helped the 49ers earn their highest-ever ITA national ranking. Last season, the women’s tennis’ doubles team of Koren Fleming and Gabi Vergara recorded a school-record 26-10 mark. In 2007, the 49ers baseball program won a school-record 49 games behind the pitching duo of All-American Adam Mills and fellow first-team All-Atlantic 10 selection Spencer Steedley. In 2007, the golf team finished third in the NCAA Championships behind the play of All-Atlantic 10 selections Matt Mincer and Andrew DiBitetto. Mincer and DiBitetto finished one and two respectively in the A-10 Championships that season. The track and field program has had two dynamic duos this decade. The men’s team had

A-10 Champion sprinters Darius Law and Jason Moore in 2008. Moore captured the 55 meters and 200 meters titles at the Indoor Championships. While, Law captured the 2008 400 meters Indoor Championship. Law also captured the 2008 Outdoor 200 and 400 meters titles. While, the women’s track and field program had the duo of Shareese Woods and Sharonda Johnson in 2007. Johnson was an All-American in the Indoor Triple Jump and Woods was an All-American in the Indoor and Outdoor 200 meters that year. In 2005, the softball program won a school-record 42 games and captured the program’s first-ever A-10 regular-season title behind the dynamic pitching duo of Kristen Bowen and Christy Murray.

Currently, the 49ers women’s soccer program has the dynamic duo of senior midfielder Hailey Beam and junior forward Whitney Weinraub. Over the past two seasons, the 49ers women’s soccer program has posted a 34-9-2 record while claiming two A-10 regular season and two A-10 Tournament titles en route to two NCAA Tournament appearances. During that stretch, Beam and Weinraub have combined for 39 goals and 30 assists. Last season, Beam became the program’s first consensus All-American while earning A-10 Midfielder of the Year and A-10 Tournament MVP honors. In 2008, Weinraub became the first player in the program’s history to be named A-10 Offensive Player of the Year. This season, the dynamic duo has picked up right where they left off as Weinraub has scored two game-winning goals and Beam has recorded a goal and an assist in helping the 49ers jump off to a 2-0 start.

This fall, 49ers fans will be able to catch the women’s soccer dynamic duo of Beam and Weinraub and the cross country dynamic duo of Dentamo and Goetschius in action.

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