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By HANNAH ROTHWELL
The Winter Olympics can seem hard to understand at times. The summer sports are more accessible and well known. Most of us have swam at some point or played a quick game of beach volleyball. That accessibility means that most Americans are pretty familiar with the summer games, but the winter games are a different story.
By GABRIELLA GARCIA
Off season for the University of Mary Washington Men’s Rowing team is coming to a close as they prepare for the Erg Sprints on Saturday, February 24. According to first-year student, John Wray, they are well prepared and ready to do their best.
By MIRAMDA O’CONNOR
Khiorie Stewart, a 6-foot-3 junior guard from Ashburn, Virginia had an impressive week of play for Mary Washington and was named Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 5, 2018. After helping lift the Eagles to two CAC wins the week before being named Player of the Week, Stewart seemed like an obvious choice for the title.
By JESSIE WHITMER
Cheerleading is often assumed to be easy, to require no athletic ability, and to simply just entertain the audience, but many individuals do not understand the risk and the amount of hard work cheerleaders put in to their routine. Many times, people think that cheerleading is not a sport because there is lack of understanding.
By EMILY ROSSI
The University of Mary Washington riding team has been training harder than ever this year in an attempt to make it even further in Nationals than the team has ever gone before, while also making time for the core University of Mary Washington value of community service.
By JESSICA LINK
The University of Mary Washington offers a wide variety of ways for students to get involved and be healthy. For students who do not want to commit to a full time athletic team, getting involved in a club sport is the perfect place to have fun, make friends, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
By KYLE LEHMAN
On Saturday Feb. 3, The University of Mary Washington men and women ultimate frisbee teams competed in the Megabowl, a local tournament in Fredericksburg, held at the Fredericksburg Field House.
By RYAN BRAUCH
The Philadelphia Eagles made headlines on Sunday night when they won their first Super Bowl Championship in organization history, as they edged the New England Patriots. Head coach Doug Pederson and the Eagles relished their role as the underdogs all throughout this season’s playoffs after they lost starting quarterback Carson Wentz to an ACL tear in Week 14 in a win over the Los Angeles Rams.
By LAURA TAYLOR
On Feb. 9, 92 nations will be represented by their best athletes in Pyeongchang County, South Korea to collectively compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics. For University of Mary Washington students, this means joining in the world wide spectating of their favorite winter sport events.
By ZACHARY WOHLEKING
Near the midpoint in the NBA season we are starting to get a good idea of what teams are excelling and are preparing for a strong postseason run and the teams that are already looking to tank and get a high draft pick in the offseason.
By CAMERON ASHLEY
Currently at the University of Mary Washington, there are nineteen sports clubs. These clubs cover the popular sports like baseball, lacrosse and swimming. However, one popular sport has never made its way onto the UMW campus: ice hockey.
By ABIGAIL HUNT
The Super Bowl LII commences inside U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN. For the first time since 2005 the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England patriots will duke it out for the title of the 2018 NFL Super Bowl champions. The Eagles will enter the field on Sunday at an automatic disadvantage considering they have only attended two Super Bowls in league history in which they lost both.
By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS
One year ago, a swastika note was found on campus. This note shook the University of Mary Washington campus and the surrounding Fredericksburg community. As a community, we are known for our inclusivity and accepting atmosphere amongst the students, faculty and staff. Hearing about the note was appalling and frightening. Now we are at another reckoning.
By ELENA LA DOLCETTA
Faith can be seen everywhere in sports; runners who cross themselves after breaking a new record. Soccer players who celebrate their winning goal by folding their hands in prayer. The Olympic Games even began as a religious festival. On the University of Mary Washington campus some student athletes consider sports and religion to be deeply intertwined. However with their busy schedules many student athletes find it difficult to stay active in their faith.
By ZACH WOHLEKING
Here at UMW we are given a plethora of options to choose from in terms of what we can eat. The University Center and the Nest provide students with a good variety of options and for the average student in the administrations eyes, it is good enough. What about our athletes? The Mary Washington student athlete population makes a good chunk of the student body, especially if you include the countless other students that do club sports and partake in strenuous exercise daily.
By GRACE HOWIE
On November 18 at the Talley Ho theatre in Leesburg, Virginia, I sat down with the indie rock, northern Virginia band, Milo in the Doldrums. About two years ago Robert Mays, 28, began playing what would later become Milo songs solo at different open mics. He was soon joined by friends, one of which being current guitarist, Richard Smith, 22, to form a full band. The ever-changing process that is creating a band reached its current form about seven months ago with the addition of two Ryans: Burke, 32, on drums and Wisgerhof, 22, on bass.
By SEAN BERMINGHAM
Tuesday Dec. 5 a historic decision was made by the International Olympic Committee to remove Russia from the coming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
By GARY KNOWLES
Greg Schiano, current defensive coordinator at Ohio State University, was slotted to become the new football coach at the University of Tennessee but was shut down over the weekend of Nov. 26 due to protests from the Tennessee Volunteers’ fans and students at the university, according to ESPN’s Chris Low.
By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF
Over the past several weeks the issue of sexual assault has been coursing through American media outlets, with numerous well-known figures in Hollywood and politics being accused of sexual misconduct.
By DUSTIN THOMAS
Grayson Allen, a 6 feet 5 inches tall senior guard from Jacksonville, Florida is off to the hottest start in his college career and it has been an impressive one. Through three games, he has averaged 25.7 points and does well in the national spotlight. It is a new season and there are no distractions yet. When the Blue Devils first test stepped on the court with them Tuesday night, Allen took charge and showed the freshman how it was done. He rattled off 37 points while shooting 7 for 11 from deep in a 88-81 victory over Michigan State University, which ranks in second place nationally.
By ES HETHCOX
The ball whooshes through the net as Kendall Parker’s sneakers skim across court. The crowd’s cheers rebound from wall to wall, excitement courses through the air.
By ALISON TOVEY
For many student athletes, mandatory study hours decide whether they will be able to participate in a game or a meet. A certain number of hours are given to athletes varying on which sport they play.
By SEAN BERMINGHAM
Colin Kaepernick, a former NFL quarterback, will be featured on GQ magazine’s front cover for their man of the year issue. This will be the second time Kaepernick will be a feature for the publication. The first was in 2013 when he was featured as an outstanding athlete and top-notch quarterback. This time is different. Kaepernick is being featured because he is no longer a professional athlete.
As we say goodbye to another exciting and successful volleyball season, and the many club sports seasons as well, the next competitive winter sports are right around the corner. After Thanksgiving break, men and women’s basketball will be starting up their seasons, both teams have made some drastic roster changes in the offseason.
By TESS OSMER
As the temperature outside dips into the 30s and we all wish we were on the beach sipping on margaritas or whatever… we’re not.
By GRACE WINFIELD
The University of Mary Washington field hockey team fell short on Nov. 1 as they lost 1-0 against Christopher Newport University in the CAC semifinal game. UMW (11-8) knew the challenge they were up against when they were set to face CNU (16-1). Losing to the fifth-ranked Captains 4-3 in regular season, the Eagles were a decided underdog in the matchup.
By ZACH WOHLEKING
On Nov. 4 UMW women’s volleyball completed their impressive 2017 season. After losing many senior leaders and players in the offseason, many did not know what to expect this year. With so many changes to the rotation, it was unclear what this new team would accomplish and if they could handle the pressure and expectations placed upon them from the previous season. Now that the season is over, it is safe to say that UMW volleyball still has the fire and grit of last year, even with the changes. The team ended their season with a 19-10 record and a conference championship appearance.