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What (bizarre) factors influence your NCAA tournament picks?

February 16, 2017 |

BY AMANDA BIELECKI

March is almost here which means the peak of college basketball has arrived: March Madness. People fill out brackets, knowing it will probably be busted in the first round and putting down their bets. How do people pick and which way is most effective? Many non-college basketball fans fill out brackets just for the fun of it and often base it on something completely unrelated to skill, including, color, team name, mascot, location and more. So which way of picking teams is most effective when you don’t actually analyze the stats?Read More

Vegan/Vegetarian athletes: sports nutrition isn’t just a steak and eggs game anymore

February 16, 2017 |

By KAYLEIGH RONGEY

Being a vegan or vegetarian athlete may sound oxymoronic, but more players choose to go meat-free than you would think. As I looked at previous Atlanta Falcons players after Super Bowl LI, I stumbled across a former player who was able to maintain a vegan diet throughout his football career while maintaining a healthy weight of 247 pounds.Read More

Softball team looks forward to spending spring break in Myrtle Beach

February 16, 2017 |

By KAYLEE TYE

Many University of Mary Washington students head home for spring break, whether it is to work, spend time with family or to catch up with old friends. They go home to relax and get a break from all the school work they have had, but not UMW’s varsity softball team, who are heading to Myrtle Beach this spring break.Read More

Spring Fever: UMW’s busiest sports season is set to commence

February 15, 2017 |

By MIKEY BARNES

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, therefore forecasting six more weeks of winter. Though the legend continues with his ability to predict the seasons, it does no impact for collegiate spring sports to get underway. Basketball is winding down as the conference tournament is just a week away, with both teams fighting for NCAA tournament opportunities. The always-successful swim programs prepare for conferences as well, with hopes of sending a number of swimmers to nationals.

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Fans are getting tired of seeing the Patriots in the Super Bowl

February 2, 2017 |

By JONOTHAN MYERS

Super Bowl LI is around the corner, and many football fans are coming into the game with a sour taste in their mouths. “Oh God, not the Patriots again,” mumbled a Wegmans employee after the Patriots beat the Steelers 36 to 17 in the AFC Championship. “Anything but the Patriots again. I’m so tired of the Patriots.” These sentiments are echoed throughout the country as football fans find themselves at a loss for enthusiasm for this year’s Super Bowl, except the New England region, of course.Read More

Has popular retirements driven fans away from NASCAR

February 2, 2017 | 1

By JOHN MARTIN

NASCAR is known for its huge fan base. Fans are more dedicated to their favorite driver than a political candidate. With the 2017 season quickly approaching, NASCAR is without the majority of their biggest names. Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards and more have all retired or left the driver’s seat behind in the past two years.Read More

New coach means fresh start for men’s lacrosse

February 2, 2017 |

By JOHN JAMISON

A new head coach in addition to an unprecedented 32 players on the athletic honor- roll, signals a new direction for the University of Mary Washington’s men’s lacrosse team this spring.Read More

Success in swimming has created rivals for UMW

February 2, 2017 |

By COLLEEN SULLIVAN

“Here’s some bus reading material,” said Abby Brethaeur, the University of Mary Washington swim coach, as the team made their way to a meet in Gettysburg. An article from the York Dispatch circulated around the swim team, which contained words that connoted a potential rivalry. The competitiveness displayed in the article is mostly one-sided.

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Women’s basketball player, Caitlin Jensen – the ultimate story of perseverence

December 7, 2016 |

By MIKEY BARNES

It was the last game of summer league basketball, playing with a number of her future teammates. It was in that game, that then rising college freshman and current UMW junior Caitlin Jensen’s life changed.

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Q & A with men’s basketball coach Marcus Kahn

December 7, 2016 |

By EMILY AINSWORTH

Men’s basketball coach Marcus Kahn, discussed with The Blue & Gray Press his plan for this coming season. In addition, he mentions last season, what makes a successful team, and the upcoming game on Saturday against Marymount.Read More

After losing in CAC Final, men’s soccer team focused on future

December 7, 2016 |

By LAUREN TAYLOR

With an overall record of 14-4 this season, the University of Mary Washington men’s soccer team certainly had an impressive season in which they were able to display all of the hard work and effort that they have put into practicing and honing their skills.Read More

Crew team boat dedication

December 7, 2016 |

By PAIGE WALTON

On Nov. 12, University of Mary Washington’s crew team and community gathered at Hope Springs marina to officially induct a new boat. Purchased by the men’s team, the Wintech 8+ was dedicated to and in memory of Robert “Bob” Ericson, a former UMW student and captain of the men’s rowing team who passed away suddenly in April of 2014.Read More

The rise of Esports

December 7, 2016 |

By TYLER POSPISIL

Electronic Sports, or Esports for short, have seen a rise in popularity dramatically in recent years. Esports is any videogame that can be played at a competitive level. The genres vary. Some popular ones are Dota 2, Counter Strike Global Offense, Smite and League of Legends to name a few. One interesting fact is that in 2013, more people viewed the League of Legends final match than the NBA Finals. League of Legends generated 32 million viewers, while the NBA Finals Game 7 had 26.3 million viewers.Read More

Club sport spotlight: Softball provides student with opportunity for involvement, team atmosphere

December 1, 2016 |

By MEAGHAN MCINTYRE

This past summer as an incoming freshman, I had a few thoughts about my college ambitions. I was determined to succeed academically, get involved around campus socially and find a way to continue playing softball. Keeping in mind that my academics had to come first, and that I wanted to get involved with multiple organizations on campus, I evaluated my different options for how I could continue softball while still achieving my other goals.Read More

That Qdoba worker everyone loves? She’s an Olympic gold medalist and UMW’s No. 1 fan

December 1, 2016 | 2

By ESTER SALGUERO

Ever since she was 8-years- old, Grace Anne Braxton, has been a hard worker. At that age, she started training to be the tenacious athlete she is today. She holds the title as one of the top-ranked … Read More

It’s time to take Dak Prescott as the real deal

December 1, 2016 |

By RYAN BRAUCH

The Dallas Cowboys’ 2016 draft class may very well be one of the best draft classes in team history. Despite the fact that a majority of their 2016 picks were spent on defensive players, the team may reap more benefits from their offensive picks.

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Q & A with former varsity softball player Allison Griffith

December 1, 2016 |

By LIZZY WAINER

Managing time is always an important aspect of a college student's life, but even more so for student athletes. We interviewed Allison Griffith, a sophomore history major in the education program, about how she managed her time last year as a freshman while on the softball team at the University of Mary Washington. Read More

Men’s Club Basketball wins tournament at Lynchburg College

November 17, 2016 |

By PAIGE WALTON

This past weekend, Mary Washington’s men’s club basketball team went 6-0 at a tournament hosted by Lynchburg College, winning the entire tournament and representing UMW with pride. With only half of the team able to attend, sophomore historic preservation major Brandon Martin initially thought the team would win only a few games, but credits the team’s hard work and each player’s individual contributions as the fueling force for their winning streak.Read More

From unranked to Elite 8: how UMW Volleyball made it to Wisconsin

November 17, 2016 |

By MIKEY BARNES

In the 2015 season, behind the strong play of some core players, including the then seniors, Emma Murphy and Megan Payne along with their third year head coach Matt Troy, the University of Mary Washington volleyball team earned an at-large bid for their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1991.Read More

Women’s basketball team looking to return to NCAA tournament

November 10, 2016 |

By JESSE JONES

Coach Deena Applebury and the University of Mary Washington women’s basketball team head into the 2016-2017 basketball season ranked No. 20 in the country in the D3Hoops.com preseason poll and No. 22 in WBCA poll. After finishing the 2015-2016 season with a 24-5 overall record and earning the team’s sixth ever CAC Championship, the team has high aspirations for this year.

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Nothing will stop field hockey star, Jessica Cavolt

November 10, 2016 |

By DEBORAH NGANGA

Jessica Cavolt is a current sophomore who plays goalie for UMW’s varsity field hockey team. She is intelligent, entertaining, outgoing, dedicated and also, very gay. I had the opportunity to ask her questions about her experience in being open about her sexuality and being a part of a varsity sport.Read More

Student walks away from halfcourt challenge with $500 at Eagle Madness, energizes crowd for upcoming basketball season

November 10, 2016 |

By ALEX SPENCE

The UMW students and community alike stood to their feet as silence swept the Ron Rosner Arena. With prize money on the line, freshman Paige Haskins stood anxiously at center court, ready to sink the winning shot. With a running start and hefty heave, the ball soared through the air and the crowd went wild as it rattled through down the rim.Read More

Club field hockey hosts breast cancer fundraiser

October 27, 2016 |

By REBEKAH DEBELL

October brings Halloween, cooler weather and bright colors. However, October also brings Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Organizations, schools and sports teams work to raise awareness and educate about breast cancer; including the University of Mary Washington’s club field hockey team.Read More

Back on track: long-awaited track and field complex officially opens after Homecoming dedication

October 27, 2016 |

By DELLA PREAS

This past weekend, members of the University of Mary Washington track and field team came out to commemorate an event 35 years in the making. The first new track and field facility since 1979 was dedicated and opened up for use by both the team and the surrounding community.Read More

NBA season preview: MVP, ROY, Finals picks

October 27, 2016 |

By RYAN BRAUCH

After an eventful offseason, the NBA is ready to tip off its season as 30 teams begin their race for a playoff berth. Kevin Durant was the highlight of this year’s free agency, as he had the entire league’s attention when he announced he was leaving Oklahoma City to join Steph Curry in Oakland.Read More

Eagles rout competition on Homecoming Saturday

October 27, 2016 |

By JESSE JONES

Homecoming: the weekend where alumni, students, friends and families all come together to celebrate a beloved institution, where sports and camaraderie are used as the base.Read More

Men and women frisbee teams proving strong early on

October 13, 2016 |

By JENNA DAVENPORT

Emma Snead, a junior from Arlington, Va. and seasoned Ultimate Frisbee player, took some time out of her busy schedule to talk to me about how she was introduced to the sport and how she ended up at UMW. Emma is a psychology major who has been playing ultimate for six years. With a great group of teammates, and a great start to the season after winning all of their games at the University of Richmond last weekend, the women’s ultimate team is definitely one to look out for.Read More

Who to keep an eye out for and who to avoid in Fantasy Football

October 6, 2016 |

By RYAN BRAUCH

Now that we are a quarter of the way into the NFL season, we can start to tell who the real studs are and who will not deliver the hype that surrounded them at the beginning of the season. There have also been some major injuries to many teams in the league, which means new players will have their turn in the spotlight. This is also a crucial time for fantasy owners as we are nearing the end of the first half of the season. If your record is not quite what you would have hoped for then now is the time to make some moves.Read More

Club basketball surprises teams at University of Maryland tournament

October 6, 2016 |

By AMIR KOREHI

At 5:30 a.m., they hopped in their vehicles in Fredericksburg and headed north, hoping to beat the I-95 traffic and the crazy stop and go that Washington D.C. has to offer. As they arrived to what they thought was their destination, in the pouring down rain, they were told they were on the completely opposite side of campus from where they needed to be. This is the initial story of the travels of the University of Mary Washington men’s club basketball team.Read More

MLB Playoff Preview: strengths and weaknesses of all teams

October 5, 2016 |

By PETE TEAGLE

The Major League Baseball playoffs are already underway as Wild Card teams look to punch their ticket to October baseball. The Blue Jays beat the Orioles in dramatic fashion, with a walk- off home run in the 11th inning propelling them to a matchup with the Texas Rangers. The Mets also face the Giants on Thursday night in a matchup of some of the National League’s best pitching. Before the playoffs get into full swing, let’s take a look at each of the contenders’ biggest strengths and weaknesses, as well as a couple compelling story lines.Read More