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The Blue & Gray Press | October 23, 2017

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The Washington Wizards look to start this season off right

October 19, 2017 |

By DUSTIN THOMAS

Staff Writer

This NBA season brings a lot of optimism for the Washington Wizards led by nine year head coach, Scott Brooks. As the Wizards start the season Wednesday, versus the Philadelphia 76ers, fans can expect to see the same starting lineup at the beginning of this season. Besides power forward, Markieff Morris who will be sitting out due to injury, this roster has so much more potential.Read More

Eric Shaw has his head in the game

October 19, 2017 |

By LUBNA ALHTAR 

Staff Writer

As basketball season approaches, Eric Shaw, a senior power forward on UMW’s basketball team and communications major, reflects on his relationship with basketball and how it has shaped him into the man he is today. He began playing basketball competitively at the age of six and has continued since then.Read More

Inside a great season with Matt Spencer

October 18, 2017 |

By EMILY KUBE

Staff Writer

The University of Mary Washington men’s soccer team has had an amazing start to their 2017 season. Senior goalkeeper, Matt Spencer from Stafford, VA, has also had an incredible season thus far. Spencer talked about his background and how his collegiate soccer career started. Spencer’s parents taught him how to play soccer when he was just 5 years-old.Read More

United States Men’s National team fails to qualify for the World Cup

October 18, 2017 |

By SEAN BERMINGHAM

Staff Writer

On Oct. 10,, the United States men’s soccer team failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986. This flop occurred seemingly against all odds, since the men’s team was rated at 97 percent going into the qualifiers making them favorable to earn a spot in the World Cup. The United States competes against other North and Central American teams and is often teased for having an easy time compared to some of the European and South American teams.Read More

UMW men’s and women’s tennis off to a great start

October 12, 2017 |

By KATHERINE SELTZER

Staff Writer

Both the men and women’s tennis teams have been successful this fall season, which began Sept. 16 at the UMW Kickoff Classic. The UMW tennis teams have competed in three tournaments over the course of the season. The men’s team participated in the Navy Invitational tournament, the women’s team participated in St. Joseph’s University Invitational tournament and both teams played in UMW Kickoff Classic along with the ITA Regional Championships. Head Coach of the men’s team, Todd Helbling, described some of the highlights of their season.Read More

After a hectic Week 5, NFL teams prepare themselves for Week 6

October 12, 2017 |

By RYAN BRAUCH

Sports Editor

With a little bit over a quarter of the 2017 NFL season in the books, the league took a huge turn during Week five with numerous key injuries and the trade sending Adrian Peterson to Arizona.Read More

The Nationals look to move past Washington’s spotty playoff performance

October 12, 2017 |

By LUKE ENGBERT

Staff Writer

“And strike three! You’re out!” As the Nationals continue their playoff run this 2017 season, we can only hope that we don’t hear that phrase too often. At least not in reference to the Nats. Unfortunately for Washington fans, the teams from the area do not have a stellar track record when it comes to playoff success.Read More

UMW student athletes respond to national anthem protests

October 12, 2017 |

By JAMIE MCGUIRE

Staff Writer

NFL players kneeling during the national anthem recently set off a storm that swept up all of America, sparking discussions in homes across the United States — including here at the University of Mary Washington.Read More

Virginia football shines this week, earning national spotlight

October 5, 2017 |

By DUSTIN THOMAS

Staff writer

After five weeks of college football, Virginia’s teams are still finding a way to be in the national spotlight. Following a great outing in the opening weekend, Virginia college football saves their spot on ESPN every week and hosting ESPN’s College Gameday.Read More

Nationals looking to make a deep playoff run

October 5, 2017 |

By SKYLA HENDRICKS

Staff Writer

The Washington Nationals are hoping to make a deep playoff run this year. To help them achieve this goal, the line-up of the team is found to be one of the best in the league and one of the better rosters the team has ever had. The Nationals are led by strong hitters making the offense a force to be reckoned with.Read More

Volleyball dominates this week, earning two big wins

October 5, 2017 |

By MADISON PACE

Staff Writer

UMW’s varsity volleyball team dominated the conference games against Marymount last Wednesday and Saint Mary’s on Saturday. Between the two games, there were a total of 87 kills, 85 aces from serves, and 85 digs.Read More

UMW golfers hopeful for a great season

October 5, 2017 |

By MACKENZIE HARD

Staff Writer

Going into their second season, the University of Mary Washington men’s golf team is getting ready to dominate this season. Two UMW golf athletes said that they feel prepared for this upcoming season.Read More

Field hockey takes positives away from a tough loss

September 28, 2017 |

By ALICEN HACKNEY

On Saturday, Sept. 23, the UMW women’s field hockey team held their own against Tufts University. While it may not have resulted in a win, the Mary Washington girls, or stood up to take on the challenge.Read More

Life of a student athlete as told by Maggie Larkin

September 28, 2017 |

By VICTORIA MUNEVAR

Staff Writer 

Maggie Larkin, a sociology major in the Special Education program, is a freshman on varsity cross country. She has had first-hand experience with jumping into a varsity sport straight out of high school. Larkin ran cross country at Robinson High School in Fairfax, VA, she made it to regionals and states during her time there. At the UMW cross country opener, she led the women’s team with a third place finish at 15 minutes and 10 seconds.Read More

NFL stands strong against Trump’s divisive words

September 28, 2017 |

By SEAN BERMINGHAM

At a rally in Huntsville, Alabama, President Donald Trump spent a portion of his time on stage talking about the National Football League. What started as a tangent about how penalties for hard hits are making the game soft and “ruining it,” quickly became a tirade on the National Anthem protests started last year by former forty-niners’ quarter back, Colin Kaepernick, and how the players “disrespect our flag,” according to President Trump.Read More

Fans show up and UMW shows out as Eagles shine in Eagle Nation Day

September 27, 2017 |

By SARAH GOODNOUGH

Staff Writer

University of Mary Washington’s Athletics Department brought home three more wins from the Saturday games during Eagle Nation Day. The annual festival hosted by UMW Athletics, brings the community together and encourages kids to engage in physical activity. With inflatable games, crafts and competitions, there were plenty of activities to choose from this year.Read More

Redskins steal a big win, preparing for a rough road ahead

September 21, 2017 |

By RYAN BRAUCH

Sports Editor

The Washington Redskins avoided their usual 0-2 record start this season, with a big 27-20 win over the Los Angeles Rams. Following their brutal loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at home, Redskins fans were relieved to see them get a big win. Even though Washington will be coming home with a victory, they struggled to get it. Although rookie, Samaje Perine got most of the touches on offense, running back Chris Thompson carried the team early in the game by setting the bar at two rushing touchdowns along with 77 yards on only three carries.Read More

ESPN power ranking cause more melodrama in New York

September 20, 2017 |

By SHACOBE JOHNSON

Staff writer

Carmelo Anthony has had a rollercoaster of a summer. On April 17 of this year, it was reported that Melo and his wife of seven years, LaLa, would be separating. Twitter proceeded to rip into Anthony, calling him a cheater and a terrible father. The Melo hate doesn’t start or end here. In fact, Anthony has been talked down by fans since he was put on the trading block in January.Read More

Men’s soccer defeats Roanoke College

September 20, 2017 |

By LAURA TAYLOR 

Staff Writer

Mary Washington men’s soccer was able to able to win against Roanoke College on Saturday as the two teams faced off at the Battleground. With just five minutes of the game remaining, a freshman, Jeremy Hokenson, scored. Which settled the score at a 2 to 1 victory over Roanoke.Read More

Concussion protocol not enough for UMW ruggers

September 20, 2017 | 1

By KEELY CERVANTES

Staff writer

When choosing a club sport in college, students consider the risk of injury risk in the sport. The risk, usually, is not a deterring factor. However, many student athletes or club members do not take into account how easily their life can be altered by a sport related injury.Read More

NFL: National Football….Los Angeles?

September 13, 2017 |

By JOHN JAMESOM

Staff Writer

A little more than a year ago, the city of Los Angeles had not housed an NFL team in more than 20 years. Now, both the Chargers and the Rams call it home. Living in close proximity to D.C. many of us take for granted the omnipresent influence of a local NFL franchise, especially one that can’t be claimed by a specific state. The Redskins are a staple in Northern Virginia, with this in mind, one can begin to understand the frustration and confusion felt by the jilted fans these two franchises left behind.Read More

Sox to be a Boston fan

September 13, 2017 |

By JACKSON DOWNEY

Staff Writer

While most people who own an Apple watch use it to track their steps, see notifications, or just as a fashion statement, the Boston Red Sox used Apple watches in an underhanded … Read More

Got served: UMW Volleyball fails to get a win at the UMW Invitational

September 13, 2017 |

By OLIVIA TAYLOR

Staff Writer

The University of Mary Washington Women’s Volleyball team is coming off of a spectacular 2016 season, where they earned the title of Capital Athletic Conference Champions and made it to the NCAA … Read More

UMW soccer goes scoreless during the UMW Classic

September 13, 2017 |

Olympia Jarrell

Senior Writer

The University of Mary Washington hosted its annual UMW Classic Women’s soccer tournament this past weekend and both games were very heated as Mary Washington defended against two very skilled visiting teams.Read More

Cavaliers and Celtics finalize Kyrie Irving trade

September 7, 2017 |

By COLLIN JOHNSON

Staff Writer

The Cleveland Cavaliers finalized a massive trade sending Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics after what seemed like a never-ending trade deal, in exchange they are receiving Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, a 2018 first round pick and a 2020 second round pick. Irving demanded the trade due to not being happy with his secondary role next to LeBron James. Although, Irving and James do have a good relationship, Irving is 25 years-old and already has one championship under his belt.Read More

Men and Women’s Cross Country both ranked fourth in CAC preseason poll

September 7, 2017 |

By KYLEIGH COUTCHER 

Staff Writer

This season Mary Washington’s Men and Women’s Cross Country teams have both placed fourth again in the Capital Athletic Conference preseason polls. Mary Washington Women’s team assumed the fourth spot in the poll with 58 points and the Men’s team found themselves in fourth with 56 points.Read More

Rugby players share their feelings about the season

September 7, 2017 |

By SHYAN MURPHY

Staff Writer

Each year, the University of Mary Washington gains new recruits from all over for their sports programs. UMW is primarily a Division III school with a variety of sports options offered including … Read More

Virginia football teams have a great Week 1

September 7, 2017 |

By DUSTIN THOMAS

Staff Writer

The University of Mary Washington might not have a collegiate football team, but that does not mean that our students do not take an interest in the sport. Collegiate football is the number one most-watched sport in the United States and our liberal arts institution is no different.Read More

NFL week 1 predictions and analysis

September 7, 2017 |

By ZACHARY WOHLEKING

Staff Writer

After much anticipation, the NFL has returned and fans everywhere are ready to celebrate by holding down a spot on the couch all Sunday long. Read More

UMW Men’s Lacrosse Ends Season With High Hopes For Next Season

April 27, 2017 |

By WILL ATKINSON

The UMW Men’s Lacrosse season came to a close on a rainy Saturday afternoon in Salisbury, Maryland to the nationally top ranked Salisbury Seagulls. The Eagles were eliminated in the quarterfinal round of the Capital Athletic Conference playoffs after a dominant first round victory over the Frostburg Bobcats.Read More