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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
By RYAN BRAUCH
Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, Dario Saric and Jahlil Okafor are all NBA centers that play for the Philadelphia 76er’s. But the similarities do not end there for these men, as they were all drafted by the Sixers within the last four NBA drafts and all drafted in the lottery. As the struggling Sixers continue to rebuild, there are questions looming about what exactly their plan is for rebuilding. There is no questioning the talent of these four players, but the questions turn to ownership as to why they have produced such a frontcourt heavy roster.
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.
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.
By OLYMPIA JARRELL
The University of Mary Washington swim program is led by six-year head coach Abby Brethauer. The Eagles wrapped up their dual meets for the first semester and have one more competition at the Gettysburg College Invitational on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 before winter break.
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.
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.
Student walks away from halfcourt challenge with $500 at Eagle Madness, energizes crowd for upcoming basketball seasonNovember 10, 2016 | Blue and Gray Press Sports
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.
By ROBERT TATA
As the National Football League hits its midway point going into Week 9, it is time to discuss midseason awards to come out. The league’s TV ratings have been down because of a multitude of reasons: NFL Redzone, the presidential election, players kneeling during the National Anthem, and the overall crackdown on players having fun and being creative with their celebrations.
By CHRIS MARKHAM and MIKEY BARNES
Tied at 1-1, the University of Mary Washington men’s soccer team headed into overtime in the Capital Athletic Conference semifinal game against York College. Just 2:12 in to the overtime period, the University of …
By MATT KLINE
International Student Athletes
At the University of Mary Washington, there are many student athletes brought in every year. Students come from all over the world just to play a sport they fell in love with as a …
By SADIE ROBERTS
Madison Noga, a 19-year- old, psychology major and transfer sophomore from West Virginia University, has been swimming practically since birth. While growing up, she tried her hand at many different sports, ice-skating, soccer but in the words of Madison herself, “I’m honestly a dead fish out of water when it comes to land sports.”
By DUSTIN THOMAS
The season may have only started nine days ago but it is shaping up to be full of twists, turns and excitement. Besides hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy and getting covered in confetti, the most coveted award in pro-basketball is the Most Valuable Player award. It is never too early to speculate on early MVP candidates and take a look at five players who have really stood out so far this season:
By MIKEY BARNES
It was Halloween weekend and while most people were out in their costumes, or setting up their yards for the holiday, the University of Mary Washington men and women cross country teams along with the remaining Capital Athletic Conference teams met in Hershey, Pennsylvania for the 2016 Capital Athletic Conference Championships.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By CHRIS MARKHAM
To say that the University of Mary Washington volleyball team has had a successful season would be a drastic understatement. Off to their best start in school history, the Eagles have climbed up the national rankings all year while showing no signs of slowing down.
By ISABEL FAUST
Accepting, dedicated, friendly, dependable, passionate and weird, were the words that came to mind when members of both the men’s and women’s crew teams were asked to describe their teammates. UMW’s crew teams have had quite the eventful and inspiring past four years, facing challenges and successes. The main take-away from speaking with some of the members of the teams was that the crew teams are more than sports teams, they are families.
By SEAN KINSLOW
The Washington Capitals are coming off one of the most successful regular season campaigns in the history of the organization. In the 2015-2016 season, the Capitals won the Metropolitan Division and had the best record in the entire National Hockey League.
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.
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.
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.