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The Blue & Gray Press | December 18, 2017

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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

Club Basketball Q&A delves into future plans for the team

April 27, 2017 |

By CELINE CHASSAGNEUX

Club Basketball is a huge part of the University of Mary Washington, especially for those who love basketball and want to play. The team has been to four tournaments so far, this year. Three players, Zachary Wohleking, Terrin Dickerson, and TJ Flood have a lot to say about their time on the team and the continuation of the club for the next coming year.Read More

UMW Dance clubs deserve to be recognized by sports communities

April 27, 2017 |

By STEPHANIE COOK

There has been a debate over what category dance falls under for years. The general public as a form of art, or as a physical activity, but never as a sport has typically viewed dance. While many dance classes are held in gym studios (UMW even boasts its own Zumba dance fitness program), why is there hesitation to refer to dance as a sport?Read More

LeBron James focused on winning in 2017 NBA Playoffs

April 27, 2017 |

By MARK NOEL AND MIKEY BARNES

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors are arguably the best two teams in the league. These two teams have met in the finals the last two years, and are expected to meet again this year. The Cavaliers faced the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs, however, they were no match for King James and the Cavaliers. The Indiana Pacers lost in game four of this series with a score of 106-102.Read More

Female runners face catcalling during practice

April 27, 2017 |

By JANELLE BEHM

Many sports teams practice on fields, some in the gym, in the pool and others throughout the immediate Fredericksburg area. It is important for those who are on sports teams to focus while they are training. The women’s cross-country team is made up of twelve women who all run throughout The University of Mary Washington and the Fredericksburg area.Read More

Women’s Lacrosse Awaits Bid to NCAA Tournament Following Amazing Season

April 27, 2017 |

By KAYTLYN BIDDLE

The women’s lacrosse team has had a landmark season this year. It has been one of the most successful since recent years. They made it to the semifinals of the Capital Athletic Conference, where they faced their personal team to beat, Salisbury. It marked their first shutout game since 1987 against Southern Virginia and on senior day no less.Read More

Celtics on brink of historic upset, tragedy strikes Boston’s star player

April 20, 2017 |

By RYAN BRAUCH

The 2016-2017 NBA season featured and intense Eastern Conference battle for the first overall playoff seed, between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers held the top seed heading into the All-Star break with a … Read More

Won 4 Wesley: the lasting impact of UMW’s honorary Eagle

April 20, 2017 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

Hundreds gathered at Barnesfield Park in King George, Virginia on Monday to celebrate the life of 22- year-old Wesley Berry, who passed away on Thursday, April 13 after a 10-year battle with brain cancer, the same number he wore on the baseball field. Country music filled the air as loved ones gathered on the infield of the baseball field to honor their inspirational figure and honorary Eagle.Read More

UMW golf finishes inaugural season on high note

April 20, 2017 |

BY MIKEY BARNES

On Oct. 24, 2014, the University of Mary Washington announced it would be welcoming a new program to the UMW athletics team. That program addition was the men’s golf team, coached by former men’s basketball coach, Rod Wood. Wood had led the UMW men’s basketball program to the Elite 8 of the NCAA tournament in his final season as the head of the program. He served as the head golf coach at Robert E. Lee High School where he led them to two conference championships.Read More

Sportpinion: Is softball given equal opportunities as baseball?

April 20, 2017 |

BY RACHEL FINSTON

UMW is colloquially known as “University of Mostly Women” but how does that translate to the university’s sports teams? Specifically in the case of softball and baseball, equity seems questionable.Read More