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The Blue & Gray Press | October 18, 2017

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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

The struggles of rooting for your hometown team, outside of your hometown

April 13, 2017 |

BY HARRY FISHER

As someone who spent half his life growing up in Philadelphia, I’ve always found it difficult to like a place like Virginia. I’m more at home among narrow streets lined with cars and tall buildings then I am among wide-open rural areas and small towns. Of course, Fredericksburg is far from a small town, and over the past 10 years, I’ve learned to love this city and think of it as a second home. Unfortunately, the one thing I continually find it difficult to do as a resident of Fredericksburg is express my interest in Philadelphia sports teams.Read More

Getting into shape vs. Getting out of bed

April 13, 2017 |

BY GARY KNOWLES

The alarm blares, sounding out like a police siren. Slowly, my eyes creep open and meet the flashing light in the dark room. I move over to turn my alarm off. After doing so, I contemplate why I decided it would be a good idea to wake up at exactly 5 a.m. and go to the gym. I’m not going to lie, there are plenty of days where shutting off the alarm and rolling over becomes the best choice.Read More

Freshman Erin Andrewlevich named CAC Rookie of the Year for track

April 13, 2017 |

BY GINNY BIXBY

At the Capital Athletic Conference Track & Field Championships in February, University of Mary Washington track freshman Erin Andrewlevich was thrown in at the last minute to anchor the women’s 4×400-meter relay.Read More

Record-breaking season for track and field standout Daniel Forjan

April 13, 2017 |

BY JASMINE TURNER

Daniel Forjan is a junior at the University of Mary Washington and has been a member of the track and field team since his freshman year. Forjan holds school records participating in shot put, discus, hammer and the weight throw with personal bests throws of 15.79 meters in shot put, 44.09 meters in discus, 41.69 meters in hammer and 14.67 meters in weight throw while at UMW.Read More

UMW men’s tennis coach earns 300th career wins, spreads valuable life lessons

April 12, 2017 |

BY KAITLYN WIEDMANN

Todd Helbling, the men’s tennis coach at the University of Mary Washington, has recently earned his 300th victory. He has been coaching at UMW for 18 years and says that he was drawn to Fredericksburg because it had “a beautiful campus with strong academics where I would feel good bringing quality student-athletes to have a positive learning and playing experience.”Read More

MLB season is underway after exciting Opening Day

April 6, 2017 |

By DUSTIN THOMAS

It is the beginning of April and warm weather is upon us. Get your sunflower seeds, cracker jacks and peanuts and get ready because baseball is finally here. Things kicked off on Sundaywith a 1:05 p.m. first … Read More

UMW track hosts Battleground Relays, sees many strong performances

April 6, 2017 |

By MIKEY BARNES 

On March 31, the University of Mary Washington men and women’s track and field teams hosted the Battleground Relays, welcoming a number of other teams to Fredericksburg and UMW’s brand new outdoor track and field facility.

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UMW Cheer competes well at Reach the Beach competition

April 6, 2017 |

By ELIZABETH PATTERSON

The University of Mary Washington cheer squad hit the road to compete this weekend, and brought home a second-place win. The road to competition, however, was a long and challenging one.Read More

UNC and Gonzaga conclude college basketball season in close finish

April 6, 2017 |

By RYAN BRAUCH

In an emotional two weeks of buzzer beaters, upsets and tears, the National Title game hung in the balance as the score of two elite No. 1 seeds were separated by only a point. Equally driven, but with different motivations. Read More

Sport Club Spotlight: Club Tennis

April 6, 2017 |

By AMANDA HOWAR

Co-ed Club Tennis is a great way to meet people and to continue to play a team sport if someone does not want to play at the varsity level. While Club Tennis is more competitive than an intramural sport, it is less stressful and allows for a more social aspect of the sport.Read More

Oddly successful season for two UMW coaches lead to BIG time DI jobs

March 30, 2017 |

By MIKEY BARNES

Amid the unprecedented success of the University of Mary Washington’s volleyball and women’s basketball programs, it took no time for the teams’ respective coaches to ship out of Division III and into the Division I spotlight.Read More

“Creepy” mustaches plague UMW cross country teams

March 30, 2017 |

By CHRISTOPHER MARKHAM

The sudden and tragic death of running legend Steve Prefontaine sparked a social movement in the world of running. Apart from being a fairly decent runner, “Pre” was most well-known for his majestic hair styles, particularly that perched above his upper lip. The signature look spread like wildfire in the running world and eventually found its way into the University of Mary Washington cross country team. The look was not met with the same level of affection as other schools, however.Read More

Super Smash Bros. gives different thrill to UMW students

March 30, 2017 |

By COLE MASAITIS

Imagine people screaming all around you, cheering for you against another person. The two of you are in this to win, getting anxious, sweaty, emotional and working as hard as you possibly can to knock your opponent out. After several knockouts and a few rounds later the entire room explodes in reeling, uncontainable excitement, we have a victor. Read More

Club Sport Spotlight: Club Baseball

March 29, 2017 |

By SHAWNYA PETERSON

UMW’s club baseball team scored some important wins at a tournament held at the University of Richmond this past weekend of March 25. Club Baseball competed in four games, going up against teams from Longwood University, University of Richmond and Stevenson University, coming out of the weekend with a 3-1 winning record. In the first game of the tournament, the Eagles came out swinging, defeating the Longwood team by a score of 8-1.Read More

No need to fear, Nationals baseball is here

March 23, 2017 |

By SEAN KINSLOW

It is that time of year once again, and the MLB Opening Day is right around the corner. The Washington Nationals get their 2017 season under wayMonday, April 3 when they host National League Eastern Division rival Miami Marlins. The District is buzzing with high hopes for the Nationals in the 2017 season. Washington is coming off a year in which they won the NL East, but the roster looks a little different this year, leaving the Nats with a whole new set of obstacles to overcome.Read More

Club Sport Spotlight: UMW Quidditch

March 23, 2017 |

By EMILY GROTTLE

On the surface, the magical game of Quidditch from J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series may seem impossible to play in real life. But here at the University of Mary Washington, it is. Students practice and compete in tournaments against other colleges like any other sport.Read More

Student-athletes lean on faith to propel them in life

March 22, 2017 |

By SUSANNAH TOMBES

College creates many different forms of stress for students, but those that are more familiar with the stress tend to be student athletes. Emma Rakowski, a sophomore on the softball team, explains that one of the biggest struggles for herself as a student-athlete is the battle with identity. She shares that it is very much geared to “what you do in the world, and that your worth is in your ability” and that “you can be an internal mess inside, even though on the outside you could be the best.” The overwhelming feelings of her struggle with identity would bubble to the surface before her week even began and took over.Read More

UMW swim program produces two more All-Americans

March 22, 2017 |

By LAUREN CLOSS

Silence ensues in the seconds before the swimmers hit the water. Cheers erupt from the coaches and families that know the vast amount of work and training that has led up to this moment at the NCAA Division III Swimming Championships. The crowd roars, the names of individual competitors sometimes cutting through the block of sound as the swimmers make their final flip, turn and focus all their energy on propelling themselves down the final stretch. Two such swimmers, seniors from the University of Mary Washington, experienced this event for the last time, although very successfully with both earning All-American honors.

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Despite adversity, baseball off to strong start

March 16, 2017 |

By MIKEY BARNES

The University of Mary Washington baseball team is off to a 9-5 start in their 2017 campaign. Last year, the team went 24-15 and was ranked as high as No. 12 in the nation. Fifth year head coach, Wayne Riser and the Eagles faced some adversity immediately coming into the season when a number of key players quit or ran into ineligibility, notably some pitchers on the team. The Eagles are currently with seven pitchers on the roster, along with a number of position players who can pitch as well, though, not being their main position.Read More

March Madness: the ‘hots’ and ‘nots’ of the first round

March 15, 2017 |

By RYAN BRAUCH

With March Madness quickly approaching, you are probably stressing about which teams will pull off an amazing upset to advance to the next round. This tournament is unpredictable, to say the least. March Madness may be one of the most exhilarating sporting events worldwide, as the top 68 teams in the country square off in games where no one is safe and winner takes all.Read More

Winners and losers of the NBA trade deadline

March 2, 2017 |

By RYAN BRAUCH

Every year, all 30 NBA teams scramble to make last minute trades as the annual trade deadline approaches. For many teams, any trade will impact the outcome of their season and determine whether or not they will find themselves in the playoffs or not. There are numerous reasons in which a team makes a trade around the deadline.Read More

Club Sport Spotlight: Women’s Club Soccer

March 2, 2017 |

By LAURA TAYLOR

The thrilling excitement all began with the ball switching back through the defense to the left side. The receiving Eagle defender took it up the sideline and ended up scoring against William and Mary. The game wasn’t played at the varsity level; it was played at the club level but with just as much thrill and excitement.

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Men’s tennis rebounds from back-to-back losses to DI opponents

March 2, 2017 |

By OLIVIA BRIDGES

Saturday, Feb. 26, the University of Mary Washington men’s tennis team faced off with the Stevens Institute of Technology Ducks. At 9 a.m., the match between the two teams began, starting with doubles.Read More

UMW Swim continues their winning ways at CAC championships

February 23, 2017 |

By MIKEY BARNES

Winning. That’s all the members of the UMW swimming programs seem to know. Whether it is a home meet against a conference foe or they are traveling to demonstrate their talents, it is rare for UMW swimming to not come away with a victory. That success continued this weekend as the men and women teams traveled to St. Mary’s, MD., to compete for the Capital Athletic Conference championships.Read More

How sports can benefit students and the learning process

February 23, 2017 |

By TAYLOR OSTROM

The saying, “all work and no play” does not apply to the abundance of student-athletes around the world. In fact, playing sports while in college has a positive impact not only on students’ academics, but their personal lives as well.Read More