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The Blue & Gray Press | November 22, 2017

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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

NBA All-Star weekend of festivities

February 23, 2017 |

By RYAN BRAUCH

While preparing for Mardi Gras next week, New Orleans, Louisiana also got the privilege of hosting the 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend. Loaded with fun surprises, creative dunks and outrageous shots, All-Star weekend never fails to entertain the audience. The All-Star break is a great experience for all NBA players as they get to relax and unwind from their exhausting schedule during the season, while the fans get to watch their favorite players show off their skills.Read More

Men’s basketball season comes to an end while women prepare for CAC tournament

February 23, 2017 |

By THEODOSIUS ZOTOS

The University of Mary Washington men’s basketball team finished off their season with a 98-79 win over Wesley College last Saturday to end their season. After suffering four losses out of their last five games, the Eagles triumphed over the Wolverines to end their regular season with an overall record of 12-13 and a Capital Athletic Conference record of 8-10.Read More

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

Women’s basketball gears towards CAC tournament after recent skid

February 16, 2017 |

By DUSTIN THOMAS

Going into senior day this on Feb. 11 against Penn State-Harrisburg (5-17, 3-12 CAC), the University of Mary Washington women’s basketball team, led by seniors Brianne Comden and Megan Green, looked to be on their way to winning out for the rest of regular season and hosting the CAC tournament, which begins Tuesday, Feb. 21.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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Wizards lose epic showdown to Cavs, prove they are for real

February 9, 2017 |

By WILL BORSEN

A Monday, Feb. 6 matchup lived up to expectations from the start, with two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference battling for supremacy. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards gave us a regular season game for the ages.Read More

Super Bowl LI provides all-time great ending

February 9, 2017 |

By RYAN BRAUCH

Heading into their first Super Bowl appearance since 1999, the Atlanta Falcons had been dubbed as underdogs from the moment the Super Bowl matchup was set. Although they were not favored, the Falcons remained optimistic, as they entered only their second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. One major concern for Falcons’ head coach Dan Quinn, was making sure his defense was able to shut down the Patriots’ elite offense.Read More