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The Blue & Gray Press | August 19, 2017

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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

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

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

March 30, 2017 | 1

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

#NotMyGPA trends on campus as protests break out on unfair grades

March 30, 2017 |

By CHRIS MARKHAM

The school year is approaching its home stretch and students at the University of Mary Washington are feeling the academic pressure on their shoulders. For seniors, the grades they earn for the next month may dictate whether or not they earn a diploma in May.Read More

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

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

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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Women’s basketball player, Caitlin Jensen – the ultimate story of perseverence

December 7, 2016 |

By MIKEY BARNES

It was the last game of summer league basketball, playing with a number of her future teammates. It was in that game, that then rising college freshman and current UMW junior Caitlin Jensen’s life changed.

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Men’s Club Basketball wins tournament at Lynchburg College

November 17, 2016 |

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.Read More

From unranked to Elite 8: how UMW Volleyball made it to Wisconsin

November 17, 2016 |

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.Read More

Fall Sports Begin CAC Tournament Title Hunts

November 3, 2016 |

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 … Read More

Field Hockey ranked 17th in nation, pushing for a CAC title

September 29, 2016 |

By MIKEY BARNES

A double-overtime goal by Salisbury University after a total of 97 minutes played in the Capital Athletic Conference championship game is what ended the season for the University of Mary Washington field hockey team in 2015. The heartbreaking finish to the team’s season kept them out of the NCAA tournament last year though they finished the season ranked 11th in the country.Read More

Women’s soccer entertains fans under lights

September 22, 2016 |

By MIKEY BARÑES

Sitting under the lights at the Campus Rec Field, you can see fans lined up along the sidelines screaming and cheering. You can hear one University of Mary Washington student consistently screaming “Randolph Bacon,” to get in the heads of the UMW opponent, Randolph-Macon College.Read More

First ever UMW Men’s Golf team tees off practice

September 8, 2016 |

By MIKEY BARNES

This Fall, the University of Mary Washington welcomed a new sport to its current plethora of successful teams. Former head men’s basketball coach and current facilities director for the Anderson Center, Rod Wood will serve as the … Read More

National Championship game proves not to disappoint fans nationwide

April 7, 2016 |

By MIKEY BARNES

There are a few moments in a lifetime where you look back and ask your friends “where were you when it happened?” In sports, these are the moments that captivate us and turn a simple game into something magical. These moments are rare and hard to come by, but when they do, lives are changed forever.
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RGIII era officially ends in D.C. as Griffin signs to Cleveland

March 31, 2016 |

By MIKEY BARNES

A few years back, the D.C metropolitan area and Redskins fans around the world would not have seen the series of events that have taken place lately to occur. In 2012, when the Washington Redskins traded their next three first round picks and second round pick to move up from the sixth spot to second overall in the draft, the world stood by and watched to see what direction they would take.
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Mr. UMW competition raises money for cancer research, entertains campus

March 24, 2016 |

By DELLA HETHCOX

As the lights dimmed in Dodd Auditorium, University of Mary Washington students settled in for a riotous evening as 11 beloved student contestants vied for the coveted title of Mr. UMW, a crown that is not worn lightly by the winner. Just ask last year’s champion, Mikey Barnes, who proudly carried out his Mr. UMW duties over the past year.Read More

Men’s basketball tops Wesley in OT, Comden scores 1,000th point as women blow out Seahawks

February 25, 2016 |

By MIKEY BARNES

On February 20, both University of Mary Washington men’s and women’s basketball programs came away victors in the quarterfinal round games of the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament. The victories for the two programs came in very different fashions.Read More

Q & A with head baseball coach Wayne Riser

February 11, 2016 |

By MIKEY BARNES

The University of Mary Washington baseball team kicks their season off this Sunday with a double header against University of Maine at Presque Isle at the V. Earl Dickinson Stadium. UMW is led by fourth-year head coach Wayne Riser. Riser and the Eagles baseball program is coming off their winningest season is his tenure here and best season the program has had since 2010 when they were third place in the South Regional of the NCAA Tournament. The Eagles finished 27-7 and fell just short of a NCAA Tournament berth in 2015.Read More

Men and women’s basketball back in action

November 19, 2015 |

By MIKEY BARNES

Basketball is back for men’s head coach Marcus Kahn and the rest of the UMW men’s basketball team. Coming off a disappointing season last year, which followed up an Elite Eight appearance in 2014, the Eagles are looking for a different outcome. Last year’s team boasted a brand new look, with only four returners on the team and a whole new coaching staff, led by Kahn. The new look Eagles led by Kahn and then senior Taylor Johnson finished last season 8-19.Read More

Club Sports Spotlight: Men’s club soccer

November 11, 2015 |

By MIKEY BARNES

When one walks down to the campus recreational field located behind the Alvey parking deck Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 3:30 and 5, you may stop to question why there are 50 plus guys running around the field.Read More

UMW teams fall in CAC championship matchups

November 11, 2015 |

By MIKEY BARNES

The game began at 1 p.m., as they skies closed up and a rain storm began. With the poor weather taking place, the Battlegrounds still managed to have their bleachers filled with fans and their assorted colors of umbrellas.Read More

Club Team Spotlight: Club swim team strokes through the semester

November 5, 2015 |

By MIKEY BARNES

Monday through Thursday nights, between 7 and 8p.m., you can hear splashing in the Goolrick pool, as a number of UMW students, both men and women swim back and forth. These groups of swimmers make up the UMW club swim team, a club sport led by a series of new officers, including junior president, Kelly Morgan.
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Soccer: men eliminated, women advance to CAC championship

November 5, 2015 |

By MIKEY BARNES

As the sound of the end of regulation came, the University of Mary Washington men’s soccer team headed to overtime against rival and Capital Athletic Conference first round opponent Christopher Newport University.
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UMW Eagles soar through Homecoming Weekend

October 29, 2015 | 1

BY MIKEY BARNES

Every year, in the middle of October, the University of Mary Washington invites its alumni back and celebrates the university and its athletic department during its homecoming. The University sets up a tailgate, numerous events throughout the week and promotion, to help celebrate the return of the alum and the current student body.Read More

Field hockey continues climb up national ranks

October 8, 2015 |

BY MIKEY BARNES

The historic year for the University of Mary Washington field hockey program continues, as the Eagles, led by head coach Lindsey Elliott, are off to a 7-3 start and are currently ranked 15th in the nation for Division III.Read More

Cross Country women score near-sweep at conference preview meet

September 24, 2015 |

By MIKEY BARNES

The men and women cross country teams have begun their new season behind new head coach, Kunle Lawson. Lawson comes to the University of Mary Washington from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, where he served as the Director of Cross and Country and Track & Field since 2011. The University of Mary Washington welcomes Lawson as former coach Stan Soper retired this past spring.Read More

Volleyball moves up in national rankings

September 17, 2015 |

By MIKEY BARNES

For the first time in the program’s near 40-year history, the University of Mary Washington volleyball team defeated a nationally ranked opponent. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the ASICS/Juniata Classic is where head coach Matt Troy and the UMW volleyball team made history.Read More

Volleyball off to a hot start

September 10, 2015 |

By MIKEY BARNES

In a season that holds much promise for the University of Mary Washington volleyball team, a team that lost no seniors to graduation from the year before, hopes are high as are the expectations as the Eagles get the regulars season in full swing.Read More