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Feature Friday: Army Coaches Return Home

The wrestling program at Army West Point has been around since the early 1920's. Being the leader of this group of elite athletes is a rare fraternity that has just 10 members, the most recent of whom comes from one of the most prestigious wrestling programs in the country. The 2015-16 Black Knights are under the direction of Kevin Ward who spent his college days in Stillwater, OK, wrestling for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. As an athlete, he learned from the greatest coach of the most storied program in the country.

John Smith, an alumni of OSU, has been at the helm since his graduation in 1993 and has continued the rich tradition that came before him. The two-time Olympic gold medalist is the winningest coach in the program's 100-year history with a record of 381-58-6. Additionally, he instructed five of the Cowboys' 34 national championship teams, 15 conference championship teams between the Big Eight and Big 12, 29 individual national champions, 95 individual conference champions, and 111 All-Americans. Full Story »

Minato Becomes Academy's All-Time Leading Scorer!

HAMILTON, NY - Senior Kelsey Minato scored 29 points and became the Academy's all-time scoring leader, as the Army West Point women's basketball team defeated Colgate, 78-55, in a Patriot League contest on Wednesday evening at Cotterell Court. Army collects its 10th straight win to improve to 20-2 overall and 11-1 in the Patriot League, while Colgate falls to 4-18 and 2-10.

Minato shot 10-of-17 from the floor, including a 5-of-7 performance from deep, while also adding four assists. She passed Kevin Houston's ’87 Academy record of 2,325 career points, raising her career total to 2,336 by the end of the game. Senior Aimee Oertner tallied 12 points, four rebounds and three blocks, while Janae McNeal added eight points and six boards. Sophomores Destinee Morris and Aliyah Murray each finished with six points. Read More

Hilla Tabbed AAA Athlete of the Week

WEST POINT, NY - Sophomore Meagan Hilla of the Army West Point women's track and field team was named the Athlete of the Week by the Army Athletic Association following the Black Knights' thrilling 91-90 victory over service-academy rival Navy this weekend. "I try to stay calm and act like it's just any other jump," said Hilla. "There was definitely a lot of pressure. We only traveled 27 girls while Navy had close to 40. We had a lot of girls doing multiple events." Click here to watch the video.

Hilla won the high jump and broke the previous meet record that has stood since 1989. The Green Bay, Wis., native cleared the bar at 1.74 meters, while the previous meet record was 1.73 meters set by Army's Kim Seminiano. Additionally, Hilla's mark was the second-best in the high jump in program history, behind Seminiano's 1.79 meters which was also set in the 1989 season. "I didn't know that I broke the record until our Officer In Charge came over and told me because it was previously held by a classmate of his," Hilla added. "I was just trying to get a height that I was reaching for in practice, and it turned out to be the record. Now that I have reached that mark, my goal is the school record at 1.79 meters." Read More

Ferguson Powers Men’s Basketball Past Colgate

WEST POINT, NY - Senior center Kevin Ferguson's double-double of a career-high 24 points and 12 rebounds propelled the Army West Point men's basketball team to an 82-72 victory over Colgate on Monday evening at Christl Arena. In addition to Ferguson's performance, Army shot the ball well from distance, hitting 10-of-25 three-point attempts (40 percent). Tanner Plomb and Kyle Wilson joined him in double figures with 18 and 13 points, respectively. Click here to watch the video.

As a unit, the Black Knights handed out 16 assists, including five by Larry Toomey and four each by Dylan Cox and Jordan Fox. Army evened the season series with Colgate and moved to 5-8 in Patriot League play and 14-11 on the season. Colgate fell to 11-13 on the season and 7-6 in conference games. Austin Tillotson scored 16 points, Jordan Robertson added 13 and Tom Rivard contributed 10 for the Raiders. Read More

Halbrook Named Rookie of the Week

CENTER VALLEY, PA - Freshman Abby Halbrook of the Army West Point women's track and field team was named the Patriot League's Rookie of the Week for the second time this season for her performance that contributed to the team's thrilling 91-90 victory over service academy rival Navy this weekend. "Abby is one of our most valuable performers, and that showed this weekend," said Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Mike Smith. "She has range from 800m to 5000m. She is dependable and is a fierce competitor. She is just scratching the surface of what we think she is capable of accomplishing. Her future is bright."

This is the second-consecutive week that Army has earned Rookie of the Week honors and fourth overall. Cassie Mundekis was recognized for her record-setting performance in the 800-meter run last week, as well as on Dec. 7. Halbrook's first recognition came on Jan. 25. Halbrook won the mile with a time of 5:03.35 in addition to finishing second in the 1000-meter run with a program-record time of 2:52.97, breaking the previous record of 2:52.99 which was set in 2013 by Jennifer Comfort. Read More

Women’s Track Takes Gold Star, Defeats Navy 91-90

ANNAPOLIS, MD - The Army West Point women's track and field team set two meet records en route to a thrilling 91-90 victory over Navy to win the Gold Star from the Wesley A. Brown Field House on Saturday. "Our women were awesome today," said Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Mike Smith. "I could not be more proud of them. We only brought 27 athletes, so we had to ask some of them to compete in multiple events. We we were able to take some risks that paid off in the end." The Black Knights have now won back-to-back indoor meets opposite the Midshipmen and three of the last four total meets. Sophomore Meagan Hilla leapt her way into the record books as her 1.74m high jump not only broke fellow Cadet Kim Seminiano's meet record at 1.73m from 1989, but also puts her second on Army's all-time list. The Green Bay, Wis., native now looks to surpass Seminiano's all-time record of 1.79m, which was also set in the 1989 season. Read More

Hot Start Propels Hockey Over Crusaders

WEST POINT, NY - The Army hockey team scored three goals in the first period and cruised to a 3-1 win over Holy Cross on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd at Tate Rink. Army (9-11-7, 6-9-7 AHA) was led by defenseman Blake Box with his first career multi-point game as he had two assists. C.J. Reuschlein and Brendan McGuire both scored for the Black Knights, while Taylor Maruya converted the Black Knights' first shorthanded goal of the season. Click here to watch the video.

"It is huge anytime you get three goals in the first period," said Box. "It is tough for a team to come back from that." Parker Gahagen was once again solid between the pipes with 28 saves, including 11 in the first and third periods. With the win Army is currently on a five-game unbeaten streak, which is the longest since 2009. Also the Black Knights are in a tie for eighth place in Atlantic Hockey with 19 points after Sacred Heart lost both games this weekend. Army is only three points away from Canisius for the seventh spot. Read More

Rifle Takes Down Navy in Star Match

ANNAPOLIS, MD - The Army West Point rifle team defeated Navy earlier today to claim the Star over the Midshipmen. The Black Knights won 5799-5790 in the five-man counter scoring and also edged the Midshipmen in NCAA scoring. Each team finished with 4637 in the latter format, but Army won the tiebreaker with more center shots. Army improves to 4-7 overall this year and 3-5 in the GARC while Navy is 4-4 on the year and 1-4 in conference. Army head coach Web Wright III, whose father (Web Wright II) was the head coach at Navy in the 1970's and 1980's, was facing Navy for the first time as the head coach of the Cadets.

"This win feels good," said Wright. "This is my first victory over Navy so the plebe's and I are in the same boat. Alyssa Gestl, as a Firstie, has four stars so the team has a pretty good record going. I hope to earn more in the upcoming years." The Black Knights topped the Midshipmen in smallbore 2872-2847 while the Mids won air rifle 2943-2927. In the NCAA scoring, Army held a 2296-2290 advantage in smallbore while Navy had the edge in air rifle (2347-2341). Gestl had a strong performance in both smallbore and air rifle. The senior led all participants with a 583 in smallbore while shooting a 586 in air rifle. Read More

Women’s Basketball Grabs Road Win at Loyola

The Army West Point women's basketball team overcame a slow start to earn its ninth straight victory in a 52-44 win over Loyola in Patriot League action on Saturday afternoon at Reitz Arena. Army improves to 19-2 overall and 10-1 in the league, while Loyola drops to 9-13 and 6-5. The Black Knights outscored the Greyhounds, 33-22, in the second half after trailing by three points at the halftime break. Senior Kelsey Minato netted 15 points and added six rebounds, two assists and two steals, while classmate Aimee Oertner tallied 12 points, four boards and four blocks. Freshman Madison Hovren finished with 10 points and four rebounds, and sophomore Janae McNeal scored seven points, to go along with four rebounds and four assists. Read More

Feature Friday: Web Wright’s Unique Path to Army

In addition to his professional experience, Army West Point Rifle head coach Web Wright III brings a vast personal perspective into his role. The former Olympian, seven-time All-American, and two-time NCAA smallbore champion while at West Virginia is in his first season at the helm of the Black Knights. Web, and his father, Web II – the long time rifle coach at Navy – discuss their experiences and their special bond as the rifle team prepares to face Navy for the first time under the guidance of Wright III. Read More

Combating Terrorism Cadets: Finalists in Global Competition

Cadets from SS466: Combating Terrorism, as profiled in a recent PBS Newshour segment, were finalists in a State Department sponsored global competition to pilot a social media campaign aimed at countering the Islamic State. Not only did these cadets represent the Department and the Academy exceptionally well, they had the opportunity to engage with key leaders at the White House and Department of State. Story

Cadets at the APS Women in Physics Conference

Two cadets and two faculty from the Department of PaNE attended the 3-day APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) at Wesleyan University in Middletown CT. The conference showcased career opportunities available to physicists through plenary talks, panel discussions, and a career fair. Participants had the opportunity to network and interact with over 200 fellow undergraduate women physicists as well as a variety of industrial and academic leaders. Cadet Abigail Daniels described her experience at the conference in the following way: "I greatly enjoyed the conference as it opened my eyes to many of the opportunities and fields within the study of physics. I am very glad I was given the opportunity to attend this conference."

Upon returning to USMA, Cadet Christina Bouvier stated: "Seeing so many aspiring and successful female physicists reminded me that we are part of the precious gems group of our society: rare but brilliant and bright. The exposure to so many people at different points in their career was extremely educational for a young physicist just beginning her journey through life." Dr. Upali Aparajita of PaNE was selected to participate on the "Academic Careers Panel." The positive thoughts she conveyed during the panel discussion encouraged attending undergraduates to continue studies in physics. Read More

Women’s Basketball Extends Streak, Tops Lafayette

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army West Point women's basketball team built its winning streak to a season-best eight games during an 84-57 Patriot League win over Lafayette on a historic Wednesday night at Christl Arena. Tenth-year head coach Dave Magarity secured the 500th victory of his career following the victory. Army improves to 18-2 overall and 9-1 in the league, while Lafayette slips to 4-16 and 2-8. Click here to watch the video.

Senior Kelsey Minato led all scorers with 33 points and shot 11-of-16 from the floor, to include 6-of-8 from three-point range, after beginning the game 6-of-6 from deep. Classmate Aimee Oertner finished with 14 points and nine rebounds, and sophomore Janae McNeal scored 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting and added seven boards. Jamie O'Hare paced Lafayette with 19 points, while Maia Hood totaled a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Ashley Lutz also tallied a double-double after notching 12 points and 13 boards. Read More

Men's Basketball Outlasts Lafayette in Overtime

WEST POINT, NY - The Army West Point men's basketball team erased an 18-point deficit to come away with an 84-81 overtime victory over Lafayette on Wednesday evening at Kirby Sports Center. The win snapped a four-game losing streak and improved the Black Knights to 4-7 in Patriot League play and 13-10 on the season. Lafayette fell to 5-16 overall and 3-8 in the conference following its fifth consecutive loss.

Tanner Plomb (22 points, 10 rebounds) and Kevin Ferguson (17 points, 10 rebounds) each registered double-doubles for Army in the comeback win. Kyle Wilson added 20 points and Dylan Cox scored 13, while Larry Toomey pulled in 10 rebounds. The comeback was fueled by a 47.9 percent shooting performance after halftime (23-for-48). The Black Knights finished the contest plus-three on the glass (44-41) after being outrebounded in the first half by seven boards. Read More

Orienteering Excels at First Spring Meet

Twenty cadets from the Army West Point Orienteering team travelled to Gainesville, GA, for their first meet of the spring season. This grueling race stretched over ten kilometers of unforgiving terrain, blending challenging land navigation with physical and mental obstacles. This event consisted of two classic courses, followed by a unique “Extreme Orienteering” competition. The “Extreme Orienteering” course blended components of traditional land navigation with physical and mental challenges. The team excelled in the traditional orienteering aspect of the competition, led by stellar individual performances and podium finishes for CDTs Rachel Wolfe ’16, William Whitaker ’17, Gene Maslink ’18, George Grindely ’18, Sean Brenna’19, and Samuel Jones’19. All team members competed in the “Extreme Orienteering” race, which encouraged team camaraderie and built additional confidence in their orienteering skills. The Army West Point Orienteering team looks to build on this success in their next competition in April, hoping to claim a fourteenth consecutive national title at the U.S. Intercollegiate Championship in southwestern Ohio.

Triathlon Hosts the Second Annual Indoor Time Trial

The Army West Point Triathlon Team hosted the second Annual West Point Indoor Time Trial. This event was held in the team’s state-of-the-art Computrainer studio in Cullum Hall. The race is part of the Northeast Collegiate Triathlon Conference’s Winter triathlon racing schedule and serves as a qualifying event for the USA Triathlon Collegiate Nationals to be held in April. In spite of the winter storm, six members of the University of Connecticut’s triathlon team braved the elements to attend. The dual event tested the athletes on a 10km indoor course. Both of the teams were fielded primarily by athletes just added to the roster, and new to the sport. The UConn men’s and women’s team won the event, while the new Army athletes gained valuable experience in defeat.

Northeast Iron Beast Powerlifting Meet

The Army West Point Powerlifting team travelled to Albany, NY, for the Northeast Iron Beast Powerlifting Meet. The goal of this meet was to allow the more experienced lifters to achieve qualifying totals for Collegiate Nationals, and to give the less experienced lifters another meet under their belts. The meet was a resounding success, and every single lifter who competed qualified for the National Championships. Additionally, many medaled in their weight class, to include most of the female lifters. This was only the second meet the women have competed in; they were led by CDT Shaina Cross who placed first in her weight class with a qualifying total that puts her in contention among the best women in the country. Also placing first were CDTs Amy Slaughter and CDT Blaise Paulo; medaling in their weight classes were CDTs Camiesha Jackson, Heather Reed, and Danielle Peck. The men were led by team Co-Captian and Firstie Tom Evans, placing first in his weight class, and Yearling lifter Jon Chambers who placed first in his weight class. The next competition will be at the USA Powerlifting Winter Classic in Rockland, MA.

Alpine Skiing Atlantic Highlands Conference

The Army West Point Alpine Ski Team competed in their second weekend race as new members of the Atlantic Highlands Conference at Mountain Creek, NJ. This weekend’s race was focused solely on Giant Slalom. The men’s team finished 4th of 7 teams, seconds out of 3rd place. Team Captain CDT Josh Ische ’16 finished consistently as a top 10 racer, while CDTs Aryne Riley and Patrick Kearney (both Class of 2017) were top 15 finishers. CDT Logan Trust ’18 and CDT Will Mueser’19 finished in the top 25 ; CDT Jack Young ’19 got some valuable mileage in GS as a JV (first-year) racer. The men competed in a field of 40 athletes. The Army Women’s Alpine team was missing Yearling and dual athlete CDT Blaise Paulo as she competed in a qualifier for Power-lifting Nationals. The remaining women, CDT Sophia Groh ’19, also a dual athlete (Rugby), finished in the top 10; CDT Maddie Nelson gained valuable mileage racing GS as a first year downhill racer. MAJ Matt Mogensen (D/Math and Trip OIC) and Coach Bob McIntee are congratulated for ensuring a safe weekend amidst Blizzard Jonas, and ensuring the cadets competed well.

Bowling Rebel Classic in Las Vegas

The Army West Point Bowling team travelled to Las Vegas, NV, to participate in the three day long Rebel Classic hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. A total of twenty-six teams participated from around the country. While the Army team scored more points this year, the competition was more talented with an average score of 179 per player. Overall, the Army West Point Bowling team struggled, but stayed motivated throughout the competition, and continued to seek improvements. The high point of the tournament was beating a division rival, St. Johns, at a head to head Bakers Match. An additional highlight was the beautiful weather in Las Vegas.

Nordic Skiing ECSC at the University of Vermont

The Army West Point Nordic Ski Team attended their first event of the season, an ECSC (Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference) Race hosted by the University of Vermont (UVM) Nordic Team at Sleepy Hollow Ski and Bike Center in Huntington, VT. Twelve members of the team competed in the two days of relay races; a four member x 5K mixed gender, mixed technique relay on Saturday, and a classic sprint relay (three member team alternating 1K each three times). The Army West Point 4x5 Relay team finished 17th in a field of 28 teams, with an overall time of 1:45:40 (individual lap times were not recorded). CDT Ben Brea ’18 and CDT Emily Beecher ’17 skied the first two 5K skate laps of the race, while CDT Joshua Bassett ’16 and CDT Mimi Mejia’19 skied the last two 5K Classic laps. The balance of the Army skiers were on mixed teams with skiers from other participating schools.

Mixed team 1 included CDTs Keithe Basnet ’16, Pete Zeidler ’16, and Rebecca Sauter ’16 from Army, with a skier from Paul Smiths; they finished last in the field. Mixed team 2 included CDTs Spencer Read ’16 and Erik Hegeman ’16, paired with two skiers from UVM; their team finished the race in 27th place. CDTs Landon Hanson ’16 and Griffin Gerchman’17 skied on mixed team 3 with racers from Middlebury and UVM; their team completed the race in 23rd place. The final mixed team participant for Army West Point was CDT Preston Bentley, who joined skiers from Castleton College and Hamilton College; their team finished in 25th place. On Sunday, the Women’s Classic Race featured CDTs Meija, Beecher, and Sauter taking turns skiing 1K sprint laps for a total race length of 9K. The Army West Point Women finished 10th in a field of 14, with a total time of 56:07:00. The Men’s Race began immediately after, with 3, 3-man Army West Point teams. The “A” team was made up of CDTs Bassette, Brea, and Basnet, who completed their 9K relay in 38:35:00; only 7.5 minutes behind the winning Clarkson team, to finish in 12th place in a 23-team field. The “B” team consisted of CDTs Read, Hegeman, and Gerchman; they finished 20th Place. The “C” team consisted of CDTs Hanson, Zeidler, and Bentley; they finished 21st place, beating out the final two teams of the field.

Chess at the RMC Exchange

During the RMC Exchange the West Point Chess team did an exceptional job. Not only did they perform exceptionally in the tournament, but all of the team members enjoyed going to class with their hosts and experiencing Canadian Academy life for a few days. MAJ Regis Bellemere, the Canadian Chess OIC, set up an amazing tournament with 42 participants from USMA, RMC, the US Military, and the Canadian Military. The primary objective of the tournament was for RMC to compete with USMA, but it was also an individual tournament that attracted multiple players of all ages and skill levels. Overall, the USMA team won the five round match with 26.5 team points, as opposed to RMC’s 17.5. CDT Wesley Loudon won the tournament with 5/5 points, and CDT Oblak took second place with 4.5/5 points. Additionally, CDT Zade Koch won the biggest upset award for round one, and CDT Yixin Huang won the best unrated player prize. Overall, the team performed far better than expected and are looking forward to the next tournament scheduled for 6 Feb.

Navigators Embrace the Vision of Disciple-Making

Twenty-nine Cadets from the West Point Navigators Club travelled to Vorheesville, NY. There they learned about “Embracing the Vision of Disciple-making” from the Navigators Field Staff Director, Tom Yeakley. There were over sixty people in attendance, representing fourteen different Army installations. The “cross-pollination” of Navigators across the Army facilities net-working and collaboration was very beneficial, especially as the cadets graduate and move to various posts around the world. On 22 Jan., eleven Cadets from the club attended an off-Broadway production of “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis. This performance was one of the final productions, and was a hit with all who attended.

Ski Patrol Trains New Patroller Candidates

The Army West Point Ski Patrol cadets took a trip to Jiminy and Butternut Ski Resorts in Pittsfield, MA. The focus of the trip was training out new patroller candidates on ski/snowboarding skills, and how to run a sled down the mountain weighted and unweighted. Patrollers actively patrolled each mountain and responded to approximately fifteen real world incidents on the mountain. This was a very successful trip, and the cadets had the chance to build relations with the West Massachusetts region.

Theatre Arts Guild View Noises Off

Ten cadets from the West Point Theatre Arts Guild travelled to New York City to view the Off-Broadway performance of “Noises Off”. The cadets had a wonderful trip, and had the opportunity to discuss the play with the cast and the creative team. The creative team recognized the cadets in the audience, and thanked them for their service.

Pipes and Drums at the RMC Exchange

Pipes and Drums, as well as the Celtic Dancers, travelled to the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, to participate in the Annual Exchange between the two schools. Cadets were hosted by and attended class with members of RMC’s Highlander Band, exposing them to the daily life as an RMC officer-cadet while bridging the cultural divide through mutual interest in Celtic traditions. Several members also participated in intramurals, PE classes, and snow-sports with their RMC counterparts. On Saturday, the bands conducted a joint practice workshop, culminating in a mass bands performance for the commandants of each school. The weekend concluded with an indoor performance by the bands during the hockey game intermissions to the likening of the general public. This was an unforgettable weekend that enriched the lives of cadets and helped build strong ties with our NATO partners to the North.

Casanova Captures AAA Athlete of The Week Honors

WEST POINT, NY - Freshman Cole Casanova of the Army West Point men's gymnastics team was named this week's Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week after winning all-around and floor exercise as the No. 13 Black Knights snapped an eight-meet losing streak to No. 9 Air Force behind a season-high 422.65-417 home victory on Jan. 29. Casanova, the first gymnast to earn AAA honors this season, recorded career highs in five of the six individual events starting with winning marks of 14.65 on floor exercise and 84.3 all-around in claiming medalist honors for the first time in his collegiate career. Click here to watch the video.

The plebe from Dallas, Texas, also recorded career marks on pommel horse (13.60), still rings (14.05), vault (14.4) and high bar (14.00). He finished in the top six in all of the individual event scoring earning fifth in the final four events – still rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar. It is the second time in his career that Casanova earned weekly honors having been selected the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Rookie of the Week after earning third place in all-around at the West Pont Open (Jan. 15). Read More

Mundekis Captures Second Rookie of the Week Honors

CENTER VALLEY, PA - Freshman Cassie Mundekis of the Army West Point women's track and field team was recognized as the Patriot League  Rookie of the Week for the second time this season after her record-setting performance on Saturday at the Penn State National Invitational. "I'm proud of our athletes when they win any of these awards, but I'm particularly impressed when they're plebes," said Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Mike Smith. "It's no secret that life at the Academy is not easy. When they excel at anything it's significant. She deserves to be recognized for setting the school record, but we should all realize how significant it is when she set a school record in only her second 800 as a freshman. There are no more surprises with her performances, and we have a lot to look forward to with her. She has arrived." Mundekis broke Army's 800 meter run record with a time of 2:10.95. The previous record of 2:11.10 stood for nearly 20 years, being set back in 1996 by Roxanne Theobald. The Manito, Ill., native also won the award on Dec. 7, after posting a 2:55.62 in the 1000 meter run at the Crowell Open, the fifth-best mark in program history. Read More

Wrestling Captures All-Academy Championship Title

LEXINGTON, VA - The Army West Point wrestling team captured its first All-Academy's Championship title since 2008 behind four individual championship performances on Saturday. "I'm so proud of the guys today," said second-year head coach Kevin Ward. "All 10 wrestlers contributed, and every point in every match mattered. We were in a good position heading into the finals, and we rose to the occasion. Having six of our guys in the finals with four champions was a really exciting way to win the tournament."

Army sent six Black Knights to championship bouts, the most of any team in the tournament. Logan Everett (141), Andrew Mendel (165), 19th-ranked Brian Harvey (174) and Bryce Barnes (197) all came away with individual championships, while Russell Parsons Jr. (157) and Samson Imonode (184) placed second. Additionally, Army sent two more wrestlers to the third-place matches. David Farr (285) finished third, and Austin Harry (133) placed fourth. Read More

Hockey Earns Sweep After OT Winner

NIAGARA UNIV., NY - Parker Gahagen stopped 34 shots and Nick DeCenzo scored in overtime to send the Black Knights to a 3-2 win over Niagara on Saturday night to complete a weekend sweep of the Purple Eagles. Army (7-11-6, 5-9-6 AHA) got an incredible performance from its netminder Gahagen with double-digit stops in the first and second periods. DeCenzo scored his sixth of the year with 2:53 left in overtime to give the Black Knights the win.

Tyler Pham and Conor Andrle also scored for Army in the win as the Black Knight never relinquished the lead. Pham and DeCenzo each finished with two points on a goal and an assist. Niagara (3-20-3, 3-15-2 AHA) was led by its goalie as well. Guillaume Therien finished with 22 saves and matched Gahagen save-for-save for most of the game. Niko Kovachis and Nick Farmer scored for the Purple Eagles in the loss. Read More

Minato Leads Women’s Basketball Past Bucknell

WEST POINT, NY - Senior Kelsey Minato scored 12 of her 26 points during the fourth quarter to send the Army West Point women's basketball team to a 68-63 Patriot League victory over Bucknell on Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena. Army wins its seventh straight to improve to 17-2 overall and 8-1 in the league, while Bucknell, which had eight consecutive wins coming in, drops to 14-6 and 8-1. After the result, the Black Knights and the Bison are now tied atop the Patriot League. Click here to watch the video.

Minato shot 9-of-19 from the field and made 7-of-8 attempts at the foul line, but shot 4-of-6 overall and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter. Minato also added four rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Senior Jean Parker tallied 12 points, five boards and three assists while shooting 3-of-6 from deep. Senior Brianna Johnson made three three-pointers to finish with nine points, and sophomore Aliyah Murray recorded six points off the bench. Read More

Feature Friday: The Rennekamp Twins

Two thousand, nine hundred and nineteen miles separate West Point and Beaverton, OR, but nothing could come between the special bond that comes from having a twin. Born in the middle of a January blizzard in Louisville, KY, Justine Rennekamp and Morgan Rennekamp have always done everything together. From which schools they attended to their extracurricular activities, Morgan and Justine have been inseparable. By age 10, the Rennekamps had found a new hobby; track and field. "I've always loved to throw things," said Justine. "We played softball for a while, and I was just always throwing whatever implements I could find as a kid. They gave me a javelin in elementary school and said 'throw this', and I fell in love with it."

By the time she got to high school, Justine knew that she wanted to pursue a career in the military. Her recruitment process would take a unique turn, however, and worked out for the best. "It started out that my sister was recruited to throw javelin here, and when the Academy asked for her transcripts our high school actually sent mine," admitted Morgan. "The coach here called and asked who Morgan was, and I explained that I did track as well. I never did the heptathlon before, which is what I ended up getting recruited for, but I had done all the individual events so they were able to look at my different scores and figured that I would be pretty good at it. Before that, I hadn't really considered coming to West Point, but I really enjoyed it here when we came on our visit." Full Story »

Women’s Soccer Places 14 on Academic Honor Roll

WEST POINT, NY - Fourteen members of the Army West Point women's soccer team, including four-time honoree Katie Holder, were among 158 student-athletes named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll on Thursday. It is the third straight year the Black Knights have had at least 10 cadet-athletes recognized. To be eligible for the Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 grade-point average in the semester of their sports' competition. Holder, who was voted to the 2015 Academic All-Patriot League Team, posted a 3.215 GPA in Mechanical Engineering during the fall semester.

Senior goalkeeper Jessica McAllister collected her third Academic All-Patriot League citation with a 3.624 semester score in Systems Engineering. Junior Kayla Swasey joined McAllister as a three-time recipient after recording a 3.740 GPA in Kinesiology. For the second straight year, juniors Pam Wishart (Systems Engineering, 3.692) and Carly Katalinic (Life Science, 3.691) landed on the list. Sophomores Clare Shea (Operations Research 3.854) and Kimberly Comstock (Kinesiology, 3.600) both added the second Academic All-Patriot League award of their careers. Read More

Cross Country Places 12 on Academic Honor

CENTER VALLEY, PA - The Army West Point women's cross country and men's cross country each team placed six of its members on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll after the league announced the list on Tuesday. Courtney Dooley, United States History, 3.324, Lindsay Gabow, International History and Comparative Politics, 3.937, Madison Hill, French, 3.833, Stephanie McDermott, Operations Research, 3.605, Cassie Mundekis, English, 3.850, Mary Pollin, Undeclared, 4.065. 146 female athletes across 10 schools qualified for the Fall Academic Honor Roll.

Brown Bailey, Nuclear Engineering, 3.496, Drew Beck, American Politics, 3.486, Zach Brehm, Undeclared, 3.415, Aidan Doyle, Undeclared, 3.634, Jacob Fong, International Relations and Chinese, 3.833, Mkey Singer, Systems Engineering, 3.568. 116 male athletes across 10 schools qualified for the Fall Academic Honor Roll.

Jean Parker Earns AAA Athlete of the Week Honor

WEST POINT, NY -Army West Point senior guard Jean Parker was named Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week on Monday after helping the Black Knights to a pair of victories last week, including a 75-38 win in the Star Game against Navy. The AAA honor is Parker's first of the season and the third of her career. Parker began the week with an eight-point effort in Army's 77-58 win versus Holy Cross on Jan. 20. She was successful on 3-of-6 shots from the field to include a 2-of-5 showing from three-point range. Click here to watch the video.

The Portland, Ore., native tallied 15 points in the victory over Navy on Jan. 23 and was instrumental in the Black Knights' commanding 16-2 start to the contest. Parker sank a pair of threes 2:03 into the game to give Army an 8-2 lead that helped kick off a 16-2 run to open the first quarter. She added eight points in the second period before contributing 10 more in the third quarter. Parker shot 6-of-8 overall on the afternoon, including 3-of-5 from deep. The contest marked Parker's second career Star Game with at least three triples, after she hit four in the 2014 Star Game on Feb. 8, 2014. Read More

Szekely Earns League Swimmer of the Week Nod

CENTER VALLEY, PA - Firstie Chris Szekely of the Army West Point men's swimming and diving team has been named the Patriot League Swimmer of the Week after tallying three first-place finishes in the team's tri-meet sweep last Friday. "Chris has had a tremendous career with Army swimming and diving," said head coach Mickey Wender. "He is focused, committed and loves the sport. Chris has come a long way with his swimming, and is one of those people who elevates everyone around him. He has a very positive attitude and a tremendous work ethic.

"Chris is very smart about swimming and is interested in the developmental process. He has been fun to coach and we have worked well together to help him reach his full potential. I am looking forward to watching Chris race throughout the rest of the season and into the Olympic Trials." Szekely, who hails from Doylestown, PA, won two individual events and had a hand in the team's 200 medley relay win. He was the top finisher in the sprint events for Army by almost a second in each. Szekely clocked a 20.97 in the 50 free and a 45.65 in the 100 free. Read More

Halbrook Garners Rookie of the Week Recognition

CENTER VALLEY, PA - Plebe Abby Halbrook of the Army West Point women's track and field team earned Patriot League Female Rookie of the Week honors on Tuesday. "Abby made a pretty significant statement in the mile run last weekend after coming into the race seeded 15th," said Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Mike Smith. "She is one of the fiercest competitors that I have ever coached." Halbrook captured the mile run title at last weekend's Joe Donahue Games, hosted by Northeastern, with a time of 4:56.51. The freshman out of Tyler, Texas, set the fourth-best all-time mark in the program's history in just her third time competing in the event. Read More

Army Retains Challenge Cup at RMC

For the fifth-straight year, the Army hockey team won the Challenge Trophy with a 4-3 win against RMC in the 80th all-time meeting between the two military academies. The Black Knights were led by Ian Mansfield, who tallied two goals and the gamewinner, while Josh Roberts added two points with a goal and an assist. Cole Bruns got the start in net and earned the win. The Paladins fought to the very end and got goals from three different skaters, while Matthew Beirnes got the start in net and was exceptional in the loss.

The Black Knights got out to the early lead with Reuschlein scoring on a redirection in front with assists to Conor Andrle and Tyler Pham. The trio broke into the zone on a 3-on-2 and Pham slid the puck over to Andrle and he waited for Reuschlein to get set up in front. Andrle fired a low shot that Reuschlein tipped between the pads of the netminder to make it 1-0 with 16:45 on the clock in the first period. Army added to its lead with Mansfield sniping one from the slot. Tipper Higgins found his classmate from the side boards to earn the assist, while Shane Hearn added the secondary helper to put Army up 2-0 with 11:42 remaining in the first. Read More

Women’s Basketball Tops Navy, Wins Gold Star

NEW YORK - The Army West Point women's basketball team sprinted out to 16-2 lead and led throughout in a convincing 75-38 victory over Navy in Patriot League action on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. The Black Knights captured the women's basketball gold star in the 2015-16 Star Series presented by USAA. Army collects its sixth win in a row to improve to 16-2 overall and 7-1 in the conference, while Navy slips to 9-10 and 3-5. Senior Kelsey Minato led all scorers with 22 points to include a 4-for-8 performance from three-point range. Click here to watch the video.

She also added five rebounds and four assists. Classmate Jean Parker finished with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and 3-of-5 shooting from deep, while sophomores Destinee Morris and Aliyah Murray each added eight points off the bench, with Morris' eight points coming as a career high. Senior Aimee Oertner finished with seven points and a game-high eight rebounds, freshman Madison Hovren tallied six points and four boards, and sophomore Janae McNeal recorded five points and five rebounds. Taylor Dunham paced Navy with nine points, while Sarita Condie added eight. "This was a tremendous performance by this group," said head coach Dave Magarity. "I was a little concerned with all of the distractions today, but we came out about as well as we've played to start a game all season long. I think today was the case of us executing the game plan, both offensively and defensively. Read More

The Men's Game has been posted due to emergency weather conditions.

The Supt & CSM Clark visit Cadets in China

Command Sgt. Maj. David M. Clark (far left) and Superintendent of the United States Military Academy, Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Jr. (far right), visit Cadets Daniel Mo, Meredith Shea, Tara Mastriano, Eric Tao, and Leah Tonetti at Peking University in Beijing, China. The cadets are participating in the West Point Department of Foreign Languages' Semester Abroad Program where select cadets spend a semester immersed in language and culture at international universities.

Feature Friday: Army Basketball Meets MSG

"Saturday, Jan. 23, will be a special day for both the Academy and for the cadet-athletes. To be able to play in the World's Most Famous Arena is something every kid dribbling a basketball dreams about and our cadet-athletes get to make that a reality as USAA presents Army-Navy Basketball at Madison Square Garden. Army-Navy Basketball begins at 11:30 a.m. with the women's contest, before the men's teams take the court for a 2 p.m. tipoff.

The Army men have seven seniors, who will take part in their final Star Game against the Midshipmen, including Tanner Plomb, who leads the team with 21.8 points per game. The women carry five seniors, led by Kelsey Minato, who comes into the weekend with a Patriot League-leading 23.4 points per game. The Black Knights' men's program last competed at the World's Most Famous Arena in 1986 and the women's team was last there for the Maggie Dixon Classic in 2008. Story

Chemistry Students Tour USMA Steam Plant

CH151 students toured the USMA steam plant on with LTC Hailey Clancy and Dr. Eileen Kowalski. The steam plant tour showed cadets the applications of topics they studied in class, including thermodynamics, metal chemistry, and intermolecular forces. Cadets followed the path of the water as it enters the plant, gets softened, and becomes steam to drive the turbines.

Women’s Basketball Bests Holy Cross

WEST POINT, NY - Three players scored in double figures to help the Army West Point women's basketball team to a 77-58 Patriot League victory over Holy Cross on Wednesday evening at Christl Arena. With its fifth straight win, Army improves to 15-2 overall and 6-1 in the league, while Holy Cross falls to 7-11 and 4-3. Senior Kelsey Minato scored a game-high 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting and also added four rebounds and four assists. Minato's registered her 707th career field goal with a three-pointer 1:28 into the second quarter to pass Katie Macfarlane ’04 for first on Army's all-time field goals list before raising her total to 711 by the end of the night.

Senior Brianna Johnson knocked in a career-high four three-pointers and finished with 14 points, while sophomore Aliyah Murray posted the first double-double of her career with 11 points and a career-best 13 rebounds, including six that came on the offensive glass. Senior Jean Parker totaled eight points, two rebounds and two assists. Read More

USMA Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon

The U.S. Military Academy celebrated Martin Luther King Day‬ with its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon at the West Point Club. The guest speakers for the luncheon were Mayo Bartlett, principal attorney at the law offices of Mayo Bartlett and co-founder of Safe Passage, and Kenneth Chamberlain, Jr., a work experience program developer with the Urban League of Westchester County.

Casanova Cops ECAC Rookie of the Week Honors

DANBURY, CT - Earning third in the all-around competition of the 25th Annual West Point Open, Cole Casanova has been named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Rookie of the Week. Casanova competed to a career-best score of 82.200 on the first night of competition, trailing only Dominic DiFulvio of Penn State (83.400) and Jonathan Tang (83.050) of Navy on the winner's podium. The rookie qualified for the individual finals on floor exercise with a score of 14.250 and placed in the top 10 on three events.

The Dallas, Texas native earned a 14.250 on floor to take eighth, 12.550 on pommel to tie for 24th, 13.800 on still rings to place 10th, 14.350 on vault to earn ninth, 13.650 on parallel bars to place 19th and 13.600 on high bar to tie for 16th. In the individual finals, Casanova earned a mark of 13.800 on floor exercise to place sixth. This is the first ECAC weekly honor for Casanova and the first of the 2016 season for the Black Knights. Read More

Judo Team Tournament in Philadelphia

Army West Point Judo Team travelled to Philadelphia, PA, to compete against Drexel University in a team tournament. The tournament included several colleges such as Navy, Drexel, VCU, Temple, UPenn, and other small clubs in the Philadelphia area. The Army West Point Judo team was comprised of three teams: Teams A, B, and C; teams A and B consisted of the Advanced Judo players, while Team C was comprised of the Novice Judo Players. The Army West Point C Team fought against Navy’s B team and lost two matches to four; however, the Army West Point B team fought against Navy’s team because it was a traditional tournament bracket, and Navy was eliminated before having the opportunity to face the Army West Point B Team. As a result, the Army West Point B Team was first place on Mat 2, and the Army West Point C Team fought back up the bracket to win second place on Mat 2. As for Mat 1, the Army West Point B Team fought against Navy’s A Team and won four matches to two; the Army West Point A Team also went undefeated against all other college teams. As a result, Army West Point A Team was first place on Mat 1. In summary, Army West Point’s Judo teams were first place on both mats 1 and 2 and outscored all other college teams.

Annual HITS Naples Olympic Triathlon

Army West Point Triathlon team travelled to Naples, FL, to compete in the annual HITS Naples Olympic Triathlon. The team started off 2016 with a great success. CDT Dylan Morgan was the second place overall finisher of the race, which consisted of a 1500m ocean swim, 40 km bike and 10 km run; CDT Morgan finished in 1 hour 57 minutes. Additionally, the team won several age group awards, including CDT Katrina Joseberger ’19, second place female, and CDT Catherine Sedy ’16 and CDT Madison Jones ’18, first and second place female 20-14 year old. On the men’s side, CDT Jacob Slife ’18, CDT Remington Ponce-Pore ’18, and CDT Nicholas Chatel ’18 swept the podium with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male 20-24 year-olds respectively. In addition, the officer-in-charge, LTC Kenneth Allen, was first in the 45-49 year-old division.

Fencing Men Poised to Qualify for the Post Season

The men on the Army West Point Fencing Team have been competing to qualify for Regional, Conference and National Championships. With their winning record, the Men’s group is poised to qualify for all post-season competition. The men defeated Lafayette College (16-11), Yeshiva University (17-10), Hunter College (14-13), University of Maryland (14-13), William and Mary (14-13), while only dropping losses to Johns Hopkins, Sacred Heart and Vassar College. The highlight of the season has been the win over Navy by a landslide, with the largest margin ever by a score of 21-6. This group is one of the only teams at West Point to never have lost to Navy. Leading the Men in scores are CDT Blake Gordon (20-7) in the weapon of Sabre, CDT Josh Qualls (25-9) in the weapon of Foil, and CDT Aaron Mellstrom (19-16) in the weapon of Epee.

Fencing Women Set Early Season Record

The women on the Army West Point Fencing team have set the highest early season record in recent years at 9-5, defeating opponents Lafayette College, City College, Yeshiva University, Queens College, Marist, Long Island University, and Hunter College, with defeats by Haverford College, the University of Florida and Vassar College. Leading the women is the Saber Weapon Squad with CDT Taylor Sharpsten (35-7) (an all-time record), along with CDT Bethany Forte (25-17). The Foil Weapon Squad is led by CDT Claudia Sun with a record of 35-7, a record in that weapon for the women as well. The entire team had the opportunity to honor Matt Lampell, Class of 1934, with an Army Sweatshirt and Hat, at the Hudson River Challenge. Matt, an alumnus of West Point and the Fencing Team, was the former Coach of Vassar College, and always enjoys time with the cadets.

Alpine Skiing PIAD in Maine

Army West Point Alpine Ski Team conducted a PIAD at Sunday River, Maine. This was an opportunity for the Army Alpiners to tune up for their league competition in the Atlantic Highland’s Conference. The team enjoyed three days of rigorous on-snow training under the Direction of Gould Academy, Coach Bob Harkins, and Robert McIntee (Head Coach of the Army Alpine Ski Team). The Army Ski team got a glimpse of, as well as educated the new members, to the art of downhill racing. New members of the team include CDTs Blaise Paulo ’18, Sophia Grohs ’19, Galvin Felch ’19, Will Mueser ’19 and Jack Young ’19. Veteran racers CDTs Aryne Riley ’16, Patrick Kearney ’17, Sawyer Harkins ’18, Richard Trust ’18, and Team Captain CDT Joach Ische ’16, led the way for the new recruits and fine-tuned their own skills for the season. The team met with several of the Maine Adaptive Snow Sports athletes and their staff on the final day of training, exchanged gifts and shared their experiences in the joy of skiing and downhill racing. They recently conducted training at the Windham Ski Resort in Windham, NY, in preparation for their first Atlantic Highlands Conference Race. Windham Alpine Ski Director, Steven Mergenthaler set up a great training venue for the cadets and Coach Bob McIntee to take advantage of and hone in on their technical skills, primarily the Giant Slalom event. A full day of training Saturday unfortunately was followed by a complete washout Sunday. However, cold weather has ensued and the cadets continue their preparation and hope to get on the home hill soon.

Ski Patrol Training in Highmount, NY

The West Point Ski Patrol travelled to Highmount, NY. There they conducted training for twenty-five patrol candidates, led by a group of ten cadet patrollers at Belleayre Ski Are. Dr. Bruce Hottum invited the group to train at Belleayre, as well as facilitated an outstanding day of ski and board training. The day culminated with a few runs with the Young Adult Patrollers from the area.

Cadet Catholic Catechists Student Leadership Summit

Four cadets, one faculty member, and four FOCUS missionaries from the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Chapel in West Point attended the Student Leadership Summit in Dallas, TX. This event was hosted by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), and brought together 3,000 college students from across the county for faith-based discussions on leadership, resiliency, and integrity among others. One of the highlights of the conference was an inter-service academy gathering of over 70 cadets and midshipmen from West Point, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, and other ROTC programs. Testimonies were shared about the challenges of faith on college campuses and while being an officer in the military. The group also had the privilege of meeting Deacon Chip Jones ’82.

The Cadet Gospel Choir Perform at MLK Banquet

The West Point Cadet Gospel Choir kicked off 2016 with a performance at the Antioch Baptist Church of Bedford Hills’ 28th Annual MLK Scholarship and Awards Banquet in Tarrytown, NY. Twenty-five members of the choir sang selections that uplifted the young scholars, the honoree, and their families. The Cadet Gospel Choir was accompanied by Mr. Chuck Taylor on the piano, and were warmly accepted by all in attendance. The group looks forward to more events with the Antioch Baptist Church in the future.

Harvey Garners AAA Athlete of the Week Recognition

WEST POINT, NY - Army West Point senior wrestler Brian Harvey has been recognized as the Army Athletic Association's Athlete of the Week after a 2-0 performance in his final two home matches, including beating the No. 15 174-pounder in the nation. "We had a good week of training heading into our two dual meets this weekend," said Harvey. "I felt pretty confident coming into the match against Penn after getting a major decision over someone I beat by only one or two points earlier in the year. Rolling into Penn, I knew if I wrestled to my ability that I would be able to win." Click here to watch the video.

Harvey took down Hofstra's Frank Affronti with a 13-3 major decision giving him some momentum into his match the next day against Casey Kent of Penn, who was ranked 15th by InterMat heading into the meet. Harvey battled his way to a 10-7 upset victory over Kent for his 25th-career dual victory after being recognized with the other eight seniors of the team prior to facing the Quakers. A few weeks back at the Southern Scuffle, Kent defeated the then-top-ranked Brian Realbuto, making his presence felt. Harvey's upset did not go unrecognized as the senior from New Palestine, Ind., found his name 17th in the most recent InterMat rankings. Read More

Minato Named Candidate for Senior CLASS Award

Army West Point women's basketball senior guard Kelsey Minato was one of 30 NCAA women's basketball student-athletes named as a candidate for the 2015-16 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate basketball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

One of four team captains this season, Minato has played and started in all 111 games since arriving at the Academy prior to the 2012-13 season. She is a three-time All-Patriot League first-team selection and has twice collected Patriot League Player of the Year honors. This season, she leads the conference with 23.3 points per game and ranks seventh nationally in scoring. She broke the program's career points record earlier this year and became just the fourth player in Patriot League women's history to reach the 2,000-point plateau. Minato currently has 2,185 points for her career. Read More

Three West Point Cadets Selected as Inaugural Schwarzman Scholars

Three cadets from the Class of 2016 are among the 111 students worldwide to be accepted into the first ever class of Schwarzman Scholars. Joseph Broderick, Regina Parker, and Alex Parra will attend the master’s degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing and have the opportunity to travel throughout China to explore themes related to their academic concentrations and professional interests. With an acceptance rate of 3.7 percent, making it one of the most selective in the world, the Schwarzman Scholars Program is designed to prepare the next generation of leaders for the unique challenges of the 21st century. Learn more about the program and its curriculum and to see a video highlighting the process of selecting the first class of Schwarzman Scholars.

Athletic Director's Update

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Army West Point Athletic Director's Update with Boo Corrigan Director of Athletics

The Class of 2017 Celebrates 500th Night

Congratulations to the Class of 2017 for celebrating 500th night last night. General Joseph L. Votel ’80 spoke to the Cows about their last 500 nights as cadets. "One and a butt West Point winters, a first-class summer, another round of Army/Navy Football, three semesters, and three more sets of term-end exams, a "Sosh" paper, Branch and Post selection, etcetera, etcetera. So a lot to do, but also a lot to look forward to... a lot can happen in 500 days." -Gen. Votel

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Men’s Basketball Trumps American

WEST POINT, NY  - A 20-2 run midway through the second half catapulted the Army West Point men's basketball team to a 65-45 victory over American on Sunday afternoon at Christl Arena. Army moved to 3-3 in the Patriot League and 12-5 overall with the result, while American fell to 2-15 on the season with its 10th consecutive loss. The Eagles dipped to 0-6 in conference play. "I thought we had a really solid effort on the defensive end in today's game," head coach Zach Spiker said. "To come out and have that kind of defensive performance and respond to Wednesday's game like we did was very encouraging and gives us confidence going forward." Click here to watch the video.

The Black Knights limited American to a season low in scoring for an opponent and outrebounded the Eagles 42-27. Kyle Wilson, Dylan Cox and Larry Toomey each scored in double figures with Toomey leading the way with 13 points. Wilson and Cox each scored 12 as Army connected on 40 percent of its attempts (22-for-55). The Black Knights were solid at the line as well, going 15-for-19. Cox hauled in a game-high nine rebounds. Delante Jones led the Eagles with 14 points while playing all 40 minutes and as a team, American shot 36.2 percent from the field (17-of-47). <a href="http://www.goarmywestpoint.com/news/2016/1/1

Hockey Skates to Draw with Air Force

WEST POINT, NY - The Army hockey team erased a first period deficit with C.J. Reuschlein scoring early in the second period, but that was it as the Black Knights settled for a 1-1 tie against Air Force in front of a sellout crowd at Tate Rink on Saturday. Army (5-11-6, 3-9-6 AHA) went to overtime for the ninth time this season and the fifth time in the last seven games. Reuschlein had the lone tally for the Black Knights, while Andrle tallied an assist for his 13th of the season. Parker Gahagen made 27 saves between the pipes in the tie and concluded the weekend with only two goals allowed. Click here to watch the video.

Air Force (10-9-3, 8-5-3 AHA) finished the weekend with three points as Ben Kucera collected his second point of the weekend and his seventh goal of the season. Tyler Ledford was given an assist on the goal. Shane Starrett pushed aside 26 shots by the Black Knights and allowed just one goal in 120 minutes this weekend. The Black Knights evened the game up early in the second period with Reuschlein scoring in the slot for his fourth of the year. He dumped the puck into the zone and Andrle picked it up in the corner. Reuschlein continued to follow the play and was fed by Andrle in the slot. The junior fired a shot on net that Starrett got a piece of, but the puck trickled across the line to tie the game with 16:23 left in the middle frame. Read More

Feature Friday: Frankland's Journey to West Point

Passion and a desire to improve is what fuels most athletes and drives them to success. For Leslie Frankland, that passion and drive translates not only into tennis, but being a cadet at the United States Military Academy and reaching her goals, even from thousands of miles away. Now in her second year at the Academy, Frankland took a less than conventional pass to join the Long Gray Line. With a lineage of West Point graduates in her family, she knew her goal from an early age and set along a path to success. Frankland's father, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Wally Frankland ’97, and grandfather, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Walter Frankland, Jr. ’46 inspired her early interest in the Academy, and when the family relocated to Paris prior to her second birthday, she was quickly immersed in the French culture, but never let go of her roots. Read More

Recruiting Depth Starting To Show

Half the Player Pool Off Limits, But Black Knights Are Finding Ways

WEST POINT, NY - Recruiting isn’t easy across the board in college hockey. For the staff at Army West Point, it’s an even tougher challenge, and that’s without even considering the unique person it takes to join the U.S. Military Academy. According to College Hockey, Inc., 32 percent of college hockey players are not American citizens, either coming from Canada (30 percent) or Europe (2 percent). Those players are entirely off limits for Army, unless they hold dual citizenship.

It’s a unique situation for sure but it’s something Army head coach Brian Riley and his coaching staff embrace. “We all realize that this is a special place,” said Riley, whose father Jack led the program for 36 years and his older brother, Rob Riley, then coached the team for 18 years before Brian took over in 2004. Riley continued, “We need attract a special type of young man. It’s easy to go find who the good hockey players are. We need to find good kidd who have strong character, good academics and great leadership. The army part of it, once we get them here, I know our guys will do fine in the army because the army is the ultimate team and hockey is the ultimate team sport.” Read More

Cadet Chapel Receives New Keys Thanks to Cadet Capstone

It began with four mechanical engineering cadets in 2014 for a service project done for the West Point Cadet Chapel on behalf of the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering. Class of 2014 Cadets Christina Cox, Michael Deschene, Richard Glover and Mark Hesford began the tall order of creating keys to replace the keys for the historic and antique door locks of the cadet chapel. The chaplains have been using makeshift keys according to Class of 2016 Cadet Jeremy Matsumoto, who took the project over as an independent study.

The group developed three potential techniques for reverse engineering the key, 3D scanning, using a point grabber tool and taking measurements with calipers to manually build a 3D CAD model. The mission of the project was the West Point Cadet Capstone team getting involved in reverse engineering, fabricating, testing and reproducing an antique Cadet Chapel key by May 2015 in order to replenish the diminishing supply of those historic artifacts. Full Story »

Szekely Tabbed Swimmer of the Week

WEST POINT, NY - Chris Szekely of the Army West Point men's swimming and diving team has been named the CollegeSwimming.com Conference Swimmer of the Week for the Patriot League after racking up 45 points in back-to-back dual-meets. "Chris is wrapping up a stellar career for Army West Point swimming and diving," said head coach Mickey Wender. "He has been an integral part of the development of our program in and out of the pool for the past four years. He and the team are working very hard in preparation for the conference championships and beyond. The best is yet to come."

The Black Knights improved to 6-1 overall and 2-1 in the Patriot League with convincing wins over Lehigh, 191-91, and Bucknell, 174-117, at Crandall Pool. The Doylestown, Pa., native, won the 50 free and 100 free events on both days of competition. Against Bucknell, his 20.55 leg of the 200 medley relay helped Army start the meet with a first-place finish and was also the fastest 50 free time recorded at Crandall Pool throughout the weekend. Read More

Mortell Captures AAA Athlete of the Week Honors

WEST POINT, NY - Sabrina Mortell of the Army West Point women's swimming and diving team has been named this week's Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week after winning all of her events this past weekend. The sophomore distance swimmer placed first in four events for the Black Knights in back-to-back dual-meets with Lehigh and Bucknell. Mortell tallied 36 critical points which helped lead Army to defeat the Mountain Hawks and Bison. Click here to watch the video.

Against Lehigh, the Mechanicsburg, Pa., native, out-touched the competition in the 1,000 free by six seconds with a time of 10:25.19. Later in the meet she won the 500 free (5:05.20) by just over three seconds. The next day against Bucknell, Mortell pulled out two more first-place finishes. She clocked a 10:26.29 in the 1,000 free and a 5:05.79 in the 500 free. Army's win over the Bison was the fifth in the all-time series marking the first time in over 20 seasons that a Black Knight team accomplished that feat. Read More

Glee Club at the Inauguration of Governor Edwards ’88

The West Point Glee Club traveled to Baton Rouge, Louisiana yesterday as they were invited to sing at the Inauguration of Governor John Bel Edwards ’88.

Governor Edwards in his speech said, "My experience at West Point and my service as an army officer have molded the way I look at the world. Ever since Athens defeated Sparta over 2,500 years ago, and the history of that war was written, military officers have been trained to look at every challenging task in a three step process. The first step is gathering all the information you can about the job at hand." Read More

Minato Claims Patriot League Player of the Week

CENTER VALLEY, PA - Senior Kelsey Minato earned Patriot League Player of the Week honors after helping lead Army West Point to a 2-0 record last week, the conference office announced Monday. The Patriot League Player of the Week honor is Minato's fourth of the season and the 15th of her career. Minato averaged 26.5 points in a pair of contests last week and shot over 50.0 percent overall and from three-point range. She was successful on 21-of-32 (65.6 percent) on field goals and made 10-of-18 (55.6 percent) shots from long range.

The Huntington Beach, Calif., native tallied 30 points on 12-of-15 shooting and 5-of-7 three-point shooting in Army's 78-45 win at Lafayette on Jan. 6. Minato also added seven rebounds and seven assists in the victory to earn NCAA Women's Basketball's Top Performer of the day. She led all scorers with 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting, to include a 5-of-11 showing from deep, during a 70-37 home win over Loyola on Jan. 9. Read More

Bares Takes Field Athlete of the Week Recognition

CENTER VALLEY, PA - Lee Bares of the Army West Point men's track and field team received Field Athlete of the Week honors from the Patriot League following a record setting pole vault performance at the Penn State Relays, the conference announced Monday. "Lee has consistently jumped at high marks since last spring, and I expect him to continue that trend this winter and spring," said Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Mike Smith. "He has not yet jumped from a full approach run, so there is clearly more room for him to improve. He is a great competitor, and I am looking forward to seeing him compete to win most of the meets that we go to."

Bares won pole vault on Saturday with a height of 5.15 meters, breaking his personal best for the second time this season. The Lakeville, Minn., native continues to improve upon his second-best program mark, edging his way closer to Darrin Hinman's mark of 5.24 meters that was set in 1997 in a tri-meet versus St. John's and Columbia. Read More

Wrestling Fights Back in Victory over Binghamton

WEST POINT, NY - In the first home meet of the season, the Army West Point wrestling team erased an early 12-0 deficit en route to a 19-15 victory over Binghamton on Sunday at Christl Arena. "They came out swinging, and they hit us hard," said head coach Kevin Ward. "We were in a hole that we didn't expect to be in. What a great lesson it was for the guys on the team. Our backs were against the wall, and we had to either swing back or take it. They dug deep and got it done." The Black Knights improve to 2-3 on the season and 1-0 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA), while Binghamton falls to 4-3 and 1-1 in the EIWA. Click here to watch the video.

The meet came down to the final match between heavyweights David Farr and Connor Calkins. After a scoreless first period, the two 285-pounders wrestled to a 3-3 tie at the end of period three to send the match to overtime. While methodical in his strategy throughout regulation, Farr came out looking to end the match quickly in the overtime period, and did so with a takedown to seal the victory. "It was euphoric," Farr commented about his meet-deciding victory. "It's not something that I can really describe. I was going crazy. It was awesome to see my teammates going crazy. It was a lot of fun."" Read More

Minato Guides Women’s Basketball Past Loyola

WEST POINT, NY - Senior Kelsey Minato scored a game-leading 23 points, as the Army West Point women's basketball team came away with a 70-37 Patriot League victory over Loyola on Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena. Army wins its second straight to improve to 12-2 overall and 3-1 in the league, while Loyola falls to 5-10 and 2-2. Click here to watch the video.

Minato was successful on 9-of-17 attempts from the floor, which included a 5-of-11 showing from beyond the arc. Freshman Madison Hovren tallied nine points, while four others scored six. Seniors Aimee Oertner and Jean Parker each posted six points and eight boards, classmate Brianna Johnson totaled six points and three rebounds, and sophomore Aliyah Murray contributed a career-high six points and three assists off the bench. Read More

Women's Swim & Dive Stuns Bucknell

WEST POINT, NY - For the fifth time in program history, and the first in head coach Mickey Wender's tenure, the Army West Point women's swimming and diving team defeated Bucknell. The Black Knights beat the Bison 172-128 Saturday afternoon at Crandall Pool.

"I'm so proud of the entire program today," said Wender. "The swimmers and divers and men and women have been growing and developing into the best team that I've seen here in my ten years. It was a great way to send out our firstie class. They have been a cornerstone of the program and have built a culture where everybody has the opportunity to grow to their full potential. I think our men's and women's relationship has grown and it showed today. The seniors over the four years have contributed so much.

"It's fun to have these milestone wins. Bucknell is a talented team that is well coached so it makes it that much more meaningful to beat them head-to-head coming off a challenging night against Lehigh."

Jorie Mason won the 3-meter diving event to earn overall team points that led to Army's success in the meet. She notched a score of 221.77 to place first. Rebecca Sleight tallied 126.06 points to place sixth. Off the 1-meter, Mason had a score of 189.59 to place first and Sleight had 153.22 to place sixth. Read More

Defense Keys Men’s Basketball’s Win at Loyola

BALTIMORE - The Army West Point men's basketball team improved to 7-2 on the road with a critical 73-59 victory over Loyola Maryland on Saturday evening at Reitz Arena. The Black Knights limited the Greyhounds to a 2-for-16 shooting performance from beyond the arc.

Army snapped a two-game skid to improve to 2-2 in the Patriot League and 11-5 overall, while Loyola suffered its first conference loss (3-1) and fell to 4-11 on the year. Tanner Plomb paced the Black Knights with 22 points, Kyle Wilson scored 15 and Kevin Ferguson netted 12 in the win. Plomb grabbed a team-high eight rebounds for the Black Knights to help them to a 43-35 edge on the glass. Read More

Athletic Director's Update

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Army West Point Athletic Director's Update with Boo Corrigan Director of Athletics

Seniors Lead Women’s Basketball Over Lafayette

EASTON, PA - Senior Kelsey Minato finished with a game-high 30 points for her second 30-point game in a row, while classmate and Pennsylvania native, Aimee Oertner netted a career-high-tying 19 points as the Army women's basketball team defeated Lafayette, 78-45, in a Patriot League matchup on Wednesday evening at the Kirby Sports Center. Army improves to 11-2 overall and 2-1 in the league, while Lafayette drops to 2-11 and 0-3.

Minato scored exactly 30 points, after finishing with 35 at Bucknell on Jan. 2, and shot 12-of-15 from the floor, including a 5-of-7 showing from deep. Minato also contributed seven rebounds and seven assists. Along with matching her career-high in points, Oertner shot 7-of-8 and added five boards and a career-best seven blocks after notching six blocks at Bucknell. Read More

Army vs. Navy Club Hockey at Madison Square Garden 1-9-16

The Rilvary continues in New York City! Don't miss the chance to see the very first double header featuring Army Club Sport Hockey vs. Navy Hockey this Saturday January 9, 2016. Get tickets at today at rivalryonice.com. Get discounted Amtrak train tickets to MSG (using code AR0120) at amtrak.com/nerwintersale.

The West Point Parachute Team Wins Big at NCPC

The West Point Parachute Team Beat Air Force‬ in the National Collegiate Parachuting Championships at the Lake Wales Skydiving/ Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales, Florida over winter break. In addition to winning the Gavin Gavel award and the Most Competitive Collegiate Skydiver, Army won 40 medals including 18 gold.

Plomb Selected AAA Athlete of the Week

WEST POINT, NY - Men's basketball senior Tanner Plomb has been chosen as the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week after averaging better than 24 points per game this past week. Plomb, who hails from Mukwonago, Wis., averaged 24.4 points in Army's 2-1 week that included a home win over Monmouth, who entered the game receiving votes in both national polls, and a victory at preseason Patriot League favorite Lehigh on the road to open conference play. Click here to watch the video.

Plomb scored at least 23 points in all three games and equaled a career-high with five assists against the Mountain Hawks. Plomb shot 41.9 percent from the floor (26-of-62), including a 40.9 effort from beyond the arc (9-for-22) and was 12-for-17 at the line. Plomb has scored in double figures in every game this season and 24 games overall dating back to last season. He has four consecutive 20-point performances and nine this season to up his total to 20 for his career. He leads the Patriot League in scoring and is 15th nationally with his 21.9 points per game average. Plomb is 13th in the nation in threes per game with 3.36. Read More

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