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Army Extends Monken’s Contract

Army Extends Monken’s ContractArmy West Point Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan announced Monday a new multi-year contract extension for head football coach Jeff Monken.

Monken is coming off a record-breaking year on the Banks of the Hudson in 2018. He brought the Black Knights back into the national spotlight by leading them to their first national ranking in 22 years. In addition, the Cadets set a program record 11 wins, including their third-straight victory over Navy.

"We knew when we hired Jeff he was the right man to rebuild our football program," Army West Point Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan said. "This extension is well-deserved as he has created the right culture by bringing in assistants and staff members who not only teach but represent our core values. He believes strongly in the Academy's larger mission of recruiting, developing and graduating leaders of character. We're excited to continue to see where Jeff takes our team for years to come."

Over the last two years Monken has led the Black Knights to consecutive 10-plus-win seasons for the first time in Academy history. Since the start of the 2017 season, Army has won 21 of its last 26 games for a .807 winning percentage. The Cadets also won the Commander In Chief's trophy in back-to-back seasons for the first time in program lore after defeating both Air Force and Navy.

Last fall Army ranked second nationally in rushing offense and first in the country in third and fourth down conversion percentage. On the defense side, the Black Knights were consistently ranked in the top-10 in total defense and finished the year listed eighth in the nation in that category. The Cadets closed out the season holding their last five opponents to 14 or less points. Read More

Wrestling Bests Binghamton in Home Opener

CDT Lane Peters '21The Army West Point wrestling team opened its home dual schedule with a 30-7 victory over Binghamton at Gillis Field House on Sunday afternoon. The Black Knights improved to 3-2 on the year and 3-0 in duals against Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) opponents. Army jumped out to an early 9-0 lead after the first two matches with Trey Chalifoux earning a 7-1 decision over Audey Ashkar and Lane Peters exciting the Army crowd with a first-period pin against Zack Trampe. The Black Knights won eight of the 10 matches on the day with three bonus point victories.

Army has defeated Binghamton in each of their last four duals dating back to the 2012-13 season. The Black Knights open their EIWA dual season 3-0 for the second time in three years. Head coach Kevin Ward notched his 15th dual victory against an EIWA opponent while at Army. Chalifoux posted his 15th win of the season. Peters earned his personal-best fourth pin of the season. The Uhrichsville, Ohio, native collected his fifth career dual win. Hanau improves to 2-0 on his career in dual matches. Hartman and Sullivan notched his first collegiate dual win. McCormick picked up the fifth dual win of his career. Harvey secured the team victory for the Black Knights with his 15th career dual victory. Caywood documented his 70th career victory. Read More

Men's Swimming & Diving Captures League Win at Lehigh

Men's Swimming & Diving Captures League Win at LehighThe Army West Point men's swimming and diving team captured a 203.5-96.5 over Lehigh in a Patriot League dual on Friday afternoon at Jacobs Pool. The Black Knights (3-2, 1-1 Patriot League) won 12 events opposite the Mountain Hawks (5-2, 2-2 Patriot League) to secure their first league win of the season. The Black Knights started off 2019 with a win in the 200-medley relay. The group of Brian McKenrick, Brady Almand, Kevin Doo and Josh Zock took first at 1:33.73. Tom Ottman picked up the victory in the 1000 free after clocking in at 9:33.67. In the 100-back, it was Brian McKenrick capturing the event victory with his time of 50.49. The yearling later secured his second individual event win of the day after touching the wall at 1:51.12 in the 200-back.

Army swept the 100-breast led by Evan Zhang's time of 56.80, which broke a pool record. Ty Dang (58.98) and Brady Almand (59.00) followed the freshman in the event, placing second and third, respectively. The top-two spots in the 200 fly went to James Bilbrey and Arthur Fan. Bilbrey posted a time of 1:51.47, while Fan came in at 1:55.53. Zock paced the Cadets in the 50-free and beat out the competition by touching the wall at 21.13. On the 1-meter board, Daniel Alaimo totaled the top score of 281.02, while Hudson Kay's total of 281.47 won the 3-meter. The 100-free went to Army as Kevin Doo's time of 47.29 bested the rest of the pack. Nathan Hein tied for second in the event after finishing at 47.43. Doo would later go on to win the 100-fly, while Bilbrey took second. Army swept the 200-IM as Peter Mikheyev paced the way with a time of 1:52.59. Brian McKenrick (1:54.48) and Jay Yang (1:57.18) finished second and third, respectively. Read More

T&F Competes at Nittany Lion Challenge

CDT Kenneth Brinson '19The Army West Point track and field team competed in its first road meet of the season at the Nittany Lion Challenge on Saturday.

Army Event Winners: 
Men's 200m: Kedrin Jefferson - 21.72.
Men's 400m: Tyrell Maddox - 48.38.
Women's 800m: Haley Watson - 2:13.58.

Men's Weight Throw: Kenneth Brinson - 18.17m. Read More

Davis, Casanova Shine in WPO Individual Finals

CDT Mathew Davis '22The Army West Point gymnastics team was well represented in the West Point Open individual finals Saturday night. Mathew Davis and Cole Casanova finished in the top-6 in all the events they qualified for. Casanova represented the Black Knights in four events, while Davis competed in three. Casanova set a season-high mark on the vault with a 14.000. He tied for second in the event. Davis captured second on the floor with a 13.850 and third on high bar with a 12.650. On high bar, Alejandro Tombrink was also successful for the Black Knights with a 12.600 to tie for fourth. Casanova placed third on parallel bars by turning out a 13.000. The firstie captain registered a 13.350 on still rings and a 12.400 on pommel tonight as well. Davis was sixth on vault with a 13.800. The Black Knights host Penn State next Saturday at the Lou Gross Center. The meet will begin at 2 p.m.

Army Hockey and Falcons Skate to 2-2 Draw

CDT Dalton MacAfee '19 The Army West Point hockey team skated to a 2-2 draw with Air Force on Saturday night. It was the first time in program history that both games of a series ended in a tie. For the 10th time this season, Army garnered multiple power play goals. Colin Bilek and Dalton MacAfee each netted scores for the Black Knights. MacAfee also added an assist in the game, while Dominic Franco dished out two helpers.

For the 10th time this season, the Black Knights scored two or more power play goals in a game. Bilek netted his sixth goal of the year and third on the power play. The freshman boasts 13 points so far this season. MacAfee returned to the score sheet for Army with his third power play goal of the year and an assist in the other scoring play. The firstie leads the Black Knights with 20 points after his goal and assist tonight. It was MacAfee's eighth multi-point game in 2018-19 and 13th in an Army sweater. MacAfee now boasts six career points opposite the Falcons. Franco posted his fifth multi-assist game in his career tonight. It was the first of the season for the junior also marking his 15th career multi-point game. Jared Dempsey turned aside 24 shots on the night. The Black Knights and Falcons tied both games in a series for the first time in program history. Overall, the two service academies are tied 1-1-8 in overtime contests. Read More

Holland/Nachtigal Earn More All-Bowl Team Praise

CDTs Bryce Holland '19 and James Nachtigal '19Firstie Army West Point football players Bryce Holland and James Nachtigal were recently selected to the USA Today Sports All-Bowl Team. Earlier this month Holland and Nachtigal were honored by Sport's Illustrated and the Associated Press, respectively, for their performances in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. Holland, along with the entire offensive line, were voted to the Sport's Illustrated All-Bowl team after they blocked for an Army attack that compiled 592 total yards on 62 offensive plays. Houston was only able to register 320 yards on 73 plays during the bowl.

The interior line did a lot of damage in the ground attack with 10 different ball handlers combining to run 58 times. The Black Knights ran for 507 yards (on 8.7 yards a carry) in capping off the program's first 11-win campaign. Also, when they decided to throw the ball, that went well too, completing all four pass attempts for 85 yards. Army's 70 points racked up in the game were the most in the 16-year history of the Armed Forces Bowl. The Black Knights also registered 42 points in the first half, which marked the first time since 2011 the Cadets have achieved that feat.

Nachtigal was acknowledged by the Associated Pressand selected to their all-bowl team after making a career-high 16 tackles and delivering three of Army's program-record 10 sacks during the game. He also forced three fumbles. He became the first player to register three sacks in a game since Andrew King did so in 2015 at UConn. The sacks gave him 17 for his career as well, which is the second most all-time behind only Josh McNary. The Black Knights' defense, led by Nachtigal, held their fifth-straight opponent to 14 or less points to become the first three-time winner of the Armed Forces Bowl.

Rounds '19 Wins Gold at the USPA Parachuting Championships

Congratulations to Thomas Rounds '19, who won gold at the 2018 United States Parachute Association - (USPA) National Collegiate Parachuting Championships. His team also set a new national record by building a formation in 8.56 seconds. Read More

Loose Promoted to Defensive Coordinator

Loose Promoted to Defensive CoordinatorArmy West Point head football coach Jeff Monken announced Thursday that John Loose will take over as defensive coordinator full time after the departure of Jay Bateman. Loose was interim DC during Army's Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl victory over Houston, in which the Black Knights held the Cougars to just 14 points while registering a program record 10 sacks.

"John's promotion to defensive coordinator is well earned," Monken said. "He is a great mentor and teacher and cares deeply about this program. He has continued to grow as a professional during his time here, and I am looking forward to seeing him in this new role after the performance of our defense in the bowl victory over Houston."

Loose is no stranger to the defensive coordinator position having been in that role at Lafayette College for 14 seasons, from 2000-13, and at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for three years from 1989-91.

Since making his second stop to the Banks of the Hudson in 2014, Loose has been at the forefront of the Black Knights' safeties. The last two seasons he helped guide a secondary that ranked 21st and 14th in the nation against the pass. Read More

Fox Catches Fire in Men's Basketballs Win over Boston U.

CDT Jordan Fox '19Firstie guard Jordan Fox knocked down six treys and finished with a game-high 24 points to lead the Army West Point men's basketball team to an 86-82 Patriot League road victory over Boston U. on Wednesday night at Case Gym. The Black Knights (7-9, 2-1 Patriot League) shot 50 percent from the field and knocked down 11 shots from deep in the victory over the Terriers (8-8, 1-2 Patriot League), led by a season-best performance from Fox. The Jackson County, Ky., native went 8-of-11 from the field and 6-of-8 from long range to lead all scorers. Cows Tommy Funk and Matt Wilson aided the Black Knights' scoring efforts with 16 and 12 points, respectively.

Funk handed out a team-high six assists, while Wilson crashed the glass and finished the night by leading the team with seven boards. Fox moved to 26th in all-time scoring at the Academy with 1,077 career points. His 24-point performance marked the 11th time he eclipsed the 20-point threshold in his career. Funk's six assists put him past Army Hall of Famer Randy Cozzens for second all-time with 432. Wilson moved into the top-24 in all-time rebounds with 457, passing Jim Klosek. The Black Knights shot at least 50 percent from the field for the third time this season. It was the sixth time this season that Army made double-digit 3-pointers in a game. The 42-percent shooting performance from long range was the second-best this season. Army claimed its 10th win all-time versus Boston U. It was the fifth straight meeting between the two squads decided by 10 points or less. The Black Knights recorded less than 10 turnovers for the fifth time this season. Army captured its first league road win of the year. Read More

Army Football Closes Season Ranked In National Polls

Army Football Closes Season Ranked In National PollsArmy West Point football achieved its final goal of the 2018 season when it was announced that the Black Knights were ranked in both national polls to close out the year.

The Cadets found themselves at No. 19 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 20 in the Amway Coaches Poll.

"We are incredibly excited to have earned the recognition of the Associated Press and the Amway Coaches Poll as one of the nation's top teams in 2018," head coach Jeff Monken said. "Our team set a pre-season goal to finish in the top-25 and I am so proud of this accomplishment for our players, our staff, and especially our seniors. This honor brings distinction to West Point, the Long Gray Line, and the men and women who serve our nation around the world in the United States Army."

The Black Knights' season was highlighted by an 11-win campaign, marking the first time in program history they've achieved that feat. Another high point was winning the Commander In Chief's Trophy outright in back-to-back seasons for the first time in Academy lore. Read More

Monken Recognized as the Lombardi Coach of Year

Monken Recognized as the Lombardi Coach of YearThe Lombardi Foundation announced Tuesday that Army West Point head football coach Jeff Monken has been named the winner of its 2018 Vince Lombardi College Football Coach of the Year Award. The award is focused on leadership skills and is based on more than just winning football games. It's biggest influences in deciding a winner are: doing the most with the least, overcoming adversity, creating and/or maintaining a successful environment, and playing by the rules with integrity, honor, and respect. The College Football Coach of Year honor is presented as part of the Lombardi Honors Program.

Monken led Army to consecutive Commander In Chief's trophy titles for the first time in program history (2017 & 2018) after defeating both Air Force and Navy. He also guided the Black Knights to back-to-back seasons with 10-plus wins for the first time in Academy lore.

The Cadets registered a program record 11 wins in 2018 and have won 13 games in a row at home to finish with their second-straight unbeaten season at Michie Stadium. The Black Knights closed out the year having won nine games in a row, which is the longest streak since nine-straight victories in 1996. For that feat Army became nationally ranked for the first time in 22 years. Monken also became the first Army head coach to win three bowl games in his career, passing Jim Young who had two bowl victories. Read More

Glee Club Performs for the Chinese Defense Secretary

Glee Club Performs for the Chinese Defense SecretaryIn November, West Point Glee Club (WPGC) was honored to appear at Mount Vernon by request of the Secretary of Defense. WPGC presented a surprise after-dinner performance in front of the historic site for the Chinese Defense Secretary and his delegation on the eve of joint U.S. - China talks hosted by Secretary Mattis. COL John Gregory of West Point's Department of Foreign Languages introduced the Glee Club and gave a brief history of West Point in Mandarin to the delegation. Glee Club Cadets Yusen Zheng and Paul Tan also addressed the delegation in Mandarin to acquaint them with Academy traditions and the ethos of Duty, Honor, Country. The U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon's impressive presentation completed the evening's inspiring entertainment. An honor and a life-long memory.

Nachtigal Selected to AP All-Bowl Team

CDT James Nachtigal '19Firstie linebacker James Nachtigal was named to the Associated Press All-Bowl Team for his performance in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.

Nachtigal made a career-high 16 tackles and delivered three of Army's program-record 10 sacks in a 70-14 victory over Houston. He also forced three fumbles.

He became the first player to register three sacks in a game since Andrew King did so in 2015 at UConn. The sacks gave him 17 for his career as well, which is the second most all-time behind only Josh McNary.

The Black Knights' defense, led by Nachtigal, held their fifth-straight opponent to 14 or less points to become the first three-time winner of the Armed Forces Bowl.

Offensive Line Named to SI’s All-Bowl Team

Offensive Line Named to SI’s All-Bowl TeamThe entire Army West Point offensive line was selected to the Sports Illustrated's All-Bowl Team after the Black Knights' victory over Houston in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. Led by firstie center Bryce Holland, the Cadets' offensive line blocked for an Army attack that compiled 592 total yards on 62 offensive plays. Houston was only able to register 320 yards on 73 plays during the bowl. The interior line did a lot of damage in the ground attack with 10 different ball handlers combining to run 58 times. The Black Knights ran for 507 yards (on 8.7 yards a carry) in capping off the program's first 11-win campaign. Also, when they decided to throw the ball, that went well too, completing all four pass attempts for 85 yards. Army's 70 points racked up in the game were the most in the 16-year history of the Armed Forces Bowl. The Black Knights also registered 42 points in the first half, which marked the first time since 2011 the Cadets have achieved that feat.

Monken Wins 2018 President's Award

Monken Wins 2018 President's AwardThe Touchdown Club of Columbus has named Army West Point head football coach Jeff Monken as the recipient of its 2018 President's Award. The award is presented annually by the Club President to the student-athlete or coach who excels above and beyond the field of play, or exhibits superior talent and leadership outside of the national spotlight. Monken led the Black Knights to their first 11-win season in the school's storied history. Army won its final nine games of the 2018 campaign, including a 70-14 victory over Houston at the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. He also became the first West Point coach to win three consecutive bowl games and the first to record back-to-back 10-win seasons (2017 and 2018).

The 2018 President's Award will be presented during the 64th Touchdown Club of Columbus Awards on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Express Live! in the Arena District of downtown Columbus. Junior quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. was also acknowledged by the organization as one of their 2019 Players To Watch. He joins seven other quarterbacks on the list in Sam Ehlinger (Texas), Justin Herbert (Oregon), D'Eriq King (Houston), Jordan Love (Utah State), Kellen Mond (Texas A&M), Brady White (Memphis), and Zachary Wilson (BYU).

Men's Basketball Outlasts Lafayette for First League Win

Men's Basketball Outlasts Lafayette for First League WinFour Cadets scored in double-figures as the Army West Point men's basketball team claimed a 77-69 victory over Lafayette in a Patriot League contest at Christl Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Cayne Edwards paced the Black Knights' (6-9, 1-1 Patriot League) scoring attack that shot the ball at a 53-percent clip from the field against the Leopards (3-10, 0-2 Patriot League). The firstie had a career-high 16 points on 8-of-8 shooting in just 16 minutes of action. Matt Wilson enjoyed similar success down low, putting up 12 points to pair with a team-best eight rebounds.

Alex King ended the afternoon with 13 points, while Tommy Funk notched a double-double with and a game-high 10 assists. Tucker Blackwell chipped in with nine points off the bench. Read More

Late Run Sends Women's Basketball Past Loyola

The Army West Point women's basketball team closed out the game on a 14-1 run to earn the 69-57 victory over Loyola on Sunday afternoon in Patriot League action.

Jess Lewis dropped a season high 20 points thanks to 5-of-10 shooting from three-point lead, while Madison Hovren tallied her ninth double-double of the season with 18 points and 16 rebounds. Lindsay Scamman came off the bench and scored a career best 12 points and added seven rebounds in 19 minutes of action.

The Greyhounds were led by Taleah Dixon with 17 points, going 8-of-14 from the floor, while Stephanie Karcz posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Read More

Wrestling Posts 1-2 Record at Cowboy Shootout

Wrestling Posts 1-2 Record at Cowboy ShootoutThe Army West Point wrestling team kicked off the 2019 calendar year with a 1-2 showing at Wyoming's Cowboy Shootout on Friday evening.

Army opened with a 21-13 victory over Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) opponent American before dropping a 27-9 decision to 24th-ranked Wyoming. The Black Knights closed out the event with a thrilling match against No. 13 North Carolina that went down to the wire but ended with a 22-18 victory for the Tar Heels.

The Black Knights were a perfect 3-0 at 197 pounds with sixth-ranked senior Rocco Caywood earning two wins and junior Alex Hopkins adding a victory against North Carolina. Caywood was one of four Cadets with multiple wins on the evening, along with juniors Trey Chalifoux (125 lbs.), Cael McCormick (165 lbs.) and Ben Harvey (174 lbs.). Read More

Monken Selected Munger Collegiate Coach of Year

Monken Selected Munger Collegiate Coach of YearThe Maxwell Football Club today announced that Army West Point's Jeff Monken has been selected as the 2018 George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award winner. In his fifth year with the Black Knights, Monken led the team to an 11-2 record, punctuated by a 70-14 throttling of Houston in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl that tied an FBS record for points in a bowl game.

Monken has successfully resurrected a program that had finished below .500 in 16 of the 17 seasons before he arrived in 2014. His Black Knights won their final nine games, with their lone loss after the opener coming by just 7 points in overtime at Oklahoma, which captured the Big 12 championship and earned a College Football Playoff berth. This past fall West Point was marked by a series of firsts, while a bridge was built to the post-World War II glory days when legendary coach Earl "Red" Blaik led Army to national prominence. Under Monken in 2018, the Cadets:

- Cracked the Top 25 for the first time in 22 years.
- Won 11 games in a season for the first time in program history.
- Won at least 10 games in consecutive years for the first time in school history.
- Defeated Navy for a third-straight year for the first time in almost a quarter-century.
- Captured the Commander In Chief's Trophy in back-to-back years for the first time ever.
- Strung together their longest win streak since 1996. Read More

Wrestling Ranked in TrackWrestling Poll

Wrestling Ranked in TrackWrestling PollThe Army West Point wrestling team finds itself tied for 26th in Trackwrestling's first poll of 2019.

The Black Knights have four individuals ranked in 157-pound Lucas Weiland (20th), 174-pound Ben Harvey (21st), 184-pound Noah Stewart (23rd) and 197-pound firstie Rocco Caywood (5th).

Army is coming off its first-ever top-10 showing at the Midlands Championships, hosted by Northwestern. The Cadets placed eighth behind a fourth-place finish by Caywood, sixth-place finish by rookie 141-pounder Corey Shie and an eighth-place showing by Harvey.

Army returns to the mat on Friday when it is set to compete at Wyoming's Cowboy Shootout. The Black Knights open the event against Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) foe American at 6:30 p.m. ET, before taking on the 24th-ranked Cowboys at 8 p.m. ET. Army closes out the competition against 13th-ranked North Carolina at 9:30 p.m. ET.

Wrestling Place Three at Midlands Championships

CDT Corey Shie '22Corey Shie, Ben Harvey and Rocco Caywood of the Army West Point wrestling team all finished in the top-eight of their respectful weight classes at the Midlands Championships, hosted by Northwestern at the Sears Centre Arena on Sunday.

Caywood, Army's only semifinalist, collected a team-best fourth place finish at 197 pounds. Shie capped his showing by placing sixth at 141 pounds, while Harvey was eighth at 174 pounds.

As a team, the Black Knights finished eighth out of 67 teams with 68.0 points. Iowa won the tournament for the sixth consecutive year with 184.0 points, while Northern Iowa earned runner-up honors with 119.5 points. Northwestern (110.0 points), Wisconsin (97.5 points) and Princeton (92.5 points) round out the top five. Read More

Women's Basketball Caps Non-League Slate with Home Win

CDT Sarah Bohn '22The Army West Point women's basketball team wrapped up its non-league slate with a 74-48 victory over Connecticut College at Christl Arena on Sunday afternoon.

The Black Knights offense was clicking from the opening tip, producing a season high 46.7 percent field goal percentage (28-of-60). Forward Madison Hovren posted a game-high 27 points on 12-of-20 shooting in the fifth 20-point game of her senior campaign. The Spokane, Wash., native added a game-high 16 rebounds as she collected her ninth double-double of the year.

Jess Lewis dished out a game-high five assists, while Taylor Sullivan and Libby Tacka recorded the only two blocks of the contest. Morgann Yancey earned a game-high three steals.

Three Army players posted career highs in scoring as Sarah Bohn (11 points), Sullivan (9 points) and Julia Gibbs (4 points) all achieved personal-bests. Read More

Records Fall in Army Football's Fourth Consecutive Bowl Win

Records Fall in Army Football's Fourth Consecutive Bowl WinThe Army West Point football team put on a show here Saturday afternoon when it ran past Houston 70-14 in the 2018 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.

The Black Knights earned their second-straight Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl win, their fourth consecutive bowl win, and sixth overall as a program. They became the first school to win three Armed Forces Bowls.

Kelvin Hopkins Jr. was named the bowl MVP after putting up impressive numbers. The junior scampered for 170 yards, while compiling 70 through the air on a perfect 3-of-3 day.

With those numbers, Hopkins Jr. became the first cadet-athlete to run and pass for over 1,000 yards in a season.

James Nachtigal led the Cadets defensive corps registering 3.5 sacks and a career high 16 tackles. Army recorded 10 sacks as a defensive unit, which broke a program record.

Feinstein's Findings: Leaving a Legacy

Feinstein's Findings: Leaving a LegacyAs Joe Beckerle and I were wrapping up our final halftime hit of the season Saturday on the Army Radio Network, I said to Joe, "Think back to the opening night of the season. What would you have said to me after that game if I'd have told you Army was going to finish 11 and 2?"

Joe laughed. "I'd have said, 'there's always hope.'"

Most people wouldn't have been so kind. They would probably have suggested I look at the tape of the Duke game—a 34-14 thrashing—and re-think my position. Sixteen weeks later, that insane hope became emphatic reality.

It wasn't just that Army won a bowl game for a third-straight season or set an all-time record with its 11th victory of the season; it did so in a manner so thorough and so dominating it had to leave people around the country shaking their heads in amazement. Army didn't beat an FCS team 70-14, it beat the University of Houston—a team ranked in the top 25 earlier this season; a team with a number of players who will play in the NFL; a team considered a College Football Playoff contender in the recent past—70-14. That's not a typo. That was the final score. And it easily could have been worse. Full Story »

On Point: Like Father, Like Son

Mark and Keegan WestA father is the first person his son looks up to. He sets the example for how a man should act and carry himself, causing his son to emulate everything he does. This paternal bond is perhaps most evident when a boy begins to play sports. From teaching you how to shoot a basketball to throwing a perfect spiral, a father is defaulted as your first coach.

For Army West Point Sprint Football firstie quarterback Keegan West and his father, Mark West, this relationship has persisted through the collegiate level as the two have enjoyed sharing the sideline for the past four years. Mark was a quarterback for the sprint football team during his time as a cadet and has served as the team's head coach for 10 seasons, which included instructing his son for the last four years.

Keegan always knew that West Point was a viable option for college. Heck, with the strong ties the Academy has sown in his family tree, it was impossible to miss. In total, eight members of his family have attended the Academy: grandfather Lt. Col. (R) Gus Fishburne '62, mother Col. Holly West (nee Fishburne) '91, father Lt. Col. (R) Mark West '91, uncle Capt. E.G. Fishburne '94, cousin 1st Lt. Allie Lycan '15, cousin 2nd Lt. Cooper Lycan '17, Keegan '19 and sister Lexi West '21. To put it simply, West Point is part of Keegan's DNA.

"West Point was always right there," Keegan said. "I had always said that this was a place I wanted to consider going to. I knew that West Point was one of those places where, if you get an opportunity to come here, it's hard to pass up."

Both Mark and Holly excelled athletically during their time as cadets. Mark was on the Division I football team as a plebe before transitioning to the star quarterback of the sprint football team for his final three years at the Academy. Holly is one of the all-time great athletes to come through the women's soccer program and still ranks in the top-10 in career points, goals and game-winning goals. Read More

Mechanical Engineering Cadets Showcase Design Projects

Mechanical Engineering Cadets Showcase Design ProjectsCadets in: Intro to Mechanical Engineering (ME) showcased their design projects recently during a poster presentation session. This is the first course in the ME program and challenges cadets to identify a problem facing Soldiers or people in developing nations, and then develop a working prototype to solve the problem.

Photo: Cadets Edrick Hudson, Garrett Venable, and Parth Doshi showcase their device that detects the water level in field containers and reports the level remotely so that Soldiers won't run out of water in the field

Final Bowl Practice In the Books For Army

Final Bowl Practice In the Books For ArmyThe Army West Point football team wrapped up its final day of practice down in Texas prior to the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on Saturday.

The Black Knights made their way back to Wildcat Stadium on the campus of Kennedale High School where the Cadets practiced under sunny skies. As usual, practice started out with drills for special teams. The Cadets then transitioned into individual positional groups before breaking up into offense and defense.

A trip to the Dallas VA Medical Center and a nice team dinner wrapped up an exciting Thursday down in the Lone Star State.

The Black Knight have a walk through today before the game Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Central on ESPN.

Cadet Hour of Code at WP Middle School

Cadet Hour of Code at WP Middle SchoolIn celebration of Computer Science Education Week, six Systers cadets from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), USMA chapter of The Association for Computing Machinery's Council on Women (ACM-W) along with two EECS faculty members traveled to West Point Middle School (WPMS) to interact with middle school students and future coders. The event was led by Cadet Haley Steele '19 and coordinated by Dr. Suzanne J. Matthews and Lieutenant Colonel David Harvie of EECS and Ms. Wonee Aversa of WPMS.

During the "Hour of Code" activity, coding club members were introduced to Chibitronics, a set of electronic stickers designed to engage students in art and computing. Cadet Steele, who organized and led the event, learned about Chibitronics at the 2017 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing and was inspired to engage West Point middle school students with it. Cadet Steele led a training event in Spring 2018 to introduce cadets to Chibitronics, so they would be prepared to help the middle school students. The middle school students used Chibitronics to create light-up holiday cards for their loved ones. The event was a huge success with the middle school students absolutely enamored with Chibitronics and having a wonderful time creating their cards. Cadets assisted as students got stuck, with faculty only assisting as needed on top of that. All in all, the activity was a huge success.

In addition to Cadet Haley Steele, the cadet volunteers were: Cadets Tianna Johnson '19, Carlie Sleeman '19, Taylor Bradley '21, Cara Shattan '21), and Kennedy Warren '21. The faculty volunteers were Dr. Suzanne J. Matthews and LTC Dave Harvie.

Baseball Announces 2019 Team Captains

Army West Point head baseball coach Jim Foster recently announced his team captains for the 2019 season. Firsties Daniel Burggraaf, Tyler Giovinco, Trey Martin, Cam Opp, and Josh White will step into their new roles and look to lead the Black Knights during their upcoming season. Giovinco and Martin repeat as captains, while this is the first honor for Burggraaf, Opp and White.

"We're very proud to announce this group as captains for the 2019 season," Foster said. "The mix of three pitchers and two position players is a good balance for us. They have been tremendous leaders for our team since I first came to West Point a few years ago. The hard work they have put in has helped the program grow and improve considerably and I know we're all excited to get the season started."

This five-man group has accumulated numerous accolades since coming to the Banks of the Hudson. Four were named to the All-Patriot League Second Team just a year ago, while two were tabbed to the Patriot League All-Tournament Team. There is also a two-time Academic All-Patriot League Team member, a Northeast All-Region First Team recipient, and a cadet-athlete who was selected to the 2018 NCAA Baseball Raleigh Regional All-Tournament Team.

The Black Knights will begin their road to defend the Patriot League Tournament title starting in February.

Army Football Lands 12 on Steele's All-Independent Teams

Army Lands 12 on Steele's All-Independent TeamsThe Army West Point football team had 12 cadet-athletes recognized on Phil Steele's All-Independent teams. The Black Knights were well-represented on the first and second team for offense, defense and special teams. Firstie captains Darnell Woolfolk and Bryce Holland were selected to the All-Independent First Team for offense, while the second team offense included Kelvin Hopkins Jr., Jaxson Deaton, and Austin Schuffert.

On the defensive side, the Black Knights landed four on the first team and one on the second squad. Kenneth Brinson, Cole Christiansen, Mike Reynolds and Elijah Riley were voted onto the first team, while James Nachtigal was a second team honoree. Army also saw John Abercrombie and Reynolds make an appearance on the second team for special teams players after an impressive season so far for the Black Knights. Army is back in action on December 22, in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, which will be live on ESPN at 2:30 p.m. CT. Read More

Army Football Wraps Up First Practice in Fort Worth

Army Wraps Up First Practice in Fort WorthThe Army West Point football team practiced for the first time in the Lonestar State on Wednesday prior to its appearance in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.

The Black Knights practiced at Wildcat Stadium on the campus of Kennedale High School.

Army focused on special teams for the first portion of practice and then broke into individual and team drills for the final hour.

The Cadets have one more practice and then a walk through on Friday before the game on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Central on ESPN.

Monken a Finalist for "Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year

Monken a Finalist for "Bear” Bryant Coach of the YearArmy West Point head football coach Jeff Monken was named one of seven finalists for the 2019 Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year Award, sponsored by Marathon Oil Corporation. Joining him on this impressive list of the nation's best college football coaches are: Bill Clark (University of Alabama-Birmingham), Josh Heupel (University of Central Florida), Brian Kelly (Notre Dame), Nick Saban (University of Alabama), Dabo Swinney (Clemson University), and Jeff Tedford (Fresno State University).

Monken has helped bring the historic Army football program back into the national spotlight over the last five years. After winning six games between his first two seasons, Monken led his Army team to an 8-5 record in 2016, highlighted by his first win over Navy. Monken followed that up with a 10-win season last year, and then matched those numbers again with another 10-win season in 2018. Army has an opportunity to set a new school record for wins in a season with a victory over Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas, on December 22.

The winner will be announced live on January 9, 2019 during the awards dinner and ceremony at the Post Oak Hotel in Houston. Now in its 33rd year, the Coach of the Year Award recognizes the country's top college football coach for their contributions both on and off the field. The award is the only college coaching honor selected after all bowl games are concluded and is voted on by the National Sports Media Association.

Army Football Early Signing Day Statement

Army Football Early Signing Day StatementToday marks the National Football Early Signing Period but due to Academy policy names of recruited student-athletes will not be released until they arrive on campus this summer.

Army West Point head coach Jeff Monken had this to say about his early signing day class:

"We are excited about the future of Army Football. With this being the first of the national signing days, we have secured commitments from several outstanding young men from across the nation. Although we, like traditional college teams, cannot publicize these commitments until after their arrival on campus this summer, we are confident that we have secured a group of young men who will be outstanding leaders of character to serve our nation along with football players who will help continue the winning ways of Army Football."

PaNE Faculty Mission to Educate and Inspire

CDT Lampkin '21A remarkable testament to the dedication of one of our amazing Physics and Nuclear Engineering (PaNE) instructors.

"My high school wasn't very challenging. I never had to struggle. I was 15th in the class. Section leader in my marching band. Top of this. Top of that. Where I grew up, not too many people go to college out of state. So, when I got accepted into West Point, I assumed that I'd continue to succeed. But I finished my first semester with a 2.5 GPA. Not only was I barely surviving, but I felt like I was trying as hard as I could. I started thinking: 'Am I dumb? Can I even do this?' My second semester I had a physics teacher named Major Bowen. He was honest with me about my faults. He told me that I needed to get more sleep. And that I had poor time management skills. But he also told me some nice stuff. He said that I was a good student to have in class. And that I was definitely smart enough to succeed. It's nice to hear that stuff when you're surrounded by so many naturally talented people. Major Bowen showed me ways to become more efficient. I started using calendars. I started studying in groups. I began tutoring people in calculus, because teaching is the best way to really learn a subject. Six weeks into the second semester I got my first test back, and it was an 'A.' It was a '90,' but it was an 'A.' It was like: 'Oh, wow. I can do this.'" ~CDT Lampkin '21.

Surdick Tabbed IL Preseason All-American

CDT Johnny Surdick '19Johnny Surdick of the Army West Point men's lacrosse team earned First Team Preseason Inside Lacrosse Media All-America honors, announced by the group on Monday. Surdick is coming off a junior season in which he garnered Inside Lacrosse Media All-American accolades after being named First Team All-Patriot League a season ago. For the second straight year, he led the Black Knights' defense with 23 caused turnovers. He averaged 1.92 per game and ranked third in the Patriot League.

The firstie captain from Odenton, Md., added 42 groundballs last season while guarding the opponent's biggest offensive threat each outing. Surdick tallied four assists in 2018 which was a new career mark. The Black Knights begin their season with road games at UMass and Rutgers in early February before hosting Hudson Valley foe Marist at home on March 19 for the first contest at Michie Stadium in 2019.

CME Run to Remember

CME Run to RememberMembers of the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department (CME) took a few moments to honor the 17 former cadets who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. The department conducts the Run to Remember from Mahan Hall to the West Point Cemetery twice a year and reads the names of the fallen.

Game Notes: Armed Forces Bowl Next Task for Army

Game Notes: Armed Forces Bowl Next Task for ArmyThe Black Knights bring their eight-game winning streak into the 2018 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on Saturday.

The game is slated for a 2:30 p.m. CT kick and Army will be looking for its fourth consecutive bowl win, including its third straight in the Armed Forces Bowl. The contest will air live on ESPN with Chris Cotter, Jim Mora, Emmanuel Acho, and Quint Kessenich on the call. The game can also be heard on the Army Sports Network through the TuneIn app or goarmywestpoint.com.

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U.S. Ambassador to Russia Lectures cadets

U.S. Ambassador to Russia Lectures cadetsThe Stanford Professor and former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, delivered a guest lecture to cadets enrolled in SS307 and several other Department of Social Sciences (SOSH), Defense & Strategic Studies (DSS), and Department of Foreign Languages (DFL) courses. Ambassador McFaul's lecture was based on his most recent book, "From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin's Russia," which blends the Ambassador's memoirs from his time in government with his penetrating analysis of Russian politics, foreign policy, and U.S.-Russian relations. The talk was jointly sponsored by the Department of Social Sciences and the Modern War Institute and provided cadets with a timely discussion of Russia's recent aggressive actions across the globe.

"Margins to Mainstream" Cadets Visit NYC

"Margins to Mainstream" Cadets Visit NYCCadets enrolled in: From the Margins to Mainstream (Society and Culture in American History) went on a trip section to New York City to see and talk about subjects discussed in class. Cadets have been learning about how historically marginal ideas and groups became incorporated into mainstream American society. On this trip, West Point Department of History faculty, MAJ Ben Flores and Dr. Laura Hooton, guided cadets to sites related to the counterculture of the 1950s and 1960s, the LGBT community, immigrant communities, and the Harlem Renaissance. For the experience, cadets trekked across New York City walking from Greenwich Village, through Soho and Little Italy, to Chinatown, and taking the subway up to The National Jazz Museum in Harlem. Along the way the group had several insightful discussions about the nature of these sites, how they related to themes discusses throughout the course, and why they are important to contemporary American society and culture. Overall, cadets gained a greater understanding of how and why marginal groups and ideas made it into the mainstream and the important role New York City played in that process.

CDT Sanborn '20 Qualifies for Olympic Trials

CDT Kate Sanborn '20Heading into her first marathon Cadet Kate Sanborn '20 had heard all about the wall, the moment in the middle of the race when physically and mentally you simply break. Standing at the starting line facing down the course, Sanborn didn't know how her body would react. A marathon stretches 26.2 miles from start to finish and despite the hundreds of miles of training Sanborn put in preparing for the race, the longest she had ever run at one time was 21 miles. Each day of training had been meticulously tracked in her notebook, every day of double runs and the weeks where she ran 77 miles as she laid down a base of endurance.

In November at the Richmond Marathon it was time to see if those miles and hours spent training would pay off. If the wall came, she was determined to push past it and cross the finish line. "That was the one thing I was unsure of. How was my body going to handle it and how was I going to react mentally?" Sanborn said. "The day of, I showed up at the line and was like, ‘what happens, happens.' If I just take a carefree attack at it, then nothing can really hurt me. If I hit the wall, then I hit the wall. I know that I am going to finish whether that is walking and jogging. I am going to cross the line." Read More

DMI Hosts British Military Attaché at West Point

The Department of Military Instruction hosted Brigadier James Carr-Smith, the British Military Attaché and Head of the British Army Staff in the United States. Carr-Smith visited West Point to deliver a presentation entitled "Interoperability – Why we have no choice." While primarily an opportunity for staff and faculty development, the visit also served as an opportunity to help broaden Carr-Smith's understanding of how West Point cadets are trained and educated before he takes over as Commander Sandhurst Group, the UK equivalent of the Commandant of Cadets.

Having endured a torrid journey through inclement weather, Carr-Smith was briefed on the military training progression that cadets receive during their 47-month West Point experience with a focus on Cadet Summer Training. He met with several department heads and discussed potential U.S.-UK collaborative opportunities.

Although West Point is very different from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) commissioning model, the opportunities and benefits of increased collaboration between the two foremost military academies is obvious and was an enduring theme during the visit. Carr-Smith took part in a defense and strategic studies lesson as they studied the AirLand, AirSea and Multi-Domain Battle and was given a tour of the West Point Simulation Centre to see how simulation technologies complement USMA's Military Education and Training program. Read More

Cadets Honored as Marshall and Schwarzman Scholars

Cadets Honored as Marshall and Schwarzman ScholarsFive First Class cadets at the U.S. Military Academy have been honored as either a Marshall or Schwarzman scholar.
Recipients of the Marshall Scholarship may study for graduate degrees in any field of study at a university in the United Kingdom. Schwarzman Scholars attend Tsinghua University in Beijing where they study for a Masters of Global Affairs. This year's Marshall Scholars from West Point are Class of 2019 Cadets David Bindon, Robert Drummond and Madeleine Schneider. Class of 2019 Cadets Kevin Colton and Eva Gould received the Schwarzman Scholarship.

Hailing from Canton, Michigan, Bindon is the Brigade Commander, or First Captain, of 4,400 cadets at West Point. While studying mechanical engineering, Bindon has completed a number of technical projects including a fluid dynamics analysis in urban and rural landscapes. He has a written primer for future cadets' use in summiting the learning curve associated with his research and ported flight software to cheaper, faster and commercially-available single board computers for the Joint Precision Airdrop System used in the theater of war.

Aside from his academic pursuits, Bindon largely dedicates his time to the development of others. He has served in various leadership positions, ranging from a mentor for 22 high schoolers interested in the Academy to the commander of 1,430 cadets in a crucible summer training experience. In his career, Bindon hopes to become an Aviation officer and apply his approach to technical problem-solving and his capacity for leadership toward tackling the nation's most meaningful pursuits in the military and beyond. Bindon will study for a master’s in economics and philosophy at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Master’s Degree in War Studies from King's College London. Read More

Cadets Display Class Projects on Geospatial Mapping

Cadets Display Class Projects on Geospatial MappingCadets currently enrolled in the Geospatial Information Systems program displayed and presented their class projects to staff, faculty and community members Dec. 11 and 12 in the Haig Room in Jefferson Hall Library. The projects focused on the use of geospatial analysis and how it can be used to share stories of our interaction with the earth.

Cadets presented projects on a variety of subjects such as detailing the migration of Syrian refugees to European countries, elk migration patterns in Yellowstone National Park, U.S Reliance on Foreign Trading Partners, Countries Spending the Most on Defense Spending and correlation between obesity and suicide rates in the Midwest and Michigan.

"I would have thought that urban counties would have the most suicides, but that proved to be wrong," Class of 2021 Cadet Steven Hoadley said of his project. "Once I began researching, I found there are 13 people per 100,000 that died by suicide and the rate has been rising. It went to 15.4 suicides in rural counties. On the other hand, you may have to take that with a grain of salt because a lot of counties have small populations."

Hoadley added that Michigan is divided in three different regions and the southern part has the biggest cities. "I wanted to see if urban counties had lower suicide rates and they do, which surprised me," Hoadley said. "Some of the reasons that rural counties have higher suicide rates may be due to the fact that there are less resources available to them for mental health and fewer mental health centers. There is also the stigma in rural counties about getting help." Read More

West Point Spouse Helps Decorate White House Christmas Tree

West Point Spouse Helps Decorate White House Christmas TreeEvery summer, the White House sends out approximately 7,000 applications to apply to decorate the White House Christmas Trees. Once the applications are returned to the White House, the First Lady and the chief decorator look at the applications (and probably do security checks) and select roughly 125-200 people to come and decorate the trees at the White House.

Kari Harmeling, a military spouse residing at West Point who also just happens to have graphic artist experience, was one of those accepted.

"The theme for the decorations is ‘American Treasures' and I was one of six others in my group," Harmeling said. "There is a Gold Star tree, and that is the first thing you see as you enter the East Room. It serves as a reminder of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to our nation. It really set the tone."

Harmeling said she didn't know any of the six that were with her, but they stayed in the same hotel.

"We became fast friends though," Harmeling said. "We worked from sunup to sundown. But we had breakfast in the State Dining Room. We first spent the day sorting through decorations in a large warehouse and then the decorations were sent up and we started. There was a piano player playing all day, which was very nice and, in some rooms, a band played. Read More

CBS Sports to Air Four Games this Spring

CBS Sports to Air Four Games this SpringThe Army West Point men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse and baseball teams will all have at least one game this season televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.

Both lacrosse teams will trek to Annapolis, Md., on April 13 for a doubleheader against service-academy rival Navy. The women's game is slated for 1 p.m., while the men are scheduled to follow at 3:30 p.m.

The ensuing weekend will feature a men's lacrosse matchup between Army and defending Patriot League champs Loyola at Michie Stadium on April 20 at 2:30 p.m. A day later, a rematch of the baseball Patriot League Championship Series between the Black Knights and the Midshipmen is set to go down at Navy on April 21 with first pitch slated for 12:30 p.m.

Secretary of the Army Joins Judo for PT

Secretary of the Army Joins Judo for PTThe Secretary of the Army, Dr. Mark T. Esper a judo alumnus, joined judoka cadets for some morning PT during Army Navy Weekend. The West Point Judo team beat Navy at Drexel for the second time this semester.

International Affairs Forum Visits "The Tonight Show"

International Affairs Forum Visits "The Tonight Show"The International Affairs Forum visited "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon. Cadets had the opportunity to experience political satire related to current events as audience members in the studio during a taping of the show. The guest on the show was John Oliver, who host his own political satire show on HBO, titled, "Last Week Tonight." During a break in taping, Jimmy Fallon entertained cadets with a story about a performance he put on at West Point early in his career.

Men's Rugby Cleans Up Conference Honors

Men's Rugby Cleans Up Conference HonorsAfter an undefeated start to the 15s season that ended with a Rugby East Conference title this fall, the Army West Point men's rugby team racked up multiple league accolades.

The Black Knights led Rugby East with nine All-Conference selections, including six on the First XV, which also led the league. Paul Adams was also named Forward of the Year.  

"We're very proud of these players for earning this well-deserved recognition for their effort and performance this past season," said head coach Matt Sherman. "All of the recipients would be quick to recognize the invaluable role that all of their teammates played in creating an environment that pushed them to become better every day, and to share this recognition and praise with them."

Adams was named Forward of the Year after pacing the Black Knights at the No. 1 position. He also scored two tries during the fall campaign.

Along with Adams, Matthew Meehan, Marco Carrabotta, Rob Niscior, Sam Sutera, and James Mbony were also selected for the first team.

Mbony led the Cadets with 55 points during the fall, while Meehan was tied for fourth on the team in tries (4) and total points (20). Carrabotta started every game this fall and scored three tries on the year, including a score in the Black Knights' 31-0 over then No. 5 Penn State. Niscior and Sutera both had two tries during the fall. Read More

Hovren Tabbed as Met Player of the Week

CDT Madison Hovren '19Madison Hovren earned her second weekly honor by being selected at the player of the week by the Met Basketball Writers Association on Tuesday. A 5-11 firstie forward from Spokane, WA, Hovren --- who also was named Patriot League player of the week --- finished with a pair of double-doubles last week, averaging 31.0 points and 18.0 rebounds, when the Black Knights (4-5) defeated Fairleigh Dickinson 62-40 at home and Wagner 61-46 on the road.

She recorded 30 points against FDU, canning 12-of-17 shots from the floor, and then registered a season-high 32 points against Wagner, hitting 10-of-17 from the field and 11-of-15 at the free throw line. Hovren also tied a career high with 22 rebounds against Fairleigh Dickinson and then notched 14 rebounds against the Seahawks. Hovren was also selected as the Patriot League Women's Basketball Player of the Week on Monday. The Black Knights are back in action tonight against Yale, with the tipoff coming at 7 p.m. from Christl Arena.

Intercollegiate Pistol Match in Columbus, OH

The Pistol Team traveled to Columbus, OH for an intercollegiate pistol match versus Ohio State and the University of Akron recently. Although they shot their best match of the season with a 3-event aggregate score of 6293, Army placed second behind Ohio State's 6477. Akron was third with a score of 6156. The Pistol Team's overall record for the first semester is 5 wins and 3 losses.

Water Polo National Tournament

Water Polo National TournamentThe Army Water Polo team traveled of the Collegiate Water Polo Association National Tournament. Army came ready to play but fell short in their first two games. In their last game they defeated the University of Alabama, Red Tide 10-7, securing a 13th place finish in the tournament. Firstie goalie and captain Jeff Stark was named MVP of this final game, notching 8 saves. All in all, the tournament marks a successful finish to the fall season for the Army team. The cadets will take some time to focus on academics before returning to the pool after winter leave and preparing for their spring season.

Hovren Earns Patriot League Weekly Honors

CDT Madison Hovren '19Army West Point firstie forward Madison Hovren received her first Patriot League Women's Basketball Player of the Week honor this season.

Hovren finished last week with two double-doubles as the Black Knights defeated both Fairleigh Dickinson (62-40) and Wagner (61-46). She has now won 11 career Patriot League weekly awards.

Hovren averaged 31 points, 18 rebounds, two steals and 1.50 assists in two games for Army. In the Black Knights' 62-40 victory over FDU, she collected 30 points and 22 boards, while against Wagner she recorded 32 points and 14 rebounds in the 61-46 win. The senior's 32-point performance versus Wagner was a season-high, and her 22 rebounds against FDU was a career-high tally.

The Black Knights are back in action tonight against Yale before the holiday break. The game is slated to start at 7 p.m. in Christl Arena.

Monken Tabbed Finalist for Munger Coach of Year

Monken Tabbed Finalist for Munger Coach of YearArmy West Point head football coach Jeff Monken was announced as one of six finalists for the 2018 George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award, presented by the Maxwell Football Club (MFC). Monken joins Dino Babers (Syracuse University), Bill Clark (University of Alabama Birmingham), Brian Kelly (Notre Dame), Mike Leach (Washington State), and Nick Saban (Alabama) as a finalist.

Monken has taken a slow and steady approach in building his program at West Point. After winning six games between his first two seasons, Monken led his Army team to an 8-5 record in 2016, highlighted by his first win over Navy. Monken followed that up with a 10-win season last year, and he matched those numbers again with another 10-win season in 2018. Army has an opportunity to set a new school record for wins in a season with a victory over Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas, on December 22.

Voting opens Tuesday December 11th for the finalist selection for the George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year. Eligible voters include NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and football Sports Information Directors, Maxwell Football Club members and selected national media. The winner announcement will be made on January 3, 2018, and the award will be formally presented at the 82nd Maxwell Awards Gala, which will be held on March 8, 2019 at the Tropicana Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Read More

Hillel-Kosher Troops Care Package Packing

Hillel-Kosher Troops Care Package PackingSix cadets traveled to the Kosher Troops charity organization in Airmont, NY to help pack care packages for deployed Soldiers. Upon arrival, all were cheerfully greeted, introduced, in-briefed, and immediately put to work. Each cadet significantly contributed to care packages designed for individual Soldiers as well as packages for families, small units, and entire congregations of up to 50 people. All worked for four solid hours alongside other volunteers. The Cadets did a good job of interacting with Rockland County volunteers, answering questions, 'telling the Army story,' and learning a bit about the logistics of sending supplies to forward deployed troops. Care packages were bound for places such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Italy, UK, Germany, Kuwait, Korea, and other locations. Overall, Kosher Troops sends more than 150 packages to more than 70 locations.

Brinson Picks Up Academic All-America Praise

CDT Kenneth Brinson '19Firstie linebacker Kenneth Brinson was voted onto the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Division I Football First Team on Monday. Brinson was selected by the Sports Information Directors from around the country as a First Team Academic All-America honoree and picks up his second consecutive nod after being named to the team in 2017. Earlier this year he was named First-Team Academic All-District for the second-straight season as well. Brinson was also recognized all season for his academic success as he is a finalist for both the Campbell Trophy and the Pop Warner National College Football Award. He is a chemical engineering major with a 3.9 grade point average at West Point.

The 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America Division I Football Team features 17 members with a 4.0 GPA and 34 members with at least a 3.90 GPA as either undergraduate or graduate student-athletes. The 26 members on the first team have an average GPA of 3.95. For more information on the Google Cloud Academic All-America program, go to https://academicallamerica.com/. Brinson and the Black Knights are heading to Texas next week for the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, which will air live on ESPN at 2:30 pm CT at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. Read More

Taekwondo at the Providence ECTC Tournament

Taekwondo at the Providence ECTC TournamentThe Army Taekwondo team travelled to Providence, Rhode Island to compete in their third and last ECTC tournament of the semester. The team performed exceptionally well, taking second place overall for the second time in a row. Notable mentions go out to the Women’s A2 and C1 teams and Men’s B1 and C1 teams, for taking home the silver, gold, gold and bronze medals, respectively, in their sparing divisions. The Women’s A2 team consisted of CDTs Taylor Reim, Esther Kang and Nicole Nettles. The Women’s C1 team consisted of CDTs Maggie Shi, Nathania Nuno and Madeline Ryu. The Men’s B1 team consisted of CDTs Andy Vu, Richard Sung, and Madison Curry. The Men’s C1 team consisted of CDTs Josiah Park, Jeremy Good and Brock Curry.

Cadets Go Off-Broadway and Explore NoHo

Cadets Go Off-Broadway and Explore NoHoCadets had a great experience learning about a different part of New York City. They went to see a show called Girl from the North Country, that was set in Duluth, Minnesota during the depression and featured new arrangements of Bob Dylan music. This is an off-Broadway production at The Public, a theater known for taking risks on innovative productions. The Public launched such well-known shows as Hair, A Chorus Line, and Hamilton. Before the show, cadets had some time to explore "NoHo" (North of Houston Street) and Washington Square. They chose to visit places such as the Ukrainian Museum, the Tenement Museum, an outdoor Christmas market, and Katz's Deli. Patrons at The Public were delighted to see cadets at a production that is not mainstream, and many were surprised to learn that a theatre club is available to cadets. On the way home, cadets listened to the original versions of some of the Bob Dylan songs and discussed the ambiguous storyline and how it related to other productions they've seen.

Feinstein Findings: Outright CIC Champions

Feinstein Findings: Outright CIC ChampionsNOW, the script has truly been flipped.

In all the buildup to the 119th version of college football's best and most storied rivalry, the theme was this: Army is 9-2 and Navy is 3-9. Army has won two Army-Navy games in a row after LOSING 14 in a row. The script has been flipped. Allegedly.

One person who didn't want to hear any of that was Jeff Monken. Having coached in this game 10 times prior to Saturday—six times as a Navy assistant coach, four times as Army's head coach—Monken knew better than to think 9-2 and 3-9 were going to mean a thing once the teams kicked off inside Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday afternoon.

"The thing I'm proudest of," he told his players when the annual long day's journey into night finally ended with Army on top 17-10, "Is that you didn't listen to all that talk about how we were 9-2 and they were…whatever. You came in here and you fought on every play and you kept your pedal to the metal for four quarters because that's what you NEEDED to do to win this game. That's what's always needed in this game."

That was a perfect description of this game. Army was the better team for most of the day and, at times, it looked as if it might blow the game open. It never happened. It rarely does when these two teams play. Read More

Make It A Three-Peat! Army Football Victorious Over Navy

Make It A Three-Peat! Army Football Victorious Over NavyThe Army West Point football team has turned the tides on rival Navy by defeating the Mids for the third-straight season following a 17-10 victory here Saturday. After suffering heartbreak after heartbreak to their nemesis for so long, the Black Knights have strung together three in a row and claimed the Commander In Chief's trophy in back-to-back season for the first time in program history.

Cow Kelvin Hopkins Jr. was named the game's Most Valuable Player after rushing for 64 yards and two touchdowns. The Charlotte, N.C., native finished 4-for-9 for 61 yards in the passing game as well. Darnell Woolfolk and Kell Walker chipped in 62 and 56 yards rushing, respectively, while Walker led the receiving corps with two catches for 30 yards. Jaylon McClinton compiled nine total tackles, including six solo shots. Those nine tackles tie his career high. The cow added two forced fumbles and one interception for 11 yards to his already impressive night. Read More

Wrestling Controls Drexel in 29-5 Victory

CDT Noah Stewart '20The Army West Point wrestling team opened its dual season with an 29-5 victory against Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) foe Drexel at the John A. Daskalakis Athletic Center on Friday evening. After splitting the first two matches, the Black Knights rattled off seven consecutive victories with bonus point wins from Beau Guffey (149 lbs.), Cael McCormick (165 lbs.) and 20th-ranked Noah Stewart (184 lbs.).  Army secured the victory with Stewart's 15-0 technical fall.

The Black Knights snapped a four-match losing skid to Drexel, defeating the Dragons for the first time since 2013-14. This is the first time under head coach Kevin Ward that Army earned a victory over Drexel. The Cadets start 1-0 in EIWA duals for the sixth time in the last seven years. Army captured a victory in its first dual of the season for the first time since 2013-14. Rookies Corey Shie and Ben Sullivan made their collegiate dual debuts against the Dragons. Trey Chalifoux earned his 10th win of the season. Guffey notched the 10th bonus point victory of his career. The Tuttle, Okla., native recorded his first-career dual victory. McCormick documented his first technical fall of the season and third of his career. Stewart orchestrated his team-leading fourth technical fall of the year.

The Black Knights return to action at the Midlands Championships, hosted by Northwestern, on Dec. 29-30.

Cadets Attend First United Lenape Nations Pow Wow

Cadets Attend First United Lenape Nations Pow WowSix Cadets and two faculty members from the West Point’s Native American Heritage Forum attended the First United Lenape Nations Pow Wow in New York City. The Pow Wow was attended by numerous tribes and enabled all to share in a day of Native art, food, dance competitions, and special performances in addition to a symposium that explored Indigenous culture with Inuit (Inuk) experimental vocalist and artist Tanya Tagaq and fellow artists, writers, scholars, performers, and community leaders. CDT Emma Powless, CIC of the Club, did a remarkable job coordinating for support of this event and was interviewed by the New York Post.

Women's Basketball Earns Win at Wagner

CDT Madison Hovren '19The Army West Point women's basketball team made it three wins in its last four games with a 61-46 victory on Saturday afternoon at Wagner. Hovren had another impressive outing with 32 points and 14 rebounds to lead Army to its fourth win of the season. She was 10-of-17 from the floor and sunk 11 free throws. Jessica Rawls had her best game as a Black Knights with eight points and a career high 10 boards. The Seahawks had three players in double figures. Jordan Hobson led the way with 15 points and five rebounds. Nakylia Carter and Taylah Simmons added 11 points apiece in the loss. Army had a 49-22 rebounding advantage, including a 15-3 margin in offensive rebounds. Army leads the all-time series at 7-3 and has won four in a row in the series. The Black Knights evened the series at Wagner at 2-2. Hovren scored at least 30 points for the fourth time in her career and second time this season. Hovren now has 1,315 career points. Hovren is now seventh all-time in career rebounds with 806. Hovren reached double digits in scoring for the eighth time this season. She added her seventh double-double of the season. Hovren now has 40 double-doubles in her career. Read More

Men's Basketball Comeback Road Win over Air Force

CDT Lonnie Grayson '21Despite trailing by 17 points entering the half, the Army West Point men's basketball team came from behind to capture a 66-61 victory over service-academy foe Air Force on Saturday afternoon at Clune Arena. Tommy Funk and Lonnie Grayson led the comeback effort and combined for nearly half of the Black Knights' (5-6) second-half points in the win over the Falcons (4-6). Funk finished as Army's top scorer after putting up 14 points, while Grayson totaled 11. Alex King was the third Cadet to reach double-digit points after he buried three 3-pointers and tallied 10 in the scoring column. After a poor shooting start, Army completely flipped the script in the second half and shot 50 percent from the field while not turning the ball over a single time.

Defensively, the Black Knights limited the Falcons to 29-percent shooting and only 21 points on five made field goals in the second half. The Black Knights bested the Falcons for the fifth straight meeting. Army picked up its first road victory of the year. The Cadets improved to 7-4 all-time versus Air Force. Grayson's 11 points and four made shots were both career highs. It was the first time this season he recorded double-digit points. The 50 percent shooting performance by the Cadets in the second half was the third-best shooting percentage in a half this year. For the 47th straight game, the Black Knights made five 3-pointers. Funk scored 12 of his points in the second half. Army scored 23 points off of 19 Air Force turnovers. The six turnovers by the Cadets tied a season low. John Emezie tied a career high with four steals. The Army bench accounted for 45 percent of the team's points. The Black Knights scored 30 of their 66 points from inside the paint. Army assisted on 49 percent of its made shots. Read More

Hovren's Big Night Leads Women's Basketball Past FDU

CDT Madison Hovren '19Firstie Madison Hovren had a great night for the Black Knights with 30 points and 22 rebounds to lead Army to a 62-40 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson on Wednesday night at Christl Arena.

Hovren tied her career high with 22 rebounds. She set the record against Colgate when she was a yearling. The 30 points were a season high and she was 12-of-17 from the floor. Libby Tacka was the only other Black Knight in double figures with 10 points and she added seven rebounds. Jess Lewis had a tough shooting night but dished out game-high eight assists.

Fairleigh Dickinson shot 26 percent from the field and went 3-of-18 from distance in the loss. Peniel M'Bikata led the Knights with 13 points and five rebounds. Read More

Monken Named Finalist for Eddie Robinson Award

Monken Named Finalist for Eddie Robinson AwardArmy West Point head football coach Jeff Monken has been announced as a finalist for the 2018 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, which is given annually by the Football Writers Association of America in conjunction with the All State Sugar Bowl. The winner is set to be named during a National Football Foundation news conference at the New York Hilton Midtown.

In alphabetical order the eight finalists are: Bill Clark, UAB; Josh Heupel, UCF; Brian Kelly, Notre Dame; Jeff Monken, Army; Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma; Nick Saban, Alabama; Dabo Swinney, Clemson; and Jeff Tedford, Fresno State.

Riding a seven-game winning streak, Army stands at 9-2 before its annual meeting against Navy on Saturday in Philadelphia. The triple-option Black Knights, the nation's No. 2 rushing team (303 ypg), will play in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl against Houston. Monken, also a finalist in 2017, has seen his team drop games to only Duke and Oklahoma this season. The Sooners had to go to overtime before prevailing, 28-21, in Norman and the Black Knights have not lost since. Read More

Cadets Participate in the NSBE Fall Regional Conference

Cadets Participate in the NSBE Fall Regional ConferenceNational Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Cadets travelled to Danvers, MA to participate in the NSBE Fall Regional Conference and conduct the K'Nex Bridge Design Challenge. Cadets conducted a great workshop for high school students, were engaging and represented the Academy well.

Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: Navy

Coach Jeff MonkenArmy West Point football head coach Jeff Monken met with members of the local media on Wednesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium.

The Black Knights will take on service academy rival Navy Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia this Saturday. The game will be broadcast on CBS at 3 p.m.

Ref.: Opening Statement
"Good afternoon everybody. It is finally here, this week that we wait for all year long. We pass those signs in the building and all over Post day after day that say beat navy and finally we get the opportunity to play this game. It is a tremendous rivalry and it is such a privilege and an honor for all of us competing in this game to take part in such a prestigious game and rivalry. Knowing what it means to so many people; to those who graduated from this academy and the other one, to the men and women who serve the branches of service we play for, the uniforms we wear and the colors which represent those men and women. It has been a long time coming – these three weeks leading up seems like forever, but it really comes at a welcome time to get rested, get healthy and hopefully have most of our team ready to play in the biggest rivalry in sports." Read More

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Corbin Leadership Forum Cadets Participate in Scout Day

Corbin Leadership Forum Cadets Participate in Scout DaySeveral Corbin Leadership Forum Cadet leaders and members participated in Scout Day. Scouts of all ages enjoyed learning about the history and wear of various Cadet uniforms and especially had fun trying on the famous "tar bucket" hat worn during parades. This is the second year that the Corbin Leadership Forum participated in Scout Day and they are looking forward to participating in future events.

McGraw and O'Shea Receive All-Region Honors

CDT Zac McGraw '20 and Keenan OShea '20For the second consecutive season, cows Zac McGraw and Keenan O'Shea of the Army West Point men's soccer team collected United Soccer Coaches All-Region honors on Wednesday.

This news marks the 21st time in program history that the Black Knights had multiple Cadets receive all-region recognition. McGraw received first team honors for the second straight year, while O'Shea got the second team nod after being named third team all-region a season ago.

"Zac and Keenan are two of the best players in their positions in the college game and they have very bright futures ahead," head coach Russell Payne said. "Most importantly, they are selfless as teammates and as leaders. The school and soccer program are immensely proud of the successes they helped the team achieve this season."

McGraw, a three-time all-league performer and two-time All-Atlantic Region First Team selection, was a defensive stalwart for the Black Knights in his third year and aided the team in its run in the Patriot League Tournament. The Torrance, Calif., native helped the Cadets secure three shutout wins during the regular season and a pair of clean sheets in the tournament. In his junior campaign, McGraw dished out three helpers. Read More

Equestrian at the IHSA in Pequannock, NJ

Equestrian at the IHSA in Pequannock, NJThe Army West Point Equestrian Team showed impressively at the IHSA horse show in Pequannock, NJ to compete against ten highly competitive colleges in the Northeast region. With seven top three finishes in multiple categories of competition, the team truly dominated in the ring. Some of the most notable placings are as follows: Anna Jerald '21 won her open flat class and earned second in her open over fences class, Matilda Brady '19 earned second in her intermediate flat class, Madyson Paul '21 earned second in her novice flat class, Karissa Stubblefield '22 earned third place in her advanced walk-trot-canter division, Cira Wolf '20 won her walk-trot-canter division, Lucy Harrill '21 earned third in her walk-trot-canter division, and Emma Lawson '21 earned third in her walk-trot division.

Women's Team Handball Travels to Houston

Women's Team Handball Travels to HoustonWest Point Women’s Team Handball Black, traveled to Houston, TX to play against the Houston Firehawks women's team handball club. They played three hard fought games with Army prevailing in all three. Both teams improved their timing and attacks during the first game, but Army capitalized on several missed shots with fast breaks and outscored the Firehawks 10 to 4. The second game was quite the battle as the teams were neck-to-neck throughout, but Army scored in the last 10 seconds to win with a score of 13 to 12. The youth and depth of Army carried them through the final game where they won 12 to 7.

West Tabbed CSFL Player of the Year

CDT Keegan West '19Firstie quarterback Keegan West of the Army West Point sprint football team was named the Most Valuable Player of the Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) on Tuesday afternoon. A total of 14 Black Knights were honored by the league with eight first-team selections, five second-team honorees and one honorable mention.

West, who earned his third all-league honor, led the league's top offense by posting the most completions (163), pass attempts (267), passing yards (1,926) and passing touchdowns (21), while accounting for the fewest interceptions (3). All were career highs for the West Point, N.Y., native as he contributed the third highest single-season totals in program history for passing yards and touchdowns.

He averaged more than 275 yards per game and eclipsed 300 yards against Pennsylvania (374 yards) and Cornell (308 yards). Additionally, West threw multiple touchdowns in six of the team's seven contests, including three or more in five games. Read More

Grappling MMA Racks up the Medals

Grappling MMA Racks up the MedalsThe West Point Grappling Mixed Martial team had a great performance at the North American Championships. From the 35 participants that competed, the team brought home 22 medals awarded for 1st-3rd place across the various weight classes and divisions.

Maddox, Young Earn Patriot League Weekly Honors

Maddox, Young Earn Patriot League Weekly HonorsAfter strong performances at the season opening Crowell Open, cow Tyrell Maddox and plebe Justin Young have received weekly honors from the Patriot League.

Maddox, who claimed victories in the 500-meter dash and as the anchor on the team's 4x400 meter relay unit, received the league's Male Track Athlete of the Week honors.

Young, who led the field in the 60-meter hurdles in his first meet as a Black Knight, was named Patriot League Male Rookie of the Week.

The Black Knights will return to action on January 12 when they travel to Penn State for the Nittany Lion Challenge. Story

Army Boxing Team in Connecticut

Army Boxing Team in ConnecticutThe Army Boxing Team participated in two Boxing events: Connecticut Boxing Show and Metropolitan Boxing Tournament. The winners from these events were Toese Tia, Chris Shafin, and Adaya Queen.

Women's Fencing Third at Lampell Invitational

Women's Fencing Third at Lampell InvitationalThe women’s fencing team traveled to Vassar College to compete in the Matt Lampell Invitational and finished in third place.

Class of '83 Distinguished Leader Series Hosts LTG Fogarty

Class of '83 Distinguished Leader Series Hosts LTG FogartyThe Class of 1983 Distinguished Leader Series, part of the West Point Leadership Center, hosted LTG Stephen Fogarty, the U.S. Army Cyber Command Commanding General, for a small group discussion with the Black & Gold Leadership Forum and Computer Science Majors. After listening to an overview of Cyber Command, which included the force structure, commander's priorities, and current threats and challenges, cadets and faculty engaged with LTG Fogarty in a lively question and answer session.

Hallstead Receives Pair of Weekly Honors

CDT Serica Hallstead '20After sweeping service-academy rival Navy on both boards in the annual Star Meet this past Saturday, cow Serica Hallstead claimed Patriot League Female Diver of the Week honors on top of being named the Army West Point Athletic Association Athlete of the Week. Hallstead's successful day against the Midshipmen started with a first-place finish on the 3-meter board after she totaled a season-best score of 289.88.

The Canandaigua, N.Y., native went on to hit another season-high mark once she posted a score of 273.30 on the 1-meter. Her victories on both boards marked the second consecutive meet that she had top marks on the 1-meter and 3-meter as she was coming off a pair of first-place finishes at last month's Terrier Invitational. Hallstead and the Black Knights will return to action on Jan. 11 when they take on Lehigh in a Patriot League dual slated for 3 p.m. in Bethlehem, Pa.

Game Notes: Army Readies Itself For America's Game

Game Notes: Army Readies Itself For America's GameThe Black Knights bring their seven-game winning streak into the 119th meeting of the Army-Navy Game, presented by USAA, on Dec. 8.

America's Game is slated for 3 p.m. and Army will be looking for its third consecutive win over its archrival. The contest will air live on CBS with Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Jamie Erdahl on the call. The game can also be heard on the Army Sports Network through the TuneIn app or goarmywestpoint.com.

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The Annual Volleyball Hardwood Classic

The Annual Volleyball Hardwood ClassicThe Men’s Volleyball Team traveled to Michigan State University to play in the annual Hardwood Classic. Army had wins over Ohio, Calvin, Michigan Tech, and Eastern Michigan.

Anderson '76 Evening Guest Lecture

Anderson '76 Evening Guest LectureThe Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) held their monthly meeting which included a guest lecture by Mr. David F. Anderson ‘76, IBM Chief IT Optimizer Architect. Mr. Anderson talked about appreciating the West Point engineering education that teaches problem solving which is applicable across industry. He stressed pursuing higher education and certifications such as Professional Engineer (PE) and Project Manager Professional (PMP) certification as well as digital badges to add strength to one's resume. He also discussed emerging engineering opportunities and closed the discussion with an engaging question and answer session with the eight cadets and four faculty members present from a variety of disciplines.

Cadet Outreach with Jewish Community Students

Cadet Outreach with Jewish Community StudentsEighteen students from a nearby Jewish community shared in Shabbat services at the West Point Jewish Chapel as coordinated by Rabbi (CPT) David Ruderman. Twelve cadets led the services as a rehearsal for Jewish Warrior Weekend (JWW). The Jewish Chapel Choir sang a variety of songs during services and the Cadets from both the Hillel and Jewish Chapel Choir held a session after services for the students to engage and ask questions about life at West Point. This event provided a superb outreach opportunity to share the story of Jews serving our nation through military service starting as cadets at the United States Military Academy.

COL John Cogbill Guest Speaker

COL John Cogbill Guest SpeakerCOL John Cogbill, former Department of Social Sciences professor (SOSH) and current commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team (BCT) (Rakkasans!), 101st Airborne Division, served as the guest speaker for about 500 cadets in the Principles of Economics course. The lecture is part of the Economic Leader project, where faculty and cadets explore the intersection of economics and leadership. During the lecture, COL Cogbill discussed this intersection as it relates to his efforts to build and sustain an innovative culture for the Rakkasans.

Big Red One: Football to Honor 1st Infantry Division

Big Red One: Army to Honor 1st Infantry DivisionOn the 100th Anniversary of America's First Division helping end the first Great War and Army is honoring the 1st Infantry Division for the Army-Navy Game, ...

The FIRST Infantry Division.

The FIRST permanent division in the regular Army.
The FIRST American division to fight in the first World War.
The FIRST to use modern, combined arms operations.
The FIRST to defeat the enemy at the Battle of Cantigny.

No Mission Too Difficult. No Sacrifice Too Great. Duty First!

President Woodrow Wilson promised the Allies he would send “a division” to France immediately, but the Army had no such divisions. The United States quickly ordered four infantry and three artillery regiments from the Mexican border in Texas to Hoboken, N.J., to board transports to France. That group of seven regiments joined together to officially form the "1st Expeditionary Division," later the 1st Infantry Division, under Brigadier General William L. Sibert on June 12, 1917. With more than 28,000 men, the "Big Red One," as the division was later nicknamed from its shoulder sleeve insignia, was twice the size of either the allied or German divisions on the Western Front.

The 1st Division’s 28th Infantry won the first major American victory in World War I at the Battle of Cantigny, a small village north of Paris held by the German Army. Along with the rest of the 1st Division and French Troops, they successfully attacked and defeated the German forces in just 45 minutes, holding the village against repeated counterattacks. Their success raised the Allies’ morale and disproved German propaganda about American combat incapacity. Read More

Army Football Accepts Invite to Armed Forces Bowl

Army Football Accepts Invite to Armed Forces BowlPurchase Bowl Game tickets by clicking here. (Discounted passes for the Official Army West Point Bowl Tailgate are available for $15 upon purchase of tickets).

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The No. 22/25 Army West Point football team has accepted a bid to the 2018 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl and will take on Houston, Brant Ringler, the bowl's executive director, announced Sunday.

To view information on Army's trip to the Armed Forces Bowl, visit armygameday.com/armedforcesbowl18.

The game will take place at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth and is set for an 3:30 p.m. Eastern kickoff on Dec. 22. This will be the 16th matchup in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, which started in 2003. Read More

Cadet Amateur Radio Places 3rd in the US

Cadet Amateur Radio Places 3rd in the USThe West Point team, US10, placed 3rd out of 32 US teams that competed. 1st place for US teams was NETCOM. The West Point team placed 28th overall out of 109 reporting stations and contacted stations as far as Peru and United Kingdom. This is the second year West Point competed in this exercise. This year the team utilized the AN/PRC 150 tactical radio to participate in a 3G Automatic Link Establishment (ALE) network. Using this mode, they sent digital messages to four teams, one US and three Canadian. More information and full scoreboard can be found at: https://nobleskywave.ca/

Men's Basketball Outlast Fairfield in Thriller, 63-60

CDT Matt Wilson '20Despite a second-half surge by Fairfield, the Army West Point men's basketball team was able to outlast the Stags and capture a 63-60 victory on Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena.

Matt Wilson led all scorers in the Black Knights' (4-5) win over the Stags (2-6) with 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting to pair with nine rebounds. John Emezie found his way to double-digits in the scoring column as well, coming away with a season-best 16 points while adding five rebounds.

Jordan Fox made program history when he knocked down a foul shot late in the contest, making him the 33rd Cadet all-time to reach 1,000 career points. The senior finished the game with eight points. Read More

Silver Arrow Investments Manager Visits Cadets

Silver Arrow Investments Mgr Visits CadetsMr. Gary Brode, manager of Silver Arrow Investment Management, a hedge fund, recently visited Major Stark's class: Financial Statements Analysis. During his visit, Mr. Brode spoke to the cadets about interpreting news and announcements from companies in relation to the macro economy and how it can cause movement (or sometimes, no movement) to a company's stock price and its competitive position in its market segment.

Track & Field Kicks Off Indoor Season Strong

Track & Field Kicks Off Indoor Season Strong The Army West Point Track and Field team opened its indoor season by competing at Gillis Field House in the Crowell Open.

"This was without question the best December meet we have had since I arrived here. Practice intensity and meet intensity are two very different things, and today we were able to evaluate our people in a competitive environment for the first time. All fall, I have felt like we were a pretty good team on both sides and today confirmed that. There was a lot of individual highlights.

On the men's side, some familiar names led us today. Mike Renard had a nice opener in shot put, Keagan Smith looked great in the 1000m, Tyrell Maddox was very good in the 500m and our 4x400m relay looked very strong in setting a new meet record. I was most impressed by what our plebes did today. Justin Young looked sharp in the hurdles. His time today was as good as any in the conference last year and it was his first race. He is still adjusting to the collegiate height, so what he did today is a really good indicator of what is possible in the future. Michael Mullally's hurdle races were also pretty good. A year ago, he was hurdling over 39" hurdles and running similar times to what he did today. I was really happy with all of our young guys out there." Read More

November CEP Athletes of the Month Revealed

CDTs Anthony Giachin '21 and Cecelia Croman '19Yearling Anthony Giachin of Army West Point baseball and firstie Cecelia Croman of women's swimming and diving were named the Corps Squad Scholar Athletes of the Month for November. As a mechanical engineering major and graduate of the advanced math program, Giachin has excelled in the classroom by achieving a 4.097 cumulative grade-point average. In his first year with the Black Knights, he set the Academy record for games played (61). Additionally, he was the Patriot League Tournament MVP and a member of the All-Patriot League Tournament Team. Giachin received the honor of being named the 2018 Patriot League Rookie of the Year. As a freshman, he took home three weekly rookie of the week honors from the league as well. Giachin was named to the Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America team.

Croman has served as a co-captain for the Black Knights in her final season with the team. She is an Operations Research major and has received high honors by Sporting 3.64 cumulative GPA. The Corpus Christi, Texas native posted one of her best academic semester's last spring with a 3.89 GPA and no course grade below an A-. Croman conducts research on two senior research projects and she regularly tutors other student-athletes in multiple sports in mathematics courses. She posted a stellar performance at the Patriot League Championships by contributing 35 points to Army's team total, while winning the 100 back. Recently in the dual meet against LIU Brooklyn, Croman helped Army get off to a strong start by leading off the Black Knights' victorious 200 medley relay squad. The firstie later added a win in the 200 back. Read More

Wrestling Places Second at Cougar Clash

CDT Noah Stewart '20The Army West Point wrestling team garnered a runner-up finish at the SIUE Cougar Clash on Sunday. The Black Knights benefited from Noah Stewart and #12 Rocco Caywood earning individual titles at 184 and 197 pounds, respectively. A total of 12 Cadets placed at the event, including five championship appearances. Chalifoux notched his first-career technical fall. Guffey made his season debut and recorded his 20th-career win. Shie and Ogunsanya tallied their team-leading fourth pins of the year.

Army heads to Philadelphia for its first dual meet of the season as it challenges Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) foe Drexel on Friday at 7 p.m. Read More


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