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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

Academies Come Together for JWW

Jewish Warrior Weekend (JWW) brought together Academy's Come Together for JWWover 45 Jewish Cadets and Midshipmen from West Point, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, Texas A&M, VMI, the Citadel, and a variety of other local ROTC detachments came together in our Nation’s capital for faith, fellowship, and fun. To start the weekend, the group conducted a scavenger hunt as a team building exercise. Then, all 11 USMA Cadets assisted Rabbi David Ruderman in leading Shabbat services on Friday night in superb fashion. Saturday consisted of group breakout sessions, spending the day at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, and numerous guest speakers to include LTC(R) Beth Robbins of the West Point Jewish Chapel Fund and RADM(R) Paul Becker, the Former Director of Intelligence for the Joint Staff.

Saturday also included Texas A&M leading a Havdalah Service in the center of Dupont Circle. Sunday included visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and interacting with another guest speaker. The council of student leaders that planned the event did a remarkable job with CDT Joshua Fernquist leading the effort for West Point. The desired outcome of fostering spiritual growth and camaraderie throughout the joint service community of future Jewish leaders was successfully achieved. The conduct of the events over the weekend also demonstrates the diversity of young leaders at each one of the Academies.

Fly Fishing Project Healing Waters

Fly Fishing Project Healing WatersThe Cadet Fly Fishing Club had the 2nd Annual Veteran's Day celebration with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing at the Connetquot River State Park in Oakdale, NY. The cadets learned from veterans in the PHWFF program and from volunteers with Long Island FlyRodders. All cadets caught fish in the river, in-cluding rainbow, brown, and brook trout. The event was a great success, and LIFR author Tom McCoy blogged about it here: https://tomsfishingstories.com/west-point-meets-phw-and-the-li-flyrodders/. All participants look forward to the 3rd Annual event.

Skeet & Trap at the ACUI Regional

Skeet & Trap at the ACUI RegionalThe Skeet & Trap Team had a great weekend of collegiate shooting at the ACUI Upper East Coast Regional Championships in Maryland. Facing off against tough competition including George Mason University, Virginia Tech, and James Madison, the team fared well over two days of shooting. Highlights include a second-place trap finish from Cadet Ethan Stankiewicz ‘19 breaking 91/100 clays despite high winds and a third-place skeet finish from Cadet Francis McConnell ‘21 in breaking 97/100 clays.

Ski Patrol Equipment Acquisition Trip

Ski Patrol Equipment Acquisition TripThe West Point Ski Patrol executed its annual equipment acquisition trip. The event is an example of the excellent relationship between the Ski Patrol and the local community. Every year, the Sports Barn in Yorktown Heights opens its doors to a Ski Patrol-only event. They provide a hearty breakfast of bagels, cakes, donuts and most important coffee. Twenty-six candidates and patrollers purchased, at a substantial discount, the equipment needed for the rigors of patrol work they will conduct this winter in sub-zero weather.

The Glee Club Travels South

The Glee Club Travels SouthThe full Glee Club traveled to Virginia to perform at a dinner hosted by Secretary of Defense Mattis at Mount Vernon. The audience included, Secretary Mattis, his Chinese counterpart, Minister Wei, and delegations from each country. The Club presented a selection of songs from history of the American soldier and the performance set the stage for bilateral defense talks between the U.S. and China.

Prior to this the Glee Club took the West Point message and story to Memphis on their Veterans Day Weekend Tour. They performed at the FedEx Veterans Day Observance on Friday, toured Downtown and Riverside sites including the "King" statues and Beale Street. On Saturday the cadets accomplished a recording session at The Grove studio, inscribed BEAT NAVY on The Wall at Graceland, performed "Mansions of the Lord" at the National Civil Rights Museum, and sang the National Anthem at FedEx Forum for the Memphis Grizzlies vs Philadelphia 76ers game. On Sunday, the Glee Club presented a public concert commemorating the Centennial of Armistice Day to an audience of over 700 which garnered local television coverage (watch here). The West Point Society of Mid-South (Memphis) and West Point Parents Club generously provided significant support with host families, local transportation, arranging performance and sight-seeing opportunities, and forging many new friendships.

Honor Society Cadets Host Middle School History Day

Honor Society Cadets Host Middle School History DayFifteen Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society Cadets hosted History Day for over one hundred middle school students and family members from local schools. Working with the Army West Point Athletics outreach program and the West Point Department of History, the cadets led tours around Trophy Point and Central Area, speaking about the history of West Point as well as their experiences in the Corps of Cadets.

Korn Ferry CEO Visits the Investment Club

Korn Ferry CEO Visits the Investment ClubThe CEO of Korn Ferry, Mr. Gary Burnison, came to visit the West Point Investment Club recently. Mr. Burnison has been the CEO for 15 years. Korn Ferry is a $3B publicly traded company that focuses on talent management for most major corporations. During his visit, he discussed the importance of managing talent and how to identify and foster the growth or leaders.

Cadets Present Research at AICHE

Cadets Present Research at AICHEEight cadets and three faculty members from the Department of Chemistry and Life Science (CLS) presented their research on various chemical engineering topics at the annual AICHE 2018 conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Cadets Luke Eckstein '19, Jesse Hudgins '19, Dan Lucio '19, Evan Ousley '19, Sarah Schwarzman '19, Delaney Marbach '20, Andy Vu '20 and Jenny Wang '20 presented posters in their field of study. CDTs Hudgins and Wang received 1st place awards and CDTs Marbach and Ousley received 2nd place awards in their Divisions for their poster presentations. In addition, CLS faculty conducted poster and oral presentations at various chemical engineering topic sessions.

Defense Shines in Men's Basketball Win Over Binghamton

CDT Tommy Funk '20The Army West Point men's basketball team had one of its best defensive showings of the season and came away with a 67-56 victory over Binghamton at Christl Arena on Wednesday night.

The Black Knights' (3-5) defense kept the Bearcats (2-5) in check, while the offense erupted in the second half to help the Cadets blow past their in-state foe. Matt Wilson was efficient on the night, compiling 16 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double.

Tommy Funk pitched in with 13 points to go with a game-high eight assists and six rebounds. Jordan Fox buried a trio of 3-pointers and finished the contest with 11 points for an Army squad that shot 48 percent from the field against Binghamton. Read More

USA Climbing Competition in Syracuse

USA Climbing Competition in SyracuseThe Climbing Team competed in their first local USA Climbing competition in Syracuse, NY. This competition enables the team to compete in the regional and national competitions.

Aviation Club Cadets Learn About Gliders

Aviation Club Cadets Learn About GlidersCadets from the West Point Aviation club had the unique experience of flying and learning about gliders in Wurtsboro NY. While the club offers many opportunities for powered flight experience, gliding was a new skill for everybody, to include the team's Officer Representative COL Richard Melnyk. Once at the airport cadets underwent training on the basic aerodynamic principals governing glider flight and learned about the aircraft at the airport. This discussion helped cement foundational knowledge learned by cadets in both their training and classroom settings in a unique way. Following a thorough safety preflight inspection cadets had the opportunity to do an introductory glider flight, which was a bit of an eye-opener for many. Cadets and OICs from the team completed orientation and check outs in the Piper Archer aircraft. CDTs Mueller and Paget flew to NYC along the Hudson and CDT Moreau earned his team Wings certification by flying to Kingston airport.

History Cadet Staff Members Meet with Yale

History Cadet Staff Members Meet with YaleLast month, four Cadet staff members of the West Point Department of History undergraduate journal, "Report," met with members of The Yale Historical Review. Both editorial staffs discussed publicity and outreach methods for calls for papers, the selection process for papers, and best practices for preparing issues for publication. This meeting prepared the staff for the process of editing AY 19's issue and beyond. The cadets appreciated this collaboration with the Department of History at Yale University and look forward to future opportunities to bring historians together. Check out past issues of "Report" here.

Women's Basketball Halts St. Francis Brooklyn

CDT Libby Tacka '20The Army West Point women's basketball team saw four players score in double figures as the Black Knights downed St. Francis Brooklyn, 69-57, on Wednesday night at Christl Arena.

The Black Knights halted a four-game skid with the win. Madison Hovren led Army with 16 points and 10 rebounds for her 37th career double-double. Libby Tacka tied a career high with 15 points and added six rebounds and only committed one turnover. Alisa Fallon added her first double-digit scoring game of the season with 11 points, while Jess Lewis had 10 points and dished out five assists.

Jade Johnson tallied a game high 25 points for St. Francis Brooklyn, while Ebony Horton added 11 for the visitors. The Terriers came into the game averaging 90 points per game and were held to a season-low 57 points. Read More

Woolfolk Accepts Invite to East-West Shrine Game

CDT Darnell Woolfolk '19Army West Point firstie fullback Darnell Woolfolk has accepted an invitation to play in the 94th East-West Shrine Game. The game will be held January 19, 2019 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., kicking off at 3 p.m. and will be broadcast live on NFL Network and the East-West Shrine Game Radio Network.

An invitation to take part in the annual East-West Shrine Game is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the best collegiate football all-stars in the country to showcase their talents in front of top representatives from NFL teams. A strong performance in the game greatly impacts a player's chances of a career in the NFL. Many of professional football's most recognized and decorated players, including Tom Brady, Brett Favre and John Elway, played for the East-West Shrine Game.

  • More than 100 players from last year's game signed with professional teams this spring, and more than 70 made final NFL rosters last season.
  • On average, more than 300 East-West Shrine Game alumni are on NFL rosters each year.
  • Since the game's inception, 77 former players have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • More than 200 former players have been named to the College Football Hall of Fame. Read More
Football Attends Army-Navy Press Conference

Football Attends Army-Navy Press ConferenceArmy West Point Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan and head football coach Jeff Monken along with select players traveled to Lincoln Financial Field on Wednesday for the Army-Navy press conference.

Team captains Bryce Holland and Cole Christiansen joined Corrigan and Monken in speaking with local, regional and national media in preparations for the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA, which is now only 10 days away.

Navy's head coach Ken Niumatalolo was also on hand at the home of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, while Sean Williams and Anthony Gargiulo took questions for the Midshipmen.

The 119th Army-Navy Game, presented by USAA, is set for 3:10 p.m. on Dec. 8 at Lincoln Financial Field. America's Game will be broadcast live on CBS with Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Jamie Erdahl on the call.

Great Celebration of Theatre Arts

Great Celebration of Theatre ArtsCadets were special guests at a one-night-only event celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF) in NYC. Cadets mingled with veterans, actors, and theatre professionals before the show, and met with a Medal of Honor Recipient. The main event was a staged reading of True West by Sam Shepard, and featured Adam Driver (AITAF Founder, Star Wars, Paterson), Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water, Boardwalk Empire), Peter Friedman (Ragtime, Succession), and Marylouise Burke (Sideways, Meet Joe Black, 30 Rock). The cadets had front row seats and participated in a Q&A session after the play with the actors and creative staff. One of the particularly interesting observations from Mr. Driver was the original Greek plays were written by military generals who were struggling with ways to convey morals and oral histories.

Dr. Rice Visits with Cadets

Dr. Rice Visits with CadetsDr. Susan Rice visited West Point to serve as the keynote speaker for the Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA). She also dedicated an hour of her day for an open question and answer session with cadets in the International Affairs Forum. The conversation covered a wide-range of issues that included China’s growing regional and global influence, Syria’s use of chemical weapons and America’s response, the United Nations’ role in protecting human rights, and America’s value-based leadership of the world. She gave cadets a detailed insider account of the Obama administration’s decision-making process following Syria’s use of chemical weapons in the summer of 2013.

Cycling at the Really Rad Cyclocross Festival

Cycling at the Really Rad Cyclocross FestivalThe Cycling team went to Cape Cod, Massachusetts for two days of racing at the Really Rad Cyclocross Festival. In the Men's Cat 2/3/4 Race: Kenneth Englert finished 7th. In the Men's Cat 4/5: Aidan Doyle finished 1st one day and 2nd another. In the Women's Cat 4/5: Phoebe Lee finished 2nd, and Rowan Crowley finished 3rd and 4th.

78th Annual Scholarship Fund Dinner Dance

78th Annual Scholarship Fund Dinner DanceFaculty from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering took nine cadets from three different departments to the 78th Annual Scholarship Fund Dinner Dance sponsored by the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) – New York City Post. The event was held in the Grand Hyatt across from Grand Central Station in New York City. SAME is dedicated to STEM initiatives and awarded 211 academic scholarships to students from over 75 universities from across the country.

Two of the Cadets attending the event were each awarded a $500 scholarship for their exemplary character, academic, military and physical performance as the top Cadet (ranked by CQPA) in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.

Guest speakers for the evening included MG Jeffrey L. Milhorn, USACE North Atlantic Division Commander; Rear Admiral Melvin Bouboulis, Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics of the U.S. Coast Guard; and Rear Admiral Edward Dieser, Chief Engineer of the United States Public Health Services; and other military and civilian leaders from academia, industry, and government agencies.

Franco, Bilek Earn Weekly Honors

CDTs Dominic Framco '20 and Colin Bilek '22Due to their outstanding performances in Army's 5-1 victory over top-ranked Niagara, Dominic Franco and Colin Bilek of the Army West Point hockey team received Atlantic Hockey weekly awards. Franco also claimed Army West Point Athletic Association Athlete of the Week honors.

Franco netted his first-career hat trick in Army's 5-1 win over the Purple Eagles. He scored an even-strength goal to open the second period, a goal that would stand as the game-winner, then added two power play goals, separated by just 48 seconds, to turn a 2-1 lead into a 4-1 lead. Franco scored the pure hat trick in a 19-minute span.

Bilek posted a career-high performance on Saturday with two goals. Bilek garnered his second-career power play goal to open the night's scoring. He capped things off with the final tally of the night. He is the first rookie to post a multi-goal performance this season.

The Black Knights will be back in action at Tate Rink this weekend to host Canisius. Friday's game will be at 7 p.m., while Saturday's will be another matinee at 4 p.m.

Cadets Sing the National Anthem for the NHL

Cadets Sing the National Anthem for the NHLSeven members of the Glee Club performed the Canadian and United States’ National Anthems to start the NHL game between the New York Rangers and the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden. Positive comments on the performance came from as far away as British Columbia from a gentleman who heard it on the radio. Video of the performance can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7MBvEB_N9Y

Cassalia Collects First Team All-Region Honors

Yearling goalkeeper Sydney Cassalia of the Army West Point women's soccer team was named to the All-North Region First Team by the United Soccer Coaches, the organization announced on Tuesday. Cassalia, who was named to the All-Patriot League Second Team this season, collected the first regional recognition of her career. Additionally, the Omaha, Neb., native became the first Army player to be named to the all-region first team since Molly McGuigan and Kim An did so in 2010.

"The recognition Syd has received is deserved and accurate," head coach Adrian Blewitt said. "She has been our most consistent performer all season, and her high level of play has had a direct impact on the team's success. Our staff and players are proud of her as she became one of the figureheads and standout leaders of our team." Cassalia improved upon her impressive rookie campaign by playing all 1,772 minutes of Army's 18 games, earning nine shutouts. The Omaha, Neb., native boasts a 0.66 goals-against average after allowing just 13 goals, while her 100 saves contributed to an 0.885 save percentage. Read More

Cadet Gospel Choir Visits Children’s Village

Cadet Gospel Choir Visits Children’s VillageCadet Gospel Choir visited Children’s Village in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Following a performance, cadets shared their stories with youth: juvenile justice, foster, and migrant. Their campus provides short-term residential programs for more than 1,000 children annually.

Edward Dieser Lunchtime Guest Lecture

Edward Dieser Lunchtime Guest LectureThe Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) hosted an engagement opportunity with Rear Admiral Edward M. Dieser, Assistant Surgeon General and Chief Engineer, US Public Health Service. Club OIC, CPT Nathaniel Sheehan worked with USACE NY District Deputy Area Engineer, CPT Ben Bruder, to enable two faculty members and 14 Cadets to learn about the US Public Health Service and how they support our country and integrate into mission sets around the world.

Skeet & Trap Takes First at the GMU Eastern Regional

Skeet & Trap Takes First at the GMU Eastern RegionalThe Skeet and Trap Team made a strong showing at the GMU Eastern Regional Championship Shoot, winning first place overall team score, first place team score in sporting clays, and first place combined American Skeet and American Trap. Among the field of shooters, CDT Francis McConnell won high overall individual score, first place sporting clays, and first place combined American Skeet and Trap. CDT Ethan Stankiewicz took second place high overall score, and CDT Ean McCool took third place high overall score. The team’s grand total score for all three events was a 1352/1500.

Equestrian Celebrates Air Force Victory

Equestrian Celebrates Air Force VictorySpectators gathered at Morgan Farm, home of the Army West Point Equestrian Team, to support West Point's decisive victory over the United States Air Force Academy's equestrian team. Fellow cadets, family members, and fans alike braved the pouring rain to experience the monumental achievement. Cadets from both service academies went head to head against peers at their respective levels and provided fierce competition. Team members also earned notable personal achievements, aiding in the team's overall win; Anna Gerald '21 and Madyson Paul '21 won the titles of High Point and Reserve High Point riders, respectively. Army had the top three highest point earners of the day and won nearly every category of competition.

Following their Friday win, the team continued their streak at their fourth IHSA horse show of the season. The team won an impressive overall reserve championship against ten highly competitive colleges in the Northeast region, earning more points as members strive for regional qualifications. They were only one point behind Centenary University for the overall championship. All of the cadets rode hard and contributed to the final point total. Some of the most notable placings are as follows: Anna Gerald '21 won her open flat class, Madyson Paul '21 won her novice flat class, Karissa Stubblefield '22 and Heather Graham '22 won their advanced walk-trot-canter divisions, Taqi Iftikhar '20 earned second in his walk-trot division, and Emma Lawson '21 earned third in her walk-trot division.

Bateman Voted a Finalist for Broyles Award

Army Football Defensive Coordinator Jay BatemanThe top five finalists for the Broyles Award was announced on Monday and defensive coordinator earned a spot on the list for the top assistant coach in the nation. The Frank & Barbara Broyles Foundation narrowed down the semifinalist list of 15 to the five finalists. The list was selected by the Football Writers Association of America and a 19-person committee of distinguished former head coaches, according to the Broyles Foundation.

The finalists include:

Alabama - Michael Locksley, Offensive Coordinator
Army - Jay Bateman, Defensive Coordinator
Clemson - Jeff Scott, Co-Offensive Coordinator/WRs
Mississippi State - Bob Shoop, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
Notre Dame - Chip Long, Offensive Coordinator

Each finalist will be invited to the award ceremony in Little Rock on Dec. 4. KATV will air the award show live on Channel 7, on KATV.com and on Facebook starting at 11:30 a.m.

Bateman has coached the Army defense to a national ranking of 11th in total defense. The Black Knights have been impressive against the run as they are 12th in nation and they have held their opponents in check, allowing 18.7 points per game, which is 16th in the country. 

The Newly Renovated Clausewitz Library

The Newly Renovated Clausewitz LibraryCadets enrolled in "Regional Studies in European History" use the West Point Department of History's newly renovated Clausewitz Library to immerse themselves in the events and ideology of the French Revolution. Using "Reacting to the Past" methodology, cadets assume historical roles as delegates to the National Assembly or as radical leaders of the Paris Sections. Engaging with topics such as the role of the church in society, the powers of the legislature and the monarchy, qualifications for citizenship, the rights of women, and the fate of slaves on Saint Domingue, cadets develop historical empathy and an appreciation for the contradictions and complexities of the French Revolution. In their final session they will debate how to respond to invasion from Austria and Prussia, as well as discuss the fate of Louis XVI.

Crew at the Head of the Schullykill Regatta

Crew at the Head of the Schullykill RegattaArmy Crew team competed in the Head of the Schullykill Regatta entering 21 boats in numerous events. The Army Crew Alumni entered one boat in the Alumni 4 rowing in a West Point shell under the supervision of a Cadet Coxswain and through the Army Rowing Association. The team did extremely well despite the cold temperatures, rain, and wind. For safety, the first 5 events were canceled. This effected the Women's Varsity and Novice squads. Army had four varsity pairs and two novice four races canceled. The team excelled once racing began. Army competed in the men's and women's varsity four, the men's and women's novice eight, the men's and women's club eight, the men's championship 8, and entered a double and single.

In the men's varsity four event, the top boat finished 9th and the second boat finished 12th. Both boats beat all Coast Guard entries. In the women's varsity four event, the top boat finished 18th beating Coast Guard. In the Men's Novice 8 event, Army's top boat finished 5th beating Navy's second boat in the event. In the Women's Novice 8 event, the top boat finished 8th out of 29. In the Women's Club Championship event, the top boat finished 14th approximately 3 seconds behind Coast Guards top boat. In the Men's Championship 8 event, Army finished 11th behind the US and Chinese National Teams as well as other D1 programs. The event gave valuable rowing experience to all and is a catalyst for motivating winter workouts.

Fencing at the RMC Invitational

Fencing at the RMC InvitationalThe fencing team recently traveled to Canada to compete in the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) Invitational. The women’s foil team placed top 4. The women’s team beat RMC 2-1

Cadets at the 41st Annual Richmond Marathon

CDT Kate Sanborn '20The Army West Point Marathon Team was on the road to Richmond, Virginia to participate in the 41st Annual Richmond Marathon. Led by Kate Sanborn '20 with a time of 2:44:04 (3rd overall female) and Murray Johnston '20 with a 2:44:45, the team had six team members post sub 2:50:00 times! In addition, Chase Hogeboom '21 with a time of 2:49:33 was the overall top male 19 and under finisher, and Emily Dinallo '22 with a 3:17:03, running in her first marathon, was the over-all top female 19 and under finisher. Even more impressive, Kate's time was fast enough to qualify her to run in the 2020 Olympic Trials to be held in Atlanta in February 2019. Congratulations to the entire team for a great showing. Next up for the team is the Army-Navy Ball Run to Philadelphia…Beat Navy!

Debate at the Liberty University Tournament

Debate at the Liberty University TournamentThe West Point Policy Debate Team competed at the Liberty University Debate Tournament. All three West Point teams excelled in the tournament's Novice Division against 16 other teams from seven colleges. Cadets Koi Kizzie '20 and Paris Taylor '20 won the Novice Division Championship. Koi received the 2nd Place Speaker Award in the novice division and Paris won a Speaker Award as well. Cadets Courtney Loomis '21 and Trevor Lynn '22 reached the Octofinals round and both received Speaker Awards. Finally, cadets Shaneka Bernard '21 and Travis Afuso '22 reached the quarterfinals. Based on these results, the team is well placed for upcoming tournaments next semester and to win the JV/Novice National Championship at West Virginia University in March.

Franco’s Hat Trick Sends Hockey Past Niagara

Fueled by a hat trick by Dominic Franco and a pair of goals by Colin Bilek, the Army West Point hockey team sailed past Niagara, 5-1, on Saturday evening. Franco scored the first hat trick in two seasons for the Black Knights, the last coming from Michael Wilson against Bentley last February. Bilek notched a pair of goals in the win for a career-high, while Zach Evancho contributed a career-high three helpers.

Franco netted the hat trick to mark the first time an Army player scored three goals in a game since his classmate Wilson did a season ago. Two of Franco's three goals came on the power play to mark the second time a Black Knight has done so this season, the last being Wilkinson against UConn. Franco tallied three points on the night. It is the sixth time in his career to have a three-point performance. He is the only Army player to have multiple games with more than one goal this season. Franco boasts 14 multi-point games in his three-year career at Army. Read More

Cadet Roundtable Discussion with Senior Military Leaders

Cadet Roundtable Discussion with Senior Military LeadersCadets in Dr. Richard Yon's American Presidency course traveled to Washington, DC where they had roundtable discussions with senior military leaders in the Office of Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon, members of the National Security Council staff, and the Vice President's staff, including his National Security Advisor LTG (R) Keith Kellogg. In addition, cadets met with the President's military aide, LTC Rick Turner, the deputy assistant to the president for legislative affairs, Dan Greenwood, and White House Fellows. Cadets also received a tour by the White House Historian and got to meet both Vice President Pence and Secretary Mattis. Lastly, cadets met with Thom Shanker, Assistant Washington Editor for the New York Times.

Monken Among Semifinalists for Munger Award

For the second-straight year, head football coach Jeff Monken has been named a semifinalist for the 2018 George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award which is presented by the Maxwell Football Club. The list includes a field of 18 candidates for the award who have been selected by the MFC National Selection Committee.

Monken has led the Black Knights to a 9-2 record in 2018 and their first national ranking in 22 years. Army is currently on a seven-game winning streak and has won 13-straight games at Michie Stadium.

Semifinalist voting for the Maxwell Football Club Collegiate Coach of the Year award will begin on Monday Nov. 26th and close on Monday, Dec. 10th. The finalist round will include the top three coaches as selected in the semifinalist round. Finalist voting will open Dec. 11th and run until Dec. 27th. The winner will be announced Dec. 28th.

The formal presentation of the George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award will take place at the Maxwell Football Club's National Awards Gala on Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Tropicana Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Eligible voters include Maxwell Football Club members, NCAA Head Football Coaches, Sports Information Directors and selected national media. Kirby Smart of the University of Georgia was the 2017 winner of the award. Read More

Pipes & Drums at NYC Veterans Day Parade

Pipes & Drums at the NYC Veterans Day ParadePipes and Drums participated in the NYC Veteran’s Day Parade. We had excellent support from the United War Veteran's Council and the NY Union League Club, ensuring the club found parking and made it to the right place.

Army Boxing Dominates at Lockhaven

Army Boxing Dominates at LockhavenThe Army Boxing Team competed at Lockhaven University recently. Many of the Army West Point boxers dominated the opposition, culminating in yearling Emmanuel Ahoua earning the Outstanding Boxer Award. Additionally, the team participated in Scout Master Council successfully creating little warriors.

Woolfolk Named Army Athlete of the Week

CDT Darnell Woolfolk '19Firstie fullback Darnell Woolfolk scored three touchdowns in football's win over Colgate and was named Army's Athlete of the Week.

Woolfolk tied a career high with three touchdowns and did it for the third time in his career. With the three scores, he tied a career high for touchdowns in a season with a total of 14 in 2018 and has 28 in the past two seasons.

He ran for 89 yards in the 28-14 win over the Raiders and helped Army complete another undefeated season at home and continue Army's home winning streak to 13 games.

In 2018, Woolfolk has a total of 823 yards on 194 carries, which ranks second on the team. He jumped into a tie for third place all-time in career rushing touchdowns with 37 during his time in an Army uniform. He passed Tory Crawford on Saturday and is currently tied with Mike Mayweather.

The Black Knights have a couple of weeks off before the Army-Navy Game, present by USAA, on Dec. 8 in Philadelphia.

Football Caps Second-Straight Undefeated Home Season

Football Caps Second-Straight Undefeated Home SeasonThe Army West Point football team extended its winning streak to seven games and capped another undefeated season at Michie Stadium with a 28-14 victory over Colgate here Saturday afternoon. The win marked the Cadets' 13th-straight at home which is the teams' longest streak since also recording 13 in a row from Sept. 15, 1984 to Sept. 13, 1986. Firstie fullback Darnell Woolfolk lead the way with a game-high three rushing touchdowns and 89 yards on 23 carries. Quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. turned in a gritty effort on the afternoon as well after suffering an injury scare in the third quarter. The junior signal-caller led Army with 90 rushing yards and a score. James Nachtigal paced the Army defense with a team-high 11 tackles on the day. Cole Christiansen recorded seven tackles of his own and forced a fumble, while Cam Jones added five tackles and a fumble recovery. Read More

Army Football Ranked For First Time in 22 Years

Army Football Ranked For First Time in 22 YearsAfter completing another undefeated home season and moving to 9-2 on the year Saturday, Army West Point football shifted into the top-25 in both the Associated Press and Amway Coaches Poll.

For the first time since 1996 the Black Knights found themselves ranked No. 23 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 24 in the Amway Coaches Poll.

"One of the goals our team set during preseason was to finish the year in the top-25," head coach Jeff Monken said. "It's certainly nice for our team to be recognized at this point and it is a testament to the dedication and commitment of our players and staff. But we have two of the biggest games of the year still to play … the Army-Navy Game and the bowl game. We are now focusing our efforts entirely to the game against Navy in three weeks. We are thankful to those that voted for us and feel we are worthy of a ranking in the top-25. Hopefully our team will continue to win and earn the same recognition when the season is complete."

DFL Screen "Taq Kasra: Wonder of Architecture"

DFL Screen "Taq Kasra: Wonder of Architecture"The documentary film "Taq Kasra: Wonder of Architecture" was screened at DFL's Van Fleet Auditorium. The event provided a unique opportunity for the cadets to learn about the history of the Persian Empire in the Sasanian era (224-651 AD). Taq Kasra, the tallest free-standing brick vault in the world, is the remnant of an important third century Persian palace. It was in danger of an imminent attack by ISIS forces when the Dutch-Iranian musician and journalist, Pejman Akbarzadeh, travelled to Iraq to film the structure, fearing it would be destroyed by the impending attack. Following the presentation, Mr Akbarzadeh took questions both on the history of the Persian empire and the building as well as the conditions under which he made the documentary, to a very engaged group of cadets.

Ollar Completes Season at NCAA Championship

CDT Roman Ollar '20Army West Point cow Roman Ollar finished off his season with a 71st place finish at the NCAA Championship on Saturday. "It was definitely one of the hardest races I've ever run," Ollar said. "I am proud of what I did The West Linn., Ore., native crossed the line at 30:25.2. Ollar's finish is the best result for a Black Knight at the national event since Scott Goff placed 23rd in 1998. "I am able to leave this race looking forward to next year to hopefully improve and run with my teammates," Ollar said. "It was a great experience and I am glad about how I performed and glad that I had the opportunity to do so" Read More

Hockey Wins Over Bentley

CDT Jared Dempsey '21Three special teams goals by the Army West Point hockey team lifted it over Bentley, 3-2, on the road Friday night.

Brendan Soucie netted the Black Knights' first goal of the night on the power play. The Cadets only faced one Bentley power play, but remained perfect in the effort when Soucie garnered a shorthanded game-winning goal with 7:29 remaining in the game. Zach Evancho was Army's other goal scorer who also tallied a score on the man advantage. Jared Dempsey earned his first win in net during his yearling season with 29 saves.

Army improved to 6-5-1 this season and are 5-3-1 in Atlantic Hockey contests. Read More

Dr. Teigen Visits with Cadets

Dr. Teigen Visits with CadetsDr. Jeremy Teigen visited West Point to deliver a guest lecture to the Campaigns & Elections course. Following a lunch with cadets and American Politics faculty members, Dr. Teigen taught the cadets about veterans in American politics. Dr. Teigen is author of the book Why Veterans Run: Military Service in American Presidential Elections, 1789-2016, which is an assigned text for the cadets. He spoke with cadets about the major themes and conclusions of his book and offered inside experience on methodological and publishing challenges when writing political science research in academia. Other topics included poll interpretation, women veterans in politics, and how General MacArthur might fit into the methodology of veterans in politics.

Wrestling Finishes Second at Black Knight Invite

CDT Alex Hopkins '20The Army West Point wrestling team crowned three champions en route to a second-place finish at the Black Knight Invite on Sunday at Christl Arena. Cows Trey Chalifoux (125 lbs.), Ben Harvey (174 lbs.) and Alex Hopkins (197 lbs.) all won individual titles at the team's first home event of the season. Hopkins, rookie Corey Shie (141 lbs.) and yearling Bennett Paulson (197 lbs.) all boasted a team-high four wins on the day. Read More

Cadet Fellowship Retreat to New Paltz

Cadet Fellowship Retreat to New PaltzThe United Catholic Fellowship Club completed its Fall UCF Retreat for roughly twenty cadets, fifteen New Paltz students, and six community members. The Retreat is open to all cadets regardless of faith. The intent of the Retreat is to provide the cadets time to reflect, learn about their faith and strengthen their beliefs. Cadets plan, prepare, resource and execute the retreat with the guidance, mentorship and coaching of adult mentors - LTC (R) Jones was the Officer in Charge, the Assist Officer in Charge was Brother Carlos Hernandez, who has participated in all 32 Retreats for Cadets at West Point, and the Cadet in Charge - Cadet Joe Minnano. In attendance also was Fr (COL) Matt Pawlikowski, USMA Chaplain, and several other volunteers). The Retreat incorporates both Cadet and Adult Speakers who share their journey with the collective body. Small group talks and discussions, music ministry and a full community mass fill out the remaining time/schedule. Adult guest speakers were CPT Randy Shed (BTD), and CPT Will Simpson HHC.

Men's Swimming & Diving Finishes Second

CDT Tom Ottman '20With five top-three finishes, the Army West Point men's swimming and diving team held on to place second overall at the three-day Terrier Invitational.

Boston College finished ahead of the Black Knights in first with 1116.5 points, while Army was trailed by Boston U. (712), UMass (511.5) and Bridgeport (400.5).

The Army West Point women's swimming and diving team had a productive afternoon in the pool on the final day of the Terrier Invitational and jumped two spots to grab a fourth-place finish.

Ollar Wins AWPAA Athlete of the Week

CDT Roman Ollar '20For the third time this year, Army West Point cow Roman Ollar of men's cross country has been named AWPAA Athlete of the Week. Ollar placed third at the NCAA Northeast Regional in Buffalo, N.Y., qualifying him for the NCAA National Championships in Madison, Wis., on Saturday, November 17. The West Linn, Ore., native's third place finish is the best by an Army runner in the history of the regional format. He helped lead the Black Knights to the program's best score in the history of the regional race. This marks the second year in a row that Army West Point will be represented at the NCAA Championships, a feat the program hasn't accomplished since 1993-94.

Pistol Competes at the Olympic Training Center

Pistol Competes at the Olympic Training CenterThe Pistol Team traveled to Colorado Springs to compete at the Olympic Training Center. This is the only opportunity the Pistol Team had to shoot at the full distances of 50 meters and 25 meters prior to Nationals as opposed to shooting on reduced sized targets at 50 feet. Army finished 3rd place behind the varsity team from Ohio State and the varsity team from the Coast Guard Academy. Army shot a 3-event aggregate score of 6169 to Ohio State's 6416, and USCGA's 6336. Utah shot a 5744 to finish 4th, Texas A&M shot a 5505 for 5th, and NDSU was last with a 3263.

Secular Student Alliance Visits Concord

Secular Student Alliance Visits ConcordCadets from the Secular Student Alliance had a great trip to Concord, MA. They Visited Walden Pond and had several rich discussions about Thoreau's project and its relevance for today's life, about Thoreau's connection to humanism, and about the positive beliefs of humanism insofar as it is an irreligious institution. The cadets in attendance all agreed that it was a worthwhile trip on which the learned a great deal.

Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: Colgate

Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: ColgateArmy West Point football head coach Jeff Monken met with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium. The Black Knights welcome Colgate on Saturday at noon for their final home game of the 2018 season. That contest will be carried live on CBS Sports Network with Ben Holden, Jay Feely and Tina Cervasio on the call.

(Ref.: Opening Statement)
"Good afternoon. This is another week of getting prepared for an opponent we've not seen before and don't know a whole lot about. Gosh, they have a good football team. They play in the same league as Lafayette, the team we played on Saturday, and I was really glad to get a win. Frankly it didn't feel like we played as well as we are capable of. Credit Lafayette. They did a nice job of controlling the football on offense against us. They were letting the time tick down and really kept the ball away from us. We had some really good individual plays and some plays that I'd like to get back and do over again. Hopefully we'll play a lot better. Once again, I thought Lafayette did a great job and now we're playing the number one team in their league in Colgate on Saturday. Read More

Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society

Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and SocietySociology majors & diversity minors cadets attended Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society (IUS) - Canada. They presented their research on a variety of diversity & inclusion topics.

BS&L & GENE Host Leaders from the US Forest Service

BS&L & GENE Host Leaders from the US Forest ServiceLeaders from the U.S. Forest Service, Grey Towers National Historic Site, visited both the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership (BS&L) & The Department of Geography & Environmental Engineering's (GENE). Their morning session included a Developing Leaders of Character presentation, PL300 classroom observations, and a tour of Jefferson Hall.

Horace Collects Postseason Award

CDR Courtney Horace '20Cow captain Courtney Horace of the Army West Point volleyball team was named to the All-Patriot League Second Team, announced by the league on Tuesday. Horace garnered the postseason honor for the first time in her career. This season, she averaged 2.76 points per set. The Easton, Pa., native posted 259 kills and had a 2.56 kills per set average which was a team-high.

Horace added 32 blocks on the year and registered 1.19 digs per set. Horace totaled 10 double-digit kill matches and hit over .300 on four occasions. The junior captain boasted her first two career double-doubles this season in games against Navy and Lehigh. Army defeated American for the first time since 2012 as it was also the first time topping the Eagles at home since 2009. The Cadets finished tied for third in league standings with a 9-7 record after winning five of their last six games of the regular season. Read More

DFL Annual Metropolitan Museum of Art Visit

DFL Annual Metropolitan Museum of Art VisitThe Department of Foreign Language (DFL) visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is an annual DFL trip that seeks to provide cadets a deeper engagement with their respective languages and cultures through appreciation of the works of art, while at the same time engaging as ambassadors of the Academy, not just the NYC community, but also the public at large visiting this world-class museum.

Pop Warner Little Scholars Names Brinson a Finalist

cqCDT Kenneth Brinson '19Pop Warner Little Scholars announced today the six finalists for its 9th Annual National College Football Award and senior linebacker Kenneth Brinson was among one of those named. The award was established in 2010 to recognize a graduating senior who has made a difference on the field, in the classroom and in his community, and serves as a role model to Pop Warner's young student athletes.

The 2018 finalists are:

  • University of Southern California guard: Jordan Austin
  • Penn State quarterback: Trace McSorley
  • University of Kentucky tight end: C.J. Conrad
  • Army West Point linebacker: Kenneth Brinson
  • Duke University linebacker: Ben Humphreys
  • University of Kansas linebacker: Joe Dineen Jr.

The Pop Warner Little Scholars National College Football Award will be presented during the annual Pop Warner Super Bowl at Walt Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. Last year's winner was former University of Miami and current New England Patriots wide receiver Braxton Berrios. Read More

Orienteering Team at the Harriman Goat Race

Orienteering Team at the Harriman Goat RaceThe Orienteering Team competed in the Harriman Goat Race at Harriman State Park. This event featured a rare opportunity to compete in a Goat Race, which involves a 12km course with a unique mass start. CDT Matthew Brooks had a tremendous performance as he finished first on the Fall Goat Course for the team. This event capped the third consecutive week of successful competition and moves the team forward into the latter half of the competitive season.

Game Notes: Football Set for Colgate

Game Notes: Football Set for ColgateThe Black Knights play host to Colgate on Senior Day this Saturday for the teams' 30th all-time meeting.

The contest will air live on CBS Sports Network with Ben Holden, Jay Feely and Tina Cervasio on the call. The game can also be heard on the Army Sports Network through the TuneIn app or goarmywestpoint.com.

How to Follow: Television - CBS Sports Network | Radio - Army Sports Network | Game Notes - Army Notes | Live Stats - GoArmyWestPoint.com | Twitter - @ArmyWP_Football

CDT Reichenthal '19 at the Almaty Half Marathon in Kazakhstan

CDT Reichenthal '19 at the Almaty Half Marathon in KazakhstanCDT Samuel Reichenthal '19, currently studying Russian abroad in Almaty, Kazakhstan, completed the Almaty Half Marathon. In the photo, he is shown with four-year exchange grad Dan Uteulin '04, who lives in Almaty, and Midshipman Danny Kelly (USNA '19), who is on SAP from Annapolis.

Men's Team Handball Chicago Tournament

Men's Team Handball Chicago TournamentThe Army Men’s Handball team recently had a very productive tournament in Chicago. The team faced some of the best teams in the country. They fought hard and lost three games by only one point, placing sixth in the tournament. This tournament was a great building block for the team as they look to ramp up for the Nationals this coming winter.

Football Extends Winning Streak to Six Games

Football Extends Winning Streak to Six GamesThe Army West Point football team extended its winning streak to six games following a 31-13 victory over Lafayette here Saturday afternoon. The Black Knights have now won their last 12 games at Michie Stadium, their longest such streak since winning 13 in a row from Oct. 31, 1987 to Oct. 28, 1989. Fullback Darnell Woolfolk led the ground attack for the third time this season with 69 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns.

Cam Thomas added 51 rushing yards, while totting the ball seven times. Quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. rushed eight times for 22 yards and a score, in addition to going 5-of-6 for 95 yards through the air. Glen Coates and Christian Hayes each hauled in a team-high two passes, while Coates and Calen Holt both recorded a reception of 30-plus yards. After their eighth win of the season Saturday, the Black Knights have won 18 of their last 23 games dating back to the start of the 2017 season. Head coach Jeff Monken also has his team 18-3 in day games the last two years, including an 8-0 mark this season. Read More

CDT Pulido's Adventures in Spain

CDT Pulido's Adventures in SpainCadet Jason Pulido, a Spanish/Persian dual language major who is currently studying at the Spanish Military Academy in Zaragoza, Spain on a Semester Abroad Program, travelled to Madrid where he happened to meet Shahla, the Iranian owner of a Persian restaurant called Ten Ten Pie. Speaking with her a mixture of Spanish and Persian, he learned about how her initial position as a cook at the Spanish embassy in Tehran, took her on a 20-year journey from Buenos Aires to Sydney before she would finally settle in Madrid and open her own restaurant.

Wrestling Claims Five Titles at Journeymen Classic

Wrestling Claims Five Titles at Journeymen ClassicThe Army West Point wrestling team earned five individual titles at the Journeymen Classic on Sunday.

Corey Shie (141 lbs.), 17th-ranked Lucas Weiland (157 lbs.), Brad Laughlin (165 lbs.), 18th-ranked Rocco Caywood (197 lbs.) and Ben Sullivan (285 lbs.) all captured crowns in their respective weight classes.

The Black Knights went a combined 28-20 with a fall and three major decisions. Additionally, Army picked up upset victories from Caywood (6-4 in SV-1 over #11 Chris Weiler (#10 Lehigh)), Alex Hopkins (8-6 over #15 Jake Woodley (Oklahoma)) and two from Noah Stewart (2-1 over #17 Corey Hazel (Lock Haven) and 8-2 over #20 Kayne Maccallum (Oklahoma)). Read More

Cadets Visit the Center for Teaching & Learning

Cadets Visit the Center for Teaching & LearningIntroduction to Sociology cadets visited the Center for Teaching & Learning (Columbia University) & Silver School for Social Work (NYU). Their discussions focused on diversity, inclusion, social work, military families, and veteran's care.

Buckingham Slated Patriot League Rookie of the Week

CDT Cate Buckingham '22After leading Army in its 2-0 weekend, Cate Buckingham was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week. The Black Knights earned back-to-back wins this weekend with victories over Bucknell (3-1) and regular season champions American (3-2). Buckingham led the team in kills with 27 and averaged 3.38 kills per set. She was one of two Black Knights to hit over .352 on the weekend.

The San Antonio, Texas, native averaged 2.50 digs per set in the two games. Buckingham had a career-high 18 kills and three services aces versus the top-ranked Eagles. Army defeated American for the first time since 2012 as it was also the first time topping the Eagles at home since 2009. The Cadets finished tied for fourth in league standings with a 9-7 record after winning five of their last six games of the regular season.

Volleyball Concludes Regular Season on High Note

Volleyball Concludes Regular Season on High NoteThe Army West Point volleyball team ended its season on a high note after topping Patriot League regular season champions American in five sets. This marked the first time since 2012 that the Black Knights topped American. Army last defeated the Eagles at home in 2009. The Black Knights went ahead 2-0 in the match, but the Eagles bounced back with two wins. Army rallied in the fifth to clinch the win and to end the season with a 14-15 record and 9-7 mark in the Patriot League. Allie Strong, Cate Buckingham and Hannah Presley recorded double-doubles in the match. Five Black Knights registered double-digit kills, two had double-digit assists and four posted double-digit digs on the night. The Black Knights jumped ahead with a 25-22 win in the first set. Army hit .351 as a team and was fueled by six kills (.333) by Allie Strong. Nikki Lum had nine assists in the set. Read More

ACS Participates in the National Mole Day Celebration

ACS Participates in the National Mole Day CelebrationThe West Point Student Affiliate of the American Chemical Society (ACS) along with students nationwide participated in the national Mole Day celebration (6.022 x 1023 entities/mole) and National Chemistry Week. In preparation for the celebratory event, Cadets baked over two hundred mole themed cupcakes and cookies to share with fellow cadets, which was very much appreciated by all! Cadets also attended the ACS presentation on the "Voyage to Mars: Chemistry of the Red Planet", which addressed topics related to the environmental conditions of Mars that can apply to our understanding of Earth, the unique challenges of long term space travel, and the current state of recycle waste research. The presentation broadened their understanding of the application of chemistry and the interdisciplinary nature of solving complex problems, such as space travel.

Women's Rugby Final Four Bound

Women's Rugby Final Four BoundThe Army women's rugby team is moving on to the final four of the NIRA Championships, after a masterful 61-3 victory over Norwich at the Anderson Rugby Complex. "The program is on the right track," head coach Bill LeClerc said. "A lot of it is due to the people we're getting here and the group of girls working hard." After their last two contents were canceled, the Black Knights (4-4, 3-2) were salivating to get back on the pitch. Army scored early and often versus Norwich (5-4), led by two tries apiece from Sam Sullivan and Kaitlyn Schwarting. The four NIRA quarterfinal winners will now move on to semi-final play, Nov. 16. The championship game will be played on Nov. 18. All games will be in Hanover, N.H. Army moves on to the semifinals of the NIRA Championships for the second time since NIRA's inception in 2016. The 61 points are the second most scored by the Black Knights this season. Sam Sullivan's two tries extends her team leading try total (10) and total points (50) lead. Schwarting's two tries gives her four on the year to move into second on the team. Army moves to 5-2 all-time versus Norwich in varsity 15s play. Read More

Franco Fuels Hockey Past Sacred Heart

CDT Dominic Franco '21Fueled by two goals by Dominic Franco in the first period, the Army West Point hockey team sailed past Sacred Heart, 4-1, Saturday afternoon.

Franco netted two goals in the opening period to gain an early lead. Sacred Heart answered back with a goal in the second, but scores by Zach Evancho and Tipper Higgins in the third helped keep the game out of reach for the Pioneers.

Trevin Kozlowski earned the win with 16 saves, while Jared Dempsey stepped in net for the third frame and made seven saves. Read More

Nunn Sets Air Rifle Mark In Army Loss

CDT Payne Nunn '20The Army West Point rifle team was defeated by North Carolina State in their match at the University of Kentucky on Saturday. "It's been a rough two days," Head Coach Web Wright said. "Scores were lower than expected. Certainly not where we need to be." The Black Knights outscored the Wolfpack in air rifle, but it was not enough to overcome their deficit from smallbore, as North Carolina state won with an aggregate advantage of 4649 to 4634. Army firstie co-captain Payne Nunn was the team's top performer, shooting a program record score of 597 in air rifle. "The bright spot was Payne's air rifle score today," Wright said. "His 597 is the highest score a cadet has ever shot in competition. He has reached this mark a couple times in practice, so it's good to see him punch through the mental barrier and make it happen." Read More

Bowling Competes Against World Class Teams

Bowling Competes Against World Class TeamsThe Bowling Club competed in their second competition of the year in the NCAA Eastern Intercollegiate Bowling Conference. After 6 games of knocking down the pins, the team struggled to earn 3.5 points in the competition. They competed against the world class bowling teams of Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Stony Brook, St. John's University, and William Patterson.

On Point: Trail of the Fallen

On Point: Trail of the FallenAs the U.S. Military Academy is the preeminent leadership institution in the world, the focus is mostly on the development of future leaders. However, the West Point Community plays a key role in remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice and the impact it has on those who have served, who do serve and who will serve this country.

The Trail of the Fallen has made a lasting impression on most of our varsity athletic programs and many professional teams that have visited West Point.

With Veterans Day approaching, please take some time to watch our On Point feature: https://youtu.be/IV0Ge6q2Vds

Ollar Stamps Nationals Ticket As Army Places Third

Led by NCAA Championship qualifier Roman Ollar, the Army West Point men's cross country team placed third at the NCAA Northeast Regional.

Ollar placed third with a time of 32:36.6, which earned him an automatic bid to compete at the national event in Madison, WI on November 17.

Three Cadets finished in the top-20, as Ollar was joined by senior Mikey Singer, who finished 11th at 33:12.19, and junior Ben Petrella, who placed 15th with a time of 33:24.2.

Individual Results: 
3. Roman Ollar, Jr. - 32:36.6
11. Mikey Singer, Sr. - 33:12.9
15. Ben Petrella, Jr. - 33:24.2
36. Robbie Santoyo, Jr. - 33:54.6
70. Marshall Beatty, Fr. - 34:33.4

Army Cycling First in New Jersey Cyclocross

Army Cycling First in New Jersey CyclocrossThe Army Cycling Team raced in inches of mud for two days in NJ at the for Cyclocross. The Cadets ran over the competition. The top cadets were: Aidan Doyle in 1st, Rowan Crowley in 3rd, and Matt Cohane in 8th place in the Cat 4/5 Men and Phoebe Lee in 4th place in the women's. Great job, Army!

Triathlon at the Reservoir Run Half Marathon

Triathlon at the Reservoir Run Half MarathonA few members from the Triathlon team traveled to Weston, CT to complete in the Reservoir Run Half Marathon. Everyone did very well with stellar performances from Thomas Batt '22 who was the 2nd overall male finisher and Sarah Martin '21 who won overall for women. Evan Ward '21 took 2nd for men 19-29, Nolan Pearce '22 took 2nd for men 14-18 and Hailey Conger '19 took 2nd for women 19-29.

Cadet D'Agostaro 4th at the Natl Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Competition

Cadet D’Agostaro 4th at the Natl Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu CompetitionCadet Dante D’Agostaro '20 who is currently studying Persian on Semester Abroad Program in Tajikistan, participated in Tajikistan’s National Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition, where he came in fourth overall.

Plebe Halloween Dance

Plebe Halloween DanceThe Plebe Halloween Dance took place in Riverside Café. There was about 750 Plebes from the class of 2022 in attendance for this event. Everyone who attended came in costume. The costume contest was held around 2130 and there was lots of participation.

The winners were: COL Ostlund (Spirit Attire/ As per Class) – Catherin Hoffman.

Clown (Scariest) – Harrison Mills laziz Gohar, Kirsten Coombes.

Cowboys and Horses (Most Creative) – Daniel Alaimo, Jack Machorek, Evan Zhang, and Nick Isenhower.

Army Paintball Led by CDT Gerak '20

Army Paintball Led by CDT Gerak '20The Army West Point Paintball team competed in a tournament in Coventry. This was the first tournament of the season, and the Cadets came out firing on all cylinders capturing a victory in their first match of the day. However, the compounded effects of youth, inexperience, and extremely cold weather took its toll on the team, and they dropped the remaining matches to finish seventh overall. Having a young team, this event was the first time most of them ever played in organized competitive paintball. Team Captain Jake Gerak '20, I-2 put forth a solid series of matches and was the rock upon which the team relied throughout. Expect more great things from him and the rest of the team as they work their way towards Nationals in April.

CPT Alfin Travels to N'Djamena to Support AMEP

CPT Alfin Travels to N'Djamena to Support AMEPCaptain Kate Alfin, an International Division Instructor in the West Point Department of History, traveled to N'Djamena, Chad in support of the National Defense University and U.S. Department of State's African Military Education Program (AMEP). This program brings together instructors from the U.S. and African military institutions to design faculty development programs in military academies across the African continent. CPT Alfin traveled to Chad with Dr. John Hagen (former West Point SOSH instructor) and worked with four instructors at le Groupement des Ecoles Militaries Interarmées (GEMIA) in N'Djamena to develop faculty training programs at their respective schools. While there, CPT Alfin and Dr. Hagen attended the graduation ceremony for the Chadian officer school in GEMIA.

CDTs Webster & Sowinski Receive LTG Moore Award

CDTs Webster & Sowinski Receive LTG Moore AwardClass of 2019 Cadets Nicholas Webster and Monica Sowinski were honored with the 7th annual Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore Warrior Athlete of Excellence Award yesterday. The annual award is presented to one male and one female First Class cadet who best exemplifies the qualities of Lt. Gen. Moore, class of 1945, and the warrior ethos in the Department of Physical Education.

Photo: by Michael Lopez

November SOSH Run

November SOSH RunWhat better way to hand in your end-of-semester research paper than dressing in a costume? Yesterday, Cadets continued the tradition of the biannual SOSH Run, rushing to deliver their final papers to the Department of Social Sciences by the 4:30 p.m. deadline.

Army Boxing Defeats Air Force and Navy

Army Boxing Defeats Air Force and NavyThe Army Boxing Team participated in two Boxing events defeating both Air Force and Navy opponents: Detroit Athletic Club and Enfield, Connecticut. The winners from these events were: Calvin Hart, John Koffman, Adrian Albin, Ahliyah Lablue, Briana Dorsey, Jackie Chronister, Joshua Lewis, and Vonn Grant won the Most Valuable Boxer Trophy.

Model UN at Yale for the Security Council Simulation

Model UN at Yale for the Security Council SimulationThe Model United Nations team traveled to New Haven, Connecticut to participate in the Security Council Simulation at Yale (SCSY) hosted by Yale University. SCSY presented the West Point MUN team with the opportunity to develop public speaking skills, gain knowledge of international affairs, and represent the United States Army and the United States Military Academy in a professional and positive way to a civilian school audience. Schools in attendance included Harvard University, McGill University, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, and Princeton University, among many others. Cadets participated in several interesting debate topics including but not limited to ASEAN responses to a nuclearized North Korea, the future of Ukraine-Russia relations, an ahistorical political fallout from the infamous Rio Olympics, and an imaginary alien invasion in the Marvel Comics Universe.

Crew at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

Crew at the Head of the Schuylkill RegattaAll four crew squads raced in the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta. Despite 20mph winds and other adverse weather conditions from Saturday’s storm the team resiliently out performed many teams including Coast Guard. This regatta marks the end of the fall and the strategic transition to Winter Training.

Drill Team Excels at the Cornell Drill Competition

 Drill Team Excels at the Cornell Drill Competition The cadets of the Black Knight Drill Team performed at the Cornell University Drill Competition. The Performance consisted of a Platoon and Two-Man exhibition routine, Platoon and Squad Regulation, and Color Guard. The competition was successful for the Drill Team as they won 2nd place overall, 1st place Platoon Exhibition 2nd place Color Guard, 1st place Platoon Regulation, and 1st place Two-Man Trick. The drill team prevailed over many teams from the region to include Cornell and Ohio State.

Bateman Named Nominee for Broyles Award

Bateman Named Nominee for Broyles AwardThe Frank & Barbara Broyles Foundation announced the nominees for the 2018 Broyles Award, which honors college football's top assistant coaches and Army's defensive coordinator Jay Bateman was one of those honored.

The nominees in this year's class were selected from approximately 1,500 assistant coaches representing 129 Division I programs across the country. The Broyles Award selection process includes nominations from head coaches, the hall-of-fame selection committee and the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).

Bateman is one of 53 assistant coaches that have been named nominees for the award.

The defensive coordinator is in his fifth season on the coaching staff and his unit is in the top 20 nationally in four different categories, including total defense. The Black Knights are ninth in the nation in rushing defense and sixth in third down defense.

Funk’s Three Lifts Men's Basketball in Opening Game Thriller

CDT  Tommy Funk '20Cow Tommy Funk hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 3.8 seconds remaining to hand Army West Point men's basketball a thrilling 73-69 victory over Marist here Tuesday night.

Trailing by six with 5:29 left in the second half, the Black Knights sparked a 9-2 run to pull ahead by one thanks to a pair of treys by Jordan Fox and three points from Matt Wilson. The two sides battled back-and-forth for the final 2:47 of the game until Funk's triple with 3.8 remaining clinched the victory for the home team.

The Warrington, Pa., native finished with 15 points, including that critical make from long range, while dishing out a game-high six assists. Read More

Penalty Kick Madness Sends Men's Soccer to Semis

In a Patriot League Tournament match that came down to penalty kicks, it was the Army West Point men's soccer team celebrating in the end after Ibrahim Seye netted the game-winning strike to put the Black Knights past Boston U. on Tuesday night at Nickerson Field.

"This was one of those games as a coach where I didn't really have to say or do very much," head coach Russell Payne said. "The guys were extremely focused from the warmup to the final whistle. In the spirit of our Army brothers on the gridiron, we had to lay down and bleed a little bit, but we got up, kept fighting on, and we persevered. This was an important win for us."

Army was victorious after winning 5-4 on penalty kicks and will head to the semifinal round of the Patriot League Tournament to take on top-seeded Loyola in Baltimore on Friday at 4 p.m. Read More

Army Wrestling Ranked in National Polls

Lucas Weiland, Ben Harvey and Rocco Caywood of the Army West Point wrestling team are ranked in this week's national polls. InterMat ranked Weiland as the No. 16 157-pounder, while donning Harvey 15th at 174 pounds and Caywood 17th at 197 pounds. The FloWrestling poll listed Weiland 13th and Harvey 14th. The Open Mat ranked Weiland 11th, while Harvey and Caywood were 18th. All three wrestlers placed at the Princeton Open on Sunday and earned a 4-1 record at the event. Weiland finished third and opened the tournament with three straight victories, including a pair of bonus point victories. The Barnhart, Mo., native picked up a 12-0 major decision over Cole Smith (Old Dominion) before pinning Dylan Van Sickell (Stevens Tech.) at 2:38 in the quarterfinals. Harvey collected a sixth-place finish with a pin and two technical falls. The New Palestine, Ind., native outscored his opponents 36-0 through his first two matches and earned a pair of 18-0 technical falls. Read More

Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: Lafayette

Army West Point football head coach Jeff Monken met with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium. The Black Knights welcome Lafayette on Saturday at noon for their second leg of a three-game home stand. That contest will be carried live on CBS Sports Network with Ben Holden, Jay Feely and Tina Cervasio on the call.

(Ref.: Opening Statement)
"Good afternoon everybody. I am glad to be able to celebrate a victory from this past weekend. It was a hard-fought battle as so many of those rivalry games are. I am proud of our guys for finding a way to win and giving us a chance to play for the trophy in a few weeks. It is nice to know that it is retained here, but you are just the safe keeper if you don't win them both. It is nice to have that first step taken in that rivalry.

"I thought we played really hard. We certainly didn't play perfect. There are a lot of things from Saturday's game we would like to do better. We managed to win the game and that was what was important. Looking ahead to this next one, we are seeing how we can get better as a team. I told our team that is the challenge for us, to try and improve and to play our very best football for this time of year. We made some mistakes Saturday that we shouldn't be making at this time of the year so hopefully we improve on those things and play better this week." Read More

Former SUPTs Return to Meet with Cadets

Former SUPTs Return to Meet with CadetsFormer USMA superintendents retired Lt. Gen. Daniel W. Christman, retired Lt. Gen. William J. Lennox Jr, retired Lt. Gen. Buster L. Hagenbeck, retired Lt. Gen David H. Huntoon and retired Lt. Gen Robert Caslen returned to West Point to meet with cadets and take part in a panel discussion hosted by Dean of the Academic Board Brig. Gen. Cindy Jebb.

Women's Rugby Opens Postseason at Home

Women's Rugby Opens Postseason At HomeThe Army West Point women's rugby team learned its postseason fate this week, as the Black Knights (3-4, 2-2) will get to stay home and take on Norwich this Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. from the Anderson Rugby Complex. The Black Knights will take part in the NIRA Conference quarterfinal match after having their final two regular season contests (Quinnipiac, Air Foce) canceled. The last time Army took the field was a 21-14 win over Notre Dame College on Oct. 19. Norwich (5-3, 5-3) is coming off a 56-20 loss to Notre Dame College on Nov. 3. The four NIRA quarterfinal games will all played on Nov. 10, with the winners moving on to semifinal play, Nov. 16. The championship game will be played on Nov. 18.

Army Boxing in New York City

The Army Boxing Team competed at the New York Athletic Club and the NYC Metros. The winners were: Josh Lewis, Nate Rodriguez, Lawrence Shepherd, Chris Sharfin, and John Koffman. A.J. Farrow-Maiyne and Emmanuel Ahoua fought in, and won, both events.

Model UN Team at the NCSC

Model UN Team at the NCSCTen cadets of the USMA Model United Nations team traveled to Crystal City, Virginia to participate in National Collegiate Security Conference (NCSC) hosted by Georgetown University. More than 700 students and 50 universities competed in the conference. Cadets participated in many interesting debate topics including but not limited to UN Security Council actions in the Congo River Basin, diplomatic and cultural advocacy through the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization, and foreign constitutional reform efforts in the Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran.

Attending cadets had the unique opportunity to hear from Dina Kawar, the ambassador of the Kingdom of Jordan to the United States, who spoke on current American-Jordanian relations and the role of youth in modern diplomacy. Additionally, the team built relationships with the nation's future civilian leadership through participation through the debate sessions and social events hosted by the conference. The conference ended with multiple individual awards given to cadets, with the entire team performing well and displaying exceptional speaking skills, negotiation, and cooperative problem solving with hundreds of other students from domestic and international universities.

The following cadets were individually recognized for their outstanding performances: Richard Delzell '20, John Govern '19, Amir Udler '22, John Lorenz '20 and Bliss Hutchings '22. The following cadets were also integral to the team's success: Jake Stoffel '19, Katie Mccurry '19, Ben Denn '19, Jon Lowe '20, Elizabeth Cross '20, Ben Snyder '21 and George Pavlakis.

Witham, Johns Named to All-Tournament Team

CDTs Sydney Witham '19 and Erynn Johns '21Sydney Witham and Erynn Johns of the Army West Point women's soccer team were named to the All-Patriot League Tournament team after the championship game on Sunday. After qualifying for the league tournament for the first time since 2014, the sixth-seeded Black Knights earned a 1-0 victory over third-seed Navy in double overtime. It was Army's first tournament win since the 2011 championship game and snapped a four-game winless streak against the Mids that dated back to 2013. Witham captained the back line for the Black Knights as she has done all season, playing 187 of the team's 192 postseason minutes. The Crown Point, Ind., native dished out her third assist of the year on the game-winning goal of the quarterfinals at Navy. Read More

Water Polo at the Collegiate NY Division Tournament

Water Polo at the Collegiate NY Division TournamentArmy Water Polo headed to Hamilton College in Clinton New York to compete in the Collegiate Water Polo Association's New York Division Tournament. The Army Team dominated all three of their games during the weekend and are headed to Nationals at the University of Arizona during the upcoming Veterans Day Weekend. Army's first game on Saturday was against New York University. While NYU played well, they couldn't stop the Army Team from pulling away. The Army defense, and especially goalie and team captain, Jeff Stark, stopped NYU in their tracks. The final score was Army 21, NYU 3. After a motivating first game, Army came back ready to take on Syracuse in their second game of the day. Army took down Syracuse with a 16-4 win and prepared for their final game on Sunday. Army went into their toughest game of the weekend on Sunday morning, against Cornell, looking to take home the title of Division Champions. Cornell fought hard, but Army earned the lead early and kept it throughout the game for a final score of 9-6.

Trio of Cows Garner All-League Accolades

CDTs Zac McGraw '20, Keenan OShea '20 and Tyler Mitchiner '20Zac McGraw, Keenan O'Shea and Tyler Mitchiner of the Army West Point men's soccer team all received All-Patriot League honors on Monday afternoon. McGraw and O'Shea collected first team accolades, while Mitchiner earned third team recognition. It is the first time since 2014 that at least two Cadets were placed on the all-league first team. For the third straight year, McGraw was a first team recipient as the cow defender appeared in 14 matches and captained the back line for the Black Knights. He handed out three helpers this season, including an assist on the game-winner versus Lafayette.

O'Shea broke out offensively during his junior campaign and led the Patriot League in goals (11) and points (26). A third team all-league player a season ago, O'Shea returned for his third year and was the only player in the league to reach the double-digit goal threshold this season. The Chesterfield, Va., native notched a pair of multi-goal contests and recorded at least one point in 12 of the 17 games he appeared in. His pair of goals in the regular season finale against American gave Army the win and sent the Black Knights into the Patriot League Tournament. Mitchiner received his first all-league honors after tallying a goal and two assists in his third year on the Banks of the Hudson. His lone goal of the year was the game-winner against Lafayette. The Clearwater, Fla., native also dished out assists opposite Bucknell and Holy Cross.

Army will take on Boston U. in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament tonight at 7 p.m. in Boston.

Game Notes: Army Football Welcomes Lafayette

Game Notes: Army Football Welcomes LafayetteThe Black Knights play host to Lafayette on Saturday for the teams' 20th all-time meeting.

Saturday's game is slated for noon and Army will be looking for its 18th-straight win over its FCS opponent.

The contest will air live on CBS Sports Network with Ben Holden, Jay Feely and Tina Cervasio 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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Peconic River Sportsman's Club Clays Competition

Peconic River Sportsman's Club Clays CompetitionThe Army West Point Skeet and Trap team traveled to the Peconic River Sportsman's club to compete in a sporting clays competition. The team tied the club, 779 out of 1000 clay targets. The Academy is grateful to the Peconic River Sportsman's Club for providing a phenomenal sporting clays course and an excellent lunch for the cadets to enjoy.

Army Football Retains Commander In Chief's Trophy

Army Football Retains Commander In Chief’s TrophyFor the second-straight season the Army West Point football team will have some prime hardware to show off after it retained the Commander In Chief's Trophy following a 17-14 victory over Air Force on Saturday. The Falcons had already defeated Navy earlier in the year and a win from them on Saturday would have sent the 170-plus pound trophy back to Colorado. Fortunately, the Cadets ended any thought of that happening when they held off a late rally by their service-academy foe.

With the win, Army will at least retain the trophy for another year as the worst all three academies can now do is win one game each. In the case of a three-way tie, the previous year's winner retains the trophy. The Black Knights will have a chance to win the trophy outright when they face off against arch-rival Navy in the Army-Navy Game, presented by USAA on Dec. 8. Read More

Shutout Win Caps Off Undefeated Fall for Men's Rugby

Shutout Win Caps Off Undefeated Fall for Men's RugbyThe Army men's rugby team capped off its historic fall season with a 42-0 win over Air Force on senior night at the Anderson Rugby Complex. "We're most happy with our rate of improvement," said head coach Matt Sherman. "We get better game-to-game, practice-to-practice, and that's what we're hungry to keep doing." Yearling Jayden Demmy led the way for the Black Knights (9-0, 6-0) with a hat-trick, three try effort. Matthew Meehan was right behind, with two tries of his own. Captain, and firstie, Drew Zagula got the ball rolling with an early try in the fourth minute and it was all Army from then out. "I kind of wanted to come out first, and set the team up," said Zagula. "I wanted to set a mentality and we just kept it up going forward." Read More

Sprint Football Claims North Division Crown on Senior Night

Sprint Football Claims North Division Crown on Senior NightThe Army West Point sprint football team is headed back to the Collegiate Sprint Football Championship (CSFL) Championship game after claiming the north division title with a decisive 51-0 victory over Cornell on Friday evening at Shea Stadium. The Black Knights honored firsties Dillon Bliss, Clayton Carter, Jaylen Collier, Jesse Helms, John Herrmann, Colt Horton, Zach Lechthaler, Patrick Riley, James Scroggins, Mike Shannon, Seth Wills and Keegan West, as well as managers Brady Miller, Sharheem Taylor, John Sabatino and Bogue Waller prior to the game. Army scored on each of its four drives in the first quarter to take a 16-0 lead before adding two more touchdowns before halftime. The second half saw much of the same as the Black Knights tacked on 21 more points in the final 30 minutes of play.

The Black Knights offense totaled a season-high 533 yards of total offense, including 405 yards through the air. West led the aerial attack with 308 of those yards on 21-of-38 passing. The West Point, N.Y., native threw three touchdowns, including two to Tom Williamson. Williamson finished with five catches for 49 yards and the two scores. Justin Charette hauled in a game-high six catches for 74 yards and made his way into the end zone once. Collier paced the ground game with 54 yards on 10 carries. Read More

Men's Soccer Seals Tournament Berth in Dramatic Fashion

Men's Soccer Seals Tournament Berth in Dramatic FashionA pair of scores by Keenan O'Shea in the final eight minutes of action lifted the Army West Point men's soccer team to a thrilling, 2-1, come-from-behind Patriot League victory over American on Friday night at Malek Stadium at Clinton Field. The dramatic win against the Eagles (4-8-5, 3-3-3 Patriot League) sealed a spot in the Patriot League Tournament for the Black Knights (7-9-1, 4-5-0 Patriot League). The Cadets will await the conclusion of tomorrow's league matches before finding out where they will be headed for the quarterfinals.

"We competed tonight to extend our time together, to extend our season, and to show our toughness and fight," head coach Russell Payne said. "One of our objectives this season was not just to qualify for the postseason, but to be the last team standing in the league. This Army team will continue on that mission." O'Shea captained the comeback for the Black Knights with the two late scores, keeping the team's mission alive and giving him a league-best 11 goals on the season. Read More

Ultimate Frisbee 4th at the Hilltown Throwdown

Ultimate Frisbee 4th at the Hilltown ThrowdownThe West Point Ultimate team placed 4th out of 24 teams in the 2018 Hilltown Throwdown tournament held in Oneonta, NY with a record of 6-1. The team consisted primarily of underclassmen to give less experienced players a great deal of playing time to better develop their skillsets. Army started the tournament with wins against Le Moyne (13-9) and Cornell (13-4). Army then lost a close game to Stony Brook (9-12) despite being tied 8-8 at half and finished the first day with two wins against Binghamton and Siena (13-6 and 13-3, respectively). The junior squad then persevered through light snow to conclude the tournament with back to back victories against Oneonta (13-5) and Oneonta Soul (12-9), earning 4th place. This was a great learning experience for the junior players and it served as an important event that increased team cohesion in preparation for the spring season.

Women's Basketball Downs Saint Leo in Exhibition

CDT Madison Hovren '20The Army West Point women's basketball was on the court for the first time this season and came away with a 72-38 victory over Saint Leo on Friday night in an exhibition matchup at Christl Arena. The Black Knights were led by Madison Hovren who scored a game high 21 points in only 18 minutes. Jessica Rawls played well for Army as she had eight points and four rebounds, while rookie Maddie Allen finished with four points, five boards and three steals. The Lions saw Alani Gallagher and Olivia Lough register eight points each, while Casey Wortley finished with six points, seven boards, two blocks and two steals. Army shot 51 percent from the field in the game and hit four 3-pointers in the victory. The Black Knights outscored the Lions, 32-10, in the paint and had 10 second-chance points.

Army opens the season next week with a matchup at LIU Brooklyn on Nov. 9.

Volleyball Takes Down Navy, 3-1

Volleyball Takes Down Navy, 3-1The Army West Point volleyball team outlasted Navy on Friday night for a 3-1 victory. The Black Knights took a 2-0 lead in the game, but Navy was able to muscle the third away to keep the match alive. Army responded and took a 24-15 lead in the fourth. Navy attempted to rally, but the Black Knights clinched the match in the end off of an error by the Midshipmen. As a team, Army held an advantage in blocks (18-11), digs (81-78) and tied in kills (41-41). The Black Knights and Midshipmen fought through 13 tie scores in the first set. Allie Strong led Army with seven kills in the set and Courtney Horace added seven digs. The Cadets only had one block, but it counted as it was the set clinching point by Emmy Barnhorst and Lisa Sullivan. Read More

Wrestling Places 12 at Princeton Open

CDT Lane Peters '22The Army West Point wrestling team opened its 2018-19 season at the Princeton Open on Sunday.

The Black Knights earned 12 podium finishes, including a pair of championship match appearances from Lane Peters and Brad Laughlin. As a team, Army was 90-77 with 35 bonus point wins on 17 falls, eight technical falls and 10 major decisions. Read More

Petrella Headlines League Academic Awards

Cow Ben Petrella of the Army West Point men's cross country team has been named Patriot League Men's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year. This marks the second time Petrella will take home the award, as he received the honor for indoor track and field in February of 2018. He has also been named to the league's Academic All-League team. "Ben Petrella has been one of our most consistent athletic and academic performers since he arrived here in the fall of 2016," Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Mike Smith said.

"He is one of the top-ranked cadets in the class of 2020, has won individual Patriot League titles, been part of two Patriot League championship teams in cross country and a significant contributor to our Star Meet wins in both track and cross country." To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the Academic All-Patriot League team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor. Voting was conducted by the league's ten cross country sports information contacts, who could not vote for their own student-athletes. The Liverpool, N.Y., native holds a 3.97 grade-point average and is a Superintendent's Award for Excellence recipient. He has been named to the Academic All-Patriot League team in each of his eligible seasons for cross country and track and field. Read More

Kosciuszko Squadron at 85th Annual Pulaski Day Parade

Kosciuszko Squadron at 85th Annual Pulaski Day ParadeNine Cadets from the'Kosciuszko Squadron Polish Culture Forum, led by CDT Braden Blejski '20,'traveled to Philadelphia to explore the Polish experience in America, taking in'a tour of the Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial and participating in the'85th Annual Pulaski Day Parade. At the Memorial, an apartment in Old Town'Philadelphia where Kosciuszko lived during a return visit to America after'helping win the Revolutionary War, cadets listened as a Parks interpretive ranger'discussed Kosciuszko's life and legacy. Among the stories: his leadership in'Poland's own insurrection against Tsarist Russia in 1794 and, after his last'stay in America, his secret diplomatic mission on behalf of the U.S. to France'in 1798. The Parade contributions by another Pole, General Kazimierz Pulaski,'who organized and led the first American regular cavalry during Revolutionary'War. Before and after the Parade, cadets interacted with members of Polish'veterans', community, and social groups from metropolitan Philadelphia. During'the Parade, cadets marched with members of the Polish community, along with'fire and police detachments and local JROTC units.

Equestrian Show at Centenary University Equestrian Center

Equestrian Show at Centenary University Equestrian CenterThe Army West Point Equestrian Team hosted their home show at Centenary University Equestrian Center in Long Valley, NJ, competing against ten colleges in the Northeast region. With multiple top three finishes in a variety of competition categories, the team had a truly stellar performance. Some of the most notable placings are as follows: Madyson Paul '21 placed third in both the novice flat and novice over fence categories, Heather Graham '22 won her advanced walk-trot-canter division, Karissa Stubblefield '22 and Cira Wolf '20 placed second in their respective walk-trot-canter divisions, Victoria Kearns '22 won her walk trot division, Lucy Harrill '21 placed second in her walk-trot division, and Kirby Horne '22 and Emma Lawson '21 placed third in their respective walk-trot divisions. Most notably, the team had two cadets, Suzanna Del Rio '21 and Lucy Harrill '21, point out of the walk-trot division. These cadets worked very hard and will now continue their competitive streaks in the walk-trot-canter division. For Halloween the cadets and several other teams from within the region also competed in a costume contest. Dressed up as dominos, the team took home first prize! Among other spectators, many of the team member's parents who were in town for parent's weekend undoubtedly enjoyed watching the hilarious skit the team put on to earn top prize.

1st Regiment BBQ in the Legion Square

1st Regiment BBQ in the Legion SquareRecently 1st Regiment had a BBQ with an interactive inflatable obstacle course, snacks, and Therapy Dogs in the Legion Square. Jim Karol entertained the cadets in the First Class Club with magic tricks that stimulated the mind. The following day 4th Regiment had a BBQ in North Area. The event was broken down into Battalions, with each having their own activities. There was a cadet band, bobbing for apples, Therapy Dogs and many games throughout.

A Great Day at the Cliff

A Great Day at the CliffFive cadets and two Officer Reps ascended one of the most classic climbs in the Eastern United States. It is called High Exposure. The climbing team included: Jared Ells '19, Riley Nolan '19, Ian Navarro '20, and Justin Gittemeier '21.

Triathlon at Ironman 70.3 New Orleans

Triathlon at Ironman 70.3 New OrleansThe Army West Point Triathlon team traveled to New Orleans to race in Ironman 70.3 New Orleans. Although it was a flat course, the 56-mile bike leg was very challenging due to very high winds. Despite the conditions, the team had outstanding results. The women swept the podium with CDTs Payton Boylston '20, Hannah White '20 and Katie Harris '20 finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the women's 18 – 24-year-old division. Payton was the 4th fastest women out of 291 in the entire race. Hannah White also earned a qualification spot to the 2019 Ironman 70.3 World Championships joining Katie and Payton who qualified earlier this fall. On the men's side, CDT Gabe Fuhrman '21 finished 3rd in the men's 18 – 24-year-old division and was the 15th overall fastest finisher out of 917 competitors on the day. As a complete team, 7 of the 10 top ten men and 6 of the top 10 women in the 18 – 24-year-old division were West Point athletes.

Functional Fitness First at the Brooklyn Fit Fest

Functional Fitness First at the Brooklyn Fit FestThe Army West Point Functional Fitness sent three male/male partner teams and one female/female partner team to Brooklyn to compete in the Brooklyn Fit Fest. The teams competed at a high level and represented West Point well. The men's teams took first, and third place and the women's team earned third place.

CDT Drake at the Ironman World Championships in Kona

CDT Drake at the Ironman World Championships in KonaCadet Wolfgang Drake raced the Ironman World Championships in Kona, HI. He was the youngest competitor at the race. Out of 2500 amateur athletes, over 1600 were men, who all start the 2.4-mile ocean swim in one very dramatic mass start. The swim portion even had dolphins spinning alongside the course while the athletes were racing. Drake completed the swim in 59 minutes, which placed him 14th for his division, and he transitioned well onto the bike course. During the 112-mile bike he was relaxed and steady and was averaging approximately 20mph. A major turning point in the event for Drake happened after mile 100 on the bike, when he discovered a flat tire. He pulled off to change the tube and was only back on the bike a moment when it blew a second time! It is standard practice to carry two repair kits on a race this long and he was able to change it again.

No one could be prepared for a third blow-out. When the tire blew a third time, Drake was left on the Queen K Highway at the whim of race mechanics (it turned out to be a piece of metal piercing the tube). In good spirits, he simply started walking with his bike towards the run course in 90-degree air temps and direct sun radiating off the asphalt and lava fields (which raises the temps on the road to well over 100 degrees). The race assistance caught up to him with a new tire and after over an hour of crisis management, he made his way onto the run course. At this point, behind in his nutrition and hydration protocol, severely cramping, and red from the sun, it was a fight to the finish. Despite the setbacks, Wolfgang Drake finished in 13:02:17 and placed 40th in the World for athletes aged 18-24. The sport of triathlon is a metaphor not only for life in the Army, but for life in general. With a lot of determination and a little grit, anything is possible.

Army Water Polo Home Tournament

Army Water Polo Home TournamentArmy Water Polo hosted a home tournament. They played four teams from across the New York Division, beating all four. Their success at this tournament sets the team up to qualify for nationals. Saturday, Army took on the United States Merchant Marine Academy and Columbia. Patrick Cowley was the high scorer of the game with a contribution of 6 points. Aaron Chough and Matthew Kim each achieved "hat tricks" with three points each. The final score of the game was 18-5. Patrick Cowley scored four goals in the fourth quarter and D.J. Pinter contributed with three of his own points with a final score of 13-4.

Sunday, the first game was against New York University. Army performed consistently better than NYU in each quarter of the game, helped by Jeff Stark who made several impressive saves. Chris Onorato stood out as a consistent scorer, netting one point per quarter. Matthew Kim and Leonid Milman followed close behind Chris, with three points each, the combined efforts of the team leading to a final score of 14-7. Army's final game was against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Army's defense throughout the game was impressive, holding RPI to just 2 total points. The Army team put up a total of 14 points, with goals by each of the new fourth-class team members: Roger Yerger, Cedrick Evereat, and James Jang.

Kendo Competes in Ithaca

Kendo Competes in IthacaThe Kendo (Mixed Martial Arts) team traveled to Ithaca, New York recently and represented the academy well in the competition.

Graduate Scholarship Candidates Receive Etiquette Training

Graduate Scholarship Candidates Receive Etiquette TrainingThe Cadet Hostess Office trained graduate scholarship candidates in protocol/diplomacy and etiquette.


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