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    CDT Nathan Goff '18After the first round of preliminaries at the 2017 Winter Cup Challenge, cow Nathan Goff sits 30th in the all-around fueled by his third-place routine on the high bar. "I am really proud of Nathan's performance," said head coach Dr. Doug Van Everen. "We took a gamble and made some changes to his routines to add difficulty and it was worth taking the chance. I was really happy with what he was able to accomplish on a big stage among high-caliber competition." Goff turned out the third-best high bar routine in his heat with a score of 12.850 (international scoring) just behind Jalon Stephens (13.200) of Minnesota and Brandon Briones (13.150) from the Olympic Training Center. The Tucson, Ariz., native also excelled on the parallel bars on the night. He posted a score of 12.400 to rank tied for 14th through the first round. Read More


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    Cadet Guest Lecture from Mr. PeckMr. Daniel W. Peck, the Director of Political Military Affairs at the Washington Office of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the de-facto US diplomatic mission for Taiwan, guest-lectured in Chinese. USMA Chinese cadets and faculty listened (in Chinese and some English) to an expert discuss the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) as well as other elements of the U.S.-China-Taiwan relationship. The class had been studying and engaging in discussions about the Taiwan Relations Act for the two weeks prior, so this guest lecture provided them the opportunity to engage in Chinese with a professional whose daily duties include execution of the Act. As a former Army officer and FAO, Mr. Peck presented an excellent perspective on the critical importance of language, regional expertise, and culture (LREC) during and after an Army career. Building a relationship with AIT could also result in additional opportunities for cadets and faculty in Taiwan and Washington D.C. After the class, Dr. Gallagher, CDT David Lee, Dr. Tai-Jung Lee, CPT JR Sessions, and LTC Gregory enjoyed a wide-ranging discussion to identify areas in which DFL and AIT could work together to broaden and deepen USMA Department of State interactions vis-a-vis Taiwan. In the afternoon, in his role as AIT representative, Mr. Peck met with the three Taiwanese exchange cadets currently at West Point and enjoyed a lighthearted conversation about their time at USMA and experience in the United States.


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    CDT Jack Wedholm '18In an individualized sport such as wrestling, it is very easy to get caught up in your own personal success and lose the mindset of team first. With cow Jack Wedholm, however, his dedication lies with the success of the Army West Point wrestling program and less on his personal win-loss record. Wedholm began his third season at West Point at 174 pounds in November after wrestling at 184 pounds just a year ago. While he started the year 11-3 at 174 and placed in both tournaments he competed in, Wedholm failed to advance to the quarterfinals of the Southeast Open and New York State Championships. This resulted in him needing to work his way through the consolation bracket in order to get on the podium. Read More


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  • 02/17/17--12:09: Athletic Director's Update
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    Athletic Director's Update


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  • 10/02/17--07:44: Athletic Director's Update
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    Athletic Director's Update


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    Men's Tennis Completes Black Knight InviteThe Army West Point men's tennis team closed out the Black Knight Invite Saturday afternoon from the Lichtenberg Tennis Center. The Black Knights battled St. Bonaventure in their morning contest at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center. Firstie Michael Nguyen and Cow David Mitchell tallied a second flight victory over Indra Patwardhon and Joseph Blakeley, 6-2. Army was undefeated in singles play against the Bonnies. Yearling Will Ockerman gained a seventh flight victory after defeating Drexel's Vak Subolic, 7-5, 6-7, 10-7. Cow David Mitchell defeated Bernard Tefel in three sets, 3-6, 2-6, 10-7. Read More


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    CDT Bethany Nunnery '20The Army West Point women's cross country team placed 21st out of 40 competing schools at the Paul Short Invitational on Friday morning. The Black Knights were led by yearling Bethany Nunnery and cow Abby Halbrook, who were the team's top finishers. Plebe Mika Andrews had an impressive performance, crossing third for the Black Knights with a time of 21:45, edging out teammate Ramsey Wagner by less than a second. "We came into this meet expecting to race at the level we have been training at and we did that today," said head Coach Mike Smith. Read More


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    Roughly 45 cadets in The Cultural Affairs Seminar (CAS) and the African American Arts Forum (AAAF) took a joint trip to visit Washington D.C. They Participated in a tour of the US Capitol Building and received a closed-door briefing/Q&A with senior members of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s staff. The following day they went to Arlington National Cemetery to observed the changing of the guard at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and attended a ceremony commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the 6th Army Group’s campaign in Europe.

    Cadets also visited the newly opened National Museum for African American History and Culture. As a final stop, cadets visited “the yard” at Howard University, which Ta-Nehisi Coates calls “the Mecca of Black America” in his book Between the World and Me. There, the group discussed deep topics ranging from double consciousness to the significant of self-identity at West Point and the Army.


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    Late Penalty Kick Lifts Women's Rugby Over NorwichThe Army West Point women's rugby team overcame a 15-point deficit to defeat the Norwich Cadets 32-29 in a second-half thriller Saturday afternoon in Northfield, Vt. Army improved to 2-2-1 in NIRA play, while Norwich dropped to 2-0-2. Yearling Sam Sullivan propelled the Black Knights' offensive run after she posted their first try, cutting the deficit to 10. Cow Dameria Morton and yearling Sally Varner both posted one try each in the second half of the game. Plebe Abrianna Williams documented the final try, which was good to tie Norwich at 29. Plebe Eleanor Burnett completed a penalty kick in the final minutes of the game, lifting the Black Knights to their first road victory of the season. Read More


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    Firstie Lauren McGovern scored the first goal of her career in the sixth minute to give the Army West Point women's soccer team a 1-0 victory over Loyola on Sunday at Clinton Field. The Black Knights improved to 3-8-1 on the year and 1-3-0 in the Patriot League, while the Greyhounds fell to 2-9-0 overall and 0-4-0 in league play. Click here to watch the video recap: https://youtu.be/O6-fv0Sjw2g. Army captured an early lead just six minutes into the contest when a corner kick from rookie Emily Torres found firstie co-captain Clare Shea in the middle of the box. The Allendale, N.J., native flicked it forward for Lauren McGovern whose diving header found the twine to take the lead. Rookie goalkeeper Sydney Cassalia came up with a big save in the 31st minute to keep the Black Knights ahead. Read More


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  • 10/02/17--12:08: On Point: Driving Forward
  • Many athletes can face injuries within their respective sport throughout their careers, while some face physical hardships caused by life itself. For Seth Wills of the Army West Point sprint football team, he faced the latter. Click here to watch the video: https://youtu.be/fIwFGiGol0w. During his senior year of high school, when the most of your worries should be where you're going to college and who you're taking to prom, Wills was the victim of a hit-and-run accident that cost him a scholarship to run track at UC San Diego. While some might let an accident like this put them down, Wills kept driving forward and started on a different path which led him to the U.S. Military Academy.


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    Pipes & Drums Competes at Highland GamesThe The United States Corps of Cadets (USCC) Pipes and Drums travelled to Loon Mountain, New Hampshire to compete in the New Hampshire Highland Games. Regarded as one of the most prestigious competitions in North America, they earned first prize in dress and decorum. The band competes in this event annually to receive feedback for the upcoming competition against Navy and to expose new members to the competition environment. The Celtic Dancers competed for the first time in the Highland dance competition, with cadets Vanda Niemi and Krista Spada taking 1st and 2nd place, respectively.


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    The Army West Point football team remained unbeaten at home in 2017 after a big second half led to a 35-21 victory over UTEP on Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium. The Black Knights moved to 3-2 on the season, while the Miners dropped to 0-5. Click here to watch the video recap: https://youtu.be/2ncybSD86hE. Army compiled 353 yards on the ground with Andy Davidson leading the charge with 100 yards and a touchdown. Ahmad Bradshaw finished seven-yards shy of the 100-yard mark on 11 carries. Connor Slomka also got into the mix, finding the end zone twice on 10 carries. On top of the success in the running game, the Black Knights also managed to cause some damage through the air as Bradshaw completed three passes for a season-best 80 yards and a touchdown. Read More


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    Golf Team Secures First Star of the SeasonThe first star of this year's Army-Navy Star Series, presented by USAA, went to the Black Knights with Nick Turner clinching it for the golf team for a 6.5-4.5 victory. Army led 2.5-1.5 after the first day in Annapolis with two wins and an all-square in four-ball. Turner hit a huge putt on the 14th hole to square the final match and went onto get Army the win. Gunnar Doyle got Army's first point of the day by winning 2-up against Matt Starobin. Doyle birdied the final two holes to pull away after being all-square through 16 holes. Dean Sakata was 3-up at the turn and earned a point by being 4-up with three holes to play. Matt Plunkett was down one early in his match, but responded on the eighth hole and went from 1-down to 1-up and never relinquished the lead and won 3-and-2. Read More


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    Triathlon Ironman 70.3 Superfrog Race in CoronadoThe Army West Point Triathlon team sent six members to San Diego to compete in the Ironman 70.3 Superfrog race in Coronado. The race consisted of a 1.2-mile open ocean swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run – half of which was on the beach. The team had an outstanding race with Remington Ponce-Pore ’18 taking first in the men’s Military Academy division, first in the men’s 18-24-year-old division and 11th place overall in the race, qualifying a slot to the Ironman World Championships in Kona, HI in 2018, being he is graduating, he rolled-down his slot to Wolfgang Drake who will be the 4th cadet in the past 6 years to represent USMA in the premier long-distance triathlon in the world – the Hawaii Ironman. Wolfgang Drake ‘20 was second in the men’s Military Academy division, Katie Harris ’20 was 4th and Hailey Conger ’19 was 5th in the women’s Military Academy division.


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    Cadet Capstone at Scott Air Force BaseLTC John Hiltz and his capstone team traveled to Scott Air Force Base to meet with their stakeholders at USTRANSCOM. The cadets are working with USTRANSCOM to improve the ability to predict when shipping containers will miss their required delivery date. This meeting allowed the cadets to gain an understanding of the objectives and values of the project’s decision maker and set the tone for duration of the project.

    Photo: Cadets Adam Stepan and Mike Gabrielsen in USTRANSCOMs Transportation Plaza


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    CDTs Rex Epps '20 and Justin Stoll '20Plebe Daniel Mazzei of the Army West Point men's cross-country team was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week on Monday. Mazzei was one of the top freshmen in last weekend's Paul Short Invitational held at Lehigh University. Taking 99th of 359 competitors, Mazzei earned a spot as one of Army's top-five runners with a time of 24:50. This meet is the largest intercollegiate cross-country meet in the country. The event featured many nationally and regionally ranked teams who competed with approximately 6,000 athletes from close to 450 colleges and high schools. Mazzei helped lead the Black Knights to a seventh-place finish out of 40 total schools. Read More


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    Cadets Semester Abroad Ifrane, MoroccoCadets Alexis Eliopulos ’19, Jaquish, Eliopulos ’19, and Tyler Paget ’19, have had the opportunity to take advantage of cultural visits to some of the diverse regions of Morocco. Over the Eid al-Adha Holiday (Feast of the Sacrifice), the cadets traveled to Chefchaouen, also known as “the Blue City,” in the Rif mountains. The following weekend the Cadets traveled to the city of Casablanca and visited the Hassan II mosque. These excursions have exposed the cadets to cultural and historic sites and have provided numerous opportunities, outside of the confines of the classroom, to practice speaking standard Arabic as well as the Moroccan dialect.


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    CDT Daniel Mazzei '21Yearlings Rex Epps and Justin Stoll of the Army West Point men's soccer team received Patriot League weekly honors, as announced by the conference on Monday. For the second time this season, Epps was named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week, while Stoll earned his first weekly recognition as the goalkeeper of the week. The Black Knights played to a 2-0 record this past week, picking up wins over Sacred Heart and Colgate. In the two games combined, Epps tallied two goals and two of assists. Against the Pioneers last Tuesday, the Irmo, S.C., native received the ball off a corner from Marcos Arroyo and headed it over to Roman Guiseppi, setting up the rookie for his first collegiate score. Later in the game, Epps delivered the game-winning goal, his second of the season, to help Army capture a 2-1 victory. Through 10 games, Epps is tied for the Patriot League lead in goals (6), points (16) and game-winning goals (2), while ranking first in shots (40). Stoll played a pivotal role in the Black Knights' success this past week. In the win against Sacred Heart, one of his three saves came late in the opening stanza to keep the score even at one, allowing Army to later win the game in the second half. Read More


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    Cadet Autumn Shea and Senator Lindsey GrahamDuring Cadet Autumn Shea’s summer internship at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) she happened to meet Senator Lindsey Graham, who had nominated her to the United States Military Academy. Both cadet Shea and Senator Graham are South Carolinians but met for the first time at USIP. They attended a ceremony honoring soldiers of the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division for their role in achieving a local peace accord in Iraq that offers a model for potential peacemaking and stabilization in the aftermath of ISIS. USIP and our Iraqi partners worked with the 10th Mountain Division on the peace process, and the accord underpins the region's stability still today. Cadet Shea was at USIP as part of the Civ-Mil Cadet Internship program, which places West Point cadets within a USIP center to learn about peacebuilding and gain practical experience that can inform their future careers.


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