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

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


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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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  • 02/12/16--08:33: Athletic Director's Update
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    Army West Point Athletic Director's Update with Boo Corrigan Director of Athletics


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    WEST POINT, NY - A smothering defense and a balanced scoring attack helped the Army lacrosse team earn a 9-5 win over UMass in its season opener on Friday afternoon at Michie Stadium. Army (1-0) was led by rookie Nate Jones, who recorded three points on two goals and an assist. Cole Johnson and Ted Glesener contributed to the win with a goal and an assist each. Click here to watch the video.

    "To get this first one was big because there is a lot of unknowns," head coach Joe Alberici said. "We knew UMass was going to be extremely tough and they are well-coached and because of that you are not certain what you are going to see. It was a great win, a great team win and a family win." Rookie AJ Barretto earned the start to become the first rookie goalie to start an opener since Rick Aguilar in 1991. Barretto finished with only three saves as he got a lot of help from his defensive unit. The Army defense gave up only 16 shots and combined for nine caused turnovers. Tim Stackpole was all over the field and caused a career best five turnovers. Read More


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    WEST POINT, NY - Four different players reached double figures for the Army West Point women's basketball team, as the Black Knights earned an 87-51 Patriot League victory over American on Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena. Army extends its winning streak to 11 games for the second season in a row and improves to 21-2 overall and 12-1 in the league, while American falls to 6-18 and 4-9. Click here to watch the video.

    Senior Kelsey Minato tallied a game-high 22 points, four rebounds and three assists, while classmate Aimee Oertner finished with 18 points, four boards and three assists. Senior Jean Parker shot 4-of-6 from three-point range and finished with 16 points and five rebounds, and sophomore Janae McNeal posted her first career double-double, with 14 points and 14 rebounds, while also coming away with four steals. Read More


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    WILMINGTON, NC - In the final game of the Seahawk Softball Bash, the Army West Point softball team shut down UNC Wilmington to earn its first win of the 2016 season. The Black Knights tallied 10 hits in today's 3-1 victory and tallied zero errors. "I was really proud of how the team responded to the past two days," said head coach Michelle DePolo. "Our offense continued to put runners on base and push done runs across, but the story of the day was exceptional defense. The success of this team in the long run is predicated on solid defense and timely hitting, today was an exemplary performance of both. Caroline pitched a terrific game and got a lot of support from her catcher and defense." Kristen McPeek led the Black Knights with two RBIs and added two hits. Ashley Yoo also recorded an RBI, while Mae Wadyka and Alee Rashenskas had two hits apiece. Caroline Smith pitched all seven innings for the Cadets to earn her first win in the circle this season and held the Seahawks scoreless until the seventh inning. Read More


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    Cadet Community on Civil Military Operations Volunteer at Poughkeepsie Foster HomeEighteen cadets from the Cadet Community on Civil Military Operations volunteered at a foster home in Poughkeepsie, NY. The purpose of this trip was to provide positive role models for children from difficult backgrounds, and to inspire a passion for service in the cadets that attended the trip. On the same day, six other cadets from the Cadet Community on Civil Military Operations volunteered at a local food bank in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY. The food bank receives more food donations than its staff can handle, and cadets volunteering actively increases the amount of food that can be sent out to local food pantries, thereby in-creasing the amount of food that can get to those who need it.


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    Studio Arts Forum Visits NYC MuseumsFourteen cadets from the USMA Studio Arts and the Elsie-Sannes-Pinnell Art Appreciation Forum travelled to New York City to tour the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. Cadets were able to study sculptures from Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia; Islamic Art; Medieval illuminated manuscripts; musical instruments; arms and armor from around the world; and modern and contemporary works, including a rare exhibition of Picasso’s sculpture.


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    Combat Weapons at the Regional Steel ChallengeThe West Point Combat Weapons Team sent two, four person teams to participate in a regional steel challenge hosted by the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit. The Firstie team, consisting of CDTs Josh Hester, Ellis Spencer, Mike Okorn, and Andy Scott placed third overall. Both the A and B team beat Navy and Air Force. Texas A&M took the first place prize and Florida University placed second. CDT Tyler Rose represented the Cow team and impressed everyone with an individual fourth place overall finish.


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    Aviation Prepares for Army-Navy-Coast Guard CompetitionEight cadets from the West Point Flying team drove to Orange County Airport in Montgomery, NY, to fly aircraft rented from Take Flight Aviation. The purpose for this trip section was to train cadets on the team for their upcoming Army-Navy-Coast Guard competition in April. Following Winter Break, cadets are required to fly with an instructor to regain their currency in the aircraft as per club SOP. As such, several cadets flew with a CFII on a currency flight in which they would practice landings along with other maneuvers and emergency procedures such as steep turns, stalls and simulated engine out. Other cadets already flew current with one another practicing landings at Orange County, as well as at other airports including Wurtsboro and Poughkeepsie.


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    West Point hosted the annual Army-Navy Pistol Match. West Point proved to be the better team by defeating Navy with a three even aggregate score of 6315 to Navy’s 6274. Army got off to a great start by defeating Navy in Air Pistol 2225 to 2198. CDT Travis Moody shot the team high score for Army with a score of 562 out of a possible 600; CDT Anthony Veith shot a 558. CDTS Jeff Schanz and Mark Lister rounded out the four person scoring team with scores of 556 and 549, respectively. CDT Anthony Veith was the fourth scoring team member and shot a score of 522. The final event, Free Pistol, took place on Sunday morning; Army had a 57-point lead over Navy going into the final event. Navy regained some of its composure to win the event 1978 to Army’s 1962. CDT Schanz led the scoring for Army with a 507; CDT Veith shot a 491; CDT Jack Fagerland shot a 476; and CDT Moody shot a 488. Army’s next match is 12-13 Feb. at the Tronsrue Marksmanship Center; this match will be a qualifying match for Nationals.


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    Scoutmasters Council Team Building and SnowmobilingThe West Point Scoutmasters’ Council travelled to Gorham, NH, for a team-building event and a day of snowmobiling. A total of twenty-six cadets took part in a challenging 100 mile long snowmobile trek through the mountains of New Hampshire.


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    Twenty-one cadets from the West Ski Patrol club travelled to Labrador Mountain In Truxton, NY, to conduct candidate sled and toboggan training. This marks more than two decades of continued relations between the West Point Ski Patrol and the Labrador Mountain ski patrol. One of the Labrador’s ski patrollers, Eric Brauer, was greatly influential in arranging a large amount of lift tickets to facilitate in the training. Training included improving upon skiing skills as well as sharpening toboggan skills. The candidates skied with Ski Patrol Instructors from Labrador Mountain and they were vital to the development of the candidates. Though the snow was not the greatest and there were minimal runs open due to a dry winter, the cadets made with what they had and had a great weekend of training.


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    The West Point Skeet and Trap team travelled to Danbury, CT, to participate in an inter-club shoot against members of the Pahquioque Gun Club. The single day shoot consisted of 50 rounds: 16 yard single American trap, 25 rounds of doubles, and finally, 25 rounds of 24-yard handicap “wipe your eye” trap. At the end of the shoot, the top five scores on each team would be combined for the team's final score. The cadets demonstrated some excellent shooting including the top five shooters CDT Alejandro Alderete (106); CDT Paul Minn (104); CDT Chase Miller (102); CDT Josh Murphy (100); and CDT Mitch Koellner (96). While West Point shot well and posted a final target score of 508, they were ultimately defeated by the hometown Pahquioque members with a score of 530. The hospitality and comradery by the members of one of the oldest shooting clubs in the country made for a great shoot. The cadets will be preparing for a rematch when Pahquioque visits West Point in the fall.


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