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

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

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

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

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

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

    How to Follow: Television - ESPN | Radio - Army Sports Network| Game Notes - Army Notes •  Houston Notes | Live Stats -| Twitter - ArmyWP_Football

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  • 12/18/18--11:23: CME Run to Remember
  • CME Run to RememberMembers of the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department (CME) took a few moments to honor the 17 former cadets who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. The department conducts the Run to Remember from Mahan Hall to the West Point Cemetery twice a year and reads the names of the fallen.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    CDT Tommy Funk '20An efficient shooting performance helped the Army West Point men's basketball team defend Christl Arena and capture a 91-81 victory over Colgate in a Patriot League game on Wednesday night. Tommy Funk led the offensive charge for the Black Knights (8-10, 3-2 Patriot League) against the Raiders (10-8, 2-3 Patriot League). The cow went 9-of-12 from the floor and a perfect 3-of-3 from deep for a career-high 25 points to pair with a team-high four assists. Jordan Fox was also in a groove all night, burying five shots from the field and four from long range for 15 points. Matt Wilson came away with nine points and a game-high eight rebounds, while Lonnie Grayson and John Emezie added 12 and 10, respectively, in the scoring column.

    Army tied the all-time series with Colgate, 62-62. The Black Knights tied a season-high for points scored in a game with 91. The Cadets shot a season-best 59 percent from the field and 54 percent from deep. Twelve of the team's 31 made shots came from long range. Army recorded double-digit makes from beyond-the-arc for the seventh time this season. Funk's nine made shots tied a career high. It was the first time this season that the cow eclipsed the 20-point threshold. He now has four 20-point games in his career with two of them coming against Colgate. Eighteen of Funk's 25 points came in the second half. Grayson's 12 points was a career mark. Fox extended his double-digit scoring streak to three games. The firstie has made at least one 3-pointer in seven consecutive outings. Read More

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    CDT Dalton MacAfee '19Dalton MacAfee of the Army West Point hockey team has been nominated for the Hobey Baker Award, announced by the association on Wednesday. Awarded annually to college hockey's top player, the Hobey Baker fan-voting will run from now until Sunday, March 10 at midnight. College hockey fans can cast their vote by going to the voting website Follow the prompts to make your selection from this year's outstanding crop of 81 college hockey players representing 46 NCAA Division I schools. Phase two of fan balloting will come from the list of Top Ten Hobey Baker finalists beginning March 20 and closing March 31. The fans' vote accounts for a full one percent of the total ballot in each phase in selecting this year's award recipient. Award criteria include candidates exhibiting the exceptional character traits of the award's namesake, Hobey Baker. A legendary American hero, Baker was a World War I fighter pilot and was known as America's greatest amateur athlete in his day, excelling at hockey and football at Princeton University. Award candidates must demonstrate strength of character both on and off the ice, contribute to the integrity of his team and display outstanding skills in all phases of the game. Consideration should be given to scholastic achievement and sportsmanship. Read More

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    CDT Serica Hallstead '20After winning on both boards in a pair of Patriot League duals against Lehigh and Bucknell this past weekend, cow Serica Hallstead was named the female Patriot League Diver of the Week. "I am very happy for Serica and proud of how she competed this weekend," head diving coach Chris Waters said. "It was a long week coming out of a hard training trip but she stayed focused and had consistent, strong performances on both boards on back-to-back days. She's a great leader for our program." It marks the second time this season that Hallstead received the weekly honor from the league. The Canandaigua, N.Y., native posted a season-best total of 273.67 on the 1-meter and 259.12 on the 3-meter to top the competition and lock up two first-place scores versus the Mountain Hawks. She then claimed the top spot on both boards against the Bison on Saturday. On the 1-meter she totaled 258.08 and added a score of 276.53 on the 3-meter. Hallstead and the Black Knights return to action on Saturday to take on American, Old Dominion and George Mason in a quad meet.

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    CDT Cole Casanova '20 and Mathew Davis '22Cole Casanova and Mathew Davis of the West Point gymnastics team were both honored by the Eastern College Athletic Conference. Casanova earned ECAC Gymnast of the Week honors, while Davis was tabbed the Rookie of the Week after their performances at the West Point Open. Casanova, a senior team captain, posted three career-high scores over the weekend. He was second in the all-around with an 80.050. The Dallas, Texas, native garnered career-highs on pommel horse (13.500) and still rings (13.800). Casanova was second in the meet on vault with a score of 14.000. Davis had a standout performance in his collegiate debut placing sixth in the all-around (76.200) which ranked him as the top plebe competitor at the event. The Frisco, Texas, native finished second on the floor exercise (14.300) and third on high bar (12.650). The Black Knights host Penn State next Saturday at the Lou Gross Center. The meet will begin at 2 p.m.

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    CDT Jess Lewis '19Thanks to an impressive first quarter, the Army West Point women's basketball team earned a 65-50 victory over Lafayette in Patriot League action on Wednesday. Army hosted around 1,500 local young students as part of Education Day at West Point and didn't disappoint with its second league win of the year. Madison Hovren finished with another double-double with a game high 23 points and 16 rebounds, while classmate Jess Lewis tied a career best with 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor. Lewis also dished out seven assists in the win, which was one off her career high. As a team, the Black Knight shot 41 percent from the field and had an advantage of 12-3 in points off of turnovers. Read More

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    CDT Brian McKenrick '20After helping the Army West Point men's swimming and diving team secure a pair of Patriot League duals against Lehigh and Bucknell this past weekend, yearling Brian McKenrick was named the AWPAA Athlete of the Week. McKenrick shined in the pool, delivering four individual event victories while helping the Black Knights capture a pair of relay wins over a two-day stretch. His successful weekend began on Friday when he swam the opening leg of the first-place 200 medley relay squad opposite Lehigh. He followed that performance up with back-to-back victories in the 100 and 200 back after posting times of 50.49 and 1:51.12, respectively. McKenrick rounded out the meet with a second-place showing in the 200 IM once he touched the wall at 1:54.48. A day later, the Black Knights visited Bucknell in Lewisburg, Pa., and McKenrick once again helped the 200 medley relay team finish first. The Wayne, Pa., native additionally won the 100 back (50.88) and 200 back (1:52.17) at the league dual meet. Read More

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    CDTs Tyrell Maddox '20 and Justin Young '22For the second time this season, cow Tyrell Maddox and plebe Justin Young have received weekly honors from the Patriot League. Following their success at the Crowell Open, the duo continued their strong start at the Nittany Lion Challenge at Penn State University. Maddox finished first in the men's 400 meter dash with a time of 48.38 seconds. He then went on to anchor the men's 4x400 to a second place finish. Both times were the best in the Patriot League this season. The junior was named Patriot League Male Track Athlete of the Week.

    "Tyrell had a great fall training block and did a nice job of managing his workouts over the Christmas break and that showed on Sunday," head coach Mike Smith said. "He expects to win and that competitive fire serves him well in all of his events. The personal best he set this weekend in the 400 is a great indicator of his potential for success in the winter and spring. He is ready to take a big step forward."

    Plebe Justin Young set two personal bests in the 60 meter hurdles, leading the field in the preliminary race with a time of 8.00, before posting a 7.97 in the final for a second place finish. The 7.97 second finish is the best in the Patriot League so far this season. Young was also a member of the second place finishing 4x400 unit. The Wylie, Texas, native was named Patriot League Male Rookie of the Week. Read More

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    Army Navy 2018For the first time in 60 years, the Army West Point football team was awarded the highly coveted Lambert Trophy, given annually by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).

    The award will be presented to them at the 83rd Eastern College Football Awards Banquet at The Ridge in Danbury, Conn., on Feb. 21.

    A year after being named ECAC Division I Football Bowl Subdivision Team of the Year, the Black Knights will be presented the 2018 Lambert Trophy for the first time since 1958. The Cadets had a historic season that saw a lot of firsts. They won 11 games for the first time in program history, making this the first time they have ever had back-to-back 10-plus win seasons. Army won its third consecutive game against arch rival Navy, the longest such streak against the Midshipmen since the mid 1990's. They also won the Commander In Chief's Trophy in back-to-back seasons for the first time. Head coach Jeff Monken was awarded the George Munger Award and Vince Lombardi Award for National College Coach of the Year. This year the Black Knights were ranked first nationally in third down conversion percentage and fourth down conversion percentage. They finished the year on a high note by defeating Houston, 70-14, tying an FBS record for points scored in a bowl game. Read More

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    CDT Lucas Weiland '20The Army West Point wrestling team sprinted out to a big lead en route to a 32-6 road victory against Brown on Thursday evening at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Black Knights improved to 4-2 on the season and 4-0 against Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) opponents, while the Bears dropped to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in conference. Army leapt out to a 20-point lead through the first five matches thanks to a pair of technical falls from yearling Lane Peters at 133 pounds and cow Lucas Weiland at 157 pounds. The Cadets won eight of the 10 matches, including six bonus point victories. Rookie Corey Shie (141 lbs.), cow Ben Harvey (174 lbs.), fourth-ranked firstie Rocco Caywood (197 lbs.) and plebe Ben Sullivan (285 lbs.) all posted major decisions in the match.

    Army wrestled against Brown for the first time since 2013-14. The Black Knights improved to 20-5-2 in the all-time series against Brown. Army has won its last 12 matches versus the Bears dating back to the 2003-04 season. Head Coach Kevin Ward notched his 20th-career victory at the helm of the Black Knights. Army jumped to 4-0 in EIWA duals, its best start in conference matches since 2006-07. The Black Knights scored their most points in a dual since a 34-3 victory over Hofstra on Jan. 21, 2017. Chalifoux earned the 50th victory of his career. It was the 15th career dual win for the Nashville, Tenn., native and his fifth of the season. Shie and Harvey contributed their team-leading 20th victories of the season. Shie added his team-leading 12th bonus point victory with a major decision. Harvey reached the 20-win plateau for the third-consecutive year. Caywood moved to 5-0 in duals on the season. Read More