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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Donate Bowl Game tickets for cadets, soldiers and local non-profit organizations by clicking here.

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

    To view information on Army's trip to the Armed Forces Bowl, visit

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

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

    The FIRST Infantry Division.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    How to Follow: Television - CBS | Radio - Army Sports Network | Game Notes - Army Notes •  Navy Notes | Live Stats - | Twitter -  @ArmyWP_Football

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    How to Follow: Television - CBS | Radio - Army Sports Network | Game Notes - Army Notes •  Navy Notes | Live Stats - | Twitter -  @ArmyWP_Football

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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