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Kozlowski, Bilek Earn Monthly League Honors

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Kozlowski, Bilek Earn Monthly League HonorsFirstie goaltender Trevin Kozlowski and cow forward Colin Bilek were recognized for the performances during the month of January as they were named Atlantic Hockey monthly award winners.

Bilek was voted the league's Player of the Month as he was tremendous during the month of January, leading Atlantic Hockey in goals and points with 10 and 13, respectively, as he helped Army go 5-3-1 in nine games. Army went 4-2-1 in league play and climbed into a tie for fourth heading into the final month of the season. Bilek had points in eight of nine games and goals in seven of those eight games. His game-winning goal came in a hat trick effort at AIC, handing the Yellow Jackets their first loss in conference.

Kozlowski earned Goaltender of the Month accolades as well. He really came on during the month of January, leading Army to a winning month and up into 4th place in the AHA standings. He went 5-1-1 in seven starts and made eight appearances, ranking third in the league in save percentage and goals against average.  He allowed two or fewer goals six times, with four of the six resulting in wins. The other two came in a loss against AIC and a shootout win over Sacred Heart.

The Black Knights are back in action tonight at 7:05 p.m. against Sacred Heart on the road.


Patriot League Men’s & Women’s Basketball Schedule Adjustments

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Patriot League Men’s & Women’s Basketball Schedule AdjustmentsThe Patriot League has announced a complete slate of Men’s and Women’s Basketball schedule adjustments for the final three weeks of the 2020-21 regular season. League play continues to be contingent on the League and its member institutions being able to conduct competition in ways that protect the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches, staffs and their communities.

The revised Men’s and Women’s Basketball schedules focus on playing postponed games within the Patriot League's three regional divisions for seeding League tournaments.

The 2021 Patriot League Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships will feature a reduced eight-team field. Two teams from each division will receive an automatic berth to the League championship based on their divisional record. The two final teams will qualify for the tournament based on their overall League record. Non-League games are not considered for tournament qualifications purposes. Read more.

Gymnastics Sweeps ECAC Awards

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Gymnastics Sweeps ECAC AwardsThe Army West Point Gymnastics team had a clean sweep of the ECAC weekly awards, it was announced yesterday. Mathew Davis was tabbed the gymnast of the week, Matthew Martin was the specialist of the week and Connor Cavanagh was the rookie of the week.

Davis was the winner in the still rings, posting a one-point improvement from his mark a week earlier with a score of 13.5. His performance was .85 higher than Cal's Noah Newfield, who placed second. The cow from Frisco, TX, also posted a score of 14.05 in the vault to place second.

Martin had a season-high score of 13.5 in the pommel horse, which was .3 points higher than the second-place finisher.

Cavanagh set a career high for the second consecutive meet in the still rings, posting a score of 12.25.

Hockey Continues Hot Streak with OT Victory

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Hockey Continues Hot Streak with OT VictoryThanks to an overtime tally on the power play from cow forward Eric Butte, the Army West Point Hockey team has earned league points in seven-straight contests after a 2-1 victory at home against Sacred Heart last night. Army is riding a six-game unbeaten streak, which is tied with Minnesota-Duluth and Bemidji State for tops in the nation. Army is 5-0-1 in those games and is 7-1-1 in its last nine games.

“In tonight's game, whoever was going to make the last play was going to win the game and obviously that was a huge power play goal,” head coach Brian Riley said. “Sacred Heart is a team that we will be battling at the end and you control your own destiny when you can beat these teams in head-to-head games.”

The Black Knights took advantage of their power play opportunities, going 2-for-3 on the night, while the penalty kill kept the Pioneers off the board on four chances. Butte was once again the man with scoring touch as he scored his third goal in two games and his second game winner in a row. He finished with two points on the night and four during the series.

The game winner came on the power play with 2:53 left in overtime as Butte camped out at the side of the net and John Zimmerman found him with a nice touch pass from the high slot and Butte redirected it home for the victory.

“The three guys up top did a great job moving the puck, John Zimmerman made a great feed and I just had to redirect it,” Butte said about the winner. “It was a great effort from the boys out there to finish the job and keep our winning streak going.” Read more.

Hunter Tabbed Patriot League Player of the Week

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Hunter Tabbed Patriot League Player of the WeekSabria Hunter was tabbed the Patriot League Player of the Week, it was announced yesterday afternoon.

The yearling averaged 12.0 points per game last weekend in Army's weekend split with Holy Cross. In Sunday's win, Hunter paced the Black Knights offense with 20 points on 8-14 shooting from the floor and was 4-4 from the charity stripe. Her 20 points marked a new career high.

The Austintown, Ohio, native is the first Black Knight to take home the award since Alisa Fallon earned the recognition on Dec. 2, 2019. Despite only appearing in eight games last season, Hunter was tabbed the Patriot League Rookie of the week twice before suffering a season-ending injury.

Army returns to action this weekend with a pair of road contests at Boston University.

Softball Adds Series with Campbell

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Softball Adds Series with CampbellThe Army West Point Softball team will open its 2021 campaign with a three-game series at Campbell this weekend. Army will take on Campbell in a doubleheader on Saturday, February 13 with the first game set to start at 1 p.m. The two teams will next square off on Sunday, February 14 at 1 p.m.

Attendance for the contest is limited to only Campbell University students, faculty, and staff.

The remainder of Black Knights' non-league slate will be announced at a later date. Read more.

2021 Henry O. Flipper Dinner

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On February 4, the 2021 Henry O. Flipper Commemoration Dinner was held. The dinner honors the legacy of Henry O. Flipper, Class of 1877 by awarding a West Point Cadet who has persevered while overcoming adversity at USMA with the Flipper Award. This year’s winner was CDT Markus L. Wright ’21, and the guest speaker for the ceremony was Mr. Joseph B. Anderson ’65. Wright overcame personal obstacles by continuing to persevere after losing two of his best friends to gang violence while going through cadet basic training. He has since then begun working with his high school and community leaders in his hometown of Columbus, GA, to raise funds for a scholarship to provide more opportunities for young teenagers. Video. Photos.

Gymnastics Adds Contests to Slate

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Gymnastics Adds Contests to SlateThe Army West Point Men’s Gymnastics team announced the remainder of its 2021 schedule yesterday afternoon.

The Black Knights will host the all-academy championships at 1pm on Saturday, February 13. The following weekend Army will compete in a virtual competition on Saturday, February 20 vs. Springfield.

On Saturday, March 6 at 1pm the Cadets will take on Navy in the highly anticipated Star Meet, which is part of the Star Series presented by USAA. Army will then host ECAC foe Springfield at the Gross Center at 1pm on Saturday, March 13. The Black Knights take on service academy foe Air Force in a virtual competition at 6pm ET on Friday, March 19.

Army will then begin the postseason portion of its schedule when it hosts the ECAC Championships on April 3. The NCAA Championships will take place in Minneapolis on Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17. Read more.


West Point at 11th IEEE CCW Conference

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West Point at 11th IEEE CCW ConferenceThroughout the pandemic, our faculty, staff, and cadets have risen to meet new academic challenges and excelled! At the 11th Annual Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computing and Communication Workshop and Conference (CCWC), our West Point Robotics Research Center (RRC) presented in the areas of artificial intelligence and machine learning, human-computer interaction, and robotics. The RRC team was represented by three cadets, Trevor Powers, Colin Jones, Curtis Manore, and three faculty, Mr. Pratheek Manjunath, Mr. Dominic Larkin, and Dr. Michael Novitzky. Assistant Professor Michael “Misha” Novitzky (RRC/EECS Department) was heavily involved in CCWC 2021 as part of the Technical Committee and session chair for several sessions.

A big congratulations to CDT Trevor Powers as he received a “Certificate of Best Presenter” for his presentation on the paper “AI and ML Improving Reward Functions in Robots Playing Capture the Flag Using Q-Learning” in the “AI, ML, and Algorithms” Session!

Softball Games Canceled Due to Expected Inclement Weather

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Softball Games Canceled Due to Expected Inclement WeatherThe Army West Point softball team's weekend series with Campbell in Buies Creek, NC, has been canceled to due expected inclement weather in the area. The Black Knights were scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday followed by a game on Sunday.

CTC summer 2021 Internship Search Opens

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CTC summer 2021 Internship Search OpensThe Combating Terrorism Center is now accepting applications for the Summer 2021 term of its internship program. The Summer 2021 internship will be conducted entirely online, and applications are due March 1, 2021. For more information about the CTC internship and how to apply, visit https://ctc.usma.edu/opportunities/.

NCAA Releases DI Wrestling Tournament Allocations and Coaches Poll

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NCAA Releases DI Wrestling Tournament Allocations and Coaches PollThe NCAA DI Wrestling committee announced individual conference pre-allocations for the 2021 NCAA tournament yesterday afternoon.

The allocations were decided upon based off a 5-year average for each participating conference. Amongst the list of national qualifiers, the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) received 45 total positions including 10 automatic spots for the conference champions and 35 spots that will be earned by individual wrestlers at the conference tournament. The breakdown for the number of qualifying spots for each weight class at the conference tournament is as follows: 125 (3) - 165 (5) - 133 (3) - 174 (5) - 141 (5) - 184 (6) - 149 (4) - 197 (5) - 157 (5) - 285 (4).

Due to the limited bout results for the current year, the EIWA plans to wrestle for true 4th place at 149 and 285, and true 6th place at 184, with the winners receiving the pre-allocated berth at the NCAA tournament. The NCAA also released its individual coaches poll based on matches through February 7 and leading up to Army's final dual match of the year. The Black Knights had multiple athletes listed including: 141lbs: Lane Peters (31) - 149lbs: P.J. Ogunsanya (19) - 157lbs: Markus Hartman (14) - 184lbs: Taylor Brown (32) - 197lbs: J.T. Brown (20) - 285lbs: Bobby Heald (29).

The 117th EIWA Championship Tournament will be held at Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, Pennsylvania, on Friday, February 26, 2021. This will be the first time in more than a century that the conference tournament will be held in a single day.

Five of the top seven teams from last year's tournament will compete. The 10 institutions scheduled to participate will be American, Army West Point, Binghamton, Bucknell, Drexel, Hofstra, Lehigh, Long Island U., Navy, and Sacred Heart.

More information regarding the conference tournament will be released in the coming weeks.

Women’s Soccer Picked Second in Patriot League

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Women’s Soccer Picked Second in Patriot LeagueThe Army Women's Soccer team was picked to finish second in the Patriot League preseason poll, it was announced this morning. The Black Knights garnered 128 points to earn the second spot in the poll behind Navy's 162 points and 18 first place votes. Colgate was selected third with 104 points and earned one first place vote.

Firstie goalkeeper Sydney Cassalia was named Preseason Defensive Player of the Year after earning 2019 Patriot League Women's Soccer Goalkeeper of the Year. Cassalia finished 2019 with 66 saves, six shutouts, a 0.91 goals-against average and a .776 save percentage in 22 games played. She enters her senior season with a career 0.90 goals-against average, an .817 save percentage and 241 saves. Cassalia's long list of 2019 accolades include Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year, First-Team All-Patriot League member, United Soccer Coaches' Association All-North Region Second Team and Patriot League All-Tournament Team honoree.

The Black Knights led the way with the most selections on the preseason All-League team, including yearling forward Alyssa Carfagno, senior defender Mia Padon and Cassalia. Cassalia earned 2019 All-Patriot League first team honors, while Carfagno was a second team honoree in 2019.

The preseason poll and individual awards were voted on by the women's soccer coaches and sports information directors from each institution, with restrictions on voting for their team and student-athletes. Read more.

Gymnastics Finishes Third in All-Academy Meet

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Gymnastics Finishes Third in All-Academy MeetThe Army West Point Men's Gymnastics team placed third in the All-Academy meet Saturday afternoon with a score of 377.85. Navy claimed first place with a score 395.2, while Air Force came in second at 379.1

On the floor exercise Corban Barstow posted Army's highest score of the day with a mark of 13.35 and Kalvin Kingshill had the next highest mark at 13.3. Matthew Martin had the team's best score in pommel horse at 12.9, which was good for sixth overall. The Black Knights' next highest score belonged to Mathew Davis, who posted a 12.45.

Davis earned the event win in the still rings with a score of 13.6, which was .5 points higher than the second place finisher. Army's next highest score was 12.5 from Kiernan Reagan. On Vault Connor Cavanagh had the team's high score with a tally of 14.150. Graham Shaw's 13.85 was the Cadets' second best mark. Read more.

Hockey-Holy Cross Matchup Postponed

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Hockey-Holy Cross Matchup PostponedDue to the Holy Cross hockey program's inability to complete the full reconditioning period following its pause of all activity, tonight's game will not be played as scheduled.

At this time, no make-up dates have been announced. Further information on the rescheduled dates will be communicated when appropriate.

The Black Knights will return to action this Saturday against Bentley at Tate Rink with faceoff scheduled for 7:05pm.


Abdelnour, Farrell Help Army Extend Streak

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Abdelnour, Farrell Help Army Extend StreakWith two goals apiece coming from Brett Abdelnour and Thomas Farrell, the Army West Point Hockey team extended its unbeaten streak to eight games with an impressive 5-1 win over Bentley on Saturday night at Tate Rink.

Army is letting the nation take notice with a 7-0-1 record in its last eight games and the Black Knights have earned league points in nine-consecutive contests. During the stretch, Army has not allowed more than two goals since January 16.

“What has been really neat during this stretch is seeing all the different people that are contributing, as far as scoring goals,” head coach Brian Riley said. “This team has just gained a lot of confidence and when we come to the rink now, our guys really expect to win.”

The Black Knights found the back of the net first in tonight's win with 14:10 on the clock in the first period with Farrell scoring his second of the year on a rush up ice. Lincoln Hatten blocked a shot at the blue line and Daniel Haider collected the loose puck and skated through the neutral zone. He connected with Farrell and the defensemen went top shelf for the tally and a 1-0 lead.

The second period was a wild one as Army took a 4-1 lead into the final frame. Bentley tied the game with 11:32 left with Brendan Hamlet scoring with assists to Jakov Novak and Brendan Walkom. Read more.

Hockey Earns Spot in Team ECH Rankings

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Hockey Earns Spot in Team ECH RankingsRiding the nation's longest unbeaten streak, the Army West Point Hockey team earned a spot in the Everything College Hockey weekly poll. The Black Knights came in at No. 20 in the rankings and in addition, received votes in the USCHO National Poll this week.

The Black Knights are 9-4-1 on the season, have gone 7-0-1 in their last eight games and coming off a 4-0 week with sweeps in home-and-home series with Sacred Heart and Bentley. Army currently sits in third place in Atlantic Hockey with 29 points in league play and has earned points in 10 straight league games.

To view this week's USCHO national poll, visit USCHO.com and to see the Team ECH Poll, click here. The Black Knights are back in action on Saturday night against Bentley for a 7:05 p.m. puckdrop at Tate Rink.

The Class of 2022 Celebrates 500th Night

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The Class of 2022 Celebrates 500th NightThe U.S. Military Academy Class of 2022 cadets celebrated 500 nights until their graduation during the annual 500th Night Banquet in the Cadet Mess Hall last Friday. The banquet’s guest speaker was retired General Martin Dempsey, Class of 1974. Photos.

Rifle Sets Program Record in Win Over Nebraska

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Rifle Sets Program Record in Win Over NebraskaThe No. 10 Army West Point Rifle team set a new program record in its win over No. 6 Nebraska. The Black Knights topped the Cornhuskers, 4689-4677, Saturday morning at the Tronsrue Marksmanship Center.

“We had a pretty good day, today. We put it all together in smallbore and that made the big difference,” Army head coach Web Wright said. “In the past, we've put a couple of good individual scores forward but lacked all of the depth we are capable of. Today, everyone was on.”

Army's mark of 2333 is a program record based on the NCAA course change instituted during the 2013-14 season. All four of Army's scorers posted scores above 580 in smallbore, led by the team's firstie captain Clayton Hanson, who matched a career high with a score of 586. Lauren McMahan and Kyle Kutz had the team's second highest score at 583. Anusha Pakkam rounded out the scoring at 581.

“Our team had a great performance today with three shooting individual PRs in addition to our team's program record,” Hanson said. “I am proud of everyone for how they performed on the range today but even more proud for the way they acted as a team, encouraging, and supporting their teammates this week. Shooting may appear to be an individual sport, but you can't win by yourself; it takes a team to be successful. I'm looking forward to our team's next match!”

The Black Knights top mark prior to the course change was 2337 set on November 10, 2007 against TCU by the team that went on to finish second at the NCAA Championships.

“A win is always nice. But even better was that we replaced a score that counts toward NCAA qualification. That should help us close the gap little,” Wright said. Read more.

Jones, Gibson and Mikoud Receive Weekly Patriot League Awards

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Jones, Gibson and Mikoud Receive Weekly Patriot League AwardsThe Army West Point Track and Field teams had three athletes recognized by the Patriot League for their standout performances last weekend in the annual Army-Navy star meet on Tuesday afternoon. Amongst the list of conference leaders for the week were Georgia Jones, Jamir Gibson and Emily Mikoud.

Despite a tough loss to the Mids on both sides, all three athletes had record breaking performances in their respective events. Cow Emily Mikoud swept the shot put and weight throw against Navy to claim her second-consecutive Patriot League Women's Field Athlete of the Week. Mikoud won the weight throw marked at 20.49m and shot put at 15.48m, posting ECAC-qualifying distances in both events. Her shot put mark of 15.48m set a meet record, and her weight throw distance of 20.49m broke the meet and facility records.

Jamir Gibson also swept the throwing events for the Black Knights on the men's side, to receive field athlete of the week. Gibson won the weight throw (19.48m) and shot put (18.17m), with IC4A-qualifying throws in both events. The Zion, Ill. native's 19.48m weight-throw distance is currently 63rd in NCAA DI while his 18.17m shot put is 37th at the DI level.

Plebe Georgia Jones first career Army-Navy performance grabbed her Patriot League Rookie of the Week for her time in the 3,000m. Jones set a Star Meet record in the 3,000 meters by winning the race in a time of 9:42.62 and posted the third-best indoor 3,000m time in program history in addition to qualifying for the ECAC Championships.

Army will be back in action on home turf this weekend as they welcome Boston College to Gillis Field House on Saturday, February 20.

NCOs Lead Way to Diversify Cadet Education

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NCOs Lead Way to Diversify Cadet EducationWest Point is one of the few installations where officers outnumber the enlisted, and for cadets receiving a noncommissioned officer’s perspective on Army life is key to developing them as leaders of character. With a small NCO-to-officer ratio, Command Sgt. Maj. Sam Crislip, senior enlisted advisor for the Army Cyber Institute, took initiative and found a new opportunity to provide more NCO perspective and leadership for cadets. 

For the most part, cadets’ interactions with NCOs are with their tactical NCO at the company level or with an occasional military science NCO instructor. Crislip worked with Col. Jeffrey Erickson, the director of the Army Cyber Institute, to find a way to teach and dedicate some time apart from his standard duties as the sergeant major for ACI. Erickson felt it was a good opportunity to have an enlisted member teach cadets as it was a non-traditional opportunity.

“Our NCOs in the Army provide a variety of skills, knowledge and experience that we should always look to leverage,” Erickson said. “Providing Command Sgt. Maj. Crislip this chance to teach cadets, going above and beyond his duties as senior enlisted advisor at ACI, was something that benefits all parties involved.”

“I think it is important for NCOs to have a part in teaching cadets,” Crislip said. “It demonstrates to cadets that the NCOs they will work with in the future can contribute meaningfully in the conversations and analyses necessary to be a part of the commander’s decision cycle.”

He continued to say, “NCOs are sometimes perceived as being good at task organization and accomplishing those tasks. However, NCOs have more to contribute if their counterparts give them the opportunity to be a full member of the team, not simply just responsible for the health, welfare and task accomplishment of their subordinates.” Read more.

Hockey Trio Earns Atlantic Hockey Weekly Honors

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Hockey Trio Earns Atlantic Hockey Weekly HonorsThe Army West Point Hockey team had a trio of players earn weekly Atlantic Hockey awards led by Eric Butte, who was tabbed as player of the week. In addition to Butte's accolades, Thomas Farrell was named the league's defensive player of the week and Lincoln Hatten earned rookie of the week honors.

Butte finished the 4-0 week for the Black Knights with six points on four goals and two assists with points in all four games. He scored two game winners during the week including an OT tally against Bentley on Friday night with a minute left. Two of his goals came on the power play and he added a shorthanded goal against Sacred Heart. He recorded his first career multi-goal game with the two tallies in Army's 3-1 win on the road at Sacred Heart on February 8.

Lincoln Hatten tallied six points on a goal and five assists, which was tied for the team lead for most points on the week. Hatten's lone goal came on the power play in Army's 2-1 overtime win against Sacred Heart last Tuesday. He had a pair of multi-assist games during the week and finished at +4.

Farrell ended the week with four points on two goals and two assists and recorded his first multi-goal game of his career with a pair of tallies in Army's 5-1 win over Bentley on Saturday night. He added an assist against Sacred Heart last Monday night and then recorded another versus Bentley in Friday night's overtime victory. Farrell was a +2 on the week and blocked five shots.

The Black Knights are back in action on Saturday night against Bentley at Tate Rink with a 7:05 p.m. puckdrop.


Cadets Virtually Attend SCONA

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Cadets Virtually Attend SCONALast week, SCUSA cadet staff members represented West Point and SOSH during Texas A&M’s 66th Student Conference on National Affairs (SCONA). Cadets Daylan Williams and Annalise Callaghan attended the conference virtually and participated in roundtable discussions, observed a keynote address by Army Chief of Staff General James McConville, and captured lessons learned for future SCUSA events. This conference brings delegates from around the nation and world to engage in conversation with the nation's highest academic scholars, government officials, and well-known public figures.

Davis Named ECAC Gymnast of the Week For Third Straight Week

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Davis Named ECAC Gymnast of the Week For Third Straight WeekFor third time in as many weeks Mathew Davis, a cow on the Army West Point Men's Gymnastics team, was tabbed the ECAC Gymnast of the Week.

Davis earned three first place finishes in the All-Academy meet last Saturday. The Frisco, Texas, native claimed first in the still rings with a score of 13.6, which was .5 points higher than second place. He won parallel bars as well with a tally of 13.55, which was .55 than second place. Additionally, he took first with an all-around score of 77.2.

The Black Knights return to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 20 when it takes on Springfield in a virtual meet.

Rep. Sherrill Cadet Guest Lecture

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Rep. Sherrill Cadet Guest LectureThis week, Representative Mikie Sherrill provided a guest lecture to the cadets enrolled in SS379: The United States Congress, about the things that motivate Congress and her decision to run. She also described her experience as an acting Member of Congress and her participation on the House Armed Services Committee, which added additional texture and depth to the course readings on congressional behavior.

SOSH Podcast Episode 13 The Foreign Policy Toolkit

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SOSH Podcast Episode 13 The Foreign Policy ToolkitEver wonder what it’s like to work in a US Embassy? What it means to be a diplomat engaging with foreign partners? How the Department of Defense cooperates with the State Department to manage foreign policy? Find out in the newest release of the SOSH Podcast, where MAJ Sean McMahon talks to MAJ Tom Dyrenforth and Dr. Anne Bennett about their experiences working as a Foreign Area Officer (FAO) and a Foreign Service Officer (FSO), respectively. Listen here.

Three Aviation Trainer Next Systems to West Point

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Three Aviation Trainer Next Systems to West PointLast year, MAJ Clay Woody led of team from the DSE Operations Research Center (ORCEN) to evaluate if Aviation Trainer Next virtual reality system was an effective means for training Army helicopter pilots. MAJ Woody’s efforts have had a significant impact on pilot training — in fact, the US Army Aviation Center of Excellence recently sent three Aviation Trainer Next systems to West Point to enable the ORCEN to continue this research, and to allow a cadet capstone team to join the effort!

Cadets Update ERDC on Simulation Capstone

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Cadets Update ERDC on Simulation CapstoneCadets Jackson Brownfield, Ryan Leach, Gabe Lajeunesse, and Chris Sharfin updated their capstone client—the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)—on their research progress recently. These cadets are building a simulation model to capture the complex dynamics of system acquisitions by foreign nations. The goal of this research is to help ERDC better understand the national security context of a nation, the process used by a nation to acquire military technology, and the products used to achieve military objectives.

Rucker Named Patriot League Rookie of the Week

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Rucker Named Patriot League Rookie of the WeekPlebe guard Jalen Rucker was named Patriot League GEICO Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week, it was announced by the league office on Monday afternoon. Rucker picked up the award by scoring in double figures in both of the Black Knights' games against Colgate over the weekend. The Baltimore, Md. native averaged 15.5 points and 3.0 assists in two games while tying his career-high with 18 points against the Raiders on Sunday.

Rucker earned the honor for the second time this season, as he picked it up on January 26 as well. He is the only Black Knight to have won a weekly honor from the Patriot League so far on the season. Rucker is averaging 9.6 points per game on the year, with 10 steals and 45 assists. He is 53-for-149 from the field and 27-for-37 from the charity stripe. He has started all 15 games on the year and is averaging 23.3 minutes per game, good for fourth-most on the team.

The Patriot League men's basketball players of the week are selected in a vote by League media members and each school's sports information director, who are not eligible to vote for their student-athletes. Rucker and the Black Knights are back in action this weekend vs. Holy Cross as they host the Crusaders first on Saturday at 3 pm at Christl Arena before heading to Worcester, Mass., on Sunday at 3pm.


Softball Adds Doubleheader with Howard

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The Army West Point Softball team will open its 2021 campaign with a doubleheader against Howard in Washington, DC, on Saturday, February 20. The first game is set to start at 1:30pm ET.

The two schools have met twice before with Army holding the 2-0 advantage in the series. The Black Knights won the first meeting 12-2 on March 14, 2014 in Winter Haven, FL The other tilt was on March 5, 2016 in Fairfax, VA Army won that contest 7-0.

The remainder of Army’s non-league schedule will be announced at a later date.

Powerful Offensive Effort Leads Men’s Lacrosse Over Syracuse

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Powerful Offensive Effort Leads Men’s Lacrosse Over SyracuseAfter trailing 6-2 in the first period, the Army West Point Men's Lacrosse team stormed back to victory against the No. 4 ranked Syracuse Orange yesterday afternoon, 18-11.

The Black Knights 18 goals were the first time that Army has put up that many points against the Orange since the 1968 season and is the first time they have held a top five opponent to under 11 points since their overtime win against No. 4 Notre Dame in 2017.

Bobby Abshire and Brendan Nichtern were the driving force for the Black Knight offense, each netting four goals apiece while accounting for five combined assists. In addition to the two powerhouse attackers, Army also had three other members of their offense post hat-tricks on the day including Gunner Philipp, Aidan Byrnes and Nickolas Edinger.

Wyatt Schupler was lights out for Army in the net, recording 12 saves on 23 shots faced while also grabbing three ground balls. The cow was key in halting the Orange offense, holding them scoreless for 12 total minutes between the end of the first and second periods.

Much of what allowed Army to produce offensively was a direct result of their ability to execute on second chance opportunities off Syracuse's turnovers. The Black Knights were 6-of-6 on the clear in the second and 13-of-14 through two periods, giving them the ability to take an 8-7 advantage after being down four, while recording two separate 3-0 runs.

Men’s Basketball Takes Care of Business vs. Holy Cross

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Men’s Basketball Takes Care of Business vs. Holy CrossThe Black Knights held on to defeat visiting Holy Cross, 69-65, this past Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena.

The Black Knights (10-6, 6-5 Patriot League) had all nine players score in the game, including four in double figures. Josh Caldwell led the way with 12 points along with five rebounds, while Lonnie Grayson tallied 12 points, including 8-of-10 attempts from the charity stripe. Alex King had 10 along with being 2-for-3 from three-point land and Jalen Rucker finished with 10.

“I have a ton of respect for them. I think they play as tough as anyone in the league,” said head coach Jimmy Allen. “They are really, really physical. I thought they got on us early when the game started. We talked about how physical they were going to be and the type of energy they bring. I think we didn't start off great, but our response to that was really, really great. Especially in transition, we were able to get the game going in transition. I think the difference in the second half when they were able to make a run there, we weren't getting stops on the defensive end and we weren't able to play in transition. I thought they were pretty physical with us, but I was proud of our guys and I thought they made enough toughness plays to win the game tonight.”

The Black Knights went down 9-2 in the first five minutes of the first half, but answered back, outscoring the Crusaders, 39-15 through the final 15 minutes to take a 41-24 halftime lead.

In the second half, the Black Knights extended their lead to a game-high 19 points, 45-26 at the 18:17 mark and again, 47-28 with 16:21 left. However, the Crusaders were not going to go down easily and through the rest of the contest they outscored the Black Knights, 37-22 down the stretch. They cut the lead down to just three points, 66-63, with 16 seconds left in the half.

The Black Knights sunk their free throws down the stretch, making 12 as they finished 20-for-29 from the charity stripe on the evening. Read more.

Volleyball Tops Colgate, 3-0

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Volleyball Tops Colgate, 3-0The Army West Point Volleyball team avenged its Friday loss to Colgate with a 3-0 victory over the Raiders in its home-opener at Gillis Field House yesterday.

“I'm so proud of this team for its toughness,” Army head coach Alma Kovaci Lee said. “We only have one returner in Monica Eckford in the lineup on offense. Everyone else is brand new. We have a lot of freshmen out there and they played with so much maturity today.”

Eckford led the Cadets with 10 kills. Army plebe Paige Fixemer and Savannah Bray each had seven kills, while Allanah Cutler added six. Firstie setter Hannah Presley also contributed seven kills, one shy of her career high, and had 22 assists.

Similar to Friday's matchup, Army won the first two sets. Though, this time around the Black Knights overcame the adversity in the third set. After Army jumped to an 18-10 lead, the Raiders managed to cut the Black Knights' lead to 21-20. Army dug in and managed to win the set 25-23.

“It's tough when you go on the road and lose in five sets,” Kovaci Lee said. “This is where character is built; when you have a tough loss, and you can come back within 48 hours and beat that team 3-0.” Read more.

Men’s Gymnastics Bests Springfield, 377-370.4

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Men’s Gymnastics Bests Springfield, 377-370.4The Army West Point Men’s Gymnastics team beat Springfield College 377.0-370.4 in a virtual competition this past Saturday.

The Black Knights had five event wins, including two by Mathew Davis on the still rings and parallel bars.

Floor Exercise: Benjamin Guerrieri placed first overall on the floor exercise with a score of 13.05. Kalvin Kingshill placed third with a score of 12.55. West Point won the event 62.5-61.2.

Pommel Horse: Matthew Martin placed second in the event with a score of 12.8. Davis (11.95) and Prakash Nigam (11.85) finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Springfield won the event 60.85-59.95. Read more.

Track & Field Tallies 20 Victories Against Boston College

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Track & Field Tallies 20 Victories Against Boston CollegeThe Army West Point Men's and Women's Track and Field teams had 20 event wins in its meet against Boston College this past Saturday at Gillis Field House.

The Black Knights put up strong numbers on the women's side winning a total of 10 events. Emily Mikoud had another strong outing, placing first in the weight throw and the shot put for the fourth straight week, while Holli Chapman was also a double winner on the day, placing first in the 60m and the 200m.

Bonvie Fosam, Gabrielle Ingram, Isabella Palchak, Deanna Ogrinc, Emma Taylor and Hannah Blakey were among the rest of the Black Knights that headlined for the women's team, placing first in their respective events. Read more.

Doubles Dominance Leads Men’s Tennis Over Sacred Heart

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Doubles Dominance Leads Men’s Tennis Over Sacred HeartThe Army West Point Men's Tennis team grabbed a solid season opening victory against Sacred Heart University this past Saturday afternoon in a 6-1 contest. “Our guys played with a lot of energy and enthusiasm today," said Head Coach Jim Poling. "Our doubles performance was solid, and we kept the pressure on Sacred Heart from the get-go for a solid team win.”

Army set the tone for the afternoon right from the start, notching three straight doubles victories to clinch the go-ahead team point for the Black Knights. The duo of Woodman and Lake kicked things off with a strong 6-1 victory in the No. 1 doubles slot immediately followed by a 6-3 win from Gorshein and Haikal in the No. 2. Eden and Huttepain closed things out in the final match, taking a 7-5 victory.

Despite some trouble in the opening singles matchup, the Black Knights went on to secure five straight, taking a 6-1 victory from the Pioneers. Huttepain and Nathan Jose each nailed breakaway victories in the No. 2 and No. 6, securing a healthy 3-0 lead for Army. After a follow up win from Eden, the final decision came down to plebe Jake Huarte at No. 5 as he competed to a pair of 6-3 victories to give the Black Knights the ultimate advantage on their way to their first win of the year. Read more.


Softball Offense Explodes in Season-Opening Win at Howard

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Softball Offense Explodes in Season-Opening Win at HowardDespite temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s, the Army West Point Softball team's bats had no issues warming up this past Saturday afternoon at Nationals Youth Park. The Black Knights topped Howard, 16-4, in five innings in their first game back after having their 2020 campaign cut short just over 11 months ago.

“After a year of canceled games and behind the scenes work, I couldn't have asked for a better reunion to competition,” firstie captain Megan Muffett said. “I'm so proud to be a part of a team with enough gratitude and humility to shovel an icy field to play just a couple innings of softball in freezing weather. The game is so much bigger than runs scored and plays made. It's about making the most of every opportunity with the people to your left and right. Army softball showed that today.”

Muffett was 2-for-4 from the plate and had four RBIs, largely due her three-run blast in the third inning. The La Center, Wash., native was one of three members to record a multi-hit game. Angelina Bebek was 3-for-3 from the dish in her collegiate debut and Taylor Drayton was 2-for-2.

Alicyn Grete pitched a combined four dominant innings on the mound. After allowing a hit against her first batter, she retired the next 12 batters she faced. The Niceville, Fla., native finished with nine strike outs on just 13 batters faced. Army held a 1-0 lead through the first two innings, thanks to an RBI single to right field off the bat of Drayton which scored Bebek in the top half of the first. The Cadets offense exploded for four runs in the third. After Ally Snelling had a sac fly to left which scored Bebek, Muffett sent a three-run blast over the center field wall to make it 5-0 Army. Read more.

Women’s Tennis Sweeps UCONN, 7-0

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Women’s Tennis Sweeps UCONN, 7-0The Army West Point Women's Tennis team finished off their second shutout of the weekend as they took care of business vs. UCONN, 7-0, yesterday at Lichtenberg Tennis Center. The Black Knights now sit at 2-2 on the season, bouncing back from losing their first two competitions of the year to go 2-0 this weekend at home.

Army opened things up with a dominant performance in doubles play for the second-straight day. The Black Knights won all three competitions by a score of 6-2. Joyner/Dimaio played at No. 1 and took care of business vs. Hoppe/Lai. Bou/McKenzie defeated Karamyshev/Cook, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles and Vincent/Gilbert defeated Kozyi/Takunyaci at No. 3, 6-2.

The Black Knights led 1-0 after winning the doubles point and did not let off the gas in singles competition, taking all six singles competitions. Joyner defeated Leonie Hoppe, 6-4, 6-3 at No. 1 singles, while Vincent defeated Denise Lai, 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2. Bou took care of business at No. 3 singles with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Caroline Cook. Dimaio defeated Doga Selen Takunyaci, 6-1, 62 at No. 4 and Dondanav defeated Elizabeth Kozyi, 6-3, 7-5 at No. 5. Ahn, who competed at No. 5 singles on Saturday, won at No. 6 as she defeated Alek Karamyshev, 6-1, 6-1.

The Black Knights are set to host Drexel in their next match on Saturday, February 27 at 10am ET. Read more.

Hockey Does It Again in Overtime

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Hockey Does It Again in OvertimeDaniel Haider was the overtime hero again against Bentley as the Army West Point Hockey team defeated the Falcons, 2-1, in overtime this past Saturday night at Tate Rink. With the win, the Black Knights secured a first-round bye in the upcoming Atlantic Hockey Tournament. Army will host a quarterfinal series on March 12-14 at Tate Rink.

The Black Knights are now heading into the final week of the season with points in 10-straight league games and a nine-game unbeaten, which currently leads the nation. It has not been easy with three of the last four games ending with overtime victories.

“Really pleased with the outcome,” head coach Brian Riley said. “It seems like we've been in these games all year and that's what we talked about going into the third period, being comfortable in this type of game. It had a playoff feel to it.”

Haider was the hero in the extra frame for the second time in the last three games. He sent Army home from Bentley with a win on February 12 and did it again tonight. With just 3:29 on the clock Eric Butte slid a great pass from the left dot over to Haider, who was waiting at the opposite circle. He connected on the one-timer and beat Jason Grande low for the game winner.

“Haider and Butte are guys you want out there because of their speed and they were able to make a nice play and Haider was able to one-time that shot,” Riley said. Read more.

Yearling Winter Weekend

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Yearling Winter WeekendLast Friday, February 19th, 2021, Class of 2023 Cadets celebrated Yearling Winter Weekend Friday with Command Sargent Major Kenneth L. Killingsworth, U.S. Corps of Cadets senior enlisted leader, as the guest speaker. The U.S. Military Academy Yearling class holds Winter Weekend Friday to celebrate what they have accomplished thus far and look ahead to the rest of their 47-month West Point experience. Photos.

Hockey-Holy Cross Contest Postponed Tonight

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Hockey-Holy Cross Contest Postponed TonightThe Atlantic Hockey matchup between Army West Point and Holy Cross originally scheduled for tonight has been postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test within the Holy Cross hockey program's Tier 1.

No make-up date has been announced.

NCAA TIER 1 DEFINITION: Tier 1 is the highest exposure tier and consists of individuals for whom physical distancing and face coverings are not possible or effective during athletic training or competition. Examples of relevant individuals include student-athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists, medical staff, equipment staff and officials.

The Black Knights will be back in action this weekend for a pair of games against LIU on Friday and Saturday at Tate Rink.

Nichtern, Schupler & Grabher Named Patriot League Players of the Week

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Nichtern, Schupler and Grabher Named Patriot League Players of the WeekAfter an outstanding performance against top ranked Syracuse University Sunday afternoon, the Army West Point Men's Lacrosse team tabbed three Patriot League Player of the Week honors.

Brendan Nichtern was selected as Offensive Player of the Week after tallying seven points against the Orange. The cow sat atop the Army leader board for the second straight weekend, after finding the back of the net four times against Syracuse while adding three assists. Nichtern currently leads the Black Knights in all three offensive categories with six goals, six assists and 12 points through two games. The Massapequa, NY native also currently ranks seventh nationally in points per game and tied for sixth in assists per game through week two.

The Black Knights also grabbed two other categories including Wyatt Schupler and Stevie Grabher who were named Goalkeeper of the Week and Faceoff Specialist of the Week. Schupler was lights out for Army in the net, recording 13 saves on 24 shots faced while also grabbing three ground balls. The cow was key in halting the Orange offense, holding them scoreless for 12 total minutes between the end of the first and second periods. Grabher had a strong outing at the X against the Orange, winning 13-of-25 faceoffs. Through two weeks, the yearling has battled to a strong .485 faceoff percentage.

Army is back in action this weekend on home turf as they welcome Saint Joseph's University to Michie Stadium on Saturday, February 27 at 12 p.m.

Presley and Bray Earn Weekly Patriot League Awards

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Presley and Bray Earn Weekly Patriot League AwardsThe Army West Point Volleyball team swept the Patriot League weekly awards following the opening weekend of play. Firstie Hannah Presley was tabbed the player of the week, while plebe Savannah Bray was the league's rookie of the week.

A setter from Tracy, Calf., Presley had seven kills in both matches against Colgate, which is one shy of her career high. She had a combined 60 assists over the weekend with 38 in this past Friday and 22 in Sunday's three-set triumph over the Raiders.

Bray had a match-high 13 kills in Friday's contest in Hamilton, NY, and followed it with seven on Sunday. The Woodstock, GA, native posted a kill percentage of .153 and her 2.5 kills per set was the second best average on the team.

Army split its opening series with Colgate in a rematch of the 2019 Patriot League semifinal, which Army won 3-1. The Black Knights three-set win was its first 3-0 victory over Colgate since 2017.

The Cadets return to action this weekend with a pair of matches against archrival Navy. First on Friday, the two service academies will play in the star match, as part of the Star Series presented by USAA, down in Annapolis, MD, at 5pm ET. Then on Sunday the two will square off in West Point at 5pm.


New West Point Capstone Experience

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New West Point Capstone ExperienceThe Senior Capstone experience at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point allows cadets to draw upon and apply knowledge in their chosen majors as well as knowledge gained throughout the course of their studies to design solutions to real-world problems. This year, select First Class, or senior year, cadets from the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME) and the Department of Systems Engineering (DSE), are participating in a new Senior Capstone project sponsored by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy and Environment).

This innovative project is the result of a collaboration between the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Energy and Sustainability and USMA professors Lt. Col. Brad McCoy and Dr. F. Todd Davidson, who work within the Center for Innovation and Engineering housed within CME, and Maj. Steve McCarthy from the DSE. Army readiness begins on our installations where secure access to energy and water is vital to supporting critical missions. Read more.

Hockey Moves Up in Team ECH Rankings

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Hockey Moves Up in Team ECH RankingsComing off a win on Saturday night against Bentley, the Army West Point Hockey team moved up to No. 18 in the Everything College Hockey rankings and received 31 votes in the USCHO National Poll yesterday.

The Black Knights moved up from No. 20 in the rankings last week and received more votes in the USCHO National Poll this week. Army is on the nation's longest unbeaten streak at nine games.

The Black Knights are 11-5-1 on the season, have gone 8-0-1 in their last nine games and clinched a first-round bye into the Atlantic Hockey Tournament Quarterfinals. Army currently sits in second place in Atlantic Hockey with 30 points in league play and has earned points in 11 straight league games.

To view this week's USCHO national poll, visit USCHO.com and to see the Team ECH Poll, click here.

Muffett, Grete Earn Weekly Patriot League Awards

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Muffett, Grete Earn Weekly Patriot League AwardsThe Army West Point Softball team swept the Patriot League weekly awards. Megan Muffett was tabbed the league's player of the week, while Alicyn Grete was named the pitcher of the week.

Muffett was 2-for-4 from the plate and had four RBIs in Army's 16-4 win over Howard this past Saturday in the Washington, D.C. The La Center, Washington, product had a three-run blast in the third inning and was tied for the team-lead with three runs.

Grete was dominant on the mound with nine strikeouts in 4.0 innings pitched. After allowing a lead-off single, she retired the next 12 batters she faced, including a stretch of six consecutive strikeouts.

Track and Field Tabs Five Patriot League Weekly Honors

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Track and Field Tabs Five Patriot League Weekly HonorsThe Army West Point Track and Field teams received five Patriot League Weekly Awards on Tuesday morning after recording standout performances against Boston College last weekend. Listed among the conference best for the week were Holli Chapman, Geoff Kirk, Emily Mikoud and Ethan Hesson.

Cow Emily Mikoud swept the shot put and weight throw for the third time this season to receive her third-consecutive Patriot League Women's Field Athlete of the Week. Mikoud recorded first-place finishes in the weight throw and the shot put against Boston College on Saturday. Her 20.44-meter weight throw was just 0.05 meters shy of her personal record. Her 14.66-meter winning mark in the shot put was more than 1.0 meter better than the second-place finisher. The Black Knights also grabbed Men's Field Athlete of the Week in firstie Geoff Kirk. The veteran thrower won the shot put against Boston College with an IC4A-qualifying throw of 18.43 meters, besting the second-place finisher by 0.78 meters. Kirk currently has the two best shot put marks in the Patriot League this season.

Army also saw top ranked performances from two underclassman this past weekend, allowing them to secure Women's Track Athlete of the Week and both Rookie of the Week awards. Plebe Holli Chapman won the 60 meters and 200 meters with personal best times to capture Patriot League Women's Track Athlete and Rookie of the Week. Chapman recorded a pair of first-place finishes against Boston College, winning the 60 meters in 7.92 seconds and the 200 meters in 25.59. The plebe posted personal-best and ECAC-qualifying times in both events against the Eagles. Plebe pole vaulter Ethan Hesson cleared 4.87 meters to claim Patriot League Men's Rookie of the Week. Hesson recorded a first-place finish in the pole vault with a personal best and IC4A-qualifying mark of 4.87 meters. His 4.87-meter height was 0.26 meters higher than the second-place finisher.

The Black Knights look to continue their wealth of success this weekend as they host the Patriot League Challenge on Saturday, February 27.

Kutz Qualifies for NCAA Championship in Smallbore

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Kutz Qualifies for NCAA Championship in SmallboreKyle Kutz, a plebe on the Army West Point Rifle team, qualified for the NCAA Championship in smallbore, the NCAA announced in its selection show Tuesday afternoon. The championship will take place at Ohio State's Converse Hall in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13.

The Darien, CT native shot a 589 in smallbore in the NCAA qualifier meet against Coast Guard on Saturday. The score, which matched his career high, was the highest of the individual qualifiers in smallbore. Kutz was one of just three freshmen to qualify individually in either smallbore or air rifle.

Army will compete in the GARC Championships virtually at the Tronsrue Marksmanship Center this weekend in its final team match of the season.

Chef Andrés 2021 Zengerle Family Lecture

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Chef Andrés 2021 Zengerle Family LectureThe Department of English and Philosophy and the West Point Humanities Center welcomed Chef José Andrés as the invited guest speaker for the 2021 Zengerle Family Lecture in the Arts and Humanities last week. Chef Andrés presented remarks entitled “Finding Your Fire: Lessons from a Food First Responder,” followed by a moderated discussion and Q&A with cadets from West Point - The U.S. Military Academy and students from The Culinary Institute of America. This talk supports West Point’s Year of Ethical Leadership in a Diverse World by asking its audience to think deeply about the role of food security and scarcity in peacebuilding and in developing policies to support justice, equity, and social development. In Chef Andrés’s words, food “is a powerful tool to heal communities in times and crisis and beyond.” The interdisciplinary nature of Chef Andrés’s remarks also invites us to continue reflecting on the link between “the humanities” and “the humanitarian.” Video.

Siblings Set for Final Match as Teammates

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Siblings Set for Final Match as TeammatesWhen Jerry and Leigh Kutz detoured from their boating voyage along the Hudson River years ago to take a tour of the United States Military Academy with their young children Kaitlyn and Kyle, there was no way they could have imagined the importance that West Point would later have to their family. 

“It was purely by coincidence. We decided to take our boat and go up the Hudson River,” Jerry said. “On the way up we saw West Point and on the way back down we looked into finding a marina that was close enough that we could tour it.”

After docking in neighboring Highland Falls, the family hiked uphill and proceeded to tour the prestigious service academy. Jerry and Leigh were mesmerized by West Point's endless picturesque views and the rich history. Kaitlyn’s and Kyle’s eyes were drawn to The Plain, where the cadets were marching in unison.

“For me it was the first image in my head of what the military looked like,” Kyle said. “The one thing I remember was them all being in step marching by. At the time that was one of the coolest things ever to see.” Full story.