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Dartmouth earned a hard-fought victory Saturday night over Harvard University on the road in their first league win of the season. Taking the lead in the first quarter with a free throw from Kate Letkewicz ’18, Dartmouth would remain ahead for the majority of the game, resulting in a 70-64 finish.
The Big Green men’s swimming and diving team broke a total of six records and placed first in nine events during this weekend’s Dartmouth Invitational at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center. Placing second overall in the meet, the men’s team scored 1,140 points to Boston College’s 1,272 points.
The Dartmouth women’s ice hockey team lost 2-0 to Harvard University this past Saturday in Boston, extending its winless streak to 12 games dating back to Nov. 27. The Big Green fell to 4-13-3 overall and 4-7-3 in ECAC play while the Crimson improved to 11-7-1 overall and 8-5-1 in conference play. In Ivy League play, Dartmouth currently stands fourth at 2-3-1 and Harvard second at 4-2.
For the first time since 2008, the Big Green (7-9, 1-1 Ivy) beat Harvard University (9-9, 1-1 Ivy) on its home floor in Leede Arena by a count of 63-50, earning its first conference victory — a victory that is crucial in keeping the team’s Ivy title hopes alive.
This week, The Dartmouth spoke with men’s hockey player Jack Barre ’16. The soft-spoken, 6’2” forward was recently named ECAC Hockey Player of the Week for the second time in his career.
A new indoor athletic practice facility will be opening in the fall of 2017. Trustees approved the $20 million project at their fall meeting on Nov. 6 and 7. The new building will be funded by gifts to the College. Construction on the seldom-used grass field adjacent to Boss Tennis Center and Scully-Fahey Field is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2016.
We were running down the road, trying to loosen our loads and we had just one thing on our mind.
At the last home game of the season, No. 5 Dartmouth sealed the victory against No. 9 Drexel University 6-3, raising the Big Green to 6-2 overall (2-1 Ivy) while dropping the Dragons to 7-4.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have quietly amassed a solid 30-12 record behind their two superstars small forward Kevin Durant and point guard Russell Westbrook.
The No. 42 Dartmouth men’s tennis team kicked off the new year with a pair of dominating home wins last Saturday over the State University of New York at Buffalo and Bryant University, with respective team scores of 6-1 and 7-0.
The men’s hockey team outdueled both Clarkson University and St. Lawrence University to earn a pair of home wins over the weekend to reach the .500 mark for the first time all season. The team’s overall mark of 8-8-1 (and 5-5 in the ECAC) is good for sixth place in the 12-team ECAC. The Big Green improved its record in 2016 to 5-1 and extended its current win-streak to three, the team’s longest of the season.
In the final tune-up game before the Ivy League schedule permanently sets in, Dartmouth reeled off its most explosive offensive performance of the season. By point total, it was also the best offensive showing in the program’s entire history.
After opening the season with good results in Nordic U.S. Nationals over the first week of classes, the Dartmouth Nordic ski team heads to Sunday River, Maine this weekend to participate in the Bates Carnival. It will be the team’s first tournament of the season against its Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association foes.
Few people ever have the opportunity to represent their country in international competition. Dartmouth women’s hockey captain, Laura Stacey ’16 cherishes every moment she dons the Maple Leaf jersey while making an impact on the ice for the Canadian National Women’s Development Team.
The men’s hockey team looks to build on its strong start to 2016 this weekend, with games against Clarkson Universtiy and St. Lawrence University at home. The women’s team will go on the road to play the same two teams this weekend.
One week into Riding the Pine’s return, the reaction from our fan base has been muted to say the least. Our initial plan to recapture the hearts of campus was simply to stick with our sophomore summer shtick: mildly offensive jokes mixed with nonsensical sports analysis and moments of stunning vulnerability. But the game has changed. Our readers are getting older. We’re getting older, too.
Trailing for the majority of the first half and suffering from an overwhelming interior presence posed by its opponent, Dartmouth looked to be in trouble early on last Tuesday night against Canisius College. Nevertheless, a strong finish to the opening half produced a small lead, which was quickly expanded in the second period as the Big Green (5-9 overall, 0-1 Ivy) decisively took control. Ultimately the Big Green knocked off the visiting Golden Griffins (7-10 overall, 2-4 MAAC) by a count of 80-69.
What’s happening, Dartmouth! Winter term 2016 is upon us and today we shall be discussing the Miami Heat and their looming decision regarding Hassan Whiteside. The past four years have been incredibly volatile for the Miami Heat. The 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons brought back to back championships. The 2013-2014 season brought a loss to the San Antonio Spurs in the finals and the departure of Lebron James during the off-season. The 2014-2015 season brought the emergence of center Whiteside, a prominent midseason trade for point guard Goran Dragic and a near life-ending blood clot injury for superstar Chris Bosh. The Heat narrowly missed out on the playoffs last season but instead were able to secure the tenth pick in the NBA draft, by which they fortuitously selected the coveted NCAA 2015 Champion small forward Justise Winslow. This season, the Heat have started off to a respectable 22-16 and fifth in the better-than-anticipated Eastern Conference. Whiteside was drafted by the Kings during the 2010-2011 season but was cut several times and spent some time playing in China before being discovered by the Heat. Whiteside has blossomed into one of the best centers in the league, averaging 12.1 PPG, 11.1 RPG and an astounding league-best 3.8 BPG (Anthony Davis is second with 2.6 BPG). D-League to max-contract is an inspiring story but a pivotal decision comes for the Miami Heat in the next month when the trade deadline hits. This year, Whiteside is making just under a million dollars but as a restricted free agent this summer will likely fetch a maximum contract. There have been some trade rumblings with names like Dwight Howard, Demarcus Cousins and Ryan Anderson, all of which Pat Riley has denied. If the Heat choose not to trade Whiteside at the deadline, they could risk letting him walk for nothing. This week, we debate whether or not the Heat should trade Whiteside. Alex’s Take: Bring me back to those Miami Heat glory days when it was assumed that they would make it to the finals. Then Lebron left. So much can change in a single NBA season. But last year’s mess brought one golden goose, and his name was Hassan Whiteside. Whiteside is an incredible basketball talent. Anyone who watches the way he effortlessly runs the court and swats balls with perfect timing at the rim will appreciate how he has the potential to become one of the best players in the league. I personally love watching his ferocious dunks through several defenders and no sweat rebounding. Heck, even esteemed Celtic Bob Cousy compared Whiteside to Hall of Famer Bill Russell, the only such comparison he has made in 40 years. However, Whiteside does not come without his problems. Apart from being inconsistent on the floor, Whiteside may challenge Cousins for the “worst temperament in the NBA” award. I remember one particular incident when he full out tackled Alex Len of the Phoenix Suns, causing both players to be ejected.As a basketball player, Hassan is still incredibly raw, but he is no longer a young buck — in fact he turns 27 in June. Furthermore, the financial implications are a huge risk for the Heat. Whiteside will undoubtedly fetch a max contract. Even Enes “No Defense” Kanter of the Oklahoma City Thunder received the max; serviceable centers are simply a rare commodity in the League today. In order to free up the cap space, the Heat would need Dwyane Wade to (yet again) accept some sort of pay cut, which at this point seems very unlikely. If Pat Riley and the Heat organization allow Whiteside to finish the season, even if they were able to free up cap-space for him, Whiteside may opt to walk and in return the Heat would receive nothing. As much as it pains me to say this, the Heat should trade Whiteside. It makes more sense for the organization to lock something up rather than gamble on receiving nothing. John’s Take: The Heat have been a pleasant surprise this season, and Alex is right to point to Whiteside as one of the big reasons behind their recent success. For the most part I have to admit that I agree with Alex’s reasoning. Allowing Whiteside to enter free agency would be a tough financial decision. The Los Angeles Lakers allowed Dwight Howard to do the same thing a few years ago, strongly believing they could convince him to stay in L.A., but Dwight snubbed the franchise and headed off to Houston. Dwight, if you’re reading this, we still don’t miss you in L.A. At the same time however, the fact that we are talking about this topic worries me. It seems now that every time a player begins to emerge and develop they begin to believe that they deserve a max contract. Alex and I once wrote a piece on Tristan Thompson, the excellent rebounder and defender who eventually re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. But Thompson milked the Cavs and the rest of the League for money that he didn’t really deserve, and he’s inspired other players to do the same. Now we cannot be sure what Whiteside is thinking, but if he has any financial sense at all he will probably be looking to pull a Tristan Thompson. Whiteside is a good player, but there are many better players around the league at his position, which, in light of small ball’s recent success, is becoming less and less relevant. The game is played differently today than it was 20 years ago. And while Bob Cousy’s comparison of Whiteside to Russell is nice, it’s a) probably not correct and b) probably meaningless in today’s NBA. Whiteside is a nice success story, but there’s a reason the dude was playing in China until recently. There are limitations to his game and his attitude is a constant concern. Additionally, for anyone that has been following DJ Khaled’s Snapchat story, Whiteside has been frequently featured at his pool which I fear means that Whiteside has been receiving excessive amounts of Ciroc Apple Vodka and fatty midnight snacks from Chef Dee’s kitchen. I’m sure the allure of free poolside “massages” at Khaled’s crib is awfully strong, but I see Whiteside’s lifestyle as something that could endanger his long term success in the NBA. My take: trade Whiteside and consider yourself lucky to be able to sell him so high.
Dartmouth’s swimming and diving teams took to the University of Pennsylvania’s Sheerr Pool Friday and Saturday to take on the Quakers and the Yale University Bulldogs. In their first contest of 2016, the overall team performances lagged behind Penn and Yale, with the men losing to Penn 227-71 and to Yale 215-85 while the women lost 234-66 and 249-51, respectively. The meet opened Friday evening with 1-meter and 3-meter diving. Consistent top-finisher Brett Gillis ’16 took first in both men’s events by significant margins, and AJ Krok ’19 finished fourth in the 1-meter and sixth in the 3-meter. On the women’s side, Allison Green ’19 grabbed fourth and Allegra Codamon ’18 took seventh, both in the 1-meter. The Big Green divers have been doing especially well this season. Green opened her collegiate career at the first meet of this season in November against Cornell University by qualifying for the NCAA Zone Diving Championship, held in early March. Krok, Gillis and Taylor Clough ’17 all qualified as well. At four, this is the largest number of Dartmouth divers that have qualified for Zones in a season. Saturday was less successful for the Big Green. “The results weren’t exactly what we would have wanted,” women’s co-captain Charlotte Kamai ’16 said, “But there were definitely some good swims in there.” Strong men’s swims included Misha Tovmashenko ’18 taking second in the 200-yard freestyle, David Harmon ’17 touching third in the 100-yard butterfly and James Verhagen ’16 finding third in the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke races. The women’s standouts included Megan Crook ’19 taking fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke, Kendese Nangle ’16 clinching fourth in the 50-yard freestyle and fifth in the 100-yard backstroke andTaylor Yamahata ’18 touching fifth in the 200-yard backstroke.The remainder of the results from the 32 events contested were less strong. “We weren’t really looking to improve times [in this meet],” head coach Jim Wilson said. “We were really just looking to see if they can handle the workload.” Despite the resistance faced in Philadelphia, athletes and coaches seemed optimistic about their teams’ performances going forward. In recent years, Dartmouth’s men’s team has come in around fifth place in the Ivy League Championships, while the women have come in last. Kamai is hoping for better this year. “I think we’re going to have a really, really great end of our season,” she said. “We’re definitely going to have a very successful season. We’ve got a great crop of new freshmen and everyone’s been working really hard, so I think there’s a lot of potential.” Several freshman are indeed doing well for the Big Green. Delaney Hall ’19 on the men’s side and Crook on the women’s have been performing well in the breaststroke, an area of recent weakness for the Big Green after the departure of NCAA championship caliber breaststroker Nejc Zupan ’14 two years ago. The team, guided by two new assistant coaches, has implemented an entirely new training program that Kamai believes is helping the teams progress as well. It involves dividing the team into skills groups so that their workouts are more individualized. Over the past three weeks, Tate Ramsden ’17’s passing has not been forgotten by the team. Penn and Yale swimmers sported the initials “TR” in his memory, and a moment of silence took place during the event. “It’s definitely been really, really hard, Tate was a really great guy and an integral part of the team,” Kamai said. “The first week was pretty hard, and even this meet – it’s weird for everyone because we know he’s supposed to be there.” Kamai felt that it was important that the team continue swimming, as it was something Ramsden loved. Coaches acknowledged that their athletes had a lot on their plate. “They’re trying to get their feet back on level ground right now,” Wilson said. “I wouldn’t say that we swam exceptionally well or exceptionally poorly based on that, it’s just it’s on everybody’s mind.” Gillis said that teammates had been looking to each other for comfort. “Joking about his stupid Canadian accents that he would do, he was just a funny guy,” he said. “It’s tough, but things like that happen I guess. Hopefully, we can dedicate a performance to him this year.” Dartmouth’s teams will next take to the pool to host the Dartmouth Invitational at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction, Vt. on Jan. 22 and 23.
Dartmouth’s men’s squash team continues its trend of making history by defeating then-No. 11 Princeton University 8-1 for the first time in Ivy League history on Saturday before losing a nail-biter to new No. 1 University of Pennsylvania 4-5. The Big Green took down Harvard University 5-4 in December for the team’s first win against the Crimson in nearly 70 years. Dartmouth’s weekend brings the Big Green to 5-2 on the season.