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I think I have to preface this by saying that by no means do I consider myself a New England Patriots fan. I repeat, I am not a Patriots fan. That being said, I am a football fan, and as a football fan, it is impossible to deny that the Patriots are an impeccable organization.
The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams defeated the University of Massachusetts Amherst to win the Dartmouth Invitational this past weekend.
While at Dartmouth, Joe Walsh ’84 discovered a love for cross-country skiing. That love launched a Paralympic career for the Braintree, Massachusetts native, who went on to work for the U.S. National Team. In 2009, he founded Adaptive Sports New England, a nonprofit which seeks to increase participation in sports among young adults in New England with visual, mobility and physical impairments.
From Jan. 7 to 12, the Dartmouth skiing teams began their official seasons with a superb performance at the Nordic U.S. National Championships in Midway, Utah. Combining both the men’s and women’s total points, the team took top honors in a competition that featured 22 schools, including powerhouses from Utah, Denver, Michigan and Colorado.
The call from ESPN’s Chris Fowler was simple: “Watson … TOUCHDOWN!” What good would babbling do at a moment like that? Sometimes a play speaks for itself. Deshaun Watson to Hunter Renfrow from the two on a sprint-out pick route is one of those plays college football fans will talk about for a long time. Last year’s matchup between Clemson University and the University of Alabama for the title was so good we dared to compare it to the epic 2006 Rose Bowl between the University of Southern California and the University of Texas. However, the rematch on Jan. 9, 363 days later, was so good it eclipsed the 41-38 battle royale between the undefeated Longhorns and Trojans.
On Tuesday Dec. 20, 2016, Dartmouth linebacker Folarin Orimolade ’17 earned a spot on the STATS Football Championship Subdivision All-America First Team, becoming one of the four linebackers selected this year and only the third Big Green player selected over the last 20 seasons. On Jan. 9, Orimolade was also named to the Athlon FCS All-American team, adding to his second-team FCS All-American honors from both the Associated Press and the American Football Coaches Association.
Men’s Track and Field
On Jan. 7, Dartmouth’s men’s basketball team fell in its Ivy League opener to heavily favored Harvard University 74-58. Despite beginning the season with a new head coach, David McLaughlin, the team has yet to show major improvements in its win-loss column from last year’s final record of 10-18, as the team’s overall record this year now stands at 3-11.
Entering Coach Hansi Wiens’ eighth season at the helm of Dartmouth squash, one year after the men’s team finished seventh in the country and the women’s team won the Kurtz Cup to finish ninth, both the men’s and women’s teams have high expectations. In the process, Wiens also won Ivy League Coach of the Year in 2016.
In April 2016, Laura Schuler was named the next Dartmouth women’s ice hockey head coach. In addition to coaching at Dartmouth, Schuler is also in her second season as head coach of the Canadian National Team. With all of this experience, many hockey fans were highly anticipating Schuler’s Dartmouth debut and the the future prospects of the 2016-17 season after coming off a tough 2015-16 season with a 6-19-3 record. Unfortunately, this season has not been going as well as many fans had hoped or expected it to go. The team is currently 2-12-0 and on a seven-game losing streak.
It seems like it’s that time of the term again. As the temperature outside continues to drop, our hearts for each other only grow warmer. We are reunited with the familiar faces of our friends, unabashedly running across the halls of Baker Lobby for the sweet embrace of friendship. And as we are greeted by a fresh set of classes, with our grades still undetermined, we fix our gaze at the green light at the end of the dock —— inspired to reach the light at the end of the tunnel. But in the midst of this quixotic naiveté, we forget about the darkness we must traverse through in order to reach that light. Don’t be fooled for even a second, as this is only the calm before the storm.
James Holder, the new head coach of men and women’s swimming and diving, has set out to change the culture of the swim program, which former coach Jim Wilson headed for 23 seasons on the men’s side and 10 seasons on the women’s side before stepping down last year. Holder hoped to improve upon last season’s performance in which both teams finished eighth at the 2016 Ivy League Championship, but the start of this season has shown that better results may not come quickly.
When fall sports season began, some Upper Valley community members noticed a change in the sports they heard on the radio.
On Sept. 21, the Ivy League proposed new legislation to the NCAA to combat early recruiting. If approved, the legislation would close the various loopholes that allow coaches to make contact with recruits before their junior year. Instead, recruiting, especially through phone calls and conversations at sports camps or clinics, would be prohibited until Sept. 1 of a student’s junior year of high school.
This is the second part to an article entitled "For the love the game," which originally ran on October 31, 2016.
And just like that, we’ve reached the final stop of a long and arduous journey: the last edition of NMW.
In what became the two greatest victories in franchise history, the Chicago Cubs turned to a pitcher so unassuming that his Twitter bio still refers to him as a right-handed pitcher “in the Chicago Cubs organization.” That’s right: despite posting the best ERA in Major League Baseball this season, Kyle Hendricks ’12 still hasn’t bothered to update this description of himself to reflect his status as a dominating starter, Cy Young frontrunner and World Series champion. In short, 2016 has been good to the right-hander from southern California.