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In 2000, the Los Angeles Lakers won an NBA championship with Shaquille O’Neal as Finals MVP. In 2010, the Lakers won an NBA championship with Kobe Bryant as Finals MVP. In 2020, the Lakers emerged victorious once again, with a new face of the franchise taking home the hardware.
Whenever Dartmouth men’s basketball next takes the court, the team will feature one of its best recruiting classes in recent history. With its new recruits, the team aims to earn its first winning Ivy League record in 21 years.
On-campus student-athletes have begun ramping up their practices to prepare for potential seasons this winter or spring. Most teams are entering phase two of the athletic department’s three-phase return-to-sport protocol, which was designed in conjunction with Ivy League policies.
For Chuck Sherman ’66, the “Big Green” isn’t a suitable symbol for Dartmouth. His take? Why not a moose! Although the “Big Green” has become the de facto representation for Dartmouth athletics since replacing the Indian in the early 1970s, the College has never officially adopted a mascot. Sherman, a retired policy researcher at the National Institutes of Health and a regular at Dartmouth football games, hopes to change that.
The British Baseball Federation announced last month that Drew Spencer ’97, a former Dartmouth outfielder, has been named the head coach of the Great Britain national baseball team. Spencer replaced Liam Carroll, who retired after serving six years in the role.
Two former Dartmouth football coaches, Callie Brownson and Jennifer King, made NFL history on Sept. 27 when their teams faced off in the first NFL regular-season game to have a female coach on each sideline and a female referee on the field.
After playing over 150 seasons combined, the men’s and women’s golf teams’ trajectories came to an abrupt end as part of the athletic cuts this summer. Reflecting on the legacy of the programs, both current golfers and alumni fondly recalled the sense of community they found through the sport.
In his July 9 campus-wide email explaining the College’s decision to cut five varsity athletics programs — men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s swimming and diving and men’s lightweight rowing — College President Phil Hanlon encouraged former varsity athletes to consider club teams. Some athletes on the cut teams, however, have read the guidance in Hanlon’s email as an ill-thought-out consolation.
In the wake of Dartmouth’s July 9 decision to eliminate five varsity sports teams — men’s and women’s golf, men’s lightweight rowing and men’s and women’s swimming and diving — affected student-athletes faced tough choices about their athletic futures. Though some teams have campaigned for reinstatement, athletics director Harry Sheehy indicated in an interview that these cuts would not be reversed.
In response to nationwide calls for a greater focus on anti-racism in the wake of George Floyd’s death, coaches and student-athletes across the Ivy League are taking action to stand against anti-Black racism.
Over his three years in Hanover, Aaryn Rai ’21 has become a centerpiece on the floor for the men’s basketball team. Rai broke out during his junior season in 2019, averaging 11.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game while starting all 29 contests and shooting 50.6 percent from the field. His biggest moment of the 2019-20 season came at home versus Columbia University when Rai hit a last-second hook shot to sink the Lions.
We might have expected to see the Los Angeles Lakers clash with the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals in 2011, when Kobe Bryant and LeBron James would have led their respective squads into battle. In 2020? Not so much.
After a breakout summer in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, catcher Ben Rice ’22 earned Most Valuable Player honors and was named to the All-Futures-League First Team. Rice led the summer league with 11 home runs and a 1.150 OPS while posting an impressive .350 batting average, with 27 RBIs in just 35 games. Rice also helped lead the Worcester Bravehearts to the best regular-season record in the Futures League.
As the academic year begins, every Dartmouth student faces a vastly different college experience, with performance groups, clubs and other extracurricular activities holding few in-person gatherings. For club sports, which rely on the physical presence and close contact of team members, transitioning to a remote format has proven especially difficult. Although some socially distanced physical practice has been deemed permissible under College guidelines, club sports participation this fall will still be almost unrecognizable.
The Ivy League’s decision to cancel all fall intercollegiate athletic competition has paused Dartmouth’s quest to repeat as Ivy League champions until at least the spring. The Big Green is adjusting to a limited, COVID-19-safe practice routine in hopes of an eventual season.
In this year of the unexpected, at least basketball fans can expect a familiar sight: LeBron James competing for an NBA championship.
Despite the cancellation of all Ivy League athletic competition until at least Jan. 1, student-athletes living on campus this fall will be able to participate in training and practice opportunities starting after each student-athlete’s initial 14-day quarantine period.
The NFL kicked off its 2020 season last weekend, and despite the fact that no Dartmouth football alumni suited up in Week 1, three players are still vying for roster spots going forward.
In a letter to the Board of Trustees on Aug. 25, 13 members of the swimming and diving team alleged that the College’s decision in July to cut five sports teams discriminated against Asian athletes. Signers of the letter, after conducting an informal survey of athletes at the College, claim that the program eliminations have reduced the number of Asian athletes at Dartmouth by nearly half.
Dartmouth men’s basketball star Chris Knight ’21 will miss the 2020-21 season after undergoing surgery on Aug. 4 for a ruptured left Achilles tendon, he announced on Twitter last week. Knight now plans to explore a transfer as a graduate student for the 2021-22 season.