Friday, April 17, 2015

Here And There, But Mostly There

It's an off day for the Dartmouth football team, which hits the halfway point of spring practice with tomorrow morning's session on Memorial Field.

While the Big Green is catching its breath there's news elsewhere around the Ivies and the FCS . . .

In an interesting twist, The Sports Network offers its thoughts on how the NFL draft would go if there were no FBS players involved. TSN has Ivy players going to Cleveland, Carolina and New England and someone else Dartmouth faced going to New Orleans in the first round of its mythical draft. Curious? Check the story out HERE.
How in the world did retired Penn coach Al Bagnoli end up at Columbia?  The Spectator digs into the story HERE.
Another reason to be proud of Ivy League athletes:

Yale athletics yesterday enlisted a whopping 761 potential bone marrow donors for the national Be the Match initiative (LINK). The "Be the Match" goal is to build the donor registry and raise awareness about bone marrow donations.

The Harvard football team is holding its annual Bone Marrow Drive today. Penn held its drive at the end of March (LINK) and Brown on Tuesday (LINK). New Hampshire is still another school involved in Be the Match. (LINK)
The first time I was in the Carrier Dome at Syracuse it wasn't to see a football or basketball game. It was to cover the Dartmouth men's lacrosse game against Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament. The most memorable play in the Big Green's hard-fought loss to the perennial national power was a goal scored by Dartmouth netminder Andrew Goldstein.

Goldstein made headlines as the "most accomplished male team-sport athlete in North America to be openly gay while competing" according to ESPN and now The Sporting News has a touching story about how he has been helping a 12-year-old lacrosse player facing some of the same issues he faced as a young boy. Check the story out HERE.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

High Noon

Multi-Sport Field
It will be a while before most Dartmouth game times are announced but thanks to a Georgetown release we know that the Big Green and Hoyas are slated for a NOON Sept. 19 kickoff at Multi-Sport Field, a converted intramural field.

The facility, listed as having 2,400 seats, had a record 3,500 for a game against Brown in 2005.

Georgetown drew 2,502 for last year's game against Harvard and 2,262 for a game against Brown. The Hoyas finished 3-8 last year, defeating Brown, 17-3, and falling to Harvard, 34-3.

Here's the "detailed" seating chart for Multi-Sport Field ;-)

A look at all the Ivy League and Dartmouth opponent schedules doesn't turn up any other game times but pencil in Dartmouth's home opener against Sacred Heart as a night game. That will be the first game played in front of the rebuilt home grandstand.
KARE television in Minnesota has a STORY about a Kickstarter campaign launched by Connor Cosgrove and his brother Clint, who spent a little time on the Dartmouth football staff. (BIO)  ComfPort is described on its Kickstarter site as, "Clothing With A Cause - Making Cancer Comfortable. Connor Cosgrove was a University of Minnesota football player when he was diagnosed with cancer.
The New York Times has a STORY that comments on the difference between Jeff Immelt, chief executive of General Electric, and predecessor Jack Welch. From the story:
In style and temperament, Mr. Immelt and Mr. Welch are remarkable contrasts. Mr. Immelt, a 6-foot-4 former football lineman at Dartmouth, is an informal man whose outward manner is easygoing. Mr. Welch, a 5-foot-7 dynamo, is a coiled spring given to rapid-fire speech.
Immelt '78, played on the offensive line at Dartmouth.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CNN And The Wide Receiver

Can't find 'em all so I appreciate a friend sending along a link to a quick story from the series How I got into an Ivy League school featuring incoming wide receiver Dylan Mellor.

Mellor's installment is headlined, Football superstar with a soft spot. Find the story HERE.

The receiver from Woodgrove High School in Purcellville, Va., had 63 receptions for 1,015 yards and 17 touchdowns last fall. He also returned three punts for scores.

Over the course of his career Mellor caught 130 passes for 2,116 yards and 30 touchdowns. He finished with 2,726 all-purpose yards and 33 touchdowns.

Not all his impressive numbers came on the field. The story notes his SATs came in at 2,250 ;-)
A few pictures from an interesting day of construction at Memorial Field. The box atop the stands, which I was told will house the stairs down from the press box, popped up like a mushroom yesterday. The elevator to the press box, by the way, will be on the right side of the box.

Click photos to enlarge.
Work has gone on with minimal impact on Crosby Street traffic, but that was not the case yesterday.

And a couple of shots from practice yesterday . . .
Head coach Buddy Teevens observes a drill.
You are right on the field with freshman linebacker Ian Hanselman.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Celebration Time

Dartmouth's seniors are recognized. (Click to enlarge.)
Award winners at the annual Dartmouth football banquet Sunday morning at the Hanover Inn:
Earl Hamilton Freshman Award – Presented to the member of the freshman team who has been selected by the coaching staff as the player has made the most outstanding contribution to his team. Tight end Stephen Johnston
Dalyn Williams with quarterback coach Chris Rorke.
Jake Crouthamel Award –  Presented to the member of the varsity offense who was an 
underclassman and who, by the vote of the coaching staff, has made the most significant contribution to the success of the team. Quarterback Dalyn Williams
Kenneth T. Young Award – Presented to the member of the varsity defense who is an underclassman who, by vote of the coaching staff, has made the most significant contribution to the success of the team. Linebacker Will McNamara
Doten Award –  Presented to a member of the sophomore class who has made a significant contribution to the success of the varsity football team. Kicker Alex Gakenheimer
Earl Hamilton Award –  Presented to the senior football player who has displayed a sincere friendliness and sense of humor plus appreciation of the outdoors that were the late Mr. Hamilton's characteristics. Offensive lineman Scotty Whitmore
Offensive Scout Award – Wide receiver Charles Mack
Defensive Scout Award – Defensive back Kyran McKinney-Crudden
Special Teams Award – Safety David Caldwell
Steve Dazzo with strength coach Spencer Brown.
John M. Manley '40 Award – Presented  to the member of the varsity football team who has demonstrated the most improvement through his efforts in the weight room. Safety Steve Dazzo
12th Man Award – Presented to the member of the varsity football team who has demonstrated hard work and dedication regardless of playing time. Quarterback Alex Park
Lester R. Godwin Award – Presented to the senior football squad member who, through extraordinary perseverance, has risen above personal disadvantage to contribute measurably to the team. Through the gift of the late Lester R. Godwin '30, Winchester, Mass. Mr. Godwin was president of the Dartmouth Alumni Association of Eastern Massachusetts and active in class activities. The award is a wristwatch, suitably inscribed. Offensive Lineman Sean Ronan  
The Hewitt Award – Presented to the varsity player who best epitomizes athletic performance with academic achievement. Kicker Riley Lyons   
Gordon P.  Bennett Award – Presented  to the member of the varsity football team who has been selected by the coaching staff as the outstanding offensive or defensive lineman and who exemplified the high degree of performance, sportsmanship and character exhibited by Gordon P.  Bennett '37. Defensive lineman AJ Zuttah  
Frank Hershey Award – Presented  to the senior football player who possesses a genuine zest for life, has maintained a strong, positive attitude and has displayed a sincere desire to win, which were the qualities of the late Coach Hershey. Defensive lineman Jeff Winthrop
The Coach Bob Blackman Trophy – Presented  to the member of the varsity football team selected by the football coaching staff who has contributed most to the success of the team. Wide receiver Ryan McManus  
Stubby Pearson Award – Established  in 2007 and presented to an underclassmen on the football team whose character, leadership on campus, high academic standing and performance on the playing field most resembles that of Charles (Stubby)  Pearson '42, captain of the 1941 football team who died while serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He also was captain of basketball and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and valedictorian of his class. Gift of David Little '44 and Peter Little '81. Offensive lineman Jacob Flores   
Manners Makyth Man Award – Presented to the member of the varsity football team who, in the judgment of his teammates, has best conducted himself to the advantage of the college and displayed good manners in the sense of William Wickham's phrase, "Manners Makyth Man.” Wide receiver Charlie Storey
Reggie Williams Award – Presented to the member of the Dartmouth football program who through leadership in action and word has made Dartmouth a better place. Wide receiver Jordan Aré
The fourth of 12 spring practices and the first with pads is on tap for late this afternoon. Visit BGA Premium tonight for full coverage.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Naming Names

The website nfldraftscout sounds pretty official but when it comes to providing solid information on pro prospects you'll have to make the call on what the site from The Sports Xchange gets right and what it gets wrong.

Nfldraftscout lists 20 Ivy League seniors as deserving a look by the pros, including two from Dartmouth: defensive lineman Evan Chrustic (LINK) and wide receiver Ryan McManus (LINK). 

McManus, of course, will be back for a fifth year next fall and is practicing with the Big Green this spring.

Other's in the nfldraftscout database:
  • Brown: LS Courtland Clavette, ILB Xavier Russo
  • Columbia: QB Brett Nottingham
  • Cornell: SS Rush Imhotep
  • Harvard: C Nick Easton, OLB Zach Hodges, QB Conner Hempel, CB Norman Hayes, WR Ricky Zorn
  • Penn: OLB Daniel Davis, TE Mitch King, WR Spencer Kulcsar
  • Princeton: QB Quinn Epperly, ILB Mike Zeuli, WR Matt Costello
  • Yale: FB Tyler Varga, WR Grant Wallace, SS Charles Cook
Among last fall's non-conference opponents, New Hampshire has 11 players listed, Central Connecticut four and Holy Cross one.

In addition to Central Connecticut, Dartmouth will be playing Sacred Heart and Georgetown out of conference this fall. There are nine graduating seniors listed from Sacred Heart and two from Georgetown by nfldraftscout.
The folks at nfldraftscout may be on to something with one player. A headline in the Providence Journal: NFL's top prospect at long snapper is Brown's Courtland Clavette. (LINK)
A player who might have ended up on the nfldraftscout list from the Ivy in a few years is Bryant Shirreffs, except for one thing. The transfer quarterback from North Carolina State is the frontrunner to start at UConn next fall instead of playing in the Ancient Eight.

Apparently he flirted with a couple of Ivies, including one that wears green. From the Hartford Courant (LINK):
Shirreffs is a bright guy. He thought long and hard about going to the Ivy League before deciding on N.C. State out of high school in Georgia. He seriously considered Yale, which he visited, and Dartmouth. He thought about the Ivy League again when he decided to transfer.
Dartmouth spring practice No. 3 is slated for this afternoon. Check BGA Premium tonight for full coverage.
Kudos to That Certain Nittany Lion junior, who earned all-tournament recognition yesterday while helping the Penn State competition golf club to a one-stroke victory over archival Pitt in an Atlantic Region golf tournament in Canton, Ohio. With the win the Nittany Lions earned an at-large bid to the national championships in North Carolina in two weeks.
Speaking of golf, Masters champion Jordan Spieth has a couple of Ivy League connections. His brother, Steven, is a 6-foot-6 guard at Brown (link) and is agent is former Dartmouth basketball player and golfer Jay Danzi '98. (LINK) Danzi is quoted talking about Spieth's marketability at the end of a Bloomberg story on yesterday's dominating win. (LINK)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Oh What A Beautiful Morning . . .

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When I headed out with Griff the Wonder Pup this morning an absolutely beautiful view greeted us at the end of our driveway here on the shoulder of Moose Mountain eight miles from campus.

The ski areas you can see in the pic are Killington and Pico. On occasional mornings we can pick out the trails on Okemo Mountain, and this was one of those mornings. Better yet, today was the rare day when not only could we see Okemo, but Stratton Mountain was clearly visible as well. Add in the defunct Mount Ascutney and there were five ski areas visible with the naked eye today.

Old timers say there was a time when you could actually see the Adirondacks on a good day.
If you missed it last night, be sure to check BGA Premium for a look at yesterday's Big Green football practice. The team banquet is being held today and while I will miss it with a previous commitment, I'll try to get the award winners for later today or tomorrow.

The third practice of the spring is set for tomorrow with additional sessions on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday bringing spring football practice to the halfway point.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A New Name

With acceptances having gone out names of a few players thinking about walking on to Ivy League teams start to pop up. A story in the Cibola Beacon newspaper in New Mexico notes that 5-foot-10, 180-pound quarterback/kicker Ryan Ankie of Laguna-Acoma High School hopes to play football at Dartmouth.

A talented basketball player, Arkie was chosen as the MVP for New Mexico in the 34th annual Arizona vs. New Mexico Classic games in Gallup, N.M., and Window Rock, Ariz. A basketball story in the Beacon wrote that, starting back when he was a freshman, Arkie . . .
". . . had to play in the shadow of Anthony Carpio, Austin Jones, Josh Paytiamo and CJ Salvador, new age Hawks’ hoops royalty.
Even then, it was clear he was in a league of his own, as he had a little bit of everything – a quick-release three ball, vicious crossover dribble and devastating spin move in the paint for example – but refused to talk about his accomplishments during interviews.
Always even-keeled, Arkie barely whispered when telling the media he would be attending Dartmouth University (yes, that Dartmouth) to play football, but that quiet voice fell right in line with the demeanor that many have come to know.
“I don’t know about playing basketball there,” Arkie said, “maybe I’ll try to walk on or something.”
Something tells me that Big Green coach Paul Cormier will find a place for him."
Arkie passed for 728 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions last year and ran for 799 yards (13.1-yard per carry) with nine touchdowns according to MaxPreps. Hudl has a couple of very brief clips from games at Laguna-Acoma, which serves the Pueblo of Acoma.
Dartmouth-bound running back Rashaad Cooper of Tracy, Calif., has been selected to play in the 42nd Lions All-Star Football Classic in June according to a story in the Tracy Press.
A scheduling blurb about Georgetown (LINK) notes that, "the Hoyas' 1-5 league record included a three-point loss at 2013 champ Lafayette, a five-point loss against 2014 runner-up Bucknell and an eight-point loss versus perennial power Lehigh."

Dartmouth opens at Georgetown on Sept. 19.
The Charlotte Observer has a brief about former Dartmouth assistant Jarrail Jackson joining the Davidson program as quarterback coach.
Spring practice No. 2 is on tap this morning. Actually, it's No. 3 that is on tap but it will be just the second of the spring thanks to this week's snow. Check BGA Premium tonight for a recap.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Audible Redux

Another day, another practice postponed because of miserable weather.

With rain in the forecast, the mercury slow to recover and a freedom to rearrange the schedule that is not available in the fall, the decision has been made to call off Friday's session. That being the case, the second practice of spring will be held Saturday morning.

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