Fall sports season is only a few weeks away, but in the meantime, here’s a slew of athletics stories from July and August:

  • Ephblog’s own Diana Davis ’07 has continued her impressive running results since college, winning a number of races this year.  Keep kicking butt Diana!
  • Cute story on the community service efforts Eph baseball players Stephen Maier and Harry Marino (both ’12) are engaged in with their summer baseball squad.
  • Nice feature on future Eph field hockey and lacrosse player Emily Jablonski ’14.
  • Congratulations to Alex Smigelski ’10 on surviving the Penguins’ Development Camp and, against the odds, earning an invite to the Penguins’ September rookie camp.  You can see a video of Smigelski’s remarks about the Penguins’ camp here.
  • Two bits of soccer news: Khari Stephenson ’04 has returned stateside to play in the MLS, and current Eph Andrew Trainor ’13 found success with his summer youth squad.  Stephenson made an immediate impact, assisting on the game-winning goal and earning man of the match honors in his first game for the San Jose Earthquake.  Watch Stephenson’s gorgeous assist here, and be sure to vote for the play as the MLS goal of the week (voting ends tonight at midnight!):
  • Congrats to former Eph hoopster Matt Hunt ’99 for his induction into the Kirkland Sports Hall of Fame.
  • Cincinnati star QB Zach Collaros gives a few shout-outs to position coach Mike Bajakian ’96 in his training camp diary.  Of course, considering that Bajakian will also be offensive coordinator, hence responsible for play calling, not a bad idea for Collaros to stay on his good side :).
  • Nice article focusing on Dave Clawson’s Bowling Green squad as they prepare for what could be a tough season.  BG is a very inexperienced squad which lost many of its key players to graduation, including stars at QB and WR.  On the plus side, it sounds like those who remain are far more familiar with his system.  Speaking of Eph football coaches, like all Giants fans, I am excited about rookie free agent sensation and UMass grad Victor Cruz, who dominated the Jets Monday night.  His former coach, Kevin Morris ’86, is already using Cruz as an inspiration to his current team.
  • Tim Layden’s book Blood, Sweat and Chalk has received strong reviews.  Layden answers questions about the book on the NYTimes website.
  • Be sure to check the August 23 Boston Globe for a great story on Eph athletics!
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