A slew of athletics stories to catch up on:

  • The biggest news of the month is, of course, the (expected?) announcement that long-time Eph coach and administrator Lisa Melendy was named the new permanent athletics director.  Congratulations!
  • Congrats to Williams on ascending to its traditional position at the top of the Director’s Cup standings after a tremendously successful winter season.
  • Congrats to future Eph Ryan Barry ’15 for being named the top scholar-athlete in Western Mass.
  • The Williams baseball team (much like the softball and men’s and women’s lacrosse teams) had great success outside of conference play, but has struggled vs. NESCAC to date.  [The Ephs did stay alive in NESCAC with a crucial and dramatic rally against Wesleyan on Sunday].  One story of note: the break-out first year of the spring season has been first year catcher Marco Hernandez, who is either first or second on the Ephs in batting, slugging, hits, home runs, stolen bases, and triples.  Hernandez is also a very gifted football player, and is expected to play a bigger role on the gridiron next fall.
  • Congrats to the Purple Cow, recently named America’s most lovable mascot in a Reader’s Digest poll.  Although the poll  listed only the top four, rumor has it that Lord Jeff came in at number 3458.   
  • Be sure to watch Khari Stephenson ’04’s spectacular goal, which was recently named MLS goal of the week:
  • Nice article by Dave Fehr on the tremendous environment in Chandler during the last few weekends of Williams hoops.  Winter in Billsville can be long for both students and local residents, and packed crowds cheering on a winning team in hotly contested rivalry and tourney games can go a long way towards dulling the winter blues, and building tremendous school spirit to boot.
  • Great article on Williams swimming superstar Logan Todhunter ’12, who, along with fellow superstar Caroline Wilson ’13, led Williams to a third-place showing at the NCAA tourney.
  • Also check out this article on women’s basketball star Jill Greenberg ’12 who, with one year of eligibility remaining, is already the Ephs’ all-time assist leader.
  • Wonderful article by philosophy professor Alan Hirsch on hoops coach Mike Maker, whom he dubs the “anti Jim Calhoun.”  Speaking of Calhoun, Dave Paulsen ’87 must be feeling at least a LITTLE bit better about the drubbing his Bucknell squad received from UConn after watching the Huskies go on to win the national title behind the same stifling defense that frustrated the Bison.
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