Another week has come to an end, which means we’re another week closer to the 2014-15 Army sports season.
Preseason football practice continues to roll on, with the Black Knights finalizing preparations for their season opener against Buffalo on Sept. 6. Practice began on Monday with players donning helmets and shorts before adding shoulder pads on Wednesday and Thursday.
Check here for the recap from Thursday’s practice session.
Also of note this week was the announcement that five senior cadet-athletes were selected to lead the Corps of Cadets. Men’s soccer goalkeeper Winston Boldt will serve as the Deputy Brigade Commander, which ranks as the second-highest leadership position in the Corps. Also selected to the Cadet Chain of Command were women’s basketball guard Jordan Elliott, women’s cross country and track & field athlete Dayna Cline and football players Larry Dixon and Joe Drummond.
For the full write up on the varsity athletes selected to the Cadet Chain of Command, click here.
Working with and around these cadets nearly every day allows us to get to know some of them on a personal level as collegiate athletes. But when hearing about how well-respected these cadet-athletes are by their peers, it really makes you step back and realize how special these young men and women are, not only as athletes, but as leaders.
I know I can speak for the entire department when I say we are all extremely proud of these five athletes and all of the cadets we have the opportunity to interact with on a daily basis.
Along with begin chosen as the Deputy Brigade Commander, Boldt was named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List as one of 32 Division I men’s soccer selections. The Hermann Trophy, which is presented annually by the Missouri Athletic Club, is as the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer and is the official National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America (NSCAA) Player of the Year award in Division I.
The list of 32 players will be narrowed down to 15 toward the end of the regular season, with three finalists being selected from the group of 15. The winner will be announced in January. For more information on Boldt’s selection to the watch list, click here.
The men’s basketball team announced its Patriot League schedule on Wednesday after unveiling its nonconference slate earlier this summer.
Army is set to open its conference schedule on New Year’s Eve when the Black Knights welcome Lafayette to Christl Arena for a 3 p.m. tip. Prior to beginning Patriot League action, Army plays an 11-game nonleague schedule which includes the season opener against Air Force (Nov. 14) and road contests at Duke (Nov. 30) and at USC (Dec. 13).
For the full Army men’s basketball schedule, click here.
The summer is a great time to do some relaxing and take a more low-key approach to life. As much as I enjoy the summer, I always find myself looking forward to the first game of the fall and everything that comes with it. The 2013-14 season was certainly one to remember and we can only imagine what the upcoming year will hold.
That’s all for now, thanks for checking in to the Black Knights Blog this week and be sure to come back next week for more updates surrounding Army Athletics.