Friday, May 22, 2015

This And That

Another mic'd up from Dartmouth football, this time with coach Kyle Metzler:

Former Dartmouth fullback Ellis Rowe has been announced as one of three winners of  "the Dartmouth Alumni Award, established in 1954 to recognize long-standing and meritorious service to the College, career achievement, and other community service. Alumni are eligible for this award after their 25th class reunion."

Rowe was the leading rusher on the 1973 Big Green with 102 carries for 445 yards. He graduated with a degree a mathematics. Read about the award and check out a capsule bio of Rowe and the other honorees HERE.
Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens and former Big Green receiver David Shula '81 had an eventful start of their bicycle ride down the coast of California.

If you look closely that's a small whale at water's edge behind them. Story is the fellows pulled it ashore for a better look before pedaling away.
Word yesterday was that the Memorial Field home grandstand project continues ahead of schedule. Here are a few more shots of the stands, which are slated to be ready to go for the Sept. 26 home opener against Sacred Heart.

Only a teeny-weeny section of stands at the north corner awaits bleachers.
A sneak-peak through the greenery behind the north end zone offers a different perspective.
Parts of the press box are lowered from  outside the historic wall.
Work is picking up on the stadium project across the state at the University of New Hampshire. Click HERE for an update as well as a note about a Salute to Service football ticket promotion for Memorial Day.
Dartmouth grad Kyle Hendricks '12 tossed a five-hit, complete-game shutout last night to lift the Chicago Cubs to a 3-0 win over the San Diego Padres with friends and family from his hometown of San Juan Capistrano in the stands. The Chicago Tribune called the effort a "107-pitch masterpiece." (LINK)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Still More Wags

The Winnipeg Sun chimes in on the Blue Bombers drafting Garrett Waggoner HERE. The story includes this about the Bombers surrendering their regular first-round draft pick to select the former Dartmouth standout:
Some might consider it a high price to pay, but the Blue Bombers ultimately decided it was worth it to surrender their first-round choice in 2016.
“When you get a chance to add a Canadian player with this kind of talent, you really need to do your due diligence and really do your homework and see if this is a guy you want,” said (Blue Bombers general manager Kyle) Walters. “It's hard not to really fall in love with him, the more you talk to him and the more film you watch. He's intelligent and he's not just a hard-working kind of guy, his testing numbers would have put him at the top of the class for this draft, which was a deep draft.
“It's an aggressive play, but a play we were prepared to make and we're glad that we got him.”

Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens and former standout Big Green receiver David Shula before they set off on their San Francisco-to-San Diego bicycle ride.

Green Alert Take: On my second cross-country bicycle ride I went up the West Coast. Teevens and Shula are smarter than I was ;-)
Saw this on FootballScoop:
Davidson is looking for a D-III game in 2016. We will either pay a guarantee or play a home and home…dates available are September 3rd, 17th & November 12th 2016.
Green Alert Take: I've been told in the past that Pioneer Football League teams play non-Division I opponents largely because there just aren't that many FCS teams they could play without traveling. Apparently that's not entirely the case . . .
From a Dartmouth release:
A total of 1,124 teams from across the NCAA Division I landscape were honored with Public Recognition Awards based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR). The total marks the highest ever in the decade since the NCAA began the program.
Once again, Dartmouth led the way with 26 teams earning recognition, marking the fourth straight year the college has topped the list.
The NCAA’s Public Recognition Awards have now been in existence since 2006 with the Big Green finishing in the top three each of the 10 years the honors have been bestowed. In that time, Dartmouth has a total of 234 awards, more than any other institution while Yale’s 215 rank second.
An NCAA release puts those numbers in perspective:
Dartmouth College had the most teams (26) recognized, followed by Brown University (19) and Bucknell University (19) and Stanford University (19). The Ivy League saw 110 teams recognized – the most of any conference – followed by the Patriot League (105), Atlantic Coast Conference (82) and Big Ten Conference (74). 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wags And Winnipeg

Newly minted Canadian citizen Garrett Waggoner '13 was selected by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the CFL supplemental draft. Here's a screen grab from THIS STORY.

Turns out the Bombers gave up their first pick in next year's regular draft to grab Waggoner. Global News has a story HERE.

Lots Of News

One section of grandstand remains to be lowered into place at Memorial Field. Click photos to enlarge.
Structural work has begun on the Memorial Field press box.
Piggybacking on a BGA Premium story from earlier this spring, The Sports Network writes about Dartmouth football coach Buddy Teevens and strength coach Spencer Brown encouraging football players who put on weight to lose it after their careers are over. Offensive lineman Sean Ronan edged fellow O-lineman AJ Dillione to win a suit from J.Crew in a contest Teevens originated based on percentage of body weight lost. Read the TSN story Dartmouth's Biggest Loser is a winner HERE.

A few more photos:
Sean Ronan at 270 pounds.
Ronan today
Looking more like a well-dressed wide receiver than a center

Watch the Celebration video HERE.
From a Dartmouth release detailing the school's Celebration of Excellence:

The Timothy Wright Ellis 1955 Memorial Award is given to a man showing extracurricular and scholastic drive, spirit, loyalty and amiability and is nominated and voted on by the captains of the men’s teams. This year’s award went to senior Will Guinee of the football team. Regarded as one of the most loyal teammates by Dartmouth players and coaches alike, Guinee has demonstrated his love of the college throughout his career in the way he prides himself in being able to represent Dartmouth in the classroom and on the field. Injuries hampered him throughout his career, yet his drive and determination never wavered, allowing the offensive lineman to return for the final six games this past fall and contribute to the football team’s best season in 17 years.

The Canadian football publication 3 Down Nation (think about it ;-) has a story about Dartmouth grad Garrett Waggoner noting that he is "set to become 3rd generation CFLer." (LINK)

From the story:
Garrett Waggoner is about to become a third-generation CFL player, following both his father and grandfather into the league when he is selected in Wednesday’s supplemental draft. But it took the combined efforts of his mother, his agent, a TV broadcaster with intimate knowledge of the league’s byzantine citizenship rules and Canada’s Minister of Sport to make it happen.
More from the story:
Over the last 10 days, 6-foot-1, 218 pound Waggoner has worked out for four different CFL teams, including one that flew him to Canada for an up-close look. He’s seen by some as a potential starter as a safety of weak-side linebacker. 
No one who knows how much Waggoner loves football should be surprised to learn that to make it happen he became a Canadian citizen ;-)

A standing-room-only crowd turned up at the University Club Chicago to meet and greet football coach Buddy Teevens as the Dartmouth's In Town Again tour hit the midwest. (Thanks for the photo ;-)
And finally, Griff the Wonder dog, who turned 1 last month, got a clean bill of health yesterday from his veterinary surgeon up near Burlington, Vt.

He underwent knee surgery eight weeks ago and has been cleared to run and jump in moderation for the next 3-4 weeks and then will have the green light to suit up and return to action.

His operation was the canine equivalent of a full ACL repair. Here he is enjoying the 90-minute ride home yesterday.
And finally II: On a beautiful spring day I had a chance to watch the Hanover High School baseball team post a dramatic extra-innings win yesterday on its home field in Norwich, Vt. My former Green Machine Little Leaguers started at first base, shortstop, third base and catcher. The first baseman got the win in relief and all four played key roles in the bottom of the seventh rally that brought extra innings, as well as the rally that erased a one-run deficit in the bottom of the eighth.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Wrapping Up The Nonconference Opponents

Two of Dartmouth's nonconference opponents will meet up this fall when Sacred Heart and Central Connecticut square off on Oct. 24 (one week after the Big Green visits Central Connecticut). Here's a look at all the scoring from their shootout last fall, won by Sacred Heart, 35-27, in New Britain, Conn.

Dartmouth will visit Central Connecticut on Oct. 17. (The Big Green game with the Pioneers is on Sept. 26.)

Central Connecticut's records over the past 10 years:
2005 - 7-4
2006 - 8-3
2007 - 6-5
2008 - 7-4
2009 - 9-4
2010 - 8-3
2011 - 4-7
2012 - 2-8
2013 - 4-8
2014 - 3-9 (Dartmouth 35, Central Connecticut 25)
Total  58-55  (0-1 vs. Dartmouth)

2014 Central Connecticut scores:
Central Connecticut 31, at Towson 27
Albany 19, at Central Connecticut 0
at Holy Cross 20, Central Connecticut 7
at Dartmouth 35, Central Connecticut 25
at Central Connecticut 38, Rhode Island 14
Duquesne 28, at Central Connecticut 20
at Robert Morris 27, Central Connecticut 24
Wagner 20, at Central Connecticut 10
at Bryant 31, Central Connecticut 3
Sacred Heart 35, at Central Connecticut 27
Howard 28, at Central Connecticut 25
Central Connecticut 22, at St. Francis 17

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sacred Heart - Week 2

Dartmouth will play host to Sacred Heart in Week 2 of the 2015 season.

The Pioneers clinched their second consecutive Northeast Conference championship with a 14-7 victory over Bryant in their final regular season game last fall before falling to Fordham in the NCAA playoffs.

Sacred Heart's records over the past 10 years:
2005 - 4-6
2006 - 2-9
2007 - 3-8
2008 - 8-3
2009 - 2-8
2010 - 4-7 (at Dartmouth 21, Sacred Heart 19)
2011 - 5-6 (at Sacred Heart 24, Dartmouth 21)
2012 - 2-9 (Sacred Heart 27, at Dartmouth 10)
2013 - 10-3
2014 - 9-3
Total  49-62 (2-1 vs. Dartmouth)

2014 Sacred Heart scores:
at Sacred Heart 28, Marist 7
at Sacred Heart 27, Lafayette 14
at Sacred Heart 44, Assumption 14
Bucknell  36, at Sacred Heart 20
Sacred Heart 10, at Delaware 7
at Sacred Heart 52, Robert Morris 13
Sacred Heart 23, at Duquesne 20
St. Francis 30, at Sacred Heart 27
Sacred Heart 23 at Wagner 7
Sacred Heart 35, at Central Connecticut 27
at Sacred Heart 14, Bryant 7
at Fordham 44, Sacred Heart 22 (NCAA playoffs)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Hoya History

It was up at 3:15 this morning and on the road to Manchester by 3:30 to drop That Certain Dartmouth '14 off at the airport. Yawn.
Dartmouth football opens next fall at Georgetown, which folded the program after the 1950 season and did not play again until 1964 (as a club team that achieved varsity status in 1969), as noted in this short video:

Georgetown's records over the past 10 years:
2005 - 4-7
2006 - 2-9
2007 - 1-10
2008 - 2-8
2009 - 0-11
2010 - 4-7
2011 - 8-3
2012 - 5-6
2013 - 2-9
2014 - 3-8
Total 31-78 (0-0 vs. Dartmouth)

2014 Georgetown Scores
Wagner 21, at Georgetown 3
at Dayton 23, Georgetown 14
Georgetown 27, at Marist 7
at Georgetown 17, Brown 3
at Colgate 19, Georgetown 0
Harvard 34, at Georgetown 3
at Lafayette 24, Georgetown 21
Bucknell 22, at Georgetown 17
Lehigh 27 at Georgetown 19
at Fordham 52, Georgetown 7
at Georgetown 21, Holy Cross 16
The Dartmouth softball team saw its season come to a close yesterday with a respectable 3-1 lost to South Carolina in the NCAA Tournament. (LINK)
We stopped at a little breakfast place on the way back from the airport and, as was the case the first time we were there (on the way to the football game at Harvard) we were amazed at the prices.

Click picture to enlarge
Here's a sample: The Short Haul is two pancakes, two eggs, two bacon, two sausage, half a ham slice, and home fries. The cost? All of $3.95.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Take The Time And Watch This

It has been a while since I've seen Wearers of the Green, narrated by former Dartmouth Athletic Director Seaver Peters. It is a beautifully done film that, if you watch it through, will help you appreciate what they sometimes call the Dartmouth Experience.

The Dartmouth softball team challenged Florida State for much of yesterday's NCAA Tournament game and was knocking on the door until a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth sent the Seminoles on to a 5-1 win. The Big Green plays South Carolina at noon today in an elimination game. (LINK)
The Orlando Sentinel writes about Skyler Mornhinweg, the Florida Gator quarterback transferring to Columbia. Mornhinweg started the Gators' final three games two years ago, completing 69.8 percent of his passes for 344 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He was 20-0f-25 against Florida State, albeit for just 115 yards. (LINK)

Find Mornhinweg's Florida bio HERE before it disappears.
A young man was accepted at all eight Ivies and is going to . . . wait for it . . . Alabama. (LINK)
And finally, That Certain '14 has been home for a few days before heading out to Yellowstone National Park for her new job. Those who have visited this space know she was the only member of her Hanover High class to earn the maximum 12 varsity letters (in softball, field hockey, cross country and indoor track ) and was chosen the co-athlete of the year as a Hanover High senior before running for two years at Dartmouth. But it still blew me away that after averaging at most one round of golf a year since graduating high school she went out yesterday and in her first round of the year carded a legit 90 at Hanover Country Club. Good thing I was writing because if I'd been playing she'd have been in my wallet ;-)