Herbert on Sports, 24 April

PERSONNEL CHANGES: Football coach Todd Berry announced that yearling QB Reggie Nevels has returned to the football team, and will play next fall. Personal problems that existed when he left the team in February have apparently been solved.

Basketball coach Jim Crew announced that junior shooting guard Andy Smith has been released from the team. There was a disagreement between Smith and coach Crews on Smith's role on the team. Smith was a starter at the beginning of the season, but was relegated to a reserve position late in the season.

RUGBY CLUB: Made it to the final four - again. Playing the "sweet sixteen" at West Point this past weekend, Army, ranked 3rd nationally, defeated Virginia Tech (14th) 48-3. On Sunday, Army played Cal Poly (6th), who had defeated St. Mary's (11th), 41-18. The lead changed hands 5 times before Army scored the last 10 points to win 21-17.

On May 3-4, the final four will play at Stanford University. Army will play Harvard (15th), and California (1st) will play Air Force (4th). The two winners will play Sunday. Harvard made it to the final four with an upset win over 2nd ranked Utah.

ARMY-NAVY FOOTBALL: As you know, this year's Army-Navy game will be played on December 6th in Philadelphia. An agreement has just been reached to also play 4 of the 5 games beginning in 2004 in Philly. One year between 2004 and 2008, the game will be played in Baltimore.

BASEBALL (13-18-1): Doing better now that the days are a little warmer. Split two doubleheaders with league leading Bucknell. Saturday, lost 2-1 but won 5-1 as yearling pitcher Dan Cappello pitched 6 shutout innings after giving up a run in the first. Dan improved his record to 4-2 on the season. Sunday's games saw Army blown away 9-0 in the opener. In the nightcap, we trailed 6-4 in the 7th (and 1st) inning with two out and bases empty. BUT, Army got a single, a walk and then yearling Walker Gorham hit a 3 run home run to win it 7-6. Yesterday, we beat St. Peter's 7-2.

Senior Josh Holden went 4 for 5 against St. Peter's and tied an 88-year-old Army record when he stole 5 bases! The record was held by Charles H. Gerhardt, Class of April 1917. Gerhardt stole 5 bases in a game during the 1915 season. That team (1915) finished 18-3. Gerhardt retired a major general and died in 1976, age 81.

LACROSSE (7-5): Traveled upstate and defeated Hobart 12-10. Army is now ranked 16th. Plebe John Walker continues to improve, scoring 4 goals against Hobart. We play at Navy this Saturday.

MEN'S TENNIS (15-5): Defeated Navy again 4-1 in the Patriot League tournament, but lost to American U. 4-0 in the championship match.

WOMEN'S TENNIS (15-6): Won the Patriot League with wins over Lafayette 7-0, Lehigh 6-0, Bucknell 6-1, and Colgate 5-0. In between, defeated Stony Brook at home 6-1. Patriot League tournament will be here this weekend.

SOFTBALL (15-20): Lost a pair to Albany 1-0 and 4-1. Then lost 3 out of 4 to league opponent Colgate. Yesterday, we lost a doubleheader to Seton Hall 10-0 and 4-2, blowing a 2-0 lead in the second game. I believe we'll have to sweep Bucknell at home this weekend to get in the league playoffs. A tall order.

GOLF: Yearling Scott Manley shot a two under par 70 as Army tied for third in the new England Championships. Combined with his 72 in the first round, Manley placed second individually. Other Army golfers included yearling Pete Phipps who tied for 7th with a 74-74, and plebe D. J. Reeves who tied for 20th with a 75-77.

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