Here are some odds and ends from around the Army athletic department.
Rowley is a preseason All-American
After a junior campaign which saw him shatter all Academy records which matter pitcher Chris Rowley was named to the 13th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) preseason All-America team this week. Rowley is the sixth Army player to be named to the preseason All-America team since its inception.
Analysis: It always amazes me just how quickly baseball season comes around. Yes, it may still be freezing cold outside, but Rowley was red hot last season with an 11-1 record and a 2.40 ERA. He was named to more All-America lists than I knew existed and there is nothing to suggest that he won't carry this form into 2013. Let's just hope it warms up before then.
Army loses late at NJIT
Chris Flores's layup with one second left propelled the NJIT Highlanders (5-4) to a 69-67 victory over Army (4-5) at the Fleisher Athletic Center Tuesday night.
Analysis: I am still not really sure what an NJIT is or why Army has to play them but this was a frustrating loss any way you look at it. The layup (you can't let a team beat you will a layup) gave NJIT their first lead since there was 3:28 left in the first half. More than that Army was leading by seven with 1:21 left in the game before falling apart. The only hope is that these kinds of games show the Black Knights that no game is secure. Learning to close is a skill that has to be mastered quickly.
Ariana Mankus might be the best athlete on campus
Nearly a month after the season's end and the awards continue to pour in for senior Ariana Mankus. Recently tabbed an honorable mention All-American, the outside hitter added Eastern College Athletic Association (ECAC) Offensive Player of the Year plaudits on Wednesday afternoon. She was also named an all-star by the same organization.
Analysis: There are some sports that don't get the recognition they deserve and volleyball is one of them. Outside of the Olympics it is a lost sport, but Army has one of the best players in the nation on campus in Mankus. As a four year athlete her Black Knight career is over but it is always good to know when a student achieves national recognition for her play.
Army News and Notes 12/14/2012
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