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King measuring up as Army middle linebacker

King measuring up as Army middle linebacker

You can tell Army recruited Andrew King as something other than a bruising middle linebacker by his jersey number. He still wears No. 11 as a 6-foot, 235-pounder. That’s for quarterbacks or quick little running backs. King was never a “little” running back, but his growth...

Steelhammer feels spring optimism for the fall

Steelhammer feels spring optimism for the fall

As a former college baseball recruit, Weston Steelhammer played the sport long enough to understand spring optimism and the rite of passage in the diamond game. That definition changed, though, once the former Alabama baseball recruit cast his future with the Air Force Academy...

West Point career grades out at Waldorf Astoria

West Point career grades out at Waldorf Astoria

The journey toward Terry’s Baggett’s collegefootball denouement began with a recruiting pitch from a Penn assistant coach angled to favor the Philadelphia Ivy League school at the expense of West Point.Instead, the Chicago Whitney Young running back felt challenged to learn more...

NFL Combine not on radar for Conant

NFL Combine not on radar for Conant

NFL aspirations are in the air these days with the NFL Combine for eligible college football players about to open Feb. 17-23 in Indianapolis. Academy athletes aren’t routinely part of such a mix with their five-year military commitment awaiting them, and Air Force’s...

Army D lineman Drummond relished opportunity at Medal of Honor Bowl

Army D lineman Drummond relished opportunity at Medal of Honor Bowl

Army defensive lineman Joe Drummond sat with rapt attention as the coaching staff for the Medal of Honor Bowl Game addressed college football all-stars selected for the game that serves a scouting tool.The coaches for the exhibition played on Jan. 10 in Charleston, S.C., included...

True American baseball and war hero passes away

True American baseball and war hero passes away

My guess is most young readers are unaware of Jerry Coleman, who passed away Sunday in San Diego at age 89. The decorated war hero and baseball legend succumbed to complications from a head injury suffered from a fall in December.Coleman’s lengthy career as a baseball player and...

Navy family enjoys San Diego homecoming

Navy family enjoys San Diego homecoming

Navy defensive end Paul Quessenberry, a legacy whose father graduated from the Naval Academy in 1980, is finishing off his college career about as well as it can be scripted. The 6-foot-2, 251-pound senior two-year starter from Carlsbad’s La Costa Canyon in suburban San Diego...

Air Forces Hart displays his heart on and off the field

Air Forces Hart displays his heart on and off the field

By the very definition of "military academy student-athlete," an Air Force football player’s time is arranged for him. Air Force senior fullback Broam Hart's schedule is one of two listed on the weekly Air Force Game Notes as an example of how the Falcons have a full day from...

A West Point officer a Big Rapids coach and Army football

A West Point officer a Big Rapids coach and Army football

No annual sports event is bigger to a West Point or Annapolis graduate than the Army-Navy Game with its unique pageantry and history that is played for the 115th time on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. For retired U.S. Army Colonel Rick Steinke, a Big Rapids High...

Stichweh delivers Army message half century later

Stichweh delivers Army message half century later

Old Army quarterbacks never die. They just keep thinking of how they can contribute to beating Navy. Rollie Stichweh is an old Army quarterback from a half-century ago, and to borrow from Gen. Douglas MacArthur, thoughts of how to beat Navy never die. His 1963 Army team came up...