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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...

Ohio States Thompson looks to Baggett of West Point for inspiration

Ohio States Thompson looks to Baggett of West Point for inspiration

Sam Thompson knows there is little he and his Ohio State basketball teammates can say to defend last season’s disappointment. Their only course of action is a turnaround season. “What happened last year is not acceptable,” he said. First, there was the season-long struggle that...

Kelly and Army seniors take last shot at Navy

Kelly and Army seniors take last shot at Navy

Best-selling author John Feinstein wrote in his 1997 book “Army vs. Navy, A Civil War” that the Army-Navy Game is classic everyone should see once in their life. Once you’ve crossed off that item on your bucket list, your left feeling gratified with the experience but later...

Army O Lineman Holland fits in as a top recruit at West Point

Army O Lineman Holland fits in as a top recruit at West Point

Army freshman offensive lineman Bryce Holland stands out as a Rivals 3-star recruit in preparation for his first Army-Navy Game on Dec. 13 in Baltimore. “I’m stoked,” Holland said. “I’ve heard about this game my whole life.” Over the years Rivals has been accused of upgrading...

Carnegie play highlights Army season

Carnegie play highlights Army season

His play will stand as the highlight of Army’s 2014 season – unless, of course, the Black Knights manage an upset of Navy next month. Two weeks ago Army junior cornerback Chris Carnegie kept Army’s slim hopes for a bowl bid in 2014 with a 99-yard interception for a touchdown and...

Davern ready for first taste of Army rivalry

Davern ready for first taste of Army rivalry

Academy athletes play their first Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy with varying degrees of awareness. Some are legacies who grew up watching Army, Navy or Air Force battle alongside their father. They may not fully understand the intensity of the rivalry until they played in their...

Giovannelli finds room in crowded Army backfield

Giovannelli finds room in crowded Army backfield

There didn’t appear to be much room in the Army’s triple-option backfield for Tony Giovannelli or time left in the West Point career of the senior running back as the 2014 season approached. The Black Knights featured two career 1,000-yard rushers with Raymond Maples and Terry...

Timpf rises to new position on Armys defense

Timpf rises to new position on Armys defense

Army sophomore linebacker Jeremy Timpf never expected to be in such a position four games into the Black Knights’ football season. The sophomore linebacker is leading the team in tackles with 43 as a first-year starter. He recorded a career-high with 14 in last week’s loss...

Armys brotherhood fuels Lawrences reduced role

Armys brotherhood fuels Lawrences reduced role

Coaching transitions are always hardest on the seniors. The most talented ones – for example, Army’s senior offensive backfield – are still starters and playing primary roles, churning out yardage. Others, though, slip into the background. Take, for example, senior...