Men’s hockey says goodbye to six seniors

Four years ago, when Alec Thieda came to Norwich University for a recruiting visit, he knew Norwich was the place. Now he is ending his Norwich career on the Cadets hockey team, along with five other seniors.
If you ask a hockey player about playoff hockey, they will tell you there’s nothing better. The emotions in playoff hockey at any level are something special. Every team’s dream is to be holding up the championship trophy at the end of the year. It was not to be for the Cadets. [Read more…]

Norwich football pushes hard in off-season training

Though the fall sports season is far off, that has not stopped the Norwich University football team from preparing for next year. According to sophomore Jalen Belle-Walker, spring serves as an important time of preparation for the entire team. [Read more…]

For runners, spring brings welcome return outdoors

Running season never really dies in winter, but it tends to burrow itself into cozy, warm buildings where tracks lie.
As the cold, winter months subside, though, runners like Costa Routos begin transitioning back outside to get their daily run in. For Routos, a 20-year-old, history and education major, the transition is welcome and offers relief from indoor running. [Read more…]

Hockey players hope a little ‘Fury’ will lead to a championship

Walking around the campus, you may see hockey team captain Alec Thieda and other players going around with a “Brad Pitt haircut.”

For those who have seen the movie “Fury,” starring Pitt, this haircut is very familiar. The Norwich men’s ice hockey team has adopted the star actor’s haircut to help them in their playoff push.

Thieda explained that a couple of players got what they called “the Fury haircut” and all the others hopped on. The men have previously done mustaches in the playoffs and in the National Hockey League, teams often grow playoff beards. But Norwich being a military school, mustaches are all that is allowed for cadets. [Read more…]

Mixed Martial Arts club gives students valuable skills

They join for physical fitness and to learn self-defense skills and improve their sense of wellbeing.

That’s some of what draws participants to the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), which is taught by students at Norwich like Mike Heimall, a 20-year-old from Fort Bliss, Texas.

“MMA techniques come from three primary styles of fighting, which are Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai kickboxing, and wrestling,” explained Heimall, who is an officer of the MMA club, which meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday at 7:15 p.m. in the wrestling room at Plumley.

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For wrestlers, making weight is a struggle and constant sacrifice

Sophomore wrestler Dave Rogers works out while wearing warm clothes to lose weight on the elliptical machine.

Sophomore wrestler Dave Rogers works out while wearing warm clothes to lose weight on the elliptical machine.

Wrestler Alex Stewart fills his ride like a clown car with his teammates and rushes off to the nearest fast food place as soon as the season ends.

“This goes on for about a week or two, before I feel the need to get back in the gym,” said Stewart, a 22-year-old senior psychology major from Ellicott City, Md.

After a five-month-long season, there’s a new-found freedom in not having to worry about stepping on a scale to make weight, according to Stewart.

Wrestling, just like any other sport, requires dedication. Not all sports, though, ask you to drop pounds. In wrestling, competitors will try to drop as much weight as the NCAA will allow them to gain an advantage in size. [Read more…]

Mens tennis hopes to beat last year’s record wins

Senior captain Patrick Ogden prepares for the coming season.

Senior captain Patrick Ogden prepares for the coming season.

With their first match only days away, the Norwich university tennis team has been hard at work to prepare for their opener against Castleton on March 4.

With the addition of four freshmen to the team, Marc-Olivier Tourigny, Jeffery Purdy, Hadley Ellis, and Mason Madison, the team is really working hard to beat the record-setting season it had last year according to the team’s captain.

“We finished last season 8-2 which is the best record the team has had in the last seven years” said senior Ryan Grindle.

“With the new freshmen that we have, they bring a lot of raw talent to the team which is going to make our line-up a lot stronger this year,” said sophomore co-captain Ian Hyte. [Read more…]

Student skiers

For Spencer Guerschuny, cruising down the slopes is exhilarating, even though it seems to be shortly followed by a face plant.
Guerschuny, a Norwich sophomore and Massachusetts native, picked up skiing at the age of 20 after spending a year living in Vermont. After just one time on the mountain he was looking to buy his own gear. [Read more…]

Training key to prevent cold weather injuries threaten climbers


A participant in this year's Mountain Cold Weather Company Ice Trek shows proper attire for the below zero conditions encountered in 2015. (Photo by Timothy Smeddal)

A participant in this year’s Mountain Cold Weather Company Ice Trek shows proper attire for the below zero conditions encountered in 2015. (Photo by Timothy Smeddal)

It is crucial to beat the frigid temperatures of New England’s outdoors to save both lives and extremities. Norwich students in the Mountain Cold Weather Company (MCW) train to become cold climate experts and learn how to take the necessary precautions to minimize the risk of injury.
All of those different skills and safeguards were needed in order to stay safe during Ice Trek at Mt. Washington in N.H. from Jan. 5-10. [Read more…]

Men’s hockey team heads for quarter-finals

It starts with a dream. College athletes work their whole lives to get to a high level in their career. It’s about teamwork, trust, and perseverance. You go into the game having your brothers’ backs.
That’s what Norwich hockey is all about. [Read more…]