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Around the Yard: Army, Air Force, and Navy Rack up Preseason Baseball Honors

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Army

Army Baseball Picked as Preseason Patriot League Favorites

Army received the most first-place votes by earning the top spot on eight of 12 preseason ballots which contributed to 44 total points. The overall point total was enough to sit atop the leader board heading into the 2019 season.

The Black Knights are looking to repeat as Patriot League champions after earning the title in 2018 and will be challenged by Navy and Bucknell. West point had six players earn All-League preseason honors to include Daniel Burggraaf, Anthony Giachin, Tyler Giovinco.

Army Athletic Director Boo Corrigan Departs West Point for Same Role at N.C. State

Boo Corrigan once served as an associate director at Navy and had stops at Notre Dame and Duke in the same capacity. After his success at Duke, Corrigan was named Army’s Athletic Director in 2011 until he accepted the same position at N.C. State on Wednesday.

Corrigan was named the 2017 Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and current Army lacrosse coach Joe Alberici stated that this was “a home run hire for N.C. State.” Corrigan amassed twenty Patriot League championships during his tenure and is credited with the hiring of football coach Jeff Monken.

Air Force

Falcons’ Nic Ready earns Preseason Player of the Year Honors for MWC

Per D1 Baseball’s 2019 Mountain West Conference preview, Nic Ready is destined for a big season. You may remember him as the Home Run Derby phenom last season.

The Falcons are picked to finish fourth in the competitive Mountain West Conference.

Air Force’s Recent Success on the Hardwood Result of Bench Scoring

The Air Force Falcons men’s basketball team had a solid few weeks going 4-1 in its last five games. Much of that success has been accredited to the Falcons bench. The Air Force reserves have outscored their opponents by a 125-78 margin.

Navy

Navy’s Biggers and Song Earn Preseason Patriot League Honors

While West Point is the preseason Patriot League favorite, the Midshipmen aren’t predicted to be too far behind. Navy finished second in the Patriot League poll with two first place votes (the same as Bucknell) and just eight points behind the Black Knights with 36 total points.

Navy swept the preseason individual honors with 2019 Patriot League Preseason Player of the Year Zach Biggers and 2019 Patriot League Preseason Pitcher of the Year Noah Song.

Navy Squash is Currently Ranked 11th in the Country

Navy beat writer Bill Wagner gave the men’s squash team some much deserved attention. While the sport may not make the front page of many “sports” sections, the Midshipmen are currently 11-3 and have been hovering around tenth in the country most of the season.

Wagner credits head coach Tyler Osborne, a three-time All American while at Princeton, with much of the success. The Midshipmen take on 13th-ranked Drexel on Saturday.