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Army, Around The Yard: Hovren era ends, spring football begins

Links and more as we say goodbye to one of the best women’s basketball players in Army history and say hello to spring football.

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It’s March, but the NCAA tournament and NIT field won’t feature the men’s or women’s basketball teams from Army West Point.

Both teams lost their first games in the Patriot League tournament, bringing an end to their seasons.

The men finished with an 13-19 overall record and went 8-10 in Patriot League play. In hindsight, the best win for Tommy Funk and co. came on Jan. 16 against Colgate, which won the league.

For the women, they finished 11-19 overall and 6-12 in the Patriot League. The end of the women’s season marks the end of an era for Army, as Madison Hovren is set to graduate. The 5-foot-11 senior leaves West Point as one of the most accomplished players in its history, finishing on the all-time career leader boards as second in rebounds, third in points, third in free throws and first in double-doubles.

As a senior, she led the Patriot League in points and rebounds per-game and was voted to the league’s First Team.

The Black Knights are also losing Jess Lewis, who averaged 8.3 points and 5.2 assists per-game. She finishes her Army career with 277 assists, which is eighth all-time in program history.

Replacing Lewis and Hovren will not be easy for Army. The two won 79 games as Black Knights.

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The Black Knights’ football team officially introduced Jim Collins as its new director of player personnel this week. Collins had been the head coach at Division II Saginaw Valley State since 2008 and piled up a 65-56 record and three playoff appearances. The announcement of him departing the school came 18 days after the NCAA placed the school on a four-year probation for “lack of institutional control and for failing to monitor the eligibility certification process.”

Spring football practice for Army began on Tuesday.

Army football is 29th in this latest poll from Athlon Sports.

The men’s hockey season for Army ended in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament quarterfinals on Sunday, as they lost 4-1 to American International.

Army’s women’s softball changed its schedule up a bit for this weekend.

Manuela Cortes and Jackie Bratten combined for four goals, but Army’s women’s lacrosse team fell 21-7 to No. 10 Loyola (Md.) on Saturday. The Black Knights are 7-2 this season.

AJ Barretto had a career-high 19 saves as Army’s men’s lacrosse team beat Holy Cross 7-6 on Saturday. The Black Knights are 6-2 this season.