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Mountaineers travel to the Grand Junction to compete in the CMU Duals

GUNNISON, Colo. — Western Colorado swimming and diving heads to Grand Junction on Friday and Saturday to the CMU Duals where they will compete against Colorado Mesa, Augustana, and Colorado Mines. The Mountaineers will send their full team to compete in El Pomar Natatorium, with 13 events taking place on Friday and 16 events on Saturday.
The Mountaineers head into Colorado Mesa after a dominant performance at the CSU Pueblo Tri Meet. Western Colorado outscored CSU Pueblo 120-107 and outscored Adams State 177-43.
In the RMAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, Western Colorado came in ranked fourth with 23 points. Colorado Mesa ranks No. 1 with 36 points and six first place votes, as Colorado Mines ranks second with 31 points and one first place vote.
In the CSU Pueblo Tri Meet the Mountaineers won four of the 13 events with first place finishes coming from Sarah Mortenson (3-meter dive), Western’s 400-yard medley relay team (Courtney Coplan, Emily Jauch, Katelyn Kulow and Jordan Maruska), Taylor Grebe (100-yard freestyle) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (Jordan Maruska, Taylor Grebe, Courtney Coplan and Addison O’Donnell).
Western Colorado will send 25 athletes to compete over the two-day event, as they will face fierce competition in Grand Junction.
Following the event visit for a full recap and results.

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AJ Hoggard, Tyson Walker compete for Michigan State basketball PG job


EAST LANSING — Tom Izzo quickly quipped that his point guard battle between A.J. Hoggard and Tyson Walker was a “quarterback controversy.” Even jokingly compared them to Oklahoma football’s Spencer Rattler and Caleb Williams.

In reality, one of the biggest salesmen for Walker to transfer from Northeastern to Michigan State basketball during the offseason happened to be his chief competitor for minutes: Hoggard.

“I just told him it’s a real family,” Hoggard, a sophomore, said after practice Wednesday. “A lot of schools preach it, I’ve been through it. … It’s truly a family, truly a brotherhood here. I just told him if he comes here, he’s gonna be locked in from Day 1, and everybody’s gonna show him love.”

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And after a 2020-21 season in which Izzo blamed himself for persistent problems at point guard that almost led to his NCAA tournament streak ending, the Spartans feel Hoggard and Walker present advantages running the offense as they battle for the starting job.

“They’re both like New York City cab drivers,” Izzo said Wednesday. “They get along well together, they both work very hard. They’re a little different — one shoots it better than the other, one’s bigger and stronger; one defends on the ball a little bit better, one rebounds a little better. So I think it’s gonna be a good combination. And if we run like I want to run, we’re gonna have to put more guys in.”

MSU, which went 15-13 while being eliminated in the NCAA tournament’s First Four by UCLA, struggled to find an answer at point guard. Foster Loyer opened as the starter, followed by Rocket Watts took over, but both struggled for various reasons and left the program. Loyer transferred to Davidson and Watts to Mississippi State.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Hoggard, who underwent a knee procedure before last season, worked his way into starting eight of his 26 games, averaging 2.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 13.4 minutes as a freshman. He shot 30.7% overall, including 3-for-18 on 3-pointers, but he used his size and ability to get into traffic off the dribble and get others involved.

After dropping 20 pounds during the offseason, Hoggard said he feels he went from “a little sluggish” in summer 2020 to “a lot better” coming into his second season.

“I feel I can go longer,” Hoggard said. “I feel a lot stronger. I feel quicker when I’m pushing outlet.”

Though Hoggard is the best returning option at the point, and MSU added freshman combo guard Jaden Akins, Izzo still pursued Walker. The 6-foot, 175-pound junior averaged 18.8 points, 4.8 assists and 2.4 steals last season for Northeastern, becoming a first-team all-Colonial Athletic Association pick and winning the league’s defensive player of the year award. He also emerged as a finalist for two national awards — the Lou Henson Award, which goes to the top mid-major player, and the Lefty Driesell National Player of the Year, given annually to the top defensive player in Division I.

Hoggard said Wednesday he and Walker have played against each other since fourth grade in travel competition. Both are from the East Coast — Walker from Westbury, New York (on Long Island) and Hoggard from Coatesville, Pennsylvania, a Philadelphia suburb.

“Tyson made me a lot better…,” Hoggard said. “Growing up going to the tournaments, we played each other every weekend. We formed a relationship since fourth grade, our parents know each other. So him coming here kind of gave me a sense of back home.”

And with that shared background comes a grittiness and competitiive nature seemingly inherent in guards from the East Coast. It is something Hoggard said he admires in Walker and tries to emulate, which he feels is bringing out the best in both ahead of Nov. 9’s the season opener against Kansas at the Champions Classic.

Fittingly for them, at Madison Square Garden in New York.

“It’s great, because we can go here, we can almost get into an argument, altercation — however you want to call it — on the court, because we’re competing and because we’re both competitors,” Hoggard said. “And afterward, we can go to the locker room like nothing happened, because that’s my brother.”

Exhibitions set

Before facing Kansas, the Spartans will host Ferris State on Oct. 27 and Grand Valley State on Nov. 4. Both exhibition games against Division II opponents will tip off at 7 p.m. at Breslin Center and be streamed on Big Ten Network-Plus.

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DVIDS – News – Dogface Soldiers Travel From South Korea to Compete in Best Ranger Competition

During the last four months, 1st Lt. Zachary Hobson and 1st Lt. David Stanley delicately balanced a regimen of long-distance running, roughly 24 miles of ruck marching per week, intense gym workouts and countless hours spent honing their Soldier skills in the hopes of proving that they are the best Rangers the Army has to offer.

These Soldiers will soon put their training to the test during the Army’s 37th Annual Best Ranger Competition slated to take place at Fort Benning, Georgia, April 16-18. No matter the outcome of the competition, the two lieutenants have one silver lining in mind.

“I’m excited to just take more than one day off of running,” joked Hobson, a West Point graduate and Tampa, Florida, native who currently serves as a mortar platoon leader.

The thought of finishing the competition and finally taking a needed day off keeps the Rangers putting one foot in front of the other each time they push themselves through a 12, 14, or 20-mile ruck march.

“I’m excited to put the rucksack down for a few months and give my back and knees a break,” Hobson continued. “That’s the biggest thing we’re excited for.”

Hobson and Stanley both currently serve with 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, which is presently deployed to South Korea. Both came back to the United States only recently in order to train for, and take part in, the Best Ranger Competition.

Every year, Rangers from across the Army compete in the grueling three-day competition. Completing task after task for 61 continuous hours and operating on little sleep, only one two-man team walks away with the title of Best Ranger. The event started in 1982, and each year the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade honors Lieutenant General David E. Grange Jr. by hosting the competition.

From helicopter jumps, night-time navigation, marksmanship, over 20 miles of ruck marches and many more assessments, Rangers train for months leading up to the competition each year to hone their skills.

While only one team can take home the title, all the teams serve as an example for the Soldiers in their units back home.

“Part of being a Ranger means setting an example every single day,” said Hobson. “We want to show our Soldiers that even though you are Ranger qualified, you still have to push yourself.”

Hobson said his unit’s senior enlisted advisor, Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Hall, coordinated a Best Ranger Competition tryout for 1st ABCT’s Ranger-qualified Soldiers deployed in South Korea. Two teams were formed from the results of the tryout and were sent to Georgia for further training.

“He’s kind of been our guide and our mentor as we’ve been trying to prepare,” said Hobson, speaking of Hall.

With the competition just around the corner, the two Rangers are eager to put their skills to the test against their peers.

“We’re there to win,” said Stanley, a Syracuse University graduate and Boston native serving as a tank company executive officer. “We wouldn’t go and compete if we didn’t think we could be competitive to win. We’re there to try our absolute hardest.”

Stanley said that while training, he and Hobson took advice from Hall and Maj. Jonathan Rembetsy, a battalion executive officer in their brigade. He said both have been guiding figures, with Rembetsy providing his training regime from when he competed for the Best Ranger Competition two years ago, and Hall giving insight from when helped run the competition as a first sergeant in Ranger Training Brigade in years past.

Teamwork has been at the forefront for both Rangers as they pushed themselves for this upcoming competition.

“Every single training we run shoulder-to-shoulder and we ruck right next to each other,” said Hobson. “I’ve spent more time with him than anyone else over the last four months.”

Though Hobson and Stanley, due to their deployment to Korea, missed the opportunity to train at Fort Benning with the other competitors, both are confident in the training plan they used at Fort Stewart.

“We’re not gonna make any excuses,” said Hobson. “We’ve worked just as hard as all the other teams. If not, we’re trying to work harder.”

For each event of the competition, teams accumulate points based on their performance with the hope that they meet the cut for the next day. Hobson said he and Stanley aim to make each cut every day of the competition.

“I’m proud to know these Rangers and serve alongside them,” said Hall. “Each of them are exceptional leaders who strive everyday for excellence. They live to compete and set the ultimate example for their Soldiers.”

For more information on the Best Ranger Competition, visit

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