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Public Affairs : 11DEC13_Cadet Activities Update

Cadet Activities Update 
Updated Dec. 11, 2013
The West Point Inline Hockey team won the inaugural Service Leaders of Tomorrow club hockey tournament in Bridgeport, Conn., Dec. 6-8.

Inline Hockey: The West Point Inline Hockey team traveled to Bridgeport, Conn., Dec. 6-8 to compete in the Service Leaders of Tomorrow club hockey tournament.

The cadets faced the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on the first night and won 2-0, and again the next day for a 3-2 come-from-behind win. West Point beat Mass-Maritime in a thrilling 6-5 victory to be named champions of the first of what hopefully becomes an annual tournament.

Glee Club: Thirty-two cadets of the Glee Club traveled at the invitation of the New York Public Library Dec. 8 to perform holiday favorites with the West Point Brass Quartet and welcome visitors to the annual Holiday Open House.

Men’s Team Handball: The West Point Team Handball Club hosted the first leg of the Northeastern Handball League Dec. 7-8. West Point’s Black (Varsity) Team won two of three games and played a very competitive game against one of the best teams in the country, ultimately losing 26-29.

The Black Team rallied behind the stifling defense of Cadets Jonathan Hunter (Company E-1) and Robert Allibone (Co. G-1), which resulted in turnovers and large number of fast break goals by Coree Aten (Co. E-4), Jake Bennett (Co. E-2) and Connor Holt (Co. F-3). Coree also helped out with the team from Gallaudet University comprised primarily of hearing disabled athletes, making this weekend experience even more rewarding.

The Gold Team (junior varsity) earned two quality wins this weekend against Washington D.C. and New Your City 2, and lost a hard fought game against six-time national champion New York City. The entire Gold team managed to contribute to the success; and the plebe class led by Cadets Forrest Keller (Co. H-4), Jalen Swett (Co. A-2), Eliji Mondesir (Co. E-3) and Paul Palmer (Co. D-2), showed tremendous improvement since the last competition.

Men’s Volleyball: The West Point Men's Army Volleyball Team traveled Dec. 6-8 to Penn State and competed in the Winter Classic.

The A team played against Legacy Volleyball Club, Penn State Alumni, Cornell, West Chester, Pittsburgh and Dragons Volleyball Club. The A team won matches against West Chester and Cornell.

The B team was able to gain experience as well but no wins, playing against George Mason, Legacy Volleyball Club and Syracuse. Overall, the cadets saw a level of competition that will prepare them for the future and help them on their road to Nationals.
Equestrian: The West Point Equestrian Team traveled Dec. 8 to Amy Wunderlich Performance Horses farm, in Lafayette N.J., to compete in the final show of the fall season.

Members of the Equestrian Team competed in various levels of Western Horsemanship and reining classes. The day consisted of two back-to-back shows. Riders had to demonstrate their perfect Western form while executing various speeds and transitions. In the first show, the team placed first overall and, in the second show, tied for first place with Centenary College.

As of this show the team was leading the region in points which places the cadets in current standing to compete as a team at semifinals in the spring.

Class of 2014 Cadet Morgan Proksch was high point rider for the first show and is currently second in the running for the AQHA Cup Championship. 

                              Show 1 Results
1st Place Finishers: Moira Fontenot—Walk/Jog/Lope; Emily Kozma—International Western Horsemanship Holly Rodeo—Walk/Jog/Lope; Sam Ruppert—Walk/Jog; Scott Dragland—Walk/Jog; Morgan Proksch—Open Reining; Alissah McGill—Int. Western Horsemanship

2nd Place Finishers: Sam Verduzco—Walk/Jog; Morgan Proksch—Open Horsemanship

3rd Place Finishers: Annamarie Curtin—Novice Western Horsemanship 

                                 Show 2 Results
1st Place Finishers: Sam Verduzco—Walk/Jog

2nd Place Finishers: Scott Dragland—Walk/Jog Holly Rodeo—Walk/Jog/Lope; Sam Ruppert—Walk/Jog; Annamarie Curtin—Novice Horsemanship; Alissah McGill—Int. Western Horsemanship

3rd Place Finishers: Morgan Proksch—Open Horsemanship, Open Reining
Cadets from the String Ensemble performed at the New York Historical Society’s annual gala.

Theatre Arts Guild: The String Ensemble sent a quartet to the New York Historical Society’s annual History Makers Gala. The event recognized Roger Hertog and David Petraeus as prominent members in society and history-makers during their lifetime.

The quartet played classical pieces during the cocktail hour. In attendance were Class of 2014 Cadets Benjamin Ferrell (string cadet-in-charge) and Hyangshim Kwak on violin, Class of 2016 Cadet Austin Herrling on viola, Class of 2017 Cadet Micah Gahagen on cello, Chief Warrant Officer 3 James Bettencourt (band director) and Maj. Jarrod Shingleton (string officer-in-charge).