Cadet Activities Update
(Updated Dec. 17, 2013)
Men’s Boxing: Class of 2014 Cadet Art Boyev, heavyweight boxer, dropped his opponent from the U.S. Naval Academy in the final and deciding bout of the first Army-Navy Boxing Classic aired by CBS Sports at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia Dec. 12.
Boyev’s victory (a 4-3 decision) allowed the West Point Boxing team to win the dual meet with Navy, and earned him the Most Outstanding Boxer honors. The team celebrated their victory over Navy in the boxing ring with USMA Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen and Dean of the Academic Board Brig. Gen. Timothy Trainor.
Women’s Boxing: The Women’s Boxing Team departed Dec. 7 for a two-day trip section to Long Branch, N.J., for the 2nd annual ‘Rumble on the Shore’ competition in conjunction with the Long Branch PAL Youth Mentoring/Give a Kid a Dream program.
The 16 members of the Women’s Boxing team were each assigned a child to mentor. The team spent time talking to the kids and getting to know them for the first part of the session.
They then suited up with hand wraps and boxing gloves and spent time teaching the kids the proper boxing stance, how to defend with the perry and the slip, and basic straight punches. After they mastered the basics they moved onto combinations and some light footwork drills. The kids were receptive to the instruction and were very grateful for the one-on-one attention given by the team.
The competition featured boxing clubs and colleges to include University of Maryland, West Virginia University, Elite Heat boxing gym, Gleason’s Gym and various PAL clubs. West Point was represented in five of the 20 bouts.
The victories went to Class of 2015 Cadet Stephanie Koo and Class of 2014 Cadet Megan Coley.
Pipes and Drums: The U.S. Corps of Cadets Pipes & Drums supported Army fans and the Black Knights as part of the Army-Navy Game.
The band compete Dec. 13 against the U.S. Naval Academy Pipes & Drums in the 4th annual Pipes & Drums Battle of the Bands. The competition was held at the COMCAST Center in central Philadelphia and was attended by more than 300 guests.
The cadets won the coin test in the competition and went first, the band played a great set featuring the tune "Garryowen" and were followed by the USNA Pipes & Drums. The USNA band was able to overpower the West Point club with their large numbers, but simple tune selection.
Following the judged sets, each band performed a demonstration piece accompanied by their respective dancers. This year the USCC Pipes & Drums performed with its first dancer in over a decade. Class of 2016 Cadet Alissah McGill performed Irish step dance accompanied by the Pipes. The midshipmen then performed their demonstration set with six dancers performing Highland style dancing. The USCC Pipes & Drum lost in the judged competition.
The USCC Pipes & Drums supported the Army team for the rest of the weekend and did its best to inspire the team and also ensure that the Corps had the bands support.
Photos By John Pellino/DPTMS VI