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Former Dartmouth College defensive lineman Elliot Kastner, left, confers with onetime Big Green rugby player Quinn Connell during Wednesday’s football practice on Memorial Field. The pair of former engineering students debuted two mobile tackling dummies, one of which was knocked out of commission upon absorbing a blow from a player. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)<p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Calling All Quarterbacks: Nine Passers Turn Out for Big Green’s First Practice

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hanover — It’s long been said that you can’t tell the players without a scorecard. During Dartmouth College’s football practice Wednesday, you couldn’t tell the quarterbacks without one. Less than a year after the Big Green made it through a season with only four signal-callers, it trotted out an astounding nine for the first day of preseason drills. It would …

Buckeyes Draw the Bull’s-eye

Monday, August 24, 2015

Ohio State is the first unanimous preseason No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll. The defending national champion Buckeyes received all 61 first-place votes from the media panel in the rankings released Sunday. TCU is No. 2, followed by Alabama, Baylor and Michigan State. The Buckeyes won the first College Football …

Playoff Taught Some Very Useless Lessons

Sunday, August 23, 2015

From a mundane conference room amid a gaudy hotel amid a bizarre nation, 12 people spent chunks of last autumn doling clues and hints and lessons. As the inaugural College Football Playoff Selection Committee sat in Texas with one of the most vital, thankless tasks in American society — ranking teams for millions of eagerly aggrieved fans — its inner conversations remained decidedly …

A Horse’s Best Friend: Canaan’s Ferneau Has Learned a Lot, and Applies It

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Etna — Nathalie Ferneau’s education in horses began long ago, when she found that they don’t always stay where people put them. The lesson unfolded in children’s storybook fashion with the wayward horse who lived next door. The …

Game Grows With Exposure

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Oklahoma City — Carol Hutchins remembers what coaching college softball was like when she began her run at Michigan three decades ago. She recalls facilities that weren’t much different than those at high schools, limited media coverage and …

Miami Crunches Columbia to Win Regional

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Coral Gables, Fla. — Willie Abreu drove in five runs, including a massive three-run homer to right field, and Miami routed Columbia 21-3 to win the Coral Gables NCAA regional Monday night. The top-seeded Hurricanes (47-15) advanced to …

Columbia Forces Winner-Take-All Finale

Monday, June 1, 2015

Coral Gables, Fla. — Bryce Barr pitched five shutout innings and third-seeded Columbia beat Miami 3-0 on Sunday night to set up a rematch for the Coral Gables Regional championship tonight. Miami, the No. 5 national seed, was …

‘Win for Gwynn’ Driving SDSU Into Nationals

Friday, May 29, 2015

San Diego — The San Diego State Aztecs are never far from reminders of their late coach, whether it’s the bobblehead in the dugout or the images of the Hall of Famer on the outfield wall at Tony Gwynn Stadium. Nearly a year after Gwynn died of cancer, …

High-Scoring Contests Becoming the Norm

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The pitchers’ duels that once dominated college softball are less common with teams across the country scoring runs and hitting homers at unprecedented levels. As the Women’s College World Series gets ready to start Thursday in Oklahoma City, …

Pioneers Take Title

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Philadelphia — When Bill Tierney left Princeton for the University of Denver, he knew and understood he would face some criticism. Tierney won six titles in men’s lacrosse with the Tigers, but he left to build something with …

College Roundup: Ex-Dartmouth Player Drafted by CFL Team

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Winnipeg, Manitoba — The Winnipeg Blue Bombers added to last week’s Canadian Football League draft haul on Wednesday, selecting former Dartmouth defensive back-linebacker Garrett Waggoner in the CFL supplemental draft. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Waggoner was one of two players available in Wednesday’s draft, the other being defensive back …

On a Winning Cycle: Norwich Resident Adds College Title to Resume

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

West Lebanon — The road to cycling success may seem an uphill climb, but Brendan Rhim has been riding lately as if cruising a downhill slope. Two weekends ago, the 19-year-old Hanover High School graduate helped his Furman …

Two and Through: Big Hit Evades Dartmouth Again, Season Ends

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Tallahassee, Fla. — The Dartmouth College softball team’s 2015 season came to an end on Saturday, as the Big Green dropped a 3-1 contest to the South Carolina Gamecocks in an elimination game at the NCAA’s Tallahassee regional. …