The Full-Court Press: Valentin Staller '12

Published by Alex Sopko on February 16, 2011 at 3:11AM

Meet junior Valentin Staller. As a Harvard fencer, Staller had never won an Ivy League championship. But last weekend Staller beat Adam Fields from Yale in the men’s sabre, and freshman teammate Mike Raynis narrowly defeated Yale’s Peter Cohen. Staller finally had his championship trophy.  Maybe it was the eggs or the indie rock—either way, in this exclusive interview with The Full Court Press, Stellar explains why fencing is cool, and leaves us with a mystery: why was the fencing team ad-boarded in 2005? Every week The Full Court Press gives you the sort of personal scoop that you’re not likely to hear at a typical press conference.

Name: Valentin Staller

Year: 2012

Stats: As a freshman, Staller started his Harvard career with a bang, claiming silver at the NCAA Regionals, and placing 15th at NCAA Championships in the men’s sabre event. Last year, Staller took it a step further finishing 6th in the nation at NCAA Championships after winning 15 bouts.

He may be an Ivy League Champion, but how well will he handle these questions?

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Around the Water Cooler: Where Fortunes Change

Published by Robert S Samuels on February 16, 2011 at 3:11AM

It’s a good time for most of Harvard. The cold looks like it might just end after all, meaning we won’t have to mummify ourselves before we go outside anymore. And what’s more, we have Presidents’ Day just around the corner. For Harvard sports, though, things aren’t quite as cheery, or at least they weren’t last weekend, thanks to a bunch of tough losses. But with the start of a new week came good news for the Crimson. We’ll explain it all in another edition of Around the Water Cooler.

This past weekend saw some exciting action in the Ivy League, but a lot of it didn’t go Harvard’s way.

After an undefeated start to the Ancient Eight season, the Crimson women’s basketball team unexpectedly dropped both games over the weekend to fall from first to third in the league standings. And after Princeton and Yale won both of their games, the Tigers and the Bulldogs overtook the Crimson to finish the weekend in first and second, respectively.

In men’s basketball, despite narrowly holding off a tough Yale team and overcoming a large deficit to knock off Brown, Harvard failed to gain any ground in the Ancient Eight standings, thanks to two Princeton wins.

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Water Polo Shakes up Coaching Staff

Published by Patrick Galvin on February 15, 2011 at 3:11AM

Harvard women’s water polo ended its 2010 season with its second consecutive bid to the Eastern Championship—obviously, the Crimson’s formula was working.

But this season, the girls threw out the old and rebuilt the team from scratch with a brand new coaching staff.

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Wright, Mangano Named Ivy Co-Players of the Week

Published by Robert S Samuels on February 15, 2011 at 3:11AM

Men's basketball beat Yale, 78-75, on Friday night. Bulldogs center Greg Mangano, left, and Harvard co-captain Keith Wright, center, were named Ivy League co-Players of the Week.

Harvard and Yale’s big men dominated in this weekend’s Ancient Eight action. So rather than recognize just one player, both Crimson junior co-captain Keith Wright and Bulldog junior center Greg Mangano were selected as Ivy League Co-Players of the Week.

As has become routine, Wright had another big weekend for Harvard, scoring 39 points and grabbing 19 boards over two games. While the Leverett House resident played well against Yale, he took his game to a new level the following night against Brown. Along with his five blocks, a career high, Wright led all players with 22 points and 14 rebounds. With his ninth double-double of the season, the Harvard center helped key a big comeback against the Bears.

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Young Volleyball Squad Steps Up

Published by Martin Kessler on February 11, 2011 at 3:11AM

After losing three of its top players from a team that finished the 2009-10 season 5-16, few could have expected the Harvard men’s volleyball team to have much success this season.

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