Quartet of Athletes Commits To Harvard

Published by Christina C. Mcclintock on January 07, 2011 at 3:11AM

St. John's Prep has become a recruiting hotbed for Harvard lately.

A state champion in football and lacrosse, Ryan Delisle has decided to bring his winning habits to Soldiers Field next fall. On Tuesday, the senior tight end and defensive end publicly confirmed a verbal commitment to play football for the Crimson next fall.

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Successes and Woes of Harvard Pros

Published by Christina C. Mcclintock on January 02, 2011 at 3:11AM
LIN GOES DOWN

Golden State Warriors guard Jeremy Lin '10 was assigned to the Reno Bighorns, the Warriors' NBA Development League affiliate, Dec. 28. CREDIT JEFF MALET PHOTOGRAPHY

Making it to the pros represents a dream come true for aspiring athletes across the country. But admittance into the big leagues is often just the beginning of another difficult journey. Here's an update on former Harvard athletes—from Matt Birk '98 to Louis Leblanc—working to make a living as athletes. Some have thrived, while others are working to get over bumps in the road.

Matt Birk '98

For the seventh time in his career, Matt Birk, a center for the Baltimore Ravens, is headed toward the NFL playoffs. A Steelers loss and a Ravens win today would have pushed Baltimore to the second seed, but Pittsburgh soundly defeated the Cleveland Browns 41-9.

Baltimore (12-4-0) boasts a better record than third- and fourth-seeded teams Kansas City (10-6-0) and Indianapolis (10-6-0), but the Steelers, who boast the same record as the Ravens, earned the second seed by posting a better division record.

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Finals Are Over, But Some Teams Still Have Tests

Published by E. Benjamin Samuels on December 21, 2010 at 3:11AM

Most of Harvard’s student body has already left the bitter winter cold of Cambridge and (hopefully) headed someplace warmer.

But for a few Crimson teams, athletes have to stick around for games in the final 10 days of the year. Men’s and women’s basketball and wrestling all have contests before the start of 2011.

For the basketball teams, the contests are hardly the easy games the team might hope for over winter recess. The men will face undefeated No. 4 UConn tomorrow, easily its toughest (and highest-ranked) opponent of the season. The Huskies have won each of their last five games by more than 10 points.

In the waning days of 2010, men’s basketball will face Monmouth on Dec. 29 and MIT on New Year’s Eve day at Lavietes Pavilion.

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The Full-Court Press: Eric Kroshus '12

Published by Steven T. A. Roach on December 21, 2010 at 3:11AM

This week, The Full-Court Press hits the rink to catch up with Eric Kroshus, a junior forward on the men’s ice hockey team. Even though the squad isn’t having its best season, Kroshus is among its leading scorers. One interesting thing to know about Canadian nativeother than the way he pronounces certain wordsis the type of music he enjoys before matches. Learn more about what interesting ideas Eric would have for a date with an Olympic gold-medalist, a popular choice among Harvard male athletes. Finally, which team’s goalie might have some competition for his spot next year? You’ll have to read on to find out.

Name: Eric Kroshus

Year: 2012

Stats: Kroshus is the team's second leading scorer with three goals on the yearto go along with two assists, collected in nine games so far this season.

Now, to the questions!

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Class of 2010 Update

Published by Evan J. Zepfel on December 21, 2010 at 3:11AM
Andre the Giant

Andre Akpan broke the career points record, led his team to the NCAA Sweet 16, and was named first runner-up for the Hermann Trophy in his senior season.

In Harvard’s 79-73 loss to Connecticut last year, Jeremy Lin ’10 had a career night, scoring 30 points, grabbing nine rebounds and handing out three assists. Lin’s performance against the perennial powerhouse Huskies put him on the radar for NBA scouts, which led him to eventually land a roster spot on the Golden State Warriors. Lin isn’t the only athlete from the class of 2010 to go pro, though.

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