Weekend Preview: Harvard Seeing Red and Blue

Published by Alexandra Conigliaro on February 18, 2011 at 12:30AM

Senior Emma Markley and the Harvard women's basketball team will play Cornell and Columbia this weekend at Lavietes Pavilion.

Here’s Your Weekend Preview!

The men’s basketball team goes on the road this weekend to contend in two Ivy League matchups. Friday night at 7 p.m., the Crimson will face the Cornell Big Red in Ithaca, N.Y., and Saturday night at 7p.m., it will take on the Columbia Lions in New York City. Currently, Harvard is 18-4 overall and 7-1 in the Ivy League, good for second place in the standings. The road team will look to bring home two big victories from the Empire State in its pursuit of the Ivy title.

The Crimson women’s basketball team will look to rebound from its road trip last weekend as it takes on opponents Cornell and Columbia at Lavietes Pavilion this weekend. It is alumnae weekend for Harvard, which will take on the Big Red on Friday night at 7 p.m. Wear pink to Saturday’s game against the Lions at 6 p.m. and enter free to raise breast cancer awareness! Every game is now crucial for the Crimson women’s basketball team as it looks to improve its 5-2 Ivy League record.


Harvard MLB Round-Up

Published by Evan J. Zepfel on February 17, 2011 at 3:11AM

As pitchers and catchers begin reporting to spring training for another baseball season, a former Harvard player will be among their ranks.

Frank Herrmann ’06, who made his major league debut on June 4, 2010, for the Cleveland Indians, will look to improve on a 4.03 ERA from his rookie season. The second-year pitcher is the first Crimson player to reach the big leagues since Jeff Musselman ’85 took the mound for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1986.


Magic of Numbers: Basketball Success

Published by Alexander Koenig on February 17, 2011 at 3:11AM

Each Thursday, The Crimson will compile a series of unique statistics about Harvard's sports scene. Welcome to the Magic of Numbers—without the problem sets. We'll do the math for you.

0 – number of times Harvard has finished in the top two of the Ivy League in Men’s Basketball. It is the only Ivy League school never to have won a conference championship. At 7-1 in conference the Crimson is currently in second behind 7-0 Princeton, and the two will meet on March 5 at Lavietes Pavilion for the final regular season game.


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?


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.