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LaHaie '02 Runs in Honor of Fallen Crimson Teammate

Published by Shayna Price on September 30, 2011 at 10:27PM
MURPHY'S LAW

Harvard football alum Eric LaHaie ’02 (in red) is racing in the Sahara in honor of his late teammate and friend, Niall Murphy ’02 (dark blue jacket).

Harvard football alum, Eric LaHaie ’02, has headed to the Sahara Desert to race in honor of his late teammate and friend, Niall Murphy ’02.

LaHaie and Murphy were best friends and both All-Ivy defenders for the Crimson.

Murphy, who was also a hurdler on the track and field team, suffered from diabetes at a young age and passed away suddenly in February due to complications from juvenile diabetes.

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Quizzing the Fitz

Published by Brian A. Campos on September 28, 2011 at 11:56PM
THE BIG SHOW

Harvard quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick '05

Buffalo Bills and former Harvard quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick ’05 has enjoyed quite a bit of attention recently for leading a perennially underachieving team to an unblemished 3-0 record. After Fitzy’s heroics against the Patriots, ESPN named the former Crimson star as the top player in this week’s Cross-Sport Power Rankings.

That was just one of several ESPN features on Fitzpatrick in recent weeks. Another that has grabbed the attention of many (including our very own Greg Mankiw) was an interview with Fitzy during ESPN’s NFL Sunday Countdown.

Rachel Nichols sat down with Fitzpatrick to talk about what everyone else talks to Fitzpatrick about: what it means to play in the NFL without having come from Auburn, LSU, Florida, etc. Instead of letting this bit be like the hundreds of interviews that discuss how hard it is for a Harvard man to throw a football, the segment added a new twist.

Find out after the jump!

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Amaker Nabs Second Commitment

Published by Martin Kessler on September 27, 2011 at 10:11PM
DECK THE HALLS

Mike Hall, a senior at Woodward Academy, committed to Harvard Monday evening.

Harvard men’s basketball coach Tommy Amaker’s fifth recruiting class with the Crimson is beginning to fill up.

Mike Hall, a 6'10 senior at Woodward Academy (Ga.) committed to Harvard this evening, choosing Amaker’s squad over offers from George Mason and Penn—which he stated were his second and third choices, respectively.

Hall, rated an 89 by ESPN and a member of the Rivals.com Top 150, was one of eight highly-touted high school prospects to visit Harvard this past weekend.

“Just the experience I had this weekend [pushed me over the edge],” said Hall, who noted that he had arrived in Cambridge without expecting to make a decision in the near future. “I really enjoyed my experience up there. It just felt like the right fit for me.”

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Chambers Commits to Harvard

Published by Dennis J. Zheng on September 27, 2011 at 10:11PM
JUDGE'S CHAMBERS

2012 point guard Siyani Chambers committed to joining the future Harvard class of 2016 on Monday.

After one of the most important weekends in Harvard men’s basketball history, the dominoes continue to fall in the Crimson's favor.

Following his official visit to Cambridge a few days ago, Siyani Chambers, a 5’11, 160-lb point guard out of Hopkins High School (Minn.) committed to Harvard yesterday—the same day that fellow visitor Mike Hall of Woodward Academy (Ga.) also gave his word to Crimson coach Tommy Amaker.

“I just really liked the community and the players and the coaching staff and thought it was going to be a great fit for me,” said Chambers, rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and an 88 by ESPN.com.

Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com told The Crimson last week that Chambers is a “lefty point guard, quick, good floor leader ... he knows how to move the ball, he’s getting better on his shot. I think he’s a really solid point guard, and he would be a good fit for Harvard. He could run the show for four years.”

Neal Nieves of C2CRecruiting.com tweeted, "No clue why more schools didn't offer Chambers. Kid is going to be a very good point guard for Harvard. ... When Harvard is making it's elite 8 run in 4 years and Chambers is running things, then they will say damn I should have offered him."

Chambers said his final two schools were Harvard and the University of California, Davis.

“Now the pressure’s off about trying to find a college to go to, and I can just worry about playing basketball,” he said.

He joins the 6'10 Hall and Evan Cummins of Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.) in Amaker's latest recruiting class.

 

The Fab Five: Harvard’s Top Fall Varsity Teams, Week 1

Published by James D. McCaffrey on September 27, 2011 at 10:11PM

Just over three weeks into their fall seasons, several Harvard varsity athletic teams have had strong starts to their years. Here is a look at the Crimson’s five best fall teams and their most notable achievements thus far.

5. Football

The Crimson rebounded from a 30-22 loss at Holy Cross with an impressive 24-7 victory over Brown last Friday night. Junior back-up quarterback Colton Chapple threw for 207 yards and 2 touchdowns in the win. The team will look to improve its record on Oct. 1 at Lafayette, a team that beat Ivy-League favorite Penn handily two weeks ago.

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