Harvard's Ortiz Named Third-Team All American

Published by Christina C. Mcclintock on December 15, 2010 at 3:11AM
Not your average Jo

Junior defensive tackle Josué Ortiz was named a third-team All American this afternoon

Junior defensive tackle Josué Ortiz can bench the more than a sumo wrestler, throw quarterbacks to the ground, and block punts.

This afternoon, the Associated Press acknowledged those abilities and named the Crimson standout a third-team All American. Columbia tight end Andrew Kennedy was the only other Ivy Leaguer to make the cut, notching a second-team award.

The honor comes after a season in which Ortiz finished second in the league in sacks and tied for first in tackles for loss. Ortiz finished the season with 34 tackles, including 14 solo tackles, and 7.5 sacks.

But the stats don't tell the full story of Ortiz's dominance. Offensive lines struggled to contain the dynamic pass rusher all season, and the junior often forced quarterbacks to make hurried throws or opened holes for teammates.

"It makes playing linebacker a lot of fun," rising captain Alex Gedeon has said of playing with Ortiz and graduating senior Chuks Obi. "You know, it opens up a lot of gaps that we can run through and make plays, because they’re taking on double teams and they’re so destructive up front. Those two guys have made my job a lot easier this year."

Prior to his selection as an All American, Ortiz was named All New England and first team All Ivy. Ortiz and graduating captain Collin Zych were the only defensive players in the league to be unanimously named to the first team.


Harvard Recruit Moundou-Missi Named "Player to Watch"

Published by Christina C. Mcclintock on December 14, 2010 at 3:11AM

A little heart goes a long way.

That's what Harvard men’s basketball recruit Steve Moundou-Missi found out after his performance at the Hoops with a Heart Classic earned him recognition by ESPN. ESPN Recruiting's Marty Richter named Missi, a senior at Montverde Academy, a "player to watch" and offered the following description:

"Moundou-Missi is a strong bodied, post player with good athleticism who plays with a tremendous amount of energy on both ends of the floor. Moundou-Missi was able to score 18 points down low with drop-step moves to his left shoulder, step through in the post over his left shoulder, spins to finish, rebound put-backs and filling the lane in transition with dunks. Moundou-Missi has good hands and can catch tough passes in traffic. The Harvard commit also rebounds the ball at the highest point, even outside of his area."


Power Rankings: Women's Hockey Sitting Pretty Heading into Break

Published by Kate Leist on December 14, 2010 at 3:11AM
Great Kate

Tri-captain Kate Buesser and the Crimson women's hockey team head into Winter break in pretty good position among ECAC foes.

Only four teams were in action last weekend as ECAC women’s hockey wrapped up play before the holidays. No team will hit the ice again until Dec. 29, so here at The Back Page, we took this opportunity to look back on the first half of the 2010-11 season. One team is on the fast track to the conference crown, and two seem to be already out of the playoff chase, but everything else is still up for grabs in this week’s edition of power rankings.

1. Cornell (13-1-0, 8-0-0 ECAC, 1st in conference)

Cornell has had one of the most dominant first halves in ECAC history, holding onto a slim lead over Wisconsin in the national polls despite its bye week. The Big Red’s only loss came at the hands of No. 4 Mercyhurst, and it’s won all but one of its conference games by at least two goals. Cornell only has five games left at home, but with its nonconference schedule behind it, look for the Big Red to cruise through the conference and earn home ice in the NCAA tournament.

2. St. Lawrence (9-8-2, 4-3-0, 7th)

St. Lawrence upset then-No. 3 Mercyhurst on Friday night with a dominating 6-2 win, proving that the program is well on its way to returning to its former powerhouse status. Though the Lakers brought the Saints back to earth with a 7-3 win in the second game of the series, St. Lawrence is poised to make a run for home ice in the conference playoffs—particularly since it has four more conference games left on its schedule than Quinnipiac and Princeton.


The Full-Court Press: Katherine Pickard '11

Published by Alex Sopko on December 14, 2010 at 3:11AM

The secret to senior Katherine Pickard's success? Frosted Flakes.

This week, The Full-Court Press takes you to Blodgett pool where, after racing against some of the top five schools in the nation earlier this month at the Georgia Invitational, the women’s swim team is back in training mode preparing for the spring season. Leading the charge are seven seniors, including Eliot resident Katherine Pickard. If there’s one thing to know about the senior from Phoenix, it’s that she absolutely loves Frosted Flakes, or as her teammates say, “you don’t get between Pickard and her flakes.” In this exclusive interview, Katherine talks about flakes, Shamu, and most importantly, beating Princeton. 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: Katherine Pickard

Year: 2011

Stats: In Pickard’s first collegiate race at Harvard, she won in the 500-yard freestyle against Cornell. Since then, she’s racked up 11 top-three finishes at the annual Ivy Championships, provisionally qualified for NCAAs every year, and now holds four school records.

Onward and upward!

1.Typical pre-game meal.

Frosted Flakes, the breakfast of champions.


Crimson Faceoff: Bump, Set, Spike

Published by Martin Kessler on December 13, 2010 at 3:11AM

After two devastating losses at the hands of basketball’s Andrew Van Nest and wrestling champ J.P O’Connor, Crimson sportswriter Martin Kessler enlisted the help of fellow writer Marjorie Gullick for the third edition of Crimson Faceoff.

In the latest contest, the pair challenged volleyball standouts Matt Jones and Taylor Docter to a two-on-two matchup. Could Gullick’s monstrous kills save team Crimson from suffering its third straight defeat? Check out the video to see how the duo fared against the pair of hard-hitting volleyball stars.