Published by Alex Sopko
on September 07, 2010 at 3:11AM
Few people can pronounce his last name, but that doesn’t really matter since #6 of the men’s soccer team rarely hears the loud “BA-BA”s anyways. He’s too much in the zone. Which is why when junior Baba Omosegbon hits the field, teams watch out for the guy who could-have, maybe, hypothetically, perhaps kneed another player in the face, as he explains in this exclusive interview. Every week, The Full-Court Press will give you the sort of personal scoop that you’re not likely to hear at a typical press conference.
Name: Baba Omosegbon
Stats: Coming into Harvard with an impressive resume, Baba started freshman year as a dominant force, scoring three goals in his first collegiate season. Starting 17 games his sophomore year, the defender still managed to see the other half of the field, taking shots against soccer powerhouses Maryland and Connecticut, and helping the Crimson claim another Ivy League championship.
Harvard’s varsity teams aren’t the only ones strapping on the cleats this fall. Club sport seasons are getting under way, and the men’s and women’s club soccer teams are holding tryouts this week to get some fresh legs on the pitch.
The men’s team will be holding tryouts today and Wednesday, Sept. 8, starting at 6 p.m. at Cumnock Fields. The captains request that you wear a white shirt during the action.
The women’s team will be holding tryouts tomorrow and Thursday, Sept. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Cumnock Fields.
Both teams ask that you wear shin guards and cleats and that you bring water and a ball (if you have one). Arriving early is always a good idea, because tryouts start promptly.
If you have any questions, contact:
Nils Sceery- email@example.com
Alex Trevino- firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Campbell- email@example.com
Rebecca Howe- firstname.lastname@example.org
Another high-level men’s basketball prospect has Harvard in his sights. Spencer Dinwiddie, a senior at Taft High School (Woodland Hills, Calif.) appears to be very interested in the Crimson—and the feeling is certainly mutual.
The 6’4.5”, 175-lb. point guard told The Crimson yesterday that his final seven schools are Santa Clara, Harvard, Oregon, Colorado, Georgetown, UNLV, and Stanford. He currently holds offers from all of them except for Georgetown.
Dinwiddie is rated a four-star recruit by ESPN and No. 29 at his position in the nation by Scout. Named the MVP of the Adidas Super 64 tournament in late July, Dinwiddie is ranked as the No. 8 player in the state of California by Cali High Sports, which called him “the best passer on the West Coast.”
The first weekend of Crimson action is full of big games, but the marquee event takes place in just a matter of hours, when No. 10 men’s soccer (0-0) takes on No. 13 Stanford (0-1) at Soldier Field Soccer Stadium in a battle of NCAA tournament hopefuls. Even the UC has gotten on the bandwagon, promoting free T-shirts and other items at the big 7 pm game under the lights.
With Hurricane Earl politely skirting the Boston area, Crimson fans have no excuse to skip a contest that features intrigue up and down the pitch. Can sophomore Brian Rogers and a crew of young forwards carry the offensive load following the departure of standout Andre Akpan ’10? Will junior goaltender Austin Harms withstand the pressure of a diminished defense in the absence of MLS draftee Kwaku Nyamekye ’10?
The national media seems to think so, given Harvard’s solid ranking, but the Cardinal will provide quite a test.
The Ivy League season is just beginning, and we've got plenty of water cooler talk ahead.
Never fear, Around the Water Cooler is back just in time for the start of class. If the thought of returning to problem sets and course packets doesn’t excite you, then maybe the return of Ivy League athletics will. It’s been three months since the Dartmouth baseball team bowed out of the NCAA tournament, marking the last time an Ancient Eight team competed in NCAA competition. The drought will end this weekend when teams from all eight members of the Ivy League suit up for the first time. With that in mind, let’s catch up on the latest news from around the conference.
The Princeton field hockey team, which kicks off its season this Sunday at home against Bucknell, is the highest ranked of any Ivy League team heading into the fall season. After reaching the NCAA semifinals last year, The Tigers received the No. 4 national ranking in the Kookaburra/NFHCA Division One Preseason Poll released last week. The Crimson will play the role of underdog on Oct. 23 when Harvard visits Princeton. The Crimson would prefer to forget about its last contest against the Tigers, a 9-0 loss last October.