With each freshman class, each September, come new athletes to compete for the crimson and white. At the same time, every Harvard coach hopes to find the next All-Ivy player, the next superstar.
September is a time when all teams stand equal with 0-0 marks, when all coaches hold equally great expectations for the future--in this case, for the Class of '92.
Last year, it was basketball's Ralph James, who led the Crimson in rebounding and scoring. James was also named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year.
In the class of '92, there could be another Ralph James just waiting to shine.
The men's basketball team is looking to finish close to the top of the Ivy standings. The Crimson reached the double-digit mark in victories for the first time since 1984-1985. Harvard will get help from Ron Mitchell of Locust Valley, N.Y., Eric Carter of Lino Lakes, Minn., Mine Minor of Lynnfield, Mass. and Steve Brown of Eugene, Ore. The cagers will also get the help of Fred Schnernecker, who is returning to the Crimson after taking a year off.
On the other end of the court, the women's basketball team will try to replace four of its top seven players from a year ago. The Crimson is out to defend its Ivy League title, and will get help from Liz Resnick of Short Hills, N.J., Heather Harris of Concord, Mass., and Maura Healey of Hampton Falls, N.H.
Harvard will have a hard time performing an encore to last year's best-ever 21-win season. But with a strong inside game, dangerous outside shooters, and a strong freshman class, the cagers have an excellent chance to repeat as Ivy champion.
The Harvard men's water polo team, the defending Ivy champion, will get help from Mike Johnson of Fort Washington, Penn., Peter Richards of Hollywood, Cal., Todd Forman of Long Beach, Cal. and Steve Kan.
The women's squash team finished last season at 7-0, good enough for its second straight Ivy title and national championship. The raqcquetwomen, owners of a 14-game winning streak, will shoot for their third consecutive league crown this winter, and with three freshmen joining a good corps of returning players.