Upset City: Norton and Tachibana Down Strong Doubles Team

Published by Taryn I. Kurcz on October 07, 2011 at 10:11PM
Norton Antivirus

Junior co-captains Kristin Norton, pictured above in earlier action, and Hideko Tachibana defeated ranked opposition at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championship on Thursday.

Harvard women’s doubles partners and junior co-captains Kristin Norton and Hideko Tachibana used their western grip yesterday at the Riviera/ITA All-American Tennis Championships to upset No. 12-ranked Lauren Embree and Joanna Mather of Florida in the first round of the main draw doubles, 8-4.

The tournament, located in Pacific Palisades, Calif., attracts the top Division I athletes throughout the United States. Players are selected via the ITA preseason national rankings, in which junior-co-captains rank as the No. 1 doubles team in the Northeast region.

Last year at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships, the Crimson duo competed in the lower, pre-qualifying draw, producing the same 8-4 victory against the University of Texas in the first round before falling to USC’s Valeria Pulido and Alison Ramos, 8-5, in the second.

With their win this year, Norton and Tachibana continue on to face the reigning champions of the main draw, Josipa Bek and Keri Wong from Clemson. The Tiger tandem is the top-ranked doubles team in the nation after an impressive 34-11 record last season.

The Crimson and Clemson will rally today beginning at 9:00 a.m. PST.

The Fab Five: Harvard’s Top Fall Varsity Teams, Week 2

Published by James D. McCaffrey on October 05, 2011 at 10:11PM

A strong performance last weekend vaulted field hockey into the top five.

Harvard’s teams had an up-and-down week, giving this edition of the Fab Five the appeal of a Lindsay Lohan movie—the early performances were solid, but who knows what you’ll get these days.

5. Football (2-1, 1-0)

The Crimson sent the Lafayette Leopards (1-4) deeper into gridiron misery, trouncing them 31-3 last Saturday. The team travels to Cornell this weekend, but winning may not even be a priority. Leaving Ithaca after the game will be more than enough for the players to look forward to.

Last Week: 5


Where Are They Now? Fitzpatrick Suffers First Loss of Season

Published by Tyler Kugler on October 04, 2011 at 10:11PM

On Sunday, Ryan Fitzpatrick '05 and the Buffalo Bills suffered their first loss of the 2011 season to the Cincinnati Bengals.

In a new weekly feature, The Crimson will be tracking the successes (and potential failures) of some of Harvard’s most successful graduates not to use their Harvard degrees. While a tour through professional sports is not exactly a who’s who of Harvard alumni, a few athletes have taken their game to the next level. From Jeremy Lin to Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Crimson maintains a presence outside of the labs and law offices of the world.

This week’s alumni tracker takes us back to the NFL where former Harvard quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick ’05 suffered his first loss of the 2011 season.

Entering Sunday’s action, Fitzpatrick was coming off his best month of football since graduation. He received the AFC Offensive Player of the Month honor for September and entered the day with the NFL’s leading offense.


Harvard QB Winters Not Yet Healthy

Published by E. Benjamin Samuels on October 04, 2011 at 10:11PM

Senior quarterback Collier Winters suffered a hamstring injury in the season opener against Holy Cross, and has not appeared since. According to his tweets, it appears that he will miss this week's game at Cornell as well.

After suffering what appeared at the time to be a minor hamstring injury, senior quarterback Collier Winters has not appeared in a game since the season opener Sept. 17.

It now looks like he might be out for a little while longer. Winters confirmed that he would be out for this week's game against Cornell.

"I sat down with our trainer, Brant Berkstresser, and our head coach today, and [we] discussed the options, trying to see where I was at with my rehab and everything, and how I was feeling," Winters said. "And I’m not quite back to 100 percent yet, so I think they’re going to let my try and heal up one week, and rest up, and my goal will be to play next week."


Harvard's Wright Named to Wooden Preseason Top 50

Published by Martin Kessler on October 03, 2011 at 10:11PM

Harvard co-captain Keith Wright was named to the Wooden Award preseason top 50 list Monday.

Harvard men’s basketball co-captain Keith Wright was named one of 50 preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden award, given to the country’s best player, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced today.

Wright, the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, joins the likes of North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes, Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger, and Kentucky’s Terrence Jones on the preseason list.