Author Archives: Brian Laubscher

W&L Men's Golf Earns GCAA Team Academic Award

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The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) announced its 2014 Team Academic Awards on July 30, and Washington and Lee was one of 20 men's golf programs nationally to receive President's Special Recognition by the organization.

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ODAC Releases 2013-14 Academic All-Conference Team

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The Old Dominion Athletic Conference released its 2013-14 All-Academic Team on Wednesday and Washington and Lee once again led the league in number of athletes honored.

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Four W&L Players Named to Division III All-America Teams

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The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its Division III men's and women's tennis All-America teams recently and Washington and Lee placed two athletes on both the men's and women's lists.

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Tallman Claims National Title in 400m at NCAA Championship

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Washington and Lee senior Zander Tallman came from behind in the final stretch to win the national title in the 400m on the final day of the NCAA Division III Track and Field National Championship hosted by Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday, May 24.

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W&L Sets New Records for Scholar-Athletes

Many in the University community are well informed as to the athletic exploits of W&L's 472 varsity student-athletes. The accomplishments are many. Thus far in 2013-14, the Generals have already won three conference titles while claiming just better than 60 percent (169-111-6, .601) of their athletic contests.

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Men's Basketball Team Scores Hard-Won Victory

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Some of the craziest moments in sports come from the most unlikely of scenarios. Who saw Wichita State's run to the Final Four coming last spring? Or, for that matter, the same runs from in-state programs George Mason and VCU? America loves to pull for an underdog, and that's exactly what you'd call the 2013–14 Washington and Lee men's basketball squad.

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A New Direction for Gary Franke

In January, former wrestlers honored Franke at the 2011 W&L Wrestling Invitational. (That’s wife Linda and daughter Kara flanking him in the front row.) And in April, he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, in Stillwater, Okla. “It is always an honor to be selected by your peers, and it is truly a humbling experience for me,” he said. Franke remains on campus as an associate professor of physical education.

After a career spanning 38 seasons, 7 University presidents and 5 athletic directors, Gary Franke has stepped down as W&L's head wrestling coach. "I just felt like it was time," said Franke. "I realized that the older I got, I couldn't wrestle with the guys anymore, and it's just become more challenging. So I was […]

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W&L's Donnelly Receives NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Washington and Lee senior women's field hockey and lacrosse player Kate Donnelly, a 2011 graduate from Houston, Texas, is one of 29 Division I, II and III female athletes selected to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for participation in a spring sport.

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W&L's Campbell and Washnock Named Academic All-Americans

Washington and Lee University athletes Chris Washnock and Sam Campbell, both members of the Class of 2012, were named to the Academic All-America men's at-large teams by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

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W&L's Kurkis, Mathews Named ODAC's Top Scholar-Athletes

Greg Kurkis, a 2011 graduate of Washington and Lee from Roswell, Ga., and classmate Emmy Matthews of Baltimore won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's top scholar-athlete awards.

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