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An odyssey of Eagle wrestling

Washington & Lee Wrestling

Every wrestling season is a marathon.  This one, though, has turned into the Iditarod.  On Jan. 29, the Eagle wrestling team got together for a fairly routine Friday practice in anticipation of the Northern Neck District meet, which was to be the following Wednesday.  Since that time, the season has been anything but routine.
As all remotely sentient beings are well aware, Mother Nature essentially opened up a can on the bulk of American civilization and most activities (other than mechanically opening the refrigerator door every 45 minutes to see if anything new has appeared) all but ceased for the best part of two weeks.  The district meet was canceled and all the Northern Neck schools found themselves preparing for the regional championships by shoveling snow and doing push-ups during daytime TV commercials.  There was some consternation about whether all of the Region A teams would even be allowed to make the trek to Mathews last weekend in search of a coveted top four individual placement to qualify for the state tournament.  In the end, all 12 schools found a way, including Arcadia, which made the pilgrimage from the Eastern Shore via parent caravan.

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W&L's Coach Malcom Lewis - 100th win

Various media outlets reported last week that Malcolm Lewis, in his 14th year at the helm of the Washington and Lee football program, would be seeking his 100th win at Mathews. When asked about it, he largely demurred or slipped into coach speak.

“I kinda thought it was some time last year. This is really about the kids and the community anyway,” he said. That was all well and good, of course, for a man who has mastered the coaching arts should be well versed in how to work an interview. Mac Lewis was not going to be let off so easily this time.        

As it turned out, the 50-0 shellacking that the Eagles put on Mathews (heck, it was 50-0 at the half!) was, in fact, Lewis’ 103rd victory. The signature 100th win had come in the first round of the playoffs last year courtesy of a 19-14 nail biter over King William. Talk of such a milestone might have deflected from the team’s focus during the playoff push, so perhaps it’s just as well that the bean counters were a few legumes off.

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Washington & Lee Eagles open strong for now

David Wilkerson
The Journal

Micheal Breunig, head coach of the Washington and Lee varsity girls volleyball team has seen this script before. After all, entering his third year at the helm, he is the longest serving coach in his position in at least the last 15 years.
“Recently, we seem to do fine in the early season matches against non-district opponents, then we struggle a bit with the other district teams,” he said, in his typical understated fashion.

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Washington & Lee cross country; another solid Eagle sport

Opponents beware, Flickinger's Farriers are on the war path

Two-a-days are in full swing, 30 genuinely tough teenagers are involved, and sinewy, sweaty bodies ache just a little bit less with each practice.  Football, right?   Though Coach Cindy Flickinger runs a tight ship worthy of the gridiron, she’s actually entering her fourth year as the coach of another of W&L’s more successful sports: cross country.
“This is the first year we’ve done two practices, but the kids requested it so we’re doing it,” she said. “Many of them have jobs, so morning and evening practices give them more opportunities to get here and get the work in.”

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Welcome to toughman football in Montross

altBarely three weeks into preseason practice, longtime Washington & Lee head football coach Malcolm Lewis has already run the gamut of emotion worthy of a late season game with playoff implications. The first week of practice was “magical.”
“I had team leadership like I have not had in, maybe never, but certainly in years, coming from DJ Brooks,” said a reflective Lewis. Brooks, a wide receiver and four-year starter, was poised to lead the team from the field and continue to attract recruiting attention in what was to be a stellar senior season. Now, though, his athletic future is uncertain, after he was diagnosed with a lacerated pancreas and unable to play any sport for months, if not longer. He had not done any hitting in practice, so the cause of the ailment remains a mystery. Less of a mystery is how the team and the program will respond to the immediate absence of Brooks.

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