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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23,2009 8 Sports HISTORIC continued from Page 1 path I wanted to follow.\ Following in his father’s footsteps, Cragg attended his dad’s alma mater. Cragg played football for the Rocks, and graduated with a bachelor’s' degree in health and physical education. Cragg broke into coaching at the high school level, but missed collegiate athletics. “College play­ ers are a little more mature, and a little more dedicated. I left high school to come to Hobart College, and I’m happy I have the chance to do what I love doing.” Upon, his arrival at HWS, Cragg reflected on the program’s history. Under former coach Jack Daniels, the Statesmen were a .500-team. Fol­ lowing Daniels, Dick Taylor be­ came the new coach, and the program fell “under hard times,” Cragg said. In an attempt to restore Ho­ bart’s legacy, Bill Maxwell - the former quarterback’s coach at Syracuse University - was hired to turn the team around. Sadly, Max­ well passed away from cancer in 1995. Cragg was named the head coach. Since his appointment in Jan­ uary of said year, the program “has gotten better and better. We’ve made the NCAA playoffs she out of the past seven years,” Cragg stated in an Oct. 16 interview. “Everyone outside the East Coast is learning more about Hobart and our foot­ ball program. They are beginning to respect our accomplishments.” Cragg’s accolades range from coaching several All-Amer­ icans, Liberty League Players of the Year and, most recently, his 100th career win. “Going into the game against St. Lawrence [Oct. 3], we were 1-2 at the time and desperate for a win. I wanted to go out and destroy them and put up a win. I wasn’t nervous in the least.” When time expired, and the Statesmen secured the 33-10 victo­ ry, the players doused their coach. “After the game, they dumped a bucket of water on me,” Gragg started. “I was going to run them in practice for that, but I figured they meant well.” “Honestly, I never thought the 100th win, never even talked about, but it’s a great ac­ complishment It means we’ve had great players, even better coaches and people in admin­ istration who sup­ port our program and would like to see it succeed. And when you have that kind of sup­ port, ifs easy to win.” Cragg takes a break from coaching Hobart football players by coaching his son, Michael. “I’ve coached him from the time he was four or five in little league baseball, summer leagues and basketball. I’m a coach and I know how to coach, so I know how to deal with what he and his teammates need. In terms of me coaching, there has never been a problem between us. He knows I shoot pretty straight with him. I tell him what he did well, I tell him what he didn’t do very well and needs to work on. I encourage him to work on those things, but if he chooses not to, I don’t go overboard.” Although following a path similar to his father’s, Cragg has made a name for the Hobart Foot­ ball Program and for himself. LACROSSE continued from Page 1 lacrosse coach, said, “we want to go out and play well, which is our goal every time we step on the field.” The Colleges are fortunate because the national teams, which work in a man­ ner similar to the Olympics, are con­ ducting tryouts for the Men’s World La­ crosse Championship, which will occur in summer 2010; these championships occur every four years. The Iroquois National > Team is one ofthe teams that will participate in this event next year and is in the pro­ cess of confirming the team’s 23-man roster. Two of Hobart’s very own, Tyler Hill ’10 and Mike White ’11, will be playing on the Iroquois National Team during the Friday match be­ cause they are trying out for places on the team. The conference will wrap up on Thursday, Nov. 12, with a ‘Women in La­ crosse” roundtable discus­ sion, which will be held in the Seneca Room at 7 p.m. Those who will lead the dis­ cussion are Pat Genovese, the William Smith lacrosse coach; Sandy Jemison, girls lacrosse coach and former member of the all- Iroquois women’s team; and Tia Smith, Haudenosaunee In­ ternational Federation of Women’s Lacrosse , Association Del­ egate. Although the conference ends next month, the issues raised and awareness -of this traditional as­ pect of the Colleges’ culture won’t end. Re­ cently, a Native American Student Association was ap­ proved and will act as a forum for discussions of these topics at HWS. Alejandra Molina, in respect to the educational value of this conference, says that she hopes students “will learn about lacrosse and the role it’s played in the Colleges’ history.” She furthe elaborated, “They will gain an understanding of Native American histories and cultures in our area and will also learn about the obstacles women have faced in the sport, as well as their accom­ plishments! They will also recog­ nize the contributions of some of our community members, such as Coach Pat Genovese.” Although the tradition has lain dormant for some time, the work of Delvina Smith and Alejan­ dra Molina has unearthed it and given it new fervor. Hopefully, this event will become a tradition that acknowledges the Colleges’ past by introducing it into the present Baskets or Bust Preview By Carrie Stevens ’12 Sports Editor Photos courtesy of: www.hwsathletics,.com Pictured above are som e of the great prizes that you could win should you choose to participate in the W illiam Sm ith’s Atheletic Team s’ Baskets o r Bust 2 0 0 9 Fundraiser. After raising nearly twenty sports teams put together a total grand last year, William Smith’s of 26 baskets for this year’s raffle. Basketball, Lacrosse, Rowing and Big-ticket baskets include a Finger Soccer Teams are joining forces Lakes Golf Tour, Adirondacks once again for the annual Baskets Getaway, Puerto Plata trip, and a or Bust Fundraiser. weekend in New York City. Baskets or Bust is a Chinese Tickets will be on sale in the auction, in Which there are several Library Atrium on Friday from 11 “bags” or opportunities to win a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from prizes. After purchasing a $10 or 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The drawing $20 ticket, the buyer chooses what will be held on Saturday from 4:30 basket and places the ticket in the to 5:30 p.m. in the Atrium, corresponding bag. The Heron Upcoming Games Friday, O c t 23 Hobart Lacrosse vs. Iroquois National Team 7:30 p.m. Friday, O c t 23 Hobart Ice Hockev at Buffalo State, 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 Hobart Football at Rensslaer . Noon Saturday, O c t 24 Hobart Soccer at Skidmore 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 William Smith Soccer vs. Skidmore 3:00 p.m. Saturday, O c t 2 4 c William Smith Field Hockev vs. Skidmore 3:00 p.m. Saturday, O c t 24 Hobart Ice Hockev vs. Buffalo State 7:00 p.m. Sunday, O c t 25 William Smith Soccer vs. Union 1:00 p.m. Last Week in Sports Hobart Soccer 10/14/09 10/17/09 Ithaca Oneonta W 3-0 Ll-2 Hobart Junior Varsity Football 10/18/2009 St John Fisher L 14-42 Hobart Cross Country 10/17/2009 CCOC Championships 3rd of 14 ’ •William Smith Field Hockev. 10/13/2009 Cortland 10/17/2009 Lebanon Valley Ll-2 Ll-3 William Smith Soccer 10/17/2009 Oneonta LO-1 William Smith Cross Country 10/17/2009 CCOC Championships 3rd of 10 WS.Suiling 10/17/2009 10/17/2009 10/17/2009 Navy Fall Regatta Capt Hurst Bowl Yale Women’s Regatta 7th of 20 iithofiso 12 th of 20

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