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For most media outlets outside the Annapolis, Md., area, intense coverage of the Naval Academy athletic program begins sometime in early December and ends immediately after the ritual gridiron-based thumping of a rival service academy of note. But a promotion by the school’s athletics-marketing arm has earned national attention in recent days: Fans who beat the school mascot, Bill the Goat, at rock-paper-scissors before a Feb. 5 men’s basketball game against Boston University will earn free admission. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. Fans can throw hands with the mascot from 6:15 to 6:45 for the chance to win a…

The Naval Academy football team clinched its trip to the postseason in decisive fashion Saturday, rolling over South Alabama 42-14 in Annapolis to move to 6-4 on the year. The win guarantees Navy will finish its regular season at .500 or better, meaning it can accept a bid to the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, which kicks off at 11:45 a.m. Eastern on Dec. 30 in Fort Worth, Texas. Navy’s set to face a team from the Mountain West Conference, though the Mids might not know which team until early December. Can’t swing a trip to Texas over the holidays?…

A Naval Academy photo shoot went viral this week after the academy’s swim and diving team posted of a shot of their senior class re-enacting the Marine Corps’ raising of the flag at Iwo Jima. The Navy men’s swimming and diving team filmed the scene at the bottom of a pool on Sept. 23 with a GoPro video camera. The shot will grace the team poster for the 2013-14 season. “Every year our team does a team picture for the team poster,” said Midshipman 1st Class Luke Hoffer, who’s on the left  holding the flagpole.  “Over the past couple years,…

Annapolis, Md., is no longer home to the nation’s most-sober service academy, according to a survey by The Princeton Review. The group’s yearly “party school” rankings came out Monday, and while most media attention has rested on the University of Iowa’s rise to the top of that list, the accompanying “sober school” list includes three service academies, with Annapolis bringing up the rear at No. 9. The U.S. Military Academy ranks fifth, with the Coast Guard Academy in eighth. It’s a bit of a shake-up from last year’s list, when the Navy had the most-sober service academy (third on the…

Newly commissioned officers often share their first salute with close friends or family members who have served before them, so it’s not remarkable that Ensign Andrew Wondolowski, who graduated from the Naval Academy on Friday, received his first salute from his brother. What is remarkable is that the salute came from over 7,000 miles away, where Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Philip Wondolowski is deployed on the carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower in 5th Fleet. “It’s a privilege to be his first salute,” the machinist’s mate said in a Navy release. “I was a first salute for one of my chiefs when…

A Navy daughter recently got a surprising package in the mail: a sword that belonged to her late father who died at sea more than 70 years ago, the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat reported. [HTML1] Lt. Ned James Wentz was serving aboard the patrol gunboat Erie when a German submarine sank it off the Venezuelan coast in 1942. Seven men, including Wentz, died at sea. His daughter, Frances Wentz Taber, was only 2 when her father died. All she had to remember her dad were some letters, photos and childhood possessions. That was until a sword with her father’s initials on…

A group of Naval Academy mids found that Buzz Lightyear could fly neither to infinity, nor beyond it, despite the cartoon character’s claim. For their final project, four midshipmen decided to determine the aerodynamic capabilities of the toy superhero star of the 1995 Pixar film “Toy Story,” an academy release said. Midshipmen 2nd Class Kris Ward, Cameron Little, Zachary Haueter and Robert Dunlap tested Buzz in one of the Naval Academy’s wind tunnels and found that his body was too large compared to his wings to allow him to fly. So they did what anybody would do: built Buzz a…

The Naval Academy is often recognized for its stellar athletics and academics, but this time the academy is in the news because of one female mid. Midshipman 2nd Class Margaret Gilroy was named one of the top 10 college women across the country by Glamour magazine. She is the only woman in the top 10 from a service academy. The 21-year-old serves as the brigade training sergeant and oversees the professional knowledge program, an entry-level training program for freshman to teach them about Navy concepts they’ll use at the academy and in the fleet, a spokeswoman from the academy said.…

In what is quickly becoming the “Gangnam Style” of 2013, the services are going head to head in the “Harlem Shake.” If you’re unfamiliar with the spastic dance move, it involves a single masked person dancing in a room full of people, who ignore the dancer. After maybe 15 seconds, the entire thing erupts into a giant dance party full of crazy moves, costumes and thrashing. First up is the Naval Academy, featuring the 13th Company and a man in a blue suit. My only question: where did that mid find a horse head mask? The Coast Guard Academy also…

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