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September 20, 2020


The great importance of Lamar Jackson’s MVP

Last Saturday, the National Football League (NFL) held their annual awards ceremony for the 2019-2020 season, acting as a lead-in to the Super Bowl. The League uses this event to celebrate all types of players and coaches, including honors like Coach of the Year and the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, which is given to the player that exhibits excellence both on the field and in the community. 

The men’s and women’s swimming teams won 11 events last weekend against the Carnegie Mellon Tartans.

Swimming sweeps against the Carnegie Mellon Tartans

The men’s and women’s swimming teams competed against the Carnegie Mellon Tartans this weekend. The women’s team was ranked fourth heading into this competition while the men were ranked fifth. Both teams were facing top-15 Carnegie Mellon teams. Although they were up against tough competition, both teams pulled out the win in the end.

Kern scored 18 points last game.

Athlete of the Week: Joey Kern — Basketball

The No. 14 Hopkins men’s basketball team has been on a roll this season. With a current record of 17-2 overall and an 11-1 record in Centennial Conference play, the basketball team is off to the best start the program has had since their 2014-2015 campaign. 

Our generation will never forget NBA star Kobe Bryant

I thought it was a hoax. Or, more so, I hoped that it was a hoax. But as news reports and tweets streamed into my notification center with every passing minute, it became painfully clear that the impossible, horrifying, nightmare accident had actually occurred. 

Women’s Basketball struggles in close game against Gettysburg

On Jan. 22, the women’s basketball team lost to Centennial Conference foe the Gettysburg College Bullets 52-44. Gettysburg moved to 15-1 on the year. Hopkins moves down to 10-6. Sophomore forward Diarra Oden led the team with 15 points while freshman guard Emily Howie lead the team with nine rebounds and four assists. 

Ethan Bartlett’s late-game three-pointer gave the Blue Jays the win.

M. Basketball defeats Fords in final minute

The men’s basketball team faced off against the Haverford College Fords on Saturday in a game that remained close until the final seconds. Hopkins has been having a great season so far, only losing two games in total, and the team ranked 15th in Division-III heading into their matchup with the Fords. Although Haverford was unranked, they still managed to make this game incredibly difficult for the Blue Jays. 

Junior pole vaulter Annie Gutierrez.

AOTW – Annie Gutierrez

This week, the Hopkins Track and Field team split off to Fairfax, Va. and Lewisburg, Pa. to take part in the George Mason Patriot Games and Gulden Invitational, respectively. Hopkins had standout performances from both the men and the women at both events, but this week, The News-Letter highlights junior pole-vaulter and pentathlon runner Annie Gutierrez. 

The NBA needs to look to the NFL to solve its schedule

Roughly a quarter-way through the National Basketball Association (NBA) season, three headlines have been circulating around the basketball world. First, and the most divisive, is the discussion around load management. Through 21 games, Kawhi Leonard has missed six, for purely injury-prevention purposes. That is roughly on pace to match his last season, where he missed 22 games in the 82-game regular season. Stars are seemingly sitting more games than they ever have (whether they actually are is debatable), and that has generated a lot of controversy.

Junior outside hitter Simone Bliss.

AOTW: Simone Bliss

After completing its undefeated season, it’s clear that no Hopkins team has had a better year than the volleyball team. After an incredible regular season, the Blue Jays capped off the year by claiming the program’s first ever national championship in a three-set sweep against the Emory College Eagles. 

The women’s cross-country team won their sixth national championship.

Cross country records historic season finishes

The men’s and women’s cross-country teams had an excellent playoff season, topped off by historic results in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship. The women’s team finished in first place, claiming their sixth NCAA Championship trophy. The men finished in fifth place, the best NCAA tournament finish in program history. The races took place in Louisville, Ky. on Saturday, Nov. 23. 

Duke’s 150-game home winning streak against non-ACC teams ended. 

Why there is no need to worry about Duke

The unranked Steven F. Austin State University Lumberjacks did the unthinkable last Tuesday in taking down the No. 1 ranked Duke University Blue Devils basketball team in an overtime thriller, resulting in Duke’s first non-Conference home loss in nearly 20 years. 

M. Basketball dominates at home against Moravian

The No. 22 Hopkins men’s basketball team put their undefeated season on the line when they welcomed the Moravian College Greyhounds to the Goldfarb Gym this past Sunday. Junior guard Joey Kern felt confident in his team’s chances of winning going into the matchup. He explained that the team had a great series of practices leading up to their game.

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