It’s that time of year again: NCAA men’s basketball is returning. The season is already underway after some big games from this past Tuesday to lead it off. But with only a few games already behind us, there is still so much to look forward to. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest storylines to track this season.
Women’s basketball opened up their season on the road against the Susquehanna University River Hawks on Friday, Nov. 5. Though the return to basketball was highly anticipated, Hopkins unfortunately lost 65-4 after getting outscored 41-17 in the second and third quarters.
On Nov. 3, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19. The test result caused a media firestorm. Many NFL fans were under the impression that Aaron Rodgers was vaccinated after Rodgers replied he was “immunized” to a question asking about his vaccination status in late August.
Hopkins men’s swimming has had a fantastic season thus far, winning their last home meet 201.5-59.5. A standout member of the team is senior Max Chen. In his most recent meet, the Thomas Murphy Invitational, he was named the Male Swimmer of the Meet after placing first in both the 100 and 200 Breast.
For several seasons, the Hopkins wrestling team has held the Black & Blue Brawl, an inter-squad scrimmage, to kick off the new season. This year, however, the scrimmage was renamed Bradlee’s Brawl to honor former Blue Jay Bradlee Hillier LaMontagne, who tragically passed away last year.
The Centennial Conference championships provide many Hopkins teams an opportunity to compete at a high level before heading off to the NCAA Championships. For the men’s and women’s cross-country teams, that opportunity came this past weekend.
Last week, the National Basketball Association (NBA) revealed its celebratory NBA 75th Anniversary Team, honoring the 75 best players over the course of the league’s 75 years of history.
This past weekend, the Hopkins fencing team opened its season as they attended the 41st Annual Temple Open in Philadelphia.
Hopkins men’s soccer captured the regular-season Centennial Conference crown and the number-one seed in the Centennial Conference tournament with their 2-0 win over the Muhlenberg College Mules on Saturday. Their win marks the fifth straight win against the Mules.
The women’s volleyball team is playing some of the most dominant volleyball in collegiate history and that is not an exaggeration. After going 35-0 in 2019, the team is 25-0 this year, tying them for the Division-III (D-III) record of consecutive wins.
This week’s Athlete of the Week is cross-country sophomore Ashley Heidenrich. So far this season, she has placed first in four of five races, finishing in second in the other race. In her first year of competition, Heidenrich has helped Hopkins win several meets and place highly in others despite running against Division I competition.
Hopkins swimming has been busy. On Friday, the team attended a dual meet against the Towson University Tigers and the U.S. Naval Academy Navy Midshipmen in Annapolis. The next day, it hosted its first home meet in over 600 days, competing against the College of William & Mary Tribe. In the dual meet, the men defeated Towson, 144-143, but fell to Navy, 200-93. This is the first time the team has beaten Towson since 2016. The women lost to Towson 211-83, and Navy 196-87.
With the Major League Baseball (MLB) regular season in the books, it’s time for the American League (AL) and National League (NL) Most Valuable Players (MVPs) to be decided. In the AL, it’s going to be either Toronto Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. or Los Angeles Angels phenom Shohei Ohtani.
The women’s soccer team faced off against the Washington College Shorewomen this past weekend. Hopkins entered the game with an 8-0-1 record, not having taken a loss all season. Washington, on the other hand, came in with a record of 5-4-2.
The women’s volleyball team traveled to Haverford, Pa. to play a pair of games this past weekend. After winning 47 consecutive games going back to previous seasons, the Blue Jays were expecting to keep the win streak alive.
Hopkins field hockey captured their ninth win of the season against Dickinson College on Wednesday, Sept. 29 and their 10th against Haverford College on Saturday, Oct. 10, remaining undefeated on the year.