December 2013 Archives

ESPN's Andy Katz Highlights @GW_MBB in 3-Point Shot

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Harald's House Photo Gallery | Barron River White Water Rafting Photo Gallery

G'day, mates! We wrapped 2013 and our final day in Cairns with two exciting activities - a community service project at Harald's House and a white water rafting excursion down the Barron River.

#GWDownUnder Day 2: The Great Barrier Reef

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Video | Photo Gallery

G'day, mates! Today the team was afforded the experience of a lifetime as we swam and snorkeled at the incredible Great Barrier Reef - the world's largest coral reef system at the edge of Australia's Continental Shelf that stretches roughly the equivalent from New York to Florida. We could not have asked for a more perfect day as the sky was clear, the sun was plentiful and the water was calm and crystal blue.

#GWDownUnder Day 1: Cairns

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Photo Gallery | Video: Our first look at Cairns

G'day, mates! After three flights and 20+ hours in the air, we have finally arrived in Cairns for the first leg of our 12-day Australian tour. The team gathered in Dallas on Friday, Dec. 27 and boarded a flight to Brisbane, Australia which landed on the morning of Sunday, Dec. 29 and then hopped on the final plane to Cairns. It was strange to completely skip Dec. 28
th while in flight, but everyone is quickly adjusting to the date and time change. Once we arrived to The Hotel Cairns everyone had free time to walk around, grab lunch and check out the local area, which included a large swimming pool overlooking the lagoon, Aboriginal shops, a Great War memorial and several local eateries to name a few.

#RaiseHigh Recap for Dec. 21 - Dec. 27

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#RaiseHigh Recap for Dec. 14 - Dec. 20

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Where Are They Now: @GWBaseball1's Josh Wilkie

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Former GW Baseball standout Josh Wilkie was recently profiled on about his journey through the Washington Nationals farm system. 

@GW_MBB's Maurice Creek Featured in Sports Illustrated

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GW men's basketball graduate student Maurice Creek was the subject of a full-page feature in the Dec. 23, 2013 edition of Sports Illustrated. The article, written by SI reporter and GW alumnus Dan Greene ('10), highlights Creek's and the Colonials' resurgence to begin the 2013-14 season, with Creek averaging a team-high 15.7 points on 46.4 percent three-point shooting for a team that is 9-1 and receiving votes in both national polls. The SI edition is on newsstands nationwide, can also be purchased digitally here.

@GW_MBB Mourns Passing of Alumnus Jay Manning

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The GW men's basketball program and Department of Athletics and Recreation mourns the passing of Dr. James 'Jay' Manning, who passed away on Dec. 4 at the age of 78.

A three-year varsity letterwinner for the GW men's basketball team, Manning helped the Colonials to a 66-16 record from 1954-56.  He played in eight games as a sophomore on the 1953-54 Colonials team that went 23-3 overall, peaked at No. 7 in the Associated Press national rankings, won both the Southern Conference regular-season and tournament titles and earned the program's first NCAA Tournament bid.  He capped his GW career averaging 10.0 points and 6.8 rebounds in 24 games on the 1955-56 team that went 19-7 and won a share of the Southern Conference regular season title.

He returned to earn a Doctorate in Education at GW after spending time in the Army and in training camp with the NBA's Boston Celtics.  Manning then went on to leave a legacy as an educator and principal at high schools throughout Northern Virginia, primarily at Langley High School, and was an adjunct professor at GW, Marymount and Virginia mentoring future secondary education administrators.


(L-R): Phil DeTurk, John Holup, Joe Petcavitch, Elliot Karver, Buzzy Ciriello, George Klein, Ernie Ortiz, Ed Catino, Corky Devlin, Frank Morrisson, Jay Manning, Joe Holup. Center: Head Coach Bill Reinhart (with ball)

George Washington women's soccer alumna Kerry Dziczkaniec ('93) received the Glenn "Mooch" Myernick National Women's Assistant Coach of the Year award, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced last week.

Dziczkaniec, who was also named the NSCAA Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year, helped Virginia to a 24-1-1 record this season as the Cavaliers reached the NCAA Women's College Cup for the first time in 22 years. Virginia also set school records for wins in a season (24), goals (78) and shutouts (16) as it claimed the ACC regular-season title.

"Everyone associated with our program is very excited about Kerry D. being named the NSCAA's National Assistant Coach of the Year," Virginia Head Coach Steve Swanson said 
in a release at "Not only is she an outstanding coach, but she is an even better person who has earned the respect of all our players."

A 1993 graduate of GW, Dziczkaniec was a four-year member of the women's soccer team from 1989-92. A two-year team captain and starter in goal, she was named team MVP in 1991 when she posted a career-high six shutouts. Dziczkaniec currently ranks fourth on the Colonials' all-time shutouts list with 11 over her career. Following her time at GW she spent several seasons in the USISL W-League and led the Maryland Pride to a National Championship in 1996.

@GW_MBB Coach @MikeLonergan on CSN's SportsTalk Live

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GW Men's Basketball Coach Mike Lonergan joined Brian Mitchell on Comcast SportsNet's SportsTalk Live on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013.

Heading into its annual winter break training trip to Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico from Jan. 1-7, the George Washington women's swimming team has been ranked third in the Atlantic 10 by

GW Baseball Holding Holiday Toy Drive

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The George Washington baseball team is continuing its community service efforts this winter by holding a Holiday Toy Drive, to benefit Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C.


#RaiseHigh Recap for Dec. 1 - Dec. 6

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@GWCoachTsip Featured in Dishin & Swishin Podcast

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GW Women's Basketball has one of the most storied histories in the Atlantic 10 with 15 NCAA Tournament appearances, including four Sweet 16's and an Elite Eight. The Colonials are on the rise again and beginning to receive national recognition following their 75-72 win over #10/11 California on Nov. 15.

Second-year head coach Jonathan Tsipis was one of two coaches featured last week in a Dishin & Swishin podcast about young coaches turning programs around.

Sophomore Rob Craven has been named the GW Department of Athletics & Recreation's Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for November.

"Over the past semester, Rob has taken the lead on the men's cross country in engaging in community service projects," said LifeSkills Coordinator Ted Costigan. "The nearly 50 hours that Rob has volunteered this semester has made a big impact as our student-athletes strive to Raise High in the community."