Walters accepts West Point challenge

Blake Walters’ busy high school career established broad options for a promising college future. He graduated at the top of his class and earned eight varsity letters as a quarterback and pitcher at Wake Forest (N.C.) Heritage. The destination he chose is the U.S. Military Academy, although that...

Michigan State homecoming for Air Force coach and father

Air Force assistant football coach John Rudzinski grew up under two strict rules in Green Bay, Wis., before he left home for the Air Force Academy. But the guidelines were unrelated to military academy preparation.His father, former Green Bay Packers and Michigan State linebacker Paul...

Hillside teammates at Navy and JMU give back

DURHAM, N.C. -- Myer Krah and Vad Lee, Durham Hillside teammates and long-time friends, shared a heartfelt desire to pay back their community for a high school experience they say launched their promising futures.Krah, a Navy outside linebacker, and Lee, a James Madison University quarterback,...

Remembering Jerry Coleman on Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day is a time to honor those that died serving their country, but the weekend also is a good time to remember Marine Corps pilot Jerry Coleman, the only Major League Baseball veteran to fly combat missions in World War II and Korea.If you're thinking I'm overlooking Ted Williams,...

West Point opportunity spans generations and wars

Captain Mike Krzyzewski (U.S. Army retired) and Army West Point plebe Ahmad Bradshaw are separated by a couple generations and wars spanning decades, but the past and present Black Knights share more in common than their Chicago roots. Someone convinced them as a high school...

From the JV team to standing next to the President

Each year the nation’s championship professional and collegiate teams parade through the White House to meet President Obama. They present him with an official ball and a jersey to represent their championship season. It’s a safe to say, though, that Air Force Academy football player Christian...

Air Force honored at White House

President Obama honored Air Force's football team Thursday at the White House for winning the 2014 Commander-in-Chief's Trophy.."This was quite a season for the Falcons," Obama said. "But my favorite thing about the Air Force and all the academies who come here, it's not just that they win but how...

Krah springs into new role on Navy defense

Antonio King’s reaction to Navy’s spring football experiment moving Myer Krah from the secondary to an outside linebacker role known as “striker” was full support. “That’s basically the position he played for us,” said King, the head coach at Durham (N.C.) Hillside, where Krah and James Madison...

Cardona joins elite company as Navy draft pick

Navy long-snapper Joe Cardona now shares a distinction with two Naval Academy Heisman Trophy winners and another prominent Heisman candidate. The Midshipman is an NFL draft pick. The New England Patriots selected Cardona in the fifth round on the third and final day of the seven-round NFL Draft...

Joe D in gold to present Army and Hall prep award

Michigan State's Joe DeLamielleure is identified by more than just green and white these days. Green and white, of course, represent his time as a Spartans All-American offensive lineman his senior year in 1972, which was the final season for College Football Hall of Fame head coach Duffy...