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This Holiday Season, We’re Thankful for a Lot of Things

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There’s a lot to be thankful for in WPN this last year.

 

Women’s Basketball – Not much more you can ask for…back-to-back ACC Championships, while being top-5 for over two years straight. The players are beyond fun to watch and their coach has rapidly become a legendary figure (who also puts out a solid stream of perfect one-liners). All the Reynolds upgrades are something else, and to have this success as a tenant is a dream that reminds folks of the Jimmy V era.

Wrestling – Speaking of Reynold tenants…Wrestling is doing something that not many people fully understand. The sport has been SO heavily dominated by Big Ten and Ivy League schools. Other than the occasional OK State run, the trophy lives steadily in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. But things are changing in Raleigh. Recruiting classes have been off the chart, and this year’s squad -from top to bottom – is nothing short of spectacular.

Women’s Cross Country – Always a steady performer, State broke out this Fall. Wins the ACC, Regional and National Championship. The first team national championship since 1983 Cardiac Pack. And the scores weren’t close. The team consistently had a majority of scoring in top-25, top-15 and a wide margin of victory.

Women’s Soccer – Five straight seasons of NCAA Tournament appearances. The also had half a dozen games were they lost to a ranked opponent in literally the final minutes of games. Stellar keeper and steady scoring shows that State program is heading in the right direction and not far from making a BIG jump.

Football – **With a win against UNC** State will have nine wins in three of the last five seasons. In contention for ACC into the Thanksgiving weekend is something that WPN has been waiting for. Leary and Gill should have far more recognition than they are getting. Tony Gibson not being listed as a semi-finalist of NCAA assistant coaches is a crime. Yet we got to see Ickey play big boy football, while Emezie and Dunn are setting school records.

Swim – Nationally ranked recruiting and national meet podiums. We are very, very close from seeing a number of swimmers, from both men’s and women’s teams, will be in the running for Olympic teams. The program has always been a force, but there aren’t many weaknesses when you look at the full squad.

Baseball – For many of us at PI, we agree…there has been such a ride we’ve maybe ever experienced. To think about the season being lost, then to make the run they had to what SHOULD HAVE BEEN, at the very least, a national championship appearance, is just goosebump worthy. Couldn’t open Twitter or watch TV without seeing talk of State. Can’t wait for Boo to totally not go against his word and build/remodel a ballpark to accommodate a team that should be making runs on a yearly basis.

There are plenty of coaches, players and superfans that should be mentioned. We type this with a warm feeling in our heart and in-laws already yelling at 8 AM. To everybody in WPN, from Raleigh to abroad, thanks for reading our articles and hope you all are enjoying the ride as much as we are.

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Papajohn
Papajohn
2 years ago

Great article, thank you.
And Happy Thanksgiving!

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Go Get Your NC State Starbuck’s Coffee Mug!

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NC State is one of 30 Universities that Starbuck’s has partnered with for their “Been There Series” Campus Collection. You can see the mug above, and there are also Sparkle Tumblers.

You can find these mugs in 100 Starbucks locations within 20 miles of campus, as well as the Starbucks locations on campus.

On the mug, you will find Mr. Wuf, the Belltower, Carter-Finley Stadium, Howling Cow Ice Cream, Centennial Campus, Hunt Library, the Brickyard, Reynolds Coliseum and other NC State references.

The Coffee Mug is $12.95 and the Sparkle Tumbler is $24.95.

It looks like the mugs are available through June 25th, so you’ll have to grab yours soon if you haven’t already done so.

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NC State’s Katharine Berkoff Makes the Olympic Team for 100 Backstroke!

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NC State’s Katharine Berkoff secured herself a spot on the 2024 Olympic this week at the U.S. Olympic Trials. In the Finals, Berkoff came in 2nd in the 100 Backstroke, with a time of 57.91.

In the Semifinals, Berkhoff logged a time of 57.83, which is the 4th fastest time ever recorded.

Berkhoff is NC State’s 22nd Swimming & Diving Olympian, and the 4th from the Women’s Team.

Berkhoff leaves NC State with the school record in 50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke, 200 Medley Relay, 400 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay.

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NC State’s Katharine Berkoff Likely Punched Her Ticket to the 2024 Olympics

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NC State’s Katharine Berkoff likely secured herself a spot on the 2024 Olympic this week at the U.S. Olympic Trials. In the Finals, Berkoff came in 2nd in the 100 Backstroke, with a time of 57.91. Typically the top two swimmers in each event are expected to qualify for the Olympic team.

In the Semifinals, Berkhoff logged a time of 57.83, which is the 4th fastest time ever recorded.

This past season Berkhoff returned to NC State for her final year of eligibility (Covid year), and won the ACC and NCAA Championship in 100 Backstroke, and was also named All-American in 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay.

Berkhoff is a 3-time NCAA Champion in the 100 Backstroke, and she also is an NCAA Champion in the 400 and 200 Medley Relay. At NC State, Berkhoff was a 30-time All-American and a 6-time ACC Champion.

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NC State Cheese Rolling Champ Abby Lampe Throws the 1st Pitch & Rolls the Cheese for the Durham Bulls

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NC State Graduate Abby Lampe won the Cooper Hill Cheese Roll in England for the 2nd time back at the end of last month. Today, she threw out the ceremonial 1st pitch at the Durham Bulls game, but she added her own flare. Most people simply try to get the baseball into the glove of the Catcher, but Lampe rolled the cheese to home plate first, and as it was on its way, she threw the baseball into the glove of the catcher.

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