Holy Cross Athletics Newsstand: August 2012

Welcome to the Holy Cross Newsstand, a daily listing with links to stories from around the country on the Crusaders. Here are the stories from August of 2012.

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Holy Cross ready to light up 2012
August 30, 2012 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Holy Cross again will open its season under the lights at Fitton Field, and just because this is the second time around, it doesn’t mean the novelty of this nighttime event has worn off one bit. “Ever since last year’s game, we’ve been looking forward to this one,” HC senior wide receiver Gerald Mistretta said. “We can’t wait.” The Crusaders will host No. 14 New Hampshire at 7:30 tonight. . .

Wildcats face Holy Cross in opener
August 30, 2012 * By Al Pike * Foster's Daily Democrat
Justin Mello won't forget the last time the University of New Hampshire football team played Holy Cross. The sophomore wideout, who was still struggling for consistent playing time, caught a Kevin Decker pass in stride along the right sideline and sailed into the end zone for a touchdown with 1:10 remaining in the fourth quarter. "It went by real fast," Mello said. . .

Wildcat gridders kick off tonight at Holy Cross
August 30, 2012 * By Allen Lessels * Manchester Union Leader
The 2011 season ended abruptly and painfully early last December in the mountains of Montana, some 2,400 miles from home, when a deflected conversion kick bounced off an upright and away. Tonight, the University of New Hampshire football team officially turns the page. The Wildcats are in Worcester, Mass., to take on Holy Cross to open the 2012 campaign. . .

Unfinished business for Maliska, Crusaders
August 26, 2012 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Jack Maliska was a freshman and played in only one game during Holy Cross’ 2009 Patriot League championship season, but it was a feat he’ll never forget and one the defensive lineman wants to experience again, especially after coming close the last two years — and mostly because it’s his last chance. “Not getting it done, coming within a couple games, a couple plays, makes you want to work for it,” said Maliska, the former Murdock High star from Winchendon, who is now a senior. . .

Wildcat football team set for opener Thursday night at Holy Cross
August 26, 2012 * By Allen Lessels * Manchester Union Leader
It starts with a pair of senior linebackers, Matt Evans and Alan Buzbee, two of the best in the business in the country and the Colonial Athletic Association. But the University of New Hampshire football team's defense will be looking for contributions from many others, too, when it opens the season on Thursday night against Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and begins to try and rebound from a rough 2011 season. . .

One final crusade for Holy Cross' Bellomo
August 25, 2012 * By Rick Rendell * MetroWest Daily News
After working hard in the offseason, Holliston’s Matt Bellomo has gotten himself into shape to make a splash in his swan song with the Holy Cross football team. The fifth-year redshirt senior running back spent much of the spring and summer working out with champion power lifter and strength and conditioning coach Liane Blyn at her Athletic Based Training facility in Holliston. Bellomo added about 10 pounds working with Blyn and now carries 209 pounds on his 6-foot frame. He can bench press 310 pounds, squat 410 and power clean 255. . .

Watson's wait may be over at Holy Cross
August 19, 2012 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Kevin Watson arrived at Holy Cross in the summer of 2008 as a record-setting high school quarterback, but with a neck injury and in the midst of Dominic Randolph mania. Watson was a bystander his freshman year. He worked his way up to No. 2 on the depth chart behind Randolph in 2009. As Ryan Taggart’s backup in 2010, Watson saw action in seven games, but more injuries cut both of those seasons short. . .

2012 Patriot League Preview
August 19, 2012 * By Tim McDonnell * Sports Network
Holy Cross enters the season eager as any team in the Patriot League to try to knock off Lehigh at the top of the food chain. Since its playoff berth in 2009, Holy Cross has been watching the Mountain Hawks from behind. This season, the Crusaders bring back a key group of upperclassmen who could very easily contend for a league title. Three starters need to be replaced on offense, including dual-threat quarterback Ryan Taggart, who passed for 17 touchdowns and ran for seven. . .

It's elementary: Kevin Watson returns
August 17, 2012 * By Rich Thompson * Boston Herald
Quarterback Kevin Watson is healthy in body and spirit, an essential combination that has eluded the fifth-year senior during his tenure at Holy Cross. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound gunner from Belle Mead, N.J., hopes to merge a new beginning with his last hurrah when Holy Cross opens its season against New Hampshire on Aug. 30 (7:30) at Fitton Field. “Watson hasn’t had the typical run of it, but fortunately for us and for him he’s been on the field a lot in the past,” said ninth-year Crusaders coach Tom Gilmore. . .

Holy Cross Faces Major Decision at Quarterback
August 16, 2012 * By Joe Parello * GoLocalWorcester.com
Holy Cross returns an abundance of experience at nearly every position, but the most important position remains a question mark. With the opener against New Hampshire just two weeks away, the Crusaders' starting quarterback positions remains open, but two leaders have emerged from a pack of five to replace graduated former starter Ryan Taggart. . .

Swimming for her heart's desire
August 16, 2012 * By Mike Watkins * USA Swimming
Having grown up in the YWCA Central Massachusetts swim program, Patty Flanagan has a special place in her heart for the organization. She loves it so much that she works there today as the director of health promotion services. Because of all that the YWCA has given to her over the years, Flanagan, who has been a member at Salem Square in Worchester, Mass., since 1973, is doing something to give back. . .

Crusader hopes second time is a bit better
August 12, 2012 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
In 2010, Steve Zychowski became the first Holy Cross golfer in more than 35 years to qualify for the U.S. Amateur. When he arrived at Chambers Bay in Washington, he was caught up immediately in the excitement and splendor of the prestigious championship. Then he went out and made two quick birdies. “All of a sudden, I was like, 'Oh, my goodness, I'm 2 under par in the U.S. Amateur. What do I do now?' ” Zychowski recalled last week. . .

Ex-HC athlete Keitani Graham Olympic wrestler
August 5, 2012 * By Joey Goldstein * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
A string of hamstring injuries limited Keitani Graham’s track and field career at Holy Cross, but nine years after leaving Worcester behind the former decathlete is an Olympian. He has his father — and lots of hard work — to thank for that. Graham, who graduated from HC in 2003, turned in his cleats for a wrestling singlet in 2006 at the advice of Clark Graham, a former high school standout. . .

Greco-Roman wrestler Graham soaks in Olympics
August 5, 2012 * By Dave Reardon * Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Greco-Roman wrestler Keitani Graham knows it is unlikely he will leave London with the Federated States of Micronesia's first Olympic medal. But the native of Kealakekua still sees his participation as a golden opportunity. "What I want to do is soak up as much experience as I can and take that back home to the kids who I work with," Graham said in an email interview from the Olympic Village. . .

YWCA staffer to participate in 8-mile Boston Light Swim
August 3, 2012 * By Jay Gearan * Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Patty Flanagan is an accomplished long-distance swimmer who held several school records when she competed for the College of the Holy Cross in the early 1980s. But on Aug. 18, her swimming challenge will be nothing like those college days in heated pools and marked lanes. Ms. Flanagan, the YWCA Central Massachusetts' director of health promotion services, will churn through the cold waters of Boston Harbor in the annual 8-mile Boston Light Swim. . .