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April 23, 2008
St. John's College bested the Naval Academy in the 26th annual croquet contest for the Annapolis Cup last week. Above, midshipman Jon Malycke (right) cleans the mallet of Bryan Carlson. Malycke was the caddie for the imperial wicket, or team captain. At left, nattily dressed midshipman Chris Familetti makes a hit during the match.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2013
Nick Markakis, Adam Jones and the other Orioles get four months off between baseball seasons. Joe Flacco, Ray Rice and the world champion Ravens have five months to go before training camp begins. Big-time athletes, after all, need a chance to rest their bodies and minds after the rigors of a long campaign. Then there are the white-clad competitors at Ginger Cove. "We don't want an off-season. We like to keep our skills sharp," says Bill Krause, the 91-year-old Imperial Wicket, or captain, of the croquet club at the retirement community in Annapolis.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | April 22, 2005
When a dozen Navy midshipmen come to play croquet on the grand green of St. John's College tomorrow, the stakes are high. The Johnnies team of 12 will be ready for Annapolis' version of Athens versus Sparta, and they have a winning record to uphold dating to 1983, when it all began. Part of the fun of the friendly but intense "Annapolis Cup" is that, as crisp as the academy Mids look, they almost always lose to the shaggier Johnnies. This year, the St. John's team of free-spirited players just won the national college croquet championship when they weren't reading Hegel.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2012
If Notre Dame or Michigan decided to change their school fight songs, the moves would likely spark objections from students, alumni and faculty. At St. John's College, however, it's a bit different. On April 28, at its 30th annual croquet match against the U.S. Naval Academy, the school planned to introduce a new fight song. And it appears people on the college's Annapolis campus don't seem to mind. That's partly because few can recall the current fight song. "I don't know if any students at the school know what our current official song is," said student John Fleming of Gaithersburg, an imperial wicket (or a captain)
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2011
Blake Myers bore the weight of nearly three decades of croquet dominance on his shoulders Saturday, and there were times when it didn't feel all that comfortable. As Imperial Wicket of the St. John's College croquet team, it was up to the 21-year-old senior from Santa Fe, N.M., to uphold his school's proud tradition of regularly beating the U.S. Naval Academy for the coveted Annapolis Cup. Going into Saturday's 29th annual competition, the Johnnies had won 23 times, and every year since 2006.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2012
If Notre Dame or Michigan decided to change their school fight songs, the moves would likely spark objections from students, alumni and faculty. At St. John's College, however, it's a bit different. On April 28, at its 30th annual croquet match against the U.S. Naval Academy, the school planned to introduce a new fight song. And it appears people on the college's Annapolis campus don't seem to mind. That's partly because few can recall the current fight song. "I don't know if any students at the school know what our current official song is," said student John Fleming of Gaithersburg, an imperial wicket (or a captain)
SPORTS
By PETER SCHMUCK | February 26, 2008
Everybody knows South Florida is a great spot to golf, fish and lie on the beach, but I bet you didn't know that West Palm Beach is the place to go if you are wicked around a wicket. The 10-acre National Croquet Center is the largest croquet complex on the planet, with big-time tournaments, coaching clinics and the world's largest walk-in croquet pro shop. I'm providing that last little bit of information as a public service because - like me - you probably had no idea where to go for the latest croquet attire.
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April 23, 1998
Don't feel up to boxing tonight? Then try one of these.A bit of high-browed rivalry will take place at St. John's College on Saturday at the annual croquet match between St. John's and the Naval Academy.The 15th annual Annapolis Cup match, which has become a heated competition over the years, is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. beneath the Liberty Tree on the St. John's campus.This year, the teams will solicit donations for the Boys and Girls Club of Annapolis and the Lighthouse Shelter.Pub Date: 4/23/98
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Staff Writer | June 30, 1992
WIMBLEDON, England -- The genesis of certain big sports events is well-known. The All-Star Game in baseball was started by a Chicago sports columnist hoping to raise charity and sell newspapers. The Super Bowl began as a peace offering between the warring football leagues.But little has been told about the beginnings of Wimbledon. It was established in 1877 because the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club was a little strapped for cash and the members wanted to raise some money. Not for tennis, but for croquet.
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By Lindsay Kalter and Lindsay Kalter,lindsay.kalter@baltsun.com | April 19, 2009
Local sports fans can trade in their beer and baseball caps for champagne and fedoras Sunday as St. John's College plays host to the U.S. Naval Academy in their 27th annual croquet match. In a display of sophisticated spectatorship - think The Great Gatsby meets tailgating - a crowd of 1,500 is expected to gather on the St. John's campus to watch the college's croquet team play the Midshipmen from the 28th company. The winning team is awarded the coveted Annapolis Cup. Jo Ann Mattson, director of alumni relations at St. John's, said audience members come to socialize and show off extravagant gowns and suits as much as for the game itself.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2011
Blake Myers bore the weight of nearly three decades of croquet dominance on his shoulders Saturday, and there were times when it didn't feel all that comfortable. As Imperial Wicket of the St. John's College croquet team, it was up to the 21-year-old senior from Santa Fe, N.M., to uphold his school's proud tradition of regularly beating the U.S. Naval Academy for the coveted Annapolis Cup. Going into Saturday's 29th annual competition, the Johnnies had won 23 times, and every year since 2006.
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By Susan Reimer and Susan Reimer,susan.reimer@baltsun.com | April 22, 2009
St. John's College, the school that studies Great Books, and its neighbor the U.S. Naval Academy, the school that studies great sea battles, combine each year for an unlikely triumph - a really great lawn party where the annual croquet match takes a back seat to the elegant picnic food. Each year, in the spring, the two schools meet on the campus of St. John's - just steps away from the walls that surround the Naval Academy - for a lopsided competition. (St. John's leads in the series, 22-5.
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By Lindsay Kalter and Lindsay Kalter,lindsay.kalter@baltsun.com | April 19, 2009
Local sports fans can trade in their beer and baseball caps for champagne and fedoras Sunday as St. John's College plays host to the U.S. Naval Academy in their 27th annual croquet match. In a display of sophisticated spectatorship - think The Great Gatsby meets tailgating - a crowd of 1,500 is expected to gather on the St. John's campus to watch the college's croquet team play the Midshipmen from the 28th company. The winning team is awarded the coveted Annapolis Cup. Jo Ann Mattson, director of alumni relations at St. John's, said audience members come to socialize and show off extravagant gowns and suits as much as for the game itself.
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By Lindsay Kalter and Lindsay Kalter,lindsay.kalter@baltsun.com | April 19, 2009
Local sports fans can trade in their beer and baseball caps for champagne and fedoras Sunday as St. John's College plays host to the U.S. Naval Academy in their 27th annual croquet match. In a display of sophisticated spectatorship - think The Great Gatsby meets tailgating - a crowd of 1,500 is expected to gather on St. John's campus to watch the college's croquet team play the Midshipmen from the 28th company. The winning team is awarded the Annapolis Cup. Jo Ann Mattson, director of alumni relations at St. John's, said audience members come to socialize and show off extravagant gowns and suits as much as for the game itself.
NEWS
April 23, 2008
St. John's College bested the Naval Academy in the 26th annual croquet contest for the Annapolis Cup last week. Above, midshipman Jon Malycke (right) cleans the mallet of Bryan Carlson. Malycke was the caddie for the imperial wicket, or team captain. At left, nattily dressed midshipman Chris Familetti makes a hit during the match.
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By Joe Burris and Joe Burris,sun reporter | April 19, 2008
Tiger Woods would have been impressed. St. John's College senior Tristan Evans-Wilent raised a croquet mallet and smacked a softball-sized sphere 20 feet across patchy, uneven grass and through a wiry wicket. It doesn't take much to figure out that the Ithaca, N.Y., resident has a knack for croquet, a centuries-old, genteel game played mainly in backyards as a recreational activity but also competitively among clubs and colleges throughout the country. Evans-Wilent is a member of the popular St.
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By Lindsay Kalter and Lindsay Kalter,lindsay.kalter@baltsun.com | April 19, 2009
Local sports fans can trade in their beer and baseball caps for champagne and fedoras Sunday as St. John's College plays host to the U.S. Naval Academy in their 27th annual croquet match. In a display of sophisticated spectatorship - think The Great Gatsby meets tailgating - a crowd of 1,500 is expected to gather on St. John's campus to watch the college's croquet team play the Midshipmen from the 28th company. The winning team is awarded the Annapolis Cup. Jo Ann Mattson, director of alumni relations at St. John's, said audience members come to socialize and show off extravagant gowns and suits as much as for the game itself.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,Sun reporter | April 7, 2008
Croquet is a white-glove, pressed-linen kind of sport. But the two teams competing yesterday were more than just civil during the annual match-up in Annapolis. Before the first stroke, the teams settled on the final score. A tie - 0-0. Rain forced the tournament between St. John's College and Ginger Cove retirees, dubbed the "Generation Gap," to be canceled. "It's the first time we've had a tie, isn't it?" said Ian Hanover, a St. John's College senior, shaking hands with Bill Krause, an 86-year-old retired chemical company manager.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | February 26, 2008
Everybody knows South Florida is a great spot to golf, fish and lie on the beach, but I bet you didn't know that West Palm Beach is the place to go if you are wicked around a wicket. The 10-acre National Croquet Center is the largest croquet complex on the planet, with big-time tournaments, coaching clinics and the world's largest walk-in croquet pro shop. I'm providing that last little bit of information as a public service because - like me - you probably had no idea where to go for the latest croquet attire.
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