Author Mike Morones

I spent Friday night at the Naval Academy covering the 72nd Brigade Boxing Championships. I’m no boxing expert but judging from the crowd’s reaction, the action was solid. The night opened up with a bout between two female midshipmen, Sam Glaeser and Abby Khusf, and ended with a great heavyweight match. Though he looked like he got the worst of it, Matt Brewer (above) won the heavyweight title after trading punches for three rounds with Annapolis native Beau Haworth. For more photos, check out the Scoop Deck blog at Navy Times.

As part of an ongoing project about military sponsorship in professional sports, I’m in Daytona covering the #88 National Guard race team. Here are a few shots from today’s qualifying session at Daytona International Speedway. Stay tuned for more photos following Saturday night’s race.

I spent the weekend at Richmond International Raceway to get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to run the Army car during Saturday’s Capital City 400 at Richmond International Raceway in Virginia. Driven by Ryan Newman, the Army-sponsored Chevrolet finished the night in 15th place. In addition to the action on the track, I spent some time at the Army’s ‘Strength in Action Zone’ on the midway at the RIR complex. Besides an appearance by Newman and the presence of the Army #39 show car, the zone featured interactive displays and a helicopter flight simulator. While the rainy weather…

Here’s a shot from the Army’s Strength in Action Zone outside the track – they had some exhibits of equipment as well as some physical training test and of course the #39 show car. Because of the weather attendance was a bit sparse – at least until Ryan Newman arrived for a quick question-and-answer session.

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