Midd Blogosphere: Panther Nation

The Middlebury Blog Network has gathered dozens of blogs from all corners of the campus in the past several years. Following these blogs can be a great way to stay connected to many parts of the community. But we feel that while some blogs, like One Dean’s View, get a lot of publicity, many other blogs don’t get read enough. So this series will periodically highlight a blog in the Middlebury Blog Network that you might not have heard about but is worth reading.

Panther Nation is a Middlebury sports blog started by students Damon Hathaway ‘13.5 and Jeffrey Hetzel ’14 earlier this year. It has proven to be an invaluable resource for following Midd sports teams, especially football and men’s basketball. They regularly post in-depth game recaps, game previews, player profiles, and other Panther sports news. Recently they have been working on a comprehensive men’s basketball preview. It’s hard to get excited about a sports team if you aren’t invested in the players and the narrative of the team’s struggles and successes, and Hathaway and Hetzel do a great job of providing that. Check out their description of Panther center Peter Lynch ’13 in their men’s basketball preview after the jump:

Peter Lynch has been developing into a very capable front court player, and he heads into his senior season with by far the biggest challenge of his career ahead of him. After playing a complementary role to Ryan Sharry last season, Lynch is now the best (and arguably only) big man who can score in the post for Middlebury. With Sharry gone, he will draw far more attention from opposing defenses, and will be called upon to consistently beat top defenders down low.

Hathaway and Hetzel are intense Panther sports fans. Hathaway is a sports editor for the Campus and director of sports broadcasting for WRMC Middlebury College radio, doing play-by-play for most Panther games. Hetzel has been Hathaway’s color commentator and also hosts a sports radio show with Hathaway on WRMC 91.1 on Sunday from 11AM to 12:30PM (which, as I recall, had the Saturday 1AM to 3AM time slot when it began a couple years ago–that’s dedication!) These guys have an incredible amount of knowledge about NESCAC sports and communicate it in an engaging way.

Few students attended the football game on Saturday despite the beautiful weather and the capping of the best season in recent history for Panther football (7-1) with a big win over Tufts — placing them second in the NESCAC (after undefeated Trinity). Hopefully Panther Nation will get more people, especially students, to follow Midd sports teams with the same passion of Hathaway and Hetzel.