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Malachi Leary, 8, of Wooster, Mass., right, sporting Navy colors, watches as his sister, a first year Naval Academy plebe, participates along with her classmates in the traditional Herndon Monument climb, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The tradition, dating back to 1940, is the culmination of the first year in the Naval Academy where the plebe class has to help each other climb the obelisk covered in lard, remove the "dixie cup" hat at the top and replace it with an upperclassman's hat. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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First year Naval Academy plebes participate in the traditional Herndon Monument climb which marks the culmination of their first year, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The tradition, dating back to 1940, involves the entire plebe class working with each other to climb the obelisk covered in lard, remove the "dixie cup" hat at the top and replace it with an upperclassman's hat. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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First year Naval Academy plebes begin the Herndon Monument to begin the traditional climb which marks the culmination of their first year, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The tradition, dating back to 1940, involves the entire plebe class working with each other to climb the obelisk covered in lard, remove the "dixie cup" hat at the top and replace it with an upperclassman's hat. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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First year Naval Academy plebes begin the Herndon Monument to begin the traditional climb which marks the culmination of their first year, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The tradition, dating back to 1940, involves the entire plebe class working with each other to climb the obelisk covered in lard, remove the "dixie cup" hat at the top and replace it with an upperclassman's hat. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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First year Naval Academy plebes finish the traditional Herndon Monument climb in two hours and ten minutes, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The tradition, dating back to 1940, is the culmination of the first year in the Naval Academy where the plebe class has to help each other climb the obelisk covered in lard, remove the "dixie cup" hat at the top and replace it with an upperclassman's hat. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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First year Naval Academy plebes charge to the Herndon Monument to begin the traditional climb which marks the culmination of their first year, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The tradition, dating back to 1940, involves the entire plebe class working with each other to climb the obelisk covered in lard, remove the "dixie cup" hat at the top and replace it with an upperclassman's hat. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Lard covers the Herndon Monument before first year Naval Academy plebes begin the traditional culmination of their first year in the academy, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The tradition, dating back to 1940, is the culmination of the first year in the Naval Academy where the plebe class has to help each other climb the obelisk covered in lard, remove the "dixie cup" hat at the top and replace it with an upperclassman's hat. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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First year Naval Academy plebes finish the traditional Herndon Monument climb in two hours and ten minutes, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The tradition, dating back to 1940, is the culmination of the first year in the Naval Academy where the plebe class has to help each other climb the obelisk covered in lard, remove the "dixie cup" hat at the top and replace it with an upperclassman's hat. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Audrey Bauer cuts down the hoop after the Naval Academy won the 2012 Patriot League Championship. (Navy Athletics)

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Head Coach Ken Niumatalolo talks to his team during spring practice at Rip Miller Park at the Naval Academy, in Annapolis, Md., Monday, April 11, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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DENIS POROY/SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES BATTER UP: Jonathan Johnston, a 2006 Naval Academy graduate, played in the Arizona Rookie League to pursue a chance of being promoted to the Oakland A's.

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DENIS POROY/SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES BATTER UP: Jonathan Johnston, a 2006 Naval Academy graduate, played in the Arizona Rookie League to pursue a chance of being promoted to the Oakland A's.

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BILL HURLEY Former Navy lieutenant and Naval Academy graduate Bill Hurley, will compete in the Melwood Prince George's County Open, a Nationwide Tour event, this week.