[ Williams College]
These are happy days in Williamstown, Mass., where the tiny school with the sterling academic reputation has been busy cultivating a Division III dynasty. Take last year. In November the football team capped an 8-0 season by ruining archrival Amherst's own bid for a perfect campaign. After their 23-20 win, the Ephs marched through town to St. Pierre's Barber Shop, closed the door, pulled the shades, puffed some cigars and shaved the freshmen's heads. By the end of the school year Williams had won three D-III national titles (men's and women's tennis, women's crew), its 31 teams had gone a combined 595-50-1, and Alex Blake (soccer, left, in white) and Josh Lefkowitz (tennis) had been named D-III players of the year. Williams earned its sixth NCAA Division III all-sports trophy in seven years.
Close to 38% of the school's 2,000 students compete at the varsity level, and 25% are on one of 18 club teams. For those who need extra motivation, school president (and No. 1 Ephs fan) Morty Schapiro will look outside his window one morning this fall and declare Mountain Day. As tradition dictates, students and faculty will be given the day off from classes to make a hike up one of the nearby mountains.
As usual at Williams, they will end up on top.