Basketball gives tough test to Idaho State The Division I Idaho State Bengals defeated the Division III Whitworth men’s basketball team on Nov. 6 after a back-and-forth game.

The Bengals led the Pirates after the first half 40-35, and for much of the second half.  However, Whitworth rallied and junior guard Dustin McConnell’s three-point attempt at the end of the end of regulation bounced off the back iron to give Idaho State a 68-65 win over Whitworth.

McConnell and freshman guard George Valle led the Pirates, scoring 15 points each.  McConnell also added five rebounds.  Sophomore forward Taylor Farnsworth also contributed 12 points and 5 rebounds for the Pirates.

The Pirates will play next against the University of St. Thomas, at the Whitworth Fieldhouse on Nov. 17.

Swimming continues hot start to season

Both the Whitworth men’s and women’s swim teams remain undefeated after winning their first four meets.

The Pirates won every event Nov. 2 against Willamette. Sophomore Samantha Smith led the Pirates, winning two events with a time of 1:00.14 in the 100-yard butterfly and 1:08.60 in in the 100-yard breaststroke.

The men had two double event winners in  Aaron Vaccaro, who won the the 50 free in 22.18 and the 100 butterfly in 52.31, and  Mitchell Beck, who won the the 200 freestyle in 1:47.56 and the 100 freestyle in 49.60.

Nov. 3 matched up the Bucs against Linfield at home. The men won all 10 races and the women won 10 of the 11 races.

Nov. 9, the Pirates faced Pacific University on the road. Freshman Kori Carpenter won both the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:58.43 and the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 55.31.

The next day the Bucs faced Lewis & Clark, also on the road.  Smith got the fastest time in the 200-yard butterfly so far this season, winning it in 2:15.19. The men won eight out of the 11 events.  Vaccaro  dominated again, swimming in the relay as well as winning the 50-yard freestyle in 22.12 and the 100-yard backstroke in 54.73.

The Pirates are now 4-0. Their next race is the Northwest Invitational on Nov. 17 at Whitman College.

Football ends season on high note

On a biting Nov. 10 afternoon at the Pine Bowl, the Whitworth football team put up more than 500 yards of offense to take down the Pioneers of Lewis & Clark 37- 20 in their final game of the 2012 season.

Junior running back DJ Tripoli had a 19-yard run into the end zone to give the Bucs the early lead.

Senior running back and team captain Ronnie Thomas exploded in the second half for the Bucs. He carried the ball across the goal line for the 11th and 12th times this season in the third and fourth quarters to give Whitworth a 23-12 lead. Less than a minute after Thomas’ second touchdown, sophomore defensive back De’ Hall intercepted a Lewis & Clark pass and ran it back 65 yards to put another seven on the board for Whitworth.

Thomas finished the game with 251 yards rushing   and three touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Bryan Peterson threw for 159 yards on the day and rushed for nearly 100. Senior linebacker and team captain Scott Carr led the defense with seven tackles.

Whitworth (7-3 overall, 3-3 NWC) finishes the season fourth in the NWC.

Whitworthian Sports Staff

Sports recaps: Sept. 20 - Sept. 26

Women’s soccer extends win streak The Whitworth women’s soccer team continued its winning streak and improved to 5-0 in conference play with a pair of wins against George Fox and Pacific (Ore.). On Saturday, the Pirates secured their second road victory of the year. Senior midfielder Mackenzie Grow scored the game-winning goal in overtime after a closely matched game. The final score was 1-0. On Sunday, the Bucs were once again victorious over the Boxers of Pacific University. Grow was able to capitalize on a penalty kick for the first goal of the match. The second goal came in the second half from sophomore midfielder Jackie Day. Next week the Pirates will compete on Saturday and Sunday as they host Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Puget Sound.

Men’s soccer earns sweep during Oregon trip

The men’s soccer team traveled to George Fox and Pacific (Ore.) last weekend, collecting two more conference victories and taking their record to 4-0 in Northwest Conference play. Sophomore striker Robby Ubben put away a corner kick taken by junior midfielder Anders Nostdahl in the 31st minute against George Fox on Saturday, which was enough for senior goalkeeper Kyle Novak, who saved all three shots on target from George Fox to produce another shutout for a 1-0 victory. Strong defense supported by two goals from freshman forward Samuel Engle in the second half helped Whitworth post its seventh shutout in eight opportunities this season en route to a 2-0 victory over Pacific. The final three undefeated teams in NWC play will be in Spokane next weekend, as Whitworth hosts Pacific Lutheran (5-3-1, 4-0 NWC) on Saturday, and Puget Sound (7-1-1, 4-0 NWC) on Sunday.

Theon leads Whitworth in Idaho

The men’s golf team began the first day of competition with an outstanding 36 holes last weekend at the North Idaho Invitational. After the first day of competition, both of the attending men’s teams were standing strong at fourth and fifth respectively.  Stephen Theon led the Pirates with a 72-74 first two rounds. The men’s team continued the tournament on Monday, Sept. 24,  which was after press time for The Whitworthian. Check online at for results and extended coverage of the event.


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Whitworth men’s golf conclude play in Idaho

The men’s golf team concluded play at the North Idaho Invitational on Monday. After three rounds of play, the two competing Whitworth men’s teams finished fifth and sixth respectively.

Freshmen Whitworth golfers has strong showings to bolster the team finishes in the tournament..  Freshman Oliver Rudnicki shot a combined score of 222, leading team two with a sixth place finish overall. Freshmen Stephen Thoen also finished tied for 12th place with a combined score of 226.

Freshman Lyle Rudnicki shot a combined 225 to lead team one, giving him a 10th place finish overall.  Additionally, freshman Samson Martinez shot 228 to finish 16th overall in the tournament.

“The performance of these freshmen today shows me that we have a very talented group of newcomers with great depth,” said head coach Warren Friedrichs. That depth was especially needed this weekend, as junior Jesse Salzwedel was unable to compete for personal reasons.

“We have good focus and the team environment we’ve fostered is excellent at this point,” Friedrichs said.

“It was great opposition and we got common competitive rounds.  Ultimately, we wanted to see who would step forward this weekend.”

Fortunately for the Pirates this week, both team one and two were competitive throughout the tournament.

“I think we’ve played in a lot of big tournaments before, and practice has really helped us prepare mentally for these things,” said freshman Oliver Rudnicki.  “The team camaraderie we have makes it really good to play on a team you’re excited to play for.”

While team unity is important, Friedrichs emphasized that performance that is at the top of the Pirates’ list as the season goes on.

“We want to put the Northwest Conference in the national spotlight,” said Friedrichs.  “Our league is improving, and that means we’ll need to get consistent play of our team as well as a player or two to step up when we need them to.”

The men’s team will play next weekend at the Whitman Invitational in Walla Walla, Wash. on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

Whitworthian Sports Staff