Funding the Bucs

Kara Need | Sports Editor

For Whitworth sports teams, budgeting is a difficult area that includes faithful stewardship of money from the school, tough decisions regarding where money should be spent and fundraising to cover excess costs.

Jo Wagstaff, Associate Director of Athletics, said that on a typical year, each team will get a budget with allotments for categories such as travel, equipment and coaching salaries.

“For example, a few years ago baseball got $37,000 for travel. Each budget allocation would theoretically all get spent in the year, and then on July 1 they get a new budget with all the same allocations. If the college says, okay, everyone gets a 2% increase, then every line gets a little bit more money. Sometimes they will ask us where we want to put the 2%, and we will basically always put it in travel. Travel is just out of this world” Wagstaff said.

Initially, each sport is equal per-diem. For example, for travel, the same amount is allocated per person per day regardless of the sport. Equipment allocations necessarily vary because of the sport because different sports had different needs.

“But we even try to keep that as equal as we can,” Wagstaff said, “Women’s soccer and men’s soccer have the same equipment budget. Softball and baseball have the same equipment budget.”

Although budgets amounts are decided though categorizing money into travel, equipment, and other pertinent categories, once the teams get the money they are free to use the funds however they think it will best benefit the program. Rod Sandberg, head football coach, said this is one of the reasons that he loves Whitworth.

“They only really care about the bottom line. So if I’m able to cut costs out of one area, I can spend it in another. Nobody ever gets as much money as they want. So to be able to have that flexibility is a huge blessing,” Sandberg said.


One challenge for Whitworth sports teams specifically is travel. Out of the 440-450 Division III teams in the country, Whitworth is the most isolated, Bryan Olson said. Whitman College, the closest NWC opponent, is 3.5 hours away door to door, and the next closest is a five hour trip to Tacoma.

“There is no other school in the country with that kind of distance to travel,” Olson said. “Going to Tacoma once and Portland three times means that travel is a huge piece of our budget”

When looking to cut costs on travel for women’s soccer, Olson looks specifically at the kind of transportation.

“We can look at taking the huge bus, or what we’ve done in the past and look to do more in the future is taking passenger vans. And you end up saving about $1900 per trip if you take vans instead of busses,” Olson said. “So we look of the trade-offs between student athletes wanting to study and the experience on the travel, versus how we can use our funds to actually do this”

Sandberg said that when he coached at Wheaton College before coming to Whitworth, his team only flew to a game one time in his 25 years as a coach, and they only had one or two games per year that required an overnight stay. For Whitworth however, almost every away game is an overnight.

“Because travel takes so much money, some of my other budget categories are a little bit lower,” Sandberg said. “The challenge is that whole travel piece, in taking such a large piece of the pie, you have less for other things. I think that’s the number one challenge.”

Pre-season travel is also a difficult area to budget. Olson wants to be able to travel every single player each weekend and especially for the pre-season trips, he said.

“That adds to the costs that we don’t necessarily have to incur, but for our program I think it’s a great great thing,” Olson said.

For football, Sandberg said that they do not have a ton of pre-season options. He explained that it is typical to work two year deals, where once you go to them, and the next year they come to you. But it can be difficult for teams who want to make this deal with Whitworth.

“They could choose a different opponent that would be a lot cheaper,” Sandberg said, “They don’t want to hurt their budget either so that’s a problem. But they also don’t want to come and spend all this money and maybe get beat. That makes them think long and hard about it. So it’s become a big challenge because we don’t have a lot of options.”


Although recruiting may not be a large part of the budget from the school, it is crucial part of program success and is an area where coaches look to invest. For women’s soccer, the recruiting budget for this year was $365, which is not even close to enough to do the recruiting that they want to do.

“Figuring out ways to travel and go and see potential student athletes, that takes a lot of creativity” Olson said. “I end of paying for a lot of the travel necessary for recruiting because I see the importance in going places, getting to represent Whitworth and finding people to be a part of our program.”

Sandberg said that they try to never cut costs with recruiting.

“I learned something really earth shattering: when I have great players I’m a great coach. It’s really simple.” Sandberg said.

Because of the importance of recruiting, the football team recruits in northern and southern California, Hawaii and all over the West Coast.

“That costs money and we can’t really skimp there,” Sandberg said.


Another major portion of the budget for sports teams is equipment. Sandberg explained that because other areas such as travel and recruiting can’t be compromised, often equipment for players is what must be cut down.

“That leaves things for your players. And you don’t want to skimp them on uniforms and equipment and stuff like that so it’s really a tough piece to balance,” Sandberg said.

Olson, who played for Whitworth soccer when he was a student, explained that he faced the challenge of equipment from a player’s perspective also.

“I walked in the door the first day as a player and my jaw dropped because I’m paying for school and now I have to come in and pay for all the gear that I’m going to train in and travel in and it didn’t quite make sense in my mind. I can see it from a different perspective now. But we don’t want that shock to be massive for everyone that walks in.” Olson said.

Olson said that he tries to keep the price down for players so they are paying maybe $100 or $150 a year on gear, but that means that the program is covering more of it.


Ultimately, fundraising is a crucial piece of running a successful sports program at Whitworth. Each team has two accounts, money from the University and money from fundraising. The University money must be used within the financial year, but the fundraised money can carry over from year to year.

“They all need more money,” Wagstaff said. “The University supplies the budget for all the conference play. But if they want to travel beyond that, like sometimes teams travel to California and Texas, they will need to raise the money for that.”

Wagstaff said that coaches are often really creative with fundraising and that it is done in any number of ways. Some of the examples that she cited were selling signs for the fieldhouse, selling the chair that go around the perimeter of the court during basketball season, or just through letter writing to alums, friends and family asking for help to support the sport.

“The university is really open and supportive of us fundraising. We have two budgets. We have the money that they school gives us, and then the money that I fundraise. And the money that I fundraise I can use however I want, but the encourage you to use all of your budget first and use that last,” Sandberg said.

The athletic department organizes two big fundraising opportunities per year: Pirate Night in the fall and the Golf Classic in the summer. These events help raise money for the department as a whole as well as individual programs.

Pirate Night is the department’s largest fundraiser and includes a silent auction and a live auction, and they sell seats and tables for the event. According to Olson, in the past all proceeds went directly to the department and were used for operating costs there. But this year it has changed. Now, Olson said, a large percentage of proceeds from individuals goes directly back to the program they are affiliated with.

“Now most of the proceeds are coming back to each individual program. So that’s a huge incentive for us to actually invite people and be a major part of that,” Olson said.

Sandberg believes that is it crucial for Whitworth football to be involved in events like Pirate Night and the Golf Classic.

“We’re the biggest group,” Sandberg said. “We have the most players, the most coaches, so we make sure we have a strong presence at those events and in promoting those events. We so appreciate what the administration and school does for us to help be successful and those are opportunities for us to give back. Now we get benefits from that too, but a portion of it just goes to the department.”

University-organized fundraising like One Pine Day have also made a significant impact for the football program.

“Like I said before, the equipment budget really gets squeezed,” Sandberg said. “But on One Pine Day we raised enough to buy the entire team new away jerseys, $10,000 in one 24-hour social media period. So that’s a huge blessing. How would we ever have been able to get those without that.”

But perhaps the most important type of fundraising is direct communication with a base of donors. According to Sandberg, they focus their communication on alums and families of the Whitworth football program.

“They also want to know what’s happening with new coaches and games and those would be the people that we reach out to with needs,” Sandberg said.

Football likes to reach out to their support system three times a year. Before season Sandberg sends out the season theme and a season preview. After season, he focuses on a season summary and gives a “state of the union.” And then around April they send a letter sharing some of their needs if anyone would be excited about helping. The football program tries to communicate in smaller ways on holidays as well.

“We don’t want every letter to be about asking,” Sandberg said. “So they are hearing from us and knowing that we care about them.”

Women’s soccer also focuses on bringing alumni and families into the overall experience. For Olson, fundraising is all about inviting people to come alongside the program in what they are doing. Events like the alumni weekend are key components of connecting with alumni and families.

“Getting to invite others in and share some of our purpose and what we’re trying to do and just be around some of our team and our girls and that’s a huge invitation into hey I like what you’re doing here and I want to help you. And sometimes financially is the answer,” Olson said.

According to Olson, each coach has a different approach to fundraising. A former basketball coach, Olson said, laid a great foundation for connecting with alumni that has carried over into the current program. Similarly Olson said that Dan Ramsey, former baseball coach, was an amazing fundraiser.

“My approach is to be much more organic in inviting people into what we’re doing,” Olson said. “If they feel called to help support what we’re trying to do and that’s on their hearts, then that’s awesome. But we won’t really engage that with them too often.”

Olson and Sandberg both believe that is comes down to being thankful for what they have and being good stewards of their resources.

“We are never in football going to complain about what we have,” Sandberg said. “We’re going to be grateful for what we have and try to make the most of it and then again try to cultivate and develop relationships with the key donors so that they know such amazing things are happening here. We want them to be reminded of that so they are excited to take part in that experience.”

Olson similarly expressed gratitude for the resources and support that each program has.

“At the end of the day, we’re really thankful for everything that we have,” Olson said. “I think it’s easy wherever we’re at to say, we want a little more. But we feel like we are supported in a way where we can invest into our programs in the way that we dream and desire. I’m really thankful to be at a place like Whitworth where from the president on down we are all pulling the same direction—investing in lives and in the experience.”




Pirate Profile: Ian Fisher

Nicole Oh | Staff Writer

Ian Fisher is a member of the 2018 Whitworth men’s tennis team. Fisher is from Caldwell, Idaho and is majoring in mathematical economics. Some of his hobbies include fishing, reading and spending time outdoors. 

Fisher’s passion for tennis started when he was young. 

“As a child I played with family and attended clinics, in addition to playing soccer and basketball,”Fisher said. “In high school I got more and more serious and during the summer of senior year decided I was going to continue and play for Whitworth.” This year marks Fisher’s fourth playing for the Pirates, and he is team captain.

One of Fisher’s favorite memories from the team is the trip during spring break. Every year during spring break the team alternates from competing in either California or Florida. Next week the team will travel to Los Angeles to compete against three other teams, including Chapman, Caltech, and Occidental. 

“We not only get to play matches, but we get to hang out on the beach and overall it is a great time for team bonding and getting the opportunity to know the guys better” Fisher said.

One of Fisher’s most memorable matches was recently competing in doubles with junior Nick Hughes and winning in a tiebreaker against George Fox University.

Since he is the only senior on the team this year, Fisher has had a large impact on the young team. In terms of growth Fisher has improved in his “abilities to lead other, especially during times of lower team morale and being able to build up the underclassman,” he said. One of his goals is to “start a good foundation for future teams and shape how the freshman approach the team, and to start everyone off on a good path for future years,” he said.

Currently the Pirates are 1-3 with conference matches. 

“This is one of my best seasons, especially in doubles with Hughes we have only lost once in conference play,” Fisher stated “[singles] it is tougher and the level of play from opponents has been high,” he said.With six out of seven members being underclassmen, there is “lots of good energy and it is just tons of fun to come out and play every day,” Fisher said. 

The Pirates next matches will be on March 26 at Occidental at 5 p.m., March 27 at Caltech at 2 p.m.,and March 29 at Chapman at 5 p.m.

March Madness takes Whitworth

Henry Miller | Staff Writer

With the NCAA Men’s basketball kicking off last Thursday, Whitworth students researched college basketball teams to once again try and predict the perfect bracket. The first round concluding Friday night with the most historic upset in tournament history. Number 16 seeded University of Maryland Baltimore County defeated Virginia, the number one team in the country, 74-54 A 16-seeded team had never made it past the first round of the tournament until Friday night.

 “It was like the disciples hearing Jesus had risen from the dead,” said Trevor Roberts, 20,” a college basketball fan and founder of one of the largest bracket challenge on campus with over 80 participants. ESPN reported that 18.5 percent, about three million, of all brackets submitted had number one Virginia winning this year’s National Championship.

The upsets continued Saturday in the second round of the tournament with number three Tennessee losing to number 11 Loyola Chicago. 

“After a performance like that you can’t not root for [Loyola-Chicago],” Roberts said. 

The 2017 National Champions, the North Carolina Tarheels, were upset in the second round when they were blown out by number seven Texas A&M. The Tarheels were coming off of the schools seventh National Championship when they were shocked by Texas A&M.

“Everything is bigger in Texas. It’s the year of the upset and UNC took their matchup for granted,” Alex Mowrey said. Mowrey is the Senator for Baldwin Jenkins hall and has been an avid March Madness participant through high school and college.

With plenty of basketball to be played and the sweet sixteen teams finalized, bracket architects will watch patiently and hope their predictions are correct. Make sure to cheer on number four Gonzaga as they play in the round of 16 on March 22. 

Softball sweeps Pacific Lutheran

  Ian Busik  | Photographer  Kelsey Downey '18 at bat. 

Ian Busik | Photographer

Kelsey Downey '18 at bat. 

Nicole Oh | Staff Writer

Last weekend the Whitworth women’s softball team competed against Pacific Lutheran University. In a series of four games, the Pirates won the first game of the weekend with a score of 7-1. The Pirates also took home the win in game two with a score of 8-7. On Sunday the Pirates continued their dominance in game three with a score of 4-0 and finished game four with a final score of 10-2.  

After this weekend the Pirates are 14-8 overall and 7-3 in conference play. They are currently ranked third in the Northwest Conference behind first place Linfield College and second place George Fox University. Following this weekend Pacific Lutheran is now 3-9 in Northwest Conference play. 

Freshman Sara Gayer had three RBIs and four runs to help lead the Pirates Saturday to the sweep, and on Sunday senior Michelle Silva led the Pirates with five RBIs, two runs, and finished things off with a grand slam. 

  Ian Busik  | Photographer  Michelle Silva '18

Ian Busik | Photographer

Michelle Silva '18

“Having it be a home opener was a big motivator,” senior Allie Rude said. “We took each game one at a time, each pitch one at a time, and just tried to compete during every pitch.” 

Looking ahead to next the games next week Rude said“there is always room for improvement one thing we want to do is to try and score more runs to make it easier on the pitcher.”

“This weekend we came out big and we are going to try and keep that competitive streak going,” Rude said. “The Pirates are going to be a scary team to face later on in the season. We want to compete in the conference tournament.”

Next weekend on March 24 and 25 the Pirates will take on Willamette University, a Northwest Conference team, in a home game at Marks Field. The games will be at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day

Kayla Leland takes fifth at Indoor Nationals

Craig Russell | Staff Writer

Kayla Leland,‘18, represented the Whitworth Track and Field team at the Indoor Nationals this past Friday. She ran the 5k meter, and finished fifth with a time of 17:02.10. The meet was held in Birmingham, Alabama.

“I got out to a quick start as I always like to do, maintained a good position throughout the race, and then used my speed training to pass several runners at the end,” Leland said. Leland held first place for three minutes of the race, then settled into seventh before passing two other runners on their last lap. The winner of this race, Britney Bowman of Tufts University, had a time of 16:31.32.

Leland also had qualified for the mile as well, but chose to focus on the 5k.

“Running a fast 5K is one of the most physically and mentally challenging tasks for a runner, especially running 25 laps on an indoor track.  However, I personally embrace the pain through perseverance, especially with the roaring crowd and all the excitement in the background,” Leland said. Last year she was recognized as an All-American athlete for being top eight in the mile and the 800 meter, and now has also been recognized as an All-American athlete in the 5k meter.

“Qualifying for the NCAA National Championships is never a given, so I felt extremely blessed and excited when I qualified to compete in Alabama at the National meet. Being the only qualifier from our team this year, I was honored to be able to represent Whitworth at the National level,” Leland said. Leland has continued a three-year treak of Whitworth athletes competing at the national level. She is thankful for the support of her teammates that were back in Spokane.

This meet concludes the indoor season, and the rest of the season will be outdoor meets.

This weekend the Bucs will host their first outdoor meet on March 17, beginning at 10 a.m.


Women's tennis splits the weekend

Nicole Oh | Staff Writer

This weekend the Whitworth women’s tennis team faced Lewis & Clark College on Saturday and George Fox University on Sunday. Both teams are members of the Northwest Conference. On Saturday the Pirates fell 2-7 to Lewis & Clark, but bounced back Sunday to defeat the George Fox Bruins 7-2. This win puts the Pirates 4-5 overall in the season and 3-2 in the Northwest Conference.

During Saturday’s double matches, Lewis & Clark won two of the three matches. Freshman Avery Liening and Junior Marissa Kirk teamed up to earn Whitworth points with a 8-4 win. In the singles matches, senior Jennifer Adams was the only Pirate to pick up points, defeating her opponent 6-3 and 6-0.

Turning things around on Sunday, Whitworth won two of the three double matches. Sophomore Erica Lee and Junior Emma Jo Wiley won their match 8-2. Adams and Junior Katie Lacayo also won their match, with a score of 8-5. Further increasing the Pirates lead, Adams scored a 6-2, 6-2 victory in singles. To cap off the day Liening, Wiley, Lacayo and Kirk each won their singles matches.

“The first day was pretty tough, we were playing an opponent where it has historically always been a close fight, however Sunday we all played significantly better”sophomore Emily Sanquist said.

“We are looking to improve mentally and not psych ourselves out,”Sandquist said. “On Saturday when we were playing we weren’t completely focused on playing in the moment, and were worried more about the outcome.”The mindset going into Sunday’s game was “to stay loose and aggressive,”she said.

“The ultimate goal is for us to be top four, because those are the teams that get to play at conference” freshman Kiana Pielli said.

The Pirates will be working towards accomplishing this goal when they play again next weekend March 17 and 18. On the 17 at Pacific Lutheran, who is a member of the Northwest Conference,  and the following day will be at Bellevue Community College for an exhibition match.


Baseball poised for success despite big changes

Craig Russell | Staff Writer

Whitworth Baseball has a new coach this season. This past January, coach Dan Ramsey, who has been head coach for the last nine years, left to become the manager of the Twins Rookie Ball affiliate in the Gulf Coast League. Taking his place is coach CJ Perry, former pitching coach. Perry intends on continuing this role, acting as the head coach permanently.

Along with a new coach, the players have changed too.

“Last year, we graduated 11 players all of whom had significant roles on the team in regards to playing time. We brought in six freshman and three transfers to help fill that void,” Perry said.

The Pirates are ranked second in the preseason poll at 55 points, just seven points behind Linfield. These points are determined from a survey of the coaches in the conference.Last year, Whitworth won only two out of six games against Linfield, who went on to win the 2017 conference and take the title from the Pirates, who won in 2016.

A recurring challenge for the team has been snow and ice.

“We are a team that likes to run a lot of high tempo and intense practices that includes competition drills and scrimmages at least twice a week. Having snow and ice on the field greatly limits our space and our ability to do that” Perry said. Last year the team also had a problem with the snow lasting into March and leaving the field unusable.

Snow affects not only practice, but games too. Whitworth and Whitman were supposed to face off at Merkel field on Feb. 24 and 25, but snowfall caused the game to be canceled.

As for the All-NWC teams, last year Whitworth had three players on the two teams. First baseman, Matthew Nelson, a senior that is now graduated, made team one. Joel Condreay, ‘18, and Matthew Young, ‘20, made team two for shortstop and starting pitcher respectively.

The Pirates play next home at Merkel Field on Saturday March 11 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and then on Sunday March 12 at noon.


Golf off to strong start after first outdoor tournament of spring season

Nicole Oh | Staff Writer

This weekend both the Whitworth men and women’s golf teams traveled to the PLU Invitational at Oakbrook Golf Club in Lakewood. In their first outdoor tournament of the spring the women ended up winning the two day tournament with a total of 656 points. Followed by Pacific Lutheran in second place, and Puget Sound in third place. On the men’s side Whitworth  had an A and B team both play in the tournament and they ended up tying for fourth place, each finishing up the tournament with 625 points. Pacific Lutherans A and B team took first and second place, followed by Grays Harbor in third

On the women’s side,senior Katie Ochoa and sophomore Maggie Peters tied for first place. In the playoff to break the tie, Ochoa ended up winning. Ochoa and Peters both scored a 160.

“The tournament this weekend went really well, especially for our first time playing on grass,” sophomore Cheyenne Marchand said. Due to the snow, the team has been practicing with simulator and nets here on campus. Marchand’s individual goals for the rest of the season include “working on doing better the second day and helping out the team as much as possible.” Marchand finished up in 10th place with a score of 173 points.

“We are still focusing on short games, which is chipping and putting, because that is where you win matches”, Sophomore Ali Brandt said. Brandts goals for the rest of the season include “shooting low 80’s by the end of the season and ultimately the team winning conference.” Brandt ended the match  in 15th place with a score of 184 points. Also competing for the Pirates was Allie Slingsby who finished in eighth place, Madison Pillo in 11th , and Jaymie Pentony with fourth place.

On the men’s side, freshman Caleb Belton and sophomore JackRyan O’Neil tied for fifth place, each shooting a 151. Close behind in a tie for eighth place were Reily Hegarty and Elijah Pittser, each scoring a 153. Triston Hartfiel finished in 20th, Preston Roth finished in 23rd, Keegan Loo with 26th place, Ryan Brown in 30th, Sam Stiles in 32nd and Tyson Odden in 40th.

“The tournament went pretty well this weekend, it wasn’t our best but it was good to get outside, play on a real course and shake the rust off” Loo said

One thing the team is working on is “competing throughout every tournament and improve at each tournament that we go to.” After talking with Loo and Pittser, the teams ultimate goal is to win conference, to do this the team is “working on consistency and playing our best whenever we compete and improve from last year”

The women and men will both compete the weekend of March 10 and 11 The men will play at the Spring Fling at Sunwillows Golf Club in Pasco and the women at the Sunshine Invite at Columbia Point Golf Course in Richland.

Pirate Profile: Emma Jo Wiley

Nicole Oh | Staff Writer

The Pirates opened up their 2018 tennis season mid-February in Lewiston, Idaho and are now on a mission to get to the Northwest Conference Tournament in April. The top four teams in the conference will qualify. This past weekend the Pirates played against the College of Idaho. On Saturday and Sunday the pirates faced Highline Community College and Community Colleges of Spokane.

Emma Jo Wiley is a junior from Fort Collins, Colorado majoring in health science and Spanish in addition to being a member of the Whitworth women’s tennis team for three years. Some of her hobbies include swimming and camping. Wiley has been playing tennis for ten years, ever since she was in middle school. Wiley’s mom, who also played tennis in college, exposed Wiley to the game and encouraged her to get out and play as well. She absolutely fell in love with the game, Wiley said. Her biggest accomplishment so far would be placing second at the state match her junior year of high school.

“One of my favorite parts of being on this team is the atmosphere with all of the girls. We are such a small team and that allows us to really get to know each other and cheer each other on. It makes an individual sport a team sport,” Wiley said.

There are 11 women on the team this season.

“Every year during spring break our team travels to California,” Wiley said. “It allows us play tennis, hangout on the beach, and grow together as team. It is always a highlight.” 

Wiley is excited for the 2018 season and what it will bring both individually and for the team. One of the biggest challenges she faces is the mental aspect of the sport. 

“When you’re out there competing you’re all alone, and it is can be frustrating to stay mentally tough sometimes. It is just you and your thoughts. We love when people come out to support. It helps us mentally and is tons of fun,” stated Wiley. 

The Pirates will be playing again March 2 at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon at 2 p.m. Their next home game will be March 10 and 11 facing Lewis & Clark and George Fox.

Men's basketball wins NWC championship

Kara Need | Sports Editor

 Photo courtesy of Steve Flegel

Photo courtesy of Steve Flegel

The Pirates became NWC Champions after beating Whitman 91-88 on Saturday night in Walla Walla. After losing to Whitman twice this season, a buzzer beater from Kyle Roach, ‘19, sealed the win for the Pirates and granted them the automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.

Whitworth started the game strong and within the first three minutes had a nine point lead over Whitman. Although Whitman struggled to get rebounds in the first half, the game was tied 46-46 at the half.

Early in the second half, Whitworth struggled to keep control of the ball. Whitman capitalized on a few Whitworth turnovers and built an 11 point lead over the pirates. However, with about 13 left to go in the game, the momentum began to switch. Back to back threes by Garrett Hull, ’19, from the right corner closed the gap to tie it up again, 67-67.

The game remained close until the very end. With less than three minutes to go, Jared Christy ‘18, picked up his fourth foul, sending Whitman to the line to put the Pirates down 86-82. On the other end of the floor, Whitman sent Roach to the line to close the gap to two. In the following play, Hull managed to get two to tie up the game, but Whitman quickly followed with two of their own, making the score 88-86 Whitman. With less than two minutes to go, Hull grabbed a crucial defensive rebound to keep it a two point game.

On the other end of the floor, the Pirates worked the ball around and after two missed shots and two offensive rebounds, Isaiah Hernandez tied up the game for the Pirates with just 24 seconds left. Whitman drove to the other end, but was called for a travel, giving Whitworth the ball with just two seconds to go.

At the restart, the Pirates got the ball to Roach, who fired a long three that hit the mark to seal the Championship for the Pirates 91-88.

“Making that last shot was amazing, it’s the play all athletes dream of making as they grow up,” Roach said.

Roach has been named NWC player of the year for the 2017-18 season and ended this game with 23 points. Ben College, ’20, was the high scorer of the game, tallying 24 points. Garrett Hull was essential for the Pirates on the board, ending the game with 11 rebounds and 15 points. Isaiah Hernandez was also a stand out for the Pirates, coming off the bench to get seven points and three assists.

“Whitman is a really talented team” Roach said, “So we knew the game was going to be a fight.”

Both teams ended up shooting 50 percent from the floor and there was a total of 16 lead changes throughout the game.

“Our guys have no quit in them, so when we went down, and our backs were against the wall we just worked our way out of it,” Roach said. “It was a pretty special moment, and I couldn't be happier for all my teammates and the fans that we were able to bring the NWC trophy back home.”

The Pirates will move on to the NCAA tournament and will learn their schedule on Monday morning.


Roach’s scoring performance not enough to overcome number one Whitman

Henry Miller | Staff Writer

 Faith Kahulamu | Photographer   #5 Garrett Hull races the opposing player towards the other end of the court with the ball

Faith Kahulamu | Photographer

#5 Garrett Hull races the opposing player towards the other end of the court with the ball

Men's basketball looked to dethrone the first ranked Whitman Blues on Tuesday. The Pirates (19-3) opened up the first half of play with what looked to be an answer to Whitman’s high-octane defense. After the first half, the Pirates led 57-54 with a commanding performance from Kyle Roach, ‘19, who scored a career high 45 points while also leading the pirates with three assists. Despite shooting a combined 56 percent from the field the Pirates weren’t able to pull off the upset. With 14 seconds remaining and Whitman leading 98-96, Ben College, ‘20, caught a pass from Roach and made a three pointer to put the Pirates up by one. On the ensuing drive Roach was called for a blocking foul sending Tim Howell to the line for Whitman who made two free throws sealing the win.

"[Roach’s output] was one of the best clutch performances I've ever been part of," said Whitworth head coach Matt Logie.  "He has put us on his back these last two games and just carried us."

The Pirates struggled with turnovers turning the ball over 21 times resulting in 23 points for the Blues. The Blues also made 25 of 34 free throws whereas the Pirates only made 11 of 14.

 Faith Kahulamu | Photographer   Whitworth’s school spirit was alive and well at the Whitworth vs. Whitman game as students cheered the players on.

Faith Kahulamu | Photographer

Whitworth’s school spirit was alive and well at the Whitworth vs. Whitman game as students cheered the players on.

With the loss the Pirates are now two games back of the first place Blues. The number one ranked Blues have dominated the NWC this season including a commanding season from the 2017 NWC player of the year Tim Howell.  With the win the Blues improve to 22-0 with this being their 37th straight NWC win. The Bucs travel to Newberg, Oregon to battle George Fox on Friday Feb. 9th before traveling back to Spokane to play Willamette on Feb. 17th.

Swim places 1st and 4th at Logger open

Craig Russell | Staff Writer

The Whitworth swim team took 1st place for men’s and 4th place for women’s this weekend in a three-day meet at University of Puget Sound. 

The men started this meet off in the lead, winning the 200-yard medley relay and placing third in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The 200-yard medley was swam by Jake Davies, ‘21, Owen Lempert, ‘20, Eben Schumann, ‘19 and Patrick Wilber, ‘18. They won by  under a second. Though Puget Sound won the 800 freestyle relay, the Whitworth team of Jacob Butler, ‘20, Davies, Ryan Grady, ‘21 and Byron Rossmiller, ‘20 took third, gaining the pirates 32 points. Whitworth score at the close of Day 1 was 124, 10 points over the second place team of Pacific Lutheran with a score of 114.

The women’s team ended day one in 6th place. They placed 5th in the 200-yard medley relay and placed 3rd in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The 200-yard medley was swam by Olivia Cox, ‘20, Marissa Gibson, ‘20, Jane Holmes, ‘19 and Molly Vagt, ‘21. The 800-yard freestyle was swam by Emma Boles, ‘20, Elizabeth Dressel, ‘20, Hannah Galbraith, ‘20, and Jamie Siegler, ‘21. The women’s team ended with 68 points.

Day two ended with the men increasing their lead and the women moving up to 5th. The men’s team placed 2nd in the 200-yard free and 1st in the 400-yard medley. The women’s team placed 8th in the 200-free and 5th in the 400-medley. Rossmiller and Wilber took 1st and 2nd in the men’s 200-yard backstroke, while Grady and Davies took first and fifth in the 200-yard breaststroke. Whitworth men ended the day at 486, now 57 points ahead of Pacific Lutheran. For the women’s team, Galbraith took 1st in the 200-yard backstroke and Vagt took 1st in the 500-yard freestyle. The women ended day two with a score of 272, 34 points behind Whittier College. Puget Sound ended in first with 418 points.

Whitworth men pushed their lead all the way to 155 points on the final day. Wilber, Schumann and Rossmiller swept the 400-yard individual medley taking first, second and third place. Whitworth also swept the men’s 50-yard freestyle with swimmers Lempert, Wilber and Schumann taking all top three places. Vagt won the 1650-yard free, raising her personal record by nearly thirty seconds. The women finished the meet with a total of 461 points, moving them up to fourth place.

The next swim meet will be held at Seattle University on Saturday Jan. 6. The next home meet is Friday  Dec.19th, against Pacific Lutheran.