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Nicole Oh| Staff Writer
This fall, senior Emily Leinweber is completing her fourth and final year as a member of the women’s cross country team. Leinweber is one of two seniors this season who serves as a captain and role model, alongside Marissa Mount, to the young team this year, which includes nine freshman and five returners.
Originally from Walla Walla, this spring she will graduate with a major in history and secondary education, and will be teaching either social studies or history in a middle school or high school. In her free time she enjoys cooking, crafting, and spending time with her family and friends. She also competes on the track and field team in the spring primarily running the 5k and 10k.
Looking back, a huge athletic highlight and accomplishment includes winning the NWC championship race the past three years, in the 2017 season Leinweber finished the championship meet with a time of 25:42 for the 6k race.
Each year the team sets the goal of winning conference, commits and keeps each other accountable for this goal by constantly working hard not only at practice, but in the classroom, showing up, doing the little things, and continually supporting each other. “The process of reaching this goal is the epitome of pursuing perfection as a team and realizing that we can only be our best individually if we are first best together, as a team”, Leinweber said.
Throughout Leinweber’s four years some of the most memorable moments include a combination of supporting each other during tough workouts, competing in races together as a team, ice bathing after practice, van rides to meets, all the fun at training camp, and of course snack nights, however what made all those things so special was “in all those moments we get to the opportunity to get to know each other on a different level, find new ways to support and love each other better. The relationships that we are able to build in the little moments are what makes it possible to support each other in the big moments and truly work together.”
Leinweber would describe her overall experience on the Whitworth cross country team not only as a privilege but a huge blessing. It has been a place of working hard together, being there for one another, and becoming not only better athletes, but better people.“To be surrounded by coaches and teammates who encourage you to be the best you can be in athletics, academics, social, and spiritual life. I love this team and everything that it stands for”. It has also been a time for growth. “It has been hard at times, but ultimately so rewarding, fun, and absolutely worth the sacrifices and disappointments that come alone with athletics”.
Looking ahead both the men and women cross country teams will be traveling to compete at the 44th Annual Charles Bowles Invitational on Sept 29 in Salem, Oregon.
Henry Miller | Staff Writer
Whitworth has secured the coveted McIlroy-Lewis all-sports trophy for the 11th year in a row. Whitworth edged Pacific Lutheran University by 14 points to claim the trophy once again. The trophy has been a symbol of Whitworth’s athletic dominance over the past 11 years.
“That’s the cool thing about this award,” athletic director Tim Demant said. “We can’t rely on just one sport to win. Every sport has the opportunity to contribute the same amount of points, so every sport at Whitworth contributed to this award this year.”
Points are tallied based on where a sport finishes in their conference ranking.
Whitworth’s win is significant considering the lack of two sports other universities in the Northwest Conference offer. Whitworth does not offer a women’s rowing program and until recently did not offer a women’s lacrosse program. Pacific Lutheran University was able to gather 18 points from women’s rowing this year, which put them in serious contention with Whitworth.
The overall dominance over such a long period of time has only been done once before by PLU, which held the trophy from 1986 to 1993 and then from 1995 to 2000.
“The award really speaks to the overall excellence of our athletic program,” Demant said. “Whitworth also leads the conference in scholar athletes. This just shows the culture of success at Whitworth and the community that attracts high caliber athletes.”
Whitworth celebrated Northwest Conference championships in women’s cross country, men’s swimming and men’s basketball. Pirate football finished in second place with a record of 5-2. Women’s golf finished second place in the NWC with 24 total points from tournaments. Women’s soccer finished third place in the NWC with a record of 11-3-2. Women’s volleyball had a second place finish with an overall record of 12-4.
Whitworth has built a strong assortment of student athletes. “We have presidential and faculty support for all our athletics and that has helped us build a winning culture here,” Demant said. “Every coach has won this award. Football doesn’t account for more points than swimming or tennis. It takes a strong effort across the board to win this award.”
With the school year and spring athletic season coming to a close, another strong year of athletics has been capped off by recognizing Whitworth’s dominance over the year.
Kara Need | Sports Editor
Whitworth’s Ultimate Frisbee team, named “Bangarang” after the Lost Boys in the movie “Hook,” placed 23rd this year out of a total of 350 teams in the country. Ultimate is a club sport, meaning it is not NCAA, but they play in a league sanctioned by USA Ultimate. Each year, Bangarang travels around the Pacific Northwest, and occasionally to California, to compete in tournaments and to play other universities.
In Ultimate, teams play 7 v. 7 with the goal to get the frisbee into the endzone to score points. The team is a men’s team, although there are a few women who practice with them regularly. In the past, Whitworth has had a women’s team as well, although this year there was not enough interest to field a team.
Although Whitworth has a big frisbee culture, many of the students who come out to play Ultimate have little experience with the game.
“We like to be pretty open about it—just inviting. So if you want to come out and try it for a few days that’s totally welcome. We’re trying to get people experience,” said Daniel Gimbel, ‘19, a current captain who has been playing and practicing with Bangarang since he was a sophomore in high school.
This year, Bangarang had 20 players officially rostered, but they are always trying to get as many people as possible.
The team plays in four or five tournaments per year, but at the end of the year, the regional tournament determines which teams move on to the national tournament. The top team, or sometimes top two teams, at the regional tournament get to move on to the national tournament.
“Regionals brings out a different attitude from everyone. All tournaments are a really fun, warm vibe. But when regionals come it’s a complete shift. Were still having fun and being goofy, because that’s just who we are. But you can feel the change. It’s one of my favorite tournaments because that intensity is such an adrenaline rush,” Gimbel said.
As a club sport, each player must pay a fee out of pocket to be rostered, and the team is currently captain-led.
“Every year we elect three or four captains,” Gimbel said. “They tend to lead by taking care of everything they need to do as a club. As well as taking care of tournaments and games and leading practices and any set up.”
However, Bangarang has asked Anna McNulty to step in to a kind of coaching role for them next year. McNulty currently works in the registrar’s office at Whitworth, but she has a background with Ultimate and is excited about the possibility of becoming more involved with the team.
McNulty started seriously playing Ultimate in college at the University of Iowa. University of Iowa played at the Division I level of USA Ultimate and McNulty played for the team for five years. While she was there, she was listed as the third best defensive player in the nation.
“While I played there, our program grew where we were going to tournaments and traveling a lot and we had a coach, which was amazing because we learned a lot of fundamentals and just a lot about the game. It became basically my entire life in college, aside from school, and I made lifelong friends. And it’s been an incredible experience for me,” McNulty said.
McNulty has been going to practices with Bangarang off and on for the past year and has been helping where she can and playing a little with them. Recently, a few of the captains of the team approached her about possibly coaching the team next year.
“Since I’ve gotten to know them a little more over the past year, it’s something that I’ve’ always wanted to do. I had a great experience with my coach and I’ve always wanted to get back in that way,” McNulty said.
Although details have not been worked out yet, McNulty said she is willing to play any role that the players would like her to play. A coach can play a lot of different roles, from calling full lines in games and running practices, to being more a support role in helping players sign up for tournaments, set up practice schedules, or learn more about the game.
Because Ultimate is still a growing sport, some teams have coaches and some do not. However, McNulty and Gimble both expressed the difficulty of walking the line between coach, captain and player.
“Having Anna would bring a lot of change. It would be nice to have a main leader. Even though I was kind of coaching this year I was also part of the team and it’s a hard line to walk. It’s hard to be on both sides of that. But if we had someone in that position it would just be huge in terms of leadership, and just getting things done and improving in general” Gimbel said.
Scott Maxa, ‘20, who was voted to be a captain next year, also expressed the positive change that McNulty could bring to the team.
“There is only one person on our team who has ever had a coach before. She just has so much more knowledge than I do or any of the other captains do. So she can help us run practice and teach people and do everything a captain does but more and better than we could,” Maxa said.
McNulty is looking forward to the opportunity to be more invovled with the team.
“I was just really honored that they asked me. I thought that was really cool that they want to learn from me. I just have such a passion for the sport, not only at the college level but at the youth level, at the club level. In my opinion, everyone can play at those levels. I just want more people to learn about the sport, and I think these guys do too and that’s really cool,” McNulty said.
Next year, Bangarang is losing nine of their 20 rostered players. However, Maxa is hopeful that they will be able to get a solid group to come in next year and is already planning some recruiting strategies.
“They also have a really core group of freshman. That is really exciting…we just need some more people who are willing to learn the sport and come out and have no fears. I totally believe it is possible,” McNulty said.
Maxa and Gimbel both expressed how much fun it is to be a part of the team.
“I have always been a part of a sport and a team so still having that when I came into college was really nice. It’s people you can say “hi” to, eat lunch with. Last year we had a lot of dinners after practice. We would all mob over to saga and eat dinner together. Good community. Good conversations,” Maxa said.
Gimbel also talked about the joyful atmosphere of Bangarang.
“My favorite part is definitely the people on it. I’ve been a part of the team for six years and the atmosphere is just so different from any team that I’ve ever experienced. It’s just kinda like a big brotherhood—it’s like its own family,” Gimbel said.
Nicole Oh | Staff Writer
Jennifer Adams and Joel Condreay are both senior student athletes that competed as Pirates for the past four years. Both athletes share and reflect on their individual experiences, and share what will be next for them.
Jennifer Adams is a member of Whitworth women’s tennis team. She is graduating with a nursing major and some of her hobbies include playing the piano and guitar as well as going on mission trips.
“My overall experience as a member of the Whitworth tennis team has been extremely good, thanks to the coaches who have served not only as coaches, but as mentors. The amount of care and support people put in is a reflection of how much it matters to everyone,” Adams said.
“One of my favorite memories from freshman year was when we came in and competed in this tournament with a bunch of players from the entire conference. Going in with no expectations, we won every match, but lost in the final. It was super exciting and a great experience.”
A best memory from junior year included the success her and her doubles partner, Bella Hoyos, had. “We honestly had such an incredible time. We upset several nationally ranked teams and played in sync. It was a great season to learn how to compete at such a high level,” she said.
During her senior year it was the team aspect and the people who made it such a incredible year.
One of the biggest things Adams learned is “how to manage time and see the busyness as a good thing. It is all about being able to prioritize your time while pursuing what you love.” Adams is currently applying to be a nurse at Sacred Heart.
“Right now the plan is to stay in Spokane and help assistant coach, it is pretty up the air but you never know what may happen,” she said.
Joel Condreay is a four-year member of the baseball team. Condreay is majoring in accounting and outside of playing baseball, enjoys watching sports and reading.
“My overall experience at Whitworth playing baseball has been overwhelmingly positive. You never know what you are going to get when you come to a school. However, for me the experience I signed up for was exactly the one I got,” he said.
Throughout Condreay’s career he has been a part of two Northwest Conference Championship teams, which are some of his best memories, he said.
“Anytime you win a conference tournament it is one of the best feelings,” he said.
One of the biggest lessons Condreay will take away from this team is “understanding no matter what you’re doing you’re competing to be successful. You don’t need to wait for opportunity, just go after all the ones you get.”
After graduating this spring, Condreay has a job set up as an accountant in Seattle. With baseball being a huge passion of Condraey, he will wait to see what happens in terms of playing baseball after college, and possibly even pursue a career as a baseball coach.
“Overall my plan is to wait and see if I can play professionally and weigh the job that I’ve already been offered,” Condreay said.
Craig Russell | Staff Writer
Whitworth’s track and field team has a special emphasis when it comes to their TEAM. TEAM is not an acronym nor a code, but a reference to the special bond between the athletes.
“Capital ‘T-E-A-M’ is just a distinguishing title. We know our coach is talking about this team, not other teams,” Daniel Harper, a mid- distance senior, said. Harper said the idea is to emphasize how special the relationships of the members of this group is. There are alot of teams out there, but only one TEAM.
“I started capitalizing TEAM about 20 years ago because everyone talks about teamwork and sports teams and being a team but not very many people understand what TEAM really means,” said Toby Schwartz, the head coach of the team. Schwartz said that being intentional with “TEAM” helps to remind athletes of what they really are apart of.
“My goal is to take the best part of high school sports and combine it with the best part of college sports. The best part of high school sports is the emphasis and identity to a school or team. Most high school athletes grew up their whole life with the same people from elementary school to their senior year. They are bonded. In college, unfortunately, athletes come from various schools and cultures and backgrounds, and become self-centered and selfish and tend to worry about their spot on the team instead of the success of the TEAM,” Schwartz said.
Athletes also talked about how the emphasis on the TEAM makes the program about more than just athletics.
“The idea is that there is a lot of things this program tries to be that is more than simply athletes competing together. Toby pushes for this culture of people empowering each other and driving each other rather than just individuals,” said Grant Bingham, a senior distance runner.
Sarah Cool, a mid-distance sophomore, also stressed the importance of team support and the team culture.
“One of the best things about our TEAM is that we know everyone’s name, despite how big the team is,” Cool said. The TEAM strives to be the loudest, cheering on each team member by name.
One of the ways they push the idea of a TEAM is by baring the number “210” on the back of all their jerseys. A score of 210 means the team took first and scored 10 points in all 21 events. The team strives for perfection, but knows they can’t do that alone.
The TEAM mentality, even for an individual sport, has a big impact on the athletes.
“If I was out there running just for myself it would be pretty easy to quit,” Bingham said. “But when I’m with the TEAM, it’s almost like I have a job that’s bigger than just fulfilling my own goals. Even if I’m not having the performance I want, it’s important that I’m performing the best I can on a specific day so that the TEAM can do the best they can.”
“Being on a team and trying to accomplish goals within the team is a lot more fulfilling than just focusing on yourself. You can find joy in other people’s success and the group’s success,” Harper said.
Schwartz hopes to instill a team mentality for the athletes in both their sports encounters and their lives.
“It starts from the recruiting process until the final TEAM gathering an athletes senior year. The TEAM is emphasized more than any individual,” Schwartz said.
This past weekend, Whitworth’s track and field TEAM competed at Oregon Twilight in Eugene, Oregon and at Linfield Open in McMinnville, Oregon. These meets are in preparation for the Division III finals Thursday, May 24.
Craig Russell | Staff Writer
The Whitworth Track and Field team competed in the Northwest Conference championships on Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20.
The women's team took second place, and the men took third. The meet was hosted by Linfield in McMinnville, Oregon.
Marissa Mount, ‘20, started the meet off placing first in the nation in steeplechase with a time of 10:25.87. Kayla Leland, ‘18, followed this up with a NWC record breaking time in the 10K, with a time of 35:54.37. After day one, Whitworth women held the lead.
Leland also came back at day two to pick up another victory, this time in the 1500 meter. Her time, 4:33.25, gave her the win by just a tenth of a second. Danielle Openiano,’18, took third in shot put with a 125’8” toss. Kayla Brase, ‘18, improved her personal best to 38’ 3”, placing her just behind George Fox’s Dakota Buhler.
The women's performance awarded them 174 points. George Fox came out in first with 226, and Linfield took third with 140 points.
On the men’s side, Jacob Hubbard, ‘19, took second in hammer throw with a throw of 161’ 7”. Nick McGill, ‘20, took second in the high jump with a height of 6’4”. Additionally, Come Nzibarega, ‘18, placed fourth in the 10k. The men ended up in third place after the first day.
The next day, Andrew Bloom, ‘18, broke Whitworth's school record for javelin with a 229’5” throw, placing second. Nick McGill took third right behind Bloom, with a 193’11” throw. In running, the men took second in the 800 meter dash and second in the 4x400 relay. Daniel Harper, ‘18, finished with a time of 1:57.71. The relay team consisted of Jonathan Backous,’18, McGill, Jacob Sturtevant,’18, and John-Robert Wooley,’18,
The next step for the track and field team is Corvallis, Oregon on Friday May 4 where they’ll attend the high performance meet, and have one last shot to qualify for the Division III Championships.
Henry Miller | Staff Writer
After the second round of NWC tournament in Lakewood, Washington, the Pirates golf team had tallied the lowest score of the day. This would move the Pirates into second place, but it wouldn’t be enough to pull the Pirates past Pacific Lutheran University who finished in first. PLU finished with a team score of 581 while Whitworth finished at 595. Sam Stiles, ‘20, shot an even par 71 on Sunday to tally a total score of 147. Stiles finished in an individual four-way tie for sixth place.
The Pirates had a rough start to the tournament and were looking to get past Willamette.
“We kind of dug ourselves into a hole after the first day. We knew we were down nine shots to Willamette,” said Reilly Hegarty, ‘20.
With Willamette in range of being overtaken, the bucs turned to their head coach for strategy.
”Try and beat the Willamette player in you group by two and a half shots and we will pull ahead of them,” said Coach Scott Kramer. The team was focused on keeping track of the Willamette players score and this would drive them to beat the Willamette golfers.
The weather on day one of the tournament was not the most favorable.
“It was really windy the first day, pretty cold through the first nine hole,” said Hegarty. The Bucs were down fifteen shots after the first day which was a difficult gap to overcome. The Bucs recovered to card a final NWC score of 26 points. PLU finished in first with 30.
“They had a really good first day considering the conditions, all credit to them, they went out and shot a really good score the first day, said Hegarty”
Willamette’s golf team had finished in first place at the fall classic but placed fifth at the Spring Classic. They finished third overall in NWC standings. One of Willamette’s best golfers, Nathan Phelan, had transferred to WSU in the middle of this season. Another factor was Trent Jones of Willamette, who during the Fall Classic was one of the best division 3 golfers in the country, was in a slump at the time of the NWC tournament.
Whitworth finished in the top five of most of their tournaments this year and has a relatively young roster. With a talented young crew of golfers, Whitworth is looking to take the NWC trophy from PLU next year.
“We can continue to develop and continue to push each other because of how close of a team we are. We are looking to go out and prove how good we are to everyone. It’s not often you get a group of sophomores with the tournament experience of seniors, said Hegarty.”
Pirate golfers Sam Stiles and Keegan Loo, ‘20, were both honored as second team all-NWC. Stiles was a first team honoree last year and averaged a score of 76.9 this season. Loo was a second team honoree this year and averaged a score of 78.3.
Kara Need | Sports Editor
Last weekend, the women’s golf team placed third at the NWC championships to conclude their 2018 spring season. Whitworth finished behind first place Whitman College and second place George Fox.
The NWC Championship counted for 50 percent of the overall season scores. The Fall Classic and Spring Classic each count for 25 percent.
“We all were happy with how we did as a team, of course we always want to do better, but we have come a long ways since the beginning of Fall 2017,” Kaite Ochoa, ’18, said.
Jaymie Pentony, ‘20, was the top finisher for the Pirates. She tied with two other individual finishers for 10th with a total score of 165 (+21), 18 strokes behind the leaders, Kristin Elich from George Fox and Shiyang Fan from Whitman. Fan and Elich both scored 74-73—147, but Fan took first in a playoff tie-breaker.
“I did really well the first day. I shot a 77, which put me in first place. I was pretty happy with that. I didn’t do quite as well the second day, I shot an 88, but overall I was satisfied with my performance and it allowed me to place,” Pentony said.
Maggie Peters, ’20, tied for 13th (81-85—166), Cheyenne Marchand, ’20, ended in a three way tie for 16th (85-83—168), Allie Slingsby, ’21, ended in 22nd (90-82—172) and Katie Ochoa, ’18, ended in 25th (89-97—176) out of the 43 competitors.
“We have improved a lot over the years, considering this team is pretty young minus myself, they have done great in stepping up to be on the starting team and I can't wait to see what else they got in their next season,” Ochoa said.
Peters and Pentony were both given second Team All-Conference honors for their season performance.
“I applaud everyone of the girls on our team, I know we can always look back and say we could have done more, but these girls worked day in and day out for our tournaments and it showed,” Ochoa said.
Overall, the Pirates finished third in the conference standings for the 2018 season. Whitman and George Fox tied for first overall, but Whitman will go to the NCAA DIII Tournament based on tie-breakers.
“It was just really fun. I’m sad to see it end. We spend our entire school year golfing, which takes a lot since it’s a dual season sport. We don’t really have an off-season like other sports. We are all pretty excited about what we can do in the Fall next year,” Pentony said.