Athlete profile: Emily Leinweber

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.


Senior Reflections: Jenny Adams and Joel Condraey

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.

TEAM: Track and Field fosters team mentality

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. 

Track and Field placed second and third at NWC Championships

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.

Men's Golf Finishes second place in NWC

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.

 

Women's Golf finishes season in third place

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.

Softball loses in NWC tournament to end their season

Nicole Oh | Staff Writer

Last Friday and Saturday the Whitworth softball team traveled to Newberg, Oregon to take on George Fox University in order to compete for the 2018 Northwest Conference title. On Friday the Pirates took on Linfield and fell 1-5 to the Wildcats. On Saturday the Pirates came back to compete in a loser-out contest facing George Fox. The Pirates ended up falling 3-10 to the Bruins.

In Friday’s tournament, the Wildcats had a lead of 3-0 early on and ran with it. This loss put the Pirates 24-17 on the season, and moved the Wildcats up 33-8. Senior Michelle Silva led the team with a 3-4 game and one run scored. In the next inning, sophomore Natalie Edlin gave the Pirates their only run by singling home Silva in a line-drive. At 4-1 the Pirates had the chance bounce back, however Linfield’s defense prevented any further scoring. In the sixth inning junior Desi Graham attempted to single home Edlin, however was unable to leaving a total of ten runners on base over the course of the game.

Starting off strong on Saturday, freshman Sara Gayer lined a double down on the left-field line, scoring Silva and senior Chelsea Hayes. Senior Kelsey Downey used that momentum to score Gayer, giving the team a 3-0 lead. In the second inning the Pirates had runners on first and second base, and two outs. However, Graham was thrown out stealing third ending the inning. In the third inning, the Pirates found themselves facing the same scenario of Graham being thrown out.  From that point the Bruins took the lead with a grand slam, pushing seven runners across the plate in the third and fourth innings, followed by three runs in the sixth inning.

"The energy we had all weekend was awesome. We really came together as a team. Trying to put the pieces together in terms of gameplay was a bit of a challenge,” sophomore Maria Smith said. Some days [this season] our offense would rally it up like crazy, but our defense would struggle and some days we had amazing defensive plays but our bats fell silent, but this weekend we were pretty successful at both,”

The conference tournament marked the end of the Pirates season. Smith said “although we won’t be playing any more games we are looking forward to our end of season parties, and just being able to spend time together before the senior graduate and summer begin”Smith said. This game marked the last for Silva, Hayes, Downey and Allie Rude.

 

Pirate Profile: Krystal Roberts

Nicole Oh | Staff Writer

Krystal Roberts, a freshman from Walla Walla, is a distance runner on this year’s track team. Roberts is majoring in elementary education, and when she is not practicing or competing you can find her spending time with her family and friends, volunteering, taking photos and baking. 

In high school, Roberts played on the varsity soccer team for four years and first got into running while training for the soccer team. In addition to soccer, Roberts joined the track team as a freshman and throughout her high school career found herself running and falling in love with the longer distance track events. 

“One aspect of track that I love is the dynamics of the team. If there is one word to describe our team it would be family. Everyone works hard, pushes one another, and supports every single person on the team,” Roberts said.

At the 13th annual Sam Adams Classic Roberts qualified to compete in the Northwest Conference meet in Linfield, Oregon with a time of 40:29 in the 10 kilometer race which is 6.2 miles and 25 laps around the track. Robert’s finishing time was four minutes faster than the qualifying mark. 

Roberts said how incredible it is “when you’re on lap 17 of the 10k and you hear not only distance runners cheering you on, but throwers, jumpers and sprinters.” Roberts has also competed in the 800, 1500, and 5k this season.

Roberts is also a member of the cross country team, and said one of her favorite memories and biggest accomplishments collegiately so far has been “racing with [her] teammates at regionals in California and finding out that our team placed second and got to compete together at nationals in Illinois. ”At the regional meet, Roberts raced to a 25th place finish and at nationals she placed 208th out of 279 women. 

This Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, Roberts and the rest of the Pirates will travel to McMinnville, Oregon to compete in the 2018 Northwest Conference championships.