"These seniors have invested so much into the program and the relationships with their teammates. They played with that joy tonight and the rest of the team rallied around that."Read More
“Something I have learned over many years is that you need to do it well, meaning you need to find what works best for you. Whether if it is taking a break between assignments or working on one subject a time, find your strengths and weaknesses,” -Camy AguinaldoRead More
"Obviously when you play against a pressing team you need to take care of the basketball and you will get good percentage shots," said Whitworth head coach Matt Logie "We got a little sloppy late in the first half, but really tightened things up in the second half and played well."Read More
With freezing temperatures and snow, this game had weather advantage written all over it.Read More
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This season proved a lot to the rest of the conference about how talented Whitworth football is.Read More
“We have so much talent coming in and it is going to be fun to see how the team works together and all the different ways that people are able to contribute.”Read More
“Our team is very deep this year which is great in that it is a very competitive environment with each of us trying to beat each other out in practice to figure out the five guys that will be competing in that tournament,”Read More
“At this point in the season everyone is facing some point of fatigue but everyone came together and battled through that,” said Junior Elise Anderson.Read More
With increased CTE concerns the NFL wants to make the game safer, but if new rules start to dictate the way the entire defense has to play then it is time to consider if the rules have taken things a step to far.Read More
Junior Leif Erickson, from Kalispell, Montana has stepped up and led the Bucs to a 4-0 record to start the season.Read More
Despite a score of 1-0 in favor of Linfield at the end of the first half, the Pirates led the charge in offensive play with almost double the amount of shots taken than the Wildcats, showing Pirate ability to develop the plays and set up the shots.Read More
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Whitworth women’s golf traveled to Bremerton, Washington Sept. 29-30 to compete in the University of Puget Sound Invitational, and placed third in the overall team standings.Read More
“Overall the team seems really happy about this weekend. We played well enough and found things to work on in this off-season, so we can come out stronger than before.” said Lee.Read More
Saturday, Sept. 29th Whitworth football defeated Linfield for the first time in 12 years.Read More
In a competitive Wednesday afternoon game, the Whitworth women’s soccer team defeated Whitman in a score of 3-1 to move to an overall record of 4-1-2.Read More
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.