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Top of the Nation, Bottom of the Roster

Jesse Sindelar, Staff Reporter
March 30, 2017
Filed under SPORTS

For the high school athletes that take the big step to continue their sport as a varsity athlete at the collegiate level, the change of environment can be kinder on some than others. With an upgraded standard of competition, a time commitment that dominates and an established team culture to break into, the...

Babson Knocks Out Men’s Basketball

Ridley Eastland-Fruit, Sports Editor
March 30, 2017
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31-1. The 2016-17 Whitman men's basketball team's season garnered national attention, shattered school records, and brought sporting prestige to the small, rural liberal arts campus. It is the lonely "1" in the record, however, that extinguished hopes of even higher heights on Friday night. No....

Women’s Basketball Falls to St. Thomas

Ridley Eastland-Fruit, Sports Editor
March 30, 2017
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Hopes for No. 16 Whitman women's basketball of matching or surpassing their 2014 NCAA tournament second place finish were stopped short March 11, when they were ousted 48-65 by No. 2 St. Thomas in chilly St. Paul, Minnesota. Being an underdog was not the problem. Two weeks prior the team had entered...

Blues Baseball Shines at Safeco

Blues Baseball Shines at Safeco

Mitchell Smith, Editor in Chief
March 9, 2017
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, SPORTS

The pitcher’s mound at Safeco Field in Seattle contains a six inch by two feet slab of white rubber placed exactly 60 feet, six inches from home plate. In the 18 years of Safeco’s existence as the home of MLB’s Seattle Mariners, that rubber has hosted four no-hitters, two perfect games and coun...

Pay to Play? Club Sports Stretch to Cover Funding Shortfalls

Conor Scanlon, Staff Reporter
March 9, 2017
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Including 11 teams and hundreds of athletes, Club Sports at Whitman play a massive role in the lives of many students. With so many teams applying for and deserving of funding, it is not always easy to decide where the money goes. Historically, teams have been left with more questions than answers. Howev...

Free to Play? Where the Athletics Millions Come From and Who Gets Them

Arie Knops, Staff Reporter
March 9, 2017
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Whitman has seen many athletic success in the past few years, but these victories have come at a cost. According to Whitman’s 2016 Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act Survey (covering the 2015-2016 academic year), Whitman spent a grand total of $2,794,892 on our varsity sports teams. Of this multi-mill...

Dream Seasons Continue: Hoops Teams Win NWC Tournaments

Dream Seasons Continue: Hoops Teams Win NWC Tournaments

Gaby Thomas, Staff Reporter
March 2, 2017
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, SPORTS

Two nets cut, two NW Conference Championships and two Whitman basketball teams looking ahead to success in March. This past weekend, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams won the NW Conference Championship Tournament. Both teams played with tenacity and toughness, both teams fought back fr...

Cohesive Competition: Noon Soccer Group Unites Community

Cohesive Competition: Noon Soccer Group Unites Community

Jesse Sindelar, Staff Reporter
March 2, 2017
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Whitman is privileged to have first-class athletic facilities for anyone who would like to use them, including the Multi-Purpose (MP) Gym in Sherwood Center. While many groups from Whitman and the Walla Walla community take advantage of this open and recreational space, the “Noon Soccer” group might...

Whitman Basketball – NWC Tournament Champions

Whitman Basketball – NWC Tournament Champions

Ridley Eastland-Fruit, Sports Editor
February 26, 2017
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, Men's Basketball, SPORTS, Varsity Sports, Women's Basketball

In men's basketball #2 Whitman College hosted #4 Whitworth University in a Northwest Conference Championship title showdown Saturday night. The Blues claimed the top spot after narrowly ousting their rival 86-83 in overtime. This was Whitman's second Championship title of the night. At the U...

Sports Column: Rob Manfred Takes Steps Toward Ruining Baseball

Quinn Salkind, Staff Reporter
February 25, 2017
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As Major League Baseball and its commissioner Rob Manfred look to speed up the pace of play, a new rule has been implemented for the 2017 season. The new rule changes the way a batter is intentionally walked (given a free trip to first base), also referred to as an IBB: intentional base on balls. Instead...

Hanging Up the Boots: Quitting Varsity Soccer

Gareth Jones, Guest Writer
February 23, 2017
Filed under SPORTS

After one season with the men’s varsity soccer team, I decided to quit. The winter break that followed my chaotic first semester gave me some space for quiet introspection, during which I reached the conclusion that soccer had introduced far more stress into my life than it had removed. As one would ...

The Athlete Role in Social Justice

Cherokee Washington, Staff Reporter
February 23, 2017
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Baseball legend Jackie Robinson once said, “a life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” This statement rings true not only in everyday actions, but also raises a question about what role activism plays within the world of athletics. In other words, is it an athlete’s re...

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