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Top Notch: Remembering the Year’s Greatest Performances

Ridley Eastland-Fruit, Sports Editor
May 4, 2017
Filed under SPORTS

With numerous conference and NCAA trophies headed to Sherwood Center's display cases, it has been a memorable year for Whitman varsity athletics. Here's a recap of five of the year's top team accomplishments. Swimming They were not the favorites–far from it. Going into February’s conference meet,...

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...

NBA Season Preview

Conor Scanlon, Sports Reporter
November 3, 2016
Filed under SPORTS

After three months of a shirtless J.R. Smith celebrating the city of Cleveland’s first National Basketball Association championship, the NBA season has finally arrived. The NBA offseason featured several huge signings and draft selections that will alter the landscape of the league for several years...

Crowning a Champion: Playoffs or a Table?

Ridley Eastland-Fruit, Sports Writer
September 29, 2016
Filed under SPORTS

Competitive sports are, by nature, competitive. Their success and excitement depends on having a winner–this is hardly up for debate. But how that winner is decided varies between sports and between leagues. All major American leagues have chosen the playoff format, but many respected foreign leagues,...

Whitman athletics: a fall in review, strong spring to come

Whitman athletics: a fall in review, strong spring to come

December 7, 2015
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, SPORTS, Varsity Sports

Whitman Athletics got off to a strong start to the 2015-16 season as seven teams played their fall seasons. Even before the season there was excitement, as the soccer teams got to play with the members of Mumford and Sons when part of their pre-season practices overlapped with the Gentlemen of the Road...

NBA playoff preview

Dylan Snyder
April 23, 2015
Filed under SPORTS

The NBA Playoff schedule, unlike its college equivalent, is the result of extreme exertion, coaching battles and a test of endurance rarely seen in other sports. It also puts a premium on being good early to be able to save yourself for the end. If a playoff team goes to seven games in every series...

Freshman eligibility a thing of the past?

Dylan Snyder
March 12, 2015
Filed under SPORTS

Last month, the Big Ten Conference made a proposal that would render academic first-years ineligible to play in certain sports. The main focus would be to curtail the athlete-student dilemma that the NCAA is dealing with, as well as try to better prepare athletes for college life. As with many of these...

Popovich and Coach K reach elusive 1,000 wins

Dylan Snyder
February 19, 2015
Filed under SPORTS

In the last month we have seen two historic coaches reach a milestone signifying a lifetime of hard work and dedication to the sport of basketball. Both Duke Coach Mike Kryzewski and San Antonio Spur's coach Gregg Popovich reached 1,000 wins in their respective leagues, adding another accolade to the...

Dream continues for Whitman’s own Ben Eisenhardt

Dream continues for Whitman’s own Ben Eisenhardt

Dylan Snyder
November 20, 2014
Filed under SPORTS

Last time the Whitman community saw all-American basketball player Ben Eishenhardt was last May as he walked across the commencement stage after graduating from Whitman. His basketball journey, however, did not stop there. After years of injuries and setbacks, he will be playing for Elitzur Yavne,...

NBA quietly kicks off

Dylan Snyder
November 13, 2014
Filed under SPORTS

The NBA is proven drawing card to a variety of fans, but the biggest news tends to come during the summer months when playoff basketball combines with the NBA's player-friendly team movement rule. The biggest stories usually come along late in the season and early in free agency. The NBA has gotten...

Racism hides beneath the surface of professional sports

Racism hides beneath the surface of professional sports

Dylan Snyder
October 16, 2014
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, SPORTS, Sports Highlight

I have been a fan of professional sports for as long as I can remember. Watching college and professional football every weekend hasn't been a hobby; it's been an obsession. Growing up my heroes were Jerry Rice, Jeff Garcia, and Julian Peterson. I never read comic books, because my superheroes were...

USA basketball powers forward to World Cup win

USA basketball powers forward to World Cup win

Dylan Snyder
September 25, 2014
Filed under SPORTS

Illustration by Eddy Vazquez. Over the course of the past month, some of the world's best basketball players assembled in Barcelona, Spain for the FIBA Basketball World Cup. Team USA was without some of its top eligible players, most notably Lebron James, Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard. Despite th...

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