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Class of 2020 athletes: Where are they now?

Illustration by Elie Flanagan.

Tucker Grinnan, Staff Reporter

September 24, 2020

The Class of 2020 student athletes graduated from Whitman with an uncertain future, but many have tried to make the best of a bad situation. Graduation was abrupt, confusing and sad for the senior student athletes. Many had their final seasons cut short, and all had their last months of in-person...

Whitman varsity athletes discuss crucial lifestyle balance

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Tate Cadang, Staff Reporter

September 24, 2020

Varsity athletes are often associated with their respective sport, but their peers often forget that they have a life outside of the athletic bubble. Many athletes spend their free time on hobbies and other extracurricular activities just like every other student. This includes playing other sports,...

Controversial social media posts cause Whitman Athletics backlash

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Tate Cadang, Staff Reporter

September 17, 2020

Recent social media posts by the athletics department of Whitman College have produced negative feedback from alumni and current students despite the intention to demonstrate support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Kim Chandler, Whitman’s athletic director, stands behind the message of the posts...

Whitman club sports foster community during the pandemic

Illustration by Elie Flanagan.

Tucker Grinnan, Staff Reporter

September 17, 2020

Whitman club sports continue to create and maintain supportive communities despite major structural changes due to the pandemic. Club sports at Whitman would typically be hosting regular practices on campus around this time. Participants would be learning the routine of practice and enjoying regular...

2020 SAAC Awards Meet Zoom

SAAC President Adam Reid hosts the virtual awards ceremony. Image courtesy of Whitman College Athletics.

Tate Cadang, Staff Reporter

September 10, 2020

On Aug. 24, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) held its annual commencement to recognize one female and one male performer from each graduation year. The winners were as follows: Tanner Filion (first-year, swimming), Andei Fukushige (first-year, tennis), Oscar Harding (sophomore, soccer),...

Varsity Athletes Make The Best Of Season Limbo

Varsity Athletes Make The Best Of Season Limbo

Tucker Grinnan, Staff Reporter

September 10, 2020

On July 22, Whitman College made the decision to postpone all sports competitions in the fall. The Northwest Conference followed suit less than a month later by suspending all competitions and championships until Jan. 1, 2021. With no certainty regarding the future of competitions and the absence of...

Senior Anissia Hughes wins Balance Athletica’s leader search

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Tate Cadang, Sports Reporter

May 3, 2020

Anissia Hughes, a senior at Whitman College, accomplished a goal that even she didn’t see coming. On Monday, April 13, Hughes was announced as the top pick for Balance Athletica’s Leadership Search 2020, a competitive contest by athleisure wear company Balance Athletica, which seeks to recognize...

Fitness classes move online

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Ryder Brookes, Staff Reporter

April 26, 2020

While most academic classes have been able to transition their content online, student fitness classes have had a harder time adjusting. Rebecca Thorpe, a yoga instructor at Whitman, is finding one of the most difficult things about the transition to be the inability to cultivate the same environ...

COVID-19 impacts varsity athletes

Ryder Brookes, Sports Reporter

April 10, 2020

With government restrictions due to COVID-19 limiting access to training facilities and cutting seasons short, Whitman varsity athletes are left uncertain about the future and how to navigate training for the upcoming season from home. With over 90 percent of the country under some version of a shel...

Women’s alpine team qualifies for USCSA skiing championships

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Ryder Brookes, Staff Reporter

April 4, 2020

The women’s alpine ski team outraced their competition on Mt. Hood to earn themselves a spot at the NCAA Skiing Championships, held in Lake Placid, New York. The team’s performance on Mt. Hood cannot be understated. They secured second place both days, only coming behind University of British Colum...

COVID-19 cuts women’s varsity basketball season short

Tate Cadang, Sports Reporter

April 2, 2020

The Whitman College women’s basketball team fought through the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament and made their way into the Sweet Sixteens. In round two of the NCAA tournament, the Blues beat the No. 5 team in the nation — Wartburg College — and moved onto the national tournament.  ...

Whitman faculty and staff find passion in sports

Eddie DeLeon finds community in boxing. Photos contributed by Kevin Pogue and Eddie Nelson.

Ryder Brookes, Sports Reporter

March 12, 2020

Mustering up the motivation to exercise can be difficult, yet some Whitman staff and faculty have incorporated sports into their daily routines and have experienced major health benefits. Post Office Supervisor, Eddie DeLeon, is an avid boxer and loves that he has the time to go to the boxing gym w...

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