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Women’s basketball takes NWC title

Senior Lily Gustafson high-fives teammates. Photos by James Baker

Tate Cadang, Staff Reporter

February 20, 2020

The Whitman College women’s varsity basketball team claimed the title of Pacific Northwest Conference champions this past Valentine’s Day, but their work is far from done. Senior Natalie Whitesel acknowledged the role their current success will have in shaping the team’s fate, listing a few ...

Photos: Men’s BB Top Schreiner in NCAA Round 1

Photo by Ridley Eastland-Fruit

Ridley Eastland-Fruit, Web Editor

March 3, 2018

The 27-1 Whitman Blues men's basketball team glided past visiting Schreiner University 87-77 in NCAA Round 1 action Friday night. The Blues, ranked #1 all season in the D3hoops.com rankings, will face Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the second round of the national tournament Saturday night. Earlier Friday, CMS ended Whitworth's season in dramatic fashion with an 83-82 edge. The Whitworth Pirates had entered the tournament ranked #2 on D3hoops.com, having seized the NWC Tournament title from Whitman in a buzzer beater last weekend. Whitman's women's basketball team earned an NCAA at-large bid last week but...

Deep Summer

Photo by Tywen Kelly

Andrew Schwartz, Feature Editor

September 7, 2017

You know about the doldrums.

Top Notch: Remembering the Year’s Greatest Performances

Ridley Eastland-Fruit, Sports Editor

May 4, 2017

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

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

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

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

Photo by Natalie Mutter.

December 7, 2015

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

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

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

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

Photo contributed by Ben Eisenhardt.

Dylan Snyder

November 20, 2014

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,...

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