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Vol. CLIV, Issue 8
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Men’s soccer drops final home game despite best efforts

jaygold October 29, 2009

In the early stages of the Whitman men's soccer team's Oct. 27 contest with the University of Great Falls, the dark, almost black clouds encircling the pitch were not the only things foretelling the team's...

Credit: Jacobson

Whitman athlete of the week: Rachel Shober, first-year volleyball player

J. Staten Hudson October 22, 2009
As any volleyball player will tell you, one of the most important characteristics of a solid player is a solid head. Being able to cope with the pressure, weather the swings and remain emotionally stable in a tight game all comes with experience. But for first-year Rachel Shober, remaining calm in important situations is already second nature. Earning a consistent spot in the regular rotation, Shober has impressed her coaches and teammates with her ability to remain focused under pressure.
Credit: Van Neste

Summer baseball makes a comeback in Walla Walla, revives a community

J. Staten Hudson October 15, 2009
In the 1970s and early 80s, Borleske Stadium near Highway 12 was the place to go in southeastern Washington for your summer baseball fix. Some of the best college players from across the country, including future Hall of Famers,Ozzie Smith and Tony Gwynn all cracked home runs over the imposing “Green Monster" of Douglas firs that dot the outside of the field.

Through their eyes: golfing as a team sport

Noah Moskat April 2, 2009

In visualizing the quintessential images of a golfer: kneeling to scope out a putt, standing ready at the tee, watching the fateful flight or roll of their ball: a sense of solitude tends to emerge. And...

Etienne Moshevich, ‘11, leads the Whitman mens tennis team in a doubleheader against Whitworth University this weekend. The team clinches the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament if they sweep both games against the Pirates. Credit: Kim

Men’s tennis emerges from break perfect in conference

Rachel Hoar April 2, 2009
The men's tennis team recently completed an arduous two weeks of competition against teams from all over the nation. For the first week, the team traveled to Portland, Ore. to compete in conference matches. The second week, they flew to South Carolina to compete against schools on the East Coast. “The trip was pretty intense," said first-year Adriel Borshansky. “It was a pretty solid two weeks of matches." The tennis team played well throughout the break, winning 11 out of 13 conference matches, and five out of seven matches on the east coast. Many Whitman players were recognized for their outstanding performances: Senior Justin Hayashi was named the Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week, sophomore Etienne Moshevich entered into a super tiebreaker with the University of Chicago's top player, and Hayashi and junior Dan Wilson were undefeated in doubles. Talent showed itself throughout the Whitman line-up. “I think the biggest surprise was seeing Adriel [Borshansky], who's playing number six singles for us this year, come into his own," said junior Thomas Roston. “One of the fortunate things we have on our team is that it's pretty deep."

Whitman Sweets host multi-team, ‘laid-back’ Onionfest

J. Staten Hudson April 2, 2009

Fun, frisbee and, hopefully, sun will all be in order for the Ultimate Frisbee team's annual tournament/onion-eating contest known as Onionfest. Onionfest is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the...

Charlotte Scott, ‘12, and the rest of the Whitman women wrap up their regular season against the top two teams in the Northwest conference. Whitman takes on second place Linfield on Friday and first place Whitworth on Sunday. Credit: Jacobson.

Dream season for women’s tennis

Elsbeth Otto April 2, 2009
“Hadley, say something about how all your wildest dreams came true," said sophomore Elise Otto, looking over at her teammate. Junior Hadley DeBree just smiled. “It's true," she said. With a 12-2 Northwest Conference record, a strong and healthy team and a good chance to exact revenge on their only two conference losses this weekend, the women's tennis team has a lot to be excited about. In addition to team success, DeBree's wildest dreams this season came in the form of the bronzed, 6'1" Spaniard with biceps the size of cocker spaniels and a wild mane of perpetually-flowing black hair: Rafael Nadal. Squeezed in between their various California matches during the first week of spring break, the lady Missionaries made the trek over to Indian Wells, California for a day of watching the number one men's player, Nadal, and most every other top tennis player at the biggest event in tennis after the four grand slams. “There were so many sexy tennis players," said first-year Zoe Kunkel-Patterson. The rest of the team rolled their eyes at this comment, but they weren't disagreeing. The trip to Indian Wells, though, was about much more than ogling the biggest names in tennis.
Varsity ski cuts spark outcry, discussion

Varsity ski cuts spark outcry, discussion

Kim Sommers and Cindy Chen March 12, 2009
The economic crisis has finally hit home. Last night, Wednesday, March 11, 300 Whitman students, faculty, staff and concerned community members filed into Maxey Auditorium to discuss the controversial decision to convert the varsity Alpine and Nordic ski team to a club sport. President George Bridges, Athletic Director Dean Snider and other top administrators were on hand to answer questions from the audience about the decision which was announced to the community on March 10.

Skiers face uncertain futures, consider other options

Rachel Hoar March 12, 2009

After being notified that both the varsity Alpine and Nordic programs would be cut, Whitman skiers are left with a decision to make: what to do now. The timing of the decision makes student choices...

Administration cuts Varsity Alpine and Nordic Ski teams

Kim Sommers March 10, 2009
At 11:19 a.m. President George Bridges released a letter to the community explaining the rationale behind the administration's decision to cut the varsity Alpine and Nordic ski teams for the coming academic year. While acknowledging the ski teams' strong history at Whitman and recent national success, Bridges sites the student experience and available funding as the reasons behind the decision. “Over many years, Whitman skiing has experienced the greatest success when competing with other teams in the Northwest Conference and in national championships of the USCSA," Bridges wrote. “By withdrawing from NCAA sponsored competition and shifting solely to USCSA competition, I believe our students will experience more success athletically and, by virtue of limiting their travel to competitions with Northwest colleges and universities, more opportunities to participate in on-campus programs at Whitman."

Women’s basketball enters post-season

J. Staten Hudson February 26, 2009
Bitter rivalries look to be rekindled as the Whitman women's basketball team faces the No. 3 ranked team in the nation, George Fox, on Feb. 26 in their first playoff game since the 05-06 season. In conference play, George Fox dominated Whitman, rolling to victory by a margin of 10 points or more in both games the teams played during the season.
Credit: Vanderbilt

Alpine, Nordic teams finish strong at regional races

Alyssa Fairbanks February 26, 2009
The Alpine and Nordic Ski teams both raced to an awesome finish last weekend (Feb. 19-21) in their respective West Regional Championship races. The Alpine team competed at the Mt. Rose Ski Resort near Reno, Nevada and the Nordic team competed at the Auburn Ski Club near Truckee, California.
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