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Navigating defeat as an athlete: Finding perspective in losing

Illustration by Elie Flanagan

Lennae Starr, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2020

Athletes deal with defeat in different ways. While for some it is devastating, others just brush it off. According to Patrick O'Rourke, who compiles statistics from various athletic sources, only around 7 percent of high school athletes are selected to continue playing for a postsecondary institution, m...

Intramural sports cater to niche communities

Intramural sports cater to niche communities

Lennae Starr, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2020

For students looking for a low-commitment activity to take them out of an academic fog, Intramural (IM) sports provide a way to change the daily routine. There are the traditional sports offered, such as basketball, softball and flag football, but at Whitman there are other unique sports available ...

Whitman athletics team up with Walla Walla super fans

Emily Solomon, Sports Editor

December 12, 2019

From the basketball court to the soccer field to the golf course to the swimming pool, Whitman athletic events are community affairs. Whitman student athletes rely not only on family members and fellow students to cheer them on at matches, games and meets, but also their fans in the Walla Walla comm...

Whitties enjoy ultimate frisbee as a student-led club sport

Illustration by Elena Kaminskaia

Tate Cadang, Sports Reporter

December 12, 2019

As a college that contains many nationally-ranked varsity teams, many of which have reputations as Northwest Conference champions and consistent national competitors, club sports risk flying under the radar at Whitman. Ultimate frisbee, however, attracts many students each semester with its entici...

Blues cross country success continues in regionals, nationals

Senior cross country runner Whitman Rich competes in the NCAA Division 3 Championship Race. Photo contributed by Whitney Rich

Dylan Mathias, Sports Reporter

December 5, 2019

The women’s cross country team had a strong showing in the Northwest Conference (NWC) Championship, placing first amongst some very talented conference competition. It is the first time they have accomplished the feat since 1999. The Blues’ efforts at the NWC Championship propelled them to R...

Nutrition: A balancing act for student-athletes

Illustration by Anika Vučićević

Charlotte Elliott, Sports Reporter

December 5, 2019

High schools and colleges across the country are known for having athletics at the very core of school spirit. The students comprising these teams work hard daily to be at the level of athleticism required to compete in the big leagues.  Thanksgiving gives students a respite from their regimented sche...

Whitman welcomes the snow with SSRA courses next semester

Illustration by Elena Kaminskaia

Tate Cadang, Sports Reporter

December 5, 2019

For six weeks each spring semester, a Whitman Sports Studies, Recreation and Athletics (SSRA) course holds their classes in Dayton, Washington, at Ski Bluewood. The beginning, intermediate and advanced ski and snowboard courses gather at noon on six Fridays out of the semester, boarding charter bu...

The reality of international travel for varsity teams  

The men’s tennis team took a trip to Cambodia in the spring of 2018. Photo contributed by Gary Ho.

Dylan Mathias, Sports Reporter

November 21, 2019

For Whitman’s varsity athletic teams, international travel has been an important part of team development. This additional opportunity for play makes a positive impact on athletic teams – not only for gaining practice, but also in terms of becoming a more cohesive unit.  In August of this year...

“Hour of Power”: Nation’s swimmers unite against cancer

Whitman students and Walla Walla community members participate in “Hour of Power,” a swim relay race that raised awareness and money for the Ted Mullin Fund for Pediatric Sarcoma Research. Photo contributed by Whitman Athletics.

Charlotte Elliott, Sports Reporter

November 21, 2019

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Whitman’s varsity swim team was joined by members of the Walla Walla Swim Club and other members of the Walla Walla community to raise awareness and money for the Ted Mullin Fund for Pediatric Sarcoma Research. The swimmers were part of the "Hour of Power" – an annual event ...

SAAC puts on “It’s on Us” Week of Action

Emily Solomon, Sports Editor

November 21, 2019

The week of Oct 21 was the National "It’s On Us" Week of Action. By encouraging conversation through the varsity athletic community Whitman’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) used this national event to remind the Whitman community that it’s on us to prevent sexual violence . SAAC’s prim...

Whitman soccer celebrates seniors at last home game 

Women’s soccer seniors pose with their framed Whitman jerseys. From left to right: Allie Seracuse, Sophie Brussell, Emily Rigsby, Sofia Ellington, Jessie Mano, Tate Kautzky, Kenz Tierney, Pagan Hetherington and Bryanna Schreiber. Contributed photos by Bryanna Schreiber

Emily Solomon, Sports Editor

November 14, 2019

On Sunday, Nov. 3, both men’s and women’s soccer teams honored their respective classes of 2020 with a pregame celebration on the Whitman Athletic Fields. The women’s team capped off Senior Day with a 2-0 win over Pacific University, while the men’s team narrowly lost to Willamette 0-1.  Fo...

Women’s cross country takes first in NWC conference

Senior Bryn Carlson competes in the 2019 Cross Country Northwest Conference Championship. Contributed photo by Scott Shields

Dylan Mathias , Sports Reporter

November 14, 2019

On Saturday, Nov. 2, the women’s cross country team finished first in the Northwest Conference Championship. The Blues have steadily improved their conference championship performances over the last few years, culminating in their recent first place conference finish this season. The last time the ...

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