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Penalty-prone Whitworth can inch closer to conference title with win over Pacific

Two-thirds through their nine-game schedule, the 14th-ranked Whitworth Pirates enter Saturday’s home game against Pacific in position to all but clinch the Northwest Conference title.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 25, 2018, 5:54 p.m.

After waiting his turn to take over under center, Whitworth’s Leif Ericksen leading the way for unbeaten Pirates

At Glacier High School in Kalispell, Leif Ericksen didn’t start at quarterback until his senior year. At Whitworth, he waited two seasons behind record-setter Ian Kolste. Even his academic pursuit …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 20, 2018, 6:38 p.m.

Whitworth football breezes past Puget Sound to remain undefeated for season

Leif Ericksen threw for three touchdown passes and Mason Elms rushed for 167 yards and two scores Saturday, powering the Whitworth Pirates’ 47-13 Northwest Conference football victory over Puget Sound …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 10:27 p.m.

Whitworth can take big step toward Northwest Conference title with win at Puget Sound

In its quest to secure the guaranteed playoff bid tied to the Northwest Conference title, the Whitworth football team can take a big step Saturday.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 13, 2018, 8:36 p.m.

Whitworth’s offense keeps surging in rout of Pacific Lutheran

Whitworth (5-0, 3-0 NWC) scored six first-half touchdowns and held Pacific Lutheran without a first down until just before halftime, coasting from there to a 55-13 victory at the Pine …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 12, 2018, 10:02 p.m.

Unbeaten Whitworth hopes to clean up penalty problem against Pacific Lutheran

So far this year the Pirates (4-0, 2-0) have been assessed an average of 9.5 penalties per game for 97.3 yards. That’s about double the team’s 2017 numbers, when those …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 6, 2018, 5:58 p.m.

Leif Ericksen leads Whitworth to Northwest Conference football romp past George Fox

Leif Ericksen threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns Saturday as Whitworth avenged last season’s Northwest Conference football loss to George Fox.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 5, 2018, 5:25 p.m.

Fresh off big win, Whitworth football concentrates on turning tables on George Fox

Last season, the Whitworth football team took two good wallopings in conference play.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 8:32 p.m.

College volleyball: Whitworth’s Erin White deftly juggles volleyball, nursing school

Whitworth volleyball’s Erin White led the Northwest Conference in assists per set as a sophomore and she’s on track to do it again this season as a senior.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 29, 2018, 8:42 p.m.

Strong second half enables Whitworth to defeat Linfield for first time since 2007

Whitworth came out of halftime and held Linfield without another first down until the final play of the third quarter. By then the Pirates’ offense had started rolling, and Whitworth …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 28, 2018, 8:37 p.m.

Whitworth football caps unique September with crucial game against Linfield

Two byes. No road games. In 30 years of coaching, Rod Sandberg has never had a September like this one.


Decade of dominance: Defeating Northwest Conference power Linfield at top of to-do list for Whitworth football

A senior with 23 career starts on the Whitworth offensive line, Jacob Hubbard has been part of the football program’s resurgence under fifth-year coach Rod Sandberg.


College volleyball: Whitworth rallies to remain undefeated in Northwest Conference play

Jessica Schmautz finished with a match-high 19 kills, and Erin White added 45 assists, 13 digs and five aces Friday as visiting Whitworth rallied for a 3-2 win over George …


College soccer: Whitworth women open Northwest Conference play with shutout win

Hannah Rae Miller scored an unassisted goal in the 70th minute Saturday to give Whitworth a 1-0 win over Pacific Lutheran in a Northwest Conference women’s soccer opener in Tacoma.


Casting call: Quarterback still a question mark for Whitworth team with high expectations

The cast of characters is changing at Whitworth. However, the entertainment factor will remain high at the Pine Bowl, where the Pirates will host six games while continuing coach Rod …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 17, 2018, 5:56 p.m.

Whitworth quarterbacks finally get a chance to air it out at Pine Bowl

For the Whitworth quarterbacks, Friday morning’s practice was a breath of fresh air and a lot more.


Move indoors because of poor air quality fails to dampen Pirates’ enthusiasm

The atmosphere was thick with enthusiasm Monday morning among the Whitworth football players and even the coaches. It was even thicker than the air itself. After an opening day in …


Whitworth pitcher Hugh Smith expects big call on draft day

After high school, Hugh Smith had no college offers to play baseball and was ready to move on from the game to pursue a bio-engineering degree at the University of …


Area roundup: Whitworth’s Hugh Smith named top pitcher in Northwest Conference

Whitworth junior Hugh Smith was recognized as Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Year, the league office announced Thursday.


Area roundup: Whitworth completes Northwest Conference softball regular season with home sweep of Willamette

Kelsey Downey hit a grand slam in the fourth inning Tuesday and Whitworth defeated visiting Willamette 13-5 in five innings in the opener of a Northwest Conference softball doubleheader sweep.


UPDATED: Thu., March 15, 2018, 5:10 p.m.

Whitworth guard Kyle Roach named Division III first-team All-American

The honors continue to pour in for Whitworth’s Kyle Roach.


UPDATED: Mon., March 12, 2018, 8:33 p.m.

Area roundup: Whitworth’s Kyle Roach snags D-III’s top honor in West Region

Whitworth Pirates junior Kyle Roach was named the 2018 Division III West Region Player of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, it was announced on Monday.


UPDATED: Thu., March 1, 2018, 6:25 p.m.

Whitworth in familiar territory in multiple ways for DIII tournament

The Whitworth men have been down this road before: west on I-90, then south to Walla Walla. On Friday, the Pirates will make their third and most important trip of …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 24, 2018, 10:46 p.m.

Whitworth wins NWC championship on Kyle Roach’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer

Kyle Roach took a pass near midcourt, dribbled down the left side and drilled a 30-foot jumper as time expired to give Whitworth the Northwest Conference Tournament men’s basketball championship …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 22, 2018, 10:38 p.m.

Whitworth cruises into Northwest Conference title game with convincing win over Puget Sound

Hitting their stride while taking the Puget Sound Loggers out of theirs, the Whitworth Pirates pulled away for a 97-79 Northwest Conference semifinal win at the Fieldhouse on Thursday night.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, 5:37 p.m.

Whitworth’s Kyle Roach named Northwest Conference’s Most Valuable Player

Unselfish when his team needed it and demanding the ball when the script was flipped, Kyle Roach was rewarded Wednesday be being named the Most Valuable Player in the Northwest …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 9:12 p.m.

Whitworth men turn it on late, run away from Willamette in regular-season finale

The Whitworth Pirates are in playoff mode. The switch – along with the momentum in Saturday’s home game against Willamette – was flipped midway through the second half.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 5:26 p.m.

Plenty at stake for Whitworth basketball in weekend homestand against Linfield, Willamette

At the end of a crazy week, the Whitworth players kept their composure. Going forward, that might be worth as much as any win, though the Pirates would have taken …


Top-ranked Whitman edges No. 4 Whitworth with two late free throws

Whitworth still has a serious case of the Blues.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 10:31 p.m.

Whitworth basketball: Pirates men, women sweep past Pacific on the road

Ben College and Garrett Hull combined for 39 points Friday to lead a balance attack as Whitworth stormed past Pacific 89-67 in Northwest Conference men’s basketball play in Forest Grove, …