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Whitworth closes out nonconference play with tough test against Chapman

The Pirates wrap up their brief two-game non-conference slate when they host the Chapman Panthers, reigning champion of their southern California conference, the SCIAC.


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 …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 4 p.m.

Five questions heading into camp: Whitworth Pirates

Even with the graduation of star quarterback Ian Kolste and six other offensive starters, Whitworth has high expectations this year.


Whitworth knows never to relax against Willamette in long football rivalry

Willamette never makes things simple. Over the last three seasons, head coach Rod Sandberg has found that Whitworth’s second-longest rival usually saves its toughest battles for the Pirates.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017, 6:37 p.m.

Fresh off victory, Whitworth football heads back to Oregon

A week after Whitworth’s football team downed the Pacific Boxers 30-20 in Forest Grove, Oregon, the Pirates will make a U-turn back to Oregon on Saturday to face the Lewis …


Fresh off big win, Whitworth aims for same story against Puget Sound

Things don’t always work out the way the football gods say they will. Just ask the Huskies over in Seattle, or the Cougars down in Pullman.


Leif Ericksen steps in at quarterback to lead Whitworth past Pacific Lutheran

Sophomore Leif Ericksen shook off an early interception in his first start and Tariq Ellis accounted for the only score of the second half with a 60-yard run to lift …


Game preview: Whitworth at Pacific Lutheran

Kickoff: Saturday, 1 p.m., Sparks Stadium, Puyallup, Washington Records: Whitworth (3-2, 0-2 Northwest Conference), Pacific Lutheran (1-2, 1-1)


George Fox builds huge lead while defeating Whitworth for first time

This wasn’t exactly the big comeback Rod Sandberg had hoped for.


Eighth-ranked Linfield’s defense dominates in victory over No. 14 Whitworth

In the battle of the unstoppable force, No. 14 Whitworth’s high-powered offense, against the immovable object, No. 8 Linfield’s defense, the defense ruled Saturday as the Wildcats dropped the previously …


Ian Kolste sets career passing records in Whitworth’s romp over La Verne

Not even three full games into his senior season, Whitworth quarterback Ian Kolste set the school’s all-time passing record.


Whitworth Pirates blow past Whittier in home opener

After a 49-10 dispatching of Whittier College on Saturday at the Pine Bowl, the Pirates’ defense is proving to be just as menacing as its offense.


2017 football: Whitworth Pirates preview

Four months after Rod Sandberg was introduced as Whitworth’s head football coach, the former Wheaton College defensive coordinator was met with an offensive line held together by chicken wire.


Whitworth’s ground game leads Pirates past Willamette

Kicking miscues and turnovers had Whitworth on the ropes late in the game, but the Pirates found their groove in the fourth quarter and pulled away Saturday for a 34-14 …


Whitworth has chance to rewrite several records on offense

The postseason hopes of the Whitworth football team likely ended by the inch, or centimeter, it took for Central (Iowa) to convert a 2-point conversion to hand the Pirates a …


Football preview: Willamette at Whitworth

Football preview: Willamette at Whitworth


No. 8 Linfield opens big lead, outlasts Whitworth 45-31

The No. 8 Linfield Wildcats jumped all over Whitworth early and hung on for a 45-31 win Saturday at the Pine Bowl. The Wildcats defense held Whitworth to a season …


Jordan Pride knows heartbreak, opens up to Whitworth family

Sports often provide a distraction from the rigors of real life. But for a Whitworth senior, the football field gives him a chance to honor the dreams of two best …


Pirates outscore Puget Sound 56-32 in offensive shootout

In a game where offenses ruled and defenses looked winded, the Whitworth Pirates raced Saturday past the Puget Sound Loggers for a 56-32 victory.


Whitworth’s Thomas finds success on the other end of passes

Whitworth wasn’t really on Kevin Thomas’ radar as he ended his high school career leading the Gonzaga Prep Bullpups as run-first quarterback. It turns out, Thomas had a knack for …


Whitworth’s Brett Moser returns to field after battle with cancer

The opening kickoff sailed through the air and a Whitworth Pirate raced to catch the ball. It was Brett Moser.


Whitworth opens against run-happy Dutch

The No. 19 Whitworth Pirates prepared all week to take on a Central (Iowa) team that found a winning pedigree by pounding the ball on the ground.


Whitworth returns plenty of firepower

The Whitworth Pirates pillaged every opponent they faced last year, save one monster that continues to bully the program, as it embraces the expectation of becoming the dominant Division III …


Chase Naccarato adds to Whitworth’s talent-rich receiving corps

Whitworth’s high-octane offense returns all of its receivers this season. The Pirates weren’t looking for another pass catcher, but the program got just that as Chase Naccarato decided to transfer …


Defensive coordinator Adam Richbart likes Whitworth’s depth

When Whitworth hired Rod Sandberg to lead the football program in December 2013, the first coach he brought on board was Adam Richbart.


Clothing-optional Whitworth kicker ponders high expectations

The outcome of football games often comes down – after all those blocks, hits and tackles – to the leg of a kicker who spends most of his time doing …


Whitworth Pirates battle smoke, each other at practice

The Whitworth Pirates’ football practice Monday started with partly-cloudy blue skies and an ominous smoke plume to the north. Halfway through practice, the wind changed and the players were sucking …


Whitworth Pirates will have core of their football team returning next season

The Whitworth Pirates football team heads into the winter relishing a season that was marred only by a pair of losses to No. 2-ranked Linfield.