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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 …


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.


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 …


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.


Whitworth’s successful football season ends with playoff loss at Linfield

Whitworth’s football team rolled over nine opponents this year on the way to one of the best seasons in school history. In Saturday’s first-round Division III playoff game against Northwest …


Whitworth not backing down in second chance against powerful Linfield

It’s odd to apply the underdog label to the Whitworth football team, which won nine games by an average of nearly 20 points.


John Blanchette: Whitworth’s Rod Sandberg uses his platform for more than winning

Football 2015 began at Whitworth University under a choking shroud from the relentless August wildfires that chased the Pirates – and everyone else in this area code – indoors.


Whitworth seniors have left legacy on gridiron

The Pine Bowl will welcome today a group of 16 senior Whitworth football players who are seeking an historic finish to careers that were interrupted by the turmoil of a …


Football preview: Pacific at Whitworth

The Pirates come into Saturday’s Northwest Conference football game against Pacific in the Pine Bowl after a crushing 52-10 defeat at No. 2 Linfield. The Boxers, which lost 77-10 to …


Whitworth insists no hangover from Linfield loss

Fresh off a humbling defeat to No. 2 Linfield, the Whitworth Pirates have done their best this week to re-focus their efforts on a visiting Pacific team that has matched …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 24, 2015, 8:12 p.m.

Linfield overwhelms Whitworth in crucial NWC matchup

After cracking the national Top 25 this week for the first time since 2007, the reality of what it takes to continue moving up hit No. 25 Whitworth hard on …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 22, 2015, 10:19 p.m.

Whitworth at Linfield: Historic power versus upstart

When Rod Sandberg was hired in 2014 to take over the Whitworth football program, he aspired to match the successes of Linfield.


Whitworth improves to 6-0 after stomping Pacific Lutheran

The Whitworth Pirates improved to 6-0 on Saturday, rolling to a 32-7 win over Pacific Lutheran at the Pine Bowl.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 15, 2015, 7:37 p.m.

Aggressive defense ignites undefeated Whitworth Pirates

The Whitworth Pirates have successfully navigated every challenge thus far and head into weekend matchup against a Pacific Lutheran team that has been its nemesis of late.


Quick-starting Whitworth opens conference play by defeating George Fox

Whitworth got off to its usual fast start, which was too much for George Fox to overcome, in a conference-opening 37-14 victory Saturday for the Pirates’ homecoming at the Pine …


George Fox’s game at Whitworth will create Tully reunion

Whitworth is hosting homecoming on Saturday, but the annual event has a deeper meaning as the Pirates welcome a George Fox team that is loaded with coaching ties to the …


Potent first half allows Whitworth Pirates to conquer La Verne

Whitworth raced to a 39-0 halftime lead Saturday before letting up on the gas against La Verne. The Leopards scored 20 unanswered points, but the Pirates held on to win …


Whitworth opens football season with convincing victory

Whitworth didn’t start sharply, but an improved Pirates defense held Whittier in check long enough to allow the offense to roll over the Poets in an impressive 47-11 season-opening win …


Whitworth approaches football opener with little knowledge of Poets

The Whitworth Pirates earned coach Rod Sandberg’s first road victory last season with a 30-17 decision over Whittier. Sandberg said he knows little about the team the Poets are bringing …


Whitworth football heads into offseason in right direction

A final game defeat did little to diminish Whitworth coach Rod Sandberg’s belief that his new program has the foundation for future success.


Newcomers a pleasant surprise for Whitworth football team

When the season began, new Whitworth football coach Rod Sandberg said that several of the more than 50 new players for the Pirates would have to step up and play …


Newcomers a pleasant surprise for Whitworth football team

When the season began, new Whitworth football coach Rod Sandberg said that several of the more than 50 new players for the Pirates would have to step up and play …


Banged up Whitworth looks to take next step

The Whitworth Pirates took their pass-happy offense on the road last week and stubbed their toes with seven dropped passes, nine penalties and several missed tackles but found a way …


Sophomore Ian Kolste will start at QB for Whitworth

When Whitworth travels to California this weekend to take on the Whittier Poets, the Pirates will start the game with a new quarterback: Ian Kolste. Kolste, a sophomore from Oak …


New-look Pirates rout Pioneers

Whitworth opened the Rod Sandberg era with a dominant defensive and offensive show Saturday as the Pirates pillaged Lewis & Clark 63-10 in the opening football game for both teams.


Whitworth coach Rod Sandberg eager to open season

The Rod Sandberg era is set to begin Saturday as the Whitworth Pirates host league foe Lewis & Clark at the Pine Bowl.


Changing direction

A week before Whitworth players arrived, new head coach Rod Sandberg invited all of his assistants and their wives over for dinner. He gave the wives a Pirate coffee mug …


Pirates use spring practices for ‘family’ activities

New Whitworth football coach Rod Sandberg barks out instructions as his linebackers and defensive ends run through a series of padded dummies and deliver sweeping haymakers before they run and …