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UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 10:14 p.m.

Ralph Walter: For high-flying WSU, EWU, Whitworth football diehards – Yippie ki yay, mustache faithful!

And now for the big Hollywood ending. Nearly three months after The Spokesman-Review kicked off the college football season with a special section inspired by classic sports films, we’re sprinting …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 17, 2018, 9:54 p.m.

Whitworth runs past Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 48-6 in Division III playoff opener

Teams have tried all season to run the ball against Whitworth, and if there was a team equipped to do it well, surely that was the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 5:13 p.m.

Minnesota, Texas, Tennessee or Georgia: Whitworth’s playoff possibilities could take Pirates far from Pine Bowl

Making their first playoff appearance, the Stags (7-3) are unranked but heralded as champion of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. They are one of two playoff teams with three …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 10:38 p.m.

Whitworth hoping to give Claremont-Mudd-Scripps a chilly reception in Division III playoff opener

Whitworth football coach Rod Sandberg got a call this week, he said, from officials at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, the Pirates’ opponent Saturday. They were asking for heaters on the sidelines.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 12:06 a.m.

Logistics of Division III football put Whitworth football in scheduling no-man’s land

The Pirates (9-0) are preparing to host on Saturday the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags (7-3), a team they’ve never faced and the winner of the only Division III football conference besides the …


Unbeaten Whitworth learns it will host Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in first round of D-III playoffs

Whitworth will host thClaremont-Mudd-Scripps at noon Saturday, its first playoff home game since 2006.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 10, 2018, 9:11 p.m.

Whitworth blanks Willamette for fifth undefeated regular season in school football history

The Whitworth Pirates put an exclamation point on their undefeated regular season Saturday.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 9, 2018, 11:36 p.m.

Whitworth looks to finish unblemished regular season against one-win Willamette

Coach Rod Sandberg told his Whitworth Pirates football team this week that their season is half over.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 3, 2018, 6:38 p.m.

Leif Ericksen, Garrett McKay help Whitworth rally past Lewis & Clark to remain unbeaten

On an afternoon when he wasn’t great, Whitworth quarterback Leif Ericksen made the throws he had to. And when he had to, he looked for Garrett McKay.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018, 7:13 p.m.

Whitworth not overlooking Lewis & Clark with Northwest Conference title on the line

The 12th-ranked Whitworth football team will take the field at the Pine Bowl on Saturday in need of one more win to claim the Northwest Conference championship and a spot …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 31, 2018, 9:32 p.m.

One win away from clinching a conference title, Whitworth has no plans of slowing down after the regular season ends

All that stands between Whitworth (7-0) and a playoff appearance is a win against either of the bottom two teams in the NWC standings: Lewis & Clark on Saturday, or …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 27, 2018, 9:46 p.m.

Whitworth defense steps up to keep Pirates unbeaten with win over Pacific

After striking early and often the last three games, the Whitworth offense didn’t look like itself early on against Pacific on Saturday.


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: Wed., Oct. 10, 2018, 8:27 p.m.

Strong Sedro-Woolley contingent plays big part in Whitworth’s perfect start in football

Scan the crowd at a Whitworth football game and there’s a good chance you’ll find a section from Sedro-Woolley, Washington. Last week, a road game, was no different.


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: 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 …


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.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 7:37 p.m.

Pass defense, key rushing scores help Whitworth hold off Chapman to remain unbeaten

Quarterback Leif Ericksen, known for his throwing ability, passed for 324 yards, but added a rushing touchdown. So-called running quarterback Connor Johnson came through with a rushing touchdown, but also …


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.


Whitworth wide receiver Garrett McKay turns after-hours work into on-field success

The sun is starting to set on the Pine Bowl. His Whitworth teammates have left the practice facility, but senior Garrett McKay is still running sprints, from one end zone …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 8:49 p.m.

Leif Ericksen takes over Whitworth offense in season-opening rout of La Verne

After coasting to a 53-0 win at home last season over La Verne, Whitworth once again put its celebratory cannon to work after beating the Leopards 38-2 on Saturday on …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 5:42 p.m.

New-look Whitworth welcomes La Verne to the Pine Bowl in season opener

Whitworth leads the series 11-1 and has won the last four meetings after dropping a game to La Verne in 2013.


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.