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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 2017 difference maker: Garrett McKay

Defenses will need to know where junior Garrett McKay is at all times.


2017 football: Five best Whitworth QBs of all-time

The Spokesman-Review selects the five best quarterbacks to play at Whitworth University.


Whitworth rolls past Lewis & Clark 53-20 to finish football season 8-2

Whitworth closed out an eight-win season in football with a 53-20 win at Lewis & Clark on Saturday afternoon at Griswold Stadium. The Pirates finished the year 8-2 overall and …


College football preview: Whitworth at PLU

Previewing Whitworth’s football game at PLU


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 aims to get back to winning ways

The Pirates look to rebound after a heart-wrenching 50-49 overtime loss last week to Central (Iowa).


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.


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.


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 …


Whitworth football by the numbers

In 2015, Whitworth quarterback Ian Kolste threw for 2,810 yards, ranking No. 22 in yardage for all of Division III. But he ranked 12th in the nation in passes completed …


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 optimistic about 2016 football season

The Whitworth Pirates kick-start their 2016 campaign on Sunday as the team tries to match last year’s squad, which made it to the NCAA Division III playoffs for only the …


Jury decides in Whitworth’s favor in John Tully age discrimination lawsuit

Spokane County jury has rejected a civil suit brought by former Whitworth coach John Tully, who had sued the school for age discrimination after the school terminated him following the …


Whitworth’s Kiourkas named All-American

Whitworth tight end Nick Kiourkas was selected as a third team All-American by D3football.com. Kiourkas, who was an All-Northwest Conference first team selection, had 37 catches for 603 yards and …


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 has 14 selected to All-Northwest Conference football teams

Fourteen Whitworth Pirates have been recognized on the 2015 All-Northwest Conference football team.


Whitworth gets NCAA football bid, rematch with Linfield

Whitworth football players gathered in the Robinson Teaching Theater inside Weyerhaeuser Hall, chiming in with the countdown clock leading into the NCAA Division III playoff selection show Sunday.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 31, 2015, 6:42 p.m.

Whits spot Pacific 11-point lead before racing to win

On day when defense became an endangered luxury, Whitworth overcame an 11-point first-half deficit Saturday to pull away for a 50-33 win over the Pacific Boxers.


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 …


Whitworth Pirates at Linfield Wildcats

The Pirates hit the road for the biggest game of the Rod Sandberg era.


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.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 20, 2015, 8:30 p.m.

Whitworth football breaks into Top 25

After matching its best start since it went 10-0 in 2006, the Whitworth Pirates (6-0, 3-0 Northwest Conference) are ranked No. 25 this week in both the D3football.com Top 25 …


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.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 10, 2015, 9:03 p.m.

Whitworth football team shines on defense, tops Puget Sound

Duke DeGaetano ran for 159 yards and a score on 46 carries and Whitworth’s defense shined in windy and rainy conditions in a 24-7 Northwest Conference win over Puget Sound …


Whitworth, UPS ready for fireworks in Tacoma

Whitworth and UPS are two of the most prolific passing attacks in NCAA DIII.


Idaho, Whitworth football previews

Vandals at Bobcats Kickoff: 4 p.m., Jim Wacker Field, San Marcos, Texas