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Pirates named to conference teams

The Northwest Conference announced this week that coaches had selected six Whitworth football players on its 2013 all-conference team and seven others received honorable mention.

Tight end Wade Meyer and offensive tackle Dalton Cosby were voted to the All-Northwest Conference first team offense and safety Casey Monahan was named to the first-team defense for Whitworth, which finished 4-6 overall and 2-4 in conference.

Running back D.J. Tripoli and wide receiver Drew Clausen, of West Valley, were chosen to the second-team offense. Defensive end Aaron Cochran was selected for the second-team defense.

Quarterback Bryan Peterson, receiver Devon Lind, defensive end Danny Welstad, defensive tackle Jacob Kriegbaum, defensive tackle Kyle Davidson, and cornerbacks Jerrell Norman and De’ Hall all received honorable mention.

Timothy Wilkinson named new Whitworth Global Commerce dean

Dr. Timothy WilkinsonTimothy Wilkinson, the current interim dean at Montana State University, will become Whitworth University's new dean of School of Global Commerce & Management.

Wilkinson, 53, will start the job on July 1.

Wilkinson was lauded in a Whitworth press release for his educational resume and his business connections.

He's had nearly 20 years of experience in business education.

He will oversee faculty and staff serving nearly 400 students in traditional undergraduate programs in accounting, economics, business management, international business and marketing; a non-traditional program in organizational management primarily serving working adults; and master's programs in business administration and international management.

Wilkinson is also considered an expert in the area of exports and export promotion. He's published numerous articles in publications such as the MIT Sloan Management Review, the Journal of International Business Studies and The Wall Street Journal. In 2011, he won a prestigious Berry-AMA Prize for the best book in marketing for The Distribution Trap! How to Retain the Value of Your Innovation, which he co-authored with Andrew R. Thomas.

Alcoholic in fatal crash pleads not guilty

A Whitworth University student and convicted felon pleaded not guilty Wednesday to vehicular homicide in connection with a crash in East Spokane on Aug. 9 that killed the passenger.

Michael S. Lindsly, 46, appeared before Superior Court Judge Michael Price and was given a trial date of Oct. 17. Deputy Spokane County Prosecutor Stefanie Collins said Lindsly was driving an estimated “70 to 100 mph” in a 35 mph zone when he crashed his 2002 Mercury Sable near the intersection of Alki Way and Broadway Avenue, killing 31-year-old passenger Blair C. Riding.

Lindsly, a 10-time felon who carries a 3.8 grade point average at Whitworth, poses a risk to the community, Collins said.

Price agreed to lower the bond from $100,000 to $75,000, but he ordered Lindsly not to drive while the charge remains pending.

Lindsly is described as a leader in the substance-abuse recovery community.

Fatal DUI crash suspect was in recovery

A Spokane man accused of causing a drunken crash that killed his passenger is a leader in the addiction recovery community and is studying to get his master's degree at Whitworth University, his girlfriend said today.

Michael Shane Lindsly, 46, appeared in Superior Court today via video from the jail, where he was booked after being treated at a hospital for injuries sustained in the Aug. 9 crash.

A vehicular homicide charge was filed against Lindsly on Thursday.

His bail was set at $100,000 today after Judge Michael Price heard from his girlfriend, Lacey Jones. Defense lawyers did not ask for a lower bond.

Lindsly is accused of crashing a 2002 Mercury Sable  and killing Blair C. Riding, 31, while speeding on Broadway Avenue at Alki Way.

Witnesses said the car appeared to be going at least 70 mph. Police say they smelled alcohol in the car and on Lindsly’s breath.

Riding, who was wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene.

We can tell they aren’t Whitworth pirates


1. The don't appear to be active in social-service volunteering. 2. Their lives seem to lack a positive direction. 3. Iffy personal grooming standards. 4. No one would call them “fresh-faced.”