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Kramer is the fourth CCS head women's basketball coach since March.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Not sure what’s worse. That the Seahawks lost yesterday at the Rams or that they played a boring brand of football while doing it. Who are we kidding? Boring is fine if there is a win involved.
Dustin McConnell of Clarkston was the only one of six players selected to the Whitworth Men’s Basketball-All-Decade team with area ties during the 10-year period from 2010 to 2020 when the Pirates compiled an NCAA Division III-leading .851 winning percentage.
EWU basketball coach David Riley knows he is in a position of little consequence relative to his wife, a respiratory therapist working during the coronavirus pandemic.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s hard to believe it’s All Saints’ Day already. It was my favorite Catholic day of observance, as our elementary school was closed – though we were supposed to trundle off to Mass – and we could stay out later on Halloween than our public school counterparts. Hey, the tail end of the Baby Boom was a tough time to be a kid. You took your joy where you could find it.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Today’s the day. The Pac-12 CEOs are meeting. They need to make a decision about sports in 2020. Start or not? And when?
Members of the offensive line trotted out to the practice field behind the Whitworth Fieldhouse, their masks on as they began their first practice in a fall. They did so with no certain plans to play a football game anytime soon.
Universities in the Inland Northwest are back in class – or will be soon.
Hundreds of masked freshmen, some accompanied by their parents or other helpers, hauled their belongings into their dorm rooms in staggered shifts on Friday to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus.
"Both Gonzaga and Whitworth enroll very bright students, but our students come from very diverse backgrounds. And what we learned in the spring was that many of our students simply were not able to succeed to the extent that they were capable, because we were in an online format," Whitworth President Beck Taylor said in an interview.
If any sports are being played at Whitworth between now and January, it won't be Northwest Conference competition.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Years ago the S-R did a series of stories about the differences between Western and Eastern Washington. We called it “The Great Divide.” Little did anyone know, that term would be all the rage in 2020.
Gonzaga and Whitworth say they have invested in COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and other measures to limit the health effects of the pandemic, but Spokane County’s health officer, Dr. Bob Lutz, says it’s inevitable that some students will become infected. He and other experts are urging students to behave responsibly, especially if they choose to socialize with peers.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • What an eventful Sunday. Which may lead to an eventful week. Or not. A lot depends on college presidents and virus numbers, which makes it hard to predict.
In a season of social distancing, there is irony in the Whitworth athletics department celebrating the fact that nearly all their coaches can now – after years spent in five different buildings – be together under the same roof.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Golf has been back for a while. But “real” golf, major golf, returns to our televisions today. And the PGA Championship comes to us from an unlikely spot.
For as much as spring sports were disrupted when NCAA Division III sports shut down in March, fall sports weren’t spared, either.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yes, there is good news out there. That’s not as much a given as it used to be, pre-pandemic. But we’ve found some. Which gives us a chance to have a good new/bad news type of day.
With 21 varsity sports offered, the Whitworth athletic department has produced no shortage of decorated athletes in the past 20 years.
Whitworth University is moving forward with plans for students, faculty and staff to return to campus this fall, according to a Wednesday evening tweet from school President Beck A. Taylor.