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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.
If any sports are being played at Whitworth between now and January, it won't be Northwest Conference competition.
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.
For as much as spring sports were disrupted when NCAA Division III sports shut down in March, fall sports weren’t spared, either.
With 21 varsity sports offered, the Whitworth athletic department has produced no shortage of decorated athletes in the past 20 years.
The Whitworth men were well represented when the National Association of Basketball Coaches released its Academic Team and Honors Court awards for Division III schools last week.
Many winter and spring athletes at Whitworth had their seasons cut short earlier this year due to the pandemic, but there was hope that come fall, a return to normalcy would be possible.
As Division I conferences have made moves toward a conference-only football season this fall, Division III programs like Whitworth face uncertainty of their own.
Jamie Siegler and Owen Lempert of Whitworth were named 2019-20 Scholar All-Americans by the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association and two Pirates teammates and four from Washington State received honorable mention.
Like those on college campuses across the country, the Whitworth fields and courts are all but empty these days.
The NCAA announced significant cuts in its revenue distribution on Thursday that reflect the revenue it lost when it canceled the Division I men’s basketball championships, a highly lucrative television spectacle.
As much as Ben College is trying to avoid it, the “what-if” of the Whitworth men’s basketball season is difficult to dodge.
Like so many college teams’ seasons, that of the Whitworth men’s basketball team will end with a win and likely an asterisk.
Team personnel, credentialed administration and media, as well as gameday staff, will be permitted to attend the game. Any purchased tickets will be refunded, according to the release.
Area baseball: Jack Machtolf drew a bases-loaded walk with no outs in the bottom of the eighth, and Josh Bristyan followed with a sacrifice fly as Gonzaga rallied to beat visiting Cal State Northridge 4-2 on Sunday.
Jack Smith and Kyle Manzardo each scored three runs on 4-for-5 efforts, and Washington State defeated Niagara 10-4 at Bailey-Brayton Field.
Whitworth is back in the Sweet 16 for the first time in seven years. Ben College scored 24 points, and the Pirates rallied in the second half to beat host Texas-Dallas 73-66 Saturday in the second round of the Division III Tournament.
Isaiah Hernandez tried to get to the rim in the closing seconds.
Just a few hours after learning he and the Whitworth Pirates would be headed to Texas to play LeTourneau in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Ben College was already rattling off Nate West’s statistics.
The Whitworth men’s basketball team is headed back to the Division III NCAA Tournament. After losing the Northwest Conference Tournament championship game at home to rival Whitman on Saturday, the Pirates got an at-large bid to the 64-team field, which was announced Monday morning.