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UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 7, 2019, 4:47 p.m.

Leif Ericksen throws 5 TDs as Whitworth routs La Verne in season opener

Leif Ericksen and Andrew Meredith connected for three touchdowns and Whitworth opened its season with a 50-24 rout of La Verne on Saturday at Ortmayer Stadium.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 6, 2019, 7:23 p.m.

Whitworth not leaning on last year’s drubbing of La Verne ahead of season opener

One season ago, the Whitworth Pirates didn’t leave Spokane to play a football game until October.


If Whitworth intends to make that elusive national championship run, it will likely require ‘Perfection’ during the regular season

Coming off their first Northwest Conference title since 2007, the Pirates are decidedly not underdogs anymore.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 9:48 p.m.

Football is in the air as Whitworth Pirates open camp

The Whitworth football team took to the practice field on Thursday to open fall camp, bearing a swagger not just from winning a playoff game a year ago, but from …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019, 9:14 p.m.

Five questions to answer as fall camp gets underway at Whitworth

Pirates head coach Rod Sandberg surveyed a preliminary depth chart, seemingly prepared to circle every name.


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019, 8:04 p.m.

Former players remember ex-Whitworth coach Daryl Squires as even-tempered gentleman

Even in Whitworth’s most gut-check moments, former head football coach Daryl Squires maintained an even-keel disposition.


UPDATED: Sat., May 4, 2019, 8:50 p.m.

Whitworth football: Pirates don’t get a spring game, but they have fun by other means

The Pirates – and all other NCAA Division III programs – aren’t allowed to suit up during the spring.


Locally: Whitworth’s Tyler Adamson named Offensive MVP Honorable Mention at National Bowl All-Star Game

Whitworth’s 6-foot-5, 285-pound lineman was named Offensive MVP Honorable Mention for his performance in a 2018 National Bowl All-Star Game Dec. 9 in Daytona Beach, Florida, in which his National …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 27, 2018, 5:57 p.m.

Whitworth Pirates expect to build upon 2018 football success

By many metrics 2018 was one of the best seasons in Whitworth football history: a 10-1 record and a playoff victory, feats accomplished by only this and the 2006 Whitworth …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 24, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

Whitworth football falls to Saint John’s in second round of Division III playoffs

Leif Ericksen threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns, but the Pirates (10-1) fell 45-24 to Saint John’s in the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs in Collegeville, …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 23, 2018, 8:29 p.m.

High-scoring Saint John’s presents tough test for unbeaten Whitworth in Division III playoffs

The score stands out, certainly: 84-6. That’s the margin – a playoff record-setting margin – by which Martin Luther lost to Saint John’s last week in the first round of …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 22, 2018, 7:33 p.m.

Whitworth won’t marvel at Saint John’s pedigree ahead of second-round playoff game

Four programs – Mount Union, Wisconsin-Whitewater, Mary Hardin-Baylor and Linfield – have won 17 of the past 18 NCAA Division III national football championships. Add in St. Thomas, which has …


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 …