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Whitworth baseball loses opener

CLAREMONT, Calif. – Pomona-Pitzer scored 11 runs in the fifth inning and the Sagehens stung Whitworth 19-2 in the Pirates’ baseball season opener on Thursday. Nick Motsinger had two of the Pirates’ six hits. Tyler Pfeffer and JR Larrell collected RBIs.

Whitworth football great Long dies

Doug Long, one of the top football players in Whitworth history and the most recent Pirate to play regularly in the NFL, died Saturday after a 2 1/2-year battle with cancer. Long was 56 and lived in the Olympia area.

Pirates rule with defense

Whitworth's defense created enough fast-break opportunities to turn back stubborn Pacific 65-55 in a Northwest Conference men's basketball game Friday night at the Whitworth Fieldhouse.

Late 3-pointer lifts Whitworth past Northwestern College

Whitworth University seemed in no hurry Sunday afternoon to start its next long home-court winning streak. But with just 7 seconds left in a nonconference men’s basketball matchup against visiting Northwestern (Minn.) College, first-year head coach Matt Logie called a timeout and sketched out a length-of-the-court play that freed up Idris Lasisi for a long 3-point shot from the right wing. And when Whitworth’s senior forward, who had struggled with his shooting all game long, buried the mildly contested attempt with a second left on the game clock, the eighth-ranked Pirates escaped with a 78-76 over win the Eagles.

Whitworth men rally to win after losing lead

When an early lead evaporates as quickly as Whitworth University’s did at Whitworth Fieldhouse Friday night, it’s not always the fault of the team that lets it slip away. The eighth-ranked Pirates made that abundantly clear following their 77-69 win over Lewis & Clark College in the Northwest Conference opener for both schools.

Gebbers scores 25 as Whits pound Wash. U

Whitworth University has had plenty of chances in the past five years to measure its NCAA Division III men’s basketball program against the best in the country. It got another one Sunday afternoon, when Washington (Mo.) University, a team that won back-to-back national titles in 2008 and 2009, invaded Whitworth Fieldhouse. And the 12th-ranked Pirates once again proved more than worthy of keeping proper company with the D-III elites by slapping a 88-66 loss on the Bears in front of a crowd of 680.

Pirates take step with 20-win season

Baseball success has taken awhile at Whitworth University. The Pirates last had a winning record in Northwest Conference play in 2006. They last won 20 games in 2002.

Dallas Baptist earns rout over Washington State

Brett Jacobs led off the bottom of the first inning for Washington State with his first collegiate home run, but even then it was far too little too late for the Cougars, who dropped a 13-4 nonconference baseball decision to visiting Dallas Baptist on Monday at Bailey-Brayton Field. The Patriots (8-4) scored eight in the top of the first.

Whitworth looks to repeat history when hosting same second-round NCAA Division III opponent as last season

Whitworth University coach Jim Hayford isn’t expecting any surprises from Chapman University tonight, when the 12th-ranked Panthers travel to Whitworth Fieldhouse to challenge his top-ranked Pirates in the second round of the NCAA Division III men’s basketball tournament. “I feel like I know these guys like the back of my hand,” Hayford said of Chapman (25-3), which earned a berth in the tournament by winning the D-III West Regional playoffs, and then dumped Redlands 62-38 in a first-round game on Thursday.

Friedt overlooked at times, never forgotten

With its array of long-range offensive weapons constantly at the ready, the Whitworth men’s basketball team occasionally tends to overlook Felix Friedt. But that trend doesn't seem to last very long.

Whitworth falls to No.2 in rankings

Whitworth University’s first men’s basketball loss of the season last week cost the Pirates first place in the D3hoops.com poll. But the Pirates, who rode the crest of a 23-game winning streak to occupy the top spot for two weeks, only fell one spot.

Whits pour in school-record 18 three-pointers

Dinner, or perhaps a late lunch, was on Whitworth University’s men’s basketball team Sunday afternoon. The unbeaten Pirates, who are ranked No. 7 in the latest D3hoops.com poll, threw in a school-record 18 shots from beyond the 3-point arc to beat down Whittier College 86-65 at the Whitworth Fieldhouse.

Area roundup: Whitworth men’s team ranked seventh

After opening Northwest Conference play with a pair of road wins, the Whitworth men’s basketball team jumped from 10th to seventh in the D3hoops.com Top 25 poll, released Tuesday. Whitworth swept Lewis & Clark and Linfield over the weekend to move to 6-0 on the season and 2-0 in NWC play. The Pirates host UC Santa Cruz on Friday and Whittier on Sunday (both 6 p.m.).

Whitworth Pirates win big in basketball finale

David Riley scored 26 points to lead 16th-ranked Whitworth to an 86-67 win over Luther (0-4) in the final contest of the Surf’s Up Classic on Saturday in Honolulu. The Pirates improved to 4-0 overall and won the tournament with a 2-0 record after host California Lutheran was knocked off by Northwest Conference member Pacific (Ore.).

It’s off to Hawaii for victorious Whitworth Pirates

Whitworth University men’s basketball coach Jim Hayford was happy about a couple of things following Monday night’s 75-54 non-conference win over Trinity at Whitworth Fieldhouse. For starters, the Pirates are escaping the snow, wind and bitter cold of the Pacific Northwest this morning and leaving for Honolulu, where they will face Carthage on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Surf’s Up Classic.

Whits pound Loras in rare season opener on home court

This is the story of Jim Hayford and the three Bears. With a starting lineup that featured three Brewster graduates, the Whitworth Pirates opened the 2010-11 men’s basketball season with an impressive, 74-50 win over Loras College from Dubuque, Iowa.

Riley, Whits reach for more of the same

For three years, David Riley has contributed to the immense success of Whitworth University’s men’s basketball team by doing what he does best – which is score points. That will be the primary role of the 6-foot-5 senior wing again this winter as the Pirates, ranked No. 16 in the D3hoops.com preseason poll, attempt to successfully defend their Northwest Conference title and earn a fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III tournament.

Whitworth Pirates end on high note

Now that’s going out in style. The Whitworth Pirates honored 13 seniors during pregame ceremonies and then sent them out with an endless supply of highlight-reel plays in a feel-good 63-35 victory over Puget Sound on a chilly Saturday at the Pine Bowl. Whitworth ended the season with a 5-5 record, 3-3 in the Northwest Conference, marking the 12th time in 13 seasons the Pirates have finished at least .500.

Linfield pummels Whitworth Pirates

Aaron Boehme threw for 187 yards and two touchdowns on 14-of-25 passing and rushed for 72 yards with three TDs and No. 12 Linfield (7-1, 5-0) rallied from a 17-14 halftime deficit to outgain Whitworth 257-81 after the break and beat the Pirates 42-17 in Northwest Conference action in McMinnville, Ore. Taylor Eglet finished with 273 passing yards and two TDs at quarterback for the Pirates (4-5, 2-3), but they could not hold the halftime lead, allowing 28 consecutive points in the second half.

Willamette knocks Whitworth out of title hunt

Although Willamette only led by a field goal against Whitworth at the end of the first quarter Saturday, the lead felt so much bigger. And that feeling was because of the Bearcats’ ownership of the line of scrimmage.