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Whitworth receiver Noah Alejado pulls off unique feat as team’s new kicker

It was the middle of summer, and Noah Alejado got a text from his football coach, Rod Sandberg.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019, 6:26 p.m.

Rare loss in California refocuses Whitworth’s football goals

The way the 32-team Division III football playoffs are structured, with only five at-large bids available, the Whitworth Pirates’ surest way to reach the postseason was to win the Northwest …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019, 5:16 p.m.

Whitworth football gets opportunity at rare night game at Chapman

Coming off the first of their two September bye weeks, the Whitworth Pirates are in Orange, California, on Saturday to close out their two-game nonconference schedule against the Chapman Panthers.


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: Mon., Aug. 12, 2019, 10:21 p.m.

Whitworth Pirates champing at bit with new facility on its way

It is summertime in the basement of Graves Gym, and Bryan Olson’s office soundtrack is the drone of dribbling basketballs, one floor above his head.


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.


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 …


Champion Whitworth dominates All-NWC football

Northwest Conference champion Whitworth University is well represented on the 2018 All-Northwest Conference football team, released Monday by the conference office. Rod Sandberg is the 2018 NWC Coach of the …


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.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 29, 2018, 8:42 p.m.

Strong second half enables Whitworth to defeat Linfield for first time since 2007

Whitworth came out of halftime and held Linfield without another first down until the final play of the third quarter. By then the Pirates’ offense had started rolling, and Whitworth …


Decade of dominance: Defeating Northwest Conference power Linfield at top of to-do list for Whitworth football

A senior with 23 career starts on the Whitworth offensive line, Jacob Hubbard has been part of the football program’s resurgence under fifth-year coach Rod Sandberg.


Whitworth closes out nonconference play with tough test against Chapman

The Pirates wrap up their brief two-game non-conference slate when they host the Chapman Panthers, reigning champion of their southern California conference, the SCIAC.


Casting call: Quarterback still a question mark for Whitworth team with high expectations

The cast of characters is changing at Whitworth. However, the entertainment factor will remain high at the Pine Bowl, where the Pirates will host six games while continuing coach Rod …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 17, 2018, 5:56 p.m.

Whitworth quarterbacks finally get a chance to air it out at Pine Bowl

For the Whitworth quarterbacks, Friday morning’s practice was a breath of fresh air and a lot more.


Move indoors because of poor air quality fails to dampen Pirates’ enthusiasm

The atmosphere was thick with enthusiasm Monday morning among the Whitworth football players and even the coaches. It was even thicker than the air itself. After an opening day in …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 4 p.m.

Five questions heading into camp: Whitworth Pirates

Even with the graduation of star quarterback Ian Kolste and six other offensive starters, Whitworth has high expectations this year.


Whitworth knows never to relax against Willamette in long football rivalry

Willamette never makes things simple. Over the last three seasons, head coach Rod Sandberg has found that Whitworth’s second-longest rival usually saves its toughest battles for the Pirates.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017, 6:37 p.m.

Fresh off victory, Whitworth football heads back to Oregon

A week after Whitworth’s football team downed the Pacific Boxers 30-20 in Forest Grove, Oregon, the Pirates will make a U-turn back to Oregon on Saturday to face the Lewis …


Fresh off big win, Whitworth aims for same story against Puget Sound

Things don’t always work out the way the football gods say they will. Just ask the Huskies over in Seattle, or the Cougars down in Pullman.


Leif Ericksen steps in at quarterback to lead Whitworth past Pacific Lutheran

Sophomore Leif Ericksen shook off an early interception in his first start and Tariq Ellis accounted for the only score of the second half with a 60-yard run to lift …


Game preview: Whitworth at Pacific Lutheran

Kickoff: Saturday, 1 p.m., Sparks Stadium, Puyallup, Washington Records: Whitworth (3-2, 0-2 Northwest Conference), Pacific Lutheran (1-2, 1-1)


George Fox builds huge lead while defeating Whitworth for first time

This wasn’t exactly the big comeback Rod Sandberg had hoped for.


Eighth-ranked Linfield’s defense dominates in victory over No. 14 Whitworth

In the battle of the unstoppable force, No. 14 Whitworth’s high-powered offense, against the immovable object, No. 8 Linfield’s defense, the defense ruled Saturday as the Wildcats dropped the previously …


Ian Kolste sets career passing records in Whitworth’s romp over La Verne

Not even three full games into his senior season, Whitworth quarterback Ian Kolste set the school’s all-time passing record.


Whitworth Pirates blow past Whittier in home opener

After a 49-10 dispatching of Whittier College on Saturday at the Pine Bowl, the Pirates’ defense is proving to be just as menacing as its offense.


2017 football: Whitworth Pirates preview

Four months after Rod Sandberg was introduced as Whitworth’s head football coach, the former Wheaton College defensive coordinator was met with an offensive line held together by chicken wire.


Whitworth’s ground game leads Pirates past Willamette

Kicking miscues and turnovers had Whitworth on the ropes late in the game, but the Pirates found their groove in the fourth quarter and pulled away Saturday for a 34-14 …