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Central looks to give Alaska the big chill

Photo by Zach Olney/Observer

Central looks to give Alaska the big chill

Photo by Zach Olney/Observer

Ellensburg preps for V-Day

Photo by Joie Sullivan/Observer

Despite slow start; Wildcats stays hot

By Quin Walker, Staff Reporter

The Wildcats continued their hot streak in 7-2 non-conference victory over Whitworth University.


Central Students compete in the Amazing Race

By Landan Garcia, Copy-Desk-Chief

Ten minutes before the fourth annual Amazing Race last Friday, the SURC Ballroom was alive with chatter as teams discussed strategies.


Sophomore Tayler Fettig is living her dream as a dual-sport athlete

By Claire Cox, Staff Reporter

A hardworking and dedicated athlete is an easy find around Central Washington University. But finding an athlete that can not only compete but excel in two sports may be a little more difficult.


State of the program

By Evan Thompson, Sports Editor

A sports program can be measured on three things: what it has, what it does not have and what it needs. At least that’s how Ice Miller, LLP defines it.


A Lifting Decision

By Jaryd Cline

The outcome of the game will surely be forgotten over time. The story will no doubt be passed down as one of the most heartwarming and selfless moments in sports history. For one Central athlete, it was just about doing the right thing even if that hurt the chances of winning.


Wildcats go for gold

By Claire Cox, Staff Reporter

Day 1 of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championship went well for Becki Duhamel, claiming her first GNAC championship in the women’s weight throw.


Not a pitch-perfect start for wildcats

By Claire Cox, Staff Reporter

The Central Washington softball team had an unfortunate start to their 2013 season this last weekend.


Pushing through adversity

By Claire Cox, Staff Reporter

Brandon Magee knows three things very well in life: drive, discipline and a love for Jesus.


Central looks to give Alaska the big chill

By Scott Herman, Staff Reporter

Alaskan hoops will be on display at Nicholson Pavilion this week, as the Central Washington women play host to the University of Alaska-Anchorage on Thursday and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks on Saturday.


National Signing Day: football gets 21 signees

By Jaryd Cline, Staff Reporter

Head coach Blaine Bennett and his staff finalized recruiting by signing 21 high school seniors, one of which knows Bennett as “Dad”.


Rivalry weekend in Nicholson Pavilion

By Jaryd Cline, Staff Reporter

After a roller coaster week in which Central Washington University scored its lowest point total in a game.


Parker overcomes obstacles, makes name in GNAC

By Claire Cox, Staff Reporter

A player of Jasmine Parker’s caliber only comes around every so often.The soft-spoken, 6-foot-2 forward leads the GNAC in blocks and ranks in the Division II top-20 in blocked shots per game.


Wildcats homestand won't get any easier with NNU

By Thomas Loranz, Staff Reporter

After back-to-back losses to No. 5 Western Washington and No. 7 Simon Fraser, the Central Washington University women’s basketball team will try and bounce back when they play Northwest Nazarene this Saturday at the Pavilion.


Alaska sweep would give Wildcats third place

By Chace Davy, Staff Reporter

The Central Washington University men’s basketball team is preparing for a frigid trip to Alaska over the weekend, as they start the second round of Great Northwest Athletic Conference play.


CWU loses heartbreaker against No. 7 SFU

By Claire Cox, Staff Reporter

The Central Washington University women’s basketball team lost to No. 7 Simon Fraser 66-58 at home Saturday, and fell to 3-6 in the GNAC. 


OPR offers skiing under the moon

By Scott Herman, Staff Reporter

At a time of year when most of the population would prefer to remain inside, content to be warm and bored, Central’s Outdoor Pursuits and Recreation is busy finding ways to get people outside to find better forms of entertainment.


Wildcats keep their cool in Moscow

By Pancho Arceo, Staff Reporter

The Central Washington University track team competed at the Idaho Collegiate Meet last Saturday, hosted in Moscow, Idaho, where four Wildcats finished the meet as champions.


Central ready for rivalry

By Claire Cox, Staff Reporter

The Central Washington University Women’s basketball team will return home to compete with two nationally ranked teams this week, taking on archrival Western Washington University tonight at 7 p.m


Wildcats come up short against SPU

By Jaryd Cline, Staff Reporter

The deep three-pointer off the hands of Jordan Coby hit nothing but net, sending the crowd into a frenzy and tying the score at 66 against Seattle Pacific University, the number six ranked team in the nation.


Preview: Wildcats to play MSU Billings, No.6 SPU at home

By Scott Herman, Staff Reporter

After battling through two challenging road games last week, the Central men will be glad to return home to Nicholson Pavilion.  


Preview: Idaho Collegiate: winter meet in Moscow

By Claire Cox, Staff Reporter

The Wildcats will compete with a full team for the first time this indoor track and field season, when they travel to Moscow for Idaho Collegiate on Jan. 19.


Wildcats lock up first conference win

By Max Bayern, Staff Reporter

Central Washington University women’s basketball team claimed its first conference victory Saturday night with a 60-49 win over the Western Oregon Wolves. 

In front the Wildcat faithful in Nicholson Pavilion, the Central used energy and stingy defense to seal the victory, led by freshman guard Hannah Shine and her 14 points.


Wildcats hope to get back in the GNAC

By Jaryd Cline, Staff Reporter

After three weeks of Great Northwest Athletic Conference play, the Wildcats are still looking to pick up their first conference victory.


Hop on board with OPR shuttles

By Derek Shuck, Assistant Sports Editor

With winter descending on Ellensburg, the mountains are a popular destination for snowboarders and skiers alike. But icy conditions on the road can make getting to those mountain passes difficult.


Men’s basketball cruises past Walla Walla

By Chace Davy, Staff Reporter

The fourth meeting between Central Wasington and Walla Walla University went the same as the previous three. The Wildcats defeated the Wolves in grand fashion.


“Faith” and family define McLaughlin

By Scott Herman, Staff Reporter

Junior Guard Mark McLaughlin lingers at the top of the key early in a blowout win over Walla Walla, probing the defense for any gaps. The ball whips around the perimeter in and out of the hands of point guard Jordan Starr and relaxes in Mark’s grasp. McLaughlin jukes a bit, setting up his favorite move, the hesitation three-pointer.


Rugby advances to National 7’s

By Sarah Ruiz, Staff Reporter

Central Washington University’s intramural rugby team will be making another trip to the National 7’s tournament this season, which will be held in College Station, Texas. 


 

 

 

 

 

Wildcats hope to earn a first round victory for third consecutive year in GNAC tournament

By Jaryd Cline, Staff Reporter

With their backs against the wall the past couple of weeks and control of their own destiny in hand, the Central Washington University Wildcats won their first game since Feb. 7, defeating Western Oregon University last Thursday.


Softball uses exhibition game as stepping stone

By Sarah Ruiz, Staff Reporter

The Central Washington University softball team is in full swing as they prepare to take on Simon Fraser University this Saturday.
The team recently took on Washington State’s club team and the game was exactly what the Wildcats needed, sweeping the club with a 17-0 victory followed by a 12-0 showing.


Seven qualify for nationals; Wildcats regional champs

By Evan Thompson, Sports Editor

Seven Wildcats qualified for the 2013 National Collegiate Wrestling Association National Championships in Allen, Tex. on March 14-16.


Wildcat baseball ignites Idaho

By Max Bayern, Staff Reporter

Last weekend the Central Washington University baseball team took second place in the Guardian Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Tournament in Lewiston, Idaho.


Central fights flu and Northwest Nazarene

By Quin Walker, Staff Reporter

This Saturday, the men’s basketball team will face off against Northwest Nazarene’s University. The Wildcats are hoping to add a win to their record after losing on the road in Billings last weekend.


Cascade Cup on the line

By Quin Walker, Staff Reporter

The Central Washington University Wildcats rugby team will face off against rival Western Washington University this weekend for the Cascade Cup.


Wildcats hold top-seeds entering GNAC

By Jaryd Cline, Staff Reporter

The upcoming 2013 GNAC Indoor Track and Field Championships will give the Wildcat men’s team a chance to match or improve on their second place finish last year, while the women’s team has their eyes set on improving their sixth-place finish in 2012.


Middle of the NAC

By Max Bayern, Staff Reporter

Central’s mens team will embark on a road trip this week that will decide if the team will sink or swim.


California dreaming

By Quin Walker, Staff Reporter

The Central Washington Wildcats opened up the 2013 season by driving south to California to play eight games.


Turnovers lead to Wildcats loss

By Thomas Loranz, Staff Reporter

After losing their last three games, Central’s women’s basketball team is looking to bounce back. The Wildcats lost to Northwest Nazarene last Saturday, dropping their record to 8-10 overall.


Waiting for the next pitch

By Quin Walker, Staff Reporter

Most college students get a care package filled with food, clothes and a letter from their parents. Redshirt junior Eddie Malone Jr., however, simply received a tee-shirt.


Wildcats break from 15s for Las Vegas Invitational

By Pancho Arceo, Staff Reporter

The Central Washington University men’s rugby team is 3-0 following its 78-0 blowout victory on the road against Sacramento State.


Discus-ing Duhamel

By Jaryd Cline, Staff Reporter

In just her first two track and field meets as a Wildcat, junior Becki Duhamel has already solidified herself as a threat to compete for a championship in the weight throw and discus events. Duhamel cracked the GNAC all-time top-ten list in the weight throw after just her first meet this season.


Wildcats fifth in GNAC, Northwest Nazarene up next

By Quin Walker, Staff Reporter

The Wildcats will pass the halfway mark in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play next week against Northwest Nazarene on Saturday night in Nicholson Pavilion.


Wildcats fall just short against No. 5 WWU

By Claire Cox, Staff Reporter

The Central Washington University women’s basketball team came just short of defeating Western Washington University, losing 79-73, and snapping its three-game winning streak. 


CWU vs. MSUB

By Jaryd Cline, Staff Reporter

The Wildcats and their fans had reason to let out a sigh of relief at the game clock reached triple zeroes.


Redshirt to role player

By Jaryd Cline, Staff Reporter

A miniature Fisher Price basketball hoop hangs from the edge of a crib as a small orange plush basketball drops straight through the net, thus starting the basketball career of Joey Roppo.


Preview: Wildcats defense poised to strike again

By Sarah Ruiz, Staff Reporter

Head coach Shawn Nelson was pleased such a big crowd could cheer the Wildcats on to their first Great Northwest Athletic Conference victory of the season over Western Oregon 60-49 on Saturday night.


Wildcats en-root to face No.5 WWU

By Evan Thompson, Sports Editor

A team that has everything to prove can make all the difference against a team that has everything to lose.


Volleyball makes Division II Championships

By Amber Thorp

For the first time in six years, Central Washington University’s volleyball team will have the chance to compete for a national championship.


Women's basketball drops two in Idaho

By Jaryd Cline, Staff Reporter

While students at Central Washington University were relaxing and enjoying the break, the women’s basketball team couldn’t catch a break of its own.


Central’s Indoor Track and field take on Idaho

By Katelyn Potasky, Staff Reporter

Central Washington University  track and field will be having their first meet in Nampa, Idaho on Nov. 30.


Wildcats dominate Northwest, now 3-0

By Jayrd Cline, Staff Reporter

The Central Washington University women’s basketball team, 3-0 overall, picked, up where they left off last week by winning their third straight game, dismantling the Northwest University Eagles, also 3-0, 89-52. 

The Wildcats started out slow in the first home game of the year by missing their first four three-pointers and falling behind 3-0 in the first two minutes of the game. However, it didn’t take long for the Wildcats to find a rhythm offensively as they made a 19-0 run, capped by a three-pointer by junior guard Leslie Stillar, which increased the lead to 24-6.


Central’s Indoor Track and field take on Idaho

By Katelyn Potasky, Staff Reporter

Central Washington University  track and field will be having their first meet in Nampa, Idaho on Nov. 30.