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CWU volleyball team preparing for potential spring season

The CWU women’s volleyball team continues to train in hopes of a spring season, although there will not be a tournament if a season is held.

Derek Harper, Staff Reporter

September 22, 2020

While the Women’s Volleyball team isn’t having a fall season, they’re planning on a full conference season this spring. Head coach Mario Andaya and sophomores Laynie Erickson, Macy Wilke and Sydney Remsberg talked about what the plans are for the team this year. Whether fans will be allowed at...

Student-athlete forms new social justice group

Symone Brown (right) wearing jacket with names of victims who died to police brutality.

Rey Green, Sports Editor

September 15, 2020

On May 25 George Floyd was killed in Minnesota by police officers, which led to protests all from Minneapolis to Ellensburg. The video of Floyd’s death showing police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck sparked CWU Women’s Basketball sophomore Symone Brown to start a group in order to in...

Athletics prepared for potential competition

CWU women’s basketball team awaits news from GNAC of a possible season, which should come in mid-November.

Rey Green, Sports Editor

September 15, 2020

With no athletics spring quarter, coaches and players have been eager to get back to Ellensburg to potentially play their respective sports. The Greater Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) decided to allow some athletes to participate in voluntary workouts over the summer. This test group was the majorit...

GNAC suspends all competition through November 30

GNAC suspends all competition through November 30

Mitchell Roland, Senior Reporter

July 17, 2020

In a decision that will impact four fall sports at CWU, the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) announced that all athletics have been suspended through Nov. 30. In a press release on July 17, the GNAC said their board had voted unanimously in favor of the decision due to the ongoing pandemic...

MLB’s return is a recipe for disaster

MLB’s return is a recipe for disaster

Mitchell Roland, Senior Reporter

July 6, 2020

While I was originally ecstatic for Major League Baseball’s return, it has become clear that baseball’s return will be below typical MLB play standards and come with severe risks that outweigh the upside. On June 23, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred implemented a 60-game season that is set to begin on July ...

Opinion: The Match ll: Champions for Charity brought competition, trash talking and fundraising to whole new level

Opinion: The Match ll: Champions for Charity brought competition, trash talking and fundraising to whole new level

Holly Hunter, Staff Reporter

June 3, 2020

Two of golf's greats and arguably two of the best quarterbacks of all time faced off May 24 on a rainy Florida golf course to raise money for COVID-19 relief. The Match II: Champions for Charity featured the team of Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson going against the team of Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning....

Fall sports coaches hoping season can still happen

Junior Eric Wilkes finished with one touchdown in 2019. His senior year of football is still up in the air.

Rey Green, Staff Reporter

June 3, 2020

As spring quarter comes to an end and summer time rolls around, the next question that everyone is waiting to be answered is if there will be fall sports or not.   CWU President James Gaudino sent out a mass email May 26 titled, “Fall 2020 Plans.” The email began with Gaudino saying he was “ple...

Women’s Soccer adds five new players

Women’s Soccer adds five new players

Holly Hunter, Staff Reporter

May 21, 2020

CWU Women’s Soccer added five new players to the roster for the upcoming season. Jayme Woodfil, Aleah Washington, Maggie McBroom, Payton Lindell and Morgan Fischel are all incoming freshmen.  “We were looking to bring more competition in and we were fortunate that we had been following a numb...

Opinion: Court ruling is the latest sign the NCAA is dying

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Mitchell Roland, Senior Reporter

May 21, 2020

During a press conference at 2014’s Final Four in the glamorous Cowboys stadium in Arlington, Texas, UCONN basketball player Shabazz Napier described “hungry nights,” where players on the team literally couldn’t afford to eat. That same year, NCAA President Mark Emmert made $1.9 million. Wh...

MLB owners and players discussing potential return

MLB owners and players discussing potential return

Holly Hunter, Staff Reporter

May 15, 2020

Major League Baseball (MLB) owners made a proposal on Monday, May 11 for the season to start by early July. According to ESPN Baseball Insider Jeff Passan, nothing is official yet, but some main aspects of the proposal include a shortened season to 82 games, a playoff expansion from 10 to 14 teams, ...

Coaching from afar

Coaching from afar

Rey Green, Staff Reporter

May 10, 2020

No school means no sports. However, the grind has not stopped for student athletes. Athletes have been attending Zoom meetings to continue improving their techniques and bond with the team. Teams are preparing as if the upcoming seasons will not be postponed or canceled, and coaches are using Zoom to s...

Fishing guides anxious to get back on the water

A sight of the Yakima river at Canyon River Ranch, near Wymer. Local businesses are introducing sanitation and social distancing measures to tackle COVID-19, but most services are still operating.

Mitchell Roland, Senior Reporter

May 4, 2020

While rules for recreational fishing have been relaxed in the state, fishing guides statewide are still anxiously waiting to hold tours. Last week Gov. Jay Inslee announced plans to allow fishing in the state as long as participants practice social distancing. However, commercial fishing is still prohi...

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