Soleim hits her stride for cross country

Soleim hits her stride for cross country

Will Ortner, Staff Reporter

November 10, 2018


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While the rest of us are inside sipping hot cocoa on these crisp autumn mornings, Nicole Soleim and her teammates are training for their next cross country meet. In what is just her sophomore season, Soleim has risen through the ranks to be not only one of the top runners on her team, but also within th...

Pregame mentality: an athletic perspective

Pregame mentality: an athletic perspective

Dez Rodriguez, Staff Reporter

November 9, 2018


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Before the game starts, before warm-ups begin, before the fans fill the seats and before tickets are even sold, athletes prepare for competition in the most fascinating ways, ranging from the food on their plates to the clothes on their bodies. Different athletes have different superstitions that wi...

Opinion: CWU Football: to stay or leave the GNAC?

Opinion: CWU Football: to stay or leave the GNAC?

Wyatt Simmons, Staff Reporter

November 4, 2018


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The CWU football team has been making a name for itself in NCAA Division II football since head coach Ian Shoemaker started four years ago. He’s led the Wildcats to a 30-13 record in his first four seasons, and currently the team is at 7-2 looking for their second GNAC title. But with the news earlie...

Opinion: Sonic Fans will have to wait to get a team

Opinion: Sonic Fans will have to wait to get a team

Bryce Weedman, Staff Reporter

November 1, 2018


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The Seattle Supersonics, named after the Boeing Supersonic which never officially got off the ground, were first given the opportunity to be an official NBA franchise in 1967, which lasted till  2008. Seattle won its only NBA Championship in 1979. The Sonics played their last game in a very depressed K...

Opinion: Politics not actually the reason NFL is declining

Opinion: Politics not actually the reason NFL is declining

Austin Lane, For the Observer

November 1, 2018


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The professional sporting landscape in the U.S. has changed substantially in the past three years. The five major sports leagues in the U.S., the National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Hockey League (NHL), and Major League Soccer ...

XC spikes up for the GNAC Championships

XC spikes up for the GNAC Championships

Aaron Zewdie, Staff Reporter

November 1, 2018


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After an impressive regular season, the CWU cross country team will head to the GNAC Championships on Saturday, Nov. 3 in Monmouth, Oregon. The Wildcats are hoping to reach the goals they set for themselves during the preseason by doing well at the championships and then heading for the NCAA Regional C...

The A’au Trio: a rugby powerhouse

The A’au Trio: a rugby powerhouse

Dez Rodriguez, Staff Reporter

November 1, 2018


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Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, the A’au sisters thought back to the time when they were woken up at 3 a.m. to progress their athletic abilities. Still only in elementary school, Sui A’au and twins Tiara and Tiana A’au were trained by their father, Tia A’au, to prepare them for their upcom...

Men’s basketball opens against the Zags

Men’s basketball opens against the Zags

Dez Rodriguez, Staff Reporter

November 1, 2018


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CWU is looking to pull off the biggest upset in school history when they tip off against Gonzaga Thursday, Nov. 1. Its may be only scheduled as an exhibition game, but it offers a chance for the young CWU men’s basketball team to prove that they belong. CWU finished 15-13 overall last year and 10-...

Volleyball wraps up their season at home

Volleyball wraps up their season at home

Aaron Zewdie, Staff Reporter

October 25, 2018


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The CWU volleyball team has had an impressive season so far with a 16-5 record. After a four game road stretch, which included three losses, the Wildcats were hoping to bounce back. They did just that on Oct. 18 when the team hosted the Concordia University Cavaliers and won 3-1 sets. Currently, the...

The walk-on experience for athletes at CWU

The walk-on experience for athletes at CWU

Dez Rodriguez, Staff Reporter

October 25, 2018


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The college recruitment process involves evaluating impressive athletes that stand out from the crowd. In that same crowd, however, there are athletes that are overlooked and undervalued. These are the walk-on athletes. These types of athletes have a unique story with one common similarity: the odds...

Indoor track back in session at CWU

Indoor track back in session at CWU

Bryce Weedman, Staff Reporter

October 25, 2018


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CWU Indoor Track and Field sets their eyes on the 2018-19 season looking to fly high into the GNAC Championship. According to senior HarLee Ortega, in 2017, the Wildcats were able to achieve a lot in terms of finishing tied for GNAC Champions, but this year they’re striving to take the title home alone. T...

Senior back adds edge to Wildcat offense

Senior back adds edge to Wildcat offense

Micah Chen, Staff Reporter

October 25, 2018


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Senior running back Cedric Cooper is proving to be one of the most elite players in the entire GNAC this season. His 813 total yards leads the conference, making him an early candidate for GNAC offensive MVP. Just two years ago, Cooper was debating whether it was time to hang up the cleats. “There were tim...

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