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Fitness courses at CWU gaining interest amongst students

Fitness courses at CWU gaining interest amongst students

Dez Rodriguez, Assistant Sports Editor

February 28, 2019


Filed under Sports

For those students looking to get active while earning school credits, CWU provides an opportunity to pursue exercise as a part of their daily routines. They have a wide array of fitness courses that are designed to offer students different workouts with various levels of intensity to best suit their...

Men’s basketball to miss 2019 postseason

Men’s basketball to miss 2019 postseason

Dez Rodriguez, Assistant Sports Editor

February 28, 2019


Filed under Sports

The CWU men’s basketball team faced many obstacles at the start of the 2018-2019 season. Newly hired head coach Brandon Rinta embarked on his first year at CWU after previously coaching at Lewis-Clark State College for seven seasons. He started by revamping the roster, bringing 10 new faces to the...

Shoemaker hired as new EWU offensive coordinator, officially parts ways with Wildcat football

Shoemaker hired as new EWU offensive coordinator, officially parts ways with Wildcat football

Hanson Lee, Sports Editor

February 26, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports

CWU head coach Ian Shoemaker will be parting ways with the Wildcat football program after accepting a coaching position as the offensive coordinator for the Eastern Washington University Eagles. After five seasons with the Wildcats, Shoemaker has compiled an overall record of 38-13, playing a pivotal...

Women’s basketball aims for fifth straight tournament bid

Women’s basketball aims for fifth straight tournament bid

Hanson Lee, Sports Editor

February 21, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports

With only four games left to go in the regular season, the Wildcats currently stand at fourth place in the GNAC with an overall record of 15-8 and a GNAC record of 10-6. As of now, the team has yet to clinch a tournament spot for the 2019 postseason, but with the GNAC qualifying the top six teams fo...

The art of acing life: Tyler Hoefer

The art of acing life: Tyler Hoefer

Dez Rodriguez, Senior Reporter

February 21, 2019


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Tyler Hoefer, Delta B.C., Canada Sands Secondary School 18-year-old Tyler Hoefer was on the mound getting set to pitch the biggest game of his young life. It was the gold medal game at the 2015 Canada Cup Championships in Saskatoon, Canada. Hoefer put on a show, throwing a complete game two hitter, a...

Softball heats up for 2019 amidst winter frenzy

Softball heats up for 2019 amidst winter frenzy

Hanson Lee, Sports Editor

February 21, 2019


Filed under Sports

About three weeks into the regular season and the Wildcats have strung together an early season record of 5-3. Head coach Michael Larabee has been pleased with the team’s performance on the season thus far and is proud of how the team has been able to play on both sides of the ball. Larabee detailed t...

A vast view of local landscape: Red Top Hill

A vast view of local landscape: Red Top Hill

Hanson Lee, Sports Editor

February 21, 2019


Filed under Sports

Ellensburg’s elongated winter frenzy may have you missing the area’s hot summer days. If that’s the case, then Red Top Hill’s summer hiking experience is an adventure to look forward to in the coming months. The Red Top Hill hike has two distinct attractions for visitors looking to take in...

A homerun trot filled with changeups: Jimmy Smith III

A homerun trot filled with changeups: Jimmy Smith III

Dez Rodriguez, Senior Reporter

February 21, 2019


Filed under Sports

James Smith III, also known as Jimmy Smith III, walks into the Philadelphia Phillies facility at 6:15 a.m. The glowing Philly logo on the building breaks the sky’s darkness. The bright light reminds him that he is in fact part of the Phillies organization. Through the cross country moves, initial cl...

Bringing home an incredible run: The moment that changed sportsmanship forever

Bringing home an incredible run: The moment that changed sportsmanship forever

Bryce Weedman, Staff Reporter

February 21, 2019


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  It’s 2008 at Gary and Bobbi Frederick Field in Ellensburg, Washington, as the top two softball teams, Western Oregon University (WOU) and CWU, are battling it out for the GNAC Championship. The Wildcats are down with WOU senior outfielder Sara Bradley (née Tucholsky) up to the plate. Bra...

Men’s basketball on the brink of elimination

Men’s basketball on the brink of elimination

Austin Lane, For The Observer

February 21, 2019


Filed under Sports

With four games left in the regular season, the CWU men’s basketball team will more than likely not be preparing for the 2019 GNAC men’s basketball championship. The GNAC takes six out of the top 11 teams in the conference to the tournament. Currently, the Wildcats sit in tenth place and are  on...

A perfect try to life: Cole Zarcone

A perfect try to life: Cole Zarcone

Dez Rodriguez, Assistant Sports Editor

February 14, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Senior Cole Zarcone has been hitting the pitch hard for the Wildcats this season. The former walk-on-turned-co-captain initially joined CWU to play football, but made the decision to switch to rugby at the conclusion of his freshman year. “The experience I was having wasn’t really what I was looking...

Unique philosophies: finding success as a head coach

Unique philosophies: finding success as a head coach

Bryce Weedman, Staff Reporter

February 14, 2019


Filed under Sports

Most of us grew up playing team sports, or have dabbled with the thought of joining a team. Behind every great team, there is usually an even greater coach calling the shots and helping push their team to its max potential. Most fans see the finished product on game day, but what happens behind the scenes?...

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