By the students, for the students of Central Washington University

The Observer

By the students, for the students of Central Washington University

The Observer

By the students, for the students of Central Washington University

The Observer

Isaac Hinson

Isaac Hinson, Sports Editor

Sports Editor - Fall 2022, Winter 2023

Staff Reporter - Spring 2022

All content by Isaac Hinson
A lone Oscar. Photo by Andrew Eccles.

Surprises and snubs from the Oscar nominations

February 1, 2023

A day often met with feelings of anticipation for fans, confusion for those in the industry who find themselves off the ballots and relief for people like my mother and I, who want to know what movies...

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Samaad Hector leading the huddle. Photo by Jacob Thompson/Thompson Sports Media

Men’s basketball catching fire

January 26, 2023

After beginning the year with a record of 1-7, CWU men’s basketball has caught fire and won seven of their last ten games and found themselves in the midst of a four game winning streak.  Junior...

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Sammy Fabelman getting the shot (Photo courtesy Universal Pictures)

The Fabelmans: Spielberg at the peak of his powers

January 25, 2023

One year removed from his masterful re-imagining of “West Side Story,” legendary Director Steven Spielberg returns with a deeply personal story about his childhood, how he grew to love movies and the...

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Geno Smith leading the huddle. Photo by Jane Gershovich

Seahawks land fifth pick in NFL draft

January 18, 2023

On March 8, the Seattle Seahawks traded All-Pro Quarterback (QB) Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos. In exchange, they received QB Drew Lock, Tight-End (TE) Noah Fant, Defensive Lineman (DL) Shelby Harris...

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Samantha Bowman leads the huddle. Photo by Jacob Thompson -Thompson Sports Photos

Women’s basketball surging through season

January 11, 2023

The Wildcats currently sit at 11-3 and rank fourth in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) with a 3-2 conference record.  Of those 11 wins, eight of them have been won by 20-points or more....

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Julio swinging for the ball. Photo by Alika Jenner - AFP

Breaking down Julio Rodriguez’s historic season

November 22, 2022

After cementing himself as the Seattle Mariners best player during the year that they made the playoffs for the first time in two decades, outfielder (OF) Julio Rodriguez has been awarded American League...

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The Trail Blazers celebrating Jerami Grants game-winner in Phoenix (Left to right_ Keon Johnson, Oliver Sarr, Damian Lillard, Jerami Grant, Nassir Little, Jusuf Nurkic. Photo by Barry Gossage

Don’t sleep on the Trail Blazers

November 16, 2022

The Pacific Northwest is becoming a hub of the sports world once again. The Seahawks find themselves at 6-3 and on top of the NFC West, thanks to the resurgence of Seattle legend Geno Smith. The Mariners...

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Madison Hadden being celebrated. Photo by Jacob Thompson / Thompson Sports Photos

Women’s rugby team reflects on senior night and looks forward to playoffs

November 16, 2022

The regular season for the women’s Rugby team has come to a close, and the Wildcats sit with a 4-3 record as they prepare for the D1 Elite Semifinals.  Before the game, the Wildcats found themselves...

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Tanner Volk enjoying the moment. Photo by Jacob Thompson

Volk wins LSC Defensive Player of the Week

November 9, 2022

Football’s safety Tanner Volk won the Lone Star Conference (LSC) Defensive Player of the Week award this past week, making him the third Wildcat to take home an LSC Player of the Week award.  His...

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Kuzma finishes through the contact. Photo by: Jacqueline Hixssen

Wizards fall to Pacers at home

November 2, 2022

The Washington Wizards (sixth in the Eastern Conference) of the NBA lost at home 127-117 to the Indianapolis Pacers (12th in the Eastern Conference) Friday, Oct. 28. The Pacers took control over the...

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Sports Scores

Sports Scores

October 26, 2022

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Samaad Hector at media day. Photo courtesy of Jacob Thompson / Thompson Sports

CWU men’s basketball prepare for upcoming season

October 26, 2022

The men’s basketball team plays their first exhibition game on Nov. 1 against Whitworth University in Spokane.  Coming off a 17-9 season, which included a heart-breaking loss in the Great Northwest...

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Michael Myers looming. Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

“Halloween Ends”… Thankfully

October 26, 2022

After much anticipation, Oct. 14 saw the release of “Halloween Ends” in theaters and on Peacock. Directed by David Gordon Green, the film marked the conclusion of the recent “Halloween” trilogy,...

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Sports Scores

Sports Scores

October 19, 2022

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Fans in Tomlinson Stadium Photo by Jacob Thompson  Thompson Sports Photos

CWU brings home the victory at Homecoming

October 19, 2022

As the sun set and the stadium lights burned, the CWU football team rushed onto Tomlinson Stadium to play Midwestern State University (MSU) in their annual Homecoming game last Saturday, Oct. 15.  CWU...

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Hannah Stires lining up to make the play (Credit Jacob Thompson Thompson Sports)

Wildcats win three player of the week awards

October 12, 2022

Three wildcats won player of the week awards last week. Tre’jon Henderson won Lonestar Conference (LSC) Offensive Player of the Week. Hannah Stires won volleyball Greater Northwest Athletic Conference...

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Wildcats enjoying the rock wall.

[Photo] Clinic offers lessons on ropeless rock wall climbing

October 12, 2022

Wildcats enjoying the rock wall.

Sports Scores Courtesy of Jacqueline Hixssen

Sports Scored

October 12, 2022

Oct. 6 Women’s Rugby @ Penn State Win 63-12   Oct. 6 Volleyball vs. University of Alaska Anchorage Loss 0-3   Oct. 6 Soccer @ Seattle Pacific Loss 1-3   Oct....

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Movie theatre front at night. Photo courtesy of Pexels

What happened to movies?

October 5, 2022

The state of the film industry had left me wondering, what happened to the way things used to be? What happened to going to the cinema on a Saturday night and struggling to choose between the five new...

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Tia Andaya surrounded by CWU audience members in the SURC. Photo by Jacob Thompson / Thompson Sports Photos

Volleyball team enjoys return home after 11 game road trip

October 5, 2022

The SURC was booming, cheers could be heard as you entered the building. A red carpet led the way to courts 3 & 4 in the Recreation Center as both courts and the walkway above were filled to the brim...

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CWU football player running. Photo courtesy of CWU Flickr

Sports Shorts

October 5, 2022

XC at Whitman College Invitational  Oct. 1 Men’s team: 4th  Women’s team: 5th    Women’s Rugby at Victoria  Oct. 1 Loss 12 - 27    Women’s Soccer at Saint...

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Brittany Aanstad throws javelin.

Track and field coach reflects on her decade at CWU

September 28, 2022

Assistant track and field coach Brittany Aanstad has established herself as one of CWU’s most decorated coaches as she heads into her 10th year as a member of the track and field coaching staff.  “I...

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Jon Kitna Wildcat Classic Golf Tournament readies for 20th anniversary

Jon Kitna Wildcat Classic Golf Tournament readies for 20th anniversary

June 1, 2022

As the school year begins to wrap up, the CWU community looks forward to summer and its festivities. July 7 marks the beginning of the annual Kitna Wildcat Classic Golf Tournament, celebrating its 20th...

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Allie Thiessen had career highs in Batting Average .392 and on base percentage .471
this past season. | Photo courtesy of Kim Douglas/Crazy Bees Photography

Allie Thiessen hits on First Team All–GNAC selection

May 25, 2022

Allie Thiessen was awarded a First Team All-GNAC selection this month, following a season where she held career-bests on multiple statistical fronts. Thiessen led the Wildcats in batting average at .392 ...

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HBO Max is far better than Netflix

May 23, 2022

Netflix is no longer the top dog of streaming services. For the first time in over a decade, the streaming juggernaut reported a decrease in subscribers. This could be for a variety of reasons; some point...

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Nolan Milliman in his warm-ups before a game

Looking back and to the future

May 18, 2022

The baseball team saw one of their freshman pitchers make an impact down the stretch. While Nolan Milliman got off to a slow start in the first half of the season, his improvement in the second half showed...

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Junior McCall DeChenne representing CWU in hurdles

Spring sports looks forward to championships

May 11, 2022

For spring season student-athletes, this is the time where they finally get to put what they’ve been working on all year during practices on the field. Let’s look at how each program did.  Rugby Being...

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CWU Football has high ambitions following spring game

CWU Football has high ambitions following spring game

May 4, 2022

The CWU football team competed in the annual Crimson vs. Black spring football game which took place on April 23. Redshirt sophomore running back Tyler Flanagan said both sides of the ball looked...

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Jacob Thompson performing his season-best pole-vault at the Beach Invitational.

Student athletes give insight into culture in CWU sports

April 27, 2022

Sports teams measure success in various ways. Most of the time a team's success can be judged based on the record they have that season. However, that isn’t the only way teams judge a season as successful.  One...

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Marijuana in CWU athletics

Marijuana in CWU athletics

April 20, 2022

Marijuana has long been banned for collegiate athletes. Marijuana is a legal drug in Washington, but the punishments a student-athlete would face makes the drug virtually untouchable for athletes.  Logistics...

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Will Smith Should Not Be Getting Blacklisted From Hollywood

April 20, 2022

As I am sure we are all aware by now, Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars, overshadowing a ceremony otherwise worthy of the name the Oscars. With Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor,...

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Womens relay look to maintain their momentum gained at last meet

Women’s relay look to maintain their momentum gained at last meet

April 13, 2022

At the Hayward Premiere meet, the women’s 4x400 relay team placed second in their race. The runners, freshman Madison Thompson, senior Kay Lester, senior Madison Child and junior Meridith Massey, finished...

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