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Kicking his way to a legacy

Kicking his way to a legacy

DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen assistant sports editor

December 8, 2017


Filed under Features, Football, Showcase, Sports

Three steps back, two steps to the right. Line it up, take two steps forward and kick the ball through the uprights. This is the routine of WSU redshirt senior kicker Erik Powell when his named is called on fourth downs to kick a field goal for the Cougar football team. Powell said he treats every...

Chandler Tiegen no longer ‘getting dusted by others’

Chandler Tiegen no longer ‘getting dusted by others’

TYLER SHUEY, Evergreen reporter

December 1, 2017


Filed under Features, Mens, Sports

Junior cross country distance runner Chandler Teigen has surpassed all his expectations since stepping foot on campus back in 2015. Most recently, Teigen finished 63rd in the 10,000 meter course at the NCAA Championships in Louisville, Kentucky. This most recent feat was from a combination of hard...

Unable to play, McKenzie impacts team from the bench

Unable to play, McKenzie impacts team from the bench

RYAN BLAKE, Evergreen reporter

December 1, 2017


Filed under Features, Sports, Womens

WSU women’s basketball senior guard Krystle McKenzie saw an end to her basketball career when she was medically retired by doctors over the summer. It was not the first time. McKenzie sustained several concussions throughout her early life. She was first medically retired after suffering one at...

WSU cheer committed to honing its craft

WSU cheer committed to honing its craft

RYAN BLAKE, Evergreen reporter

November 14, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase, Sports

Spirit coordinator and cheer Head Coach Chris Opheim tells his athletes it takes 10,000 repetitions to master something. Both the cheer and dance squads hold two-hour practices three days a week, immediately followed by an hour of strength and conditioning. Opheim said the tough schedule is crucial...

Referees work year round to prepare

Referees work year round to prepare

RYAN BLAKE, Evergreen reporter

November 7, 2017


Filed under Features, Sports

Officials around the region are attending meetings and training sessions to shake off the rust in preparation for the upcoming high school basketball season. Tim Lewis, vice president and training coordinator for the Southeast Washington High School Basketball Officials Association, said that this...

Luvu prepares for final game at Martin Stadium

Luvu prepares for final game at Martin Stadium

JACKSON GARDNER, Evergreen reporter

November 3, 2017


Filed under Features, Football, Mens, Showcase, Sports, Sports Weekend 2017

Cougar seniors will play their last game at Martin Stadium on Saturday, and senior linebacker Franki Luvu’s family will be there to witness all his hard work paying off. Over half his family has yet to watch him play a college game live. Luvu hails from Tafuna, American Samoa, so getting his ...

Leach balances football with being a dad

Leach balances football with being a dad

DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen asst. sports editor

November 3, 2017


Filed under Features, Football, Mens, Sports, Sports Weekend 2017

Mike Leach’s life isn’t all about football; he’s a dad, too. Leach has three daughters and one son: Kim, Kiersten, Janeen and Cody. He said it’s harder during the football season to squeeze in time to perform his other job of being a father. “Honestly, you don’t carve out near as much ...

Alexys Swedlund ready for spotlight this season

Alexys Swedlund ready for spotlight this season

TYLER SHUEY, Evergreen reporter

November 3, 2017


Filed under Features, Sports Weekend 2017, Womens

Alexys Swedlund has tried to excel in pretty much every aspect of her life, due in large part to her determination in whatever she pursues. “Make each day your masterpiece,” the junior guard said in reference to former University of California, Los Angeles, basketball Head Coach John Wooden. ...

Hart breeds success on, off court

Hart breeds success on, off court

RYAN BLAKE, Evergreen reporter

October 31, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase, Sports, Womens

The tennis team put together by WSU Head Coach Lisa Hart reflects the popularity of the sport internationally. Seven players hailing from Turkey, Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium and Uzbekistan make up the team’s roster. Junior Aneta Miksovska said she chose to come to WSU after seeing the genuine i...

Grinch brings different mentality to WSU defense

Grinch brings different mentality to WSU defense

DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen asst. sports editor

October 31, 2017


Filed under Features, Football, Mens, Sports, Sports Weekend 2017

Speed D originated when Alex Grinch took over as defensive coordinator three years ago. Now the term is part of WSU defense’s identity. Grinch said he never meant for the term to gain as much attention as it has. “It was intended to be an in-house thing,” he said. “It was not designed to...

Pippins wants to bring back Apple Cup

Pippins wants to bring back Apple Cup

JACOB MOORE, Evergreen sports editor

October 20, 2017


Filed under Features, Football, Mens, Showcase, Sports, Sports Weekend 2017

Of all the Cougar football games senior cornerback Marcellus Pippins has played in, one sticks out more than others — the 2014 Apple Cup. It was the first Apple Cup he played in, and his third collegiate game overall. University of Washington beat WSU in the 2014 rivalry game, then again in 2015 and 2016. But it ...

Melisa Ates leading on the court

Melisa Ates leading on the court

RYAN BLAKE, Evergreen reporter

October 19, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase, Sports, Womens

At 20 years old, Melisa Ates finished the fall portion of her season with a 2-1 record in singles play at the Wildcat Fall Invitational. Just a sophomore, Ates has worked her way into playing in the top flight for doubles, and second flight for singles, after a freshman season that saw her lead the...