The Daily Evergreen

‘Heart of the team’

Freshman forward, MacKenzie Frimpong-Ellertson, takes the ball down the field during the game against Loyola Marymount on Sunday afternoon at the Lower Soccer Field.

KURIA POUNDS, Evergreen reporter

September 17, 2019

The WSU Soccer team is a veteran team led by graduate goalkeeper Ella Dederick, senior forward Morgan Weaver and junior defender Hanna Goff, but the true surprise is coming from the underclassmen, and the success they have brought to this season. Freshman forward MacKenzie Frimpong-Ellertson said...

Athlete of the Week: Pia Timmer

Freshman outside hitter Pia Timmer spikes the ball against the Liberty University on Saturday in Bohler Gym.

SAM GRANT, Evergreen reporter

September 17, 2019

The Daily Evergreen’s athlete of the week is WSU volleyball freshman outside hitter Pia Timmer. Timmer helped lead the Cougars to a three-game sweep over the opponents this weekend at the Cougar Challenge, a volleyball tournament held at WSU’s Bohler Gym. She had 32 kills over the three games...

From ‘Cardinal’ to crimson

Graduate midfielder Averie Collins protects the ball from Montana junior forward Alexa Coyle on Friday at the Lower Soccer Field in Pullman.

KURIA POUNDS, Evergreen reporter

September 5, 2019

No. 17 WSU women’s soccer, starting out 3-0-0 and still in the top 25, is on a path toward the NCAA tournament. With leaders like sixth-year goalkeeper Ella Dederick and junior defender Hanna Goff, there is one athlete in particular that proves to be a top-star on the team. Graduate transfer midfielder...

Dederick continues to make WSU history

Graduate student goalkeeper Ella Dederick high-fives her teammates. Dederick returned for a sixth year to help herself reach her professional soccer goals of one day making it to the national stage.

GRACE ARNIS, Evergreen deputy sports editor

August 30, 2019

If graduate student goalkeeper Ella Dederick’s soccer career was a person, it would be a sophomore in college. Dederick played soccer for the first time at age 3 and never looked back. “I’ve always been around it, and I’ve always just loved it,” Dederick said. The NCAA granted the 23-year-old...

Senior finds passion for rowing at WSU

Senior rower Madeleine Bingham discusses becoming a rowing athlete after being a three-sport athlete in high school Monday in Bohler Gym.

KATIE ARCHER, Evergreen reporter

April 18, 2019

Madeleine Bingham is following in her family’s footsteps and leaving her own mark at WSU after being raised a Cougar. The senior rower is a third-generation Cougar. Her grandparents and uncle on her mom’s side graduated from WSU as did both of her parents. Bingham said her decision to attend...

‘She was always there for me’

Junior infielder Dillon Plew discusses his mother's positive impact on his time playing baseball on Wednesday at Bailey-Brayton Field.

ISAAC SEMMLER, Evergreen reporter

April 12, 2019

This Mom’s Weekend, WSU baseball will take on Oregon in a three-game series with their mothers in attendance. For the majority of players on the team, it’s an exciting time as it brings back memories of their Little League days where it all began.   Junior infielder Dillon Plew said he’...

From mutton busting to baseball

Freshman outfielder and catcher Koby Blunt, who grew up in Clarkston, Washington, rode sheep in rodeos as a kid. “He was always kind of around that western way of life early on,” his mother, Kopper, said.

KATIE ARCHER, Evergreen reporter

April 5, 2019

The Wall Street Journal featured a WSU baseball player when he was 6 years old, but not for baseball. Instead, it showcased his talent in mutton busting, a sheep riding event for kids in rodeos. “I didn’t really know what was happening, but I mean it’s pretty cool,” freshman outfielder and catche...

Manzardo earns starting role in first year at WSU

Freshman infielder Kyle Manzardo started practicing with a Wiffle ball and bat at 3 years old and hasn’t stopped playing the sport since. “He was born into baseball,” his father Paul said.

DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen deputy sports editor

March 29, 2019

Kyle Manzardo was surrounded by baseball since before he learned how to walk. While his father, Paul, was the head baseball coach at North Idaho College from 1998-2002, Kyle crawled in the dugout as a baby and took in the sights and sounds of the game he would come to love. At 3 years old, the...

Freshman brings new energy to WSU

WSU Freshman Yang Lee returns a ball during singles play against Seattle U on Feb. 22 in Hollingbery Fieldhouse. Lee won her match in straight sets. Lee enjoys being a Cougar as well as spending time with her fun team.

TY EKLUND, Evergreen reporter

March 28, 2019

From Taiwan to the U.S., the positive aura that surrounds freshman tennis player Yang Lee helped her team reach a 16-4 record on the season. Growing up in Taichung, Taiwan, Lee enjoyed small-time elementary school sports but she loved none as much as she loved tennis. She joined her first tennis team...

Passion for track guided by family values

Describing her path to WSU, freshman hurdler and jumper Charisma Taylor explains how her parents encouraged her to continue with track and field as they recognized her ability at a young age, Tuesday afternoon in Bohler Gym.

MAGGIE QUINLAN, Evergreen reporter

March 21, 2019

Triple jumper Charisma Taylor said her family’s connection to God pushes her to grow as an athlete and a person. The freshman athlete grew up in the Caribbean city of Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. She comes from an athletic and religious family. Her two older brothers both came to boarding ...

Started from the bottom now he’s here

WSU junior forward Isaiah Wade shoots a basket in a game against Utah on Feb. 23 at Beasley Coliseum.

MAGGIE QUINLAN, Evergreen reporter

March 19, 2019

Growing up, the odds were stacked against Isaiah Wade but he persevered and carved out a path for himself through basketball. Wade was born and raised in Minneapolis. He became homeless in the fourth grade and he said he didn’t get to have a childhood. Wade didn’t find a way out of his situation...

‘Ahead of his time’

Freshman infielder Kodie Kolden started hitting and throwing baseballs with his dad, Brady, when he was 3 years old. “He’s a hard kid to explain because he’s not your typical athlete,” Brady said. “He doesn’t think he’s better than anybody.”

DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen deputy sports editor

February 28, 2019

Kodie Kolden has never been one to shy away from the spotlight. When he was still in middle school, Kodie interacted with star MLB players such as Troy Tulowitzki and Nolan Arenado in their clubhouse thanks to a relationship he built with former MLB pitcher LaTroy Hawkins. “He’s one of those...

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