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Motuga turns unintended destination into home

Freshman forward Ula Motuga says she is hoping to make a difference in her time at WSU. “We need to build a winning culture just so we can have some success in the future.”

COLIN CONNOLLY, Evergreen reporter

January 25, 2019

Freshman forward Ula Motuga had a different route to becoming a Cougar than most of her teammates. From Logan, Australia, Motuga had a long distance to travel to come to WSU. However, Pullman wasn’t the intended destination when Motuga first started thinking about playing college basketball. Head...

Undefeated freshman becomes WSU star

Freshman neuroscience major Savanna Ly-Nguyen speaks about why she enjoys playing tennis Wednesday in Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

TY EKLUND, Evergreen reporter

January 24, 2019

Freshman Savanna Ly-Nguyen (pronounced Lee-win) has been playing tennis since she was five years old. Growing up in Brampton, Canada, she developed a roaring passion for tennis over the past 13 years and this hasn’t been extinguished since coming to Pullman. She arrived at WSU over winter break...

Freshman found comfort in Pullman

WSU freshman basketball player CJ Elleby discusses how his family supported his committment to WSU on Monday in Bohler.

TAYLOR DUNLAP, Evergreen sports editor

January 17, 2019

Since he was in a stroller, CJ Elleby has been near a basketball court.The freshman forward has only been in Pullman for a few months, but his family history and experience in the sport has made him a dangerous threat this season. CJ stepped on the court at a young age. His father, Bill Elleby, played...

WSU senior looks to shine bright in Titan Games

JOHN SPELLMAN, Evergreen reporter

January 10, 2019

Pullman may not be known for its bright lights, but the Palouse hosts a number of stories hiding in plain sight. This could not be truer for WSU senior Bridger Buckley, a contestant on the inaugural season of The Titan Games, where Buckley looks to leave his mark. The Titan Games is a new show...

Freshman stunner found her home at WSU

WSU freshman swimmer Keiana Fountaine at practice Tuesday at Gibb Pool. Fountaine was hesitant to go to college, however, with support from her family she found her place at WSU.

ISAAC SEMMLER, Evergreen reporter

January 10, 2019

Since the swimming season began earlier in 2018, WSU freshman freestyle swimmer Keiana Fountaine has quickly become one of the most feared athletes on the west coast. In just five months, Fountaine achieved multiple first place finishes and set a 100-freestyle program record at the Phil Hansel Invitational...

Passing on the baton

Corey Allen, a junior track and field athlete, talks about his experience as part of WSU’s team. Allen said his biggest motivation in the sport is his brother, who was also a track and field athlete at WSU.

DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen deputy sports editor

January 10, 2019

Junior Corey Allen could tell at a young age he was born to compete on a track when he ran circles around his friends during recess. “It was always something I was better at,” he said. His brother, CJ Allen, had the same gift and growing up Corey looked to him as a role model. CJ, 23, paved...

Beetle reborn with Cougar pride

Bob Paine restored the 1968 Volkswagen Beetle pictured above and turned it into a symbol of Cougar pride. The bug appeared on the set of ESPN's College GameDay when it came to Pullman on Oct. 20.

DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen deputy sports editor

January 8, 2019

Inside Bob Paine’s warehouse in Wenatchee, Washington, sits three Volkswagen Beetles, one Karmann Ghia and two vans. The Beetles aren’t like the ones that can be bought at a car dealer. They are roughly 50 years old and each has its own unique story. The most meaningful one might just be the...

The man, the myth, the mustache

Quarterback Gardner Minshew II runs onto the field as part of senior night before the Apple Cup on Nov. 23 at Martin Stadium. Minshew will play his last game as a Cougar in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Dec. 28 in San Antonio, Texas.

TAYLOR DUNLAP, Evergreen assistant sports editor

December 10, 2018

From the start of the season, Gardner Minshew II stole the hearts of nearly all students and fans of Cougar football. As his final season playing college football comes to an end, the quarterback is grateful that his last year of college football was spent here in Pullman. Starting in the summer,...

Once a Coug, always a Coug

Kevin Molton, Darrien’s dad, said his son is looking forward to taking on UW in the Apple Cup and is
desperate for a victory. “I think he wants it as bad as anything he’s ever wanted in his life,” he said.

DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen editor-in-chief

November 22, 2018

It’s rare when a football player arrives on a campus and starts from the very get-go. But senior cornerback Darrien Molton did and he hasn’t surrendered the role since. He wasn’t just given the starting spot though, he had to earn it and Darrien’s dad, Kevin Molton, said that is something...

‘Crimson Superman’

Quarterback Gardner Minshew II smiles for photos after fans storm the field following the Cougars victory over Oregon on Oct. 20 at Martin Stadium.

ISAAC SEMMLER, Evergreen reporter

November 22, 2018

Minshew mania continues to sweep across WSU and much of the nation. With his strong season and stellar mustache taking the country by storm, Tom Hutyler wanted to write a song about the Cougars star quarterback Gardner Minshew II. Hutyler, the PA announcer for the Seattle Mariners, has always had a passion fo...

‘The start of my goodbye’

Senior left tackle Andre Dillard didn’t start playing football until eighth grade, but he has a good reason for eventually taking an interest in the sport. “I thought it would make me cool,” he joked.

DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen editor-in-chief

November 16, 2018

In football, the arm of a quarterback, the hands of a receiver and the feet of a running back are glorified by the people looking at the sport from the outside. But for those who have or do play the sport, there is a place they pay attention to where the outcome of nearly every game is decided —...

Run for 3 honors Hilinski

From left: Mark, Ryan and Kym Hilinski hold up three fingers in honor of Tyler Hilinski as members of Hilinski’s Hope raise the flag before the first home football game of the season Sept. 8 at Martin Stadium.

TAYLOR DUNLAP, Evergreen assistant sports editor

November 9, 2018

Tessa Sechler, along with four other WSU students, will be hosting Run for 3 on Sunday to support the Hilinski’s Hope Foundation. All the proceeds from the 3-mile run will benefit Hilinski’s Hope. Sechler, a senior majoring in sports management, said she believes this event will serve as an important...

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