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Meet new ‘Head Coach Leach’ in Pullman

New WSU swim Head Coach Matt Leach speaks about his job Sept. 6 at Gibb Pool.

SIGMUND SEROKA, Evergreen reporter

September 14, 2018

For the newly-appointed swim Head Coach Matt Leach, swimming isn’t just a hobby or a job — it is a lifestyle. Growing up in Oregon, Leach developed a love for competitive swimming at age 4 from watching his older brother and his dad, who was a coach. “If you really love what you do, you’ll...

Football holds home opener

Then-sophomore wide receiver Dezmon Patmon charges forward to gain extra yards after his initial catch to get the first down against Oregon State on Sept. 16, 2017 at Martin Stadium.

SIGMUND SEROKA, Evergreen reporter

September 7, 2018

WSU football will be heavy favorites this weekend as they take on San Jose State University in its home opener. Last time out the Cougars (1-0) traveled to Laramie to face University of Wyoming (1-1) for their first game of the season and WSU came out on top 41-19. Starting Sunday night after the...

Finding a way out

Redshirt junior running back James Williams II slept in motel rooms, churches and the back of a car for nearly a year while his family made the transition to living in California. “What we had was nothing, but at the same time we made the most of it,” he said.

DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen editor-in-chief

September 7, 2018

A bed in a Motel 6, the backseat of a Chevrolet TrailBlazer and the floor of a church: all places James Williams II had to sleep and call home for about a year as his family made the transition from Toledo, Ohio, to Burbank, California. It wasn’t easy, but the redshirt junior running back got through...

Silvels, Taylor both ready to step up

Sophomore linebacker Dominick Silvels, No. 20, lines up to rush the kicker attempting a field goal during a scrimmage Aug. 18 in Martin Stadium.

JACKSON GARDNER, Evergreen assistant sports editor

September 4, 2018

The question of who would replace former linebacker Frankie Luvu at the rush linebacker position. May have been put to rest. In fact, there might be a new, but entirely different question: who do you start? Redshirt freshman linebacker Willie Taylor III or sophomore linebacker Dominick Silvels? My...

From ‘Last Chance U’ to Wazzu

Sophomore safety Chad Davis Jr., left, and junior wide receiver Calvin Jackson Jr., right, both played for Independence CC last season, and were a part of the Netflix documentary series “Last Chance U.”

JACKSON GARDNER, Evergreen assistant sports editor

August 20, 2018

From high school ball on Florida’s southern shores to playing at a junior college in Independence, Kansas, it seems fitting that the next stop for junior wide receiver Calvin Jackson Jr. and sophomore safety Chad Davis Jr. would be on the op-posite side of the country from where they started their...

Clanton leaves legacy of dedication as career nears end

Senior outfielder Blake Clanton received the Oviatt-Lang Award on May 4 for his efforts in the weight room.

RYAN BLAKE, Evergreen reporter

May 24, 2018

Four years of hard work behind the scenes culminated in peak performance on the field and recognition off of it. That’s the legacy WSU senior outfielder Blake Clanton leaves behind for future players to strive toward. Clanton received the Oviatt-Lang Award at the 36th Annual Senior Recognition...

Leaving behind a better team

Senior first baseman James Rudkin waits on first base after batting in a single against Santa Clara University.

RYAN BLAKE, Evergreen reporter

May 4, 2018

In its third year under Head Coach Marty Lees, WSU baseball has adopted a mantra — leave it better than when you got here. It’s something senior James Rudkin has focused on in his final season. “I feel like I’ve gotten better every single year,” Rudkin said. “The record doesn’t show...

Wanderscheid finds balance in senior season

Bree Wanderscheid talks about her lengthy 3-hour golf practice routine where she practices putting, chipping and driving.

COLIN CONNOLLY, Evergreen reporter

May 4, 2018

Senior Bree Wanderscheid’s career came to an end last week with the conclusion of the women’s golf Pac-12 Championships in Seattle. Looking back, Wanderscheid said she will remember all the development she underwent and the good times she had while at WSU. “It’s cool to see over the past...

Morrow looks to end career with ‘an epic finish’

WSU rowing competes for the Fawley Cup on the Snake River on April 28.

JACKSON GARDNER, Evergreen reporter

May 4, 2018

Long before senior oarswoman Emily Morrow sat in the stroke seat for WSU at the 2017 NCAA Championships, she modestly characterized herself as simply, “a girl from Canada.” “This opportunity as a whole was not something I expected to have,” Morrow said. Truth be told, Morrow doesn’t quite...

‘Just seeing where the road takes me’

Cole Smith aims his javelin while demonstrating how he throws April 24 at Mooberry Track.

AVERY COOPER, Evergreen reporter

May 4, 2018

Under the hot California sun and with some speed in his step, redshirt senior Cole Smith launched the javelin a lifetime best 222 feet. The feat is a microcosm of Smith’s character and his story at WSU. The Cougars offered Smith a scholarship as a high jumper, but he also had a successful javelin...

‘I have given Washington State everything I have’

Graduate student Drick Bernstine, left, embraces then-redshirt freshman guard Milan Acquaah moments after a game against Oregon on March 1 at Beasley Coliseum.

DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen reporter

May 4, 2018

Tears streamed down Drick Bernstine’s face as exhaustion set in. Eyes blurred, Bernstine found his way to a shower in the 24 Hour Fitness bathroom. He reached for the handle, pulled it down and water rushed out. Fully clothed, Bernstine sank to the shower floor as water covered his body. For...

Senior reaches peak performance in final season

Senior Barbora Michalkova pulls back to return the ball during her match against California on April 14 a Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

RYAN MOSHER, Evergreen reporter

May 4, 2018

Senior Barbora Michalkova’s time on the tennis court has come to an end. The Czech Republic native has finished her NCAA eligibility. Michalkova said she will miss everything about playing for the Cougars, especially her teammates, who she shares a close bond with. However, Michalkova has found a way to...

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