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The Pilots cheer on their teammates from the bench.

Pilot basketball teams prepare for WCC Tournament

As the calendar turns to March and the madness begins in the world of NCAA basketball, it is time to take a look at where the Pilots stand amongst its West Coast Conference rivals. Both the men’s and women’s teams have competed all year to put themselves in position for the WCC conference tournament this year in Las Vegas March 5 through March 10.

Head coach Michael Meek looks on tensely as his Pilots' lead narrows.

'One game at a time': Michael Meek leading women's basketball in right direction

A full decade later Meek is still coaching in Portland, but now on The Bluff as the sixth head coach in University of Portland women’s basketball history. Meek now has taken the reins to a struggling program who is looking to turn it around. However, the choice for Meek was easy, especially in terms of what is most important: family.

Junior shortstop Chad Stevens gets warmed up in the batting cages.

Despite construction, Pilots baseball comes ready to play

 As the sounds of drills and heavy machinery fill the air around Joe Etzel Field, the University of Portland baseball team prepares for another season.The Pilots, now adding sounds of gloves popping and bats hitting baseballs, will play their first opponent of the regular season today, University of Nevada. Nevada will make the trip northwest as Portland will host the team. However, the Pilots and Wolf Pack won’t be playing on The Bluff. Portland will host Nevada in Ridgefield, WA, 25 miles north of campus.

Freshman Alex Fowler looks to make a pass.

Women's basketball loses key game against BYU 66-54

The Portland Pilots women’s basketball squad hosted the Brigham Young University Cougars Thursday night in a key WCC matchup. BYU, sitting at second in the conference, outlasted the Pilots 66-54 to even the season series between the two teams at 1-1 and put some distance between themselves and the third place Pilots.

Sophomore Theo Akwuba attempts a free throw.

Men's basketball struggles to find shot in 65-55 loss to Pacific

Two former Portland Trail Blazer guards met as coaches when the Portland Pilots’ men's basketball team hosted the University of the Pacific Tigers on Thursday night. The Tigers, coached by Damon Stoudamire, who played seven seasons for the Blazers between ‘98-’04, pushed passed the Terry Porter-led Pilots by a score of 65-55. 

Jamison White, sports reporter for The Beacon.

STAFF OPINION: It's a joke

While it is true that the world is becoming more politically correct and conscious of how our words and actions affect people, it is now more than ever that we need the power of humor and laughter. People have deemed it not okay to make light of certain topics, and while this is true about certain sensitive topics, it drives the tension deeper and deeper between people who do not agree on what those topics are.

Freshman Jacobo Reyes was a steady presence for the Pilots on the pitch this season.

Jacobo Reyes' broad experience bolsters the men's soccer team

Despite Reyes' time playing for two national teams — competing in countries as far as Qatar and India — he decided to join the University of Portland men's soccer team as a freshman forward. As he adjusts to life on The Bluff, he's been tasked with helping to replace the talent of recent graduates. Reyes has been successful throughout his first year, starting in all 16 matches and scoring three goals. With the hopes of playing professionally again, Reyes is drawing on his past experiences to bolster the men's soccer team