Morgan Wahler


Freshman forward Alex Fowler has twice won West Coast Conference Player of the Week so far this season. Photo courtesy of University of Portland Athletics.

Pilot in the Spotlight: Alex Fowler earns WCC Player of the Week for second time

This Pilot in the Spotlight goes to the freshman forward Alex Fowler, who has twice been named West Coast Conference Player of the Week for women's basketball, earning the honor on Nov. 25 and also Jan. 20. She is the second Pilot from Australia to receive this honor in the 2019-2020 season so far as the team is 11-7 overall and 4-3 in conference play.

The Super Smash Bros Club's Buff the Bluff 2 was the first of its kind at the University of Portland.

A smash hit: Esports find their way to The Bluff

The Super Smash Bros Club’s Buff the Bluff 2 event garnered at least 136 registered participants as far south as Eugene and as far north as Seattle, and featured some of the top players in the Pacific Northwest. This five-plus hour esports tournament was the first of its kind on the University of Portland campus, and the club shows no sign of slowing down.

Graduating players Katie Barker, Emma Scanlan and Shayla Hoeft pose with their coaches and families for Senior Night.

Volleyball loses 3-1 against San Francisco on senior night

This Saturday, the Chiles Center honored two University of San Francisco seniors with bouquets and donned with green leis before celebrating their own three graduating players. Defensive specialist Emma Scanlan and middle blockers Shayla Hoeft and Katie Barker each established themselves on the court in a four-set loss for their last home match, falling to the Dons 3-1. 

Morgan Wahler, sports reporter for The Beacon.

STAFF OPINION: Sportsmanship, please

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not perfect — sportsmanship is something I remind myself to prioritize every time I step on a court or a field. In sports, it’s important to remember that while they are adversarial in nature, treating opponents with respect is key to maintaining the basis of every sport, which is to have fun and be competitive. So, next time you’re at a game, whether professional, collegiate or even intramural, remember: Let the players play, let the officials officiate, let the coaches coach and let the spectators be positive. 

Current women's soccer coach Michelle French rocked the white and purple back in the day. Photo courtesy of Portland Pilots Athletics.

Gear through the years: Pilot jerseys past and present

The Beacon set out to travel back in time and take a look at the ghosts of jerseys past. In the history of the University of Portland, four sports have stood out against time: basketball, soccer, volleyball and, UP’s first sport, baseball. By categorizing the jerseys by decade and by sport (men’s and women’s teams as available), there are discernible phases of Pilot athletic fashion. One thing remains true of history and Portland Pilot jerseys: The 1990s were wild.   

Junior Maddie Muhlheim passes the ball to a teammate on the fly during practice.

The Meek Era tips off for women's basketball

After five rocky years and a combined 36-125 record under head coach Cheryl Sorenson, the University of Portland women’s basketball team is looking for a fresh start to prove everyone wrong under newly-hired head coach Michael Meek.