For spring athletes across the country, the quarantine brought disappointment for their 2020 season. On March 30, the NCAA ruled to extend eligibility to student athletes whose seasons were ended by COVID-19. Students typically are given four seasons to play in a five-year period, as many athletes opt to take a redshirt year and stay for five years and only play four. This new measure allows all spring student athletes, regardless of redshirt standing and class, to replace their 2020 season with another year. Additionally, it lengthens the maximum of players on a team that can receive scholarship aid — so there can be more scholarship players next year than previously.
When Warren first got to campus, she searched for a club where she could learn cheer. But she found that among the hundreds of clubs offered by Student Activities, cheer was not one of them. But with the conclusion of the basketball season, the cheer club has another season under their belt and continues to grow.
For most students at the University of Portland, these fires are a world away. For three basketball players, the fires are close to home. Freshman Alex Fowler and sophomore Haylee Andrews call Townsville, Queensland their home and freshman Keeley Frawley hails from Melbourne, Victoria. The homes and families of the trio weren’t personally harmed, but the fires burn into the identity of the continent.
In a dominating defensive and offensive effort, the Portland Pilots defeated the San Francisco Dons 69-49, finishing the weekend with a pair of dominating wins.
This Saturday in the battle for 3rd place standing in the West Coast Conference, the San Diego Toreros came out on top over the Porltand Pilots, winning 62-58.
In a game of ebbs and flows against the Pepperdine Waves, the Portland Pilots emerge victorious, 69-67, in the last minute of play, elevating their conference record to 6-3 to secure third in the WCC.
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 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.
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.
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.