Morgan Wahler


The baseball team warms up for a practice in February.

Should I stay or should I go: UP athletes mulling over extra year of eligibility

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.  

(From left to write) Haylee Andrews, Alex Fowler, and Keeley Frawley walk down the court with the Australian flag wrapped around them.

Australian women's basketball players bring awareness to fires

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.

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.