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.
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.
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.
After a pair of five-set matches in the Bay Area, the Pilots returned to The Bluff on Saturday and earned their first conference sweep of the season against Gonzaga Bulldogs with a dominant performance from the service line and the back row defense.