Women’s basketball says aloha from Hawaii

Even with the end of the semester approaching for Whittier College, the season will not be ending  for winter sports. Over the break, women’s basketball will not have to worry about the cold temperatures that Southern California has to offer, as they will fly to Hawaii on Dec. 16 and will return to Whittier College on Dec. 23.

Women’s basketball says aloha from Hawaii

Women’s basketball takes care of home court

The Whittier College Women’s Basketball team began their season on a high note, with a 3 – 0 winning streak in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). Whittier went up against three competitive teams: Linfield College, Pacific University, and Colorado College, and came out with a successful victory on their home court.

Women’s basketball takes care of home court

Men’s Basketball looks to rebound after tournament

Men’s Basketball recently took to the court to play in two different tournament in the span of two weeks. The first tournament was the Bruin Classic, which saw Whittier take on the host of the tournament, George Fox, for their first game. The games resulted in Whittier falling to George Fox 108 – 98, but saw second-year Guard Ahmad Young put up 26 points. “I felt like we played well in the Bruin Classic. We were playing the sixth-ranked team in the nation.” said third-year Forward Kenyatta Louder. “It is a learning experience, and I feel like it will translate [later on] in the season.” The Poets shot 41 percent behind the 3-point arc and 51 percent from field goal range. Whittier’s second game in the Bruin Classic was against Whitworth. Sadly, the Poets fell once more, losing 90 – 76; though third-year Forward Nick Potthoff was able to produce 21 points. 

Men’s Basketball looks to rebound after tournament

Men’s Water Polo falls short of SCIAC goal

For the second season straight, Whittier College Men’s Water Polo reached the Semi-Finals in the Southern California Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Tournament. However, on Friday Nov. 16, Men’s Water Polo fell one victory short from their quest for a SCIAC Post-season Tournament title as they lost 13 – 6 to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) at the Lillian Slade Aquatic Center.

That chilly Friday night, two evenly matched teams played in a deciding game to determine who would go head to head against the defending champions Pomona-Pitzer. A sold-out crowd filled the Lillian Slade Aquatic Center, as fans cheered on their teams while holding up posters with players names and number written across, in efforts to give them an edge on momentum or motivation during the game. “I love playing when there’s a packed house and everyone [is] going wild and stomping on the bleachers,” said second-year Defender Tyler Chung. “The noise is just such an adrenaline boost and really helps with the momentum of the game.”

The Poets looked to return to the big stage of the SCIAC championship game for the second consecutive season and win their first title since 2014. During the 2018 season, Whittier College and CMS played against each other twice. Both games were decided by the same 11 – 10 score, with each team winning in their home pool.      

Whittier came out playing aggressively in the first quarter. First-year Attacker Eric Borunda and third-year Center Cornelis Kriek started the scoring for the Poets with back-to-back connections. CMS came back to tie the game at two, but Whittier would lead 3 – 2 after the first eight minutes as Borunda scored his second goal of the night. Going into the half, the game was tied at 4 – 4. With the start of the second half, the Poets took a 6 – 5 lead midway through the third after both teams exchanged the first three goals of the second half. “The team underperformed in the semifinal in many ways. We had a strong first half, and fell off in the second,” said second-year Attacker Kyle Aguilar. “We have much room for improvement, and it starts for us during the off season.” 

That would turn out to be the last goal that the Poets would score,  as the Poets did not score during the remaining minutes of the third and fourth quarter. Much like the hot start the Poets had in the first, CMS caught fire in the second half and outscored the Poets 9 –  2. CMS scored five times in the final four minutes of the third quarter to stun the Purple & Gold and take a 10 – 6 lead heading into the fourth. Third-year Utility Player Christian Thornton began the outburst of offense for CMS’S run in the third quarter with a tying goal, and was followed up with a goal by third-year Defender Ethan Lewis. 

Lewis’s score gave CMS the lead with 2 min and 47 sec. left in the third quarter. A tale of two halves was shown during the Poet’s playoff game. The Poet’s came out strong in the first quarter, then began to slow down as the closing minutes of the first half came ticking closer. “We could have improved on our mental focus in the game. I think a lot of us were thinking about the Pomona game on Sunday [Championship],” said Chung. “Many of our top attackers weren’t able to put shots away, and our starting center was removed from the game.” 

In the closing minutes of the third quarter, Thornton scored for the second time to give CMS a 8 – 6 lead with 1 min and 42 sec remaining. Lewis scored his fourth goal of the night to give CMS a 9 – 6 lead, and third-year Attacker Zack Rossman scored with seven seconds left to make it a 10-6 lead going into the fourth. 

Lewis capped off the scoring with his sixth of the night to make the final 13 – 6. “While being our most important game of the season, I felt as if it was one our worst games of the season,” said second-year Attacker Carlos Heredia Viteri. “We did not play at our highest level and CMS just took advantage of that.”After that, it was all CMS as they went on an 8 – 0 run that covered the final 11 min 43 sec helping them secure the road victory. 

Despite the Poet’s season coming to an end, this young team’s future is bright with first-year Head Coach David Kasa to be the one coaching this team. “Despite the disappointing ending, I felt as if our season was very successful. We definitely won’t forget this year’s Semi-Final,” said Viteri. “We won’t let it bring us down, our team is ready to grow and win.” Poets end the year finishing in a tie for the second place in the final SCIAC standings.

Men’s Water Polo falls short of SCIAC goal

Men’s Water Polo dives into semi-finals

The 2018 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Men’s Water Polo Postseason Tournament is set to begin this Friday, Nov. 16 as the Whittier College Men’s Water Polo team will play host against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) in 2018 SCIAC Semi-Finals, with the winner going off to compete for the championship on Sunday, Nov. 18. 

Men’s Water Polo dives into semi-finals

There’s no crying in baseball No girls are allowed, either

Third-year Sophie Harper grew up playing recreational baseball, with her father coaching her team. “There were a good amount of girls playing, until I turned eleven, and then I became the only girl on the team,” said Harper. “I didn’t mind because I was good and got along with the boys. I didn’t see anything wrong with me playing baseball with the boys.” 

	There’s no crying in baseball No girls are allowed, either

(LA)Bron James Joins the LA Lakers

If you have been keeping up in the world of sports, you know that the Los Angeles Lakers landed one of the biggest names in sports. No, not Manny Machado or Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but none other than LeBron James. The three-time National Basketball Association (NBA) champion, fourteen-time All- Star, and four-time Most Valuable Player (MVP) joined the struggling Los Angeles Lakers. 

(LA)Bron James Joins the LA Lakers

Boston Strong vs. L.A. Determined: 2018 World Series

The Los Angeles Dodgers have reached Major League Baseball’s (MLB) World Series for the second consecutive season and faced off against the Boston Red Sox on Oct. 23. After defeating the reigning champs, Houston Astros, in five games (4 – 1), the Red Sox were patiently waiting to see who they would face off against in the Fall Classic between the Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers. The ‘Boys in Blue’ came out on top after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers and will go to Fenway Park, looking to win their first World Series since 1988. …

Boston Strong vs. L.A. Determined: 2018 World Series

Strike 3, baseball’s out! Major League Baseball sees declines in audience

America’s pastime will soon be left in the past, given the descending trend of the Major League Baseball (MLB) playoffs. The final four bracket is now set with both league’s top teams, with the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League, and the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox in the American League, kicking off the League Championship Series on Oct. 12 – 13. This series is played to determine which teams will compete in the 2018 World Series starting on Oct. 23. …

Strike 3, baseball’s out! Major League Baseball sees declines in audience

Leopards spoil Homecoming game for Poets

The Whittier College Football team is coming off of their first victory against Occidental College and is looking to maintain their momentum in the annual Homecoming game against the University of La Verne. On Oct. 13, the La Verne Leopards came out on top 42 – 23, spoiling  the team and school’s event, during which former alumni could be seen walking the campus  once again. …

Leopards spoil Homecoming game for Poets

Two fights one ticket, McGregor and Nurmagomedov battle in and out of the octgon

Last Saturday marked the biggest moment in Mixed Martial Arts history as Khabib Nurmagomedov took on Conor McGregor at Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 229 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Excitement for the fight was unprecedented, as it was McGregor’s comeback of the sport’s most popular athlete. He stepped into the octagon for the first time in nearly two years. …

Two fights one ticket, McGregor and Nurmagomedov battle in and out of the octgon

The Shoes are bronze, but the victory is golden

“We are apart of history, it seems like we have broken a curse,” said third-year Cornerback Noah Humphrey. “Now we can start a legacy that should have been done a few years [ago], it’s been something that has been waiting all this long and now the beast is out.”

On Oct. 6, The Whittier College Football Team earned their first win in over three years, since the 2014-15 season, against Occidental College by a score of 28-13. …


The Shoes are bronze, but the victory is golden

Leaving your Mark on and off the field

Men’s Head Lacrosse Coach Nicholas Marks is entering his second year at the helm of a historic program that runs deep in the veins of West Coast lacrosse. Marks graduated from Bucknell University in 2008 with a double major in Classics and History, while also enjoying a successful lacrosse career, capping it off with small stints as a professional with the National Lacrosse League and Major League Lacrosse. He is currently hitting his stride with a wide range of ambitious projects that are catching the attention of alumni, parents, and students alike. 

Leaving your Mark on and off the field

Heckle this; Sam Johnson files Title IX report against Occidental College

On Sept. 8, Whittier College’s Men’s Soccer Team faced off against Occidental College in a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) match at Occidental College. The Poets lost the match with a score of 2 - 0. However, this match would be indicative of the actions by Occidental College fans towards Whittier College players. During the second half of the match, fans supporting Occidental College moved from the stadium seats onto the track floor, where they were in a designated “fan section” behind Whittier College’s bench. …

Heckle this; Sam Johnson files Title IX report against Occidental College

Men’s Soccer out scores the competition

On Saturday, Sept. 15, the Whittier College Men’s Soccer Team took on the University of La Verne at Memorial Stadium. The Leopards proved to be no match for the Poets, as the Whittier team was able to accomplish yet another four goal victory. The game finished 4 - 1 in favor of the Poets, pushing Whittier College up to place sixth in overall Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) standing.   

Men’s Soccer out scores the competition

Poet football fumbles season home opener

The Whittier College Football team fell during their season home opener on Sept. 15 against Lewis and Clark College. “Our practices have been great all season,” said Head Coach Michael Neale. “We have been practicing at a fast and efficient pace, which has allowed us to grow everyday on the field.” 

Poet football fumbles season home opener

Challenging the views of America: Nike Just Did It

Nike launched a campaign last week in celebration of the 30th anniversary of their “Just Do It” slogan, which Colin Kaepernick is now the face of. The campaign ad consists of a photo and an accompanying two minute long commercial, each quoting the professional athlete pariah turned champion of racial justice: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” …

Challenging the views of America: Nike Just Did It

Local News: Homecare workers may lose healthcare

The Trump administration recently proposed a policy limiting the ability for unionized homecare workers paid directly by Medicaid or Medicare to deduct dues automatically from their checks. Typically, these homecare workers are employed by the state and not the private sector; Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has an estimated 700,000 members in the state of California, many of whom are at risk of losing their deductions and access to affordable healthcare as a byproduct of this decision. In the first installment of her weekly column discussing local politics, Editor in Chief Madison White spoke with SEIU Local 2015 Communications Director Lizette Escobedo to discuss the gravity of the situation.


Local News: Homecare workers may lose healthcare

Getting oriented with first-years

Over the past few days roughly 600 students  — around 520 first-years and 70 transfer students — have traveled with their families to Whittier College to attend Orientation. Some came from the West Coast, from Oregon and Washington, while others traveled across the country from states as far away as New York. “We have a large group … coming from New York,” said Dean of Students Joel Pérez, “which is different. We don’t normally get a lot from New York.” In addition, the College will welcome international students from Spain, China, India, Canada, and the Netherlands.

Getting oriented with first-years

Which stream has the best flow?

Music can play a large role in the life of a college student, especially while they are making the transition from summer into a new school year. With the bountiful array of music that was released over the past few months, it can be hard to keep up with which new albums and singles you still need to take a listen to. That is why it is important, especially for college students, to have cheap and easy access to music streaming.

Which stream has the best flow?

Softball Plans to go Deep in Post-season Run

Mark down Softball’s name into the Southern California Athletic Conference (SCIAC) post-season tournament, as their road to reclaim their second SCIAC post-season Championship in program history begins this Friday, May 4 at 4 p.m. against Pomona-Pitzer College.

Softball Plans to go Deep in Post-season Run

Making Leaps & Bounds in Track & Field

he Whittier College Track and Field season has gone from good to great with their Southern California Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (SCIAC) qualification. The Men’s Track and Field team competed in the SCIAC No. 3 meet last weekend at Occidental College, finishing 2–2. Many of the men podiumed, including third-year Miguel Redmond, who finished second in Pole Vault, first-year Garrett Silva, and who finished third in Pole Vault, and first-year Hakim Williams, first-year Michael Badillo, first-year Gabe Pridgen-Daniels, and second-year Ray Ray Roberson, who finished third for the Men’s 4x400meters…

Making Leaps & Bounds in Track & Field

Sportlight: Matthew Macey takes a swing at Team of the Week

Whittier College is full of amazing athletes who bring forth their all and showcase their talents. For some of the athletes that pour all their blood, sweat, and tears into every game, their efforts often go unrecognized. This is not the case for fourth-year first-baseman Matthew Macey however, whose  accomplishments were noticed as he was named part of d3baseball.com’s, Team of the Week. Macey’s outstanding talents have been a work in progress from a very young age. …

Sportlight: Matthew Macey takes a swing at Team of the Week

Sportlight: Hannah Duran-Wright jumps into the record books

On March 31, first-year Hannah Duran-Wright hopped, skipped, and jumped her way into history as she broke Whittier College’s school record for the Triple Jump event. She represented the Purple and Gold with a record-breaking performance, as the Poets would play host for the first time in Track and Field since 2009. The Southern California Intercollegiate Atheletic  (SCIAC) event took place on the newly-renovated Aubrey Bonham Track and Memorial Stadium. Whittier College’s All-Time Record for the event is now held by Duran-Wright, with her Triple Jump at 10.43 meters. ...

Sportlight: Hannah Duran-Wright jumps into the record books