Women’s Water Polo makes waves at tournament

Women’s Water Polo has made quite a splash in their season this year, as they currently hold a record of 6 – 4. The Poets started off slowly, as they fell to two upper division teams. The first game was against Concordia University Irvine, a Division II team; the Poets lost 15 – 6. The second game was played against the University of California Irvine, where the Poets lost to the Division I school 22 – 6.

Kenyatta Louder looks to make noise

“If you had one shot or one opportunity to seize everything you wanted, in one moment, would you capture it or just let it slip?” These lines start off Eminem’s Grammy-Award-Winning song “Lose Yourself,” This song shares the message that opportunities are disguised in many different ways, and you may never know where one chance may end up leading you. Third-year Forward Kenyatta Louder’s journey from his childhood to becoming the leading player for Whittier College’s Men’s Basketball team is one that he always reflects back on. Before talking, he takes a slight pause as he looks outside of a window inside my office. Then, Louder said, “I feel that God puts you in a place that he feels is the best spot for you, and I believe in that.”

Kenyatta Louder looks to make noise

Alley-Oops, Lakers fall short on the court

On Monday, March 5, Whittier College took 50 students to the Staples Center on an excursion trip to see the L.A. Lakers face off against the L.A. Clippers in a cross-locker room showdown. Since it was sponsored by Program Board, students were able to purchase tickets valued at $85 for $40….

Alley-Oops, Lakers fall short on the court

Sportlight: Cali Cubel

Women’s Basketball came to an end last week as the Poets fell just short of making the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) playoffs. The end of the season also means that All-SCIAC teams were announced,  coaches throughout the league vote on who they thought were the most impressive players this season. Third-year Cali Cubel was one of these impressive players as she was announced to the second team. This is Cubel’s first time on  the All-SCIAC team in her career. She was number one in free-throw percentage (84.4) and number 11 in scoring (197 points), 3-pointers made (21), and 3-point percentage (32.8).

Sportlight: Cali Cubel

Softball slides into new season

Whittier College Softball kicked off their season on Feb. 16 with a doubleheader against Pomona-Pitzer. The Poets are looking to have similar success to last season, as they ended in the number two spot in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), just behind the rival La Verne Leopards. The Poets ended up losing in the playoffs, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps won the tournament that year. The success of Whittier was even more impressive, since it was Coach Trisha Senyo’s first year of coaching.

Softball slides into new season

“Black Ace” Don Newcombe passes away

It was a sad day in the city of Los Angeles when Dodger pitcher legend Don Newcombe passed away on the morning of Feb. 19, 2019 at the age of 92. Newcombe had been battling an unannounced “lengthy illness.”

Newcombe broke into Major League Baseball (MLB) after pitching two years from 1944 – 45 in the Negro League with the Newark Eagles. He then was scouted by the Dodger Organization. Newcombe played two years with the Nashua Dodgers in B Baseball from 1946 – 47 and was called up to play with the Montreal Royals in 1948 in Triple-A Baseball. In 1949, Newcombe finally made his big break and signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the middle of the season, after having a stellar 2.56 Earn Run Average (ERA) at the beginning of the season in Triple-A.

“Black Ace” Don Newcombe passes away

Poets Play 4 Kay

The Whittier College Women’s Basketball team went all out to support cancer research during the ‘Play4Kay’ game on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Despite losing 76 – 67 against the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens, the Women’s Basketball team played for a cause that was bigger than themselves and basketball. The ‘Play4Kay’ is an annual game where the players wear pink to show support for the Cancer Support and Research Foundation. 

Poets Play 4 Kay

When heated sports rivalries sizzle

Fans of any sport generally agree that sporting events can create a dynamic atmosphere. Whether it be the spirit of the fans cheering on the home team or the players feeding off the moral strength from their fans, it is a beautiful cycle that is shared with everyone either watching the event live or from the comfort of their homes. That is  if it is just a regular game between two respected teams.

When heated sports rivalries sizzle

Legend Frank Robinson passes at age 83

Baseball legend Frank Robinson passed away at the age of 83 on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. Robinson passed away in Los Angeles after a long battle with bone cancer. Robinson was one of the game’s most prolific hitters, he racked up 586 home runs, landing him in the top ten of most home runs in Major League Baseball (MLB) history. 

Legend Frank Robinson passes at age 83

Cooperstown welcomes its newest members

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum exists to honor those who have shown excellence in baseball, either through playing, managing, or serving the sport. The Major League of Baseball (MLB) announced its 2019 class of Hall of Famers on Jan. 22. Among the newest ball players elected to the Hall of Fame are pitchers Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, and Mike Mussina, joined by third baseman Edgar Martinez. 

Cooperstown welcomes its newest members

The Super Bore; Brady wins sixth ring

Boston faced Los Angeles in another big-stage sporting event. This time, it was for one of the most viewed sporting events of the year: the Super Bowl. Viewers were looking forward to a fast-paced game, amazing plays, scoreboard running, a great halftime show, and some entertaining commercials that people have been anticipating all year long, while being served with lots of food to fill the most American event of the year. 

The Super Bore; Brady wins sixth ring

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