Crew misses out on nationals

In preparation for each regatta, the SPU crew team creates a plan that factors in weather, stroke, individual strengths and other variables that might affect the race. But no matter how thorough their preparations, there’s no way to predict the performance of the competition. This reality struck on Tuesday. Despite drawing closer to their top […]

Women strive for perfect throw

There are four of them. They throw rocks and footballs. They run sprints with the track team twice a week. They bike in the offseason to stay in shape. But they specialize in throwing sticks. To be exact, they specialize in throwing 145-inch, 600-kilogram sticks that resemble spears used in the Roman and Greek empires […]

Not so black and white

We yell at them, spewing insults and buttered popcorn in their direction. We grumble when they make a mistake and most often ignore their contributions on a good night. We offer them little reason to keep working. Indeed, if one of them should find the spotlight, his or her competence is likely being called into […]

Will beats coach in tournament

Falcons head coach Jeff Hironaka squatted pensively on the sideline just like he would at any other game, shouting occasional directions for his players. And just like at any other game, senior Rob Will glanced over when he heard Hironaka’s call. After all, Will has developed an ear for his coach’s voice as a member […]

Weather proves challenging

Two rowers from one boat came off the water bordering on hypothermic. Another team’s boat was swamped, sinking, and had to be rescued. Races were cut in half from the original 2,000 meters. The weather changed everything at Saturday’s Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference Championships outside Vancouver, Wash. "We’re not enjoying the benefits of global warming […]

Crew rows through heat to take third

Battling rolling wakes, 80-degree heat, and water bugs, SPU placed third overall in Saturday’s nine-team Covered Bridge Regatta in Eugene, Ore. Humboldt State University (HSU) finished first with 104 points, followed by Lewis and Clark College (LCC) with 99 points and the Falcons with 46. The third-place finish came in sunny weather Saturday forcing rowers […]

Crew gauges competition

A first-place finish in the women’s junior varsity (JV) four race highlighted a Saturday trip to Vancouver Lake for the SPU crew team. Led by the JV four boat, the Falcons finished third as a team at the National Collegiate Rowing Conference Invitational Regatta. In the small world of National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II […]

Lanes filled with memories

Being short on cash, then-sophomores Brad Kulp and Stephen Rouner decided to wager something a little different on a friendly game of bowling two years ago: the loser had to shave one leg. Kulp prevailed by a single pin, and Rouner followed through with a sleek shave job on his right extremity. The memory was […]