Nichols out to prove doubters wrong
MONMOUTH — Turning professional in any sport is difficult. Former Western Oregon men’s basketball player Julian Nichols knows all the numbers and the odds. He’s not worried. “My whole life, I’ve had people say you can’t play this position or you can’t play there,” Nichols said. “You hear those types of things and it motivates you. To be where I’m at now, I’m grateful and I’m blessed, but I’m definitely ready for the next chapter.”
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories following former WOU players Devon Alexander’s attempt to play professional basketball overseas. Look for more stories about the challenges he faces and whether he reaches his ultimate goal. An audio version of this story can be heard at www.polkio.com.
BRADENTON, Fla. — Western Oregon sophomore David Ribich and senior Sam Naffziger earned All-American honors Saturday at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
MONMOUTH — Western Oregon’s men’s track and field team placed third at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday and Saturday.
MONMOUTH — Trevor Podratz “retired” in eighth grade — deciding to trade in an Xbox controller for a baseball bat — a decision that has benefitted Western Oregon’s baseball team in a big way.
LACEY, Wash. — Western Oregon’s softball team entered Saturday needing a single victory to win the Great Northwest Athletic Conference tournament title. The Wolves couldn’t close the deal, falling to Central Washington 11-2 and 9-3. WOU opened the tournament with a 3-1 win over Concordia on Thursday and a 4-0 win over Saint Martin’s on Friday.
PORTLAND — With a spot in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference softball tournament on the line, Western Oregon responded in a big way, winning three of four against Concordia. The Wolves won a doubleheader on April 20, winning 4-3 and 2-1 in the team’s home finale. The Wolves split with Concordia on Thursday, winning 4-2 before falling 5-0.
AZUSA, Calif. — Competing in two states, Western Oregon’s track and field team saw strong performances from several athletes. Sophomore David Ribich set a new school record in the men’s 1,500-meter run at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, Calif., on Saturday. Ribich finished with a time of 3 minutes, 43.41 seconds, a personal best by seven seconds and breaking the old school mark of 3:44.27 set by West Tilgner in 1987. The time is the second fastest in the Division II level so far this season.
LACEY, Wash. — Western Oregon’s baseball team went 6-0 against Saint Martin’s last week. The Wolves opened with 11-1 and 8-4 wins on April 13 before winning 20-6 and 4-2 on Sunday, and 8-0 and 7-4 on Sunday.
MONMOUTH — In the time before Western Oregon pitcher Brady Miller takes the field, he’s blasting tunes to get him pumped up. His artist of choice? Katy Perry.
MONMOUTH — The moments before the gun goes off signaling the start of a race may seem like just seconds to the crowd, but it can seem like an eternity for those waiting to compete.
WOU part of pilot program to prevent sexual assault, promote healthy masculinity
MONMOUTH — What does it mean to be a man? Everything from friends and families to TV, movies and books impact how people view masculinity, both positively and negatively.
ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Western Oregon’s baseball team won all four games against Central Washington on Saturday and Sunday.
MONMOUTH — In the moments after, it hurt. Western Oregon’s men’s basketball team, fresh off a 74-55 loss to Augustana in the NCAA Division II Final Four on Thursday, didn’t feel quite like celebrating yet.
BILLINGS, Mont. — Western Oregon’s baseball team got off to a strong start before dropping two of three games against Montana State Billings on Saturday and Sunday. The Wolves won the opening matchup 10-0 on Saturday and lost the other two.