2010 Around the West columns

November 17, 2010
Playoffs or no, PLU does its job
There’s something about PLU that’s just captivating, whether their wacky warm-up routine, their demeanor on the field, their unfailingly positive head coach or their fans.

November 11, 2010
It was the Knights' day
Wartburg's unbeaten run ended up netting it the IIAC title.

November 5, 2010
St. Thomas making history
With their convincing 43-6 win over Gustavus Adolphus last Saturday, St. Thomas became the first team in the West Region – and the second team in the country – to clinch an automatic bid to the playoffs by winning the MIAC title.

October 28, 2010
Breathe before reading
I don’t know how you spent your Saturday afternoon last weekend, but the single best hour of my day was the one I spent listening to the final quarter of the most incredible football game so far this season.

October 21, 2010
Defense wins championships, but ...
In the first half of last weekend’s first-place showdown at then-No. 6 Coe, a different hero stepped up: the Knights’ offense.

October 7, 2010
Halfway through the West Region season
At the West Region's midway point, there's one playoff lock and a bunch of contenders. Tim Walsh explains.

October 1, 2010
Defense sets the tone for Coe
Coe came up with big-time defense in a big-time game, and it garnered some big-time respect, moving the Kohawks up to No. 6 in the polls.

September 23, 2010
Pacific Lutheran on the rebound
"The way we've done things the last 30-40 years, we can't do that anymore …we've got to make changes," Scott Westering said in the preseason. At 2-0 with a win against a ranked team, Pacific Lutheran is moving in the right direction.

September 17, 2010
Blugolds, Johnnies turn in another special game
Whenever St. John’s and UW-Eau Claire meet up, it’s a solid bet that the game will be close, exciting, and come down to the wire.

September 9, 2010
Willamette goes back to basics
If ground transportation was a problem for Willamette on Sunday, it certainly wasn’t on Saturday afternoon, as the Bearcats rushed for 277 yards in a 33-14 win at UW-Stevens Point.

September 3, 2010
10 games to watch for 2010
When people around here ask me what team I root for and I respond "Willamette," the question of how I got bitten so badly by the Division III football bug comes up fairly frequently.

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Josh Smith has covered Division III sports for more than five years. He writes for multiple publications, including D3football.com beginning in 2012. He has won multiple awards for reporting and photography and lives in southern Wisconsin near UW-Whitewater, where he graduated with a degree in print journalism.

2011-12 columns: Jason Galleske
2010: Tim Walsh
2003-09: Adam Johnson
1999-2000: Don Stoner 

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