2011 Around the West columns

November 9, 2011
A rivalry like no other
Pomona-Pitzer and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps don't draw the biggest crowds to their season-ending rivalry game, but it has something no other rivalry does. The players on opposite sides share classes.

November 2, 2011
Constructing success at CSS
When Greg Carlson started the St. Scholastica football program in 2008, one of his duties was to design the uniforms. Now, Carlson and the rest of the Saints are getting their plans ready for the playoffs.

October 25, 2011
L&C back from the brink
Louie Baltazar transferred to Lewis and Clark in 2009 with the notion of a program that was going to drastically improve. His intuition was spot on -- eventually.

October 18, 2011
Simpson makes Wartburg face its elimination
"I can't say enough how proud I am of my kids for not quitting," Simpson coach Jim Glogowski said. "This game gives you a lot of confidence that you can come out of a lot of bad situations if you just keep sticking with it."

October 11, 2011
Garcia and the slugger
Ed Garcia has coached Cal Lutheran running backs for five seasons. But before that, he coached youth baseball and a particular National League MVP candidate.

October 4, 2011
Cal Lu, St. Olaf comeback kings
Cal Lutheran was almost so dazzled by its sparkling new stadium that it forgot to show up for its SCIAC showdown with Redlands. St. Olaf came back in the fourth quarter as well.

September 27, 2011
Taking a last chance
At 28, Cory Flisakowski would've been content with returning from a long hiatus to become water boy for UW-Stevens Point. But he's much more than that.

September 20, 2011
Tommies' journey gets harder
Getting to No. 3 in the nation was difficult, but probably a lot easier than it will be for St. Thomas to get into the top two. More in Around the West.

September 13, 2011
Linfield off on the right foot
The right to earning home field advantage in the playoffs can start early. Wildcats safety Drew Fisher is well aware of that.

September 6, 2011
Redlands' upset victory a Hollywood story
Chad Hurst's first start could've very well been a major motion picture. There was excitement, adversity, determination, triumph and jubilation.

August 30, 2011
10 games to watch for 2011
New columnist Jason Galleske takes you through the top games in Around the West territory for the upcoming season, from Illinois on to the West coast.