2012 Around the West columns

November 15, 2012
Getting second life
There's no self-delusion required at Bethel, where the Royals made the playoffs. And at Pacific Lutheran, a key piece returns.

November 8, 2012
St. Scholastica wiser second time around
Last year, when St. Scholastica won the UMAC's first-ever football automatic bid to the Division III playoffs, it was an entirely new, and humbling experience. This time the Saints will be better prepared.

October 31, 2012
Cobbers gear up for big game
Concordia-Moorhead has bounced back from its crazy beyond-the-last-second loss to Bethel, but faces its biggest test of the season Saturday against St. Thomas.

October 23, 2012
Backup takes the reins
Zach Shultis started the season kicking extra points for Cal Lutheran. Now he finds himself contributing to the other six points as well.

October 17, 2012
UW-Oshkosh looking strong
UW-Oshkosh is off to a 6-0 start for the first time in 89 seasons, and there's a strong reason why they're still unbeaten heading into their battle with UW-Whitewater.

October 9, 2012
Change does Willamette good
For the Bearcats, it's out with the Fly, in with letting the ball fly. After the departure of longtime coach Mark Speckman, the transition to a more wide-open offense was not particularly difficult.

October 2, 2012
The slimmest of margins
Special teams rose to the occasion for Simpson when playing Iowa Conference foe Wartburg.

September 25, 2012
Finding his way back
Brandon Wilcox drifted away from Whittier and the game he loved. He lost his direction. But coaching football helped him find his way back.

September 19, 2012
Kickin' it ... like a golfer
With the game on the line and three missed field goals already under his belt, Linfield's Josh Kay channeled another sport to find the game-winning kick at Cal Lutheran.

September 11, 2012
Hey, it's you again
Linfield and Cal Lutheran have their annual regular season meeting this week. Even though Cal Lutheran's national profile has risen, the Kingsmen know they need a win, and then likely another in November.

September 4, 2012
Eagles put the 'D' in North Central's defeat
UW-La Crosse pulled off a big upset, St. Thomas had a strong comeback and Whitworth had a long trip to open the season.

August 28, 2012
10 games to watch for 2012
Here's 10 games to watch for the upcoming season, with a thumbnail sketch of why they're important.

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Josh Smith covers high school and Division III athletics for the Daily Jefferson County Union in Fort Atkinson, Wis. He has won multiple awards for reporting and photography and contributes to multiple publications in addition to his duties at the Daily Union, including D3football.com beginning in 2012. He graduated from UW-Whitewater with a degree in print journalism.

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

Previous Columns

November 20, 2013
Lutes hope for better luck second time around
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November 13, 2013
One goal left for Saints
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November 6, 2013
Warhawks: Back on track
Jake Kumerow and UW-W have a new focus and appear to be back on track to reach the playoffs after...
October 30, 2013
Lockdown defense keys 'Cats
The Wildcats have held opponents under 10 points per game, helping the team race out to a 6-0 start...
October 22, 2013
Spartans pass a big test
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October 16, 2013
Bethel brothers bring the chemistry
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October 9, 2013
Platteville Pioneers pushed by prolific passing
UW-Platteville was tabbed to win this year’s conference title. At the clip that the Pioneers&r...
October 1, 2013
It can all end in a flash
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September 25, 2013
Taking center stage
Whitworth's Bryan Peterson should have no problem performing on a big stage. That’s because...
September 17, 2013
Norton gives back as he recovers from neck injury
Luther football player Chris Norton suffered a spinal cord injury in a game in October 2010. Given...
September 10, 2013
Hussey clicking on both ends for Pomona-Pitzer
Duncan Hussey wasn't satisfied with just playing defensive back for Pomona-Pitzer, and it turned out...
September 4, 2013
Games to watch for 2013
As the 2013 season nears, there are a number of games that stand out on the schedule – many of...
November 15, 2012
Getting second life
There's no self-delusion required at Bethel, where the Royals made the playoffs. And at Pacific...
November 8, 2012
St. Scholastica wiser second time around
Last year, when St. Scholastica won the UMAC's first-ever football automatic bid to the Division III...

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