West

September 27, 2016
Recruited from on campus
The way head coach Jeff McMartin summarized wide receiver Sam Markham’s journey to the Central football team sounds simple, but it’s definitely accurate.

September 21, 2016
Intestinal fortitude
This year’s opening kickoff was an extremely exceptional moment for the Whitworth Pirates because when Brett Moser fielded the ball, it effectively completed his journey back to the gridiron after overcoming testicular cancer.

September 13, 2016
Following an All-American brother
There were high expectations when Tom Kelly assumed the quarterback role at UW-Platteville, based largely on his older brother, John Kelly, who helped the Pioneers make the playoffs. Tom does not shy away from the inevitable comparisons.

September 7, 2016
The hero in a helmet
Westminster (Mo.) defensive end Jacob Ellis pulled two people from a burning truck, to the surprise of nobody who knows him well.

August 30, 2016
10 games to watch for 2016
Around the West columnist Josh Smith runs down the top 10 games for this season in the IIAC, MIAC, MWC, NWC, UMAC and WIAC.

November 19, 2015
Johnson's journey ends in playoffs
The last time Dubuque faced St. John's, Rio Johnson hadn't played a game of organized football since 2012. Once he knocked the rust off, Dubuque got rolling, all the way to the playoffs.

November 10, 2015
Making noise in the Northwest
Senior defensive end Alex Hoff has been a key contributor to Linfield’s stifling defense, and he has chipped in on offense too. Now that they have secured the NWC’s automatic bid into the playoffs, Hoff and the Wildcats have their sights set on larger goals.

November 3, 2015
Following his calling
A scholarship to play football led Jordan Roberts to South Dakota. But a series of events, some personal reflection and a call to the priesthood led him to the St. John Vianney Seminary and the University of St. Thomas.

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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 

Previous Columns

September 27, 2016
Recruited from on campus
The way head coach Jeff McMartin summarized wide receiver Sam Markham’s journey to the Central...
September 21, 2016
Intestinal fortitude
This year’s opening kickoff was an extremely exceptional moment for the Whitworth Pirates...
September 13, 2016
Following an All-American brother
There were high expectations when Tom Kelly assumed the quarterback role at UW-Platteville, based...
September 7, 2016
The hero in a helmet
Westminster (Mo.) defensive end Jacob Ellis pulled two people from a burning truck, to the surprise...
August 30, 2016
10 games to watch for 2016
Around the West columnist Josh Smith runs down the top 10 games for this season in the IIAC, MIAC,...
November 19, 2015
Johnson's journey ends in playoffs
The last time Dubuque faced St. John's, Rio Johnson hadn't played a game of organized football since...
November 10, 2015
Making noise in the Northwest
Senior defensive end Alex Hoff has been a key contributor to Linfield’s stifling defense, and...
November 3, 2015
Following his calling
A scholarship to play football led Jordan Roberts to South Dakota. But a series of events, some...
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