West

September 30, 2014
'This is just another game'
Although UW-Stevens Point was in the pink on Saturday with its win vs. North Central, the Pointers know they have a long way to go and haven't played a single conference game.

September 23, 2014
A gunslinger's record-setting day
At the last minute, Bryan Peterson’s parents decided to make the trip to La Verne for Whitworth's game. Good thing they did, or they would have missed an epic passing performance.

September 16, 2014
A long way to go for Wartburg
Was beating Bethel one of the Wartburg football team’s goals coming into this season? Of course. But does that mean the Knights are ready to call the 2014 season a successful campaign? Not even close.

September 9, 2014
'Quite a way to open up a stadium'
The players on the Northwestern (Minn.) football team were excited to play their first game at the university’s newly renovated stadium. And after a dramatic win in front of a boisterous crowd, there is a good chance the fans are excited for more games at Reynolds Field as well.

September 3, 2014
10 games to watch for 2014
Around the West is back for the 2014 season with a look at the top games involving teams from the region, which includes the West coast, IIAC, MIAC, UMAC and WIAC.

November 20, 2013
Lutes hope for better luck second time around
“We’re definitely excited to get another shot,” said senior Jordan Patterson. “Each game we play, we have an opportunity to get better. And we’re going to be a better PLU team than the first time that we played them this year."

November 13, 2013
One goal left for Saints
This season has been like a track race for Tyler Harper and St. Scholastica. The Saints stumbled over their first hurdle, suffering a season-opening loss at Whitworth. But since then, they have cruised to nine consecutive wins.

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 picking up back-to-back wins vs. UW-Oshkosh and UW-Platteville the last two weeks.

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 and increasing the program’s impressive streak of consecutive winning seasons.

October 22, 2013
Spartans pass a big test
Dubuque wants to be where it was in 2011 – atop the IIAC standings. After Saturday's win vs. Coe, they're a little closer.

October 16, 2013
Bethel brothers bring the chemistry
So often, football players describe their relationships with teammates like that of brothers. At Bethel, that relationship can be taken literally.

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’ spread offense is scoring, it’s no wonder the other schools have so much respect for UW-P.

October 1, 2013
It can all end in a flash
If there is one thing Manny Gamble would like other football players to remember it’s to cherish every moment on the field, because you never know when your time is up.

September 25, 2013
Taking center stage
Whitworth's Bryan Peterson should have no problem performing on a big stage. That’s because Peterson has plenty of on-stage experience already in the school's theater department.

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 just a 3 percent chance to regain use of arms and legs, Norton has worked constantly and is now giving back.

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 the Sagehens could really use him on offense as well.

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 which could decide conference championships and playoff berths.

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.

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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

September 30, 2014
'This is just another game'
Although UW-Stevens Point was in the pink on Saturday with its win vs. North Central, the Pointers...
September 23, 2014
A gunslinger's record-setting day
At the last minute, Bryan Peterson’s parents decided to make the trip to La Verne for...
September 16, 2014
A long way to go for Wartburg
Was beating Bethel one of the Wartburg football team’s goals coming into this season? Of...
September 9, 2014
'Quite a way to open up a stadium'
The players on the Northwestern (Minn.) football team were excited to play their first game at the...
September 3, 2014
10 games to watch for 2014
Around the West is back for the 2014 season with a look at the top games involving teams from the...
November 20, 2013
Lutes hope for better luck second time around
“We’re definitely excited to get another shot,” said senior Jordan Patterson....
November 13, 2013
One goal left for Saints
This season has been like a track race for Tyler Harper and St. Scholastica. The Saints stumbled...
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
Dubuque wants to be where it was in 2011 – atop the IIAC standings. After Saturday's win vs....
October 16, 2013
Bethel brothers bring the chemistry
So often, football players describe their relationships with teammates like that of brothers. At...
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
If there is one thing Manny Gamble would like other football players to remember it’s to...
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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