West

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.

October 28, 2015
Working hard
Travis Sparks-Jackson's work ethic has helped both the running back and the Leopards find success. After going 2-7 a year ago, La Verne is 5-0 and riding high in the SCIAC.

October 21, 2015
Super sophomore
Westminster (Mo.) has relied heavily on Latif Adams to carry the offense. And the sophomore running back hasn’t let the Blue Jays down this season.

October 13, 2015
On his shoulders
Rick Willis says the key to the Wartburg football team’s continued success is consistent play. Fortunately for the Knights, they have a model of consistency in quarterback Logan Schrader.

October 6, 2015
Kasper is the Match for Oshkosh
On the gridiron, UW-Oshkosh quarterback Brett Kasper uses his arm to help his team vanquish opponents. Off the field, he used his bone marrow to help a child fight cancer.

September 29, 2015
Locey taking on new challenge
A few years ago, we labeled the Lewis & Clark head coaching position as the ultimate rebuilding job. This year, the Pioneers are getting that job underway with a new coach, one who knows what a winner looks like in D-III.

September 23, 2015
Behind the Johnnie-Tommie rivalry
St. John's and St. Thomas can pack them in and the game, and rivalry, has gained a new level of competitiveness in recent years. Now, with SportsCenter going on the road to Collegeville, here's a little of what this rivalry means.

September 15, 2015
All over the depth chart
Kickoff guy, kick returner, punter, slot back ... Max Gruber handles a little bit of everything for Occidental.

September 8, 2015
Martin Luther goes through quick change
Mere weeks before training camp opened, Martin Luther changed coaches, pulling its new coach out of the admissions office. Despite the short turnaround, the Knights have been making some changes.

September 1, 2015
10 games to watch for 2015
Big rivalries, conference showdowns and more dot the schedules of the westernmost Division III football conferences this season. Here's a look at what should be big.

November 18, 2014
Sura, Johnnies glad to be back
Don’t be mistaken: Sam Sura and the St. John's football team are thrilled to still be playing. But if the Johnnies seem to be going about business as usual, it’s because they feel like they've been in the playoffs for the last seven games.

November 11, 2014
The Sister on the sidelines
Whether it was watching the Saints practice next to the monastery, leading a team prayer or attending a game on Saturday afternoon, Sister Lisa Maurer enjoyed her time with the St. Scholastica football team. So when she was invited to join the coaching staff, she couldn't say no.

November 4, 2014
Willamette, Jones keeping up
Saturday’s win over Linfield has been the talk of Willamette University's campus because the Bearcats beat a top-five team and dropped the Wildcats from the top of the league standings.

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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.

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2010: Tim Walsh
2003-09: Adam Johnson
1999-2000: Don Stoner 

Previous Columns

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...
October 28, 2015
Working hard
Travis Sparks-Jackson's work ethic has helped both the running back and the Leopards find success....
October 21, 2015
Super sophomore
Westminster (Mo.) has relied heavily on Latif Adams to carry the offense. And the sophomore running...
October 13, 2015
On his shoulders
Rick Willis says the key to the Wartburg football team’s continued success is consistent play....
October 6, 2015
Kasper is the Match for Oshkosh
On the gridiron, UW-Oshkosh quarterback Brett Kasper uses his arm to help his team vanquish...
September 29, 2015
Locey taking on new challenge
A few years ago, we labeled the Lewis & Clark head coaching position as the ultimate rebuilding...
September 23, 2015
Behind the Johnnie-Tommie rivalry
St. John's and St. Thomas can pack them in and the game, and rivalry, has gained a new level of...
September 15, 2015
All over the depth chart
Kickoff guy, kick returner, punter, slot back ... Max Gruber handles a little bit of everything for...
September 8, 2015
Martin Luther goes through quick change
Mere weeks before training camp opened, Martin Luther changed coaches, pulling its new coach out of...
September 1, 2015
10 games to watch for 2015
Big rivalries, conference showdowns and more dot the schedules of the westernmost Division III...
November 18, 2014
Sura, Johnnies glad to be back
Don’t be mistaken: Sam Sura and the St. John's football team are thrilled to still be playing....
November 11, 2014
The Sister on the sidelines
Whether it was watching the Saints practice next to the monastery, leading a team prayer or...
November 4, 2014
Willamette, Jones keeping up
Saturday’s win over Linfield has been the talk of Willamette University's campus because the...
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