West

  • The time is now
    November 16, 2016
    The time is now The adage “make the most of your opportunity” is used frequently. But it really hits home at St. Thomas. Up and down the lineup, players on the Tommies’ roster have prepared for their moment and seized the chance to excel.
  • Pair of pass-catchers leading for Linfield
    November 08, 2016
    Pair of pass-catchers leading for Linfield When Wildcats quarterback Sam Riddle is looking for targets for his many passes, he's looking first for his top two receivers, who are similar in statistics only: Johnny Carroll and Reed Peterson.
  • Refocused Redlands bulldogs its way to top
    November 01, 2016
    Refocused Redlands bulldogs its way to top Last year's 4-5 season was not the type of year Redlands is accustomed to. This year, says Connor Hoffman, “everyone just wants to get the job done.”
  • Coe's new heights
    October 25, 2016
    Coe's new heights The Kohawks found their new star running back on their depth chart at wide receiver, and Trevor Heitland has helped carry Coe to an unbeaten mark.
  • Protecting the head gets taken to heart
    October 18, 2016
    Protecting the head gets taken to heart A former student of the John Gagliardi philosophy has not only instilled the no-contact mantra at St. Scholastica, but is working to make it easier for other coaches to help players practice safely.
  • Johnnies standout almost didn't make it back
    October 11, 2016
    Johnnies standout almost didn't make it back Evan Clark has started off his senior season with 10 touchdown catches in St. John's first six games. But he had a pretty rough offseason before he got where he is now.
  • It's a long trip from 0-9
    October 04, 2016
    It's a long trip from 0-9 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps was winless just four years ago, but with new blood on the field and on the sidelines, the Stags are no hoping to no longer stay home from the big dance.
  • Recruited from on campus
    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.
  • Intestinal fortitude
    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.
  • Following an All-American brother
    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.
  • The hero in a helmet
    September 07, 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.
  • 10 games to watch for 2016
    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.
  • Johnson's journey ends in playoffs
    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.
  • Making noise in the Northwest
    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.
  • Following his calling
    November 03, 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.