The Westminster women’s soccer team practices team building exercises. PHOTO BY MOLLY GRISHAMN.
BY KAELY FITTERLING
Westminster College student athletes compete at the Division III level, the largest division within the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Division III athletics are particularly unique because athletic scholarships are not given to student athletes. However, this division also stands out from other NCAA divisions due to its list of rules and regulations that athletes and coaches must adhere to.
Coach Dyson with alumna Ashley Schimmel. PHOTO COURTESY OF ELAINE COLLINS.
BY TABITHA TIEFENTHALER
Women’s head soccer coach, Jen Dyson, has always instilled the idea of family in her teams at Westminster for her past eight seasons. Being very family-oriented herself, she takes this very seriously.
Team huddle before the first women’s lacrosse home game against Benedictine College. PHOTO COURTESY OF WESTMINSTER COLLEGE ATHLETICS
BY PAIGE TOWNSEND
The women’s lacrosse team closed its first season on Friday night against Missouri Baptist, a game in which team members honored their seniors–Roberta Burns and Bailey Mitchell.
John Brinkmann, ’12 (center), played baseball for Westminster College and is now the varsity baseball coach at Fulton High School. He is pictured here with two of his players, future Blue Jays Alec Fleetwood, ’21 (left), and Devin Masek, ’21 (right). Fleetwood and Masek are also Westminster legacies. PHOTO BY JOHN TUTHILL, FULTON HIGH SCHOOL, ’18.
BY BRITTANY MORRIS
While attending a sporting event at William Woods University or Fulton High School, you might notice some familiar faces. Many of the coaches in the area, such as John Brinkmann, ’12, varsity baseball coach at the high school, and James Hays, head basketball coach at William Woods, are graduates of Westminster. The alumni revealed that it was their Westminster coaches who inspired them to pursue their career paths.
BY JIM MALVEN
The St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) announced earlier this month that Westminster finished first in a conference-wide fundraising competition for the American Cancer Society. Westminster collected nearly $1,800, while Fontbonne University finished second with over $800. The $1,800 raised accounts for almost two-thirds of the $2,739 raised by all 10 SLIAC schools.
Westminster’s athletes gathered in the Historic Gymnasium for an all-athlete photograph during DIII Week. PHOTO COURTESY OF WESTMINSTER ATHLETICS.
BY ANNIE MULVEY
The NCAA held its annual Division III Week across the nation April 3-9, and Westminster athletics hosted a number of events to participate and celebrate the school’s athletic programs.
The NFL and NHL will each have one franchise in Las Vegas within the next four years.
BY DYLAN OKENFUSS
Betting on sports is illegal in 49 states, but by 2021, Las Vegas, the sports betting capital of the world, will be home to one team apiece in both the National Football League and the National Hockey League. Las Vegas is also the most populous city in Nevada, the only state where sports gambling is legal. The fact that the NFL and NHL are making themselves vulnerable to gambling culture raises a question: Should wagering on athletics be legalized in all 50 states?