The Red Onion: Confused fall athletes eye NWC championships during spring practice

Apr 20th, 2017 | By | Category: 2016-2017, The Red Onion

By Mason Kelliher
Staff Writer

With our nationally-recognized spring athletes about to wrap up yet another amazing season in the infamous Northwest Conference (NWC), I decided to sit down with our fall athletes and talk about how preparations for next semester’s competitions are shaping up.

The football team is coming off a 3-7 season and are looking forward to making another big statement in the NWC next year. I spoke to one junior who told me that the whole team had been working extremely hard to prepare this offseason.

“Yeah dude, we’ve been hanging out in Kaneko a lot so I think we have great chemistry and we are super confident for next year,” he said.

However, it’s not just the football team who think they are going to dominate their conference next season. Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams actually believe their offseason preparation, which includes lifting twice a week, is going to take them to a NWC championship.

“We do these really hard workouts sometimes and we train like four times a week, so I definitely think we’ll win conference next year,” one men’s soccer player told me. “I’m also growing out my hair, so I’ll have a sick haircut next season.”

The volleyball team also fancies their chances at snatching their first ever NWC championship title next fall, with a top recruiting class set to bolster their team.

“Willamette athletics has really been making a name for itself recently, so we are expecting a bunch of Division I recruits next semester” one sophomore player said. “With all of these new recruits and the kind of crowds we get at our games, we can’t lose.”

 

mpkelliher@willamette.edu

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