Rocket League Club President, fourth-year Kanyen Sherwood, was interested in the Western Washington University club even before he arrived on campus. “I have an embarrassing amount of hours into this game,” Sherwood said. “When I committed to going to Western, the first thing I did was type into google ‘WWU Rocket League.’”
How does an athlete play on a college team? Do they get recruited in high school, attend college sports camps or try out once they are enrolled at their college? Do coaches watch athletes’ games, or do the athletes send their game films to the coaches instead? Is it beneficial to attend a community college first before going to a four-year university or is being recruited by a university right out of high school better? Each coach and player at different levels will tell you the college recruitment process differs. Coaches look for specific characteristics in a prospective recruit: grades, personality, skill; and athletes look for specific things the college has to offer them: academics, successes of the athletic programs, athletic aid.
Friday, May 20 from 7 to 10 a.m., Western had celebration stations around campus for riders who biked to school or work that morning.
As a Ukrainian-American who was born in Kyiv and came to the United States when I was 1 year old, I have felt helpless. These last few months, I’ve seen the country I was born in and still want to revisit being demolished. And there’s nothing I can do except write this article.
Many things come to mind when thinking of Western Washington University. The cold weather, the unique art on campus, or the endless amount of Breweries and tattoo shops you can find around every corner of downtown. Seth Keeney, a senior track & field athlete at Evergreen State College was able to get a taste of what life in Bellingham is like while competing at a track event.
Western Washington University’s Judo Club isn’t like other sports clubs. It has a no experience required policy and they welcome newcomers with open arms.
Vikings on Wheels is a club wheelchair basketball team that competes in the Wade King Student Recreation Center every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6-7 p.m.
Highlighted by a few memorable moments, Vikings Softball split their final regular season series against Saint Martin’s University at Viking Field in Bellingham, Wash. They finished the regular season with a 29-22 overall record.
There are three local semi-pro soccer opportunities for players: one just began its inaugural season in 2021 and only has an indoor team with hopes of expanding outdoors in the near future; the other two both have indoor and outdoor teams. These opportunities allow current players to join in the summer and winter to prepare themselves for their upcoming fall and spring seasons. And, they give former players the chance to continue playing the game they love after college.
Iakov Shmelev, a former defender for Western Washington University’s men's soccer team and semi-pro team Bellingham United FC Hammers, now plays professionally for the Michigan Stars FC.
The Vikings bested Simon Fraser University by 10-strokes on their way to their second straight first place finish at the GNAC championships. All of Western Washington University’s golfers were on their game finishing in the top 15.
Sydney Brown is a sophomore pitcher on Western Washington University’s softball team. Her terrific pitching has pushed the Vikings to victories after a difficult start to the season.