Sports Briefs – Issue 12

Joshua Irsik


Nov. 8 and Nov. 9 the Washburn men’s basketball team traveled to Kansas City, Missouri, to participate in the Central Region Challenge. Washburn won their first game against Minnesota State University 78-71 on the first day of the challenge. The Ichabods would pick up their second win the next day when they played against the Winona State University Warriors.

The Ichabods took an early lead of 17 points at 21-4 with 10:33 left in the first half before the Warriors cut the lead to 26-24 with a 21-5 run and would take the lead 30-26 with 2:02 left to play. Tyle Geiman hit a 3-pointer with 2:00 left in the half making the lead 30-29.

In the second half, the Ichabods would take back the lead for good thanks to a jumper in the paint by Jonny Clausing making the score 31-30 with 18:31 left. Closing out the game Washburn would finish the game 67-54 making them 2-0 on the season so far.

Geiman and Drew Maschoff each scored a game-high 15 points while Clausing recorded his first double double at Washburn with a career high of 12 points and 10 rebounds. Maschoff had nine rebounds and Keven Biggs had eight adding eight points. Geiman also had seven assists and three steals. Clausing added two blocks.

The Washburn men will return to Kansas City on November 15 to take on Rockhurst University.

The Washburn women’s basketball team traveled to Pittsburg, Kansas, on Nov. 8 and Nov. 9 to participate in the MIAA/GAC Challenge. The Washburn women would lose their first game to #20/RV Southwestern Oklahoma State University Bison 62-80. The next day they would take on Oklahoma Baptist University earning their first win on the season.

Washburn tailed at the end of the first quarter 28-26 but then outscored the Bison 24 to 18 in the second quarter taking a 50-46 lead in the half.

When both teams returned from the half, Washburn would be outscored in the third 29 to 21 with Washburn scoring 13 more points to hold the Bison leading into the fourth quarter.

With 4:44 left to go in the game, the Bison increased their lead to 86-84, but a pair of free throws by Alexis McAfee with 3:39 left in the game tied the score. Washburn would later score two more points making it 88-86. The Bisons would later tie it with 1:49 left. Washburn would earn the final score of 89-88.

Abby Oliver hit the first of two free throws with one second to play pushing Washburn to the win. Reagan Phelan lead the Ichabods with 26 points adding three rebounds and three assists and MacAfee recorded her first career double double with 12 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Mia Castaneda scored 19 hitting 4 of 7 3-pointers and Oliver and Hunter Bentley each had 10 points.

The Washburn women will next be in action on Thursday Nov. 14 in Lee Arena against the Bethel Thrashers in the first ever meeting between the two schools.

Cross Country

The Washburn men’s cross country team placed 19th at the NCAA Central Regional Championships on Saturday November 9 in Joplin, Missouri.

David Kibet placed 35th at the meet with a time of 31:51.00 on the 10k course. Brett Kulp placed 100th overall with a time of 33:21.32. Tyler Coad finished the 10k course with a time of 33:35.53 to place 109th overall.

Brandon Clark placed 135th overall with a time of 34:18.22. Brandon Kerr ran the 10k course with a time of 35:26.13. Weston Evans finished the meet with a time of 35:38.98. Kael Ecord finished with a time 37:01.13 on the 10k course.

The Washburn women’s cross country team placed 20th at the Regional Championships.

Sierra Mortensen placed 32nd out of 219 runners with a time of 22:32.82 in the 6k. Lily Johnson placed 64th overall with a time of 23:02.92. Kaylee Snell finished 76th at the meet with a time of 23:11.77.

Dulce Ayala Chanez placed 165th at the meet with a time of 25:07.63. Kelsie Det placed 201st with a time of 25:54.67 on the 6k course. Stacy Briggs finished with a time of 27:14.31.


The Washburn women’s soccer team traveled to Warrensburg Missouri to take on #4 University of Central Missouri Jennies. The Ichabods would lose the match 2-1 making them 7-10-1 overall and 3-7-1 in MIAA conference matches.

The Jennies took a quick 1-0 lead in the 8th minute over the Ichabods. Raegan Wells saved three shots in a span of a minute to keep the Ichabods in the game. Olivia Grasso fired off two shots on goal for the squad but Central Missouri out shot the Ichabods 6-2.

Washburn came out aggressive in the second half with Grasso taking two shots on the goal at the start of the half. Whitney Bockover lead the defensive keeping the Jennies to only two shots in the first 20 minutes of the match. Central Missouri would later score in the 77th minute but in the 80th minute Washburn would score but would be unable to score again giving the Jennies the win.

Wells finished the match with five saves. Grasso tallied five shots on goal and scored the goal for the Ichabods, that goal ties her for top scorer of the 2019 season with Josie Rimmer. Tera Lynch recorded two shots and one shot on goal for the Ichabods.

Edited by Adam White, Jason Morrison