Sports Briefs – March 8, 2017

Bryan Gradauskas

Here are your up-coming Washburn Sport events.

Track & Field Nationals

Women’s track team will participate in the NCAA National Indoors Championships. After a long indoor season, runners will conclude the first part of the season and run indoors one last time before commencing the outdoor season. The Championships are in Birmingham, Alabama. The teams will run on March 10 and March 11.

Golf Invitational

The Washburn Golf team will take their first action this spring March 13-14. They will play in the first of four invitationals before the postseason.

The Washburn Invitational takes place in Topeka, Kansas, so the Ichabods have the luxury of beginning their season with a home competition. During their fall play, the team performed pretty well overall, achieving higher placings of 5th, 6th, 8th and 10th in meets of about 20 teams.  

M. Tennis vs MNMSU

After winning both matches last week and increasing their record to 5-2 and 7-1, the women’s and men’s tennis teams will return to action against Northwest Missouri State on Wednesday, March 8. The women’s team is on a two game winning streak now, and they are set to face a Bearcat team that has lost its only two matches this season.

The men’s team extended their winning streak to five wins. The Bearcats men’s team has started better than their female counterparts, with a 2-1 record thus far. However, their hot start doesn’t mean as much as the Ichabods consistent winning. Both Washburn teams should be favored to win their matches and add another win to their seasons.

Tennis M. vs CMU W. vs MWSU

On Friday, Mar. 10, the men’s tennis team will play against Colorado Mesa University. The Mavericks are only 5-6, but they did win their last match in a dominant fashion, beating their opponent 9-0. The Ichabods are currently 7-1.

The women’s team plays the following Sunday, on Mar. 12. They play Missouri Western State University.

The Griffon are 2-5 and have lost four straight matches. While the men’s match will be more of a challenge, both

Washburn teams should be able to finish the weekend with another win added to their record.


The Ichabods baseball team won all three games in their series against Northeastern State University. They are now 11-6 and are set to head to Maryville, Missouri to challenge the Northwestern Missouri State University Bearcats. They will play game son March 10, March 11, and March 12.

The Bearcats are a similar 10-6. The Ichabods have had success on the road this year and the Bearcats have actually played most of their games away from home.

That seems to give Washburn a slight advantage between two teams that seem evenly matched.

Whoever wins this weekend, these should make for some interesting games.   

SB enters series

The softball team had a rough start to the season. They started this year’s play with nine consecutive losses. Since then, they have experienced a complete 180 degree turn with 10 wins out of their last 12 games. Currently, they are on a streak of three wins.

They have two series this week, with two games on each Mar. 10 and Mar. 11. On Mar. 10, they play two games against Missouri Southern State University. The Lions are 8-3 and have yet to win a game away from home. Then, the Ichabods will welcome Pittsburg State University on Mar. 11. The Gorillas are 14-6 and won their only away game. While the first series may come a bit easier for the Ichabods, the games against Pittsburg State will be much tougher.