Sports Briefs – February 22, 2017

Bryan Gradauskas

Here are your up-coming Washburn Sport events.

Bods vs. Bisons

Friday, Feb. 24, the Washburn tennis team will face off against Bethany College.

So far this season, the Ichabods have only one loss and are sitting at 4-1. Not only do they have four wins, but none of those were even close, with the lowest score being 8-1.

The Bethany Bisons have yet to play another school this year. With a clean slate, they want to start the season off right with a victory, but Washburn’s momentum from their start will most likely enable them to deny the Bison’s that chance.

Track in the MIAA

From Friday, Feb. 24 to Sunday, Feb. 26, the men’s and women’s track teams will be participating in the Indoor MIAA Championships in Joplin, Missouri.

This will mark the end of the indoor season for track and the beginning of the outdoor running season.

All of the runners will want to end this part of the season well and have more confidence heading into the rest of the season.

Baseball wins Drury, looks to Western

The baseball team went 2-2 in their last series against Drury University, and are now 8-3.

They started out hot this season and don’t look to cool down against Missouri Western State University.

They will play the Griffons in a three-game series, playing one game each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Griffons were recently swept in a three-game series against the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. That brought their season record to 3-7.

The Ichabods have looked very good this year and shouldn’t have too hard of a time in these games. The only concern for this is making it through a long series of games without losing at least one of them. They will definitely be attempting that feat this weekend.

W. B-Ball looking to close season with win

1:30 p.m. Feb. 25 basketball will welcome the Riverhawks from Northeast State University. The Ichabods and Riverhawks will both be looking to close their seasons with a win.

However, both teams have very different reasons. The Riverhawks have only won four games this season and will just want to end this season on a high note. On the other hand, Washburn will seek some momentum heading into the postseason.

Based on their overall performances this season, playing for pride may not be enough of a boost to help the Riverhawks defeat Washburn.

M. B-Ball hopes for streak vs. Brochos

Men’s basketball won their last two games and will look to keep that streak going against the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos. They will face off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23.

The Ichabods are currently 17-9, while the Bronchos are 15-10. The two teams are having similar seasons, with Washburn performing slightly better.

The last time these two teams met, washburn came home with a victory. This time around, they have the home advantage. Washburn has a favorable matchup in this game.

W. B-Ball vs. Bronchos

5:30 p.m. Feb. 23, Washburn will play against the University of Central Oklahoma.

The Ichabods now sit at 16-10, while the Bronchos are 21-5. This is going to be a tough match for Washburn.

Not only does Central Oklahoma have an impressive overall record, but their record on the road is even better than their home record. They have only two losses away from home.

Washburn has also already suffered defeat at the hands of this team. To avoid that a second time, Washburn will have to play their best.