The Washburn Review

Athlete feature: Getting to know Shayla Conner

November 6, 2018

A Nebraska native, senior setter Shayla Conner, has made some big waves this season.Receiving direction from her mom, Kris, as her high school volleyball coach, Conner found love for the game early. This passion carried her int...

Coach Schurig: Coach feature of the week

August 26, 2018

The fall season, as many would say is the best time. Leaves change colors, weather becomes a bit chilly, but there’s one thing that most people look forward to: football. The football season has been underway with the NFL P...

Deiter doninates historical season as an Ichabod

Alex Landwehr

April 23, 2018

As the spring season comes to a close for the Ichabods, junior Megan Deiter finished her first season wearing a Washburn uniform in excellent standing by beating the school record April 12 for most strikeouts given in a single seas...

Coach Ballard ready

Brooklyn Wiens

August 23, 2017

Brett Ballard has kept busy since being hired as Washburn men’s basketball new head coach.Ballard jumped into the role with individual and full team workouts that started in the spring. With all five starters returning for the...

Soccer preps for start of season

Trevor Beurman

August 20, 2017

Another season of WU Soccer is upon us, and this time around the Ichabods are missing recently graduated seniors Kate Combs, Lexi Barton, Michelle Keleher, Sophia Sabala and Cadence Bourne from the roster. These seniors were a crucial part to the teams last season, but now there are now new faces on the roster ready to take the field. In fact, there are nine signees from former head coach Jamie Hutchison that are prepared to play under the watch of new head coach Davy Phillips.After achieving a record exactly at .500 last season at 9-9-1 and exiting the first round of the MIAA conference tournament, the Ichabods are looking to improve a wide margin with new head coach hopeful Davy Phillips. Phillips has an impressive resume to back up his first season with the Ichabods.Phillips holds a record of 44-14-6 over the course of three seasons with various teams, and was the NSCAA Midwest Region Coach of the Year in 2016 per wusports.com.In his most recent season with the Baker University Wildcats, Phillips achieved a record of 17-4-3 and lead the Wildcats to their second ever appearance in the NAIA national semifinal. This added on to a Sweet Sixteen appearance in the 2015 season for the Wildcats.Phillips now brings his impressive coaching skills to Washburn University, coaching newcomers and returning players alike. The nine signees former head coach Jamie Hutchinson are Whitney Bockover, Paige Ledesma, Tera Lynch, Jasmine Palmer, Saige Peebler, Haley Schroeder, Kati Sneegas, Maddie Stringer and Jenna Shortridge.“This is a fantastic group and it is pretty well balanced,” said Phillips. “We have only been training for four days now, so it is relatively early in the process, but Mackenzie Heiman has been doing a great job, Presley Wiggins has been fantastic, Morgan El-Attrache is good, as well as Paige Swanson, Olivia Grasso and Emily Stauffer.”It can at times be challenging for returning players to adapt to a new head coach in the midst of their athletic careers, but Phillips says it has been a smooth transition in with the team. “They have done a really good job of approaching training camp with an open mind and working really hard, and just setting an example for some of the younger players, including some freshman that look to make a difference,” Phillips said.Now, WU Soccer gets ready to begin its season at home against Upper Iowa University at 5:45 p.m. Aug. 31 at Yager Statium. Last season, the Ichabods faced the Peacocks in Marshall, Minnesota for the SMSU Mustang Classic in their season opener and recorded a loss in a 2-1 game.Looking for revenge, the Ichabods should have new life with new improvements all across the team.“Hopefully it’s an exciting brand of soccer,” Phillips stated.WU Soccer fans are also encouraged to attend the scrimmage at 6 p.m. Aug. 25 at Yager Statium which will kick off their season. The team will face the Missouri S&T Miners in Rolla, Missouri.

Sports Briefs: Spring sports pass mid-season trials

Bryan Grabauskas Washburn Review

April 3, 2017

Baseball heads to BolivarThe baseball team has a three-game series this week against Southwest Baptist University.The games will be at 5 p.m. Friday, April 7; at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8; and at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 9.The team will wrap up the wee...