Favorite Teams at SMU

Eric Bell, Staff Writer

Editor’s Note: Eric Bell is a member of the Saint Martin’s Soccer team

Do you ever find yourself bored or struggling to find something to do outside of class? Is there something you have always wanted to try? Are you looking to meet new people and make new friends? If the answer is yes, you should seriously consider getting involved in Saint Martin’s sports. This doesn’t necessarily mean joining a sports team, although I highly encourage it. There are many different ways to be a part of athletics here. 

During my first year on campus, I have realized the importance of getting involved in the community here, and a great way to do this is through sports. From my experience, getting involved in athletics has given me many great memories, and many amazing friendships. This school does a good job at trying to get students involved, and we should take advantage of these opportunities. 

The cool thing about athletics is that there is always some sport going on all year long. Because different sports have different seasons, going to multiple sporting events is very easy. Also, because Saint Martin’s is such a small campus, getting to these sporting events when the Saints play at home is super convenient. The sports facilities are close together, so you don’t have to travel far to catch all the action.

Right now, one of my favorite sports to go watch is basketball. It is a great spectator sport for multiple reasons. First off, the men and women play during the same season, so there is almost always a game going on every few days. Second, there are lots of people who fill the stands, so it is easy to meet new people. Simply sit down next to some unfamiliar spectators and you can leave having made a few new friends. Finally, the games are played indoors with heat and music. Who doesn’t love being inside during these bitter cold months?

I couldn’t write an article about this without adding soccer as my favorite sport at Saint Martin’s. I feel like I have a slight bias towards the sport because I’m on the men’s soccer team, but selfishly I hope some of you guys also find soccer as your favorite sport here.

It is hard to pick just a few sports to call my favorite here because one thing that makes Saint Martin’s so special is how sports support each other. Members of one sport will come out to volunteer at another sport’s game, doing things to help the game run smoothly. For example, I can recall members of the basketball team retrieving balls at a soccer game. This was helpful because when the ball went out of play and rolled far into the grass, someone other than a player could go and get the ball. It also helped us from losing soccer balls, which is another positive. Another example is that the men’s soccer team volunteered at a women’s soccer game at the beginning of the year to raise money and awareness for a cause important to one of the coaches on the women’s soccer team. These instances show how Saint Martin’s is such a caring community- one we are lucky to be a part of. 

Do you have a favorite sport here at SMU? If so, what is it? If not, what can you do to change that? College is all about making the most out of your time here, and what better way to do that than supporting your school’s teams? 

See you at a Saints home game!

Tom Brady (Finally) Retires

Eric Bell, Staff Writer

Growing up, who did we think of as the best quarterback in the National Football League (NFL)? Who was the guy that even when his team was losing, you knew he still had a chance? That man was none other than Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, better known as Tom Brady, the greatest quarterback of all time. Commonly referenced as the GOAT. While you can argue with that opinion, and there are some pretty good quarterbacks in history that you could argue for, you can’t argue with the statistics. According to nfl.com, the 199th overall pick in the 6th round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots played in 318 games, threw for 84,520 yards, and scored 624 touchdowns. If that alone isn’t enough to convince you he is the best; he is a seven-time Super Bowl champion and a five-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player (MVP). That alone is ridiculous, the fact that he has only been to the Super Bowl and not been the MVP of it two times. He has been to the Pro Bowl 15 times, an honor which is given to players nominated for having the best seasons that year. No other quarterback has done what he has in NFL history, and he will certainly be in the NFL Hall of Fame the first chance he can be inducted into it, in five years. If that doesn’t convince you that he is the greatest, I don’t know what will.

As of February 1, 2022, Tom Brady has officially announced his retirement from the NFL. He has decided to hang up his cleats after 22 unbelievable seasons, playing 20 seasons for the New England Patriots, the team who drafted him, and playing his last two seasons for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There is much speculation as to why he decided to retire, with many people making the argument that he still had a couple more years left in the tank. While no one but Brady knows for sure, of course, roster injuries, upcoming contract situations, and teammate drama on the Buccaneers could have factored into his decision. It is certainly thought that he could have played for at least another year, and many agree with this narrative. 

As if Brady retiring is not crazy enough, there was some drama about his retirement going public. On January 29th, Adam Schefter, ESPN’s highly regarded senior NFL insider, broke the news that Tom Brady was retiring. This turned the entire sports world upside down. Media pages were putting together montages of Brady’s career and everywhere you looked, the news of Tom Brady calling it a career was front and center. Only it wasn’t true. News broke later that day that Brady had, in fact, not made his decision and informed the Buccaneers General Manager that he had, contrary to what the media had leaked, not retired. With the sport’s world on edge, Tom Brady finally announced his retirement two days later. This time, it was for real. All the drama was seemingly for nothing. 

Aside from Tom Brady being the GOAT, he has provided all of us with a sense of inspiration that we incorporate into our own lives. As mentioned early, Brady was the 199th overall pick in the 6th round of the draft, so it wasn’t exactly like he had the pedigree to be a starting quarterback in the league. The Patriots already had a quarterback and drafted Brady as a backup plan. Instead of getting angry that he was taken so low in the draft, Brady continued to work to be ready for any opportunity. Forced into action due to injury, the rookie out of the University of Michigan took his chance and ran with it. He never gave up the starting quarterback job.

This is what we should incorporate into our lives, the determination to never give up. In life, you need to take advantage of any opportunity, just like the greatest quarterback of all time did.

Athlete Spotlight: Noah Boyd

Eric Bell, Staff Writer

As the second semester is off and running, we have moved along into a new sports season! Spring seasons are gearing up and before they get completely underway, The Belltower decided to catch up with a student-athlete on the Saint Martin’s track and field team, Noah Boyd. 

Noah Boyd is a freshman on the team. Before he was a Saint, Noah attended Olympia high school where he played football, track, and was also a member of the basketball team. Way to go Noah!

Currently, Noah has found an event he is very passionate about, competing in the 400 hurdles. With being so busy, he was gracious enough to take some time to share a bit about his first year as a Saint. 

“It’s been pretty good”, said Boyd, “I’ve had decent grades as far as school goes and track has been pretty good.” Boyd then got into more about being a student-athlete here at Saint Martin’s. “Honestly, just everyone has been really friendly.” This is a common theme from students about being here. With such a small campus, everyone seems to know everyone, and the people seem to be able to develop pretty close connections here. Maybe it’s because people have a better chance of getting to know each other, but everyone is friendly and welcoming. As a lot of Saint Martin’s is comprised of student-athletes, many people here understand what each other are going through and respect the time and effort it takes to juggle school and sports. Even for people who don’t play sports here, the school does a good job at getting people involved, so much that many people do some sort of extracurricular activity.

“A lot of people on the track team have been very talkative and been really open to me,” Boyd said. It is awesome that freshmen especially feel like they have a place here, as we all know transitioning into college from high school can be very difficult. 

Teammates being communicative and open are important because they can help answer any questions new student-athletes on campus may have. These types of teammates can also help others feel comfortable just being themselves. People should feel all they need to be is themselves, and it is great if others can help them get there. This is a lesson to all of us, whether we are teammates or not, is to be able to appreciate people for who they are.

Finally, when I asked Boyd about what he is excited for in the future here, he replied with, “Competing, honestly.” That is a great answer, and an answer that resonates well with many student-athletes. I think I can speak for the majority of athletes on this one: we just want to play. It is truly a blessing to be able to play the sport we love at this level, and we are all truly grateful to be where we are today.

Boyd then goes on to say, “I’m a walk-on so I haven’t got to go to any meets yet, but I look forward to getting better and hopefully getting a scholarship soon.” That is a great mindset to have, and I am confident that his goal of getting better is what will help him going forward. I wish him all the best. Good luck Noah and enjoy your time here. 

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Mental Health in Student-Athletes at Saint Martin’s

Malia Pinder, Staff Writer

Athletes are provided with trainers to help with any sort of physical problem that could stop them from performing, but unfortunately, a majority of athletes are not provided this same care for their minds. If you ask most athletes, they will say that their sport is more mental than physical, that they prepare their minds just as much as their bodies for competition. So why is this care for the mental side not provided? 

It’s because athletes are not typically portrayed as people who struggle with mental health. Athletes are portrayed as confident, tough, and untouchable. What people do not see is that most athletes are perfectionists who face failure and defeat daily. Olivia Schmidt, a junior on the softball team at Saint Martin’s, said “We as athletes expect perfection just as much as our coaches do… We as athletes put the most pressure on ourselves, fearing to let down those around us”. This pressure, added to the stress of being a full-time student, is a lot. Student-athletes spend upwards of 20 hours a week practicing. Schmidt compared this to having a full-time job. This does not include team meetings or individual practices. The pressures of class and athletics pile up quickly and require the care of someone who understands that struggle. Without that proper support, it’s easy for athletes’ mental health to decline.  

Along with struggling to balance school and athletics while facing failure, the attitude towards competition is just that: compete. Athletes are raised to be the best and anything less than that is not good enough. When you get to the collegiate level, “the level of player is just as good as you or even better”, said Nathan Mclellan, a sophomore on the men’s soccer team. Athletes go from being the best in their town or on their club team to an environment where perfection is expected all the time. What this does to your mental health, he said, is “cause many people to go into a downward spiral with confidence and overthinking whether you truly belong”. Schmidt said something similar, saying that “there is so much exterior pressure on athletes in general but what people don’t see is the self-inflicted pressure and standards that athletes hold in their name”. 

When asked how to support the mental health of athletes, Schmidt said “keeping [athletes] mental health in the forefront of their minds and to combat their thoughts and emotions as soon as possible” is essential. She said that “mental health should always be addressed in support of athletics and academics”. Mclellan added that “by giving [athletes] more outlets for support” such as “a day or two to dedicate ourselves to mental health support whether that’s therapy or other ways with mental health professionals”, athletes will see a decrease in mental health conditions and can have a healthier time playing sports. 

To support mental health awareness, Saint Martin’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee held a Mental Health Awareness Night at the men’s basketball game on Jan. 27. Members of SAAC handed out green Saint Martin’s shirts to those who attended the game, and information on mental health resources were provided throughout the night. 

If you are struggling with mental health, there are multiple resources at Saint Martin’s. The Counseling and Wellness Center provides free care on campus, in person, or over Zoom. There is also Timely Care, an app that offers online care 24/7. The Saint Martin’s NAMI Club is a club on campus centered around mental health as well. Saint Martin’s is here to provide support wherever they can. 

New Updated NCAA Covid-19 Guidelines

Eric Bell, Staff Writer

What do we do, or have to do now? With the start of the spring semester now upon us and in full swing, Saint Martin’s athletics are continuing or starting back up! As teams come back together for practice and competition, people are wondering how the rise of Covid-19 and the Omicron variant is coming into play and how things are being accounted for. We all need to continue to stay safe and protect ourselves and others through these unprecedented times. Right now, are all trying to figure out how to do so.

With the uncertainty surrounding the new developments of the pandemic, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) released updated Covid-19 guidelines to try to bring about some ease during these anxious months. Saint Martin’s University, along with all other NCAA-affiliated schools, has adopted these guidelines and have already begun implementing them throughout the athletic department. 

A large part of this update is that the NCAA has adjusted its definition of “fully vaccinated” individuals. Earlier in the pandemic, being “fully vaccinated” meant that individuals had either received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the Pfizer vaccine series, or the Moderna vaccine series. The vaccine series for Pfizer and Moderna means that individuals have had both doses of the vaccine. With the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, individuals only need to get one dose, because it is different than the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Per the NCAA’s update at ncaa.com, now to be “fully vaccinated”, individuals need to be either within two months of receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, five months of receiving the Pfizer vaccine series, or six months of receiving the Moderna vaccine series. In addition to this, if student-athletes have received the vaccine earlier than the described windows above, they must have received a booster vaccine to qualify as being “fully vaccinated.” Finally, student-athletes who are within 90 days of a Covid-19 infection qualify as equivalent to being “fully vaccinated” because they now have the antibodies and won’t get it again for a while.

The second major part to come out of the NCAA’s update is the change in quarantining and isolation periods for student-athletes who test positive for Covid-19. Earlier in the pandemic, the quarantine time for individuals who tested positive was ten days. Per the update, the quarantine time has been cut in half, down to five days as long as the student-athlete has no symptoms or their “symptoms are resolving.” After those five days, the NCAA suggests the individual masking around others for five more days, except during athletic activities which follow a negative test. 

As for isolation, fully vaccinated individuals who have come in close contact with someone who tests positive do not have to quarantine but are suggested by the NCAA to wear a mask when not participating in athletic activities. Unvaccinated individuals, on the other hand, should still quarantine for five days if they come in close contact with someone with Covid-19.

This is a systemic change, as before student-athletes did not need a booster vaccine to be considered “fully vaccinated”, and they only needed to have the regular doses. The other big change here is the quarantine period has been cut in half, allowing student-athletes to return to the field and the classroom earlier than before.

These new updates are important to follow because the NCAA is not creating guidelines on its own. It is following the guidelines which the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has laid out. The NCAA’s update is merely bringing these new guidelines to the world of college sports.

Although the guidelines have changed, the overall idea hasn’t: do what you can to keep you and others as safe as possible.

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Athlete Spotlight: Eber Navarrete Vieira

Eric Bell, Staff Writer

This year, returning to sports gives us a new sense of normality. The Belltower decided to catch up with someone whose primary season coincided with the year’s first half. Eber Navarrete Vieira is a freshman goalkeeper for Saint Martin’s. Hailing from Longview, Washington, Vieira shares a bit about his first season as a Saint.

“My first year at Saint Martin’s started pretty well. At the end, I got to experience new styles of play on our team and everything, so I felt like it went pretty well”

Navarrete Vieira In Discussion to the Fall Season

The soccer team still has a spring season and a regimented winter offseason program, so the team is far from finishing everything. To touch on the new styles of play Vieira referred to, the team started out the season playing with three defenders in the back half of the field. This was an experiment by the head coach to see if this way of playing would fit the team better. After a few matches, however, the team moved back into a more traditional setup of four defenders in the back half of the field. This seemed to work better for the team, as players were better suited and equipped to play this formation and style of soccer.

 When The Belltower asked Vieira about his overall experience as being a student-athlete at Saint Martin’s for the first time he said, “”Yes, I can definitely say that I enjoy it.” A very definitive and solid answer, providing a fantastic platform for younger players, especially freshmen, to grow and thrive here during their time on campus.

Before he became a Saint, Vieira attended Mark Morris High School, where he was an honor roll selection, a 4-year varsity letter winner, and the team MVP in his senior season! Way to go, Eber!

It is essential to get the insight of younger athletes here at Saint Martin’s because they are the future of SMU’s athletics. Getting to know them and getting to hear their thoughts on how things are going is important and can lead to improvements across the athletic department as we advance. It is not all about just making big changes, which are important for sure. It is just as important to highlight the things that are going well here in Saints athletics. Many people in various sports here on campus have consistently made the all-academic team and have received awards for their dedication and excellence in the classroom. While it is vital to push and foster change, we must recognize the accomplishments of our athletes. These accomplishments should be celebrated and, in my opinion, more well-known and documented. The Belltower would like to congratulate all who have received this honor as well as those who will be receiving this honor in the future. As you all know, there is a world away from the field or the court, and our Saints athletes are prepared for life after college, whatever that may be.

Seattle Seahawks vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Eric Bell, Staff Writer

Stepping into the enormous, enclosed, well-lit press box was like entering a whole new world. Writers feverishly typed away on their various devices, desperate to get their voice out to fans following along for updates and inside access on the contest. Sunlight, a rarity in Seattle on the final day of October, is shown through the large, clean, glass windows that looked out onto the field. Numerous wide-screen televisions displayed other games around the league taking place in the earlier 10 AM PST slate. Fans start to pile into the stadium and find their seats. Here comes the noise. Seahawks fans are nicknamed the “12s”, as they have become the 12th man for their defense, as there can only be 11 players on the field at one time. They are out in full force today on this Halloween afternoon despite their team’s rocky start to the season.

The fans became even louder when the Seahawks took the field. The roar became deafening, even through a sealed-off and supposedly sound-proof press-box. Everyone in the stadium then rose to their feet and removed their hats for the playing of the national anthem. The voice ran out through the only momentarily silent stadium.  After the anthem, the decibel rate rose even higher, with almost all of the fans having made their way into Lumen Field. The build-up to the kickoff was a feat, with the bright blue with white “12s” block letters being raised and fired up the fans even more than they already were. People were trying to talk between rows, and it was impossible to hear even at that short distance. The atmosphere was electric. Honestly, words cannot justify how loud, and crazy the environment became throughout the game. If you ever have the opportunity to come to a match and witness this extraordinary setting, it is definitely a worthwhile experience

Seahawks Versus Jaguars

Now to the game: After a Jaguars punt on their opening possession, the Seahawks started off on the ground, then got a 27-yard pass to Tyler Lockett to set up a Geno Smith 1-yard rushing touchdown to cap off their opening drive. The Seahawks then got another big play with Quandre Diggs picking off rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence. After the interception, the Seahawks marched methodically down the field, setting up a D.K Metcalf touchdown. After making an unbelievable catch over former Seahawk’s cornerback Shaquil Griffin, the Seattle star receiver ran to the padding on the goalpost stand and climbed on and hugged it, like a bear hugging a tree. He got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for the celebration, but the play stood, and the Seahawks went up 14-0 with nine minutes to play in the second quarter. The Seahawks seemed to move the ball on offense as well, with little resistance from a struggling Jacksonville defense which picked up their first win just the previous week. The Seahawks added a 31-yard field goal just before halftime to make it 17-0 at the break. In the third quarter, D.K. Metcalf caught his second touchdown pass of the game, making it a 24-0 Seahawks lead. The Jaguars finally got on the board near the end of the game, with a five-yard touchdown, breaking the shutout Seattle was hoping for. After the score, the Jaguars tried an onside kick which was recovered and returned 43 yards for a touchdown by Seattle’s Travis Homer, capping off a successful day at the office. That’s how this one ended, with the Seahawks winning 31-7 over the Jaguars.

Pack the Pav is Back – And Better Than Ever

Malia Pinder, Staff Writer

November at Saint Martin’s marks the start of a new basketball season at the Marcus Pavilion for the Saints, and the community could not be more excited to watch in-person this 2021 season. Claire Dingus, named an Honorable Mention All-American for the first time in program history in 2020, leads the team into the new season. After tough exhibition games at Washington State University, the University of Oregon, and the University of California Berkeley, the women’s team was more than ready to take on Hawaii Pacific on Saturday, November 13, for Indigenous Peoples Appreciation Night. Hawaii Pacific was ranked 25 in the country to open their 2021 season. Lauryn Morris led the Saints to a nine-point win with 13 points scored. The win was a significant upset, as Saint Martin’s was ranked 6 in the Pre-Season Coaches Poll for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. It leaves basketball fans excited about what’s to come for the Saint Martin’s women’s basketball team this season.

Taking to the stands, we were able to watch this newly refined basketball team take the court against Pacific Lutheran University for a little South Sound match-up. Many students and community members alike found themselves at Marcus Pavilion for the second home game of the season, and the gym only gained more Saints Basketball fans the later it got, adding to the energy levels. Before the game, each player honored a professor or staff member of their choice for staff appreciation night. To further appreciate members of the Saint Martin’s community, international athletes were also honored during halftime.

Neither team established dominance right away. By the end of the first quarter, the Saint’s defense had allowed the Pacific Lutheran Lutes to score 19 points, the offense only scoring 16 points in return. They were only able to score seven more points before the half, leaving them 23-24 at halftime with a one-point deficit. The entire first half was back and forth, with crucial shots missed by both teams. Halftime must have given the Saints the jumpstart they needed because they dominated Pacific Lutheran in the second half. They came out strong and in the third quarter alone, the Saints scored 29 points with only six points given up. They followed it up with 12 more in the fourth quarter to seal the deal. The final score was 64-41, Saint Martin’s. Claire Dingus, Lauryn Morris and Maryn Budiman led the Saints with six rebounds apiece and Dingus led in assists with six. Rian Clear contributed a game-high 18 points to the win for the Saints, while Dingus scored 14 and Tierney DeDonatis had 10. The success was a team effort all around and advanced them to a 2-0 record on the season.

The next time this team takes the court is Friday, November 19 against Sonoma State at the Western Oregon University Tournament in Monmouth, Ore. The Saints then head to Texas for a couple of non-conference games before coming home to Marcus Pavilion to take on Alaska Anchorage on Dec. 2 and Alaska on Dec. 4 to open their GNAC competition season. Both Alaska teams will be competitive games, so be sure to go support the Saints as they fight for the GNAC title this season.

A New SMU Men’s Basketball Team Hopes to Shock the GNAC

Malia Pinder, Staff Writer

The Saint Martin’s men’s basketball team started their season against some challenging exhibition competition at Oregon State University. The loss was heartbreaking, losing by a three-point buzzer-beater. They played a redemption game at Lewis & Clark the next day, winning by 12. After two regular-season games in San Marcos, Calif., the Saints went into their home-opener on Nov. 17 with a 1-1 record.

The team this season looks a lot different from last season’s roster. The Saints got six transfers and three first-year students. Kyle Greeley and Jaden Nielsen-Skinner both transferred from Portland State, Christian Haffner transferred from Des Moines Area Community College, Goy Wang is a transfer from Trinidad State Junior College, Veljko Illic transferred from Utah State Eastern, and Brett Reed transferred from Chaminade. With the nine new guys, the Saints hope to elevate their program and have a winning season. With a brand-new roster, one may think there might be some growing pains, but so far, the team has looked like they have been playing together for years.

 In case you have not had the experience of a home game, I highly recommend going. They’re intense, high-energy, and exciting to watch. This game did not disappoint, and the student section was full of fans ready for the first home game of the season. The Saints took on the Warner Pacific Knights from Portland, Ore. Both teams came out strong to start the game, and Warner Pacific held the lead for the first part of the first half. The score was back and forth and so was possession, neither team getting too big of a lead. The tide seemed to change after a three-point shot by Haffner put the Saints up by four around the twelfth minute. The Saints held onto this lead for the rest of the first half, only allowing ten more points after that while gaining 13.

Halftime came and went, and they only seemed to be sharper as the game went on. While they missed a few shots, that did not cost the Saints and they held the lead for the entire second half. The whole pavilion went absolutely insane when Marky Adams, a First Team selection from the Pre-Season Coaches’ Poll, rebounded a jumper from Neilsen-Skinner and dunked the ball to score the 98 and 99 points of the game for the Saints. That solidified the win for the Saints, and it could not have been a more exciting end. The final score was 99-81.

The leaders for the night were Reed with 20 points, Haffner with 16, and Greeley with 15 points. Three other Saints joined them with double-digit days. Greeley also had a team-high eight rebounds and made three three-point shots. Tyke Thompson and Haffer joined Greeley with four three-point shots apiece. The athleticism and skill displayed by this 2021 roster were evident, and they should be a force to be reckoned with in the GNAC this season despite their Pre-Season Ranking at ninth.

The men’s basketball team is back in action in California on Nov. 24 when they take on Cal State East Bay. They play two more games in California before coming back to Lacey for a six-game homestand. They will play top-ranked GNAC teams on Dec. 2 and 4 as part of that homestand, so be sure to pack the pav and support your Saints.

Falling Back to Regularity

Malia Pinder, Staff Writer

After almost two years of sports being unorthodox, fall athletes have started their regular conference season schedules. Because of COVID-19, the fall 2020 season was postponed until spring of 2021. Even then, the sports did not play a full GNAC schedule. COVID-19 still lingers however, as athletes are required to wear masks when they travel and for indoor sports when they are not actively participating in the event. Additionally, COVID-19 restrictions have limited travel to Simon Fraser and any out of conference games to California, now requiring that any athlete who travels to compete in the games must be vaccinated.

These fall athletes moved into school in August and have been training and competing since then. A pre-season GNAC coaches poll placed our men’s soccer team at 6th, our volleyball team at 9th, our women’s soccer team at 8th, our men’s cross-country team at 9th, and our women’s cross-country team at 8th. There was no men’s or women’s golf coaches’ poll. Some sports have more GNAC competitors while others have less than others. The poll rankings, because of this, have a different number of schools for each poll. Since these polls, our men’s soccer team holds a 1-4 record in conference. Both the women’s soccer team and the volleyball team are 2-8 in conference. The golf teams have been traveling all fall from Hawaii to Calif., looking for warmer and dryer places to play the sport. After strong showings last year, the golf teams hope to continue to play well during their fall and spring seasons.

Saint Martin’s has had some athletes earn GNAC Player of the Week since the beginning of their seasons. Junior Kylie Alos earned Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week and freshman Kainalu Pagente earned Cross Country Athlete of the Week for the week of Aug. 30 to Sept. 5. Alos averaged 5.56 digs per set that week had a 28-dig match in four sets against Bemidji State. Pagente ran a 19:03 minute race at the Puget Sound Invitational and took the individual title. Joining them is Dennis Geissler, who earned Men’s Golf Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 4 through the 10. Geissler scored 71 and 70 during rounds one and two of the Sam Proal West/South Central Regional Preview. This earned him 19th place in the tournament and tied him for the highest place by a GNAC competitor with a golfer from Simon Fraser.

Saint Martin’s recently hosted the GNAC Championships for men’s and women’s cross country on Oct. 23 and the event did not disappoint. Rain drenched runners during the men’s race and left the course muddy for the women’s race. Both Saint Martin’s teams finished in 8th place at the championships.

With the transition from October to November, Saints fans have not just fall sports but winter sports to look forward to. After a GNAC coaches’ poll, the men’s basketball team was ranked 9th and the women’s team was ranked 6th in GNAC. Just like our fall athletes, our winter athletes look to compete in their first full GNAC schedule since 2019. The women’s home season begins on Nov. 13 against Hawaii Pacific and follows up with another game against Pacific Lutheran on Nov. 16. The men’s team plays their first home game on November 17 and does not play at home again until Dec. 2when they play their first GNAC game against Alaska Anchorage.