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Senior duo dominating the mound

April 27, 2011

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As the saying goes, defense wins championships. For baseball, a big part of that defense is pitching. One of the reasons the No. 10 ranked ( Warhawks have maintained a 21-5 record is because of seniors Jeff Donovan and Riley Tincher. A season ago, Tincher earned All-American status and...

’Hawks hope for better ending

March 29, 2011

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One inning. One play. That is all that separated the men’s baseball team from a berth in the College World Series last season. As the Warhawks walked off their home field last May after a painful 4-3 loss to UW-Stevens Point, outfielder Jeff Donovan vowed his senior season wouldn’t end l...

Donovan delivers in more than one way

May 12, 2010

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2009-10 Royal Purple Male Athlete of the Year: Jeff Donovan Jeff Donovan’s year has been a non-stop process. It’s been practice-after-practice, game-after-game. It’s also been win-after-win and one championship after another. After putting on a dominating display during the football season,...

Questions for champs at quarterback, secondary as team begins spring practice

April 6, 2010

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They received a standing ovation at a Wisconsin Badger basketball game. They have been recognized by the Whitewater Common Council. They even mingled and shared a few laughs with Gov. Jim Doyle at his mansion in Madison. It’s been quite the ride for the football team since defeating Mount Union College (Alliance, Ohio), 38-28, on Dec. ...

2009 Football Individual Awards

January 19, 2010

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Team MVP - Jeff Donovan The senior picked apart defensive secondaries all season and simply overwhelmed the opposition, including Mount Union in the Stagg Bowl last month. Additionally, his efficiency was second to none especially in the national championship game when he put the ball in th...

Warhawk Perfection: Football team finishes undefeated, wins second national title

January 19, 2010

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The 2009 season will not be forgotten anytime soon. It was a season the UW-Whitewater football team dominated for much of the year. It was a season where numerous team and individual records were broken. And it was a season that ended in the most dramatic fashion on Division III’s grandest...

Deja Vu: Warhawks advance to Stagg Bowl again

December 15, 2009

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The pieces have been in place all season. Now, more than three months after the football team’s opening game in Dickinson, N.D., the puzzle is almost complete. This final piece to the Warhawks’ perfect campaign and second national championship in the last three years could be put into place Saturday in Salem, Va. UW-White...

Donovan shining under spotlight

December 8, 2009

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The spotlight has been on Jeff Donovan ever since he stepped foot on the UW-Whitewater campus in 2006. Now, in his final year as the quarterback of one of the top-ranked football offenses in the country, he is shining in that spotlight. “I want people to put their faith in me,” Donovan said...

Defense anchors football team into NCAA quarterfinals

December 1, 2009

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At the football team’s annual media day session in August, Troney Shumpert had one main objective for his defensive unit in 2009. “Our goal is to be better than we were last year,” the senior defensive back said. More than three months later, as Shumpert and the Warhawks (12-0) head into Saturd...

Five reasons how the Warhawk football team won another WIAC title

November 10, 2009

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Here are my top five reasons on how the UW-Whitewater football team captured its fifth straight conference championship. 1. Levell Coppage There are many reasons the football team is heading back to the NCAA tournament for the fifth straight year, but no one has been more instrumental than sophomore runni...

Senior football players not finished yet in 2009

November 3, 2009

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More than likely the football team will have home field advantage throughout the postseason. The Warhawks have not clinched a berth in the NCAA tournament yet, but there is little doubt they will roll to the national championship game – especially after the drubbing the ’Hawks put on UW-Stevens Point las...

Football team cruises into showdown against Pointers with first place on the line

October 27, 2009

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Jordan Wells did not waver when he made this statement: “I guarantee they will know when we come off the football field that we’re the better football team,” the senior wide receiver said. Wells is, of course, referring to Saturday’s 1 p.m. showdown at UW-Stevens Point (5-2, 4-0 WIAC) –...

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