Royal Purple

Blanchard opens season with many new weapons

September 14, 2011

Heading into a new football season with new wide receivers can be difficult, especially if one of those wide receivers was statistically the best in team history. The Warhawks came into this season with having to fill the shoes of wideouts Aaron Rusch and Adam Brandes. Rusch is first in the...

Senior leadership key for defense

September 14, 2011

When teams lose players to graduation, it’s typically hard to replace not only their talent, but their leadership as well. Despite losing four seniors on the defensive side, the Warhawks have filled those shoes very well so far this year. Senior Jared Kiesow, a defensive leader on this defense ...

One of the best to play the game

September 14, 2011

If you looked at senior running back Levell Coppage’s numbers through his first three years, you would have said ‘what an amazing career’. The thing is, he isn’t finished. By the time his career is over, Coppage will be arguably one of the best players in Division III history. Throug...

Whitewater loses an icon: Kachel donated millions of dollars to the athletic department over the years

February 9, 2011

To some, David Kachel was known for the millions of dollars he donated to the UW-Whitewater Athletic Department for more than half a century. Words like rich, powerful and wealthy probably filled the minds of the outside population. But to those who were closest to him, it went much deeper....

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

April 7, 2010

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. ...

Vowing to take down cancer

January 27, 2010

The thought was in AJ Raebel’s mind for nearly eight months. Yet, he tried to put that thought out of his mind and no where near the surface. That is until he had no choice. “The pain got worse,” said Raebel, who last played on the UW-Whitewater football team during the 2007 season when...

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

January 20, 2010

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...

Leipold has created a lasting legacy in just three years

January 20, 2010

When Lance Leipold was introduced as the new head football coach three years ago, he knew what awaited him. The Warhawks were coming off the best seasons in school history advancing to the national championship game in 2005 and 2006. “The bar has been raised here the last couple of y...

Deja Vu: Warhawks advance to Stagg Bowl again

December 16, 2009

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 9, 2009

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 2, 2009

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 11, 2009

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...

Founded 1901
Lance Leipold