Category Archives: Sports

Women’s soccer eyes conference championship

By Amelia Sniffin

10.11.19

The Wheaton Women’s Soccer team is on a four-game winning streak after beating Carroll University 2-0 on Wednesday night. The team moved up to first place in the CCIW rankings after an Illinois Wesleyan scored on themselves 29th minute of Friday night’s game. The victory ended the Titans’ fourgame winning streak and added to Wheaton’s impressive 10-1-1 overall record.

“It was a statement game for us,” said junior Captain Sarah Tomich after the match. “Last year we lost to Illinois Wesleyan in penalty kicks in the conference tournament final. We wanted to show them that we are the better team and prove that we’re the best in the conference.”

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A brief history of Bell Week

By Cassidy Thornburg, Sports Editor

10.04.19

MCCULLY STADIUM — If you haven’t followed Wheaton football for an entire season, you may be unfamiliar with the Wheaton Thunder vs. North Central Cardinals football rivalry — a rivalry almost 170 years in the making.

It began in the early 1800s, when the cities of Wheaton and Naperville couldn’t settle on where the DuPage County Courthouse would be located. Wheaton residents raided the courthouse one night and left with important documents and a little brass bell — a symbol of revolt. Years later, the bell resurfaced on a farm located between the two cities. The farm owner passed away, and the bell was inherited by one of his sons who attended North Central. The younger and somewhat disgruntled son went to Wheaton College. Through friendly night raids and college shenanigans, the bell was passed back and forth between the two schools. Out of that sibling rivalry, the Wheaton Thunder vs. North Central Cardinals football rivalry emerged.

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Strong start for men’s soccer

By Abram Erickson

09.27.19

Following an impressive 1-0 double-overtime win over Lake Forest College on Tuesday night, the number 19-ranked Wheaton Thunder Men’s Soccer team has improved to 6-2-1 on the season and looks strong headed into their upcoming conference schedule.

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From barre to BITH

By Cassidy Thornburg, Sports Editor

09.20.19

For most students, coming to Wheaton College means graduating high school and leaving home, a major transition. For transfer Anna Edwards, the transition was even greater. It meant hanging up her ballet shoes and packing up a life she had built for herself in Dallas as a professional dancer.

Sitting in Wheaton’s Kilby House with her hair tied back, black rimmed glasses framing her brown eyes and legs crossed beneath her, Edwards explained how she ended coming to Wheaton at age 23 despite having never visited the campus and having no personal connections. “I prayed about it a lot,” she said. “I felt like the Lord just made it really clear that this is where he wanted me to be.”

Making the decision to come to Wheaton meant giving up competitive dance which had been a constant in Edward’s life for about 14 years.

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After seven years off the field, grad student returns to football

By Cassidy Thornburg, Sports Editor

09.20.19

At 5 a.m., with every intention of not waking up 10 9-year-old campers, Bert McJunkin shuffled out of a newly built wood cabin, cautiously placing his feet so the boards won’t squeak. On a weekday morning at K1, a Kanakuk Sports Kamp in Branson, Missouri, the grounds were quiet and barely lit by a peaking sun in the distance.

The 6’2” wide receiver crossed the stretch of P-gravel from his cabin to the little gym located beneath the dining hall. He opened up the equipment room and got to work. While the rest of camp slept, McJunkin was in the weight room. Why? The desire to compete that drives almost every Wheaton football player. It’s a new title for the 24-year-old Texas boy, but it’s one he’s been preparing for all summer.

After staying committed to his summer lifts and workouts despite long days at Kanakuk, McJunkin immediately jumped into training camp, mid-August. His story is different than many of the 19 to 22-year-olds who take the field in McCully Stadium beside him, still in their undergraduate years.

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New Zealand athletes reconnect at Wheaton

By Cassidy Thornburg, Sports Editor

09.13.19

When Stafford Dowling and David Warbrick met at the 2015 Melbourne Friendship Cup in Australia, they never expected that four years later they would become roommates at Wheaton College. During the tournament, Dowling and Warbrick both played forward for the New Zealand Cross Whites. The Cross Whites fought hard to earn a spot in the championship game, but lost in the final round of the tournament.

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Transfers lead Thunder football to 38-0 victory

By Cassidy Thornburg, Sports Editor

09.13.19

MONMOUTH, IL – Seven starters in the Wheaton Thunder Football team’s first game were either out-of-state transfers or fifth-year seniors. The game was a 38-0 win over Monmouth College. A combination of new and familiar faces elevated the Thunder to a much better start to their season than last year. Coach Mike Swider summed up how he felt about his team’s performance on the road. “To score 38 points is a good thing, and we showed signs of what we can do if we execute. It’s a good day for the Thunder.”

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Ready, Set, Go

Wheaton teams prep for fall season

By Cassidy Thornburg, Sports Editor

08.30.19

McCULLY STADIUM — The Wheaton Football team began training camp with a brutal conditioning test on Aug. 15, 2019. They then went into full training camp mode: practicing, meeting and lifting from early in the morning until late at night. 2018 was a roller coaster season that experienced both highs and lows. The Thunder beat the No. 5 ranked North Central Cardinals to get the Little Brass Bell back in a thrilling 52-30 victory. However, their season ended earlier than they’d hoped, and their 7-2 record kept them just shy of making the playoffs. They enter the 2019 season with a chip on their shoulders and a point to prove. Coach Swider tells his 112 players, “Be a cockroach because they are hard to kill and they keep on coming.” Coach Swider challenges his players to “FIGHT,” and to physically, emotionally and spiritually invest in something greater than themselves. This fall season, let’s allow Wheaton football to bring us together.

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Athlete Spotlight: Drew Engelking

By Maggie Frankie

04.25.19

Senior Drew Engelking is Wheaton’s number one golfer on the men’s team this year. After growing up in Minnesota, Engelking found his way to Wheaton looking for an opportunity to play golf and be a part of a Christian community.

“Only my uncle came to Wheaton,” Engelking said, “but I’ve always known that Wheaton is a great school. I took a visit back in my junior year of high school and got to spend a little time with the golf team, and I immediately fell in love with the place.”

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Track and Field teams place in top 5 at Wheaton Invite

By Rebekah McGee 04.11.19

Wheaton’s Track and Field Invitational on April 6 featured many impressive performances by Wheaton students. The Wheaton Women’s Track team racked up 113 points and a third place overall out of 13 teams. Similarly, the Wheaton Men’s Track team earned 78.5 points and landed in fourth place out of 10 men’s teams. After the meet, junior Favor Ezewuzie was named the CCIW National Athlete of the Week due to her victory in five events.

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