SPOKANE, Wash. - Whitworth University pulled away from the University of Puget Sound to win the 2008-09 NWC McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports trophy. The Pirates, who led by seven points after the winter season, won their second straight trophy and third overall by a final margin of 37 points.
Whitworth won its first women's tennis championship since 1997 and tied for its first-ever women's golf title to accumulate 101 points in the spring and 250 total points in the trophy chase. The Pirates also claimed a pair of runner-up finishes in men's and women's track and field. Whitworth finished the 2008-09 season with five Northwest Conference titles.
UPS was able to hold on to second place in the final standings with 213 total points. The Loggers earned a share of the 2009 Women's Golf title and will represent the NWC at the national tournament. Puget Sound totaled four titles this year.
Linfield (199 points) College climbed from sixth to third in the final standings by scoring 102 points in the spring. The Wildcats won the NWC softball championship for the sixth straight season and also earned their second straight men's golf title. Linfield also added a runner-up finish in women's tennis.
Willamette University swept the track and field titles and finished fourth with 194 points, while Pacific Lutheran University shared the baseball championship with George Fox and finished fifth in the standings with 187 points.
Whitman College (143), third after the winter standings, fell back to fifth despite winning men's tennis. But the Missionaries are at a disadvantage in the spring without track or softball.
Pacific University (135), Lewis & Clark College (122) and George Fox University (121) rounded out the rest of the standings. Menlo College is credited with 10 points for its participation in football.
The Northwest Conference All-Sports Trophy recognizes athletic excellence among Northwest Conference institutions across all fields of competition. It is named in honor of John Lewis, the baseball coach (1947-72), basketball coach (1947-67) and athletics director (1952- 72) at Willamette University; and Jane McIlroy, Linfield College's women's athletics director and physical education professor from 1950- 82 who also coached field hockey (1952-81), basketball, volleyball, softball and tennis..
|Lewis & Clark||14||12||2||--||14||6||14||6||6||13||4||4||10||4||--||--||7||6||122|
key: wxc = women's cross country; mxc = men's cross-country; wsoc = women's soccer; msoc = men's soccer; vb = volleyball; fb = football; wsw = women's swimming; msw = men's swimming; wbb = women's basketball; mbb = men's basketball; bb = baseball; sb = softball; wtn = women's tennis; mtn = men's tennis; wg = women's golf; mg = men's golf; wtf = women's track & field; mtf = men's track & field.
2008-09 NWC Sport Winners:
Whitworth, 5 (Men's Soccer, Men's Cross Country, Men's Swimming, Women's Tennis, Women's Golf-tie)
Puget Sound, 4 (Women's Soccer, Women's Swimming, Men's Basketball, Women's Golf-tie)
Willamette, 4 (Football, Women's Cross Country, Men's Track & Field, Women's Track & Field)
Pacific Lutheran, 2 (Volleyball, Baseball-tie)
George Fox, 2 (Women's Basketball, Baseball-tie)
Linfield, 2 (Softball, Men's Golf)
Whitman, 1 (Men's Tennis)
|Past McIlroy-Lewis Trophy Winners|
|2008 - Whitworth||2007 - Puget Sound|
|2006 - Puget Sound||2005 - Whitworth||2004 - Linfield|
|2003 - Linfield||2002 - Pacific Lutheran||2001 - Linfield|
|2000 - Pacific Lutheran||1999 - Pacific Lutheran||1998 - Pacific Lutheran|
|1997 - Pacific Lutheran||1996 - Pacific Lutheran||1995 - Pacific Lutheran|
|1994 - Willamette||1993 - Pacific Lutheran||1992 - Pacific Lutheran|
|1991 - Pacific Lutheran||1990 - Pacific Lutheran||1989 - Pacific Lutheran|
|1988 - Pacific Lutheran||1987 - Pacific Lutheran||1986 - Pacific Lutheran|