Athlete Profile

Athlete of the Week: Sam Weaver dishes on building a team dynamic and leading a young team

A sophomore from Apex, North Carolina studying global health and Spanish, Samantha Weaver has become an integral member of the Washington University women’s basketball team this season.

| Senior Sports Editor

St. Louis native Kristina Schmelter looks back on playoff run and the year to come

The Washington University women’s basketball team made it to the Elite Eight last season before falling to the top seed in the NCAA playoffs. I sat down with St. Louis native Kristina Schmelter, one of the team’s two seniors, to talk about her experience on the team and what she expects from the year to come.

| Senior Sports Editor

AOTW: Talking academic excellence and playoff preparation with Katy Mockett

Katy Mockett has started all but one game in the last two years for the Washington University women’s soccer team. Ahead of Saturday’s first round playoff matchup with Maryville University in Tennessee, I sat down with Mockett to discuss how she balances academics and soccer as well as her mentality heading into the playoffs.

| Senior Sports Editor

Athlete of the Week: Connor Mathes looks back on leadership, competition and leaping saves

Men’s soccer’s goalkeeper, senior Connor Mathes, began his college career over three years ago at Division I Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Now Mathes, who is from Overland Park, Kansas, is preparing for his final regular season game as a Washington University Bear.

| Senior Sports Editor

Athlete of the Week: Justin Hardy reflects on a year of basketball and another one heating up

Sophomore forward Justin Hardy helped lead the men’s basketball team to a second-place finish in the University Athletic Association last season. In the lead-up to the No. 7 Bears’ Wednesday night exhibition match against Division I Missouri State, Hardy and I sat down to reflect on his experiences with Wash. U. basketball and his expectations of what is to come.

| Senior Sports Editor

Athlete of the Week: Tackling a healthy sports-life balance with Jeff Gurley

Jeff Gurley is a senior from Leawood, Kan. who is majoring in Political Science. He plays linebacker on the Washington University football team. Last year, he earned All-Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) second team honors as well as Google Cloud Academic All-District and Academic All-CCIW honors. In our first installment of our Athlete of the Week series, I sat down with Gurley to talk about his future plans, his experience as a Wash. U. student-athlete and what he does off the gridiron.

| Senior Sports Editor

Kicking his way to the top: Johnny Davidson, from new punter to star quarterback

From the day he arrived on campus, senior Johnny Davidson was determined to play a significant role in helping his team. Davidson’s teammates and coaches reflect on his role on the team as a punter then as starting quarterback.

Miguel Campos | Staff Reporter

The unbreakable defense, chapter two: Gabbie Cesarone

The scoring for the Washington University women’s soccer team’s 2019 season was kicked off by an unlikely source. In the Bears’ 3-0 win against Calvin University on Friday, a corner kick from sophomore Erin Flynn boggled around the box and found itself at the feet of sophomore center back Gabbie Cesarone.

| Senior Sports Editor

Greenfield and the unbreakable defense of women’s soccer

The defense of the 2018 Washington University women’s soccer team was impermeable. Across an entire season, the team allowed opponents to attempt just 70 shots. Only 27 of those shots allowed were on goal.

| Senior Sports Editor

‘Passing the invisible baton’: National champion Eka Jose talks track and field

Washington University sophomore Eka Jose became a track and field national champion after achieving a distance of 12.16m in the triple jump event at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field National Championships in Boston last month.

| Senior Editor

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