From the President

  Campus

  Faculty

  Alumni

  Athletics

  Footnotes

  My Response

  Letters to the Editor



  Online Bulletin Board

  Submit Footnote

  Submit Letter to Editor

  Address Change

  Back Issues

  Response Home

  SPU Home



Autumn 2002 | Volume 25, Number 4 | Athletics
Menís and Womenís Basketball Teams Open the Season on November 22

A COUPLE OF senior-dominated Seattle Pacific University basketball teams will open the regular season on November 22. The Falcons are ranked No. 15 in one womenís preseason poll and are also a slight favorite for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship. Meanwhile, the menís team begins a new era in the wake of the departure of several key individuals.

All five starters are back for the womenís team, which plays 17th-ranked North Dakota State in its first game, November 22, as part of a tournament in Bellingham. Gordy Presnellís club went 22Ė6 and earned an NCAA tournament berth for the sixth year in a row in 2002. Among the returnees is 6-foot-3 center Kelley Berglund, who averaged 16.0 points and 7.9 rebounds as a junior. Seattle Pacific will host a Thanksgiving weekend tournament November 29Ė30 for its only two home games prior to Christmas.

Jeff Hironaka has his menís team playing at home seven times prior to December. Following a pair of exhibition games, the Falcons face Minnesota-Duluth on November 22 and Central Washington on November 23 in the Vitamilk Tip- Off Classic at Brougham Pavilion. They begin Great Northwest Conference play December 5 at Central Washington.

SPU brings back six seniors but will look very different from teams of the past few years. Hironaka succeeds Ken Bone as coach after an 11-year run as Boneís top assistant. Among the seniors who graduated from last yearís GNAC co-champions were four-year starter Brannon Stone and Nick Johnson, both all-conference picks. Yusef Aziz, the Falconsí top scorer as a junior, returns.


Back to the top
Back to Athletics




From the President
The purpose of the Campaign for Seattle Pacific is bigger than ourselves. "We are really investing in a venture of change and hope," says President Philip Eaton.

SPU Musicians Play Benaroya
For the third Christmas season in a row, SPU takes "The Sacred Sounds of Christmas" downtown, performing in Benaroya Hall. [Campus]

Meet the Alumni Board President
It took 30 years for the alumni board president, Darlene Hartley, to rediscover her alma mater, reconnect with fellow alums — and get a very warm welcome. [Alumni]

Reconciliation in South Africa
Professor of English Susan Gallagher spotlights truth and reconciliation in South Africa in her new book, as the African nation moves beyond apartheid. [Faculty]

My Response
Gary Ames, who funded the $1 million Ames Initiative on Diversity at SPU with his wife, talks about the power gained through diversity. [My Response]