Find out what happened this past week in the world of Webster University athletics.
Golf team nips Husson in first spring action
The Webster University golf team used a balanced scoring output to beat Husson University by two strokes on March 11 in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. Webster’s 325-327 dual-meet win over Husson was the Gorloks’ first outing of the spring season.
Freshman Matt Vanderbeek led the way for Webster by shooing an 8-over-par 80 during the rainy and windy conditions. Vanderbeek was named the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s Golfer of the Week for his round.
Junior Steven Kinsman and freshman Tanner Rabb both recorded scores of 81. It was Rabb’s first action as a member of the Webster golf team. Junior Kyler Scott tallied an 83, and sophomoreJ.T. Beckmann rounded out the Gorloks’ scoring by shooting an 86.
As of March 14, Husson is ranked 68th in Division III according to golfstat.com, while the Gorloks are ranked 84th. Webster next plays in its own event, the Gorlok Spring Invitational, on April 1 and 2.
Gorlok mascot wins its first-round Mascot Madness matchup
The Webster University Gorlok mascot easily disposed of its first-round opponent in the Mascot Madness Sweet 16, an event sponsored by 1290 AM “The Source,” a Tucson, Ariz., radio station.
The Gorlok earned 90 percent of fan votes in its March 19 matchup with Louie, the mascot of the Clinton Lumberkings, an Iowa Minor League Baseball team. With the win, the Gorlok will face Bolt from the Winston-Salem Dash, another Minor League Baseball team, in a March 27 matchup.
The Gorlok is trying to defend its Mascot Madness title from a year ago. Webster supporters flocked to “The Source’s” website to vote for the Gorlok, which narrowly beat Scottsdale Community College’s Artie the Artichoke in the championship matchup.
Webster also beat Xavier University’s Blue Blob, Dartmouth University’s unofficial mascot Keggy the Keg and Georgia Tech University’s Buzz last year en route to the title. To vote for the Gorlok on March 27, click here.
Women’s soccer’s Fosburgh elected co-president of conference’s SAAC
Webster University sophomore women’s soccer forward Jordan Fosburgh was elected co-president of the conference’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council at the group’s Feb. 26 meeting, according to a March 14 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference press release.
Fosburgh was elected along with Westminster College sophomore Sarah Heeter. The duo will begin their two-year term Aug. 1. Fosburgh and Heeter replace the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s first SAAC president, Westminster’s Sean Peterson.
Fosburgh and Heeter will work closely with Will Wolper, SLIAC commissioner, and Merry Graf, SLIAC SAAC advisor and Webster volleyball coach, in planning the council’s meetings and coordinating events and community service work, according to the press release.
Fosburgh has been a member of Webster’s SAAC for two years and is currently serving as its secretary. She played in 19 games for the Gorloks this past season and recorded two goals and one assist. Fosburgh played in 13 games her freshman season and notched four goals.
Men’s basketball’s Whittingham honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Webster University sophomore men’s basketball forward Stefan Whittingham was named to the Division III Midwest All-District second team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches on March 13.
The All-District teams and coaches recognize “the best men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes and coaches,” according to an NABC press release. The NABC is comprised primarily of college basketball coaches from across the country. It was founded in 1927 by former University of Kansas legendary coach Forrest “Phog” Allen.
Whittingham was the lone person from the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to be named All-District by the NABC. Whittingham had a breakout year for the Gorloks after playing sparingly during his freshman season.
Whittingham led the Gorloks in minutes played (34.1 per game), scoring (15.5 points per game) and rebounding (8.2 per game) and was named the SLIAC Player of the Year. The Gorloks won the conference regular-season title and compiled a 13-3 SLIAC record.
Webster baseball and softball coaches to participate in “Coaching Coaches”
On April 11, Webster University athletics and Bill Bommarito will team up to host Bommarito’s “Coaching Coaches.” Webster softball coach Chris Eaton and baseball coach Bill Kurich will participate in Coaching Coaches at Webster’s University Center.
Eaton and Kurich will lead a session on planning practices as well as skill and drill development.
Coaching Coaches is targeted toward coaches in their first through fourth years of coaching youth baseball and softball players. The clinic teaches coaches how to make playing baseball and softball an enjoyable experience for youths while also teaching them the fundamentals of the sport.
The clinic focuses on how to work with youths effectively and how to make playing sports fun and competitive. The clinic also teaches coaches how to communicate with parents, handle discipline and set expectations.
Coaching Coaches costs participants 15 dollars to attend and runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on April 11.
— Reporting by Andy Arb