Whitworth Claims 10th Straight All-Sports Trophy

Whitworth Claims 10th Straight All-Sports Trophy

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Northwest Conference has announced the final standings for the 2016-17 McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports Trophy and Whitworth University has won the award for the tenth year in a row.

The Pirates have extended the record for consecutive McIlroy-Lewis victories that they set last year.  The first McIlroy-Lewis Trophy was awarded in 1986.

Whitworth finished 2016-17 with 251 points in the standings, beating runner-up Pacific Lutheran by 25 points.  Linfield (218) finished in third place.

Click here for the official NWC release and scoring table.

The Pirates claimed NWC titles in four sports in 2016-17:  women’s cross country, men’s soccer, volleyball and softball.  Whitworth was NWC runner-up in four other sports: football, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s track & field.  The Bucs got third place finishes from women’s soccer and men’s swimming.

“This award symbolizes the overall excellence our student-athletes, coaches and staff have had all year,” said Tim Demant, Whitworth’s Director of Athletics.  “Winning a tenth straight NWC All-Sports Trophy speaks to the strong tradition and history of this program and the overall commitment to excellence shared across the university.”

The NWC All-Sports Trophy recognizes athletic excellence among 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.

Whitworth never trailed in the trophy standings, holding the lead after both the fall and winter sports seasons.

Whitworth has now won the McIlroy-Lewis Trophy for ten consecutive years and 11 times overall.  The Pirate Athletics Department first claimed the trophy in 2005 before starting the current streak in 2008.

2016-17 Final Whitworth Results – (Team, NWC Finish, Points)
Men’s Cross Country – 4th place (12 points)
Women’s Cross Country – 1st (18)
Men’s Soccer – 1st (18)
Women’s Soccer – 3rd-tie (13)
Football – 2nd (16)
Volleyball – 1st (18)
Men’s Swimming – 3rd (14)
Women’s Swimming – 5th (10)
Men’s Basketball – 2nd (16)
Women’s Basketball – 5th-tie (9)
Baseball – 4th-tie (11)
Softball – 1st (18)
Men’s Tennis – 5th (10)
Women’s Tennis – 5th (10)
Men’s Golf – 3rd (14)
Women’s Golf – 4th (12)
Men’s Track & Field – 2nd (16)
Women’s Track & Field – 2nd (16)

2016-17 NWC Sport Winners:
     Whitworth, 4 (Women's Cross Country, Men's Soccer, Women's Volleyball, Softball)
     George Fox, 4 (Women's Golf, Women's Lacrosse, Men's Track & Field, Women's Track & Field)
     Whitman, 4 (Men's Basketball, Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming, Men's Tennis)
     Linfield, 3 (Football, Baseball, Women's Tennis)
     Pacific Lutheran, 3 (Women's Soccer, Men's Golf, Women's Rowing)
     Puget Sound, 1 (Women's Basketball)
     Willamette, 1 (Men's Cross Country)

All-Time McIlroy-Lewis Trophy Wins (by school, since 1986)
15 – Pacific Lutheran
11 – Whitworth
3 – Linfield
1 – Willamette
1 – Puget Sound