Marshia Dashiell, Women’s Basketball (1968)
Arguably the best women’s basketball player to play at Whitworth over a 30-year period (through the fifties, sixties and seventies), Marshia Dashiell established a basketball career that spanned four decades. Her career scoring average of 15.8 points per game remains the third highest career average in Pirate women’s basketball history. As a junior she averaged 17.1 points per game and led the Pirates to a 10-1 record, with wins over University of Washington, Washington State and Gonzaga. She scored a career-high 32 points vs. Gonzaga as a sophomore, the third highest single-game mark in school history. After her Whitworth career concluded, Dashiell continued to play on touring and AAU teams. In 1975 she was invited to try out for the first-ever United States Olympic team. She continued to travel with touring basketball teams throughout the seventies and early eighties, traveling to Central America and Europe. She returned to competitive basketball as a player/coach from 1993 until 1996. Dashiell retired after teaching and coaching for 30 years in Oregon, including eight years at Cascade High School in Turner and 18 years in the North Clackamas School District.
Bob Bradner, Football (1956)
Bob Bradner was instrumental in helping usher in the first great era of Whitworth College football, under head coach Jim Lounsberry. During Bradner’s career the Pirates won 27 games, lost five and tied twice. The 1953 (7-1), 1954 (8-0) and 1955 (9-0) teams all won Evergreen Conference titles, the first conference titles in school history. As a junior he caught 15 passes for 450 yards and five touchdowns. He was named First Team All-Evergreen Conference, First Team Little All-Northwest and Second Team Little All-West Coast. As a senior he caught 26 passes for 390 yards and eight touchdowns. He was again named First Team All-Evergreen Conference and All-Little Northwest. In addition he was named as a First Team NAIA All-American. Upon graduating from Whitworth in 1956 with a B.A. in business, Bradner worked for 41 years with Standard Oil Company in California, retiring in 1997 as a senior manager in finance.
Tommy Stewart, Basketball / Track & Field (1985)
One of the greatest all-around athletes in Whitworth College history, Tommy Stewart was a standout basketball player and track and field athlete. As a basketball player he led the Pirates to a pair of Northwest Conference titles (1983 and 1984). As a senior he averaged 22.6 points per game and was named First Team NAIA All-District I and NAIA Honorable Mention All-American. In track and field he set one individual record and one relay record for Whitworth that still stand today. He was NAIA champion in the triple jump in 1983, jumping 50’ 3½”. The following year he finished as NAIA runner-up in the triple jump, even though his mark of 50’6” was longer than the year before. That same year he established Whitworth and NAIA District I records by winning the triple jump at the District championships with a mark of 50’ 7½”. The Whitworth record has never been broken. Stewart was also a part of two NAIA All-American relay teams. He teamed with Scott Miller, Don Latimer and Tim Wright to place fourth in the 4x100 relay two straight years at the NAIA Championships. In 1983 they set a school record of 41.16 that continues to stand. The Seattle Supersonics signed Stewart to a free agent try-out contract after his senior season. He went on to play professionally in Europe for Basket Club Perrier in Nimes, France for one season. He is currently living in Southern California and is Vice President of Sales for Nortel Networks.