Bucs Win 11th Straight NWC All-Sports Trophy

Bucs Win 11th Straight NWC All-Sports Trophy

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Northwest Conference has announced the final standings for the 2017-18 McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports Trophy and Whitworth University has won the award for the 11th year in a row.

The Pirates have extended the league record for consecutive McIlroy-Lewis victories.  The first McIlroy-Lewis Trophy was awarded in 1986.

Whitworth finished 2017-18 with 241 points in the standings, beating runner-up Pacific Lutheran by 14 points.  George Fox University (212 points) finished in third place.

Click here for the official NWC release and scoring table.

The Pirates claimed NWC titles in two sports in 2017-18:  women’s cross country and men’s swimming.  Whitworth was NWC runner-up in six other sports: football (tie), women’s soccer (tie), volleyball, men’s basketball, men’s golf and women’s track & field.  The Bucs got third place finishes from softball, women’s golf and men’s track and field.

“To win the McIlroy-Lewis trophy for the 11th consecutive year is a huge honor, especially considering the depth and competitiveness of the Northwest Conference,” said Tim Demant, Whitworth’s Director of Athletics.  “We take great pride in this award because it symbolizes excellence across all our sports and represents success all our student-athletes contributed to.”

The NWC All-Sports Trophy recognizes athletic excellence among conference institutions across all fields of competition. It is named in honor of John Lewis, Willamette University’s long-time baseball coach (1947-72), basketball coach (1947-67) and athletics director (1952- 72); 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 2017-18 trophy standings, holding the lead after both the fall and winter sports seasons.

Whitworth has now won the McIlroy-Lewis Trophy for 11 consecutive years and 12 times overall.  The Pirate Athletics Department first claimed the trophy in 2005 before starting the current streak in 2008.

2017-18 Final Whitworth Results – (Team, NWC Finish, Points)
Men’s Cross Country – 4th place (12 points)
Women’s Cross Country – 1st (18)
Men’s Soccer – 4th-tie (11)
Women’s Soccer –2nd-tie (15)
Football – 2nd-tie (15)
Volleyball – 2nd (16)
Men’s Swimming – 1st (18)
Women’s Swimming – 5th (10)
Men’s Basketball – 2nd (16)
Women’s Basketball – 6th-tie (7)
Baseball – 6th (8)
Softball – 3rd (14)
Men’s Tennis – 5th (10)
Women’s Tennis – 4th-tie (11)
Men’s Golf – 2nd (16)
Women’s Golf – 3rd (14)
Men’s Track & Field – 3rd (14)
Women’s Track & Field – 2nd (16)

2017-18 NWC Sport Winners:
     George Fox, 6 (Women’s Basketball, Softball-tie, Women’s Golf-tie, Women’s Lacrosse, Women’s Track and Field, Men’s Track and Field)
     Pacific Lutheran, 6 (Women’s Soccer, Men’s Soccer-tie, Volleyball, Baseball, Men’s Golf, Women’s Rowing)
     Whitman, 4 (Men's Basketball, Women's Swimming, Men's Tennis, Women’s Golf-tie)
     Linfield, 3 (Football, Softball-tie, Women's Tennis)
     Whitworth, 2 (Women's Cross Country, Men's Swimming)
     Willamette, 2 (Men's Cross Country, Men’s Soccer-tie)

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