2012 Around the West columns

November 15, 2012
Getting second life
There's no self-delusion required at Bethel, where the Royals made the playoffs. And at Pacific Lutheran, a key piece returns.

November 8, 2012
St. Scholastica wiser second time around
Last year, when St. Scholastica won the UMAC's first-ever football automatic bid to the Division III playoffs, it was an entirely new, and humbling experience. This time the Saints will be better prepared.

October 31, 2012
Cobbers gear up for big game
Concordia-Moorhead has bounced back from its crazy beyond-the-last-second loss to Bethel, but faces its biggest test of the season Saturday against St. Thomas.

October 23, 2012
Backup takes the reins
Zach Shultis started the season kicking extra points for Cal Lutheran. Now he finds himself contributing to the other six points as well.

October 17, 2012
UW-Oshkosh looking strong
UW-Oshkosh is off to a 6-0 start for the first time in 89 seasons, and there's a strong reason why they're still unbeaten heading into their battle with UW-Whitewater.

October 9, 2012
Change does Willamette good
For the Bearcats, it's out with the Fly, in with letting the ball fly. After the departure of longtime coach Mark Speckman, the transition to a more wide-open offense was not particularly difficult.

October 2, 2012
The slimmest of margins
Special teams rose to the occasion for Simpson when playing Iowa Conference foe Wartburg.

September 25, 2012
Finding his way back
Brandon Wilcox drifted away from Whittier and the game he loved. He lost his direction. But coaching football helped him find his way back.

September 19, 2012
Kickin' it ... like a golfer
With the game on the line and three missed field goals already under his belt, Linfield's Josh Kay channeled another sport to find the game-winning kick at Cal Lutheran.

September 11, 2012
Hey, it's you again
Linfield and Cal Lutheran have their annual regular season meeting this week. Even though Cal Lutheran's national profile has risen, the Kingsmen know they need a win, and then likely another in November.

September 4, 2012
Eagles put the 'D' in North Central's defeat
UW-La Crosse pulled off a big upset, St. Thomas had a strong comeback and Whitworth had a long trip to open the season.

August 28, 2012
10 games to watch for 2012
Here's 10 games to watch for the upcoming season, with a thumbnail sketch of why they're important.