Archive for Men’s Basketball

Griffon split games in Hillyard Tip-Off Classic

November 17, 2015 No Comments

Michael Penn

The season is underway, as the Griffons went 1-1 in the Hillyard Tip-Off Classic with a win against the Wayne State Wildcats on Friday and a loss to the Upper Iowa Peacocks on Saturday. Western went into the opening game against Wayne State without starting point guard Aaron Emmanuel, who injured his knee during practice, […]

Canadian Connection

November 11, 2015 No Comments

Jon Dykstra

Canada has become a hotbed for college recruiting, and it has extended to the Division II level now. Head coach Brett Weiberg and Western have jumped on the trend, as well. Aaron Emmanuel and Kevin Thomas have been friends since they were kids growing up in Toronto, and now they are continuing their friendship in […]

Continuing family tradition

November 10, 2015 No Comments

Michael Penn

Family and sports seem to go hand-in-hand, and that is no different for Griffon basketball players and Fiji natives, Mili and Mataika Koyamainavure. At a young age, the siblings were surrounded by basketball through their family’s neighborhood team, the Davui Magics, or even watching their aunt coach the Fiji National under-20 team. These experiences created lasting […]

‘Do you want to win?’

April 16, 2015 No Comments

Jon Dykstra

  A common phrase in the coaching community and one many sports fans know is “It is not about the X’s and O’s – it’s all about the Jimmys and the Joes.” What this means is that many times in the world of coaching and sports, it does not matter if you out plan the […]

Griffon Athletics: A brand in need of investment

April 14, 2015 No Comments

Jon Dykstra

Rivalries are one of the aspects of athletic competition fans have the most passion for. For the Missouri Western faithful, victories are especially celebrated against Central Missouri, Missouri Southern and of course Northwest Missouri State University. Losing to your rivals in premier sports, such as men’s basketball and football, can cost coaches their jobs and […]

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