One thing I know we have all missed over the last year is athletics and sports, whether we’re watching them or playing. NU strived to continue their athletic program running as smoothly as possible and to maintain the energy that comes with competing in sports. Some sports that have been presently up and running are men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, cross-country, track and field and softball.

Despite frequent shifts in COVID-19 restrictions, the NU athletic department continues to pivot as needed to allow students the opportunity to practice and compete within their respective sport seasons.

Caitlyn Phillips is on the women’s basketball team. She enjoys being part of the team despite the sporadic scheduling and other schools opting out of the league for now. Phillips says basketball has “continued to be a source of social connection and interaction.”

Hannah Plyant is currently on the women’s soccer team as a goalkeeper. Soccer practices have been regularly scheduled with two games each week. This semester has been different from the last because the restrictions have been lifted a bit. The mask mandate and rules vary based on what city or state they are playing in. They no longer have to stay in limited groups, but instead can train all together now. Last semester, they did not play any games, but now, they have been letting all that built up energy on the field. Plyant explains, “the development has been a little bit slower as far as bonding, but it’s been good because [now] we spend a lot of time together.”

Currently, NU sports teams hold the following records for the 2020-2021 season—with numerous games postponed or canceled. The cross-country teams will travel to compete in NAIA championships this weekend, and the track and field teams will continue through April and May for the remainder of their season.

  • Men’s Basketball: 4 – 3
  • Men’s Soccer: 4 – 5 – 1
  • Women’s Basketball: 6 – 3
  • Women’s Soccer: 5 – 6 – 1
  • Women’s Softball: 3 – 20
  • Women’s Volleyball: 0 – 4

Athletics at Northwest are a massive component in the mission to create lasting relationships and a feeling of belonging. The program is currently thriving and making every opportunity count, no matter what the world throws at them. To read additional news about our NU athletics team, you can follow their social media accounts (@NU_Athletics) or visit their website here.