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Whittier Poets Achieve SCIAC Championship Trifecta

Whittier College softball teamFor the first time in Whittier College's history, Poet Athletics earned three conference championships in one school year. The men's and women's water polo teams dominated the pool in the 2014-2015 season, bringing home two conference trophies. The third SCIAC championship of the year for the Purple and Gold came from the softball team led by head coach Dee Dee Kingsbury.

Stephen Zavala '15 drafted by St. Louis Cardinals

Stephen Zavala ’15Poet catcher Stephen Zavala ’15 was selected by the St. Louis Caridinals for the 2015 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft. Zavala, the second Poet in as many years to join MLB, was the lone Division III West Region player chosen by a major league team this year.   

Mashi: The Story of Masanori Murakami

Masanori "Mashi" MurakamiWitty, engaging, and incredibly entertaining, Masanori "Mashi" Murakami shared with the Whittier community his anecdotes from his time as a pitcher for the San Francisco Giants in the mid-1960s. Murakami spoke at Villalobos Hall in front of a crowd of approximately 100 attendees. The event is the first speaker series hosted by the College's Institute for Baseball Studies.

Incoming First Year Student Lilly Grossman Knows No Boundaries

La Jolla, California native, Lilly Grossman,  has written a self-published novel, has been honored by the White House for her student film, worked as the features editor of her high school newspaper, and was homecoming queen. Disabled since birth, Grossman doesn't let a gene mutation slow her down.

Her parents told the Los Angeles Times last year, it wasn't clear that Lilly, now 18, would live long enough to graduate and look ahead to college.

But in the fall, she will be attending Whittier College. 

Whittier College Speaker in the News: Masanori Murakami

Masanori Murakami​Masanori Murakami, the first Japanese baseball player to pitch in the American Major Leagues for the San Francisco Giants more than 50 years ago, is on a nationwide book tour this summer. Accompanied by  urban archaeologist, Robert Fitts who is the author of “Mashi: The Unfulfilled Baseball Dreams of Masanori Murakami, the First Japanese Major Leaguer,” Murakami will be in the Los Angeles area July 6-7.