Seattle U. hits a new note with recovered song
Walk through Seattle University's Connolly Center on game day and different college fight songs sometimes are being hummed or sung. One song is missing...
Walk through Seattle University's Connolly Center on game day and different college fight songs sometimes are being hummed or sung. One song is missing, however: Seattle University's.
The school's fight song was thought lost in 1980, when the school dropped from NCAA Division I.
But a staff member found a piece of paper in a file cabinet with music and lyrics to "Ol' Seattle U."And a slightly updated version of that song will be unveiled Jan. 10 by the newly formed pep band.
Lindy Boustedt, an administrative assistant in the university advancement office and the lead trumpet in SU's jazz band, was asked last year to form a pep band to play at home basketball games. She was given the music and lyrics to the lost fight song and decided it was time to bring it back.
"Every college needs a fight song," Boustedt said. "It helps give a voice to the spirit and tradition of the university."
Boustedt and athletic director Bill Hogan made a couple of tweaks in the original lyrics. Boustedt is working with an arranger to synchronize it to the music and plans to have the new version ready for a Jan. 10 conference doubleheader. The women play Western Washington at 5:30 p.m.; the men follow against Seattle Pacific at 7:30 p.m.
Boustedt envisions a time in which the song is played by a 50-piece pep band called the SU Hawk Rawkers.
"My hope, since we are using the same tune, is that it will bring back many happy sports memories for our alumni while creating new memories for our student-athletes and fans," Boustedt said.
Also at Seattle U.
Men's basketball: Ranked No. 7 in this week's NABC Division II coaches poll, the Redhawks are the highest ranked West Region team in the poll. SU has not earned a national ranking that high since being ranked fifth in the March 12, 1957, AP Division I writers poll.
Women's basketball: This week, the squad is playing games in Hawaii for the first time since 2003.
Women's basketball: Before this week, opposing teams were shooting 32 percent against the Falcons — 26 percent from three-point range — and had turned the ball over 22 times.
Volleyball: Senior outside hitter Christal Morrison (Puyallup) was selected to participate in January's invitation-only tryout for the U.S. women's national volleyball team in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Men's soccer: Team awards were handed out at the end of the season: senior defender Nick Loveless (Inglemoor of Kenmore), Most Inspirational; sophomore defender Casey Cunningham (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Most Improved; redshirt freshman goalkeeper Stephen Fung (Honolulu, Hawaii), Rookie of the Year; junior midfielder George John (Shorewood of Shoreline), Most Valuable Defensive Player; and senior forward Ely Allen (Kentridge), Most Valuable Offensive Player.
Women's tennis: Vanja Radunovic (Montenegro) will join the team at the start of winter quarter in January and be eligible for the dual season. She will be a freshman with all four years of eligibility remaining.
Men's basketball: Sophomore reserve guard Harold McAllister (Mountain View of Vancouver) is working on a school-record seven straight three-pointers. He tied a school record by making all five of his three-pointers against Multnomah Bible on Dec. 5.
Brad Jackson has 415 career victories in 23 years as WWU's head coach, a school record by a coach in any sport. Current athletic director Lynda Goodrich posted 411 victories in 19 seasons as the women's basketball coach from 1971-90.
Women's basketball: Western has had five starting lineups this season after eight games.
Eastern Washington: Freshman guard Kyla Evans (Brewster) ranks seventh among NCAA Division I women's basketball players in three-point baskets per game with 3.10. She is 33rd in three-point shooting percentage at 43.7.
Evergreen State: Kyle Foster (West Valley of Yakima) has signed a letter of intent with the men's soccer team. He played for Northwest University in 2005 and Walla Walla Community College in 2007.
Gonzaga: Freshman guard Courtney Vandersloot (Kentwood of Covington), who has played in all 10 games and started three, leads the women's basketball team in assists, averaging 5.2 per game.
Northwest: If freshman forward Lucas Ashe (Mead of Spokane) has a jumper that resembles former Gonzaga star Adam Morrison's shot, it's because Ashe received shooting lessons from John Morrison, Adam's father.
Pacific Lutheran: Senior defensive lineman Andrew Eisentrout (Olympia) earned d3football.com third team All-America honors to add to his Northwest Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors and first team all-conference selection.
Puget Sound: The women's basketball team won three games in five days to remain unbeaten (5-0) at home. The Lutes (5-2) are taking 16 days off for finals before hosting the Puget Sound Holiday Classic on Dec. 28-29.
Whitworth: Head coach Sean Bushey was named the West Region Coach of the Year for women's soccer by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Sports information directors
contributed to this notebook.
The information in this article, originally published December 19, 2007, was corrected December 19, 2007. Seattle University women's basketball team played in Hawaii in 2003 for the BYU Hawaii Tournament. A previous version of the story incorrectly noted a recent game was the first time since 1984.
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