Evan Webeck

I am a journalist hailing from Seattle, but have found myself in Phoenix studying journalism at Arizona State University. My focus is sports, but I have experience in other fields as well.

Abdul Gaddy Four Years Later

It feels like just yesterday when every Husky fan was cheering because heralded 5-star recruit, Abdul Gaddy had just committed to stay home and play for Washington. At first it looked unlikely as the point guard had already committed to Arizona twice, but he then decommitted for a second and final time. This time he chose Lorenzo Romar’s program and didn’t look back, though four years later, he may have regretted his decision. Choosing the local school brings added pressure for a recruit to perf...

Pitching Stands Out In The Weekend Sweep

Two runs, 11 hits, zero errors. That’s the opponent’s line for one of Arizona State’s three wins this weekend, right? Wrong. It’s the line for the whole weekend. ASU played some of the most dominant baseball possible this past weekend. The Sun Devils outscored Long Beach State 21-2 over the three game series. While the seven run-per-game average is impressive, it wasn’t the story this weekend. After inclement weather forced the teams to play a doubleheader on Saturday, nobody was sure how the po...

ASU's First Tie Since 2001

Sophomore Adam McCreery delivered his best performance of the season to date against the Gonzaga Bulldogs. He led the team through five innings of work, but the bullpen was not able to hang on. Arizona State (7-2-1) and Gonzaga (6-3-1) eventually battled to a 6-6 tie in a shortened game due to Gonzaga’s pre-arranged travel plans. After quickly taking a 5-1 lead, head coach Tim Esmay pulled McCreery after the fifth inning in favor of senior closer Matt Dunbar. After getting through two innings un...

ASU wrestling takes 3rd place at Pac-12 championships

For the first time since 2004, the premier wrestling talent of the Pac-12 gathered in Tempe. Many things have changed since then, but ASU wrestling success has remained consistent. After tying for fifth in 2004, the Sun Devils were narrowly able to hang onto third place on Saturday. With 110.5 points, the Sun Devils finished well below the champion, Oregon State (158 points) and runner-up Boise State (136.5). Three individual second place finishes propelled them to third place, just 2.5 points ahead of Cal State Bakersfield.

Arizona State vs. UCLA Preview

In a game that looked like it could be a turning point in Jordan Bachynski’s season and one that could propel ASU to a strong finish, the Sun Devils embarrassed UCLA just days after the Bruins secured a big win against then No. 6 Arizona. However, the Sun Devils have gone just 4-4 since the Jan. 26 affair and Bachynski’s only notable games since then have come against Colorado (12 points, three rebounds) and Washington State (12 points, seven rebounds, five blocks). Some might attribute Bachynski’s 22-point, 15-rebound performance against the Bruins to the absence of post player Travis Wear, who was out with a concussion. His brother, David, scored just five points on 2-12 shooting. Bachynski and the Sun Devils may be in luck again this time, as Travis missed the USC game with a foot injury and is uncertain for the upcoming weekend. Travis is UCLA’s third leading scorer and its most talented big man.

Another Comeback Falls Short Against Washington

In a game that in many ways felt different than when Arizona State (20-8, 9-6) and Washington (15-13, 7-8) met in Seattle, it was similar in one aspect. The Sun Devils trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half, but once again executed a late comeback. Unfortunately for Arizona State, the Sun Devils came up just short and fell 68-59. The Huskies dominated ASU on the boards, propelling them to the lead for much of the game, including the entire second half. UW outrebounded the Sun Devils 35-22 and 14-7 on the offensive glass. To combat the issue, Herb Sendek played both his seven footers at the same time, but it only helped fuel the Huskies.

Signs Of Life In 68-59 Win Over ASU

Something about Arizona State brings out the best in the Huskies, kind of like something about the Huskies makes Jonathan Gilling get dunked on. Shawn Kemp Jr. threw down a massive slam over Gilling that gave everyone flashbacks to his dad, similar to Tony Wroten’s last season. The dunk set the tone for the game, one in which it was either tied or the Huskies led for 38 of the final 40 minutes. Like their last meeting, UW took a double digit lead around the mid-point of the second half, but ASU fought almost all the way back, getting to within one with 3:49 left. They made the Huskies shoot free throws to seal the game and for once, they did.

Emotional Ride For Carson, Felix

As soon as they walked in the press conference room, it was obvious that Jahii Carson and Carrick Felix were more than satisfied with their team’s 12-point win over Washington State. Felix opened the conference by saying they wanted to keep it quick in order to join the student section in doing the Harlem Shake on the court. The two have been playing together since high school and the chemistry has shown throughout the season, but it was most evident tonight. The team looked the most loose it has been since the start of the conference season, leading to some incredible plays such as Carson’s first dunk at home of the season.

ASU-Tennessee Series Preview

Before hitting the road to Knoxville, Arizona State (2-1) opened up its season at home versus Bethune-Cookman. The Sun Devils were able to win two of three while getting many of their 14 freshmen onto the field for the first time. Getting the young guns acclimated to Division-1 college baseball early in the season will give Tim Esmay much more flexibility than he might have had in the upcoming series. “You can’t practice that…we wanted to get their feet wet and welcome them to the big time,” Esmay said, talking about Brett Lilek and Ryan Burr’s early innings.

ASU's Unneeded Buzzer Beater

By now, much of the country has seen Evan Gordon’s heroic layup to give the Sun Devils their 63rd point and a spot back on the top of the NCAA tournament bubble, but why did it come down to that? Few people expected ASU to come out of Boulder with a win, but ASU made it harder than it had to be. Rewind to the 1:16 mark of the second half; Colorado is trailing by six with 76 seconds left. While that is a difficult comeback to make, it is possible. It is made much easier, however, when the team with the six-point lead doesn’t score in the final 1:19 of regulation.

ASU-Colorado Preview

Coming off of a devastating loss at Utah on Wednesday, Arizona State will look to get back to the top of the tournament bubble against Colorado Saturday night. Having lost three of its past four games, ASU isn’t likely to dance in March without winning the Pac-12 tournament; a win in Boulder will significantly improve those chances. It will not be an easy task, however, as the Buffaloes are 10-1 at home this season and a combined 42-5 since the 2010-2011 season. When on the road, the Buffaloes are just 23-28, the biggest home court difference in the Pac-12.

Aziz N'Diaye Is The Best Center In The Pac-12

Coming into the season, it was hard to know what to expect from Aziz N’Diaye. His first two years on campus were maligned by what seemed to be a magnetic force field around his hands that prevented him from catching anything cleanly. He certainly has never lacked size since he stepped on campus as a sophomore transferring from the College of Southern Idaho, but he also never possessed much else. That has all changed this season; as a senior, N’Diaye is averaging 10.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. He leads all Pac-12 centers in rebounding and trails only Utah’s Jason Washburn in scoring by a third of a point per game.

Powell, Stanford Take Down The Sun Devils

The Arizona State Sun Devils (18-6, 7-4) were unable to overcome the Stanford Cardinal’s (15-9, 6-5) hot shooting night in a 62-59 loss Saturday night. The Cardinal shot over 55 percent from behind the arc, including a perfect perimeter shooting night from its big men, Josh Huestis and Dwight Powell, who were both two-for-two from three. “The matchup along the front lines was difficult for us,” head coach Herb Sendek said. “We had some challenges carrying over our preparation into execution.

Washington Huskies In The NFL: Donald Butler

Season Grade: B+ After being selected with the 79th pick of the 2010 draft, Butler sustained a devastating injury that caused him to miss his rookie season. However he made an instant impact in 2011 for the Chargers and continued that into 2012. Despite missing four weeks due to a nagging groin injury, Butler improved his sack numbers by one (two to three) and sustained his one interception and two forced fumbles from 2011. The only number that saw significant decline was his tackles, which is to be expected when you miss a quarter of the season. Despite missing four games, Butler still finished third on the team in tackles, just one behind Takeo Spikes.

Washington Huskies In The NFL: Daniel Te'o-Nesheim

Season Grade: B A successful four-year career at UW that saw Te’o-Nesheim rack up the most sacks in Husky history (30) led to the Eagles selecting him in the third round of the 2010 draft. He sustained a shoulder injury that allowed him to play in only six games his rookie season and he was eventually placed on the practice squad for the 2011 season. After spending much of the 2011 season on the Eagles’ practice squad, he was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before the final week of the season. He would play in one game for the Bucs and make one tackle in 2011.

Washington Huskies In The NFL: Chris Polk

Season Grade: C Polk starred for three years at Washington as Jake Locker and Keith Price’s go-to ball carrier. He managed to outshine both quarterbacks despite each putting up stellar numbers. Over his four years, he rushed for 4,049 yards, second most in Husky history, and 26 touchdowns, good for eighth in the record books. However, teams were scared off by concerns they had about his health, specifically his left shoulder. He dislocated it his freshman year, knocking him out for the year, then tore the labrum in it during his sophomore season and had off season surgery to repair it. Nothing was heard about it until draft day came two years later. Despite being projected as a second or third round pick, Polk went undrafted.

Washington Huskies In The NFL: Mason Foster

Season Grade: A Drafted in the third round two years ago, Foster has done nothing but impress in the pros. He collected 84 tackles in his rookie campaign and only improved during his sophomore season. His best game of the season came in week two when he collected 13 tackles and got his second career interception. He also finished the season on a high note when he made 12 tackles against the No. 1 seed Falcons. The only game in which he made less than five tackles was in a week 14 loss to the Eagles. He led the team in tackles in five of their 16 games. As their starting middle linebacker, the Bucs would like to see a little more constancy, something for Foster to work on in season three.

Washington Huskies In The NFL: Dashon Goldson

Season Grade: A+ Goldson is arguably the best defensive player that the University of Washington has graduated into the NFL. After playing for three years at UW, the 49ers selected Goldson with the 126th pick of the 2007 NFL draft. After backing up Mark Roman his first two years in the league, he was named the starter at free safety for the 49ers in 2009. In his first full season, he made as many interceptions as he had in his career at UW, cementing him as a premier safety.
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