Whitworth Pirates to be declared ‘Spokane’s Basketball Team’

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Editor’s Note: The Spokane County Commissioners said the information provided to Whitworth regarding the proclamation was sent in error. Whitworth’s team will not be declared ‘Spokane’s Men’s Basketball Team’. More information about the mistake can be found in this story

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Whitworth University Pirates will be named “Spokane’s Men’s Basketball Team” by the Spokane County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.

According to the university, the Board of Commissioners will make the announcement at 2:45 p.m.

Whitworth University had a record of 23-6 this season, earning them the title of co-champions of the Northwest Conference. The NCAA Tournament was cancelled shortly after it began due to COVID-19, but the Pirates defeated LeTourneau University and the University of Texas at Dallas in that time.

The Commissioners will present the proclamation to head coach Damion Jablonski Tuesday afternoon, and ask that people wear crimson to celebrate the Pirates’ success.

“This team, led by Coach J, demonstrated an incredible amount of character and resilience, overcoming obstacles in continuing the tradition of success of Whitworth Pirates men’s basketball,” said Whitworth Athletics Director, Tim Demant. “I am so proud of what this team accomplished this year and more importantly how they went about doing it. Their work ethic, commitment to each other and the way they represented our university was first class.”

Following their performance in the tournament, the Pirates became the winningest program of the decade, and their 245-43 record puts their winning percentage in fourth place for the best in all of the NCAA, behind West Liberty, Lincoln Memorial and Gonzaga University.