Spokane's One-Girl Rooting Section: Marie Stands Up for Whits

News Release Date:
Friday, January 20, 2012



WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- It was little wonder that the Whitman College women's basketball team rallied to victory Tuesday night against Whitworth in Spokane.

Not with six-year-old Marie Plowman, granddaughter of Whitman professor of history emeritus Tom Edwards and wife Nannette, on hand to cheer for the Missionaries.

Young Marie, looking just a bit like Pippi Longstocking, was in the stands with her mom, Stephanie Edwards Plowman (Whitman Class of 1985), proudly holding up her home-made "I Love Whitman" sign for all to see during time-outs.

 Marie Plowman, Whitman Class of 2027

Mother and daughter, who live in Spokane, were among the many Missionary supporters at the women's and men's games as part of a Whitman tailgate party for fans and boosters.

According to her mom, Marie "thoroughly enjoyed meeting with the women's team, although she was a bit overwhelmed by the attention. They all signed her poster."

Marie also plays basketball, her mom notes, and was encouraged to "keep it up" by her new friends on the Whitman women's team.

"She came home so happy and so was I. She said that is a day she will never forget and neither will I. The team photo and the poster will be going up on her bedroom wall soon."

While the sign was all Marie's idea, mom suggested she put her projected Whitman class year (2027) on the sign as well.

"That was the first time I had figured that out!," Stephanie says.

Mom was also "really impressed by how wonderful the women's team was. What a great group of ladies! They represented Whitman well."

And, she adds, it was "great that both teams won, though we had to leave at halftime during the men's game to get Marie home to bed."

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu