WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Fans unable to visit Sherwood Center later this week when the Whitman College men's basketball team hosts the Walla Walla Vineyard Inn Classic can follow the action in real time through two web-based programs.

Free live stats, as relayed from courtside, will be available for all four tournament games.

Brandon Shaw

In partnership with Stretch Internet, Whitman will also provide a pay-for-view live video stream for each game.

The tournament gets underway at 6 p.m. Friday with Pacific Lutheran facing Northwest University. Whitman then battles Eastern Oregon University at 8 p.m.

Competition resumes at 6 p.m. Saturday with a Pacific Lutheran-Eastern Oregon match-up. Whitman and Northwest are paired in the tourney finale at 8.

Fans interested in the live video stream can register for a Whitman account through Stretch Internet's Whitman portal. Games can be purchased individually for $9.95 per game.

Fans of Whitman men's basketball can also pay $39.95 for this season's entire slate of home basketball games. That includes this weekend's tournament games as well as the 10 home games slated for December, January and February.

Fans of Whitman athletics also have the option of paying $59.95 for a season's pass. That option includes all men's and women's home basketball games, plus home baseball games next spring.

The Stretch Internet service includes an "on-demand" feature that allows viewers to watch games live and/or at later times.

The Whitman women's basketball team hosts its first home games Dec. 11-12 with the Kim Evanger Raney Classic. Nine more home games will follow in January and February.

Stretch Internet provides customer service support to all viewers with a "Frequently Asked Questions" link at the bottom of the portal. An e-mail link also allows viewers to communicate directly with Stretch Internet support staff. 

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