The Daily Northwestern

Cole is a Medill senior studying journalism and history. He has previously served as sports editor and managing editor and has covered several sports for The Daily, including football and women's basketball. The Seattle native has also worked on Olympic sports and business news for various publications. You can reach Cole via Twitter or email.

Cole Paxton, Gameday Editor

Jan 01, 2019
Football: Northwestern roars back thanks to massive third quarter, defeats Utah 31-20 in wild, historic Holiday Bowl (Story)
Dec 30, 2018
Holiday Bowl preview notebook: Fitzgerald swats down Green Bay Packers rumors; Utah quarterback situation remains unclear (Story)
Dec 01, 2018
Rapid Recap: No. 6 Ohio State 45, No. 21 Northwestern 24 (Story)
Nov 30, 2018
Football: Northwestern mentally ready to face Ohio State in Big Ten title game (Story)
Nov 30, 2018
Paxton: Enjoy the recent highs, Northwestern fans. They’re special. (Story)
Nov 27, 2018
Football: Fitzgerald named Big Ten Coach of the Year (Story)
Nov 20, 2018
Football: In attracting in-state standouts, Northwestern blows past rival Illinois (Story)
Nov 17, 2018
Football: Northwestern spurts past Minnesota, 24-14, winning sixth straight Big Ten game (Story)
Nov 15, 2018
Paxton: When the stakes are high, Pat Fitzgerald has a tendency to rise (Story)
Nov 03, 2018
Football: Wildcats’ fourth-quarter comeback attempt thwarted by Notre Dame (Story)
Nov 01, 2018
Men’s Tennis: Wildcats look for successful weekend at Minnesota Mock Duals (Story)
Nov 01, 2018
Football: Wildcats’ offensive line turning a corner after early-season struggles (Story)
Oct 27, 2018
Football: Northwestern rolls past No. 20 Wisconsin in 31-17 upset, continuing upward trend in Big Ten West (Story)
Oct 20, 2018
Football: Isaiah Bowser’s big day gives Northwestern much-needed offensive spark (Story)
Oct 20, 2018
Rapid Recap: Northwestern 18, Rutgers 15 (Story)
Oct 18, 2018
Football: After up-and-down stretches, Nagel shines in his senior season (Story)
Oct 11, 2018
Football: Young receivers stand out with big-play ability, consistency (Story)
Oct 06, 2018
Football: Explosive plays key Northwestern’s offense in upset win (Story)
Sep 29, 2018
Football: Northwestern collapses again, losing 20-17 to Michigan (Story)
Sep 27, 2018
Football: As Jeremy Larkin leaves the field, running backs scramble to fill void (Story)
Sep 24, 2018
Football: Jeremy Larkin retires from football due to cervical stenosis (Story)
Sep 16, 2018
Football: Thorson’s second-half disaster dooms Northwestern (Story)
Aug 31, 2018
Football: Wildcats’ defense plays sturdily enough to secure victory (Story)
Aug 30, 2018
Rapid Recap: Northwestern 31, Purdue 27 (Story)
Apr 15, 2018
Football: Recovering from injuries, expected top safeties develop from sidelines (Story)
Apr 08, 2018
Northwestern christens Ryan Fieldhouse practice facility (Story)
Mar 08, 2018
Welsh-Ryan Arena to reopen in November, Schapiro says (Story)
Jan 02, 2018
Men’s Basketball: Woeful offense sends Northwestern to loss to Nebraska (Story)
Jan 02, 2018
Rapid Recap: Nebraska 70, Northwestern 55 (Story)
Dec 29, 2017
Football: Led by Alviti, seniors shine bright in Music City Bowl win (Story)
Dec 29, 2017
Music City Bowl Rapid Recap: No. 21 Northwestern 24, Kentucky 23 (Story)
Dec 26, 2017
Football: Northwestern readies for Music City Bowl on cusp of 10-win season (Story)
Nov 28, 2017
Women’s Basketball: Low-scoring Wildcats go 1-2 in Nashville tournament (Story)
Nov 25, 2017
Football: Northwestern’s defense shuts down Illinois in lopsided win (Story)
Nov 22, 2017
Women’s Basketball: With questionable depth, undefeated Wildcats set off for 3 games in 3 days (Story)
Nov 18, 2017
Rapid Recap: No. 23 Northwestern 39, Minnesota 0 (Story)
Nov 17, 2017
Women’s Basketball: Top assistant Sides resigns from Northwestern (Story)
Nov 16, 2017
Football: In breakout seasons, pair of Northwestern linebackers take play to new heights (Story)
Nov 12, 2017
Football: Stifling run defense helps lead Wildcats past Purdue (Story)
Nov 11, 2017
Men’s Basketball: Northwestern sneaks by Loyola Maryland in trying season-opening win (Story)
Nov 10, 2017
Rapid Recap: Northwestern 79, Loyola Maryland 75 (Story)
Nov 10, 2017
Football: After shaky start, Northwestern’s offensive line rounds into form (Story)
Nov 07, 2017
Football Roundtable: Writers talk Wildcats, Big Ten as season’s end approaches (Story)
Nov 06, 2017
Women’s Basketball: After stars depart, Northwestern enters uncertain era marked by youth, inexperience (Story)
Nov 04, 2017
Football: Northwestern beats Nebraska 31-24, earns third consecutive OT win (Story)
Nov 02, 2017
Football Notebook: Fitzgerald laments official tackling statistics (Story)
Nov 01, 2017
Field Hockey: Trio of Wildcats earn Big Ten honors (Story)
Oct 28, 2017
Football: Northwestern makes huge plays in third overtime to upset No. 16 Michigan State (Story)
Oct 25, 2017
Women’s Soccer: Clem, Stahlschmidt earn Big Ten weekly honors (Story)
Oct 19, 2017
Football: Settling into Wildcats’ starting kicker role, Kuhbander exudes confidence (Story)
Oct 19, 2017
Paxton: Fitzgerald’s attitude on targeting is good, but it needs to be better (Story)
Oct 12, 2017
Football Notebook: Pat Fitzgerald offers creative solution to linebacker conundrum (Story)
Oct 07, 2017
Rapid Recap: No. 4 Penn State 31, Northwestern 7 (Story)
Oct 06, 2017
Football: Struggling Northwestern offensive line to be challenged by Penn State (Story)
Oct 05, 2017
Field Hockey: Writers ruminate on Northwestern’s season, NCAA Tournament chances (Story)
Sep 27, 2017
Football: Point-Counterpoint: NFL careers for Northwestern gun-slingers (Story)
Sep 02, 2017
Football: Northwestern starts slow, pulls away in 31-20 win over Nevada (Story)
Aug 30, 2017
Field Hockey: Northwestern opens season with 2-1 road trip (Story)
Aug 25, 2017
Field Hockey: Deep Northwestern team seeks to replace stars (Story)
Aug 25, 2017
Mohammed Ramzan told a teammate he could not swim, police report says (Story)
Aug 17, 2017
Women’s Soccer preview: Northwestern looks for second-straight conference title (Story)
Aug 17, 2017
Football Notebook: Thomas takes advantage of opportunity, but remains understated (Story)
Aug 13, 2017
Football Notebook: Fitzgerald leaves open possibility of middle linebacker rotation (Story)
Aug 11, 2017
Women’s Basketball: In challenging rookie WNBA season, Nia Coffey remains upbeat (Story)
Aug 10, 2017
Football Notebook: Lancaster ‘proud’ to receive No. 1 jersey, calls it ‘a responsibility’ (Story)
Aug 03, 2017
Men’s Basketball: Northwestern releases full non-conference schedule (Story)
Aug 03, 2017
Foster Street, Noyes Street each to close for a week at Sheridan Road (Story)
Jul 26, 2017
Football Notebook: Northwestern to begin training camp unusually late (Story)
Jul 18, 2017
Men’s Swimming: Wilimovsky falls just short of defending world championship (Story)
Jul 18, 2017
Men’s Basketball: Collins discusses scheduling, says Northwestern won’t play post-Big Ten Tournament game (Story)
Jun 26, 2017
Men’s Basketball: Michigan’s Donlon takes NU assistant job (Story)
Jun 16, 2017
Commencement Notebook: Five awarded honorary degrees (Story)
May 25, 2017
Paxton: Despite loss, Northwestern’s nationals performance excellent, impressive (Story)
May 24, 2017
Women’s Golf: Northwestern falls in national championship match (Story)
May 08, 2017
Cross Country: O’Brien leads Northwestern in California (Story)
Apr 25, 2017
Fitzgerald, Collins sign lengthy contract extensions (Story)
Apr 25, 2017
Men’s Basketball: Lengthy Collins extension secures Northwestern’s ‘destination’ status (Story)
Apr 24, 2017
Pat Fitzgerald, Chris Collins to receive contract extensions, according to reports (Story)
Apr 13, 2017
Women’s Basketball: Coffey taken fifth overall in WNBA Draft (Story)
Apr 12, 2017
Softball: Wildcats top local rival Loyola, prepare for daunting weekend (Story)
Apr 12, 2017
Women’s Basketball: Coffey set for first round WNBA Draft selection (Story)
Apr 10, 2017
Paxton: Results under McKeown are frustrating, but he deserves his job (Story)
Apr 10, 2017
Hip-hop, electronic musician Gramatik to perform at Dillo Day (Story)
Apr 09, 2017
Men’s Golf: Fitzpatrick finishes 32nd at Masters (Story)
Apr 05, 2017
Women’s Tennis: Wildcats put perfect Big Ten streak on line (Story)
Apr 04, 2017
Men’s Golf: Former NU golfer Fitzpatrick set for Masters (Story)
Apr 02, 2017
Softball: Wildcats shut down at Michigan (Story)
Mar 30, 2017
Cross Country: Roberts runs at World Championships in Uganda (Story)
Mar 30, 2017
Former men’s basketball player Johnnie Vassar files motions regarding lawsuit against Northwestern, NCAA (Story)
Mar 29, 2017
Men’s Swimming: Wilimovsky finishes fourth at NCAAs (Story)
Mar 28, 2017
Softball: Wildcats snag win in weekend series (Story)
Mar 03, 2017
Women’s Basketball: Turnovers doom Northwestern in ugly Big Ten Tournament loss (Story)
Mar 03, 2017
Women’s Basketball: Nia Coffey leads senior charge in Northwestern’s Big Ten Tournament opener (Story)
Mar 02, 2017
Women’s Basketball: Northwestern upsets Iowa, moves on in Big Ten Tournament (Story)
Feb 28, 2017
Women’s Basketball: Despite ugly February, Wildcats enter Big Ten Tournament with confidence (Story)
Feb 27, 2017
Women’s Basketball: Nia Coffey named first-team All-Big Ten, Ashley Deary named Defensive Player of the Year (Story)
Feb 26, 2017
Women’s Basketball: Last-second buzzer-beater dooms Northwestern in loss to Purdue (Story)
Feb 23, 2017
Women’s Basketball: Nia Coffey shines in final home game (Story)
Feb 23, 2017
Women’s Basketball: Northwestern looks for late run to solidify Big Ten standing (Story)
Feb 19, 2017
Women’s Basketball: Northwestern’s seniors find success in sendoff (Story)
Feb 16, 2017
Women’s Basketball: Wildcats drop below .500 in Big Ten play after loss to Iowa (Story)
Feb 13, 2017
Women’s Basketball: Northwestern’s comeback attempt falls short in Minnesota (Story)
Feb 09, 2017
Paxton: Northwestern controls its NCAA Tournament fate, but it isn’t making its road easy (Story)
Feb 01, 2017
Women’s Basketball: Northwestern routs Wisconsin at home (Story)
Jan 31, 2017
Women’s Basketball: Northwestern readies to play struggling Wisconsin (Story)
Jan 30, 2017
Women’s Basketball: Strong defense, woeful Rutgers offense carries Northwestern to victory (Story)
Jan 25, 2017
Women’s Basketball: Early offensive struggles sink Northwestern in blowout loss to Michigan (Story)
Jan 17, 2017
Women’s Basketball: Shorthanded Wildcats take down Michigan State (Story)
Jan 14, 2017
Women’s Basketball: Northwestern holds off Indiana for emotional 80-67 win (Story)
Jan 07, 2017
Women’s Basketball: No. 3 Maryland rolls past Northwestern (Story)
Jan 05, 2017
Women’s Basketball: Northwestern faces test at No. 3 Maryland (Story)
Jan 03, 2017
Women’s Basketball: Ohio State wears down Northwestern, 94-87 (Story)
Dec 29, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Northwestern gets past Nebraska in Big Ten opener (Story)
Dec 22, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Northwestern rolls past UT Martin, readies for Big Ten play (Story)
Dec 17, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Northwestern pulls away in second half, downs Santa Clara 87-75 (Story)
Dec 11, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Coffey erases late Northwestern miscues, Wildcats win fifth straight (Story)
Dec 04, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Northwestern takes care of Chicago State in easy home win (Story)
Dec 02, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Coffey’s dominant performance carries Northwestern to win over Virginia (Story)
Nov 20, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Northwestern fades late against No. 20 DePaul (Story)
Nov 17, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Northwestern looks for signature win at cross-town rival DePaul (Story)
Nov 15, 2016
Women’s Basketball: With the nonconference season young, Northwestern sorts out its frontcourt (Story)
Nov 13, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Northwestern holds on to top Oral Roberts (Story)
Nov 11, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Northwestern gets by Hampton 67-48 in season opener (Story)
Nov 08, 2016
Paxton: Wildcats will improve markedly from last season, but just how much is up in the air (Story)
Nov 07, 2016
Women’s Basketball: After disappointing season, decorated seniors look to lead Northwestern back to the NCAA Tournament (Story)
Nov 02, 2016
Field Hockey: Entering Big Ten Tournament with postseason status unclear, Northwestern focuses on Iowa (Story)
Oct 30, 2016
Field Hockey: Wildcats sneak past Michigan State, get stonewalled by Stanford in shootout (Story)
Oct 27, 2016
Field Hockey: With Big Ten Tournament approaching, Northwestern stays confident despite recent rough patch (Story)
Oct 25, 2016
Field Hockey: As Northwestern draws more foreign players, team’s international roots grow deeper (Story)
Oct 23, 2016
Field Hockey: Michigan topples scuffling Northwestern in overtime, sending Wildcats to third straight conference loss (Story)
Oct 19, 2016
Field Hockey: In last regular-season home game, decorated seniors look to lead Northwestern out of October funk (Story)
Oct 16, 2016
Field Hockey: Northwestern felled by Iowa in overtime, extends losing streak to 3 (Story)
Oct 14, 2016
Field Hockey: After two losses, Northwestern looks to return to winning ways (Story)
Oct 09, 2016
Field Hockey: Northwestern’s winning streak comes crashing down in two weekend losses (Story)
Oct 06, 2016
Field Hockey: As Northwestern rolls along, offensive firepower leads the way (Story)
Oct 02, 2016
Field Hockey: Wildcats shellac Rutgers, Drexel in weekend road wins (Story)
Sep 29, 2016
Field Hockey: Wildcats look to continue torrid stretch (Story)
Sep 25, 2016
Field Hockey: Wildcats pull off pair of top-10 upsets (Story)
Sep 22, 2016
Field Hockey: Wildcats face pair of challenging home tests (Story)
Sep 19, 2016
Field Hockey: Wildcats open Big Ten play with win in weekend sweep (Story)
Sep 07, 2016
Field Hockey: Wildcats win at the buzzer, then fall in overtime (Story)
Sep 01, 2016
Field Hockey: Wildcats split non-conference games to open season (Story)
Aug 16, 2016
Wilimovsky takes fifth in Olympic 10k swim (Story)
Aug 13, 2016
Wilimovsky finishes fourth in 1,500 free (Story)
Aug 12, 2016
Slowing swims 400, 800 free in Rio (Story)
Aug 12, 2016
Wilimovsky advances to Olympic final in 1500 free (Story)
May 22, 2016
Baseball: Wildcats win final series but set program losses record (Story)
May 19, 2016
Men’s Swimming: Undersized and understated, Jordan Wilimovsky, Northwestern’s world champion, goes for Olympic gold (Story)
May 09, 2016
Baseball: Wildcats win first conference series in sweep of Purdue (Story)
Apr 28, 2016
Softball: Wood’s return helps solidify Northwestern’s pitching rotation (Story)
Apr 27, 2016
Softball: Drohan earns 500th career victory in Northwestern win (Story)
Apr 21, 2016
Softball: With season’s end looming, Wildcats seeking a rebound (Story)
Apr 14, 2016
Softball: Wildcats enjoying lengthy home stretch (Story)
Apr 14, 2016
Softball: Northwestern makes two late comebacks, sweeps doubleheader at Illinois (Story)
Apr 10, 2016
Softball: Northwestern sweeps Iowa aside in dominant series (Story)
Apr 03, 2016
Softball: Northwestern grabs Sunday win over No. 21 Minnesota (Story)
Mar 14, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Northwestern selected to play in WNIT (Story)
Mar 05, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Northwestern’s Big Ten Tournament run comes to abrupt end against Maryland (Story)
Mar 04, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Coffey leads the charge in another Northwestern stunner (Story)
Mar 03, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Wildcats slow down Banham, finally get past Minnesota (Story)
Mar 02, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Northwestern outlasts Wisconsin in first round of Big Ten Tournament (Story)
Mar 02, 2016
Women’s Basketball Roundtable: 2015-2016 Season Recap and Big Ten Tournament Preview (Story)
Mar 01, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Coffey, Deary earn all-conference awards (Story)
Feb 28, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Christen Inman shines in Northwestern loss (Story)
Feb 23, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Northwestern drops final conference home game to Michigan (Story)
Feb 22, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Wildcats seeking consistency, momentum as Big Ten Tournament approaches (Story)
Feb 20, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Northwestern handles Wisconsin 71-53, snaps 4-game losing streak (Story)
Feb 18, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Turnovers hurt Northwestern in loss to Penn State (Story)
Feb 16, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Wildcats still upbeat despite rough recent stretch (Story)
Feb 14, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Northwestern unable to dig out of first quarter hole (Story)
Feb 11, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Rutgers’ Copper, Scaife prove too much for Northwestern (Story)
Feb 09, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Wildcats looking to finish strong at Rutgers (Story)
Feb 07, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Minnesota outlasts Northwestern in double overtime 112-106 (Story)
Feb 04, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Northwestern snaps five-game skid with win at Illinois (Story)
Feb 03, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Skidding Northwestern limps into February (Story)
Jan 31, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Northwestern gets little production from center spot in loss to Iowa (Story)
Jan 29, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Coffey, Kunaiyi-Akpanah play a silver lining in Northwestern loss (Story)
Jan 27, 2016
Women’s Basketball: With season end looming, Northwestern sits on tournament bubble (Story)
Jan 24, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Northwestern falls at home to Indiana (Story)
Jan 20, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Northwestern downed by Minnesota after comeback bid falls short (Story)
Jan 17, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Northwestern can’t slow down red-hot Maryland shooters (Story)
Jan 15, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Kunaiyi-Akpanah’s double-double lifts Northwestern to victory (Story)
Jan 13, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Struggling Wildcats face off against Big Ten’s best (Story)
Jan 10, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Depth an issue again as Northwestern falls at Michigan State, 74-51 (Story)
Jan 07, 2016
Women’s Basketball: Northwestern falls at home to Purdue, 85-71 (Story)
Jan 03, 2016
Women’s Basketball: First quarter stretch propels Northwestern to victory (Story)
Jan 02, 2016
Men’s Basketball: Wildcats can’t contain Maryland guards Sulaimon, Trimble in loss (Story)
Dec 30, 2015
Men’s Basketball: Dererk Pardon carries Northwestern to road victory (Story)
Dec 21, 2015
Men’s Basketball: Wildcats win 8th straight, cruise past Sacred Heart (Story)
Dec 06, 2015
Women’s Basketball: Nia Coffey double-double helps Northwestern remain perfect (Story)
Dec 05, 2015
Men’s Basketball: Wildcats take care of SIUE, 81-56 (Story)
Nov 25, 2015
Men’s Basketball: Cats see big lead vanish, hold on to beat Missouri (Story)
Nov 22, 2015
Wrestling: Wildcats grounded in Chicago (Story)
Nov 22, 2015
Women’s Basketball: Deary carries Wildcats on both ends (Story)
Nov 19, 2015
Men’s Basketball: McIntosh sparks Cats in second half (Story)
Nov 16, 2015
Wrestling: Wildcats “knock the rust off” in season-opening meet (Story)
Nov 04, 2015
Field Hockey: Wildcats expecting big things at Big Ten Tournament (Story)
Oct 31, 2015
Field Hockey: Wildcats foiled by Penn State on Senior Day (Story)
Oct 25, 2015
Field Hockey: Cats earn road sweep in Ohio (Story)
Oct 24, 2015
Field Hockey: Cats dominate in win over Buckeyes (Story)
Oct 18, 2015
Field Hockey: Cats earn home split against Michigan schools (Story)
Oct 17, 2015
Field Hockey: Northwestern falls in OT again, 4-3 to Michigan (Story)
Oct 10, 2015
Field Hockey: Controversial no-call, poor finishing doom Wildcats (Story)
Oct 03, 2015
Field Hockey: Cats back to .500 after shutting out Iowa (Story)
Sep 25, 2015
Field Hockey: Cats hit the road for a pair of pivotal Big Ten games (Story)