Daily Archives: September 10, 2010

New coach hired amid lawsuit

This summer, the Linfield athletics department hired a former Montana State

University coach following an arduous search for a new women’s head basketball coach.

But close to the hiring date, a lawsuit that new coach Robin Potera-Haskins filed against MSU was settled by the NCAA primarily

in favor of the institution. The lawsuit surrounded the disparity in treatment and funding between the men’s and women’s basketball

programs at MSU, among other issues. Potera-Haskins said she has plans to pursue an appeal.

A hiring committee made up of athletic director Scott Carnahan, men’s basketball coach Larry Doty, track and field coach Gary

Kilgore, senior administrator Dawn

Graff-Haight and several members of the women’s basketball team screened many

candidates before deciding on Potera-Haskins. She was hired for her wealth of experience, especially in turning around sagging


Carnahan said he has no doubt the new coach can turn the women’s basketball

program into a formidable team in a few years, and Potera-Haskins said she is thrilled at the challenge.

Look for a full story on her history, her outlook on her new job and player thoughts on the new coach in next week’s issue of The
Linfield Review.

~Compiled by Chris Forrer

’Cats end preseason in top five

Junior Jenna Quiring (left) lends defensive support to freshman Danielle Scott (far right) as they maintain possession against Northwest Christian University senior Kori Wilgus on Sept. 1. The Wildcats beat the Beacons 5-0 and had 27 shots on goal. Joel Ray/Freelancer

No two games are the same — the Linfield women’s soccer team can attest to that. With a mixed bag of results during preseason,

conference season is right around the corner, and the polls suggest Linfield is expected to win fourth.

The high number of women that came out this year brought talent to the team. Freshman Emily Fellows was picked for last week’s

Northwest Conference Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week. The award earned her a starting position in all games so far. She

“For the rest of the season, I want to keep working hard to improve as a team and individually and hopefully we can all have a

successful season,” Fellows said.

The last preseason game wrapped up at home against Warner Pacific with a score of 4-0. Freshman Emily Fellows had all four

goals for Linfield. The third goal was taken by Fellows as well, after being fouled in the box.

“As a team we have been working together, but we’re always looking to improve every day in practice and at games,” Fellows


The girls had a good start and maintained it, overcoming a weekend of upset as the women had traveled to Corban and Southern

Oregon and lost both games.

“I definitely think we have started the season off well,” senior and captain Sara Blake said. “We have set high standards for

ourselves as a team, but we still have a lot of learning and growing to do.”

concluded the preseason with seven goals and two assists in four games.

The women’s team kicks off the conference season against Willamette University, September 15 at 5 p.m.

Corrina Crocker/Sports editor
Corrina Crocker can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com

Volleyball digs deep against top teams

Junior Tara Hill makes the drop shot as junior Kelsey Franklin looks on in hope of a point for the Wildcats during the first home game. Victor Zhu/ Freelancer

The volleyball team is two for two as the team travels to Colorado for the Colorado College Invitational this weekend.

The women face off on Friday and Saturday against Wheaton College, Eastern University and nationally ranked Colorado College.

It’s the women’s last weekend to get matches in preseason before conference starts against Pacific University at home on Sept. 15.

Linfield’s last matches were at the Boxer Kickoff hosted by Pacific. The women brought their A-game as they won two of three


Juniors Samantha Lau and Tara Hill and sophomore Cora Hall all led the team to a victory.

The women had a good comeback from losing their first home match against Northwest Christian University, 22-25, 25-21, 25-14

and 25-15. Although it was a sad loss for the Wildcats, it was a night of celebration for coach Shane Kimura as he coached his 1,000th

match that night. Lau and junior Bethany Dickey tied for 17 digs that night.

~Complied by Corrina Crocker

Corrina Crocker can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com

Men’s soccer through the preseason battles

Senior midfielder Carter Elhabbassi heads the ball for distance during the men’s first home game against Evergreen State College. The men tied the game 2-2. Joel Ray/Freelancer

With only two games under their belt, the men still have the weekend to prepare for the conference season that is quickly


The men’s first preseason game resulted in a tie against Evergreen State, 2-2. Freshman Tyler Repic had both goals against

Evergreen, Sept. 1.

The second game was not as hopeful for the men and resulted in a loss against Northwest Christian, 2-1. Senior Michel Camacho

scored the only goal against Northwest Christian.

“It’s still early. We’re only two games in and I think we have the right mix of players and it’s a matter of a few games until we get it

figured out as a unit,” Camacho said.

In addition to a new season, the men’s team added a familiar face to the coaching staff. A senior who graduated last year, Travis

Issacs joined the team, not as a player, but as an assistant coach.

“It’s tough because I want to play, but I enjoy being a part of the team, and I feel that I have enough knowledge that I can benefit the

team, and the guys respect that so the transition is easy,” Issacs said.

As an experienced alum himself, Issacs knows what the players are capable of and what they should expect of themselves.

“I expect them to compete in the top half of the league. They have the parts they need to put them together,” Issacs said.

Expectations are high for the men this year as the conference season approaches.

“You always want to aim high for a conference championship, but a top three finish is very possible,” Camacho said. “Its going to be

a dog fight and, like the previous years, its going to come down to who can take advantage of the game.”

The men’s soccer team plays both Sept. 10 and 11 to wrap up the preseason.

Corrina Crocker/Sports editor

Corrina Crocker can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com

Time should be up for ‘Big Ben’ over rape charges

Hey ’Cats. Seeing as this is my first column for the Review, I was hoping to spend it writing about the best football team on

Earth (the Oregon Ducks, of course). But recent developments with a certain Duck alumnus directed my interest toward the NFL.

I recently developed an interest in professional football after years of avoiding what my mother once called the “overpaid sissies”

that populate the league. (She has since reformed her opinions, NFL loyal, so no hate mail directed at my dear mother.) But I digress.

I’ve been loosely monitoring former Duck Dennis Dixon since he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers a few years back. Last

season, I cheered for him in his first NFL start (an overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens in which he played admirably), and this week

he was named the Steelers’ starter for the first four games of the season.

After a little more digging into what enabled his sudden ascension, I stumbled on “Big Ben” Roethlisberger’s suspension and

immediately knew what I had to write about.

As the NFL loyal know, “Big Ben” was suspended for 4-6 games by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was accused of

raping a 20-year-old college student during the summer. The accuser claimed Roethlisberger asked the young woman, a worker at a

resort the player was staying at, to check on his TV, which he claimed wasn’t working. He then proceeded to kiss her forcefully, undress

her and force her to have sex with him.

After a quick stint in court, the charges were dropped by the student, who didn’t want to attract too much attention to herself. Shortly

following, the suspension was handed down, and last week it was reduced from six games to four.

In this reporter’s opinion, it wasn’t enough. He shouldn’t ever be allowed to throw a football again.

But let me back up for a second before the handful of Steelers faithful on campus start firebombing my bedroom. While everybody

knows about this incident and it’s still decorating the ESPN.com home page months after it’s occurrence, there is a staggering lack of

any mention of the first time “Big Ben” was accused of rape. That’s right, NFL fans: “Big Ben” can’t keep his “Little Ben” in his pants.

In 2006, he was accused of rape by a similar-aged student in Tahoe. He went to court and the charges were dropped. Sound


On the subject of the more recent charge and subsequent suspension: I can’t blame Goodell for reducing it. As a close friend of

mine pointed out, he wasn’t convicted, so the league couldn’t have justified losing one of its top moneymakers for the full length of the

suspension. What I blame, in this case are the media and the U.S. justice system.

The media want “Big Ben,” and the media are going to get him, even if it means the power of celebrity yet again deludes the

workings of the U.S. justice system. How many times have we seen celebrities dodge major convictions? OJ did it; MJ did it; and now

Roethelisberger has done it, twice.

And that’s not all. After the second rape accusation last summer, dozens of teammates came forward with testimonies about his

terrible locker-room attitude, his hugely inflated ego and his lack of any sort of responsibility. “Big Ben plays for Big Ben” was the

overwhelming message that poured from the Steelers camp.

“Big Ben” has got a very, very big head, because he knows the people want to see him. He knows that he’s a celebrity, and he

knows that he can get away with whatever he wants. Do you see the writing on the wall yet, folks?

Mike Tomlin does. This week he wouldn’t confirm with the media that Roethelisberger will get his starting job back when he returns. I

couldn’t agree more; Dixon is young, talented, has tremendous upside and, unlike “Big Ben,”is a team player. That’s why I think it’s time

to let the clock strike 12 on “Big Ben” and let Dixon take over this Steelers team.

Chris Forrer/Freelancer
Chris can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.