Monthly Archives: May 2011

’Cats drop final game of regionals

The baseball team’s journey at the NCAA Abilene Regional ended against Chapman University on May 21, when the ’Cats lost 7-8.

The baseball team had continued in the NCAA Division III competition for two more rounds after its win against University of Texas at Tyler 6-3 on May 19. Linfield beat Trinity University 9-6 the next day.

While the game against Chapman did not turn out in a win for the Wildcats, baseball team put up a fight. The score bounced back and forth between Chapman and Linfield as they fought for the lead.

It wasn’t until the ninth inning when Chapman pulled ahead by a single run, which sent the Wildcats home.

When asked about his  most memorable moment while at regionals, senior catcher Cole Bixenman
reflected on the tournament and his teammates.

“Probably my boy Gunnar Cederberg hitting a huge two run homer in our win against Trinity. That was a big momentum play for us,” he said.

While the Linfield experience has ended for the team’s seniors, Bixenman said that being a part of the team has been great, and the experience will not soon be forgotten.

“It’s been great to be a part of such a winning program for four years,” he said. “To go through the trials and tribulations of a baseball season is crazy, and to see how each and every year the different groups of guys pulled together as one will stick with me forever.”

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Seniors paint Linfield tradition

The senior bench sits between Pioneer and Riley halls, waiting for this year’s makeover.

Four seniors will carry on Linfield’s tradition of gathering during the night to paint the senior bench before Spring Commencement.

Seniors Adriana Daoust, Jennifer Worcester, Arminda Gandara and Kaycee Hallstrom volunteered to represent the Class of ’11 by decorating the bench, Hallstrom, the group’s committee chair, said.

“We know that we want it to be something different from other years and that we will include the school colors,” Hallstrom said.

Hallstrom said that all seniors received an email inviting them to help paint the bench.

Director of College Activities Dan Fergueson said painting the bench has been a school tradition long before he started working at Linfield 12 years ago. He said it represents different themes and memories that are important to each class.

“It gives the folks in the senior class an easy way to leave their mark,” he said.

Fergueson said the Class of ’02 dedicated the bench to the tragic events of 9/11, while other classes painted light-hearted themes, such as Dr. Seuss quotes or signatures from graduates. He also said that it’s typical for seniors to paint the bench late at night before Commencement.

“They stay true to form by putting it off until the last minute,” he said. “It’s one last chance for them to procrastinate on a project before they graduate.”
Fergueson said he recalled a particular year in which this procrastination led to some humorous difficulties.

“About four or five years ago, they painted the bench the night before Commencement, and it didn’t dry in time for the ceremony,” he said. “I was helping with rounds in the wee hours of the morning, and I remember seeing their cars circled around the bench with the headlights shining it on so that they could see to paint.”

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Softball comes home with national title

Freshman pitcher Shelby VandeBergh celebrates her team’s May 24 return to campus with congratulatory hugs. The Wildcats secured the national title that morning when they defeated the Christopher Newport University Captains 6-2.


Community members hold up a homemade poster while waiting in anticipation for the Linfield softball team’s arrival May 24. People from McMinnville and Linfield cheered the Wildcats as they returned to Linfield from Salem, Va. The ’Cats rolled up to the celebration with a police escort surrounding their coach bus.

Linfield students, faculty, fans and a motorcade escort welcomed the National Champion softball team back to campus after back-to-back wins over the Christopher Newport University Captains in Salem, Va., on May 24.

After losing 4-0 to the University of Texas at Tyler Patriots on May 21, the ’Cats had to battle their way through the elimination bracket, winning three loser-out games to face Christopher Newport in two championship games.

“We played nervous against Texas-Tyler,” head coach Jackson Vaughan said, “but we still felt like we were the best team there. It would be tough, but there was still a chance.”

The ’Cats would get another chance at Texas-Tyler, but not before taking down Eastern Connecticut State University 9-1 on May 22 and the State University of New York College at Cortland 12-1 on May 23.

In the second of three games the ’Cats played May 23, they avenged their loss to Texas-Tyler, beating the Patriots 7-1.

The third game was the first of the two games that decided the national champion. Senior pitcher Claire Velaski and junior pitcher Lauren Harvey each gave up just two hits in the 6-0 shutout of Christopher Newport. Sophomore third baseman Karleigh Prestianni blasted a home run and contributed three RBI to boost the offense.

The ’Cats faced off one last time against Christopher Newport on May 24.

The ’Cats got on the board first when they scored one run in the opening frame, but after five and a half innings of play the score was tied at two, and the game was delayed because of lightning.

When play resumed, Prestianni opened what would be a four-run inning for the ’Cats with a solo home run. Harvey held the Captains scoreless in the bottom of the seventh inning to secure the 6-2 win and national title.

“[The feeling] is unreal; there is nothing like it. After that last out it was just a rush of adrenaline and euphoria,” junior outfielder Jaydee
Baxter said.

“This was our goal from the very first time we met this year, so to go and be ranked number one and have that pressure all year and then to win it is amazing,” Vaughan said.

The ’Cats finished the season with a 51-3 record and six players were named to the all-tournament team including Velaski, Harvey, Prestianni, Baxter, senior shortstop Emily Keagbine, junior catcher Emilee Lepp and junior first baseman
Staci Doucette.

“I guess it hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Doucette said. “I think we’re all still a little shocked but it’s definitely exciting and it was a cool experience.”

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Coming full circle: Hansen’s speech rounds off seniors’ four years at Linfield

In late August 2007, Dave Hansen, professor of economics and dean of students emeritus, welcomed the class of 2011 to Linfield with an orientation speech in the Oak Grove. Four years later, Hansen will give the Commencement speech for the class of 2011, and bring its time at Linfield to a close in that same spot on the Oak Grove.

On their first day in 2007, the class of 2011 listened to Hansen speak of the future. He asked students who they were and where they had come from, and then asked them to look forward to their four years at Linfield and to Commencement day. He asked them to imagine what he would say about them on their Commencement day and how they would change in their four years on campus. Hansen asked them to consider the development that they would undergo throughout their stay at Linfield and to consider the challenges and opportunities that would await them.

On May 29 Hansen will again ask the students to look into the future, but also into the past. He will ask them what developments they have made, what challenges they have faced and what victories they have had. He will ask them to imagine what lies ahead in five or 10 years and how they will further grow outside of Linfield’s campus. Hansen’s Commencement speech is intended to be a companion to the speech he gave August 2007, and will focus on many of the same elements.

Most importantly, Hansen said he would focus on the nature of the celebration. He said that Commencement is an important day to celebrate for students and their families and that it is the beginning of a new part of their lives. Hansen would like students to focus on the celebration.

“I think what I do want them to remember is the feeling of joy and elation,” Hansen said. “I want them to take away a sense of joy.”

Hansen also said he is happy to be given the responsibility and honor of giving the Commencement speech. He said he could not remember his own Commencement speech, but, instead, remembered the celebration of the day, and he would like to focus on that joy.

“I suspect the day will be a memorable day in their life whether I speak at all,” said Hansen.

Although he will not add any individual memories within his speech, Hansen said he has had many memorable moments, and watching his students graduate will be an emotional occasion for him. He said that he will fondly remember the students whom he has watched grow and thrive as they receive their diplomas.

Marissa Cole/News editor
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Wildcats go 1-1 in their first two games in Texas

The Wildcats traveled to Abilene, Texas for regionals on May 16. Linfield played against Concordia University Texas on May 18, and then played against University of Texas-Tyler on May 19. After Linfield lose their first game 5-2, they won their second game 6-3.

Upon arriving in Abilene, Texas, the team scouted out the field, when all the teams were invited to practice. Lawrence University is hosting regionals at the Fox Cities Stadium.

During Linfield’s first game, both teams started off slow until Concordia University Texas scored two runs in the fourth inning. Linfield didn’t get on the board until the sixth inning where they scored their two runs of the game. With a double elimination policy, the team was paired up with University Texas-Tyler who lost against Chapman University.

Freshmen pitcher Zach Brandon said that the team’s excitement got the better of them as they struggled to get players that were on base home.

“We definitely had our chances during the game, where we could have put runs on the board. We just could get those big hits to bring in our players who were on base,” he said.

Making up for their lost in the game before, Linfield scored five runs in the first inning during their game against University of Texas-Tyler. Senior second baseman Eric Evenson was the first score, followed by sophomore center fielder Tim Wilson, senior catcher Cole Bixenman, freshmen left fielder Nate McClellan, and sophomore Clayton Truex. Linfield stayed in lead even with two runs scored against them in the fifth and ninth inning.

Brandon said that the team had a great first inning, and they were pumped up for their second game.

“We had a great first inning. We were able to ride the momentum, and we all did a great job,” he said. “[Freshman Pitcher] Zach Manley also did great on the mound and our defense was doing great at backing him up.”

Winning this game will keep the Wildcats in the fight to win regionals. Their next game is May 20 against Trinity University.

For the seniors of the team, this will be their last chance at playing in regionals.

Evenson has been on the team since his freshmen year, he said that being on the team has helped shaped him as a person.

“Linfield baseball has shaped me in so many ways. I’ve developed habits related to discipline and the pursuit of excellence in anything I do, not just on the field. Most of all its about the people involved. My teammates and coaches are so important to me and will be lasting friendships,” he said.

He also advises the younger players to enjoy the journey while it lasts.

“I’d just advise younger players to enjoy the journey,” he said. “It’s easy to also look ahead to the end product but the most valuable stuff is how you got there.”

Kaylyn Peterson/Sports editor
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