Daily Archives: February 20, 2012
A Linfield athlete set a record at the Washington Indoor Open at the University of Washington on Feb. 11 and 12, representing Linfield alongside 12 other athletes.
Senior Catherine Street set a new NCAA Division III pole vault record with a height of 13-09.25.
“I have been working so hard and I’m really happy to see it starting to pay off,” Street said.
Street attends the Portland nursing campus, making it difficult to be part of the team.
“I’m lucky the Linfield coaches let me practice at my club, Willamette Strider Track Club in Oregon City so I don’t have to drive every day to McMinnville,” Street said.
Despite not being able to workout with the team, Street still practices on her own for two to four hours a day.
Street hopes to be the first women NCAA Division III athlete to pole vault over 14 feet and hopes to make it to the Olympic trials someday.
Senior Misty Corwin also competed well in the pole vault, clearing 11 feet.
Five Linfield athletes competed in the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash.
In the women’s 60-meter dash, junior Melany Crocker ran 8.25 seconds, while freshman Halsie Peek ran 8.21 seconds.
In the women’s 200-meter dash, Crocker ran 27.62 seconds while Peek ran 27.85 seconds.
In the men’s 200 meter dash, sophomore Michael Madden ran 24.17 seconds, junior Clayton Cooper ran 24.07 seconds and freshman Colin Nelson ran 23.67 seconds.
Cooper and Madden also competed in the 400-meter dash, running 53.23 seconds and 53.08 seconds, respectively. Senior Barrett Zetterberg also competed in the 400-meter dash, with a time of 53.85 seconds.
Freshman Madison Trowbridge ran the 800-meter run in her first collegiate indoor track meet, finishing with a time of 2:27.10.
Senior Lucian Battaglia ran the 800-meter run for the men’s side, finishing with a time of 1:58.65.
represented Linfield in the shot put. Sophomore Courtney Alley threw 30-10.50, while sophomore Anna LeBeaume threw 41-02.50.
“Anna LeBeaume did well in the shot and has a shot at making nationals,” head track and field coach Travis Olson said.
Freshman Garrett Soumokil was the only Linfield athlete to participate in the jumps. In the long jump, Soumokil jumped 19-08.25. In the triple jump, Soumokil jumped 41-08.00.
“Our goal this year is to be in the top three on both the men’s and women’s teams,” Olson said. “I feel like the women have a good shot at winning the conference if everything goes well toward the end of the season.”
Linfield’s next track meet will be a home meet.
The Linfield Erik Anderson Icebreaker is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. March 2 and 9 a.m. March 3.
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After a disappointing season, the men’s soccer team received a new coach this year, Chuck Bechtol, who has been coaching for 17 years at a variety of different levels.
Bechtol said he decided to come to Linfield after feeling that the school had a solid opportunity for success.
“I like the thought of being part of changing the culture and creating a program that the current players, future players and the alumni can be proud of,” Bechtol said in an email.
Bechtol has spent time coaching club soccer in McMinnville with MYSA as well as in Portland with FC Portland. In addition, he was the head coach of the boy’s soccer team for the past four years and the girl’s head coach for the past two years at McMinnville High School.
Bechtol said he felt that being an alumnus created much interest for him in coming back in hopes of becoming a part of the team and turning things around.
“[I wanted to be a coach because] it was a way for me to give back. Some of the greatest influential people in my life were the coaches I played for,” Bechtol said.
Bechtol said that by becoming a coach, he would be able to become a part of helping to develop people as well as players.
“The game has been very good to me, and I wanted to give back,” Bechtol said.
Bechtol played soccer, basketball and golf in high school, as well as soccer in college.
While here at Linfield, Bechtol has many goals for the future.
“My main goal is to create change,” Bechtol said. “And, to give the players who are currently in the program an opportunity to develop, improve and enjoy their experience here. To get better every day, both as players and people, on and off the field.”
Next season has high hopes for change. With the strength coming behind a new coach, the team will have a good chance of success.
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There are many distinctions an athlete or coach can receive during their time as a Wildcat. Among these is being recognized at the Oregon Sports Awards. This year, there were five individuals nominated for awards, as well as the Linfield softball team. The ceremony was held Feb. 12 in Beaverton, Ore., at the Nike World Headquarter Campus.
Linfield was well represented at the OSA. Up for individual awards were seniors Drew Fisher, Staci Doucette, Emily Lepp and junior Tim Wilson. Softball coach Jackson Vaughan was named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association coaching staff of the year. The Linfield softball team was nominated and was awarded the Pasero Award.
The softball team broke both the Northwest Conference record for games won in a season, winning 51 contests in 2011. They also beat the team home run record with 103 home runs. Another high point the team reached this season was being ranked in the top-20 in the country for their grade point average of 3.4.
Accepting the award for the team were Kayla Hurich and Claire Velaski, class of ’11. This is the second time the softball team has received the Pasero Award.
The Linfield football team has also received this award, receiving it five times in the last 30 years.
Vaughan was nominated for the Slats Gill Sportsperson of the Year Award, which honors Oregon’s top coach or athletics administrator.
“The other finalists were Chip Kelly, Nigel Burton, Merritt Paulson and Steve Coury. The winner ended up being Merritt Paulson— the Owner of the Portland Timbers,” Vaughan said in an email. “I was very honored to be nominated for the award and to represent Linfield and the other small colleges in Oregon against some of the biggest names in Oregon sports.”
Many athletes gathered for the distribution of awards. Throughout the night, 26 awards in 19 categories were given out. Both Fisher and Wilson were nominated for the men’s Ad Rutschman Small College Athlete of the Year award, but were beat out by Concordia University’s Bryant Sentman.
Meanwhile, Doucette and Lepp were nominated for the women’s Ad Rutschman Award, which was given to Oregon Tech University’s Jackie Imhof.
Lepp was honored by the experience of being nominated for an award and being a part of such a strong athletic program.
“It has made my college experience very fulfilling,” Lepp said. “My teammates mean the world to me and I don’t know what I would do or where I would be without them. They are my closest friends, and they have made my college experience one that I will look back on and remember all these great memories that I’ve had with them.”
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The Wildcats fell to the University of Puget Sound during the last game of the season. The men’s basketball team fought to keep up with the Loggers but ended the season with a halt when the Loggers pulled ahead in the second half during its home game Feb. 18.
The game started off with sophomore Cory Hendryx taking the lead by sinking two free throws in the first 30 seconds of the game.
However, the game quickly changed when the Loggers took the lead in the first half and doubled the Wildcats in the first 10 minutes.
Keeping up the fight, the Wildcats worked their way back into contention, ending the first half in a tie of 35-35.
Starting the second half, the Loggers lost no time getting ahead. The Wildcats struggled to keep up, losing 87 to 67.
The Wildcats made 45 of 100 shots, while the Loggers made 56 of 103 shots.
In previous action, on Feb. 17, the Wildcats competed against the George Fox University Bruins in Newberg, Ore. They took an early lead, setting the pace during the first half. The team racked up the points early, ending the first half with a score of 33-18.
Continuing on with the second half, the Wildcats did not slow down. They scored shot after shot, doubling their points from the second half by the end of the game, winning 61-37.
The team ended the season with a record of five wins and 19 losses.
“I feel this season did not go as anyone wanted it to,” freshman Chris Dirks said in an email. “We definitely had our ups like our game on the road against George Fox and our home game against Willamette. But overall I think we all wanted better results.”
Reflecting on the season, the team faced some challenges, but worked to overcome them.
“Our team faced a fair share of challenges this year, from players quitting to a coach quitting,” Dirks said. “On top of that, we had a lot of injuries. The worst was our road game against Pacific University because [Zach Meikle], David Lee, and Andrew Batiuk were all hurt. David Lee also missed a lot of our games which hurt a lot, and once he returned, we started playing much better.”
The team will lose two seniors, Anderson and Lee, two major scorers for the team.
Dirks describes the seniors as “[the] players that stood out the most. [They] both had amazing seasons,” Dirks said.
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As the season comes to a close, seniors Gretchen Owens and Brynna Fuller finished strong with Owens scoring 22 points and Fuller making all six of her free throw shots during the game against the University of Puget Sound on Feb. 18.
During the first half of the game, the lead went back and forth between both teams.
By intermission, the Loggers had a four-point lead with the score at 37-33.
During the second half, the game changed as many more shots were missed, which allowed the Loggers to maintain their lead throughout the rest of the game.
Players fought to try to catch up with the closest being at 11:22, then Owens made a shot and only gave the Loggers a three-point lead.
Freshman Katelyn Henson scored 12 points and had six rebounds.
With the statistics of this season, Henson should have a strong season next year.
Sophomore Kaely Maltman also spotlighted during the game with 12 points and three rebounds.
Freshman Tyra Barawis was out with a broken foot
for most of the season and plans on coming back strong next year.
Throughout the game, there were many shots taken but few were actually made.
Missed shots allowed the Loggers to gain a lead over the Wildcats.
The game ended with a win for the Loggers.
The Wildcats played the George Fox Bruins on Feb. 17, who just gained their fifth conference title.
With the Bruins having an undefeated season, the Wildcats had their work cut out for them.
Owens scored 20 points with Henson following behind with 12 points.
Within the first few minutes, it seemed that the Wildcats were starting off strong, fighting to end the Bruin’s undefeated season.
The Wildcats lost steam after tying the game at 9:16 with a score of 18-18.
The game changed as the Bruin’s took charge of the court and made a great lead for the team.
The first half ended with the Bruins leading 43-27.
The Bruins kept their lead throughout the second half and kept their streak with their win of 66-52.
Henson had three blocks and five rebounds.
Junior Nicole Barton helped with her two blocks made in the first half of the game.
The team plans on hosting optional practices so that players can still keep improving and those who were injured have the chance to practice with the team again.
Next season’s team will have to recover from losing its leading scorer who averaged 19 points per game.
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