Daily Archives: October 16, 2012

Sports Illustrated writer discusses narratives

Chris Ballard, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated and author of four books, visited Linfield’s Nicholson Library on Oct. 10 to give a lecture about his book “One Shot At Forever: A Small Town, An Unlikely Coach and a Magical Baseball Season” and discuss his writing career.

To begin the lecture, Ballard discussed the difference between writing a piece for a magazine and writing a book.

“Writing a magazine, you have a one-month love affair,” Ballard said.  “With my book, it took two years of research.”

Ballard’s book, “One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, An Unlikely Coach and a Magical Baseball Season,” tells the story of the 1971 Macon Ironmen Baseball team.

Macon is a small rural town in Illinois. The book depicts the lives of the coach, the players and the community during their run to the state championship game.

The book dives into the lives of the coach, Lynn Swan, the players and the way the season affected and still affects the community today.

“I learned a lot about the sports writing analysis field,” sophomore Joe Stevick said.

Ballard’s book has received great reviews and was called “a beautiful and unforgettable book,” by Buzz Bissinger, author of “Friday Night Lights.”

As the lecture drew on, one could tell that the season had an enormous effect because of placement of the town and the characters that lived there.

“To see the power [of sports] in small towns is something we really forget today,” Ballard said.

Ballard, who has primarily covered baseball and basketball, while working for Sports Illustrated, has spent time writing about big-name athletes like Barry Bonds and Lebron James. Although these are superb athletes, Ballard believes the best stories come from the lesser-known athletes.

“Better stories in sports are at the fringes, where it matters, where people actually care about it,” Ballard said.

Ballard’s book brings this idea to light through a story that only the people of this little farm community remember.

“He gave a great summary about his book and expressed a lot of insightful things about writing non-fictional sports stories,” Stevick said.

Chris Ballard has written for Sports Illustrated for the last 12 years.

Ballard also has work published in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and Men’s’ Health.

Nicholson Library and the Political Science department sponsored the lecture.


Chris Haddeland/ Culture editor

Chris Haddeland can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

Swim team introduces new talent to the pool

The men and women’s swim team is starting the season with new members, big goals and lots of yardage in the pool. The members look forward to getting to know each other better through team events and travel opportunities.

“At the beginning of the year, we go on a retreat to the Oregon coast, and all the old team members get to know the new team members,” sophomore Aidan Willers said. “A lot of team bonding takes place, and we leave with new friends and memories to last a life time.”

New swimmers on the team include freshmen Andrew Neilsen, Ian White, Jade Boyd, Caitlynn Duffner, Nikki Overton, Liz Fry, Ally Ortner, Caitlynn Fahlgren, freshman transfer Alec Greenaway and junior Daniel Palacios.

“We always have new talents, and this year we have spunky, enthusiastic freshmen. They are great at competing in the pool and at laughing after practice, and I have enjoyed getting to know them and train beside them,” senior Rhiannon Ladwig said. “These freshmen have brought a fresh perspective to our team’s training habits and competition level that I have not seen in my four years.”

“Ian White, on the men’s team, and Nikki Overton, on the women’s team, will be great additions to our team this year. They’re both very fast, and we’re excited to see what they can do for us,” sophomore Ian Coker said. “All our new additions to the team are great additions, and in a sport like swimming where it’s so easy to get lost inside your own head, it’s really nice to have teammates who are there to pick you up when you get down. We’re lucky as a team to have them.”

The team wants to finish in the top three or four at conference.

“Last year we swam pretty well, but I think this year we have a little more talent and some more continuity so we definitely have the potential to place higher as a team,” Coker said. “I think we’d also like to win a few more dual meets. We were pretty close to beating Pacific last year and we’d like to see if we could win a few more.”

Other goals include developing a more tightly knit and cohesive team. Willers said he especially wants everyone to feel included and important to the team.

Ladwig and senior Katie Main want to enjoy their last season encouraging the team both in and out of the pool and training harder than ever. Main believes the potential is there for winning conference.

“We are preparing for upcoming meets by training hard and setting a high bar for ourselves. The coaches have been strong in training our team, and we are doing more cross-training, which will help us become better athletes and help in the pool,” Ladwig said.

The team has done a few test sets, getting ready to swim at upcoming meets. The first meets will be Oct. 27 and 28 in Forest Grove, Ore., and Portland, as it starts off the Northwest Conference.


Kelsey Sutton/ Managing editor

Kelsey Sutton can be reached at linfieldreviewmanaging@gmail.com.

Wildcats eliminate Pirates


Ivanna Tucker/ Sports editor
Freshman John Shaffer rushed for an eight-yard touchdown in the first quarter against Whitworth
University on Oct. 13 at Maxwell Stadium. Shaffer rushed 108 yards on 15 carries. Linfield won 54-14.

Returning to the comforts of home for the first time in more than a month, the Linfield football team put together its most complete victory of the season with a 54-14 thrashing of the Whitworth University Pirates.

Playing in front of a Homecoming crowd of more than 3,500 at Maxwell Field, the Linfield defense limited Whitworth to just 225 yards of total offense.

On the other side of the ball, senior quarterback Mickey Inns had a career-high five touchdown passes, while leading an offensive attack that rolled up 585 total yards. The victory moved the Wildcats to 5-0 (2-0 Northwest Conference), pushing “The Streak” of Linfield’s consecutive winning seasons to 57.

“Fifty-seven years is pretty impressive,” junior cornerback Ian Zarosinski said. “It means a lot to be a part of such a winning tradition. A lot of guys before us laid down the history for us.”

The Wildcats started slow, with freshman running back Tavon Willis giving up a rare Linfield fumble on the Wildcats’ first sustained drive.

Junior cornerback Brandon Funk picked off a Bryan Peterson pass on the Pirates’ next drive to give Inns and the offense great field position at the Whitworth 13-yard line. A lob to junior receiver Deidre Wiersma put Linfield ahead 7-0 on the next play.

Four minutes later, freshman running back John Shaffer bulled his way into the end zone from eight yards to widen the margin to 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. Meanwhile, the Linfield defense had only allowed 17 yards of offense in the entire period.

“We just had a solid game plan,” Zarosinski said. “It’s really just a physical battle, and our big guys won up front and made it easier for us in the secondary.”

Inns fired a 31-yard laser to sophomore receiver Charlie Poppen on the first play of the second quarter to extend Linfield’s lead to 21-0, but things stalled for the ’Cats after that.

Junior quarterback Josh Yoder was stuffed on four consecutive rushes from within the Whitworth five-yard line to turn the ball over on downs.

Shortly after, junior kicker Josh Kay pulled a 42-yard attempt wide right. Inns righted the ship with time running low in the first half with another scoring strike to Wiersma, this one from eight yards. A sack by junior defensive end Michael MacClanathan, one of four for the Linfield defense, ended the first half on a strong note for the Wildcats.

“I think this is the first week we really came together,” Shaffer said. “This was our best week this year.”

Inns and his receivers put the game out of reach early in the second half with a pair of touchdowns.

Sophomore receiver David Sigler pulled down a 38-yard bomb followed by an eight-yard grab by junior receiver Zack Young. Up 41-0, head coach Joseph Smith opted to empty his benches, allowing Inns, Shaffer, and the other starters time to rest. Shaffer has seen a meteoric rise to the starting tailback spot after senior backs Josh Hill and Stephen Nasca suffered injuries earlier in the season. The freshman picked up 108 yards and a touchdown on just 15 carries.

“Coming in, I knew about the seniors. I just prepared. You never know what’s going to happen,” Shaffer said. “Even though they’ve gone down, Hill and Nasca are around and have been mentors for me and the other guys, helping us out every play to get better.”

Yoder went to work with the reserve offense and continued the blowout, throwing a 52-yard touchdown to sophomore Evan Peterson on his first drive and a six-yard lob to sophomore Derek Priestly on his second, rounding out Linfield’s scoring at 54.

In the fourth quarter, with the contest out of reach and the second and third-string ’Cats in the game, Whitworth managed two meaningless scoring drives to avoid a shutout, setting the final score at 54-14.

“I felt like some of the backups played hard and showed they can compete,” Zarosinski said. “I tip my hat to those guys. [Whitworth] still had their starters in the game.”

Halfway through the season, Linfield remains in the driver’s seat for a fourth consecutive NWC championship. An Oct. 27 showdown at Maxwell Field against 6-0 Willamette looms, but first, the ’Cats must go on the road to Lewis & Clark on Oct. 20.

Additionally, the Wildcats remain firmly at No. 3 in the www.d3football.com Top-25 poll with good position to secure a high regional seed for the playoffs should they win their remaining four games. No matter what the outcome of the season, “The Streak” lives on at 57 years.

“I was just hoping we could have put another field goal on the board to score 57 points for 57 years,” Zarosinski said. “But it wasn’t meant to be.”

Chris Forrer/ For the Review

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


Women’s soccer builds back winning streak

The women’s soccer team lengthened its winning streak and maintains the top spot in conference with two wins against Lewis & Clark College and Willamette University on Oct. 13 and 14.

The Wildcats seized the 3-0 win against the Willamette Bearcats on Oct. 14, led by three separate scorers.

Sophomore Stephanie Socotch claimed the first goal of the game, followed by junior Emily Fellows. With a half  hour remaining, freshman Emma Vukic scored the third and final goal of the game, her sixth of the year.

“I think my work ethic has improved a lot, as well as my understanding of our team’s type of play, which is very quick, direct and dangerous. I feel like I’m starting to keep up, and that I’ve adapted to my position,” Vukic said.

The Wildcats outshot the Bearcats 28-4 and won 16 corner kicks.

Thanks to a pair of goals scored by Vukic, the women’s team snagged a 2-1 victory against the Lewis & Clark Pioneers on Oct. 13.

Thirteen minutes into the game, Vukic tapped the ball into the net, securing her first goal. She scored again only nine minutes later and was assisted by Fellows on both goals.

“It felt really good to score, and incredible to score two,” Vukic said. “I was still hungry for more after that, though.”

“It definitely is a good feeling in such a close game like that when even one goal can help so much,” Vukic said.

The ‘Cats outshot the Pioneers 13-3 and had five corner kicks to the Pioneers’ zero.

The women’s team is currently tied for first in conference, alongside Whitworth.

As the season advances, the Wildcats are excited for playoffs and proud of this year’s accomplishments.

“Even just having been here starting this year, I’ve noticed positive changes in our team’s intensity. We’re very good about keeping it consistently high before, during and after matches, no matter who we are playing,” Vukic said.

The ‘Cats press on with a four-game winning streak to Tacoma, Wash., on Oct. 20 to face Pacific Lutheran University.


Carrie Skuzeski/ Senior reporter

Carrie Skuzeski can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.

Students benefit community with help of scholarships

A group of local volunteers has embraced the mission of supporting students like Linfield junior Aimee Palacio in their pursuit of an education, figuring it not only benefits the students, but also the surrounding community.

Palacio is one of many Linfield students from Yamhill County receiving scholarship help through the Partners in Progress (PIP) campaign.

Led by a core committee of college alumni and supporters, the campaign has painstakingly nurtured the relationships between Linfield and the larger community.

The PIP campaign also raises funds to help finance service projects, local internships, library services and cultural, arts and athletic programs.

About 40 PIP volunteers come together each year to tap about 200 businesses and individuals, and students like Palacio reap the rewards.

An education major, Palacio plans to pursue a master’s degree after graduating from Linfield. She plans to become an elementary school teacher when she has completed her schooling.

Christina Diss, the college’s director of annual giving, said the breadth of the effort is impressive.

“I am so inspired, because so many people are involved in PIP that aren’t alumni or parents,” she said. “They are community members who want to support the institution.”

The donors feel they are giving back to the community through the contributions made by students after they graduate. Offering support allows local students to become educated leaders and thus future community contributors themselves.

To date, PIP has raised approximately $250,000 for the 2012-13 academic year. It has until June 30 to collect the last of its donations.

As a way to recognize the campaign’s success thus far, organizers held a celebration Oct. 10 for about 50 supporters in Linfield’s Vivian Bull Music Center.

Guests heard from Faun Tiedge, chair of the Linfield music program, and President Tom Hellie.

Hellie spoke about the outstanding, talented alumni that have grown since leaving Linfield. He also stressed the importance of showcasing student talent.

During the reception, sophomore Ian Cox kept guests entertained on the lobby piano. Senior Reveca Primachenko performed a few pieces on the piano as well, and junior Lauren Pak teamed with sophomore Tabby Gholi on a string duet.

“Linfield brings so much to the community through the arts,” Diss said, and the school felt it was important to provide a taste of that at the recognition event.

The PIP campaign, now in its 39th year, raised about $650,000 last year. It aims to raise about the same amount this year.

Jessica Prokop