Daily Archives: April 24, 2013

Throwers set top marks at invitational meet

The track and field team’s throwing crew had top finishes at the Lewis & Clark Invitational on April 20.

The men’s team placed second with 112.5 points, while Pacific University took first with 137 points.

Senior Drew Wert finished first in shot put, throwing 13.38 meters. Junior Mike Maierhofer finished close behind in second with 13.02 meters. Freshman Stephan Hordes tied for third with Lewis & Clark’s Matt DeRosa, throwing 12.62 meters.

Junior Nick Fairhart got fourth for the discus, with 38.79 meters. Fairhart also finished third in hammer throw. Freshman Morgunn Ewing finished in second with 54.88 meters right behind Lewis & Clark’s John Berokoff.

The women’s team finished in fourth overall with 85 points.

Juniors Anna LaBeaume and Courtney Alley both had top finishes in their throwing events. LaBeaume got first in both shot put and hammer throw and second in the discus. Alley finished on top in discus, throwing 37.25 meters. She also took third in the hammer.

Junior Jason Cheyne finished second in the 100-meter dash, with 11.13 seconds.

Freshman Tom Steelhammer got fifth in the 400-meter run, with 51.58 seconds.

Linfield swept third through seventh in the 5,000-meter, including sophomore Calvin Howell, freshman Flint Martino, junior Jason Hight, senior Nic Miles and junior Brennan Lester.

Freshman Clay Monahan finished in fourth for the 110-meter hurdles with 18.09 seconds.

Junior Charlie Poppen took second in the high jump with 1.93 meters.

Senior Melany Crocker and sophomore Halsie Peek finished third and fourth in the 100-meter, completing in 12.33 seconds and 12.43 seconds.

Junior Hannah Greider got fourth in the 1,500-meter, with four minutes, 55.09 seconds.

Meghan Lockwood received fifth in the long jump, with 4.65 meters. Lockwood also finished fourth in the triple jump, with 10.12 meters.

The Wildcats will compete next at the NWC Championships on April 26 in Salem, Ore.

 

Ivanna Tucker/Sports editor

Ivanna Tucker can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.

 

Former athlete sets to inspire students

To conclude the National Collegiate Athlete Association’s Division III week, a guest speaker spoke at Linfield College to Wildcat athletes in Ted Wilson Gymnasium on April 15.

Will Keim, a former college athlete at the University of the Pacific, spoke about being successful, not only in sports, but in life.

Keim started his lecture by saying how great Division III sports are. Unlike Division I, Division III sports are not solely influenced by money, and focus on the academic side of the college experience. Division III athletes may miss a few days of class because of travel, but it is nothing like Division I athletes, where softball players can miss up to 40 days in a trimester for their sport.

As Keim continued, his emphasis focused on how college students’ actions impact their future.

“You are setting the banquette table for the feast of the rest of your life,” Keim said.

Keim then spoke of different actions that everyone should incorporate in their life like thinking, feeling, hoping and loving.

One of the most important actions that college students have to focus on is the thinking portion, as our actions can affect the rest of our lives. Keim gave four things to think about before anyone makes a choice: why am I doing this, is it legal, is it consistent with my moral principles and what are the consequences. If students follow this process they will generally make good decisions.

Keim gave examples of success in other lives and his own, where he had lost 140 pounds.

To continue with the success trend, Keim talked about majors and how you should love your classes, because your work will be similar.

“Find something you love to do and do it well enough so someone will pay you to do it,” Keim said. “You won’t have to work a day in your life.”

Keim currently speaks all across the country and is the softball coach at Corvallis High School in Corvallis, Ore.

This lecture concluded Division III week at Linfield College, where student athletes were celebrated for their pursuit of sport and academics.

 

Chris Haddeland/Senior reporter

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

 

 

Wildcats pounce on conference title

Linfield swept George Fox by scores of 6-1, 10-3 and 2-1  April 20 and 21 to clinch the NWC title.

Game one of the doubleheader was a pitching duel between Linfield’s sophomore Chris Haddeland and Fox’s Clay Gartner, but a six-run Linfield eighth inning broke the game open.

Junior Nate McClellan led off the eighth and lined the first pitch he saw into right-center field. After freshman Finn McMichael replaced McClellan as a pinch runner, he took off on a hit-and-run play and senior Clayton Truex delivered with a base knock into right field. Senior Jordan Harlow stepped to the plate and smoked the first pitch of his at bat into left field to drive in McMichael and tie the game.

A sacrifice bunt from senior Kyle Chamberlain (who caught all three games this weekend) forced Fox’s hand, and they chose to walk senior Tim Wilson and load the bases for sophomore Corey VanDomelen. VanDomelen worked the count to a favorable 3-1 before hitting a hard grounder up the middle—just out of the reach of the second baseman—to plate two more runs.

A RBI single by junior Jake Wiley followed by a two-run double by McMichael made it 6-1. The double was McMichael’s first career at bat and hit.

Haddeland (9-1, 1.12 ERA) struck out seven during the outing without issuing a walk. This was his sixth complete game of the year, and he needed only 100 pitches to do so against the hard-hitting Bruins. Enough can’t be said about the Linfield infield in this game and throughout the series. Haddeland issues a lot of groundballs, and the infield made zero errors and routinely made tough dribblers or scorching groundballs look easy.

Game two was a 10-3 Linfield shellacking highlighted by home runs from junior Kramer Lindell (who nearly had a second home run in the eighth inning), Truex and McClellan.

The best highlight of the game came in left field in the eighth inning. Wilson tracked a massive fly ball off the bat of George Fox first baseman Derek Dixon to the fence. He timed his leap perfectly and snagged the ball over the fence and brought it back in to record the out and prevent a two-run home run. The crowd erupted in awe on both sides, and the catch was a deafening blow to an already distant comeback chance for George Fox.

Truex’s home run in the fifth inning to make it 7-2 was met with controversy. There was no doubt about it clearing the fence, but the George Fox manager and team disagreed with two ball-strike calls from earlier in the at bat. The disagreement led to an ejection for the George Fox manager, and he continued to voice his displeasure for the umpire’s decision making.

Game three on Sunday was an intense 2-1 extra inning battle that ended in Linfield’s favor. The winning run came in the bottom of the 13th inning. Wiley, 3-4 with two walks on the day, walked on four pitches, which sent Lindell to the plate. Lindell roped one over the third baseman’s head down the line and it was fair by maybe a hair. Wiley slid into home without a throw to seal the victory for the ‘Cats.

Wiley’s teammates mobbed him at the plate before moving onto Lindell and piling on top of him near the pitcher’s mound.

Linfield heads back on the road April 27 and 28 to battle last place Lewis & Clark (9-27, 6-15 NWC) in a three-game series.

 

Tyler Bradley/Sports columnist

Tyler Bradley can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.

 

 

Lacrosse opens opportunity for Wildcat

Some athletes may travel from state to state playing their sport. Senior Lynette Cole did much more than that as she traveled across the pond in 2011 to study abroad in the United Kingdom.

While in the U.K., Cole played lacrosse for Lancaster University.

“I wanted to play while I was abroad,” Cole said. “I would have played rugby if not for lacrosse, it just made sense.”

Playing for Lancaster University gave Cole the opportunity to work on her skills, as she was one of the top players for the team.

“I learned how to drive the ball,” Cole said. “I became more confident with the ball and the flow of the game came more naturally to me.”

Cole started playing lacrosse in college so the sport was fairly new to her, especially when she was abroad as a sophomore.

“The more contact with the stick you get makes you better,”  Cole said. “I came back as a whole new player.”

Cole said her lacrosse experience in the U.K. was great, but the best part was the social aspect of the sport.

“All my best friends [in the U.K.] played lacrosse,” Cole said.

The men and women’s lacrosse teams would hang out regularly and this is where they developed their friendships.

“The social aspect was the best part,” Cole said.

Cole proceeded to say that every student should study abroad and maximize their experience by participating in different activities.

“Everybody should study abroad,” Cole said. “[While abroad] don’t be afraid to join clubs or even sports.”

The Wildcats’ 2013 lacrosse season ended April 12. Cole concluded her college career by playing midfield for the team, starting every game.

Chris Haddeland/Senior reporter

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

 

 

Catball: One of the best in the bracket

Post-season play is on the doorstep. There was a need for a lead. It was the final day where a home game was possible.

The No. 7 Linfield softball team needed to get something started if it was to avoid extra innings. But it had either been tied or trailed defending Division III champions Pacific Lutheran all game. The game was now tied 2-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. Leading off the inning for the ‘Cats was one of just two seniors on the entire roster.

The senior, Karleigh Prestianni, coolly laced the second pitch into left field for a base hit. Just what the playoff doctor ordered (yes, there is a playoff doctor. Not sure about his/her pay grade, but it must be substantial). Prestianni would come around to score in the inning, and Linfield would not relinquish the 3-2 lead.

“We’ve seen [Pacific Lutheran pitcher] Kaaren Hatlen quite a few times over the years so I knew I was going to get something inside…in the at bat and I got it on the second pitch…and it worked out,” Prestianni said.

With the win, Linfield took home the NWC tournament crown on its home field and clinched an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.

After losing a lot of talent from last year’s team that finished runner up to Pacific Lutheran University in the National Title game, and with just two seniors on the roster, Linfield dominated the NWC this season.

When asked about the success of this young team, Prestianni said, “We lost a lot of talent from last year, but this team has been so much fun to play on because everyone has so much heart…the underclassmen have stepped up huge, and it’s cool to see them growing up and getting better every day.”

It’s true, this team is by far the best in the NWC. It won the NWC regular season by seven full games. The top three leaders in batting average in the NWC are all Linfield players—sophomore Erin Carson, Prestianni and junior Ashley Garcia. The leader in home runs is Linfield sophomore, Lisa Yamamoto. The three leaders in ERA are all Linfield pitchers—sophomore Montana McNealy, and juniors Karina Paavola and Shelby VandeBergh. Paavola leads the league in strikeouts by a staggering 40 total strikeouts. Linfield’s sophomore Grace Middlestadt leads the league in stolen bases.

Get the idea?

It has even saved its best play for the final half of the season. After a loss to Chapman University on March 22, Linfield has won 19 of its past 20 games. The team is on fire when the games are beginning to matter more.

“I think we have a great shot in the postseason. It’s all about who plays good at the right time and I think we a have a very good opportunity to do that,” Prestianni said.

With the NWC tournament victory, Prestianni said, “today was like our real senior day.”

One of the perks of winning the league is hosting the conference tournament. Of course, hosting the tournament is only made sweeter by winning said tournament.

Now the ‘Cats embark on an NCAA tournament journey. They just picked up another perk: they are guaranteed a spot. Based off of the success of the team this year, if it is in need of a lead in the coming games, it can get the job done.

Just ask the rest of the NWC. This team is one of the best.

 

Tyler Bradley/Sports columnist

 Tyler Bradley can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.