Monthly Archives: May 2013

Baseball wins National Championship




The Wildcats celebrate after winning 4-1 against
the Southern Maine University Huskies on May 27 in
Appleton, Wisconsin. The Wildcats won eight of 10 of
their national and regional championship games.

The trophy cases in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium need to expand.

The Linfield Wildcats baseball team dispatched the Southern Maine University Huskies 4-1 to win the first Division III baseball championship in program history.

On the mound for the Wildcats was National Pitcher of the Year, sophomore Chris Haddeland (15-1, 1.07 ERA). He went the distance—his eighth complete game of the season— and struck out five, but only after a shaky first inning.

“I was probably a little too amped up and that caused me to make some poor pitches. I was also having difficulty with my footing on the mound,” Haddeland said.

Unfortunately for the Huskies, he found his footing and his proper level of adrenaline and did not give up a run after the first inning. It was the normal, dominant Haddeland once again.

“Luckily I found a groove and managed to work my way out of the jam and continue to throw successfully throughout the day,” Haddeland said.

When the last out was made, the ‘Cats made one last dogpile on the field in Appleton, Wis. Linfield fans everywhere, past and present, in Appleton, McMinnville and across the country, could celebrate.

The 10-1 Linfield rout earlier in the week was buoyed by strong hitting up and down the line-up. Junior Jake Wylie even waved goodbye to his two run home run. Sophomore Aaron Thomassen provided what was perhaps his best start of an excellent season in the 10-1 win as well, throwing a complete game, striking out nine and giving up just the one run.

The 4-1 win for all the marbles was a much closer game. In fact, the ‘Cats trailed 1-0 until the fourth inning. Husky starting pitcher Andrew Richards had not given up solid contact until junior Nick Fisher smoked a double to left-center field in the fourth.

Maybe it was just a matter of time before the ‘Cats got to Richards. After all, Richards was nearing the 200 pitch mark for the day because he had thrown an unbelievable 152 in their 5-4 win against Ithaca College earlier in the day.

After Fisher’s double, Wylie popped out but junior Kramer Lindell singled to left field. This brought junior Clayton Truex to the plate with runners on first and third, and he delivered with a line drive to center field.

The ‘Cats would not stop there. Senior Jordan Harlow, who had a two-run double against the Huskies earlier in the week, was intentionally walked to load the bases for senior Kyle Chamberlain.

Much to the surprise of the Huskies, Chamberlain laid down a perfect suicide squeeze bunt that could not be fielded cleanly. Lindell scored and Linfield grabbed a lead that would not be taken away.

The ‘Cats would score the only other runs in the same inning. Senior Michael Hopp was hit by a pitch to drive in the third run, and senior Tim Wilson used his incredible speed to beat a throw at first and score the fourth run.

The team had been playing with heavy hearts after the second game of the regional tournament. Longtime Linfield fan and supporter Arnold Owens, a 1954 Linfield graduate, died unexpectedly just hours after the ‘Cats defeated the Huskies 10-1 earlier in the week.

He always supported the baseball team and was in Appleton last week watching the ‘Cats. But, Owens did get to see the team that the ‘Cats would need to defeat again in order to win the national championship.

As you can tell, there was a lot of work done at the plate by the bottom of the order. Whatever it took, the ‘Cats found a way to win it.

Samantha Sigler / Editor-in-chief

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Seniors keep Linfield art tradition alive

Bench photo

The senior bench sits between Pioneer and Riley halls. Seniors Brittani Drost, Beth Turner, Katelyn Tamashiro
and Nora Burnfield volunteered to paint the bench May 25, 26 and 27.


While everyone stayed busy during the last few weeks of school studying for finals, four seniors dedicated their time and effort into keeping a Linfield tradition alive.

Although about 10 seniors signed up to help paint the bench, seniors Beth Turner, Katelyn Tamashiro, Brittani Drost and Nora Burnfield were the only students who showed up to paint the bench and represent the Class of ’13.

The four seniors spent three days painting Linfield’s senior bench through the rain and wind.

The seniors originally wanted to design the bench around the slogan “It’s your Linfield. Welcome home,” which was a prominent slogan their freshmen year at Linfield.

They decided to combine that idea together with an idea that Tamashiro had, which was to paint a quilt made up of the flags of all the countries students are from on the bench to represent how diverse Linfield is.

“I was really glad that everyone worked their ideas together and cooperated,” Turner said.

Dan Fergueson, director of college activities, asked Turner to lead the project after she attended one of the first meetings about painting the senior bench. Turner accepted the request, and is pleased with how the bench turned out.

“Just as we were painting it a lot of people would walk by and [give] a lot of positive feedback,” Turner said. “We’ve gotten nothing but positive comments.”

Samantha Sigler / Editor-in-chief

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Enter the title

Tara Lepp, professor of health and human performance and head athletic trainer, has been recognized for her athletic training career, which has included service, leadership, scholarship, research, publications, mentoring and media publications. 
Photo courtesy of Kelly Bird

Linfield students participates in the UFO Festival on May 16 and 17. Junior Alex Lazar, sophomores Brianna Epstein, Katie Krieger and Megan Beach attend the UFO Parade (close right).

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Samantha Sigler / Editor-In-Chief

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Professor gives entertaining, personal last lecture

When a student asked Dave Hansen if he would be interested in presenting a “Last Lecture,” his answer was a simple, “no, not really.”

This was in 1998, and was the second time in Hansen’s six decade career at Linfield, where he served as an economics professor and Wildcat athletics broadcast announcer, that he had been asked this question. He eventually caved and agreed to give the lecture, essentially a reprise of his first “Last Lecture,” given in 1978.

The “Last Lecture” series was created in 1978 as a way to give professors and faculty the chance to give a lecture on any topic they choose. The idea was picked up again five years ago by the Office of Alumnae Relations, run by Debbie Harmon, the director of alumni and parent relations, and Hansen’s daughter.

T.J. Day 222 was packed with students and colleagues from each decade of Hansen’s career here at Linfield when he took the podium, a set of large flashcards sitting on a music stand to his right.

“This is not, as I perceive it, a lecture at all,” Hansen said, loosening his tie and undoing his collar button as the first flashcard read: THIS IS NOT MY FIRST TIME. “I don’t think I’m going to impart any knowledge, you won’t get much of an education from this, and I plan to stay away from anything remotely inspirational.”

Hansen explained that his first two “Last Lectures” had been quite personal, focusing on the knowledge and life lessons he would like to leave his two daughters. He approached this lecture as he believed a famous singer would approach their last concert, sharing some of their greatest hits.

“But as I reviewed my record, I realized I don’t have any greatest hits,” Hansen joked. “So I decided to share some of my favorite stories.”

“I tried my best to remember what I really remembered [and] what I think I remembered that may not in fact be really true,” Hansen explained of the title choice “Twice-Told Stories—Most of Them True,” in the clear voice that won him so many fans as the radio announcer for Linfield sports games.

As Hansen continued his lecture, the flashcards changed to introduce new stories from his career.

DENNIS, another flashcard, told the story of a student who could predict the outcome of sports games and became a school icon for folding up his chair and leaving when there would be a clear Linfield victory.

LINFIELD BASEBALL 1971, his next flashcard, was about the National Championship Series when Hansen and three others drove to Phoenix to see the team play, and then beat the team back to Portland to meet them at the airport.

As Hansen concluded his lecture, President Tom Hellie went to the podium to express his gratitude to the man who had devoted his teaching career to Linfield College, a career lasting from January 1969 to December 2012.

President Hellie also announced a new position in the process of fundraising, the Dave Hansen Chair of Economics.

The new chair currently has $1.85 million in funding, with the goal at $2 million. An anonymous donor contributed $1.3 million over the summer, proposing that Dave Hansen’s name be attached to the position.

“So although Dave Hansen won’t be teaching at Linfield anymore,” Hellie said, “we will always have a Dave Hansen professor of economics.”

Olivia Marovich

News editor

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Upward bound asks students, faculty to give back

Upward Bound is hosting its annual Give and Go event around campus, asking students and faculty to donate everything from furniture and appliances to food and clothing to help raise money for scholarships for graduating high school seniors.

Students can donate items by going to any of the residence halls and placing items in the blue bins. For students who live in the Hewlett Packard Park apartments, blue bins are placed on each end of the building, and the students in the College Avenue, 540 or Blaine Street apartments can find blue bins inside of the laundry rooms.

With the donations given, Upward Bound first gives clothes and food to students and families involved in Upward Bound.

“Every family has a chance to take some food with them,” said Greg Mitchell, director of Upward Bound.

Items that are not given to families are also offered to other charities, and anything leftover is then sold at the annual Upward Bound rummage sale to help raise money to give low-income graduating seniors scholarships for college.

“The secondary aspect is the green side of it. Very little of it ends up actually going in a dumpster,” Mitchell said.

The Give and Go event usually raises about $5,000 in total, which is then split up between 10 to 15 senior students who help plan and organize Upward Bound’s annual garage sale. Two of the students receiving scholarships this year will be attending Linfield College next fall.

This year’s garage sale will be taking place in Linfield College’s warehouse on the corner of Booth Bend and highway 99 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on July 12, and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on July 13. For students who need help moving items to donate, Mitchell encourages them to call (503) 883-2205 to ask for help.

“It’s going toward hopefully helping [the students] achieve their goal of going to college,” Mitchell said. “That’s what we’re all about.”

Samantha Sigler


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