Daily Archives: September 10, 2013

The “Lewi,” a package deal on and off the field

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The Lewis twins, Mitchell (left) and Dylan stand together from football to making the choice on where to go to college, they do it as one.

Freshmen Mitchell and Dylan Lewis are unmistakable identical twins. The twins are often referred to as “twin” or “Lewi,” a term derived from the plural of Lewis.

The twins both stand at six and a half feet tall and have light brown hair. One of the only noticeable differences between the two is a darker brown patch of hair on the back of Mitchell’s head, which is not visible under a football helmet.

“When we were born one of my toenails was painted red to keep us straight,” Mitchell said. “For all I know our parents could have confused us and I could be Dylan.”

The mixups never get old for the twins. Mitchell and Dylan are notorious for sneaking to the bathroom to swap clothing, causing confusion among their friends, babysitters, substitutes, sports opponents and teachers.

“We’re bad,” Dylan laughed. “Its kind of funny and really easy to confuse people. Sometimes I have full conversations with people who think that I’m my brother and I just don’t even correct them.”

The confusion and double-takes surrounding the twins have continued since their arrival at Linfield four weeks ago for football. The twins recalled their first week on campus, when they felt as if there wasn’t a single person who didn’t give them a second glance.

“Even the guys on the football team were a little surprised about how close we are,” Mitchell said. “I think they get it now that we consider ourselves a package deal.”

Playing football without each other in college was never even an option for the Lewi. In fact, the twins never even considered going to different colleges. When asked what it would have been like to play football with out each other, they answered in unison that they wouldn’t be playing if that were the case.

“Choosing a college was a group decision for us,” Mitchell said. “We visited University of Oregon and Western Oregon University, but we didn’t feel like they were schools we wanted to spend the next four years at together. ”

The Lewis brothers felt good vibes from the football coaching staff and players at Linfield.

“We liked Linfield because the team is close and feels like a family,” Dylan said. “The community felt similar to Sheldon High School, where we just graduated from.”

In addition to their identical looks and shared interest of football, they have identical academic goals and hobbies. They are both majoring in business, have the same class schedule, work on homework together and even share a room on the third floor of Mahaffey. In high school, despite taking different classes, the twins had the exact same grade point average, down to the thousandth.

Their free time is spent together of course, playing baseball, Mario Party with their older sister Amanda who goes to Oregon State University, shooting targets, hunting birds, squirrels and deer and fishing for salmon and trout in the Willamette River behind their house.

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Dylan Lewis (right) and his twin Mitchell Lewis have done everything together, so going to Linfield together was always the plan.

You would think that spending every waking moment with someone that looks and thinks the exact same way as you, would get annoying; however this is not the case for the Lewi.

“It’s weird when we tell people that we never want space from each other,” Mitchell said. “Most siblings can’t stand to be around each other all the time, but for us its more weird when the other twin isn’t around.”

The longest the boys have spent apart is one week, which was during this past summer when Dylan participated in the Les Schwab Bowl for football.

“Mitch didn’t go, and it was terrible,” Dylan said. “He sent me a text as soon as I left the driveway.  A couple days after I left Mitch texted me that whenever he saw a picture of me around the house, he told me that he felt like he was trying to forget about me or like I had died or something.”

On rare occasions, the twins are apart. Mitch has a girlfriend, which often forces Dylan to be a third wheel while they hang out. Also, the twins’ parents separated when they were 2 years old, forcing them to spend half of their time with their mom and half with their dad, sometimes splitting up for nights at a time.

“If we do split up it’s only for one night because thats all we can handle being away from each other,” Mitchell said. “We have been extremely fortunate in the sense because they still live close to each other, we still have family dinners and they still come to our scrimmages together, which makes it as easy as possible on us.”

According to the twins, there is absolutely nothing they don’t agree on. As freshman on the football team this year the Lewi want to be coachable, accept their roles on and off the field and practice hard all the time.

Mitchell will be wearing jersey number one from the safety position and Dylan will be number 13 from the corner position. The boys have been playing football since the first grade, and have been on the same team ever since. The Lewi brothers love playing on the field at the same time, big surprise.

“People always ask me what its like to be a twin,” Mitchell said. “And I’m like what is it like to not be a twin?”

“People are like, “You guys are weirdly attached to each other,” Dylan said. “And I’m always just like “Yep, you don’t really get it.”

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Wildcats claws through preseason

Men’s soccer has taken off this season with a 3-0 record with twelve freshman on the roster.

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Sophomore Josh Wong focuses on kicking the ball at the Aug. 31 game against Howard Payne, which the Wildcats won 2-0. The mens’ soccer team has gone through preseason undefeated landing them the third place in the Northwest Conference going into their next game Sept. 13.

The Wildcat goalkeepers, junior Grant Loriaux and freshman Jorge Rodriguez, had a clean sheet during the game against Walla Walla on Sept. 7,  helping the Wildcats leave the Wolves scoreless 7-0.

Rodriguez made three saves and faced six of the Wolves’ goal attempts in the second half. Loriaux also made a save in the first.

The offense dominated with five different players scoring goals for the Wildcats. Sophomore returning letter winner Domenico Del Prete and freshman Brian DeGrandmont both scored two goals.

dodel prete SoccerDel Prete made the first goal of the game and DeGrandmont followed up with both of his goals back-to-back. With assists from freshman Nicholas Autencio and junior Jake Baker, the Wildcats’ offense stayed strong with strong moves at the goal.

At the 29-minute mark, senior Michael Swain slid in a low kick in the right corner, giving the Wildcats a 4-0 lead by the break.

The Wolves’ defense tried to keep up with the ‘Cats already having nine goal attempts. In the second half, they continued to struggle to get onto the scoreboard.

Within minutes of the second half, the Wildcats seemed like they did not lose steam as Baker helped send a penalty kick right in and gaining another goal for the team.

Autencio scored for the Wildcats less than a minute later.  Del Prete scored the last goal of the game, making the gap even further for the Wolves.

The Wildcats started the weekend with a 2-1 win over Oregon Technical Institute on Sept. 6.

Four minutes into the game, junior Tyler Repic slipped in a goal past the Owl’s keeper. Freshman Eric Conte made his first career goal just three minutes after being put in, giving Linfield a 2-0 lead.

After the break, the Owls came in and went straight for the goal but the Wildcats continued to gain possession. OIT found an opportunity 71 minutes into the game and made their sole goal.

Linfield did not allow them to score for the rest of the half, securing their victory. The Wildcats had their first shutout of the season against Howard Payne University on 2-0. Baker and Autencio scored the two goals of the game.

Rodriguez helped with defensive plays while in the goal during the first half to make sure Linfield did not give up its lead. During the second half, the Wildcats tested the Yellow Jackets with 15 goal attempts and their keeper responded with five saves.

The Wildcats also had an exhibition game against Bellevue Community College on Aug. 30, where they won 2-1. Linfield will next travel to Everett, Wash., to play Trinity Lutheran College in their last preseason appearance on Sept. 13 at 4:30 p.m.

 Ivanna Tucker / Sports Editor

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Photo by Helen Lee

Football team concludes preseason with competition

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The football team competes in many competitions as an end of preseason tradition, such as the cannon ball contest, relay races and synchronized swimming. Audience members scored the athletes in front of the whole school. This tradition took a new turn this year, by the team asking for donations to help local charities.

 

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Wildcats score despite being short on numbers

VolleyballThe volleyball team may be a few girls short, but that isn’t stopping them this season.

The team has been preparing for this season for the past couple of weeks with practices from 4-6 everyday and morning weight lifting practices a couple days a week.

“We want to focus on each play at a time,” Junior Audrey Frazier said. “One of our goals this year is to expect to work to win. We want to be successful and have committed to putting in the time and effort it is going to take to get there.“

The 14 member team went to the California Invitational on Sept. 6-7 on a high note with an undefeated preseason score of 3-0. They went to face new opponents and hone in on what the team needs to work on for the rest of the season.

“We will improve on our game from last weekend,” head volleyball coach Shane Kimura said. “There will be tougher teams there. We can see what are the teams’ strengths and weaknesses. We can also see what we need to improve on when we come back.”

The teams’ next game is an exhibition match against Blue Mountain Community College at 7 p.m. on Sept. 10 at the Ted Wilson Gymnasium.

“Our main goal is to prove everyone wrong,” Frazier said. “We’re expected to finish eighth in conference this year, but we know we can do better and we plan on it.”

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Junior Kaliana Ritte-Camara prepares to stike the ball for a serve at Newberg, Ore. on Aug. 31.

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New head women’s tennis coach aims to win conference

an off-note, Linfield’s women’s tennis team has high hopes and expectations for their new head coach this season, and vice versa.

Lisa Macy-Baker, Linfield’s new NCAA Compliance Officer and head women’s tennis coach, has spent the last 12 years working as both a special education teacher and a women’s tennis coach at Mountain View High School in Bend, Ore., McMinnville High School and Duniway Middle School in McMinnville.

“So far Lisa is well liked by our team,” junior Gretchen Jernstedt said in an email. “I think she will bring some fresh ideas and plans, while also staying open to our feedback.”

Macy-Baker was “born and bred” in McMinnville and has been playing tennis competitively since her freshmen year of high school. Macy-Baker considers it her “first love” in regards to sports.

“I took my first private lesson from Linfield’s number one tennis player at the time,” Macy-Baker said.

Macy-Baker grew up in McMinnville and later attended Oregon State University after receiving a full-ride basketball scholarship. She played basketball her freshmen year, but quit due to the lack of support she received from her coaches while they were under investigation for violations.

“I learned a lot from that experience and it helps me now as a coach,” Macy-Baker said. “I know that I want to make sure my freshmen are well supported and well taken care of.”

Macy-Baker plans to meet with freshmen players on a weekly basis to ensure they are receiving the necessary support to succeed—not only on the courts, but in the classroom as well. Other plans for the six-week fall season include player performance evaluations, spring season preparation and outdoor practices as often as possible before the rainy season.

“Our long-term plans are to maintain the excellence that has been this program,” Macy-Baker said. “Last year was a bit of an off year…But [if] you look at the history, they have won the conference [title] six out of the last 10 years.”

Practices are scheduled everyday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. She has also planned various 6:00 a.m. conditioning sessions and time for weight lifting. According to Jernstedt, this year’s practice schedule is slightly different than last year’s.

The women’s tennis will play their first preseason tournament in late September, and will have various inter-squad matches throughout the season.

Macy-Baker also plans to have the team participate in McMinnville’s Runtoberfest, a community run on Oct. 5 that raises money for the McMinnville Education Foundation.

“We want to optimize the team experience,” Macy-Baker said. “Tennis is often viewed as an individual sport, but the way it’s set up at this level, it is truly a team sport.”

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