Daily Archives: October 29, 2013

Women’s soccer sweeps weekend games

The women’s soccer team came away with a 3-2 win in double overtime against Whitworth University, as sophomore Tegan Grunwald manages to score the walk off goal 106 minutes into the game on Oct. 27.

The Wildcats also defeated Whitman college 1-0 on Oct. 26. These two wins brought the women to an astounding 14-1-1 record.

Senior Emily Fellows converted in both games, scoring Linfield’s only goal of the game against Whitman. This goal came in the beginning of the second half. She managed to kick the ball though a group of players to score her 17th goal of the season.

Her 18th goal came in the first 20 minutes of Linfield’s game against Whitworth. She dribbled the ball up to the left side corner of the box and converted on the unassisted score.

Fellows leads the league in both total number of goals and total number of shots taken. She leads the goals category by a margin of six, as the next closest player has 12, and owns the total number of shots category with 89.

The game lasted almost two hours, as it ended around the 107 minute mark. Linfield was the only team who took shots in the two overtime periods, totaling four compared to Whitworth’s none. Linfield outshot Whitworth for the entire game as well with 33-5.

The game against Whitworth went back and forth, as each team controlled the lead in at least one point during the game.


Sophomore forward Teagan Grunwald (3) looks to score a goal in the first half of the Oct. 27 game against the Whitworth University Pirates. Grunwald had three shots on goal and scored the game-winning goal in double overtime.
Helen Lee/Photo editor

Linfield scored first, followed by a Whitworth score late in the first half to tie it. Whitworth then took the lead early in the second half, but wasn’t out in front for long. Ellie Schmidt scored Linfield’s second goal which tied the game at two about five minutes later, and it was a deadlock there for the next 50 minutes.

The savior of the game was Grunwald late in the second period of overtime, who scored directly off of a pass from junior Lauren Pyrch after a free kick. This game-winning score was Grunwald’s fourth goal of the year, but by far the most important and exciting.

Linfield has a perfect 10-0 record at home this season, and it will remain perfect as the rest of their games will be on the road. They take on George Fox University at 11 a.m. on Nov. 2 in Newberg, followed by a game at the same time on Nov. 3 against Puget Sound University. That game will be played in Takoma, Wash.

Drew Mahrt/Senior Sports reporter


Wildcats pounce on Pioneers, 84-7

The football team ran over the Lewis & Clark College Pioneers 84-7, on Oct. 26.

The team beat two school records at this shutout game. One was the highest scoring game in the schools history beating the 1927 game that set the score to beat at 83. The other record was the most points scored in a half which was 56 points that was set in 2002 against Menlo, which the ’Cats blew away with 63 points at the half.

“To set an all-time mark in points it’s amazing,” sophomore Brian Balsiger said in an email. “[It’s] just a product of our hard work paying dividends. There’s nothing better than sharing that type of moment with your team.”

The offence shinned in this game with a total of 12 touchdowns.  Senior quarterback Josh Yoder rushed eight times and gained 54 yards before being sat out to give the second string some game time. Junior quarterback Matt Yarbrough took over for Yoder with sophomore Tom Knecht who together rushed seven times and got 118 yards gained. There were 12 total receiving catches, four of which were done by Balsiger and two of them resulted in an immediate touchdown. There were a total of four interceptions, which resulted in 123 yards gained total through interceptions alone. These were done by senior Michael Link in the first half who ran it in 24 yards and freshman Skylor Elgarico who ran it in 99 yards from the Pioneers 1 yard line for a touchdown.

The defiance kept up with what they had been showing for the past couple of games by not letting the other team gain many yards and constantly keeping them back. They contained Lewis & Clark to 186 yards and just 42 yards on the ground total. Senior Louie Colasurdo saw action with 7 solo tackles, the most out of either of the teams. Coming up right behind Colasurdo is senior Curtis Terry and senior Dominique Forrest both of which got 4 tackles each.


Senior quarterback Josh Yoder (15) throws the ball downfield in the first quarter of the Oct. 26 game against Lewis & Clark College. Yoder was 10-12 for 175 yards and two touchdowns. The Linfield Wildcats will play their next game at 1:30 on Nov. 2 in Salem, Ore.

“I think the defense did very well too,” Colasurdo said in an email. “We knew their quarterback was a dual-threat and that much of our success would be tied to how well we could contain him. Our coaches had a very good game plan for us and how we played Saturday was a direction reflection on how well we prepared and practiced all week. We did a good job of playing Linfield football and playing up to our abilities. It was great to see our younger defensive players get a chance to play and I think they competed exceptionally well.”

The game was also one of the four Pink Out games that has been put on in the month of October for Breast Care Awareness. The crowd was encouraged to wear pink and the sorority Zeta Tau Alpha handed out little ribbons to raise awareness. The football players, coaches, cheerleaders, trainers and the wildcat all showed their support by wearing pink.

“I know the team and myself really enjoy the pink theme and I definitely think we went about it in a respectful way,” Colasurdo said in an email. “It’s nice to know that we’re playing for a bigger purpose and raise awareness for all of those affected by breast cancer. It’s cool to see the masculinity in a sport like football be set aside to raise awareness for something that affects millions of women.”

The Wildcats will be travelling away next week to play against the Willamette Bearcats at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 2 in Salem, Ore.

Stephanie Hofmann/Sports editor


Swim season starts off strong

The Linfield swimming season kicked off on Oct. 26 with the alumni swimming event, and official meets begin in a few days. The first meet of the year is at 5 p.m. on Nov. 1 in Tacoma, Wash., where the Northwest Conference teams will meet for relays.

The Linfield men’s team finished sixth in the NWC last year with the record of 2-5, and the women finished seventh with the record of 1-6. Both teams will hope to climb the ladder this season and are looking forward to placing in the top five.

The women’s team is very excited to see how offseason training has taken junior Kelcie Kimura from good to great. She was first in times on the last years teams with a 25 second 50-meter freestyle and a 53.04 100-meter freestyle. She also competed in the 200-meter freestyle (1:58.42), the 100-meter backstroke (1:06.22) and the 200-meter individual medley (2:22.03).

Another swimmer to watch this year will be sophomore Ian White, who leads the men’s team in times in five different categories, and is in the top three in five more. Perhaps his most impressive time being in the men 100-meter  butterfly, where he recorded a 52.83 in last year’s NWC Championships, about three seconds faster than anyone else on the team.

Linfield’s first home meet will be 6 p.m. on Nov. 8 and they will be going up against Whitman College, followed by a meet at 1 p.m. on Nov. 9 against Whitworth University.

Drew Mahrt/Senior Sports reporter


Athlete determination inspires others in sports

The fall season is beginning to wind down.  Men’s soccer and football only have three more games a piece, women’s soccer and volleyball only have four games left each, and cross country has their Northwest Conference on Nov. 2.  I figured this would be a good time to write an article about inspiring athletic stories to help motivate these athletes to finish the season strong.

Let’s start with a classic shall we? In the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Great Britain’s Derek Redmond was favored to win gold in the 400 meter dash.

This wasn’t Redmond’s first Olympics however.  Throughout his career, Redmond had suffered consistently through injuries. He was forced to withdraw from the 1988 Seoul Olympics minutes before his first heat because of tendinitis and in the  summer of 1989, he suffered a hamstring injury and in the summer of 1989, coming close to giving up the sport altogether.

However, Redmond worked through his injuries and in the first round Redmond had run his quickest 400-meter in four years.  Redmond was determined to run the semi-final strong in order to get a good running lane for the finals.

Redmond had a very good start running the first 100 meters flawlessly. Suddenly, 150 meters in, as Redmond started to straighten out around the bend he felt a massive pop.  He collapsed onto the floor in agony holding onto his right leg.  He had torn his hamstring and his running career was over.

But something amazing happened; a true visual of sheer determination. Redmond stood right back up refusing the aid of Red Cross workers and began finishing the race. Redmond’s father, who was a spectator in the audience, broke through security and ran out onto the track.  He tried to stop his son from finishing the race, fearing that Redmond’s injuries would worsen. When Redmond refused to stop, his father acknowledged his son’s determination and said “Well then, we’re going to finish this together” putting his arm around Redmond and supporting him son all the way to the finish line.  Although he never won an Olympic medal, Derek Redmond will always be remembered as an example of an athlete with pure grit and determination.

Athletes always have this longing for a shot; an opportunity to prove to their teammates and coaches their talent and determination to help their team grow. That’s exactly what Jason McElwain did during his last high school varsity basketball game.

McElwain was diagnosed with autism at the age of two, but as a high-functioning autistic high school student, he never saw his disorder as something that made him different.  He tried out for Greece Athena High School’s basketball team, but with his small 5’6 ft. frame he did not make the cut.  Instead, he served as team manager, missing only one game in three years.

On the last home game of his senior year, head coach Jim Johnson surprised McElwain with a jersey.  He explained to McElwain that he would get the chance to join the team on the bench and perhaps even play a few minutes.

With just over four minutes left and the Greece Athena Trojan’s up by 20 points, head Coach Jim Johnson called for jersey number 52, McElwain, to enter the game. Ecstatic, McElwain jumped off of the bench and entered the game, the crowd cheering with powerful enthusiasm.

McElwain missed his first jump shot attempt.  The crowd and McElwain’s teammates felt discouraged. They wanted more than anything to have McElwain score just one basket.

Then with three minutes and 12 seconds left in the game, McElwain got another chance. Something in McElwain clicked and when his teammate passed him the ball, he made a clean three point shot. The crowd went wild as his teammates on the benched jumped up and down cheering him on.

McElwain didn’t miss again, nailing five more three pointers and another deep jumper to total 20 quick points. In the last three seconds, he made a deep three point shot and when the buzzer sounded, fans and McElwain’s teammates rushed onto the court. In four minutes and 19 seconds, in his first and only varsity basketball game, McElwain was the high scorer.

Both Jason McElwain and Derek Redmond’s stories are timeless examples of athletic determination and dedication. Although these stories take place in an athletic setting, the story of these athletes transcends past the athletic fields and provides beaming examples of universal life lessons.

Camille Weber/ Sports columnist


Golf wraps up season on high note

The men’s and women’s golf teams competed at the Northwest Conference Fall Classic at Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City, on Oct. 26 and 27.

The men’s team ended fifth in the tournament with a score of 626 with 314 on the first day and 312 on the second day, which was 39 points behind the leader.

The team was lead by junior Taylor Klopp, who finished 12 with a score of 77 on day one and 76 on day two with a total of 153. Following Klopp was junior Kevin Kawasaki with a score of 154 finishing 15 and junior Kyle Hargrave with a score of 158 who finished 23rd.

The women’s team finished seventh in the tournament with a score of 714 getting 347 on the first day and 368 on the second day. Leading the team was freshman Abigail Heringer, who finished third with a 74 on the first day and a 78 on the second day, ending with a score of 152.

Following Heringer was senior Alexandria Smith ended with 170 and sophomore Maggie Harlow with a 185.

The men’s and women’s teams will be on break until the start of their new season, which will start off in early February.

Stephanie Hofmann/Sports editor