Monthly Archives: November 2013
This year, Craig Singletary, a retired Linfield professor, is hanging up his microphone and no longer working in the public address box during Linfield football games. Singletary began working in the P.A. box the same year the Wildcats’ winning streak began 58 years ago.
Singletary was born and raised in Portland, Ore. He graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 1954, majoring in speech communications while working on music. He played cello and played in the Portland Junior Symphony. Singletary began working in McMinnville at KMCM radio.
“I had a friend in the investment business down here,” Singletary said. That friend helped Singletary acquire a job in the McMinnville area.
“In a small town radio station, you do everything,” Singletary said. “I had a morning show for a couple of years.” Singletary also worked as a director of various aspects of the radio station, music director, program director, etc.
KMCM began broadcasting Linfield games in 1956. Singletary did that for the next ten years.
In 1958, Dr. Roy Mahaffey, who was then the chair of the Linfield Speech Department, approached Singletary about a part-time job at Linfield. Singletary accepted the offer. He taught a broadcast class and a public speaking class.
It was in 1960 when Singletary started his full-time job as a Linfield professor. He taught a variety of classes until his retirement in 1993: argumentation, persuasion, interpersonal communication. At the same time, he still worked on an early morning show for KMCM.
To further his education, Singletary studied at University of Oregon to receive a Masters in radio and television. He then later acquired a Ph.D. in rhetoric and public address from the same university, taking a short leave of absence in 1966.
“I was also a forensics director for five years,” Singletary said. When Mahaffey retired in 1970, Singletary became the Speech and Debate team’s director.
“I was surprised and really pleased to find out they named the high school tournament after me,” Singletary said.
While teaching his class on broadcasting, Singletary realized that students were not receiving much experience at Linfield, so in the early 1960s, he started a radio station here at Linfield, KLIN.
“I felt that it was one way to give the students practical experience,” Singletary said.
The first incarnation of the student radio station had spotty signal because it was carrier current radio station. In 1971, the Federal Communications Commission gave Singletary and the college permission to have an FM radio station, KSLC.
“We didn’t have the facility in the basement of Renshaw then. We had a space in the basement of Pioneer,” Singletary said. “It was nice because students walking to class could look in and see guys working on air.”
In either 1973 or 1974, Singletary was asked to do the PA announcing for the football games. He has worked during every game up until this season. In 2001, he was inducted into the Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame.
“It was getting more complicated with computer screens and everything,” Singletary said. “That is why I decided to retire.”
Singletary has always been a strong voice in his time here at Linfield, and he still hopes to add his voice to football games but not from the press box.
“I will continue to be a fan of the Wildcats in future years and add my voice to the crowd cheering, something I couldn’t do in the press box,” Singletary said.
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In Claremont, Calif., the Linfield women earned a seventh place finish at the NCAA Division III West Regional Championships. The men’s side earned a 14th place overall finish as they competed on the campuses of the Pamona and Pitzer Colleges.
In the 6,000 meter race, senior Siena Noe was the first Linfield runner to finish, placing her in the top 35 finishes.
Noe finished 20th place overall with a time of 23 minutes and 8.83 seconds. Senior Hannah Gredier also finished in the top 35 finishing in 27th place with a time of 23:17.22.
The two athletes were recognized with all-region performances. Their head coach, Travis Olson expressed his pride in the two athletes.
“I am very proud they were able to be all-region as seniors,” Olson said.
Together, the women totaled 192 points, finishing seventh overall and fifth among Northwest Conference teams. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, which ranked 29 in the nation this past year, earned 62 points, earning them first place in the championships in addition to placing all five of its scoring runners in the top-25.
The individual title went to Willamette’s Michaela Freeby with a time of 21:37.66, helping the Bearcats to take a second place finish.
There were also four career-best efforts which included senior Katie Skinner and Claire Hann, and junior Brooke Niemann Skinner finished in 40th place with a time of 23:37.72, Niemann took 47th with a time of 23:49.25 and Hann took 58th with a time of 24:3.36.
On the men’s side, the Wildcats have been battling injury throughout the season. The men totaled 310 points while Pamona-Pitzer placed all five scoring runners in the top-25, taking the team championship with a total of 71 points. Willamette scored 109 taking first place among the Northwest Conference teams.
Freshman Michael O’Neil earned 39th overall, barely missing out on all-region recognition which is awarded to top-35 finishers. He ran the 8,000 meter course in 26:35.02 seconds. Sophomore, Alex Mangan finished the course with a time of 26:39.62 seconds earning him a 41st place finish. Mangan’s 41st place finish is 25 positions better than his freshman year regional championship finish.
Senior Joe Gladdow finished third for the Wildcats and 66th overall with a time of 27:8.95. Gladdow has been suffering through injury weeks before the conference championships. Yet he still competed and managed to represent Linfield’s cross-country program.
Rounding out the scoring for Linfield was freshman Adrian Clifford and junior Calvin Howell. Cifford finished 77th overall with a time of 27:24.80 while Howell concluded his race in 28:2.16, earning a 98th overall finish.
Unfortunately, the Wildcats have a very slim chance to qualify for the national championship meet.
Only the top two teams plus the top seven individuals not affiliated with those teams qualify for the national championship meet. However Coach Olson has expressed no disappointment over his team’s effort in its final competition.
“I really have nothing negative to say about how everyone competed,” Olson said. “We stuck our noses in it so I was very pleased.”
Camille Weber/Sports Columnist
A nail-biting finish brings the Linfield football squad yet another undefeated season, as Senior Josh Yoder leads the way in Linfield’s 28-22 win against Pacific University. This marks Linfield’s fourth undefeated season in the last five years.
Yoder rushed the ball 17 times for 82 yards and three scores in the game, capping off his season rushing stats at 692 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also added 89 passing yards on 10 completions.
Senior running back Josh Hill was also a big factor in getting the offense rolling, rushing the ball 18 times for 100 yards and a score.
It was mostly a running game for the Wildcats, as they totaled 224 rushing yards, as well as scoring every touchdown on the ground.
It was the defense who got Linfield going in the second half, as senior safety Colin Forman intercepted a Pacific pass late in the third quarter. This sparked the drive that gave Linfield the lead for good, as Yoder ran the ball in for a score putting Linfield up 21-16.
Forman, while very pleased with the interception, accredited the change in momentum to the entire team.
“You can’t really pick one specific play that turns the tides, it was a group effort,” Forman said.
Linfield scored once more in the fourth with another run by Yoder, and while Pacific made an effort to comeback with an onside kick after scoring, Linfield held strong and recovered the ball.
Coach Joseph Smith gave some credit to Forman’s interception saying, “it certainly gave the team a lift,” but said it was in large part the team being able to get back to doing what they know how to do.
Senior Tyler Steele was sad to see his college football career come to an end, as his knee injury will not allow him to play in the postseason, but was very proud in his team.
“I’m very proud of the football team for stepping up and doing the things they do,” Steele said.
Steele gave credit to his college career to Smith and defensive coordinator Jackson Vaughn, noting that they are, “Two of the best coaches you’ll find in the country.”
“Both of them could coach anywhere they wanted to. They are building us to be men, not just football players,” Steele said.
While he spoke very highly about his senior class and their talent, he also said how excited he was for some of the talent in the freshman class, specifically freshman running back Spencer Payne, noting that is a “phenomenal athlete” and could be playing Division One ball if he wanted to.
Linfield will take on Pacific Lutheran University in the first round of the playoffs. This game will be at 12 p.m. on Nov. 23. This game will be played at home, due to Linfield’s undefeated regular season.
Drew Mahrt/Senior sports reporter
The Wildcats’ men’s and women’s teams fell to Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Puget Sound during their Nov. 15 and 16 dual meets.
The men’s team lost 166-32 and the women’s team lost 155.5-49.5 against Pacific Lutheran.
The teams’ meet against Puget Sound resulted in a 149-53 loss for the men and a 137-68 loss for the women.
Both teams have positive attitudes despite their losses, and continue to strive for better times.
“I especially struggled this weekend, but bad meets happen and all you can do is get back to work and train hard for the next one,” junior Ian Coker said.
Coker swam the 200-yard freestyle during the Pacific Lutheran meet with a time of 1:59.08. He also participated in both the 400-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay for that meet.
Although the teams lost overall, several Wildcats excelled in their individual performances.
Senior Leland Rivers and freshman Chris Hu represented the men’s team well at the dual meets.
Rivers won the 200-yard individual medley race during the Nov. 15 meet with a time of 2:06.14, beating the second place swimmer by more than five seconds.
Rivers was also a star of the men’s team’s meet against Puget Sound with his second place 2:02.54 time in the 200-meter freestyle, second place 56.27 time in the 100-meter freestyle, and first place 1:11.95 time in the 100-meter breaststroke.
Hu had a successful meet against Puget Sound, placing first in the 400-meter IM with a time of 5:16.51.
Sophomores Elizabeth Fry and Nikki Overton triumphed in both meets for the women’s team.
Fry placed third and was the top Linfield swimmer in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.26 during the Nov. 15 meet and got second in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 11:16.82. Fry also swam in the 500-yard freestyle.
Additionally, she placed first in the 1500-meter freestyle of the Puget Sound meet with a time of 18:59.89, and had a second place finish in the 400-meter freestyle with a time of 4:53.37.
Overton also did well in the dual meets, placing second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:02.38, second in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 2:15.87, and first in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 1:02.81.
She raced in a few additional events, including the 200-yard butterfly.
The Wildcats swam their only meter-based meet for the season against Puget Sound, which also added to their exhaustion.
The Wildcats’ losses can be attributed to their small numbers and strenuous workouts, and swimmers see the effects.
“We have been training really hard through these meets so we didn’t have great times. At this point in the season, we’re worn down and we need to just keep pushing through it,” Coker said.
The Wildcats practice hard to improve their times, but this might be hurting their short-term performances.
“They were slow meets for me mostly because of all the stuff we did last week and I’m sore,” freshman Anna Korn said.
Both the men’s and women’s teams swim next at 6 p.m. Jan. 17 at home against Lewis & Clark College.
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