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Bad weather holds ’Cats back in tournament

The Linfield golf team struggled in the tournament in Kennewick, Wash., but it wasn’t entirely their fault. Despite the scores being higher than usual, the team still managed to place in the top half of the leader board, finishing fourth out of nine teams.

The weather was not on any golfers side in this tournament. As told by Junior Linfield golfer Logan Munson, “Both days had a constant 25 MPH wind, and the course was rock hard.”  In addition to the wind moving their ball around which every way it felt while the shot was in the air, the solid ground made it very difficult for any golfer to pick the ball cleanly.

Munson was the highlight of the Linfield team, finishing tied for sixth individually due to playing a great round on his second day to make up for his mediocre first round.

“I played really well today (April 6),” Munson said. “I shot a 75 after an 82 yesterday.”

Only four players were able to keep each days score under 80, this greatly to the fact that the weather conditions were not ideal for playing golf. Seven over was the best two day combined score, coming from Whitworth’s Stephen Plopper who shot a 78, followed by a 75.

Linfield’s start golfer Taylor Klopp struggled to stroke the ball in the inclement weather. Klopp shot an 81 and an 82, staying consistent for the two days but not playing as well as he had wished.

Whitworth was the team to pull out the victory for the entirety of the tournament. The team shot a combined 618 or 42 over par. Willamette came in second, but not a close second. Whitworth had two of the top three scores, and didn’t have a single individual finisher above 17th.

The Wildcats will travel to compete in the Willamette Invitational on the weekend of April 5 and 6 at Broken Top golf course. There they will hope for a little better luck with the weather, which will hopefully show better scores for golfers and a higher team finish.

Drew Mahrt/ For the Review

Wildcats sink the Pirates in four weekend games

The softball team crushed the Whitworth University Pirates in the away games at Spokane, Wash. on April 5-6.

The Wildcats continued their winning streak with a back-to-back win ending 7-3 and 2-0. Senior Shelby VandeBergh and Senior Karina Paavola and Junior Montana McNealy got 27 strikeouts. Linfield started off the games right of the bat with 3 runs in the first inning and never gave up that edge. In the fifth inning the ‘Cats got yet another 3 runs to make the final score of 7 runs.

In the next game the Wildcats completely shutout the Pirates. Linfield got the two runs in the sixth inning to make their final score and held off the ’Cats for the last inning.

The second part of the weekend doubleheader, the Wildcats destroyed the Pirates again with the score of 6-0 and 5-3. The ’Cats went back and fourth for two innings before an explosive third inning and then another in the seventh inning, while also shutting out the other team the entire time.

In the second game, the first inning went by uneventful and then in the second inning the Wildcats got two innings, but then the Pirates went ahead with three runs. The ’Cats got back on top with three runs in the fourth inning. The rest of the game was a back-to-back no score between the two teams.

The softball team will next be against Willamette University at home on April 12 starting at noon.

Stephanie Hofmann/Sports editor

Women’s tennis sweeps weekend matches

The Linfield women’s tennis team swept the floor at its two away matches April 4 and 5 against Puget Sound University in Tacoma, Wash., and Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. Linfield won both matches 8-1. After not having a match for almost two weeks, the team felt very proud to walk away having won both matches.

“Everyone fought really hard and played some good matches,” senior Katherine Allison said. “They were tough, but our team did well.”

Due to a wrist injury, No. 3 junior Kelly Watanabe had to sit out for singles on Friday’s match and both of Saturday’s matches. This forced the team to step out of their comfort zone and rearrange doubles pairing to accommodate for Watanabe’s injury.

The pairs of girls had never played doubles together in a match before. While the team was apprehensive about playing without one of its most valuable players, the girls rose to the occasion and truly played to the best of their abilities.

“We played really well,” said senior Caroline Brigham. “It was good to see that we still got the wins even with our new doubles combinations.”

Brigham lost a particularly difficult singles match against Pacific on Saturday, which she will have the chance to make up for Friday, April 11 when they play against each other at Linfield’s home courts.

“It was a really close match,” said Brigham. “I want to avenge my loss this Friday.”

Coming up, Linfield women’s tennis will have an away match against Willamette at 4 p.m. April 9 in Salem, Ore.

Mikenna Whatley/Staff Writer

National D3 week celebrates athletes

The Wildcat Student Athletic Advisory Committee will host events to honor Division III athletes as part of the NCAA’s national Division III Week.

“Every year the NCAA likes to honor Division III athletes by holding a D3 Week. In years past, we haven’t really done anything with it, but this year we decided to get more involved with it and celebrate being a Division III athlete,” said Courtney Alley, SAAC’s President.

The SAAC’s events will also contribute to fundraising goals for the Open Arms Organization, which aims to build a track complex and soccer field in Kenya. The fundraising is a continuation of SAAC’s efforts for the 2013-2014 school year. The committee raised $855 in February, according to senior and track team captain, Alley.

“The talent show, for example, is two dollars to get in. All the proceeds go to the Open Arms Organization, which is our year-long philanthropy,” Alley said.

The events include a talent show on April 7, a coin drive throughout the week, and a barbecue for all student athletes.

Junior and swim team SAAC representative Ian Coker explained the motivations for D3 Week, saying that it’s about acknowledging all the hard work athletes put in.

“D3 week recognizes what student athletes do, and it’s nice to feel like there’s a national week dedicated to us [D3 athletes],” Coker said.

The significance of D3 Week is also about celebrating students’ lives beyond athletics, claimed Coker.

“The talent show is great because you’ll get to see what these teams are like off the field. You’ll see what talents they have other than their sport. It’ll be nice for students to come and recognize them as people with other talents than just athletics,” Coker said.

Alley commented on the difficulty of integrating D3 Week into the Linfield community, and expressed her expectations for the week’s success in the future.

“It’s difficult because we have all these great ideas, but everyone’s busy. So, it’s not hard to set the events up through the school. School-wise, it’s easy to get things planned. The hard part is getting athletes who can make the time to participate,” Alley said.

The SAAC president has high hopes for the week’s success, and stressed its importance.

“Of course I’d like to hope that it will grow, for it to be a big thing that people are excited about. I want people to be able to be proud that they are D3 athletes, and be excited for this opportunity to celebrate it,” Alley said.

Student athlete biographies will also be circulated by the SAAC during D3 Week. Each SAAC representative chose individuals from every team that “embodied the vision of Division III,” Alley said.

These biographies are an aspect of D3 Week that enables the SAAC to “give more attention to not necessarily the best athlete on the team, but that person who works hard academically. A lot of the time, the ‘student’ part of ‘student athlete’ gets a little bit blurred,” Alley said.

Although the NCAA has put on a National D3 Week every year since 2010, this is the first year Linfield will actively participate in it.

“The athletic department always technically has a D3 Week, but no one’s ever tried to make it a campus-wide thing before. It’s just never something that has caught on at Linfield,” said Alley.

National D3 Week will run from April 7 to April 13.

“At Linfield, where there’s such an emphasis on academics, sometimes when you’re tired and you’re practicing a lot and you’re trying to balance everything, you’re a little underappreciated as an athlete. It’s nice to know there’s a week out there when you can feel special about yourself and what you do,” Coker said.

Helen Lee/Photo editor

Beyonce exudes confidence, poise

Beyonce shocked the world with the unexpected release of her self-titled album in December. The album consisted of 14 audio tracks and also a set of videos to go along with the purchase.

Songs on “Beyonce” are personal, uplifting, and very catchy. Each features a different tone and personality of Beyonce that listeners can get a sense of the different sides of her.

The first single “Drunk In Love” describes how she is overwhelmed with love for her partner and explores her sexuality. Beyonce describes sexual encounters that she doesn’t know how to respond to such as when she says “Oh baby, drunk in love we be all night/Last thing I remember is our beautiful bodies grinding up in the club.” The Arabic-style tones, chunky trap beats and repetition makes this song a slow jam that stands out each time its played.

“Pretty Hurts,” the first track on the album, begins with audio that is set at a pageant where Beyonce is presented as “Ms. 3rd Ward.” The song talks about how a person should be happy in their own skin and let happiness guide their life. Beyonce’s vocals make this anthem something girls can look to for empowerment, especially as see belts “Pretty hurts” each time the chorus sinks in.

“‘Yonce/Partition” starts off with Beyonce call-and-responding “Hey Mrs. Carter” and then a solid bass line begins. The lyrics are rap-like and sung as if it were one. The song then transforms to the track “Partition” with its snaps and quick, pulsing bassline. Each line helps embrace the idea of a woman exploring her sexuality rather than being seen as a sexual object. This song is one of the best songs on the album, with its dynamic nature of vocals and instrumentation.

“XO” begins with a sample from the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. The love ballad focuses on Beyonce’s low register and highlights how wide her range is. In the chorus, there is a crowd echo to make listeners feel like they are a part of the song. This song focuses on how someone feels as they fall in love and the emotions attached to it.

“***Flawless” is a trap hip hop track that was developed around the speech “We should all be feminists” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The song begins with archived audio from when Beyonce appeared on Star Search with the group Girl’s Tyme. Its intricate use of techno beats and simple variation in vocals makes it a dominating feminist anthem.

The last track of Beyonce’s self-titled album “Blue” actually features her daughter laughing and talking. The soft-spoken ballad showcases Beyonce’s vocals and the passion she portrays in her voice. This song provides a more caring tone to complete her dominate, dynamic album of passion and confidence.

Ivanna Tucker


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