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Linfield stresses a good relationship between students and the community that’s around us, not just the college community but the McMinnville community and even further. The Change Corps organized Alternative Spring Break aims to connect students to the world beyond Linfield. During Spring Break, students went on three different trips from Salem, Ore. to Oakland, Calif.
Sofia Webster, student director of Alternative Spring Break, organized the event with the group leaders. Sophomore Jasmine Libert, service coordinator of the hunger and homelessness awareness group, traveled to Salem to volunteer with and learn about the homeless in the city. Senior Linnaea Funk, service coordinator of youth empowerment and literacy, traveled to Oakland, Calif. with her group to volunteer with The Boys and Girls Club, teaching children how to read and showing them a life beyond theirs. Senior Kaleigh Ansdell led the Linfield Green Outreach group. She worked with several different sites to promote green living.
“The process is finding what groups properly accept our service-learning approach,” Webster said on picking a site for a trip. Change Corps service-learning approach involves students becoming involved with where they are volunteering. It wasn’t only about finishing the job they were given but being able to understand just how what they did affected people they worked with.
“Participants plan for months to go on these trips. They learn about the organizations they are serving, the social need surrounding the issue, and talk about how their daily lives are also affected by the social issue. We help make the experience personal,” Interim Director for Community Engagement and Service, Joni Tonn said.
Each of the trips had its own way of making the experience personal. Webster and Libert were able to find various programs in Salem that would allow them not only to help but to understand who they were helping and exactly what their help was accomplishing.
Funk and her group learned the same about their volunteer work in Oakland.
“[They] immers[ed] themselves in the communities in Oakland, having students give [the children] a more positive understanding about what their possibilities in life are,” Webster said.
“I felt like I was really using my break to make a difference in the world, and I was able to go into the communities that needed our help and people not to come in and fix it but just help them,” freshman Alyssa Kaplan said about her experience in Oakland.
Out of the three, Ansdell’s group involved more of the outdoors.
“They worked at several different sites, starting at Camp Westwind. They cleaned out an enormous compost structure. They came back to campus and worked at the Homestead, an urban [community supported agriculture program],” Webster said. Andsell’s group also worked in the Linfield Garden.
Webster’s experience with Alternative Spring Break last year was the reason she applied to become the Alternative Spring Break’s student director.
“I actually did the program that went to Colorado last year. That inspired me to start getting heavily involved with Linfield in general,” Webster said.
Other students like Kaplan are barely starting their time at Linfield, but she has already been inspired by this experience.
“I’ll definitely do it again. I’m thinking about applying for Change Corps next year,” Kaplan said.
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It was a rainy ball game for the Wildcats who defeated the Pacific Lutheran University in a series.
On April 4, it was ace pitcher, junior Chris Haddeland on the mound for the ’Cats. The first inning was a stoic inning with neither team scoring any runs. However, in the bottom of the second, it was clear that the Wildcats had decided to make their move. As senior Clayton Truex singled to left field, senior catcher Jake Wylie cracked a home run driving in Truex, earning two RBI, and putting the score 2-0 ’Cats. The third and fourth inning continued the excitement as it was a battle of the pitchers—the Lutes earning three hits and the Wildcats earning two. However, the score remained 2-0 in favor of the ’Cats. Linfield would then score again in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI from senior Kenny Johnson and thus continuing their lead, 3-0. The ’Cats would shut down the Lutes from then on earning another conference victory.
The second game however, was much more eventful for the ’Cats who took another victory from the Lutes 7-1. Their first score came in the bottom of the second inning with an RBI from senior Nate McClellan. However, the climax of the game came in the bottom of the fourth inning as Linfield drove in four runs to give them a 5-0 lead. With another home run and RBI from Wylie, with addition to RBI’s from McClellan and senior Corey VanDomelen, the Wildcats had exploited their dominance on the field. Although the Lutes attempted a come back and pulled off one run in the top of the sixth, they wouldn’t see another. The Wildcats cleaned up their double header in the bottom of the eighth with yet another home run from Wylie driving in two runs.
In the third match of the series, the ’Cats owned their dominance with a 6-1 victory. Half of Linfield’s six runs came in the bottom of the first inning with RBI’s from senior Nick Fischer, Truex, and McClellan. Then, the ’Cats would score two unearned runs in the third inning, increasing their lead to 5-0. They would score once more in the bottom of the sixth from an RBI by Fischer and the Lutes demonstrated no signs of a comeback.
“It’s great to be 15-1, we’re able to control our destiny in terms of a conference title,” Haddeland said. “But although we’ve gotten off to a great start we know there is still a lot of season left and we need to keep improving and working toward being the best team we can be. Obviously we wanted to win the series. We knew they had some quality arms in their rotation, but our hitters were able to grind out a few runs in the first game and blew the second one open. Right now we’re still focused on winning conference. We take each game one at a time and make sure we’re not over looking anyone.”
With their diligent and relentless attitude, it is exciting to see what the ’Cats will be able to produce in the future. Only time will tell how their gifted skills and teamwork will combine to become something greater themselves.
Casie Gaza/Senior sports reporter
It was a windy Saturday for the Wildcat track team who competed in the Jenn Boyman Memorial Invitational on April 5.
The Linfield ‘A’ relay team placed third in the women’s 4×100 meter relay and second in the 4×400 meter relay. The team consisted of junior Ellie Schmidt, freshman Dallas Edge, sophomore Rachael Gernhart, and freshman Haley Pattishal.
“Our girls team is a force to be reckoned with,” Edge said. “I know speaking for the sprinters and jumpers we have enough talent, as well as the distance girls, to win conference.” Likewise, the men’s team placed fifth in the 4×100 meter relay with time 44.25. The all freshman team consisted of Treve Ensley, Jake Mihelich, Bryce Evans, and Kennedy Johnson. In the men’s 4×400 meter relay, sophomore Steven Holland, sophomore Tom Steelhammer, sophomore Manuel Finley and Mihelich managed to pull out a third place finish with time 3:29.39.
The hurdles competition where Edge claimed her dominance placing first time with time 15.01 seconds and a deduction of 2.4 seconds from the headwind in the 100-meter Hurdles competition.
“I am happy that I took advantage of the competition today,” Edge said. “I ran well, won overall, and felt fast over the hurdles.”
In the 400-meter dash, freshman Jake Mihelich placed second with time 49.27—just 0.07 seconds short of the first place runner.
“I feel pretty good about my individual performances,” Mihelich said. “I think an important individual strength of mine would be giving it my all every time I get the chance to perform. It’s a privilege to run collegiate track.”
Junior Halsie Peek then came up big for the Wildcats placing seventh out of thirty in the women’s 100-meter dash. Peek earned a time of 13.45 and a 2.3 deduction from headwind. In the women’s 800 meter run, junior Audrey Lichten contributed to the ’Cats team score by placing third with time 2:22.97.
It was the 5000-meter run where Linfield’s track and field team stole the audience. In the women’s 5000 meter run, the ’Cats pulled out the top four places with senior Hannah Greider taking first place with time 18:33.79, senior Siena Noe coming in second with time 18:42.74, senior Katie Skinner taking third at 18:48.53 and junior Madison Trowbridge in fourth with time 19:03.62. In the men’s competition, senior Joe Gladow brought it home for the ’Cats with time 15:42.41 and a third place victory.
“Individually, I believe I’m a strong and experienced runner, which will help when it comes to running at the conference meet,” Gladow said. “I’ve been very happy with how the season has progressed. I feel like now I’m really getting into good shape and am ready for some big races.”
Johnson tied for second in the long jump with distance 6.54 meters. Right behind him was freshman Eric Igbinoba at distance 6.26 meters. Gernhart also showed well for the Wildcats jumping 10.93 meters in the women’s triple jump. In the men’s triple jump, Johnson flew for a distance of 13.57 meters and a second place finish.
Senior Anna LaBeaume threw well for the Wildcat track and field team with distance 35.72 meters in the women’s discus throw and 44.94 meters in the hammer throw. On the men’s side, senior Nick Fairhart finished third in the men’s hammer throw with distance 51.25. However, it was senior Kate Shear who stole the show for the Wildcats with distance 38.88 meters in the women’s javelin throw giving her a first place finish in the event. Similarly, senior Hunter Sams came up big for the Wildcats with his distance of 51.64 meters in the men’s javelin throw also giving him the first place finish.
There is no doubt that this invitational was a successful one for the Wildcat track and field team.
“As a team we are just looking forward to finishing out the season big, with good weather on the way hopefully we all taper and get faster and stronger,” Edge said. “Everyone’s been working so hard and we are all just excited to get to conference and lay it all on the line.”
With Edge’s new record times and unrelenting effort, she notes that she is “Happy with how [she] has processed.”
“I don’t think it could have gotten any better,” Edge said. “My hard work is definitely showing and I think the whole team could say the same.”
“Progression is the name of the game. As long as everyone keeps moving forward toward [personal records] and conference qualifying times, we are improving,” Mihelich said. “We are all looking forward to hitting that amazing game changing personal record—a chance to prove out team is the strongest, fastest, and touchiest in the conference just sounds like an awesome opportunity.”
With the post season around the corner and the team’s peaking performances, there’s no doubt that these next few weeks will be eventful for the Wildcats.
Casie Gaza/Senior sports reporter
Linfield tennis had a full weekend competing against three conference teams which had some successful individual performances.
Linfield hosted and competed against the University of Puget Sound on April 4, Pacific University on April 5, and Willamette University on April 6.
“This weekend was a lot more difficult than last weekend because we were battling three straight days against conference opponents which is always very competitive,” junior Lukas Kleinman said. “Everyone was able to keep fighting despite the fatigue that comes from three straight days full of matches.”
Despite dropping a 6-3 decision to the Puget Sound Loggers Friday afternoon at home, Linfield Wildcats earned a pair of singles wins and one doubles victory.
In singles, at No. 5, freshman Alec Wisthoff, earned his first singles victory of the season, with 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. Kleinman downed Puget Sound’s No. 3 singles player, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. Sophomore Tim Hawkins, at No. 4, went in to a third sent against his Puget Sound opponent but the Loggers won the point, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
Linfield had two more close victories. Junior Micah Roos lost a narrow decision to the No. 1 Puget Sound singles player, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. At. No. 2 freshman Kelsey Rosborough lost, 6-4, 7-5 and at. No. 6 singles sophomore Nick Konen lost 6-1, 6-1.
At No. 1 Kleinman and Rosborough won their second straight doubles match with an 8-5 win. Puget Sound squeaked out an 8-6 win over Roos and Hawkins at No. 2 doubles. At No. 3 doubles, Puget Sound beat Wisthoff and Konen 8-3.
Pacific won all the matchups over the Wildcats, coming out with a 9-0 victory, on Saturday April 5.
“Saturday was a really rough day for the team, we played one of the top teams in the conference and unfortunately nobody won but we showed a lot of grit and toughness by not giving up despite being over matched,” Kleinman said.
The most competitive singles match came from Rosborough who was edged by Pacific’s No. 2, 4-6, 6-1, 10-6. The remainder of the singles matches were decided in straight sets.
At No. 2 Roos and Hawkins had the closest doubles match loosing only 9-7 to Pacific. Kleinman and Rosborough lost to Pacific’s No. 1 doubles, 8-6.
“We knew Pacific was going to be a tough team to compete with. We just put that match away and tried to focus as much as we could on today’s [Willamette] match,” Wisthoff said. “I know I can’t wait to play Pacific again, because the serves they hit are jaw dropping.”
The Wildcats closed the weekend with a loss to Willamette, 8-1, Sunday afternoon.
The lone victory for Linfield came from No. 1 doubles partners, Rosborough and Kleinman. The No. 1 doubles partners were originally down 4-7 and managed to win five straight games.
“Hopefully our comeback will inspire the rest of the team and show them that even when your back is against the wall and your not playing well, you can still comeback, turn it around, and get a victory,” Kleinman said.
Rachael Gernhart/Staff Writer
The women’s golf team competed at the NWC Spring Classic finishing seventh out of nine teams at Canyon Lakes on April 5-6.
The team went against some tough weather conditions this last weekend. The team has a rough start in the two-day tournament with having only one player in the top-20. Senior Alexandria Smith led the team on the first day with a score of 88. During the round Smith got one birdy and three pars.
“We played fairly well considering the conditions,” Smith said. “The wind was fairly challenging, but overall we have good holes and bad holes.”
The rest of the team struggled with the course as while with the next person being sophomore Maggie Harlow who ended the first day with a 96. Junior Erin Crofcheck ended the day with a 101 and freshman Laura Waller ended with a 110.
“We didn’t do as well as we would have liked to,” Harlow said. “There were some positive take-aways from the weekend that we will build on for the next tournament.”
The team went back the next day and had mix results on the course. For some of the ‘Cats it was a much better day while for other it was only worse. The Wildcats ended seventh out of the nine competing teams with a score of 798. Smith ended the day with a 93 and the tournament with a final score of 181. Harlow followed with a second day score of 95, Waller with a score of 102 and Crofcheck with a score of 113.
“For me at least, I was sticking the ball well and hitting the greens, but wasn’t putting well,” Smith said. “Today nothing was really coming together between hitting and putting. For the team in general I think the pace of play was slower making it hard to find a groove.”
The women’s golf team will compete at the Willamette Invitational at Broken Top on April 12-13.
“We’re going to continue to work this week on our individual areas of improvement,” Harlow said. “This will hopefully better our team performance in the Willamette Invitational.”
Stephanie Hofmann/Sports editor