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Sustainability reaches Linfield athletics, games

Congratulations!  You have recently witnessed the first ever recycling and composting effort at a Linfield College football game.

In fact, you may want to go grab that water bottle you recycled this past weekend and keep it as a souvenir.

With the recent addition of several recycling and composting bins around campus, we are on our way to a “Zero Waste Linfield.”

On the path to a more sustainable campus, we are in good company when it comes to making large sporting events sustainable.  While this past weekend marked the first recycling and composting effort at a Linfield football game, the Portland Trail Blazers have been doing their part to “go green” for the last three years.

In January of 2010, the Rose Garden Arena became the first professional sports arena in the United States (and in the world) to achieve Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design Gold certification under the United States Green Building Council’s Existing Buildings standard.

“The Portland Trail Blazers are proud to play a role in Portland’s environmental leadership,” said Justin Zeulner, director of sustainability and planning for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Without a doubt, the Portland Trail Blazers are an organization that has shown environmental progress that a college like Linfield can really look up to.

As an organization, the Portland Trail Blazers are efficiently saving more on electricity and water, as well as diverting nearly 80 percent of their waste from the landfill.

With the Riverbend Landfill only a couple miles down the road from Linfield College, it is very important for our college to know where our waste goes and how it affects our community.

It would be awesome to be compared to the Portland Trail Blazers in our sustainability efforts and potentially be a leader  for other Oregon colleges  that are making the transition to sustainability.

Similar to Linfield, the Portland Trail Blazers started with the implementation of advanced recycling and food waste composting operations. From there, they began working on energy efficient projects and implementing environmental purchasing policies.

The sustainable future of Linfield College is bright with great role models in the community like the Portland Trail Blazers.  But role models only get us so far.

We need your help!

Please support this effort by properly utilizing the compost and recycling bins available at football games and around campus. Also, look out for new composting bins in residence halls with Green Chairs.

There are plenty of ways to make a difference. If you are interested in getting involved with sustainable efforts here on campus, check out the Linfield Sustainability website or like our Facebook page.

Keep it susty, Linfield.

Joey Gale / Office of Sustainability

The Office of Sustainability can be reached at sustainability@linfield.edu.

Linfield’s winter athletics should precede spring sports’ success

Do you feel the spring air? The sun is peeking out of the clouds, temperatures are rising, Linfield sports are back in business, and I imagine birds are chirping somewhere, right? That is what birds do after all.
The winter is a strange time on the Linfield campus. For one thing, winter break empties the campus and January Term—which is almost too much fun every year—does not bring the entire student body back either. The campus feels empty, and at times, desolate.
Desolate is also a good way to describe the win columns for our sports teams during the winter.
There are only a few sports in the winter to begin with, so when our basketball teams combine for just seven wins and the swim teams finish in the bottom half of the Northwest Conference, it becomes as depressing as watching Miguel Olivo start as catcher for your favorite team.
Thankfully, the spring improves the weather, and the NWC remembers that Linfield is always a force to be reckoned with.
The softball team lost in the national championship game last year, and despite losing some key seniors, it recorded four impressive victories this weekend and sits atop the NWC standings. Being first is nothing new for this softball program, though.
The baseball team has won 10 straight games and seems to be hitting on all cylinders. This is nothing new for this baseball program, though.
During the weekend, the track team had three athletes move into the top 10 in the Linfield record books and another improve upon her mark. The track team has finished in the top half of the NWC for the past few years, so these results are nothing new for the program.
The women’s lacrosse team, which struggled to find enough numbers for the season, kicked off its season to a substantial amount of fans. Although the women lost, the sun was out and Linfield pride was at full force.
Fans will come to watch success. This is why the baseball and softball stands are filled with Linfield students. It’s why the football team draws fans in the fall, and the women’s soccer team had dedicated fans all season. The fact that the lacrosse team persevered and found a way to begin the season drew fans to the game.
Unfortunately, the winter allows the students to forget about Linfield athletics. For a school that has more athletic pride than most schools that are much larger, it is depressing that more emphasis isn’t placed on the winter sports.
Spring should be a continuation of winter success, just as winter should be a continuation of fall success. Sure, teams will have down years, but when a sport (or sports) consistently underperforms, it becomes a glaring weakness of this school.
The winter brings darkness. The sun often takes long leaves of absence, temperatures drop and birds chirp less often. This we cannot control.
But we can control Linfield sports succeeding in the winter. This spring has already reminded us of our athletic prowess, and it’s time we don’t forget about it in the preceding months every single year.

Tyler Bradley/ Sports columnist
Tyler Bradley can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.

Baseball team has opportunity to finish high in final standings

This Linfield baseball team is going to contend for the Northwest Conference title this year. In fact, they look like they can win it.
Picked to finish third in the NWC this year by the coaches, it’s obvious that their ceiling is much higher than third place if you watch the team.
Except you wouldn’t have known this if you judged them by their first game of the season.
When starting a baseball season, winning a game 6-0 is definitely an ideal outcome. If you are on the losing side of the coin, however, the taste in a team’s mouth is sour—not Sour Patch Kids style—and unwelcome.
Unfortunately for the Linfield baseball team, it started the 2013 season on the losing side of the coin down at a tournament in Arizona. La Verne College was the team who scored six runs. Linfield stranded 12 men on base including five men on third.
This was definitely not the way to start the season, especially considering the disappointing end to 2012. Last year’s team was ranked as high as number two in the country, but fell out of the rankings completely later in the season and finished a pedestrian fourth place in the NWC.
Luckily, Linfield righted the ship in a huge way by eviscerating Redlands University, 15-3. The team hasn’t looked back since then and has dominated in every facet of the game.
In the six games following Redlands, the pitching staff has fired three shutouts and given up a total of three earned runs. That’s a team Earned Run Average (ERA) of .5 with a strikeout per nine-inning rate of 7.32 and a walks per nine-inning rate of 1.97. That’s incredible.
The staff is due for some ERA regression—.5 is not sustainable—but a six game stretch of dominance like that with a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.71/1 means the NWC should be afraid: the pitching staff is a force to be reckoned with.
Good pitching goes hand-in-hand with good defense, and during this weekend, the defense only made two errors and both occurred in the same game. A play that was indicative of the stellar defense by the team was a diving snag by senior third baseman Michael Hopp on Feb. 24 against Oregon Institute of Technology.
The hitting has been outstanding. Even by including the La Verne game, the team has a slash line of .338/.404/.463 and the team was hitting .462 with runners in scoring position and less than two outs entering the game against Oregon Tech on Sunday.
“The way last season ended made us all work harder in the offseason…we are definitely using the disappointment as motivation and we want to be the best,” junior Jake Wiley said. “The team is playing really well right now…the chemistry we have together is amazing.”
Wylie himself launched an absolute moonshot over the left field fence in the fourth inning on Sunday, easily traveling more than 400 feet.
If this seven-game stretch is indicative of the potential of this team, they can travel like Wylie’s moonshot. It seems as if La Verne and last season are in the rear view, and the coaches probably made a mistake when putting Linfield in third place.

Tyler Bradley/ Sports columnist

Tyler Bradley can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.