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’Cats complete season with 4-21 record

The men’s basketball team completed a rough season with a 4-21 overall record.

Seniors Dakotah Pine and Zach Meikle and sophomore Brandon Harris played their last career game against Whitman College on Feb. 16, losing 83-58. The three were honored at a ceremony prior to the game.

Throughout the game, the Wildcats struggled to keep up with the Missionaries. In the first two minutes, the Missionaries already had eight points on the board. The Wildcats continued to have turnovers, 11 in the first eight minutes of play.

Throughout the remainder of the game the Wildcats could not close the gap on the scoreboard.

Meikle had his season best with 18 points and Harris contributed with 10 to finish off his career.

The Wildcats struggled shooting wise during their game against Whitworth University, losing 86-53 and allowing the Pirates to claim their fourth straight conference title. Harris and junior Cory Hendryx were the Wildcats’ top scorers.

Senior guard Dakotah Pine tries to pass opponent during his last career game against Whitman on Feb. 16, losing 83-58. Pine averaged 1.2 points per game and 22 assists in the season. He was honored along with two other Wildcats at the pre-game ceremony.

Eight minutes into the game, the Pirates had the lead 13-0. Then Harris put on two points for the ‘Cats followed by sophomore Chris Dirks’ free throw and a three- pointer by junior Jake Hillyer.

With a 33.3 shooting percentage, the Wildcats could not keep up with the Pirates and allowed them to secure the lead. Throughout the end of the game, the Wildcats did not catch up with the Pirates, giving them the win.

Sophomore Tim Logan shined on the court during the Puget Sound University game Feb. 9, scoring 13 points and helping the Wildcats win 77-66.

The Wildcats continued to use substitutions throughout the first 10 minutes of the game, giving 10 different players time on the court.

During the remainder of the game, the Wildcats continued to fight against the Loggers and closed in the win, with various players adding to the scoreboard.

Sophomore Andrew Batiuk received Northwest Conference Honorable member for the second year. Batiuk has sat out the last seven games of the season due to injury. The sophomore is the top scorer and rebounder in the league.
Losing only three members, the men’s team will continue to build a strong line up.

“Our team had really high hopes coming into the season, and we started off the season with some really close loses, which is unfortunate,” Harris said. “But the great thing about our team was that no matter what happened, we never stopped competing and we fought every game.”

Ivanna Tucker
Sports editor

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Linfield alumnus steps up to coaching and playing overseas

Traveling overseas, one Linfield alumnus has pushed his way into professional basketball.

After working hard at  Linfield, Erik Olson, class of ‘09, ventured to Scotland, where he began his professional career.

After transferring to Linfield as a junior, the physical education major began to play for the Wildcats.

“[Olson] had a strong work ethic during his playing days at Linfield,” Linfield basketball coach Larry Doty said. “He was a very good shooter when he transferred here as a junior and then worked hard in the off-season to transform himself from a 3-point shooter to a player who could get to the rim, the foul line and rebound.”

After college, Olson’s journey to the professional league had a rocky beginning before he was offered an opportunity in Falkirk, Scotland.

After playing in Scotland, Olson had an off-season, where he attended try-outs and training camps before being signed to play in Australia.

“I am now entering my third season of professional basketball, and I also serve as head coach of both the top club team, Wagga Wagga Heat, and the under-18 development team,” Olson said.

In starting his coaching career, Olson hopes to have a long career of coaching.

“I do not have the interest to move about forever and I will hopefully be able to get into college athletics,” Olson said. “I would like to coach at a liberal arts college or overseas at the professional level where I would love to get involved in countries like Norway, Sweden and Iceland, which all have great basketball leagues and friendly cultures.”

Olson’s growing interest in basketball stemmed from his early exposure to the sport.

His father’s college-level coaching career of more than 20 years, most recently at Dartmouth College, has greatly influenced Olson’s desire to coach.

“Being raised in a coach’s household, I was truly around the game from the time I can remember,” Olson said. “Being around practices, players and coaches from the time I can remember has helped me succeed as a player and a coach as I have witnessed so many different situations and how they were handled.”

Olson’s dedication to the game is purely based on his love for the sport.

“[My motivation] simply the fact that I can continue to play the game I love at a high level,” Olson said. “I am hopeful to continue to have these experiences and playing contacts, and that requires a lot of hard work and preparation. It is easy to find motivation when you are playing the sport you love and have always had as a constant in your life.”

While Olson’s love for the game is evident to those all around, it is clear that his future will continue to have basketball in it.

“Erik loved basketball. He loved being in the gym [and he] loved spending hours working on his game. By the time he left Linfield, he was one of the best percentage shooters in the conference from the field and the foul line,” Doty said. “He made great strides in his game from being pretty much just a 3-point shooter to someone who could get to the rim, put the ball on the floor and score the medium range jumper and both those things put got him to the foul line where he was one of the top free throw shooters in the NWC.”

In coming so far from his college basketball career, Olson has not forgotten all the hard work that has led him to where he is now.

“Linfield played such a large role in my development that without my time there, I am confident I would not be playing internationally,” Olson said.

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Kaylyn Peterson/
Sports editor
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Linfield alumnus shoots for German team

Stephen Dennis, class of 2011, has done more within the first year of his post-undergrad life than most. Rather than applying for graduate school or seeking a job, after graduating Linfield with a major in creative writing, Dennis opted for the ambitious and seldom-trodden road of pursuing a professional basketball career in Germany.

“I wanted to see some of the world; it seemed that basketball and academia were two viable options for doing just that,” Dennis said. “While I’m pretty confident at this point that I’ll be going back to school to prepare for a career in teaching, I think at the college level, I recognize that there is a limited window for me to pursue basketball.”

Dennis has played the small forward position for the UBC Tigers, a team hailing from the northern German city of Hannover and a part of the Bundesliga ProB League’s Northern Division. His present status on the team is somewhat up in the air.

“I found out right before I headed over that my paperwork, like my passport and all that, didn’t go through before the league’s trade deadline, which operates much like the deadline we have for our pro sports,” he said.

While there have been difficulties thus far, the Tigers have tried to sign him and there remains much possibility for the next season.

This said, the UBC Tigers are doing well, having finished first in the regular season, which is exclusively teams from the Northern Division, they are now moving on to the playoffs and facing off against teams from the Southern Division as well.

“We won our first playoff series against a team from the Southern Division. If we win our current series we will be in the semifinals for all of Germany.”

While the rules of basketball are universal worldwide, Dennis made it clear that in many aspects the atmosphere surrounding the sport in Germany gives it a different vibe.

”A lot of the fan participation seems to be inspired by soccer culture. They show up drunk, wearing team scarves, bang on drums, whistle incessantly and sing songs that make fun of the other team.”

The fan participation is not the only notable difference. While basketball courts in the U.S. are traditionally made of wood, many courts in Germany are not constructed solely with basketball in mind, but are rather multipurpose courts used for other sports, such as Germany’s handball.

With this being the case, basketball courts in Germany are often made out of a rubber composite, which can be quite a change for a player from the U.S.

“You get used to it quickly, but it’s a bit of a shock the first few times,” he said.

While Dennis’ future holds much potential, his eyes are not only set on a career in sports.

“For the next few years, I plan on pursuing professional basketball as a career before settling down in a city and working toward either my MFA in poetry or my Ph.D. in literature. However, before I commit to a three to five year program, I’d like to visit some countries and see how people are doing life in other parts of the world. Basketball has been a wonderful vehicle for doing just that, and I intend to continue in that vein for the next few years.”

At this point, Dennis is occupying himself with preparation for next season.

“I’m going to continue training back in McMinnville while waiting to hear from teams,” he said. “We’ll see what Hannover has to say in the matter. I loved my time there and would seriously consider returning there for the next season if they offered me a contract.”

Nick Kintop/Staff writer
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linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.

Jeremy Lin brings hope for Asian athletes

On Feb. 15, after I played an intramural basketball game, my Facebook status read: “Now I know why Jeremy Lin is so admired by Asians. I wish I am taller. I wish I am stronger. I wish I have more athletic practices and opportunities before college. I wish study is not the only thing I did in high school.”

Besides a little jealousy, I am proud of Jeremy Lin, who is a Chinese-American, a rising star in the NBA and at the same time, a Harvard graduate.

He seems to carry hopes  of the entire Asian American community, whose culture “mass-produces successful teens but mediocre Americans,” claims the article “Paper Tigers” in New York Magazine.

But after I followed up on Lin’s interviews in both the U.S. and foreign media, I realized what is really behind Lin-Sanity, regardless of race and stereotypes.

Though it seems he has just emerged, each step in his life definitely built on his path to who he is right now.

As his mother said in an interview, Lin’s brothers also love playing basketball, but his older brother didn’t get professional training at an early age, and his younger brother didn’t meet coaches like Jeremy did.

Between basketball and school, Lin’s mother also played a crucial role in helping him manage a busy schedule and made sure that school came first.

More importantly, his faith in God shaped his values.

According to Baylor University professor Jerry Park’s study, 22 percent of Asian-Americans are Protestant Christians, which is not as rare as we thought, and the number is still growing. Lin is a strict Christian.

He said in an interview on a TV show in Taiwan, “when things are not going well, I just had so many voices in my ears telling me what I’m supposed to do. But my agent and I try to focus on religion and immerse ourselves in the world.”

Everyone has his/her own life path. I am not here trying to analyze reasons of Lin’s success but to emphasize that people are always willing to forget one’s problems before his/her success.

Lin was refused any athletic scholarship at his dream school, Stanford University.

He went undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft; he had too much pressure of representing Asians while he played for the Golden State Warriors; he was waived twice and then mostly stayed on the bench of the New York Knicks before he led a winning streak starting January 20.

So, the lesson I learned from him is to never give up but to appreciate difficulties.

As the other half of my Facebook status says, “Everything starts from working hard. I’m glad I didn’t give up when we were losing.”

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Jaffy Xiao/Online editor
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Positive outlook gives next season hope

With the final buzzers going off, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams ended their seasons.

In the final game against the University of Puget Sound, the women’s team met its downfall in a final score of 75-61.

Following the women’s final game, the men’s team also played its final game, in which it lost 80-67.

The teams’ records were less than what the teams wanted, but they still look at the season as a success.

“The season went well,” freshman Alex Christensen said. “We had two great seniors who led us throughout the season. Although we didn’t have as many wins as we would have liked to, it was a year for growth, and I think all of us showed growth on the basketball court and grew together as a team.”

The women’s Northwest Conference record was four wins and 12 losses. The men’s NWC record was three wins and 13 losses.

“The main challenge that we faced was being such a young team,” Christensen said. “Playing against teams that play mostly juniors and seniors, when most of our team was freshmen, made it difficult. We had to learn quickly and grow up fast, but it means that the next few years we will improve.”

Although the teams didn’t win many games, they said the team overcame some big challenges.

“We only had three upperclassmen, which was a challenge,” senior Brynna Fuller said. “It is tough to adjust to the speed of the college game and learn the ropes of the program, but our freshmen did a good job. We also had a few injuries throughout the season that made things more difficult.”

The team did its best to work around the challenge of the large number of new players.

“We improved greatly from the beginning to the end of the season,” Fuller said. “We worked well together as a group and had a lot of team chemistry. We also had a few people step up when we needed them, which was great to see.”

The two teams knew never to give up during their games, which helped them keep a positive outlook on the season.

“We were a team that gave everything we had,” freshman Lauren Sheppard said. “We never lost on a lack of effort. As a team, we became close friends on and off the court. We were able to make great strides in progressing our program.”

Both teams look forward to next season with the hopes that their growth continues.

“Since we have so many underclassmen, we will just keep improving and be able to win some of the close games we had,” Christensen said.
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Kaylyn Peterson/
Sports editor
Kaylyn Peterson can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.