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Key players to look for in the fall season

With all the excitement surrounding football, soccer, cross country, volleyball and golf seasons beginning, I figure it would be a good idea to let the Linfield student body know who the clutch players are and what we can expect from them this fall sports season.

Let’s start with golf.  On the women’s side the Wildcats have freshman Abigail Heringer a strong new golfer from Salem, Ore. She tied for fifth with a score of 15-over-par 159 in the Pacific Invitational last week.  Not bad so far for her first season at Linfield.

Although the women’s golf team finished eighth out of twelve teams at the Pacific Invitational, the Wildcats improved tremendously from the first to the second day, despite terrible weather conditions.

On the men’s side, there are three impressive juniors, Taylor Klopp, Taylor Pirnke and Kevin Kawasaki.  Klopp is described by head coach Greg Copeland as “a hard worker who hates to make a bogey,”  and a natural leader on the team.

Pirnke is described as a solid player and shot 78 on the second day of the Pacific Invitational. Kawasaki is a hard-working player whose extra practice during the summer has helped him to improve overall as a player!

His hard work paid off when he shot a crisp 71 to sit in fourth place at the Pacific Invitational. Kawasaki helped his team achieve first place overall after the first day of the tournament.

In the world of soccer, four men stick out from the lineup: freshmen Brian Degrandmont and Jorge Rodriguez, and seniors Harper Taylor and Jake Baker.

During their last game against Whitman College, Taylor and Baker worked together to score in the first half.  Baker sent in a cornerkick from the left side, which found his teammate in front of the net, setting up a point-blank range shot tying the game in the second half.

This was Taylor’s third career goal and his first goal since the 2010 season. Degrandmont tied the score at 1-1 in the game with a long-shot on goal from beyond the penalty box.  Rodriguez made six saves against the Pacific Lutheran offense keeping the Wildcat’s defense firm settling with a 0-0 tie. For women’s soccer, junior Lauren Pyrch, did her part against Pacific University from the back line helping Linfield achieve its best start in the program’s history and eventually getting the team voted into the top-25 teams by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America holding the 20th spot! Pyrch has been recognized as the Northwest Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week and leads a defense, that only  allowed two goals and 14 shot attempts during all three matches. Pyrch is definitely a player that opponents should look out for!

Now how about those football guys? Well, as you know, the Linfield football program has had a very successful start to their season.

The team beat Texas Hardin-Simmons College 71-21 and beat out California Lutheran University last week 52-14. Linfield senior quarterback Josh Yoder was a huge contributing factor for the win against California Lutheran University as he passed for three touchdowns and scored on a 35-yard romp.  In the last game against Case Western Reserve University, sophomore running back sophomore Travon Willis rushed a game-high 80 yards against the Ohio team, while sophomore wide receiver Brian Balsiger caught eight passes for 99 yards, setting the tone for the Wildcats 45-0 shut-out.

Way to go boys!

How about my favorite ladies in spandex? Although the season has started off a bit rough for the squad, there are still some hard-working athletes that we can always count on to work hard and push their teammates to success!

Two-time Northwest Conference all-star junior Kailana Ritte-Camara, topped the stats with a match-high of 14 kills and a .231 hitting average in their last game against Puget Sound University.

Although the Wildcats weren’t able to walk away with a win, her performance should show the other teams that Ritte-Camara is an aggressive player who is ready to give it her all, all year round!

And don’t think I forgot about Linfield’s cross-country runners! We have three outstanding athletes on the team including seniors Hannah Greider, Siena Noe and  Joe Gladow.

With the help of Greider and Noe, the women’s team earned first place overall in the North West Classic held in Eugene, Ore., with five Wildcats finishing in the top ten spots.

Greider finished in third place while Noe finished in fifth place with a time of 19:23. On the men’s side, Gladow set the pace for other Wildcat men.  He scored 85 points and helped the team finish in the top for the Northwest Conference.

The senior averaged 5:19 miles during the 4-mile course, clocking in at 21:15.  With the help of these stellar athletes, the Linfield’s cross country team has a strong chance of qualifying for the NWC Championships and being a strong competitor in the league as well!

So those are the Wildcats to look out for! However, sports teams are called teams for a reason.  Although this article highlights the current star athletes for the season, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t go watch and support other Wildcat athletes that weren’t mentioned!

So get out there and support your Wildcats, who knows, maybe you will witness a new star athlete in the making!

By Camille Weber/ Sports Columnist


Wildcats score high at Northwest Classic

Both Linfield’s men and women cross country teams celebrated astounding efforts demonstrated at the Northwest Cross Country

Classic on Sept. 19 at Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore.

Despite having to fight through the rain and cold weather, the women’s team earned first place overall in the classic, with five women

finishing in the top-10 spots.

Senior Hannah Greider finished in third place with a time of 18:48. She placed behind George Fox powerhouse, Emily Painter,

Senior Siena Noe finished in fifth place with a time of 19:23. Senior Katie Skinner finished in seventh place with a time of 19:47.

Junior Madison Trowbridge finished in eighth place with a time of 19:51 seconds and senior Claire Hann finished in tenth place with a

time of 19:57 seconds.

All five of the top finshers also completed in the 5K race and finished the course in under 25 minutes!

As a team, Linfield scored 33 points, beating out Yamhill Country and rival school George Fox University by 24 points!

Lane Community College, the race’s host, placed third with 75 points.

The University of Oregon Running Club followed with 84 points and Pacific University with 105 points.

The men’s team took third place overall, behind the University of Oregon Running Club and Lane Community College.

Senior Joe Gladow placed ninth and averaged 5:19 miles during the four-mile course. His final time was 21:15.

Other Wildcat runners that placed in the top-25 were junior Calvin Howell, freshman Michael O’Neil and sophomore Alex Mangan.

O’Neil came in 14th place with a time of 21:28, Howell came in 22nd place with 21:47 and Mangan came in 25th place with a time of

21:54 seconds.

Junior Chad Linnerooth came in 33rd place finishing with a time of 22: 19.

The next scheduled meet for the Wildcats is at the Willamette Open, on Oct. 5.

By Camillle Weber/Sports Columnist


Head cross country coach breaks American record

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(From Left to Right) Assistant cross country coach Chris McIsaac, Cameron Chester, head cross country coach Greg Mitchell along
with two fellow athletes stand together after finishing 50 laps. Mitchell turned 40 on Sept. 13, which motivated him into the 40-44
competition division. Photos: Rosa Johnson/Copy editor

The record attempt was to mark Mitchell’s 40th birthday, which moved him into the age 40-44 competition division. A crowd of

Linfield students and Mitchell’s family and friends totalled nearly 100 out at the Linfield track to cheer Mitchell on and to celebrate his


Mitchell began the race with four other runners. They ran as a unit for much of the race, but three of the four fell off the group pace

before finishing. Cameron Chester, an alum of Linfield’s track and field team, and Chris McIsaac, assistant coach of Linfield cross

country, were among them.

At the 10,000 meter halfway point, Mitchell’s time was 32 minutes 48 seconds, well under the previous record holder’s time of 34

minutes 11 seconds.

The previous 20,000 meter record was set in Jacksonville, Florida in 2005 by John Metzgar, age 42.

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Zywicki and Mitchell run one of 50 total laps around the track. Mitchell got first place, beating the record by just over four minutes just
ahead of the other athletes that was racing with him.
Photos: Rosa Johnson/Copy editor

Mitchell’s lap times hovered around 78-79 seconds for much of the first 10,000 meters (25 laps). For the second half of the race, his

pace increased and his lap times dropped to around 76 seconds.

With each pass around the track, the crowd cheered Mitchell on, making good use of commemorative cowbells distributed in honor of

Mitchell’s birthday. Mitchell’s final time was

64 minutes 47 seconds, shattering Metzgar’s previous record of 68 minutes 21 seconds.

Mitchell has been involved with the Linfield cross country team for eight years now. Previous to his involvement with the Wildcats, he

served as assistant coach in several high school track and field and cross country programs, including McMinville high school.

Mitchell is also a Linfield alum, part of the class of 1995. He was a four-year letter-winner on both the Linfield track and field and

cross country teams.

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Greg Mitchell wraps himself with an American flag after finishing his run. Mitchell finished the 50 laps in 64 minutes and 47 seconds.
Photos: Rosa Johnson/Copy editor

His Linfield track and field career included two conference crowns and two second place finishes in the 10,000 meters event.

He also placed second in two separate cross country

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Greg Mitchell wraps himself with an American flag after finishing his run. Mitchell finished the 50 laps in 64 minutes and 47 seconds.

Photos: Rosa Johnson/Copy editor

Wildcats run ahead at preseason meets

The cross country team has shown a strong start to its season with the men’s and women’s teams having high placements at meets.

Both finished first at the Linfield Harrier Classic on Sept. 7, a dual meet against George Fox University.

On the women’s side, they had superior performances despite missing key runners. Senior returner Hannah Greider finished in the top spot with 24 minutes, 28.01 seconds, only 11 seconds in front of the George Fox runner. Freshman Marisa Kume finished in third in her second college career performance.

Seniors Katie Skinner, Claire Hann and junior Madison Trowbridge rounded out the top-10 finished forthe Wildcats.

On the men’s side, senior Joe Gladow led the 8K, finishing first with a time of 27 minutes, 12.05 seconds Freshman Michael O’Neil trailed in behind Gladow, claiming second. Juniors Flint Martino, Calvin Howell, freshmen Chris Roth and Adrian Clifford also finished in the top-10 for the Wildcats.Cross Country Women

“We ran well but we expect better performances out of ourselves,” junior Chad Linnerooth said.

At the Lewis & Clark University Dual Meet on Aug. 30, Gladow and senior Siena Noe were the top runners for the Wildcats.

Noe finished with the time of 19 minutes, 13.4 seconds. Gladow was in control during the majority of the race but Pioneers’ runner Jarrod Nixon came up from behind near the end forcing him to finish in second with 21 minutes, 15.3 seconds.

The men’s and women’s scores were combined at this meet, which the Wildcats lost by one point. After first race, the cross country team takes a trip to Camp Kiwanilong in Astoria, Ore. They hang out as a team and also participate in a run that is a Linfield tradition. Assistant coaches Greg Mitchell and Chris McIsaac also ran it when they were on the team.

“Camp is a great place to foster team building,” junior Ian Lundgren said. “It’s all about time. At the midpoint of the time, we have to turnaround.”

The team together runs three miles to get to the location, do an interval workout and then run the three miles back.

Team members’ interval workout goal is to make it to a jetty near shore shoreline by the halfway point of the workout and then make it back to where they started in a certain amount of time.

“It’s a hard workout that not many can complete, only a handful of male runners can complete the workout every year,” Linnerooth said. “Only one female has actually touched the jetty in time.”

The Wildcats will next compete at the Northwest Classic in Eugene, Ore. On Sept. 20 at 5:15 p.m.

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Senior Clair Hann is racing against George Fox University on Sept. 7 where she finished in the top-10. The Wildcats have been taking over the score boards as they look to future games.

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Balancing life as a mother, student, athlete

Junior Sienna Noe is one of the top runners for the Linfield cross country team. Noe now has a 7-month-old son named Blaise. She continually has to manage her schedule to take care of her child, practice and complete her classes for her communication arts major and Spanish minor. Joel Ray/Senior Photographer

Junior Sienna Noe is one of the top runners for the Linfield cross country team. Noe now has a 7-month-old son named Blaise. She continually has to manage her schedule to take care of her child, practice and complete her classes for her communication arts major and Spanish minor.
Joel Ray/Senior Photographer

“The power of a small college.” It’s a catchy slogan Linfield students and faculty come across on a daily basis. Since returning to Linfield after having a baby during her sophomore year, junior cross country star Siena Noe has fully experienced the power of Linfield’s small community.

Staff, community members, students and teammates have offered comfort and support for the 20-year-old single mother of 7-month-old Blaise.

After finding out before sophomore year that she was pregnant, she will admit she was devastated. Her parents thought the pregnancy would result in many missed opportunities for their oldest daughter. However, life for Noe has been far from that with help from Linfield.

After realizing that little Blaise’s father had no intention of being a part of her son’s life, Noe realized there was no reason for her to stay at her parent’s home in Yakima, Wash., and decided it was time to venture back to Linfield.

“Things were not good at home with the dad,” Noe said. “I’m a single mom. I thought the dad would be around and that me staying home would be best for Blaise. When it started looking like he wasn’t going to show interest, I knew I had nothing to keep me home at that point. And that’s when I started emailing Linfield.”

Noe never expected to be back at school after what she had gone through. She knew it was going to be difficult getting back on track, but she knew it was the best thing for her and her son.

“I didn’t think it was realistic,” Noe said. “Linfield has been really great about me trying to come back here and everything with my baby. I emailed some people trying to see if my academic scholarship was still applicable if I came back, which it was.”

Noe also never foresaw that a former boss would eventually be renting out of her home to her. Eileen Allen provided Noe with the opportunity to rent a bedroom from her home and occasionally look after Blaise when needed.

“I got really lucky when my work-study boss from freshman year, Eileen Allen, found out I was trying to come back [to Linfield],” Noe said. “I needed a place to stay where Blaise could come with me, and she offered me a place for really cheap. If she hadn’t offered me a place to stay, that would have been the deal-breaker.”

Allen watches Blaise when Noe has 6:40 a.m. cross country workouts and when Blaise’s nanny is not available.

“I managed to find a nanny who was trying to open her own in-home daycare,” Noe said. “I was her first customer, so I got priority and Blaise gets to hog her schedule.

“She covers me during all my classes on Monday through Thursday,” Noe said. “It’s super nice because she lives right across from Linfield, so I can dart over there whenever I need to breast-feed. She’s really great and Blaise loves her.”

Between Allen and the nanny, there are still times when Noe needs a babysitter in order to make it to practice and meets and finish homework for her communication arts major and Spanish minor. She is lucky enough to have constant offers to watch Blaise free of charge.

“I have some of my friends from the team who watch him on Fridays,” Noe said. “Everyone here, especially my team, has been really supportive. There is no way I would have been able to pull all this off without their help.

“Everyone has bent over backward to make sure that I’m getting to all my classes and getting enough sleep,” Noe said. “I have people randomly offering to take Blaise free of charge, just so I can take a nap.”

If it weren’t for the generous Linfield community, Noe would not be able to run for the Wildcats like she had trained for all summer.

“Getting back into shape wasn’t fun,” Noe said. “But it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be because I had been itching to go running. Being pregnant, it was really difficult to be told that I couldn’t go running because it would hurt someone else besides me. My doctor told me to wait six weeks after giving birth, but I was back to running by day nine. I was a little stir-crazy.”

She ran until she was six months pregnant, to which she attributes her ease in bouncing back. Noe continued to train all summer long, but is still shocked at how well the season is going for her personally.

“I managed to run first for Linfield two weeks ago,” Noe said. “I have been battling for second and third most of the season. I don’t feel like I am in the shape I am supposed to be in. But I feel like I am keeping up with the girls who have been training more than I did. It makes me pretty optimistic for next season.”

Noe has used the negative energy from her hometown and doubts from many people about her ability to attend college and run cross country with Blaise by her side to fuel her competitive drive.

“I like that it’s just you out there,” Noe said. “When you race, if you have a bad day or a good day, it’s because of you. It’s been all about taking my principles and turning it into my driving force. I kind of knew what my principles were, but they were tested. I have had to solidify my values, which has made it easier to compete and steer my course.”

Noe is grateful for her support system here at Linfield. The Linfield community has truly made it possible for her to be back this fall.

“Being a student athlete and single mom has been no walk in the park,” Noe said. “Being on campus with a ton of kids my own age makes it feel like all of campus is raising Blaise, which is really awesome.”

A lot has changed since sophomore year for Noe, and she is making the most out of her time at Linfield.

“I really have a driving force to finish school and apply myself because I have someone else to take care of. It’s not just me,” Noe said.

Sarah Mason

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