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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


Young team captures second at invitational

The men’s golf team went into this tournament almost a completely new team and finished second overall at the Pacific Invitational on Sept. 21-22.

The Wildcats competed against Willamette University, Puget Sound University, Oregon Technical Institute, Corban University, Pacific University, Lewis & Clark College, George Fox University and Trinity Lutheran College.

“We have some untested players,” head coach Greg Copeland said. “We lost some people last year and a lot of our players are new. We are still going to be pretty good.”

The team ended the first day tied for first place with notable performances from juniors Kevin Kawasaki, who finished fourth, and Taylor Pirnke, who finished eighth.

“I think all the younger kids did really well and held their composer,” Pirnke said. “Everyone really did well. Overall it was a good weekend and we can build from there.”

On the second day, the weather picked up causing many players scores to increase by a good amount.

The team, however, kept strong and held their ground giving them second in tournament as a team.

Pivotal players of this day were Kawasaki and Taylor Klopp who both got in the top-15.

With these wins behind them, the team now looks forward to future tournaments.

“I think this year is going to go well,” Prinke said. “Overall we are optimistic about the future and the team.”

The team plays at the Culturame Classic next Sept. 28-29 at the Reserve.

“[I’m] just really excited to get going,” Copeland said. “We have a change to get into the conference again. I’m excited to see what this new team can do.”

By Stephanie Hofmann/Sports editor


Golf teams take first place spots for 
individual standings in Willamette Cup

Men’s and women’s golf took the top spots in the Willamette Cup tournament April 14.

The women’s team was not able to finish the tournament for team results.

Senior Brinn Hovde tied for first with Willamette’s Mckenzie Weinhold. Both players completed the course in 86 strokes, 14 strokes above par.

Freshman Alexandria Smith came in sixth with 89 strokes.

Freshman Maggie Harlow was one stroke behind in seventh, with 90 strokes.

The men’s team finished first out of three teams at the Willamette Cup on April 14, with 295.

Host team Willamette University got second with 313 strokes.

Freshman Adam Ruben held the top spot for the Wildcats, taking first in the tournament. Ruben completed the course in 68 strokes, four below par.

Sophomore Taylor Klopp, freshman Kyle Hargave and junior Tommy Schmitz finished consecutively in third through fifth place.

Klopp finished with 74 strokes, while Hargave was one stroke behind with 75. Schmitz had one of his best finishes of the year with 78 strokes, just six above par.

Both teams will next compete at the Northwest Conference Championships on  April 20 and 21, which will determine who will get an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The men’s team will be fighting to defend its title.


Ivanna Tucker/Sports editor

Ivanna Tucker can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.


Wildcats attend NWC Spring Classic, rain halts competition

Rain washed out the Wildcat golf teams April 7, ending the Northwest Conference Spring Classic a day early.

The men’s team fought through the rain and was able to earn itself third place during the first day of competition. All of the Wildcats on the men’s team finished in the top-25.

The top ranked golfers for the men’s teams were sophomore Ryan Nolan, who tied for fourth with Pacific Lutheran University’s Seth Nickerson and Whitworth University’s Oliver Rudnicki. The score for fourth place was 73 strokes, only one stroke above par.

Freshman Adam Ruban tied for ninth place and only out-scored sophomore Taylor Klopp by one stroke. Ruban only had 76 strokes, four strokes above par, while Klopp finished with 77 strokes.

Tommy Schmitz finished eighth with 80 strokes and Kyle Hargrave finished one stroke behind Schmitz but finished 24th.

While the men’s team finished close to the top, the women fell into seventh place.

The ‘Cats’ top performer for the women’s team was senior Brinn Hovde, who finished ninth with a score of 83, which is only 11 strokes above par.

Freshman Maggie Harlow tied for 16th with 87 strokes.

Junior Alexandria Smith came in 25th and sophomore Malika Reynolds tied for 36th place.

Both of the Wildcat golf teams will compete at the Willamette Cup Tournament on April 14.

Kaylyn Peterson / Copy chief

Kaylyn Peterson can be reached at linfieldreviewcopy@gmail.com.


Men’s golf takes top spot, women’s team sinks

The Wildcat golf teams got off to their second tournament of the year, participating in the Pacific Spring Invitational at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club’s South Course on March 9 and 10.

The men’s team, coming off a rough final round at Callaway Gardens Intercollegiate, posted the third lowest round March 9, the first day of competition at the Pacific Spring Invitational.

The team was led by junior A.J. Taylor, who shot a 75, and was placed in fifth overall with one day left.

“Our team is solid and performing well,” Taylor said. “There is good competition, however, which means we need to perform and show up to each and every tournament if we want to win.”

The Wildcats took control of the invitational on March 10.

Led by sophomore Taylor Klopp’s 73, the Wildcats won the tournament with an overall score of 612.

Klopp shot the lowest two rounds for the team, placing third overall in the tournament with a 150.

Sophomore Taylor Pirnke finished in 10th with a 154.

Freshman Adam Ruben shot the third lowest score for the ’Cats with a 155, finishing in 11th.

Sophomore Ryan Nolan and Taylor both shot 158, leaving them tied for 17th.

The Wildcats fielded a second team, finishing fifth in the tournament with a score of 640. This group of five finished ahead of conference foes Willamette University, Pacific University and Lewis and Clark University.

The women’s team had a different experience at the Pacific Spring Invitational.

After taking the top two individual places at the Pacific Lutheran Invitational on March 3, the Wildcats fared differently.

The ’Cats placed seventh at the seven-team Pacific Spring Invitational, shooting an 816.

Junior Alexandria Smith was a standout for the Wildcats, as she placed seventh overall, shooting an 167 on the weekend, the top finish by any athlete not from George Fox.

Senior Brinn Hovde was right behind Smith, shooting a 168, tying for eighth.

The women’s next tournament is the George Fox Spring Preview on March 24 at the Oregon Golf Association Golf Course. The men hit the greens March 25 at the West Cup at Goose Creek Golf Club.

Chris Haddeland/Senior reporter

Chris Haddeland can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.