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The Wildcat women’s tennis team won their first home match of the season on March 1 against the University of Puget Sound Loggers, 8-1.
This was their third conference match of the season, and was a much-needed moral boost after both of last weekend’s away match losses to Whitman College and Whitworth University.
Linfield Wildcats started out the match with a solid lead against the Puget Sound Loggers. Senior Caroline Brigham, junior Kaila Nip, and freshman Marisa Kume won all of their matches in the singles competition. Junior Kelly Watanabe and freshman Mackenzie Fraser also won matches in the singles competition.
Going into the doubles competition with an already strong lead from singles, Linfield continued to hold control over Puget Sound in all three doubles matches.
Wildcat coach Lisa Macy-Baker, who was very much looking forward to the team’s match against Puget Sound, feels particularly proud of the team’s winning performance.
“It feels good to be home,” Macy-Baker said. “UPS is a very competitive team top to bottom this year.”
Macy-Baker is correct, though Puget Sound is ranked 15 regionally and Linfield is ranked above them at 11, the Loggers had two good results this season prior to playing at Linfield on Saturday. The Wildcats embraced the challenge of taking on the Puget Sound Loggers and ultimately rose to their full potential as victors.
The women’s tennis team’s next match will be against California Institute of Technology at 4 p.m. on March 7 in Indian Wells, Calif.
Mikenna Whatley/Staff writer
Senior Katherine Allison prepares to serve during her singles match on March 1. The Women’s Tennis started back on their winning track by winning this match against Puget Sound University.
Spencer Beck/Staff photographer
Junior Kelly Watanabe and Junior Kailia Nip are preparing to receive a ball from the other team, which the doubles team won 8-4.
Spencer Beck/Staff photographer
The softball team kept it’s perfect record intact beating George Fox University in back-to-back games away on March 1, (10-02), (03-02).
The Wildcats beat the Bruins in the first game with a score of ten runs to two in a six-inning span.
The ‘Cats scored at least one run during the whole game, but George Fox kept up with them all the way through the second inning.
Senior Haylie Watson and junior McKenna Spieth both hit solo home runs in the second and their innings, pushing the Wildcats ahead. From that point on Linfield never looked back.
Watson didn’t stop at just one home run however, with another in the sixth inning, which marked the second to last run made that game.
The ’Cats continued to dominate the Bruins in their second, closer game that ending in the ninth inning with a final score of three runs to two. The two teams went back and forth with strike outs with a couple of hits thrown in there.
Junior Grace Middelstadt delivered the game-winning blow to the left-center field in the final inning that tied up the longer of the two games.
The Wildcats had a game canceled on March 2 due to weather conditions, so it will be moved to a new date later this week. The ’Cats next set game is March 8 against Puget Sound University and March 9 against Pacific Lutheran University both starting at noon.
Stephanie Hofmann/Sports editor
As a response to the Miami Dolphins’ locker room bullying, it has been speculated that the NFL may be creating new rules that penalize players that use homophobic or racial slurs during games.
Last October, rookie offensive linesmen Jonathan Martin left the Miami Dolphins after being consistently harassed by three of his team mates. The harassment included racial slurs and vicious sexual taunts regarding his mother and sister. Martin played for Stanford University before signing with the Dolphins in the 2012 NFL draft. After signing with the Dolphins, Martin endured harassment from guard Richie Incognito and fellow offensive linesmen John Jerry and Mike Pouncey. The Dolphins’ assistant trainer was also harassed and also left the team this year.
It’s almost disturbing that the harassment went on for as long as it did without the knowledge of the coaching staff and organization. However, the NFL is trying to address this situation by creating new penalties during a game for using the N-word and other racial and homophobic slurs.
On the player’s first offense of using these slurs, the team would be charged with a 15-yard penalty while the second would result in additional loss in yards in and may be ejected from the game.
Although the rule is made out of good intentions, there is some controversy around the anticipation of the addition of the rule. One could argue that using the “N-word” or other racial and homophobic slurs in a certain context actually helps to minimize the negative connotation associated with particular words. There is also an argument that this could ultimately change the culture of the NFL, where these kinds of words/phrases get passed around loosely. Given the ethnic make-up of NFL teams, players usually know where to draw the= line.
Enforcing the rule can be a challenge as well. The stadiums are often loud and chaotic and it is very unlikely that the referees will be able to hear what’s being said between players. This challenges the effectiveness of the rule and whether or not it should really be enforced during televised games.
The NFL already has a rule that gives a penalty for using the N-word or any slurs during a game, but has been enforced so loosely that this rule is often forgotten. The new rule would really try to crack down on the speech of the players on the field.
The point I am trying to make is that it is really sad that bullying to this degree happens in professional sports. What is even more depressing is that this incident happened within a team. A team that has had mediocre seasons for years and when they had the opportunity to strengthen their team with a new linesman, individuals instead sacrificed team success for an opportunity to boost their egos. It’s debatable that it is even needed to enforce these rules and regulations but what is more important is the fact that we need them at all.
When we watch professional sports, we often forget that the players on the screen go through hardships just like the viewers at home. We also tend to think that bullying stops after middle or high school, but that simply is not the case. It is a good start that the NFL is addressing the Miami Dolphins locker room controversy with an addition to the rules on the field, but players should learn to be respectful to one another before entering the professional circuit.
Camille Weber/Sports columnist
The rainy day was no match for the Linfield track and field team. In their season’s first home meet, it was evident that the team had seen many bright spots and improvements since the start of practice in January.
The first event of the meet was the Women and Men 10000-meter run. Linfield’s senior Hannah Greider ran in with her best time of 38:19.35 and her teammate senior Siena Noe ran in shortly after at 38:43.50. On the other hand, Linfield’s men track and field team also competed in the 10000-meter run with Joe Gladow coming in tenth place with his best time of 32:47.85
Next up were the 4×100-meter relays. The women’s team placed second and the men’s team placed third with times 50.67 and 45.38 respectively. Members of the girls team are juniors Ellie Schmidt and Halsie Peek, sophomore Rachael Gernhart and freshman Dallas Edge. Members of the men’s team are freshmen Treve’ Ensley, Jake Mihelich and Kennedy Johnson, and sophomore Steven Holland. In the 4×400-meter relay, Linfield’s men’s and women’s team finished in the middle of the pack. The ladies came in sixth place with time 4:20.92 and the boys finished fifth at time 3:35.84.
The 400-meter dash and 200-meter dash was also a strong event for the Wildcats men’s and women’s team. Both Schmidt and Mihelich were outstanding performers as Schmidt finished fourth and second and Mihelich finished fourth and sixth respectively. Similarly, the 100-meter dash was an outstanding event for the Women with three ladies placing in the top ten. Peek ran for time 12.95, Edge ran for time 13.09, and sophomore Brenna Stinson ran for time 13.28.
In the women’s 800-meter run, Linfield’s junior Audrey Lichten placed fourth with time 2:28.38 and teammate junior Calli Dowdy placed eighth at time 2:31.10. On the men’s side, junior Chad Linnerooth ran for time 2:04.07 in the 800-meter run and teammate freshman Art O’Kelly ran for time 2:05.03. In the 1500-meter run Lichten placed third for the women with time 5:02.05 only 10 seconds off from the first place finisher. Likewise, the 5000-meter run was a strong event for the women and Men with junior Madison Trowbridge running for 19:02.37 and freshman Michael O’Neil obtaining a sixth place finish at 16:01.33.
Conversely, the hurdles proved to be a spectacular event for Edge and teammate sophomore Tasha Rowland. Edge placed first in the Women 100-meter Hurdles race with time 15.33 and Rowland placed ninth with time 17.68. The Women’s 400 Meter was also a successful race for the ’Cats Women’s team with freshman Madison Gladding and Rowland coming in sixth and seventh place. On the men’s side, Knight finished third place in the 400-meter hurdles with time 1:00.47.
On the other hand, the Men showed well in the long jump with Johnson jumping for a high of 6.35 meters. Sophomore Rachael Gernhart did outstandingly well in the women’s triple jump with a meet high of 10.96 Meters. The men’s triple jump also performed outstandingly well with Johnson taking second place and his teammate, freshman Eric Igbinoba placing third.
The women’s discus throw went well for the women’s ’Cats with senior Anna LaBeaume placing third with a distance of 36.33 meters. LaBeaume also performed well in the women’s hammer throw placing third with a final distance of 44.64 Meters. Likewise, freshman Lucas Clark placed tenth with a throwing distance of 38.62 meters. In the men’s hammer throw, senior Nick Fairhart finished seventh with a distance of 44.81 meters. Also performing well was senior Kate Shear in the javelin throw for a distance of 39.30 meters. On the men’s side, freshman Andrew Laney threw 48.97 meters and finished second overall.
Casie Gaza/For the Review
Freshman Kennedy Johnson does his jumps during the Erik Anderson Memorial Icebreaker during Feb. 28 and March 1.The tea will next be competing at the GFU Rich Allen Classic.
Spencer Beck/Staff photographer
While the Wildcats only finished in third as a team, junior Taylor Klopp had a magnificent individual performance, shooting two under par for the tournament.
Juniors Kevin Kowasaki and Logan Munson also placed in the top-15, with a still very impressive score of 155 for the two days, finishing 11 over par.
Linfield has been on a bit of a hot streak over the past few weeks compared to their usual play. They placed second twice and third this past weekend.
Klopp was the only person who managed to finish underpar, and that was all due to his second day preformance. He shot even on the first day with a 72, and two under his second round, shooting a 70.
Kawasaki and Munson both shot the same on both days, keeping their play very consistent. They both shot 77 the first day, five over par, and 78 the second.
The second place individual finisher came from Pacific Lutheran University. While he did not finish in the top five after the first day, he came back the second and shot one under par, boosting him over all but Klopp.
While Linfield’s hot streak has slightly stated to cool, they still hope to keep up this level of play for the rest of the season. Including their first semester play, they have placed in the top three in all but one of their matches.
On March 8 and 9, Linfield will head out to Fircrest next weekend to compete in the University of Puget Sound Invitational, where they will look to extend their top three preformance streak.
Drew Marht/For the Review