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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.


New coaching staff leaves little time to recruit for women’s teams this spring

A whistle blows, and immediately, the yelling begins. Players run for the ball as other teammates shout commands and support. One player drops the ball and laughs, apologizing before picking it up with her lacrosse stick and continuing on with the scrimmage.

By just watching, one would never realize that Linfield’s women’s lacrosse team struggled for numbers this season. And its not the only team, either.

Linfield’s women’s golf team also struggled for players this season, and is barely scrapping by with a team of four, although it is technically a full team.

“We have enough to fill a team, but for the most part, we could use a couple more girls,” said Samantha Smith, the head coach of the women’s lacrosse team and Linfield alum.

Currently, women’s lacrosse has 14 players, but is hoping to get up to at least 16 or 17 to have more subs available. Women’s golf is hoping to get up to about six or seven players next season.

The low numbers this year for both women’s golf and women’s lacrosse could be because of both the head coaches being new this year and not having enough time to recruit new members.

“It was tough for the women’s [golf] team because it had a coach step in partway through the season,” said Brynn Hurdus, the head coach of women’s golf and also Linfield alum.

Halfway through last season, the old women’s golf coach had to leave after saying he was too busy with work.

Another coach stepped in who had no previous experience coaching women’s golf, and Hurdus was hired in the summer. But it was too late, Hurdus said, and she couldn’t do any recruiting for this year’s team.

“I’ve talked to a lot of recruits, and it looks like we’ll have numbers back up for next year,” Hurdus said.

Smith has also been recruiting women through emailing previous players and other women on the team asking their friends to come out and play. So far, they were able to get three new players.

“It’s a huge relief,” Smith said. “Being a first-year coach, you don’t want to have to forfeit every game because you don’t have enough girls coming out.”


Samantha Sigler/ News editor

Samantha Sigler can be reached at linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com.

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.