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In the final game of the season, the lacrosse team lost to Pacific University 19-3 April 12, finishing a 9-0 season for the Wildcats.
All four shots made by the Wildcats were made in the second half, with seven saves throughout the game.
The away game in Forest Grove, Ore., ended a slow season for the ‘Cats, but members are happy with their overall play.
“The thing our team does best is building off of previous games and practices,” senior Lynette Cole said. “Every match we saw improvement all around the field. Even if the scoreboard didn’t reflect it, our team improved immensely since the beginning of the season.”
Due to injuries, the Wildcats only had 13 players, one more than the requirement for play.
“Pacific had around eight or nine substitutes so if someone needed a break, especially in the midfield, they can catch their breath, observe the match and chat with the coach about tips for improvement, Cole said.
“It absolutely affected the game’s outcome because they all had this opportunity.”
Low numbers were nothing new for the team, which dealt with many injured players unable to participate during the season.
“It was really frustrating,” freshman and regular goalie Erika Phillipo said. Phillipo was out for most of the season due to injury.
“I love the sport so it was really hard watching from the sidelines,” Phillipo said.
Sophomore Shelby Duarte scored the three Linfield goals for the relatively young team.
“We had a couple of members who had never even touched a stick before this season, Phillipo said.
“I think we will see a lot of returners next year, which will greatly help the next season picking up where we left off this past season.”
The lacrosse players overcame their challenges in order to achieve the goals they set for themselves.
“Our goals for the season were to lay down the framework for a strong team in the years to come,” Cole said. “We absolutely achieved this.”
Olivia Marovich/Staff writer
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Catball secured its No. 1 conference ranking after sweeping two doubleheaders against George Fox University on April 6 and 7.
On April 7, the Wildcat softball team won game one 12-3 and game two 8-6. The results closely resembled the games from the day prior.
In game one, the Wildcats started with four runs scored in the first inning. Junior Haylie Watson and sophomore Lisa Yamamoto both scored home runs, giving the Wildcats a 9-1 lead, and the Bruins never caught up.
Junior Ashley Garcia helped drive in four runs and scored two herself for the Wildcats.
Junior Karina Paavola with the assistance of freshman reliever Maddy Dunn only allowed the Bruins to have four hits and giving Paavola a 16-2 record.
In game two, the Wildcats remained down until the sixth inning, where they upset the Bruins by scoring six runs in the seventh inning.
Sophomore Erin Carson hit her first career homer, bringing in the two game-winning runs for the Wildcats. Yamamoto also hit a three-run home run.
On April 6, Catball won its first game 11-0 and second game 9-8. Junior Karina Paavola added two additional wins to her record this season, making it 26-5 and 18-2.
In game one, the Wildcats had a four-run lead by the end of the first. By the end of the second, Linfield secured a dominant nine-run lead against the Bruins.
After striking out five batters with no runs or walks, Paavola was switched with sophomore reliever Montana McNealy to secure the win for the Wildcats.
Prestianni and Garcia both hit a pair of doubles in the first and second innings. With senior outfielder Megan Wallo and Carson hitting two singles.
In game two, Yamamoto hit a two-run home run, giving the Wildcats a 3-2 lead in the fourth, answering to the Bruins who had a 2-1 lead following the first. The Bruins responded with two runs in the fifth.
During the sixth, Prestianni hit a homer to trigger the Wildcats to score three runs. George Fox’s offense responded with a home run of its own plus additional runs, giving the Bruins an 8-6 lead.
In the seventh, the Wildcats started off with a single by sophomore Grace Middlestadt, followed by another from Wallo. A double from Garcia, drew in two runs. A single from Carson allowed the Wildcats to make their last run, securing the win.
The Wildcats will next face Willamette University at 5:30 p.m. April 10 in the Del Smith Stadium. This will be their last home game for the regular season.
Ivanna Tucker/ Sports Editor
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Linfield softball had a successful weekend, taking down both Pacific University and Lewis and Clark College in doubleheaders March 16 and 17.
In the games against Pacific University, the Wildcats won the first game 1-0 and second game 10-2.
During game one, junior Karina Paavola pitched a complete game, earning her sixth win of the season.
The sole run of the game was scored by freshman outfielder Kristen Vroom, who scored from second because of a fielding error caused by a ground ball from junior Katy Brosig.
Pitching and defense kept the offenses in check, holding both teams to multiple innings without runs or hits. Each team had one error.
In the second game, the Wildcats offense outpowered the Pioneers by a score of 10-1.
Junior Shelby VandeBergh pitched four solid innings, allowing one run, two strikeouts and three hits.
The Wildcats came out firing, scoring two runs in the first by sophomores Grace Middelstadt and Lisa Yamamoto.
In the second inning, Catball tripled the score with four more runs. Yamamoto hit a two-run home run during her second plate appearance, scoring senior Megan Wallo.
A sac bunt from senior Karleigh Prestianni in the fourth inning sent Middelstadt straight to home, giving the Wildcats their seventh run of the game.
In the sixth, sophomore Montana McNealy hit a home run, scoring the last run of the game and securing the Wildcats’ victory.
Due to high chances of rain in the weather forecast, the Wildcats moved their doubleheader to start at 10:30 a.m. against Lewis & Clark College on March 16.
Even with the rain, the Wildcats blasted six home runs throughout the afternoon, moving themselves into first place in the conference standings.
In game one, the Wildcats slammed the Pioneers 11-1.
Prestianni and junior Ashley Garcia hit two home runs, keeping the Wildcats’ lead against the Pioneers.
Prestianni’s homer in the second allowed Catball to score three more runs. The Wildcats had 11 hits throughout the game. The Pioneers were only able to have three off of Paavola.
Paavola had a no-hitter going through the first four innings, but the Pioneers disrupted Paavola’s dominance in the fifth with a single. Two singles later, the Pioneers scored, ending the shutout for Paavola.
In game two, the Wildcats beat the Pioneers in shutout fashion, 15-0.
VandeBergh pitched her first career no hitter, and retired all batters except for the leadoff batter, which she hit.
Junior Haylie Watson and Yamamoto both hit two home runs each in the first three innings of the game.
By the end of the first inning, the Wildcats had secured a solid lead with seven runs.
The Pioneers remained hitless, while the Wildcats raked in a total of 14 hits, with the help of two errors.
Brosig also had two hits during the game.
Yamamoto had six RBI and went three for three, scoring three runs for Catball.
The Wildcats will next face La Verne College in a doubleheader during their visit to Southern California at 2 p.m. March 20.
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A little girl in front of me shed a few tears at the crescendo of a piece called “Pas de Deux” performed by a guest performer and Linfield alumnus.
Portland violinist Casey Bozell, accompanied by Linfield graduate Christopher Engbreston, performed a recital March 2 in Delkin Recital Hall. The violin and the piano played together in a symbiotic relationship.
Casey is a part of numerous orchestras in Oregon and is currently an instructor at Concordia University where she teaches the violin. There, she is able to meet with other musicians and conductors to try and bring a new twist on the pieces she performs.
One piece, called “Baffling String,” was a world premiere, and the writer of the piece, Amelia Bierly, was in there to give an introduction to the song.
In attendance at the event was a large amount of McMinnville residents, along with students, professors and President Thomas Hellie.
President Hellie shared his thoughts on the performance and he said, “The performance was brilliant. It is always great seeing a former Linfield student play so well… Casey was absolutely wonderful and we’re so lucky to have opportunities like this on campus.”
The music was like a fire as it burned bright and constantly changed its form, bringing different feelings into the room. There are a number of future faculty recitals, which students should attend to broaden their music horizons beyond pop music on the radio.
Quinn Carlin/Staff Writer
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The Linfield College Computer Science Club recently finished among the top placers at a programing competition held Nov. 3 at the University of Portland. The competition was the 2012 Pacific Northwest regional qualifier of the International Collegiate Programming Contest.
“I think the International Collegiate Programming Contest is a wonderful experience for the computer science students here at Linfield,” sophomore Graham Romero said.
Linfield sent a total of 14 students representing five separate teams to the competition. In total, the teams representing Linfield were the best in Oregon and finished seventh regionally.
“The problems given aren’t necessarily what you’d have in real life, especially because they all have a theme. This year was “Lord of the Rings,” but they contain concepts that are very applicable in real-life situations,” Romero said.
Some of the other schools represented at the competition were Stanford University, University of British Columbia, University of California, Berkeley and University of Washington.
As an end result, Linfield teams finished second, sixth, 10th, 15th, 22nd and 23rd in the state of Oregon, giving Linfield the highest ranking from the state.
“I attended the same contest last year at University of Oregon, and ranked 60th of 94. This year my team got 33rd of 111 teams, so it’s nice to see that improvement,” Romero said. “Relative to last year, or any year we’ve participated, Linfield did much better. Our professor, Daniel Ford, definitely helped prepare us for the contest, as well as the workshop leader, senior Cody Tipton,” Romero said.
The International Collegiate Programming Contest is the largest, oldest and most prestigious programming contest in the world. In total, more than 25,000 students, representing 2,200 universities from 85 countries, located on six continents competed in regional qualifiers around the world.
In order for students to compete, they must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate school program, and either be younger than 23 or have completed less than five years of education after high school.
It goes without saying that students from the Linfield College Computer Science Club had an exceptional performance at their recent regional qualifier. Not only do their results come with bragging rights, but it also comes with the pride of achieving goals.
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