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The men’s basketball team held senior night Feb. 16 for all players leaving the team to say their goodbyes and receive honors from the program. However, one person was left out on this night.Head coach Larry Doty or “Dotes” as players and other students know him as, is retiring after 26 seasons of coaching the Wildcats.
“It’s the fastest 26 years I have been through,” Doty said.
The tenured coach has held his position the longest in program history. He also recorded the most victories in program history with 330.
He was the last full-time faculty and head coach hired by the school.
Doty attended West Linn High School, then Linfield for his undergraduate and master’s degrees, during which, he was a three-sport athlete, playing football, basketball and baseball.
“I had a great experience here as an athlete,” Doty said.
During his senior year playing basketball, coached by Ted Wilson, the team had the program’s all-time best scoring record with 2,676 points in 28 games. The team’s average was 95.6 points per game.
After having positive experiences with basketball in both high school and college, Doty stepped into coaching himself.
He coached the West Linn Lions men’s basketball team. The team took fourth in the state during his final year of coaching.
As soon as he saw an opening for head coach at Linfield, Doty quickly applied for the position.
During his time as head coach, Doty made sure the men that went through his program had positive experiences.
In addition to the 100 hours spent to prepare for about 26 games a season, the team spends time bonding through fundraising events, volunteering and team trips.
“We end up doing those kinds of things because we spend a lot of time together,” Doty said.
His players know him for all of the stories that he shares with them, which helps him standout as a lively individual.
“[Doty] is somebody who teaches his players much more than just the game of basketball. He is constantly teaching his players life lessons as well,” senior Dakotah Pine said.
Doty’s son Dominic Doty is also a member of the basketball staff. He has served as an assistant coach for the past six years, in addition to his four years as head coach for women’s soccer.
“I think every son grows up wanting to be like their father. I was just lucky enough to be a part of his legacy,” Dominic said in an email. I can’t begin to tell you all the things he has taught me or all the ways he has impacted my experience as a coach today. I wouldn’t know where to start. But what I can say is that I am what I am as a coach and a person today because of him.”
Doty’s family was constantly sitting in the stands cheering him and Dominic Doty on at home games. Doty also helped lead game management for the soccer games so he could support his son.
“When you are a coach, your family makes sacrifices,” Doty said. “It’s been a family affair.”
After leading two teams to conference championships in 1999 and 2001, Doty said he is now ready to try new things in his life.
He will continue to teach classes for the Human Health and Athletic Performance Department and also oversee internships for students.
“The things that I will take with me are the experiences with the student athletes,” Doty said.
Former players from all over, including ones from Iceland and England, remain in contact with him, following their college careers.
Although Doty has completed his time with the men’s basketball program, this does not mean he is done impacting student’s lives at Linfield.
“It just seemed like the right time for me, my wife, my family and the right time for the basketball program,” Doty said.
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Big weekends from junior Nick Fisher and senior Tim Wilson, along with continued starting pitching excellence helped Linfield baseball stretch its winning streak to six games March 23 and 24, with a three-game sweep of Whitworth. The ‘Cats won 5-2, 14-2 and 10-5.
With the victories, Linfield now sits alone at the top of the NWC standings with an 18-3, 11-1 NWC record. Whitworth, which was predicted to finish first in the NWC preseason coaches poll, dropped to 9-12-1 and 4-5 in conference play with the three losses.
When asked about Whitworth’s struggles as a comparison to last year’s Wildcats, Fisher said, “with how competitive this conference is year in and year out, it seems like when you’re the team that’s expected to perform, you get everybody’s best game. This Whitworth team is nearly exactly the same as it was last year. It just doesn’t seem like it has the drive or desire that it brought to us when we played it a year ago.”
Any drive Whitworth had was stymied by sophomore Chris Haddeland (5-1, 1.17 ERA) in game one of March 23’s doubleheader, as he hurled his third complete game of the season, giving up just two runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out six. The Linfield offense supplied Haddeland with runs in the sixth, seventh and ninth innings to hand Whitworth starter Dan Scheibe, an All-NWC first-team selection last year, his second loss of the season.
When asked about the success against Scheibe, Fisher said, “It becomes even more important to be selective with the pitches you’re seeing up there. We all started to notice how he was trying to pitch us──like throwing a forkball with only two strikes to right-handed hitters, or starting middle of the order guys off with curveballs. And with the bats we have in this lineup, once we have a really good idea of what pitches are coming, it’s scary to see what we can do offensively.”
Fisher, senior Jordan Harlow and junior Kramer Lindell had multiple hits in game one, and junior Jake Wylie lashed a key two-run single to score Harlow and Wilson in the ninth inning to extend Linfield’s lead to 5-1. Wilson went 2-4 in the game with a single, double, RBI, run scored and a stolen base.
Linfield translated its success against Scheibe into a 14-2 demolition in game two, highlighted by a five-hit game from the All-American, Wilson. Wilson scored five runs, drove in three and launched his first bomb of the season to start a five-run Linfield ninth inning. With the five hits, Wilson became just the second Wildcat in the past decade to collect seven hits during a doubleheader.
The RBI opportunities were plentiful for the middle of the order, with Wilson, sophomore Corey VanDomelen and senior Kenny Johnson reaching base 10 times in 13 combined plate appearances. Fisher and Wylie each had two hits during the game. Fisher and Lindell knocked in two runs apiece, and Wylie knocked in three. Harlow also had two hits in the seven hole.
Starting pitcher sophomore Aaron Thomassen (5-0, 0.86 ERA) lasted 6 1/3 innings and gave up two runs (one earned). He allowed eight hits and three walks but worked out of jams in the second, fourth and sixth innings. Junior Garett Speyer took over for Thomassen with one out and two runners on base in the seventh, but he recorded the final two outs of the inning on a pop out and a strikeout.
Speyer remained in the game to finish the final two innings and gave up just two hits.
Junior Zach Brandon (4-1, 2.13 ERA) threw five scoreless innings in game three March 24 and Fisher mashed to a tune of 3-4 with three runs scored and two RBI en route to the 10-5 victory.
Fisher helped start the scoring in the second inning with a single and a stolen base. Junior Nate McClellan, struggling of late, drove Fisher in with a double to left field.
In the fourth inning, the ‘Cats had two outs but loaded the bases with a Fisher single and back-to-back walks from McClellan and Harlow. Senior catcher Kyle Chamberlain, also struggling at the plate before the game, came to the plate with the bases juiced and produced a key two-run single to score Fisher and McClellan.
The fifth inning saw the ‘Cats break the game open, scoring five runs and stretching the lead to 8-0. Three straight hits from Wilson, VanDomelen and Wylie produced one run, and then Lindell was intentionally walked to load the bases for Fisher. Fisher made Whitworth pay with a bases-clearing double.
In relief of Brandon, sophomore Joe Stevick had a rough outing, giving up five hits and four earned runs in one inning of work. Junior Justin Huckins pitched the final three innings, ceding just two hits and one unearned run, while striking out two.
The Wildcats look to continue their winning streak this weekend, with a doubleheader March 29 and one game on March 30 against Puget Sound (10-13, 5-4 NWC).
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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.
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The women’s tennis team won two matches against George Fox on March 19 with a score of 6-3, and against California Lutheran on March 23 with a score of 6-3 again.
However, it was no match against Lewis and Clark, losing 7-2 March 22.
“This season has been tough for us, as we have been playing some talented teams,” freshman Emily Erbin said in an email. “We have been struggling with our line up and trying to figure out the best double teams and single line up.”
During the latest tennis match against California Lutheran, junior Caroline Brigham and freshman Kwynn Ecton won with 8-4 in their doubles match, and sophomores Kaila Nip and Kelly Watanabe won 8-2.
All of the six singles flights were in straight sets, with Linfield winning four of those matches.
Nip won 6-2 and 6-1 at number three singles, and Ecton won 6-1 and 6-1 in the fourth flight.
Sophomore Gretchen Jernstedt finalized the match for the Wildcats with a win of 6-0 and 6-1.
“For my next match, I know I need to play my game and play smart tennis,” Erbin said. “This has been a year of learning filled with hard work and determination.”
The Wildcats next play at home, hosting Lewis and Clark on April 5.
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Two losses during out-of-region games March 18 and 19 solidify a slow season for Linfield’s lacrosse team.
Linfield played Allegheny College from Meadville, Pa., and lost 21-3 to the team with a 5-1 record for the season March 18. Allegheny started strong with four goals within the first four minutes and continued strong throughout the game.
After Linfield’s initial goal, scored by sophomore Shelby Duarte, for 30 minutes the Allegheny Gators held off all attempted goals by the Wildcats. Toward the end of the game, Duarte made one more goal, along with a goal from senior Brittani Drost, giving Linfield its three goals of the game.
Temporary goalkeeper sophomore Kaleigh Phillips, who is still filling in for injured freshman Erika Phillipo, saved six attempted goals, making the total attempted goals by the Gators 27.
In the last home game of the season March 19, lacrosse hosted North Central College of Naperville, Ill., which resulted in the Wildcats’ loss by a 17-3 margin.
All three goals came from Drost, who was assisted twice by sophomore Halee Helgerson.
Central scored within the first minute of play, but it was more than 20 minutes later that the next goal was scored by Drost.
The game picked up for the Central Cardinals, with a score of 11-2 for the first half.
Next up, the Wildcats travel to Southern California where they will play Chapman University on March 25. Then, the ‘Cats will take on Whittier College on March 27.
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