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Wildcat baseball completed its preseason with a 7-1 record, with its sole loss during the first game against La Verne.
The ‘Cats devoured Oregon Institute of Technology on Feb. 24, winning 11-0. Junior Zach Brandon pitched seven shutout innings, only allowing three hits and no walks.
Four Wildcats had multi-hitters, juniors Jake Wylie, Tim Wilson, sophomore Chance Laboda and senior Michael Hopp. Wylie scored three runs with a homer, double and single.
From the beginning, the Wildcats held a strong defense with the infield making solid catches. Wilson scored the first run of the game on Wylie’s double.
The Wildcats continued to score runs, with the Owls struggling to gain hits, and they had five errors throughout the game. The Owls remained scoreless at the end of the fifth, while the ‘Cats earned a large lead with five runs.
Five runs were made by the Wildcats in the seventh, securing their last pregame victory.
Two wins were gained during a doubleheader against Corban and Pacific on Feb. 23. Sophomore Chris Haddeland and senior Zach Manley started, with Haddeland earning his first season win and Manley gaining his second.
Five different Wildcats scored runs, allowing them to secure their win against Corban, with the score 5-2. Sophomore Joe Stevick came in and had two scoreless innings, earning his first save.
During the match against Pacific, the Boxers ended scoreless and only had three hits and one error. The Wildcats took the game, winning 4-0.
Sophomore Aaron Thomassen only allowed one run on three hits and five strikeouts during the game against Pacific Lutheran on Feb. 22. The Wildcats won 3-1. Junior Nate McClellan was a standout, with a double during the first and two RBI.
The Lutes’ pitcher struck out Wylie and left McClellan out on second after a double out. In the second, the Lutes scored the first run, but junior Clayton Truex scored the tying run with a fielder’s choice during the fifth.
Sophomore Corey VanDomelan and Wilson both earned runs for the Wildcats in the last of the inning.
Both teams remained scoreless for the remainder of the game, securing another victory for the Wildcats.
The ‘Cats end the trip with a 3-1 record in Arizona.
The Wildcats will play their next series against Pacific, beginning at 11 a.m. March 2 at the Roy Helser field.
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Finishing in the top 10 in the Northwest Conference Fall Classic would be a great accomplishment for any female golfer, especially for a freshman. But Maggie Harlow did just that for the Wildcats at the 2012 edition of the tournament.
Harlow, joined her older brother, senior Jordan Harlow, at Linfield after four years at Glencoe High School in Hillsboro, Ore., where she competed in golf, basketball and soccer.
An elementary education major, Harlow was able to become familiar with classes and life at Linfield during the fall.
“I was already pretty familiar with Linfield because of Jordan,” Harlow said. “I really like it here. I like the small class sizes.”
Not long into her first semester, Harlow’s golf season began, where she joined the other Linfield golfers.
“I love the coach [Brynn Hurdus],” Harlow said. “It’s fun to be in a competitive setting.”
Harlow started off the fall season decently, finishing in the middle of the pack in both of her first two tournaments.
But when the Linfield Classic came to Michelbook Country Club, Harlow’s game turned up a notch. The freshman placed first in the dual tournament versus Corban College, shooting an 81.
“My best tournament was at Michelbook,” Harlow said.
Playing great golf, Harlow was able to place 10th at the NWC Fall Classic, shooting 170 during the two rounds. Her play, along with junior Alexandria Smith’s, led the Wildcats to a fifth place finish in the eight-team tournament.
“I was happy with being in the top 10 in the conference tournament,” Harlow said. “I want to get better in the spring.”
Taking the winter off, Harlow started the spring season March 3. Going into this season, Harlow has some personal and team goals.
“I want to be more consistent,” Harlow said. “I would like to shoot in the low 80s and even break 80. I would like to place better in the Spring Classic, and I hope the team places third.”
Harlow has already started her spring campaign at the Pacific Lutheran Invitational. Harlow tied for sixth at the one day tournament.
The Wildcats continue their season at the Pacific Invitational on March 9 and 10.
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She has the highest batting average, highest slugging percentage, highest on base percentage, has started the most games, holds the record for the most home runs and is tied for most games played among numerous other Linfield softball records. Can you guess which 2012 graduate holds these records? If you answered Staci Doucette, you were correct.
Linfield alum Staci Doucette was recognized for her outstanding accomplishments, while playing at Linfield College. She was awarded the Ad Rutchman Small-College Athlete of the Year Award on Feb. 10 at the Tiger Woods Center on the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.
Keisha Gordon, a basketball player at George Fox University and Junia Limage, a runner at Concordia University were the other nominees for the female Athlete of the Year category.
Doucette knocked the other nominees out of the park as Jay Locey, former head coach of Linfield football (1996-2005) and current Oregon State University chief of staff, announced her as the winner.
“It was truly an honor to win the award, and to even be mentioned with some of the other nominees and award winners of the evening,” Doucette said.
She was a standout among the other athletes at the 61st Oregon Sports Award ceremony. Some of her career accolades include 73 home runs, 259 RBIs later and four-time All American.
She was happy to celebrate her accomplishments with her family at the Oregon Sports Awards.
Softball has always been a big part of her life, and she has her parents to thank for that. Both of her parents played slow pitch when they were younger, so Doucette has been around the game since she was very little. Her parents rarely missed her games.
She is also grateful for the support she has received from her coaches and teammates through the years. Her coaches pushed her to think about her swing mechanics and game strategies.
“I’ve had some pretty amazing coaches, namely my summer ball coach, Tom Bequette,” she said. “Obviously, [Coach] Jackson was a huge influence, as well. Also, my Linfield teammates did a great job of pushing me, and the rest of the team, to work hard every single day.”
One of her greatest contributions to the Linfield softball program was her positive leadership. She led Catball to a second place finish at the National Tournament.
“The atmosphere of Linfield softball is amazing,” she said. “The Catball philosophy has always been to do things right, not only on the field but off of it as well. We have very high standards for ourselves, and we’re often our harshest critics. Seeing how hard everybody works every single day is pretty amazing.”
As Doucette has transitioned from a college athlete to a college graduate, she has continued to commit herself to Linfield softball. Since her move to McMinnville in December, she has been serving as the assistant coach for her former Catball teammates.
“I think softball will definitely always be apart of my life,” Doucette said. “I expect to coach for quite awhile. I’m definitely going to take some time off from playing for now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I pick it up again in a few years.”
Doucette feels honored to be apart of the Linfield softball tradition and is thankful for her family, coaches and teammates.
“I couldn’t have done any of this without my teammates, so thanks you guys.”
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The Wildcats women’s basketball team wrapped up the 2012-13 season with a win over Northwest Conference foe Willamette University on Feb. 19 at the Ted Wilson Gymnasium.
Prior to the game, Linfield senior Nicole Barton was honored as the Wildcats’ lone senior on senior night.
The scoring started low for both teams, with only one basket scored in the first three minutes by Wildcats’ sophomore Katelyn Henson. At the 17-minute mark, the ’Cats started their run, extending their two-point lead to five points with 14 minutes left.
“Jumping out to an early lead is always a good indicator of how the overall game will go,” Henson said. “We set the tempo and were able to keep control of the outcome.”
The trend continued for the remainder of the first half, as the Wildcats left to the locker room with a 14-point lead, 34-20. The ’Cats scoring was helped out largely by the bench, who contributed 11 points. The Wildcats out-shot the Bearcats 47-21 percent.
With a healthy lead, the Wildcats took control of the court in the second half and continued with their success. Aided by a 41 field goal percentage in the half, the ’Cats showed their dominance, taking the game by a final score of 66-45.
Junior Kaely Maltman led the Wildcats in scoring with 15 points and shooting six of seven from the field. Henson and Maltman each added seven additional rebounds.
“I felt like collectively, as a team, we were even across the scoreboard,” Henson said. “I also thought that we played great defense and didn’t let them get many second chance shots.”
This was the third win of the season for the Wildcats, who finished with a final record of 3-19.
“Going out on a win was the perfect way to wrap up a season like this,” Henson said. “Although our record doesn’t show it, we have grown immensely over the past few months as a team, and I have no doubt that we will continue to improve as the 2013-14 season rolls in.”
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The Wildcats fell to the University of Puget Sound in their first home game March 3.
Seniors Brittani Drost and Lynette Cole were honored during a pregame tribute for their commitment to the Linfield
“It’s going to be hard to leave at the end of the season seeing how we consistently improve from practice to practice,” Cole said. “I’m thankful to share this last year with two fantastic coaches and a team full of wonderful, supportive lax bro.”
The Wildcats lost 4-19. The Loggers had almost three times the number of shot attempts than the Wildcats did with a solid 42 to 14.
Senior Grace Reid scored four goals and assisted three teammates against Linfield’s defense.
Nine different players scored for the Loggers compared to four Wildcat scorers.
The Wildcat offense didn’t give up after consecutive Logger shots on goal.
Junior Shelby Duarte, Drost, sophomore Halee Helgerson and senior Nichole Thoens each contributed goals for the offense. Thoens scored her goal in the final 10 minutes signaling a fight left in the Wildcats.
The Wildcat defense was forced to be on its toes against the aggressive Logger offense.
“We played great and made UPS work to win,” sophomore captain Rebecca Kropp said. “None of us see the score board as a big loss but as a huge learning experience. We are such a young program with a new coaching staff and practically a new team this year.”
Linfield (0-1) will take on Pacific University on March 6 at home.
“This game showcased the potential we have to improve and be great in the days, weeks, months and years to come as we continue to learn our strengths and weaknesses as individual players and a team,” Kropp said.
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