BEAVERTON, Ore. – Wildcats representing two of Linfield's most storied programs – football and baseball – are up for numerous prestigious awards at the Oregon Sports Awards, an evening ceremony honoring the state's top athletic achievers Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Tiger Woods Center on the Nike World Campus.
The finalists include head baseball coach Scott Brosius, the Linfield baseball team, football defensive standout Dominique Forrest and baseball pitching ace Chris Haddeland. Fan voting is now open through The Oregonian's website.
After leading the Wildcats to the 2013 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship, head coach Brosius is a finalist for the Stats Gill Sportsperson of the Year. Under Brosius' leadership, Linfield won a school record 42 games en route to the program's third national title, but first in the NCAA era.
The two other finalists include Pat Casey, who led the Oregon State Beavers to the College World Series, and Caleb Porter, who in his first season as head coach led the Portland Timbers to the MLS Western Conference Finals.
Linfield baseball is also slated to receive the George Pasero Team of the Year award in recognition of its national championship.
Forrest and Haddeland are in direct competition for the Ad Rutschman Small College Male Athlete of the Year award.
Forrest wrapped up a spectacular career with the Wildcats this fall, becoming a two-time West Region and Northwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year while garnering a first team All-America citation. After recovering from a devastating ankle injury during the 2012 playoffs, Forrest returned to the starting lineup at inside linebacker, totaling 96 tackles, including 11 for loss, along with four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two quarterback hurries. The senior helped the Wildcats advance to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals for the second straight season.
Haddeland pitched the Wildcats to 15 victories – the most of any player in Division III last season or in Linfield's rich history – en route to national, regional and conference pitcher of the year honors. In 126 innings pitched, including eight complete games, the sophomore right-hander posted a team-low 1.07 ERA with 96 strikeouts. He recorded four wins and two saves alone in the regional and national tournaments, including a complete-game victory in the national championship game.
The third finalist is also last year's recipient of the award: Southern Oregon wrestler Mitchell Lofstedt, who became the first 125-pounder in NAIA history to win three national titles.
The Ad Rutschman Small College Athlete of the Year is reserved for student-athletes from Oregon's 14 NCAA Divisions II and III and NAIA-affiliated colleges and universities. It is named for former Linfield football and baseball head coach Rutschman, the only college coach at any level to win national championships in two different sports.
Five Wildcats have received the award since its introduction in 2001, including softball star Staci Doucette along with football standouts Aaron Boehme, Brett Elliott, Tyler Matthews and David Russell.
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