The Oberlin Review

Senior captain Maisy Byerly sprints to first base after a hit against the Skinflutes last Sunday at North Fields. Byerly and the rest of the 40–40 Club will compete against the Pecan Sandies in the intramural softball championship game this Saturday at 4:45 p.m. at North Fields.

Intramural Softball Championship Approaches

May 8, 2015

The 2015 intramural softball season will soon come to an end, and with the championship games being played this weekend, teams are preparing for their final bats this season and, in some cases, for their entire college careers. While some students dabble in the sport, other students, such as 40–40 Club senior captain Maisy Byerly and Skinflutes senior captain Dylan Cohen, have committed four full years to playing on the makeshift baseball diamonds on North Fields. Byerly has been a team leader since he...

The quidditch team poses for a celebratory photo after defeating Ashland University in its first-ever home game at the Austin E. Knowlton Athletic Complex last Friday. Quidditch officially became a club sport earlier this semester.

Rising Popularity of Quidditch Hits Oberlin

April 27, 2015

The quidditch team was officially named a club sport at Oberlin this semester in a move reflecting the growing number of participants on campus. The roster now has upwards of 20 people, practices up to four times a week and participates in regional competitions. As a member of the national organization U.S. Quidditch, Oberlin’s chapter functions as an all-gender-inclusive team. The program’s initiation started off rocky. Sometimes there were not enough players to field a full team of seven, ...

Feature Photo: Ultimate Frisbee

Tyler Sloan, Sports Editor

April 17, 2015

  Courtesy of David Freedman College junior Jacob Gilbert lays out to snag a disc at the USA Ultimate Sanctioned Tournament Division III Easterns on March 21, 2015. The Horsecows qualified for Regionals last weekend at their Sectionals competition in Columbus, Ohio. The team will travel to Allentown, PA, next weekend in pursuit of a bid to Nationals....

Junior captain Caitlyn Pineault and her horse bound over hurdles in the novice level bracket at Stonegate Farm during a competition earlier this year. The equestrian team will resume practice and competition in the spring.

Young Riders Bolster Equestrian Roster

December 5, 2014

Since its founding in the 1980s, the Oberlin College Equestrian Team has established itself as one of the most popular club sport teams on campus, offering students the unique opportunity to take part in horseback riding near Oberlin’s campus. The horses ridden by the team are housed approximately one mile north of campus at the Equine Differences Barn, a lesson facility that the team’s head coach Ric Weitzel and his wife Julia Balint-Weitzel established in 2003. The close proximity of the barn...

The forwards of the men’s club rugby team ruck over the ball in a game last Saturday against Baldwin Wallace University. The team fell 28–11 in the match.

Added Depth Has Gruffs Optimistic

September 19, 2014

Last Saturday, the men’s rugby team, the Gruffs, opened its fall season with a 28–11 loss against Baldwin Wallace University. Despite the defeat, the team is still proud of its performance and knows what to work on for future games. “The game this past Saturday was great,” said sophomore scrum half Joey Velez. “We all fought hard throughout the entire match, which is more than I could have asked for from my team.” With limited practice time, the Gruffs faced an uphill battle this...

Preying Manti Add Bevy of First-Years

Nathaniel Sher

September 12, 2014

The women’s ultimate frisbee team, the Preying Manti, has begun a new season of practice after making it to the USA Ultimate College Division III Regional Championship in Pennsylvania last season. This season, changes abound, as the team has two new captains and nearly 20 new players on the team. The team elected new captains, sophomores Maya Gillett and Caela Brodigan, at the end of last season, for their multiple years of frisbee experience despite their lack of seniority. While most of the Manti came to the team as beginners, Gillett was an active participant in Seattle’s youth frisbee scene for a number of years prior to attending Oberlin. “I’ve had some really excellent coaching, and I’m excited to bring some...

IM Soccer Captains Take Different Approaches

Bronwen Schumacher

May 2, 2014

Every Tuesday and Thursday, groups of students gather at 4:45 p.m. on North Fields to duke it out in the spring Intramural Soccer Series. This year, the competition is tight, with five teams vying for the No. 1 spot. The teams have come up with creative names, as always: Golden Goals with Betty White, led by junior Maisy Byerly; The Goal Standard, headed by first-year Ian Hunt-Isaak; Program House, led by Kalind Parish; OKR led by junior Casey Silverstein; and reigning fall outdoor champions PUSSYWHIPPED, led by senior Ariel Goodman. While PUSSYWHIPPED hasn’t been as successful as it was in the fall, Goodman and her team won 4–3 against the Golden Goals on Tuesday. Despite a slew of losses since the season began,...

Junior Sophie Harari eyes a pitch in an intramural softball game last Monday. Intramural softball allows students of all abilities to compete in a friendly, team-oriented atmosphere.

IM Softball Provides Chance for All to Step Up to the Plate

April 25, 2014

Last Sunday afternoon, next to the women’s softball field by North Fields, a group of forty students sat beneath the evergreen trees, pitched balls to one another and practiced their swings. Some had a natural talent for the sport, swiftly catching fly balls and casually hitting doubles into the outfield, while others showed little to no knowledge about softball. After an hour on the field, it became clear that intramural softball is as much about the spirit and culture of friendly competition...

First-year Beth Minahan runs through a tackle in a tournament at Hiram College. The Rhinos will face Tiffin University in the Bishop Bowl on April 26.

Rhinos Hone Skills During Relaxed Spring Season

April 18, 2014

The women and trans*inclusive rugby team is gearing up for the stretch run of its spring season. While the Rhinos’ official season is in the fall, the team continues playing friendly matches in the spring. The Rhinos are coming off an up and down fall season, in which they went 2–2. This semester, the team competed in a tournament at Hiram College on Saturday, Feb. 22, as well as a friendly match against the Kent State University rugby club. The February tournament resulted in two wins...

Captain and sophomore Izzy Esler (left) duels an opponent during a tournament in Knoxville, TN. The women’s Flaming Blades squad placed 19th out of 31 teams.

Flaming Blades Duel in Tennessee

April 11, 2014

This past weekend, the fencing team traveled to Knoxville, TN, in order to compete in the United States Fencing Club championship. Eighteen fencers, clad in the team’s trademark rainbow knee-high socks, spent two days in intense competition. “It was a really successful tournament,” captain and sophomore Izzy Esler said. “Everything went smoothly, and everyone was having a good time.” The women’s foil squad placed 19th out of 31 teams. “We’re really proud of that, considering...

Flying Horsecows Go Down South, Fall Just Short

Bronwen Schumacher

April 4, 2014

This spring break, the Ultimate Frisbee team ventured south to play in two different tournaments. The team headed into the week with an 11–7 record, and had high expectations given its strong season last year. Last spring, the Flying Horsecows placed fourth at sectionals, and headed into regionals, where they lost in the quarterfinals to Lehigh University by a score of 12–14. On the first weekend of break, the Horsecows played in Myrtle Beach, SC, in Division-III Easterns. They played SUNY-Geneseo, Middle­bury College, UNC Wilmington, UNC Asheville, North Park University, Davidson College and Brandeis University. Oberlin left the tournament with a winning record of 5–3, but got knocked out by Brandeis, finishing...

Junior captain Andrew Follmann kicks the ball in a match last fall. The Gruffs will play host to Ohio Wesleyan University on April 12 in their first match of the season.

Despite Weather, Gruffs Remain Confident

March 14, 2014

The Oberlin men’s rugby football club struggled through its fall season last semester, but spirits are high heading into this spring season. “Spring semester, because we have two to three months to prepare before we play a game, there’s more time to teach our new recruits about the important parts of rugby,” said senior President Matt Kendrick. “The teams we play are also more for fun. We know we’ll get a good game and friendly welcome when we go on the road.” The Gruffs, as the...

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