The Oberlin Review

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...

Men’s Ultimate Sets Sights on Nationals with Young Talent

Nate Levinson and Sarah Orbuch, Sports Editors

March 7, 2014

The Flying Horsecows men’s Ultimate Frisbee team is preparing for its spring season after a fifth place finish at its Cat Fight tournament at the University of Kentucky in February. With a number of tournaments scheduled for this March, the team will look to ready itself for a run at the national tournament. First-year Peter LaFreniere said that defeating Kenyon College for the first time in years was a big morale booster. “The last tournament was re ally great,” he said. “We did really well. We finished fifth of 16 teams in a tournament that included DI and DIII teams. We beat Kenyon — which we have not done in a number of years — in universe point, which means ‘next point wins.’ Kenyon has been...

Preying Manti Gear Up for New Season

Sarena Malsin

February 28, 2014

The Preying Manti women’s Ultimate frisbee team are split into two teams this spring, but both teams are tirelessly preparing for their first tournament, the Music City Mash–Up in Nashville, TN, on March 8-9, with weekly lifting and track practices. The A and B teams saw mixed success last year, in part because the Manti could not fit both rosters. But with many first-years joining the team this fall, the Mati now boast a roster with 30 players, plenty to fill both teams. “The optimal team number is 14 to 15; 30 people do not get to play as much as they want to,” said sophomore Jessica Hubert. Sophomore A-Team Captain Allison Fulton said she prefers the two–team format. “It’s hard to take 30 people...

Ice Hockey Looks for Inclusive, Competitive Direction

Sarah Kahl

December 13, 2013

Last Saturday, Oberlin’s club ice hockey team, the Plague, played against a local hockey team, the Stampede, on the North Park Ice Rink. Although well-matched, the Stampede came out on top in the end. Oberlin led in the early going, before giving up the lead in the middle of the game. “They just kept being strong towards the end, and that’s usually when we loosen up,” said junior captain Peter Arden. “Overall, we’re here to have a good time while playing.” On the defensive side, senior defensewoman Jessica Mikenas pulled the team together with some important saves throughout the game, while sophomore goalie Manon Hume made several saves against the aggressive Stampede offense. Forwards skated hard ...

Tom Reid, bowling instructor and coach

In the Locker Room with Tom Reid

November 8, 2013

This week the Review sat down with Bowling I and II teacher, Tom Reid, to discuss Reid’s long tenure at Oberlin, how he started bowling and what you need to do to take his class next semester. When did you start bowling? Tom Reid: I started bowling fall of 1973. I was 15. My church formed a bowling league and I asked my parents if I could join. I expected them to say no but they said yes. I was always picked next to last in gym class. I had a friend who was one of those naturally athleti...

Rhinos Look Forward to Homecoming Weekend Match

Tyler Sloan

October 4, 2013

Oberlin College’s women and trans*-Inclusive rugby team looks to improve its record this season after losing 12 of its seniors last spring. The Rhinos are coming off of a 54–19 loss last weekend to the University of Findlay, but that has not discouraged the team. The first half of the game proved difficult, but the Rhinos managed to turn things around later in the game with three tries and three conversions coming from a mix of new and veteran players. Scores came from rookie junior Evelyn Kalafus-Mastenbrook and seasoned players junior Evan Delano and senior Alyssa Civian, all in the second half. The Rhinos’ roster this season boasts 28 players, a significant increase from last fall when the team did not...

Preying Manti Set Out on the Road to Nationals

Nate Levinson, Sports Editor

October 4, 2013

The Oberlin Preying Manti placed second in the Wootown Throwdown tournament in Wooster, Ohio last weekend. The team won all four of their games on the first day of play and one out of their final three on the second, including a win against The College of Wooster in pool play. The team defeated The College of Wooster, Ohio Western University and Denison University on Saturday  before they were taken down by the Division I University of Akron Golddiggers twice on Sunday. The Manti’s captains admit that they were somewhat worried heading into the first tournament of the season, given the team’s issues during the week of practice leading up to it. “I didn’t really know what to expect heading in because...

In the Locker Room with Alex Kapiamba, Quinn Schiller, Ally Fulton and Rosie Black

Sarah Kahl, Staff Writer

October 4, 2013

What drew you to Ultimate at Oberlin? Ally Fulton: I played before for four years, so it felt natural joining. The people were awesome too. Alex Kapiamba: Literally the same thing, I wanted to continue in college, and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made. Quinn Schiller: I did not play in high school, more just with my friends; we didn’t even know the rules. But I wanted to play for real when I got to school. What do you expect for the Frisbee team this year? QS: The goal is to get to Division-III nationals, which is the highest level of competition. We haven’t done it yet, but I’m hopeful for this year. AK: We got close last year; Lehigh [University], the team that beat us, took fifth ...

Horsecows Prepare for Kenyon

Tyler Sloan

September 27, 2013

Men’s Ultimate Frisbee had a successful start to its season, with its two squads finishing in ninth and 15th place, respectively, out of 28 teams, at the Theodor Seuss Geisel Memorial Ultimate Tournament hosted by SUNY Buffalo's team, Green Eggs and Ham, last weekend. The young squad, divided into two separate teams for the weekend, carried over 20 first-years with them. The roster now has more than 40 players in total. The tournament, the team’s first this fall, hosted 28 teams to compete on the chilly campus in upstate Youngstown, New York. The student-coached club team drove nearly four hours and spent the weekend trying new combinations of players on the field in an attempt to achieve the best results. Senior...

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