The Oberlin Review

Oberlin Golf Struggles at Nye Intercollegiate Tournament

Shuntaro Shirota

April 26, 2013

The golf team returned from a tournament last weekend at the Wooster Country Club, where four golfers competed against elite players in and out of the North Coast Athletic Conference. The Nye Intercollegiate hosted some of the best golfers in the nation, including a Wittenburg University squad that is currently ranked 15th in the country. In the two-day event, which featured 16 different schools, the Yeomen struggled to make their mark. Oberlin’s top finisher first-year Justin Ruiz, who posted a 75 and a 76 on the par-70 course for 21st place the previous weekend, explained, “Wooster’s course was a much more difficult course to play on.” Despite being the top scorer among the Yeomen, Ruiz could not repeat...

In the Locker Room: Duncan Reilly and Izzy Esler

Maxwell Sugarman, Sports Editor

April 19, 2013

How old is the team? Is there any interesting history about the team? Izzy Esler: It was founded in the 1930s as a varsity team up until the 1970s. Now it is a club sport. How do you recruit for the fencing team? Duncan Reilly: The ExCo is a big part of recruiting. There are definitely some youth clubs around, but most people had no experience before coming to Oberlin. We can’t rely on people who have already had experience fencing. IE: Yeah, the ExCo is vital for recruitment. How many people are on the team? IE: Right now there are 30 active members on the roster, but we usually get 15–20 out to practice. There are about 50 people on our listserv. What weapon do each of you use, and what weapons are the most f...

Ultimate Teams Headed to Regionals

Rose Stoloff, Staff Writer

April 19, 2013

After a successful weekend of Ultimate, both the Flying Horsecows and the Preying Manti will be advancing to regionals. The Horsecows, Oberlin’s men’s Ultimate Frisbee team, competed in sectionals in North Ridgeville, Ohio, where they placed fourth, securing themselves a bid to regionals. The Horsecows were pleased with their performance, especially considering that they play in the most competitive section in the country. The Horsecows began Saturday amid a hailstorm and frigid temperatures with easy victories over both John Carroll University and Ohio Northern University. In their third game, however, the Horsecows — who are ranked 24th nationally — faced Kenyon College, the No. 1 ranked Division III...

Albino Squirrels Win Big over Denison

Rose Stoloff, Staff Writer

April 12, 2013

After a long winter hiatus, the Albino Squirrels, Oberlin’s co-ed club soccer team, had their first victory of the year on Saturday, defeating Denison University 3–1. This was the team’s fourth game of the year and its first game of the spring season. The Squirrels came out strong and defended their home turf, finding the back of the net early on. Senior Evan Baker scored his first goal ever, according to his teammates, after finishing a cross by first-year standout Sarah Mills. “Evan just jumped higher than everyone else. It was a really nice header,” said senior captain Edward Russell. Mills added that Evan was the “MVP of the game.” The Albino Squirrels lost some of their strength in the latter...

Annabel Moorman Saddles Up for the Yeowomen

Erickson Andrews

April 5, 2013

For the first time in four years, and for the second time in history, Oberlin College is being represented at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Zone Championships, one step below the National Championships. Senior Annabel Moorman recently qualified as one of the top two riders in the Northern Ohio Division, making her eligible for Zones. IHSA competitions have six classes, ranging from those who have been riding for less than a year to people who have been riding their whole lives. In the IHSA, riders compete in equestrian classes and are judged based on their positioning and technique while completing a course. Unlike in professional horse shows, where the winner is generally the rider of the best, most...

Cycling Team Looks Forward to New Season

Ellie Huizenga

January 27, 2013

Oberlin streets are littered with a diverse array of cyclists, ranging from little kids on training wheels, students biking to class and the Oberlin cycling team. The team, founded in the fall of 2010, spends hours biking the roads of Oberlin, and members enjoy the chance to see the many different areas of northeast Ohio on rides with the team. Junior Max Haight noted that he initially joined the team for the chance “to explore the surrounding Oberlin area in order to gain perspective on our geography.” Haight’s devotion to the team has developed since then, and now he competes in races, too. The cycling team races in the Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference with other schools in the Ohio area. There are no...

Hockey on Hold

Phoebe Hammer, Sports Editor

November 2, 2012

The only rumors I’d heard about Canadians before my trip to Toronto this fall break were that they said “eh” and loved hockey. Immediately after crossing the border, I realized that at least one of these rumors was true. After taking a wrong turn into a residential area near Niagara Falls, my friends and I found several kids playing street hockey outside, and the only two adults we saw were both wearing hockey jerseys. It wasn’t until entering the city, however, that I realized that hockey is not just a popular sport; it is an integral part of the culture. The large warehouses randomly scattered throughout the city confused me until I realized that they were all ice rinks. I later learned that the city of...

In the Locker Room with Xenna Goh and Sybil Levine

Madeleine O'Meara, Sports Editor

November 2, 2012

When and why did you start playing rugby? Sybil Levine: I started playing rugby my fall semester junior year. I was looking for a new group of people to work out with and hang out with. I was looking for a team — how do I explain it — you know, like, when we line up and charge at the other team, that’s a really great feeling that I have never received from other activities I’ve done. And I always say I want to be as tough as I feel. [Playing rugby] encourages me to be as tough as I feel. Xenna Goh: I agree. Sybil and I started at the same time, our fall semester junior year. I had just come back from a summer in China, and I was also looking for a team. I was friends with [senior president] Alex Kelly who s...

Manti Sweep Home Tournament 7-0

Rose Stoloff, Staff Writer

October 12, 2012

After a long weekend of running in the rain and diving in the mud, the women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, the Preying Manti, established its place as a force to be reckoned with in the Ultimate world this season. After going undefeated for seven straight games, the Manti were crowned champions of their home tournament, Force Freedom. Despite the sub-par weather, many Ultimate enthusiasts gathered on North Fields early Saturday morning to begin a rapid-fire series of games. Rose Benjamin, a sophomore rookie, was in awe at the showing. “It’s so exciting to look around and see everyone doing the same thing you are,” she said. “It definitely makes you appreciate the sport a lot more.” The day began with...

Gruffs Dominate Kenyon in Final Game of the Year

Rose Stoloff

September 28, 2012

The Billy Goats Gruff, the men’s rugby team, finished their short but successful season with a victory over Kenyon College. Despite a season fraught with difficulty maintaining a full squad, the still continued to improve. The Gruffs traveled to Gambier, Ohio on Saturday with just 14 players, one fewer than the required 15. Having adequate numbers has been a recurring problem for Oberlin during the less formal spring season. In the spirit of rugby, however, the Gruffs borrowed one of Kenyon’s players and were able to compete. Capitalizing on their home field advantage, Kenyon began the game on the offensive and scored within the first 10 minutes of the game, but the Gruffs were able to come back and left Kenyon...

In the Locker Room with Jackson Meredith and John Crittenden

Madeleine O'Meara, Sports Editor

September 12, 2012

Why did you decide to play rugby at Oberlin? Jackson Meredith: Well, I played rugby in high school for four years. We had a really good team. I didn’t think I was going to play at Oberlin because it was a college sport and I didn’t know if I would have time, but my hallmate, Avery Harrison [OC ’10], came to my door on the first day [of practice] and was like, “Hey man, let’s do it.” And I’ve been playing since then. John Crittenden: I actually also played in high school for three years and was planning on playing. I was approached by Joe Sheeran [OC ’12], on the Facebook page and he was recruiting people. Then I met up with him and some other rugby players the first night of orientation, so I ...

Frisbee Rises to the Ultimate Challenge

Rose Stoloff, Staff Writer

April 13, 2012

With a weeklong stay in a sweet southern pad, two tournaments, and two 15-hour drives behind them, the men’s and women’s club Ultimate Frisbee teams can safely say that their spring break was well spent. The teams kicked the week off with a tournament outside of Atlanta, GA known as Freaknik, where competition figured to be fierce. Both the Flying Horsecows and the Preying Manti, the monikers for the men’s and women’s teams, respectively, admitted that their prospects in this tournament were rather bleak. “We went to these tournaments really to ‘play up’ in a sense,” said Horsecow senior Xander Tartter of their ostensibly superior opponents from the south. “We played a lot of teams that should...

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