The Oberlin Review

Cycling Team Looks Forward to New Season

Ellie Huizenga

January 27, 2013

Filed under Club & Intramural Sports, SPORTS

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

Filed under Club & Intramural Sports, SPORTS

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

Filed under Club & Intramural Sports, In the Locker Room, SPORTS

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

Filed under Club & Intramural Sports, SPORTS

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

Filed under Club & Intramural Sports, SPORTS

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

Filed under Club & Intramural Sports, In the Locker Room, SPORTS

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

Filed under Club & Intramural Sports, SPORTS

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...

Equal Opportunity Horses: The Equestrian Club

Rose Stoloff, Staff Writer

March 9, 2012

Filed under Club & Intramural Sports, SPORTS

One mile north of downtown Oberlin lies a ranch that is valued by a select group of students. It’s called “Equine Differences,” and it’s home to the Oberlin College equestrian team. When the equestrian team was formed about nine years ago, and it’s membership consisted of just seven students. The club sport has since flourished, and today it boasts a solid 45-student roster. Members of all levels of experience, novice to experienced, participate in five to six shows a year and compete against other collegiate teams. Oberlin also hosts its own annual show, which attracts seven teams and about 200 riders. The team was founded on the principles of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, which pledges...

Club Sports Report: Birdies Make a Comeback

Quinn Hull, Sports Editor

March 2, 2012

Filed under Club & Intramural Sports, SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

This is a badminton point, Oberlin-style: Stillness on both sides of the net is followed by a banked, low-arcing serve, a return volley and then an anxious rally of swinging racquets and a flying birdie, all lasting for less than 30 seconds. Finally, an inevitable miss ends it, followed by friendly laughs and subdued banter. “He’s trying to hustle me,” senior David Cogswell projected to himself, just audibly enough for the ears of the audience (that is, all three of us). And then they’re off again, two sides doing battle over another point. This is an image from the scene on Saturday, when the Oberlin Badminton Club played its first match of the semester against a rag-tag bunch from Baldwin-Wallace...

ObieRun Facilitates Low-Key Fitness

Molly Bloom

March 2, 2012

Filed under Club & Intramural Sports, SPORTS

“Are you an amateur runner? Are you hoping to train for a 5k, 10k, half-marathon or a full marathon? Are you planning to run in the Cleveland Marathon event? Are you a fast runner? Slow runner? Are you just beginning to run? Are you hoping to find a group of Obies to run with?” These questions address visitors to the website of ObieRun, a new student organization aimed at forming an all-encompassing community for runners at Oberlin. Students who join can sign up for runs on the group’s calendar, joining fellow Obies for a distance workout. Whether you are trying to train for a longer competition or just hoping to have fun with friends through exercise, ObieRun is a way there. “It is a good way to stay in shape,”...

Table Tennis Shines In First-Ever Tournament

Ariel Lewis, Sports Editor

October 14, 2011

Filed under Club & Intramural Sports, SPORTS

For a few hours this past Sunday, Oct. 9, the West Gym in Philips Physical Education Center was transformed into a very different sort of athletic venue. As interested students and faculty looked on, the Oberlin College Table Tennis Club hosted the first home tournament in the team’s history. With a great turnout from fans, as well as strong performances by Oberlin’s own, the table is set for OCTTC to have a breakout year. Although the team was founded officially in 2005, inactivity and low turnout kept OCTTC at a standstill until the spring of 2010, when Liam Sharninghausen, OC ’11, and current College senior and club president Adam Darer made it their mission to revitalize the program. Now, just three semesters...

Separate but Equal? The State of Club Sports

Quinn Hull

October 14, 2011

Filed under Club & Intramural Sports, SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Any given weekday, within the seemingly quiet bowels of Hales Gymnasium, the sovereign of club sports operates in hurried solitude. Maybe Director or Recreation and Club Sports Betsy Bruce, the self-described “Athletic director for everything but varsity sports,” will be trying to get a hold of the treasurer of The Billygoats Gruff, Oberlin’s Men’s Rugby team; perhaps, as she was last week when days of unforgiving Ohio rain forced the North Fields into temporary closure, she’ll be urgently procuring a new site for the Ultimate Frisbee teams’ annual tournament. She is the solitary face of club sports at Oberlin College. Meanwhile, just a short jaunt across the varsity soccer and field hockey teams’ prim...

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