The Oberlin Review

Equal Opportunity Horses: The Equestrian Club

Rose Stoloff, Staff Writer

March 9, 2012

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

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

“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

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

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...

Preying Manti Look to Continue Past Success

Quinn Hull

September 30, 2011

On a foggy Saturday last spring, the Preying Manti arrived at an innocuous patch of grass in Buffalo, NY, site of the USA Ultimate Division III College Ultimate Championshps. Then, with incisors glinting and bodies bowed, the Manti — also known as the Oberlin women’s Ultimate Frisbee team — proved they were among the nation’s best by finishing fifteenth in the small-college division. Last year’s impressive showing on college Ultimate Frisbee’s biggest stage remains a fond memory for this year’s Preying Manti team. Said College sophomore Rosie Black, a member of last year’s Buffalo bunch, “It just made me really proud.” But it isn’t the first time the Ultimate ladies have tossed the disc...

Field Hockey Falls Between the Raindrops

Ariel Lewis, Sports Editor

September 30, 2011

Oberlin field hockey has been stuck in the mud recently — and not just figuratively. The Yeowomen’s Homecoming game against DePauw University on Saturday, Sept. 29, was moved to Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio because of poor field conditions. The Yeowomen couldn’t overcome Mother Nature, falling 0–6. This past Wednesday, Oberlin slogged it out, this time at home, in a 2–5 loss to the College of Wooster Fighting Scots in a rain-filled contest. Oberlin’s offense was stagnant against DePauw, putting a lot of pressure on the defense. Junior goalkeeper Kiran Puri was stellar in goal, notching 22 saves, 15 of which came in the first half. DePauw — a newcomer to the North Coast Athletic Conference...

Field Hockey Splits a Home Pair

Madeleine O'Meara

September 23, 2011

The field hockey team battled two conference rivals at home this week, taking on the Wittenberg University Tigers on Sunday and the Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops on Tuesday. The Yeowomen played a thriller against Wittenberg, a back-and-forth affair that needed overtime to decide a winner. With only 17 seconds left in the extra session, sophomore midfielder Karin Yoshida scored her mind-boggling fourth goal of the contest, securing a nail-biting 4–3 victory that marked the first time Oberlin has topped the Tigers since 2007. Junior goalkeeper Kiran Puri was again instrumental in the win, keeping the Tigers on their toes with her aggressive play in goal, a trait rare among field hockey goalies. Puri...

Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Takes Flight

Quinn Hull

September 23, 2011

Socks jogs along the midfield line, then, like a shot, he cuts toward the goal. He glimpses it out of the corner of his eye: shooting through the air, perfectly delivered, right on the money. But he’s closely defended. He locks elbows with an opposing player in the end zone; they make a final jostle for position. Then together they ascend. As the many Oberlin residents, students and parents at Savage Stadium on Saturday who showed up for the football game soon realized, it wasn't what they thought it was. This was Ultimate Frisbee, courtesy of the Oberlin Flying Horsecows. Socks — the nickname his teammates bestowed upon him — doesn’t snag the hovering disc for the score, at least not this time. Instead,...

Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Advances to Nationals

James Blankenship, Sports Editor

May 13, 2011

As the spring sun coaxes white trilliums into bloom and varsity sports wrap up their seasons, one Oberlin team is rejoicing in the patience that ultimately led it back to Nationals. The women’s ultimate Preying Manti, for the second straight year, will compete in the Division III Ultimate College Championships held in Buffalo, NY, from May 20–22. They will prey upon any species small enough to be captured and devoured, and they will do it with a smile. Yet like their little green equivalent, the Manti have found ways to disappear over the last few months. But with their season on the line, they were able to seize the moment. Last weekend’s Ohio Valley Regionals in Manheim, PA, featured five colleges from...

Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team Heads to Regionals

Ariel Lewis, Staff Writer

April 22, 2011

The women’s ultimate frisbee team, the Preying Manti, put in a strong showing during the Ohio Conference Championships at Ohio Northern University on April 16 and 17 —beating rival College of Wooster 12–5 and finishing third overall in the U.S.A. Ultimate Frisbee Division III Ohio Valley Conference. The Manti’s overall points on the weekend advanced them to compete at the regional level in the coming weeks. The team opened its season with indoor scrimmages against Wooster and Kenyon College followed by tournaments in St. Louis and Atlanta. Over spring break, the Manti trained on the beaches of North Carolina and were awarded the “Largest Community Team” award for their participation in a 5k run for breast...

Men’s Rugby Out to Make a Statement in 2011

Chris Landers, Sports Editor

April 15, 2011

The Billygoats Gruff kicked off their 2011 season this past Saturday with a home game against Denison University. The Gruffs battled hard through the rain, but it wasn’t enough, as they would eventually fall 7–13. First-year flanker Shonari Edwards scored the lone try for the Gruffs, who played a mix of veterans and underclassmen in their opening contest. The team, which disbanded for over 10 years until it was re-formed in 2006, has gone a long way toward establishing itself in the Ohio Rugby Union. “We have gone from being a team that is constantly struggling to fill a roster to being in a position where we have an enormous amount of options in terms of personnel,” team president Roger Kligerman, a senior,...

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