The Oberlin Review

Head Football Coach Steve Opgenorth.

Football Welcomes New Head Coach

Zoë Martin del Campo, Contributing Sports Editor February 28, 2020

When newly hired Head Football Coach Steve Opgenorth enters the room, his energy and approachability jump out. On his desk is a copy of The Football Coaching Bible by the American Football Coaches Association,...

Oberlin Should Support Women’s and Men’s Athletics Equally

Jackie Brant, Opinions Editor February 28, 2020

After attending both women’s basketball and men’s basketball games several times this year, I have begun to notice a disturbing pattern. The women’s basketball team has been playing the earlier game...

College second-year Bette Imhoff.

Women’s Lacrosse Opening Nailbiter Sets High Bar for Upcoming Season

Jane Agler, Contributing Sports Editor February 28, 2020

Third-year varsity women’s lacrosse player Ali Wessel looked forward to returning to the field this spring after being sidelined the previous season due to an ACL tear. She did not expect, however, to...

Head Women’s Soccer Coach Dan Palmer.

Dan Palmer, Head Women’s Soccer Coach

Zoe Kuzbari February 28, 2020

Head women’s soccer coach Dan Palmer has led the women’s soccer team to some of its best seasons ever, including the most successful four year stretch in team history between 2014 and 2017. Despite...

The men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the North Coast Athletic Conference Combined Events Championships last Saturday. The day saw several athletes put together impressive showings, headlined by College third-year Adriano Atallah and College fourth-year Christine Impara setting new school records in the heptathlon and pentathlon, respectively. Impara, whose 2,995-point day broke the previous school record of 2,984, felt that it was a culmination of all the hard work she has put into the sport.
“It’s been a long time coming for me,” Impara said. “To see the improvement that I have seen [since my first year] is very rewarding. I have had my eye on the school record for a while now and it is so gratifying and surreal in a way to have achieved that.”
Impara, Atallah, and the rest of the track and field teams will compete in the NCAC Conference Championships today and tomorrow at Denison University to conclude their indoor season. The teams will have about a month after that to prepare for their outdoor season, which will begin March 28 at The College of Wooster. For Impara, the rest of her senior year will be focused on helping the team and cherishing her final moments.
“My goal for myself is to score as many points as possible for our team and give everything I can to the competition,” said Impara. “I really want to appreciate every moment with this team and this sport.”

Christine Impara Shatters School Record

Khalid McCalla, Sports Editor February 28, 2020

Former NBA player Dwyane Wade and daughter Zaya Wade.

The Wade Family’s Positive Influence

Khalid McCalla, Sports Editor February 21, 2020

 NBA star Dwyane Wade recently announced that his daughter, Zaya, is transgender. This announcement was immediately met with support from those who saw Wade’s acceptance of his daughter’s gender identity...

The Oberlin College varsity football team.

Current and Former Football Players Express Concern About Team Culture

Zoë Martin del Campo, Contributing Sports Editor February 21, 2020

 Founded in 1891, Oberlin’s football team has provided a community to both athletes and spectators, alike, for generations. Despite this history, the team has seen significant turnover over the past...

Last week, the Oberlin men’s and women’s varsity basketball teams partnered with the Multicultural Resource Center to host Love Always Wins, a Pride event. Team members wore rainbow shoelaces at their games against the Allegheny College Gators in Philips gym. Rainbow sunglasses were also sold at the venue for $1, with all proceeds going to the Trevor Project, a non-profit organization focused on suicide prevention for youth in the LGBTQ+ community. Additionally, the Athletics department recognized all faculty and staff members in attendance.
“It was great,” said College third-year and men’s basketball player Jordan Armstrong. “I think that both teams here really are proud of our identity as Oberlin students and the environment that we foster here for all students, being proud of all genders, sexualities, and ways of life. It felt really good for me and all of my teammates to be able to compete as proud athletes.”
These games came off the heels of an important statement made by former NBA superstar Dwyane Wade, who announced that his 12-year-old daughter, Zaya, came out as transgender. The impact of Wade’s statement is covered on page 16 of this issue (“The Wade Family’s Positive Influence”).
Both teams are approaching the end of their seasons and will play their final home games Saturday, Feb. 22. See the women’s and men’s teams compete at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.

Varsity Basketball Teams Raise LGBTQ+ Awareness

Jane Agler, Contributing Sports Editor February 21, 2020

College third-year Adriano Atallah.

Adriano Atallah, Third-Year Track Athlete

Khalid McCalla and Zoe Kuzbari February 21, 2020

College third-year Adriano Atallah is a force on the track. Currently a captain of the men’s track and field team, Atallah spent his first few years on campus setting Oberlin’s record book ablaze....

College fourth-years Jasmine Sorrells and Cheyenne Arthur.

New Dynamic Duo Steps in to Lead Yeowoman Basketball

Hulan Edward February 21, 2020

 In all college sport programs, filling leadership roles after star players depart is a source of stress. The Oberlin College women’s basketball team faced this issue after captains and star basketball...

The U.S. Women’s National Team celebrates a victory.

The U.S. Women’s National Team Deserves Your Undivided Attention

Jackie Brant and Louise Metz February 14, 2020

This Winter Term, while watching the United States Women’s National Soccer Team game, we became simultaneously filled with pride for our team and couldn’t wait to don a USWNT jersey — printed with...

Blackletes Find Spaces at Largely-White Institution

Khalid McCalla, Sports Editor February 14, 2020

At Oberlin, Black students make up only 5.29 percent of the student body. For prospective students, this number can be viewed as a red flag. The fear of not finding a group with which you identify can...

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