The Oberlin Review

In the Locker Room: Ariel Lewis

Madeline O'Meara, Sports Editor

March 2, 2012

Filed under In the Locker Room, SPORTS, Tennis, Varsity Spring

Lewis, the senior matriarch of Yeowomen tennis, has started her final season emphatically by winning four of her first five contests. She sits down with the Review to share a little of her strategic wisdom, as well as her affinity for sweet chili sauce.   What made you decide to play tennis at Oberlin? I’ve been playing tennis since I was about 4 years old, and I played in high school. I knew that it was something I wanted to continue doing in college. I was being recruited by a bunch of different schools. I got a call from Constantine [Ananiadis, women’s tennis head coach] and he said “You should check out Oberlin, I think you would really like it.” And I was just like, “Yeah, whatever....

In the Locker Room with Sam Towne and Joe Leffler

Madeline O'Meara, Sports Editor

February 24, 2012

Filed under In the Locker Room, SPORTS, Tennis, Varsity Spring

How did you decide to play tennis at Oberlin? ST: For me, my high school didn’t have a tennis team, so I had never really played competitively, but I took lessons and always enjoyed playing and enjoyed watching it… and I thought, “So I’m at a D-III school, and maybe I have a chance of making the team” — and I thought it would be a good way to fill up my time. JL: [The time I decided to play] was kind of during orientation. I decided on a whim to meet with the tennis coach. I played in high school, and I met up with the other freshman recruits and hit a bunch and realized it was going to be fun to play. And it was not so good of a team that I would actually get a chance to play. ST: [I also wan...

In the Locker Room with Andrew Fox

Samantha Dudzinski

February 17, 2012

Filed under Basketball, In the Locker Room, SPORTS, Varsity Winter

As an Arizona native, what made you decide to come to Oberlin? On my visit I really, really enjoyed the classes, which sounds kind of nerdy, but I definitely did. I also got along with the players. I just felt it was a group of guys I could be close with and I have, so it was definitely a good fit. Actually, my dad is an Oberlin grad, so that’s how I originally knew about Oberlin. I just applied to a bunch of different liberal arts schools, and it just happened to be the one I liked the most when I visited. After this season, the team is losing a lot of seniors. Who do you expect to step up into vacant leadership positions? Well, when we’ve won games it’s when we’ve really played as a team. So, I think t...

In the Locker Room: Emma Sanford

Madeline O'Meara, Sports Editor

February 10, 2012

Filed under Field Hockey, In the Locker Room, SPORTS, Varsity Fall

What is your field hockey experience? I have been involved in field hockey for 25 years as a player; I started when I was 5. I played in England for some quite prestigious clubs … I was on junior teams for the Ipswich Ladies Hockey Club. I also played for the Wimbledon Club, which is the oldest ladies club in England, and the Colchester Hockey Club in my hometown. I played two years at Miami [University of Ohio]. I started my first game freshman year and lettered. Due to some issues within the program I went back to London and my senior year [at Roehampton University of Surrey] in London … we made national finals and lost to St. Andrews. And we think we may have played against Kate Middleton. What has your coaching career been...

In the Locker Room with Josh Merritt and Allison Anderson

Ariel Lewis, Sports Editor

November 11, 2011

Filed under Basketball, In the Locker Room, SPORTS, Varsity Winter

Obviously you guys met through basketball, but who liked whom first, and did Josh make a move first? Josh: [Laughs.] Do you want me to tell the real story? Allison: Sure — I mean, might as well. JM: Someone bet her a dollar to come talk to me because they knew she liked me. That’s how it initially started. But I kind of didn’t talk to her. You didn’t like her? JM: I guess I was nervous. I liked her a lot, too. And I was offended that it was only a dollar. But then she made up for it by saying that, “Well, obviously I like you because it was a dollar — if it was more money, then you should be offended.” So we kind of started talking through Facebook chat, which is corny. Do your teammates...

In the Locker Room: Greg Mangan

James Blankenship, Editor-in-Chief

September 23, 2011

Filed under Football, In the Locker Room, SPORTS, Varsity Fall

You graduated in 2009 as Oberlin’s all-time leader in every significant passing category. When you first stepped onto campus as the Quarterback Coach this summer, did it feel sort of surreal? It definitely was. A lot of the guys I knew were gone at that point. I think the seniors now were first-years when I was a senior, so there’s a little bit of carryover. But beyond that, it was kind of like a new blank slate but at the same place. It was surreal, and since I’ve been back it’s totally different not being a student. You also spent some time as a member of the Kent Predators (now the Seattle Timberwolves) of the Indoor Football League. Which was more enjoyable, playing quarterback in college or in the IFL...

In the Locker Room with Eric Enrico

Alen Cisija

September 16, 2011

Filed under Football, In the Locker Room, SPORTS, Varsity Fall

How did you first get into football? It was because of my dad. He played cornerback for Butler University and so he got me into it at a very young age. I was always playing and always watching football. We had this 100-pound punching bag and he would make me tackle it for practice. What made you choose Oberlin? I got badly injured my senior year of high school. I got speared on a kickoff return and got compartment syndrome on my left leg. I only played a game and a half [that season], so most of the schools that were recruiting me stopped. Oberlin kept recruiting me and gave me a shot, so I ended up visiting and loving it. Plus, it’s just a great school. You can’t really beat the academics, especially in...

In the Locker Room: Rob Bond

James Kriz, Staff Writer

May 6, 2011

Filed under In the Locker Room, Lacrosse, SPORTS, Varsity Spring

In what ways have you grown from playing four years of Oberlin lacrosse? I have learned how to discipline myself — to put in the time and work to have success.That lesson has extended to all aspects of my life. It’s all about learning the importance of practice in achieving your goals. At Oberlin, you kind of have to discipline yourself a little bit to be successful, so lacrosse helped me to find this discipline and work ethic. In what ways has the lacrosse program changed during your time here? It has changed in many ways. My freshmen year, the general team attitude was certainly not as focused as it needed to be to get the results we wanted. In my time here, the work ethic has increased tenfold. We have cr...

In the Locker Room: Joanna Johnson

Marissa Clardy

April 22, 2011

Filed under Cross Country, In the Locker Room, SPORTS, Track and Field, Varsity Fall, Varsity Spring

You just automatically qualified for nationals in the 10k. What was your mindset going into and coming out of the race? The goal of the race was to qualify. I knew that was the plan. The qualifying time was 35 minutes, 48 seconds, so I set my goal pace a little below that. It didn’t go perfectly because I was running alone. I think that it could have gone better if I would have had other people to run with, but I can’t complain about having qualified. Coming out of the race, I was happy to know that I was definitely going, but I feel that I could have done better. You are an extremely dedicated runner. Was running always such a huge part of your life? No. It was a progression. I started running my so...

In the Locker Room: Philip Brua

Alen Cisija

March 18, 2011

Filed under Baseball, In the Locker Room, SPORTS, Varsity Spring

What can we expect from OC baseball this season? We expect to be in the playoffs this year. That’s the goal. Anything else would be seen as a failure. Our goal isn’t to go .500. Our goal is to get to the playoffs. We want to be the first team in school history to do that. What made the team successful last year? Our whole team dynamic has changed over the four years I’ve been here. Last year we had the best team chemistry and we just had the older guys step in and produce in crunch time. How is the team dealing with the transition to a new coach? There aren’t any dramatic changes. [Head coach] Adrian [Abrahamowicz] was an assistant before and he recruited my entire class. We all know him well be...

In the Locker Room: The Gipsy Kings

John Critterden

March 4, 2011

Filed under In the Locker Room, SPORTS

What inspired your team name? Alen Cisija: It was inspired by a Spanish band name for absolutely no reason. Nobody knows the actual team name, though. We're usually known as The Oberlin Miami Heat. What's your favorite thing about basketball? Gien-Anson Chiu: The camaraderie between teammates. Most of the people I played with growing up in the Philippines are still close friends, and we still have fun whenever we get together. Did you play any other sports growing up? James Kuntz: I played basketball, lacrosse, football and baseball growing up. I only played lacrosse and basketball in high school, though, and basketball was always my favorite sport. Ryan Glover: I ran track in addition to playing basketb...

In the Locker Room: Matthew and Daniel Fineman

Brenna Sheldon

February 25, 2011

Filed under In the Locker Room, Lacrosse, SPORTS, Varsity Spring

When did you start playing lacrosse? M: Fourth grade. Did you play other sports growing up? M: We played football, ice hockey, roller hockey, soccer and baseball. D: We were miserable at baseball. They put us in the outfield, where they put all the bad players. M: It was boring because no one ever hit balls out there. D: But we got lots of free ice cream out of it. Do you work well together on the lacrosse field? M: Yes. We know how to work together, and I know how he plays. We understand each other’s flaws and strengths. D: On the field, during games, we work well together. M: I play defender and he plays long stick middie. D: He makes lots of assists to me. We work well together becau...

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