The Oberlin Review

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...

In The Locker Room: First-Year Tennis Star Logan Chun

Brenna Sheldon

February 18, 2011

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

What is your favorite aspect of tennis? The competition. You play one opponent, two if it's doubles, and you have to try to figure out how to defeat them. It’s a mental process. Plus, I like running all over the court. When did you start playing tennis? When I was 8. Singles or doubles? I like doubles more, but I’m better at singles. My mentality is the same as singles even when I’m playing doubles. What’s it like playing an individual sport on a team? I just try my best to win my portion of the match to help the team. I cheer on my teammates so they’ll win and we win overall. It’s a good concept, to play individually for a team. It’s fun to watch the team grow and develop throughou...

In The Locker Room: Ben Puterbaugh

James Blankenship, Sports Editor

February 11, 2011

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

You're on pace to become the most successful baseball player in Oberlin's history. Do you ever think about that? Not really. I think I've just been lucky to have the opportunity to play all four years with good people around me. If you're having fun, you're successful. How long have you been playing baseball? I've been playing since I can remember just with my brother and friends, but I didn't start playing organized baseball until a little later. Did you play any other sports in high school? I played football for a year and basketball for two, but I never liked practicing for those sports, so I stuck with baseball. What other schools recruited you out of high school? Only smaller schools recruited ...

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