The Oberlin Review

In The Locker Room with Sports Editors

In The Locker Room with Sports Editors

May 5, 2017

This week, the Review’s Sports editors, Jackie McDermott and Darren Zaslau, sat down with each other to reflect on a year of covering Oberlin athletics, favorite memories of the Review and the best and most challenging parts of the job. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Darren Zaslau: What’s been the most rewarding part of being a Sports editor for The Oberlin Review? JM: I think it’s been really nice when we’ve gotten positive feedback from our stories and differ...

In The Locker Room with Jules Sawhill

In The Locker Room with Jules Sawhill

April 28, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with fifth-year double-degree student Jules Sawhill. After coincidentally walking on to the baseball team as a first-year, Sawhill ended up pitching for the Yeomen for all four years of NCAA eligibility. In his final year at Oberlin, Sawhill is now focusing on finishing his degrees in Politics and Viola Performance. Sawhill discussed the overlap between athletic and musical performance and the surprising ways he ended up doing both at Oberlin. This interview has been ed...

In the Locker Room with Chris Parker

In the Locker Room with Chris Parker

April 21, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with Chris Parker, a freelance beat writer who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers and recently authored a new book, King James Brings The Land a Crown, about the Cavs’ historic 2016 championship run. In the past two seasons, Parker has traveled to all of the Cavs’ postseason games to write in-depth analyses for Cleveland Scene. Parker will be at the Oberlin Bookstore on April 27 from 1–3 p.m. for a book signing. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. What was yo...

In the Locker Room with Men’s Tennis

In the Locker Room with Men’s Tennis

April 14, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with the Gittings brothers to discuss men’s tennis’ 5–0 spring trip to South Carolina, the remaining regular season matchups and their preparations for the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament. Hailing from Larchmont, NY, Robert, a junior, and Mattie, a sophomore, grew up playing together and have taken their chemistry to the Oberlin courts for multiple seasons now. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. What is it like playing with your ...

In The Locker Room with Softball

In The Locker Room with Softball

April 7, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with sophomore center fielder Emma Downing and senior pitcher Tori Poplaski to discuss the recent success of the softball team. The team broke the record for wins on spring break, earning six victories over the course of the week. After dropping their first two conference games to Kenyon College last Saturday, the Yeowomen split with Allegheny College on Wednesday, winning the first contest 6–1 and dropping the second 8–2. Downing currently boasts the best batting...

In The Locker Room with Women’s Track and Field

In The Locker Room with Women’s Track and Field

March 31, 2017

In The Locker Room with Lilah Drafts-Johnson and Monique Newton This week, the Review sat down with junior sprinter/jumper Lilah Drafts-Johnson and junior thrower Monique Newton to talk about the women’s team’s first outright conference championship in school history, the duo’s experiences competing at Nationals and their expectations for the outdoor season. In the NCAA Division III Indoor Championship, Newton shattered records across the board, placing first in the nation at shot put an...

In the Locker Room with Track and Field

In the Locker Room with Track and Field

March 10, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with Associate Head Track & Field Coach and Recruiting Coordinator John Hepp, OC ’07, and junior thrower Ana Richardson. Women’s track and field earned its first outright conference title in program history last weekend at the North Coast Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, where Richardson was crowned conference champion in the weight throw. Before departing for this weekend’s NCAA Indoor Championship meet in Naperville, IL, the coach-thr...

In The Locker Room with Women’s Lacrosse

In The Locker Room with Women’s Lacrosse

March 3, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with women’s lacrosse first-year midfielders Mia Battle and Eliza Amber to discuss their rookie season, offseason training and the eight-person senior class leadership. Last season, the Yeowomen finished 10–7 overall and 4­–4 in North Coast Athletic Conference competition, falling to The College of Wooster in a heartbreaking 14–13 loss to keep them out of the NCAC tournament. The squad ranked fourth in the conference’s preseason poll and earned its first wi...

In The Locker Room with Ultimate Frisbee

In The Locker Room with Ultimate Frisbee

February 24, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with senior Maya Gillett, sophomore Faith Shaeffer and junior Caroline Beshers, members of the Preying Manti women’s ultimate Frisbee team, to discuss the camaraderie that is characteristic of the sport and the future of ultimate at Oberlin. This weekend, the team will travel to a US Association of Ultimate tournament in Martinsville, VA, to take on teams from Division I and Division III schools. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Q: Ho...

In The Locker Room with Men’s Lacrosse

In The Locker Room with Men’s Lacrosse

February 17, 2017

This week the Review sat down with men’s lacrosse seniors Kinori Rosnow and Eric Hager to discuss their enthusiasm for the upcoming season, the impact they expect rook­ies and sophomores to have on the team and the ways the squad has changed since last year. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. How excited are you and the team for the upcoming season? Kinori Rosnow: Extremely. We have a very different dynamic this year, and I’m excited to see how that translates to...

In The Locker Room with Mel Xu and Katie Rigdon

In The Locker Room with Mel Xu and Katie Rigdon

February 10, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with rock climbing wall supervisors, junior Mel Xu and sophomore Katie Rigdon, to learn more about the close-knit climbing community at Oberlin, their adventures climbing all over the U.S. and how climbing boosts their fitness. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Q: Did you climb before you got to Oberlin? Mel Xu: Only at my fourth-grade birthday party. Katie Rigdon: I started climbing a year before I got to Oberlin. I took a year off ...

In The Locker Room with Women’s Basketball

In The Locker Room with Women’s Basketball

February 3, 2017

This week the Review sat down with junior guard Tyler Parlor and junior forward Abby Andrews to discuss the team’s midseason improvements, recent attrition and the impact that their rookies have made throughout the season. The juniors help lead a Yeowomen squad that has earned an NCAA Division III-best 150 blocks this season. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Q: How has the season gone so far? Tyler Parlor: I would say the season so far has been a journey. We’ve b...

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