The Oberlin Review

Ana Richardson, OC ’18.

In The Locker Room With Track Super Star, Ana Richardson

October 23, 2020

Ana Richardson, OC ’18, graduated as a two-time All-American and four-time National Collegiate Athletic Association national qualifier thrower on the women’s track and field team. During her time at Oberlin, she won six conference championships and 12 all-conference performances. Richardson majored in psychology and neuroscience, and returned to Oberlin post-graduation to work as an Admissions Counselor. She was recently hired as the athletics diversity and inclusion designee where she will ...

COVID-19 Strikes Again: Winter Sports Canceled

Zoë Martin del Campo, Sports Editor

October 21, 2020

This past week, the North Coast Athletic Conference canceled the Winter Sports Championship, suspending conference-sponsored competition for the winter season. For Oberlin, this affects the basketball, swimming and diving, and track and field teams. While the news did not come as a surprise to most athletes after the cancelation of the fall season, it is still a great disappointment.  “I was upset that the season got canceled because I felt like I could have had one more great season before graduating,” said College fourth-year Farzad Sarkari, who plays on the swim and dive and track and field teams. “But at the same time, I knew something like this was going to happen since a lot of other schools were gettin...

College second-year cross country and track and field athlete Lilly Crook.

We Keep Yeoing: The Curious Case of the Virtual 5K

October 9, 2020

In the shadow of Cleveland, Ohio, tucked away in the cornfields, lies a small town and one of the nation’s premier academic institutions, Oberlin College. But you already knew that. What you didn’t know was that the cross country and track and field teams at this small liberal arts college refused to let a pandemic stop them. Like many, they saw their plans for 2020 crumble before their eyes. But instead of wallowing, they started working. Working out, working on themselves, but above all else,...

Contact Sports In Times Of COVID

Zoe Kuzbari, Staff Writer

October 9, 2020

With Oberlin College student-athletes returning to practice, coaches of contact-heavy sports have had to navigate new policies and regulations to ensure the safety of players and staff. All fall contact sports, including men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, and football, started their practices in smaller groups and have gradually expanded the number of players on the field. Head Women’s Soccer Coach Dan Palmer says that practices have been going well and that his players seem to have fun despite new precautions.  “The team has been following protocols outlined by our head athletic trainer and team doctors, which include daily temperature checks, wearing masks, social distancing, and gradual integrati...

The varsity women’s soccer team.

COVID-19 Can’t Stop Our Smart Soccer Players

October 2, 2020

Last Thursday, both the women’s and men’s soccer teams were awarded the prestigious United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award. This award recognizes teams who have acquired at least a 3.0 grade point average throughout the academic year. With over 800 college soccer teams receiving the award, Oberlin College was one of only 172 schools to have both men’s and women’s teams receive the award.  This award comes as no surprise, as the Yeomen have received this award for 11 straight years...

Maureen Hirt, Women's Basketball Assistant Coach.

In The Locker Room with Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach Maureen Hirt, Winner Of Tara VanDerveer Fellowship

September 25, 2020

Assistant Women's Basketball Coach Maureen Hirt joined the Oberlin community in 2019 and has abundant experience coaching and supporting Division III athletics. She was chosen to be a Women's Sport Foundation VanDerveer Fellow for 2020–21, which provides mentorship and training to aspiring women coaches. Outside of coaching at Oberlin College, Hirt is the co-Founder and owner of Ohio Champion Basketball, a basketball skills and performance training company in Cincinnati, Ohio. What does this nomi...

The BSAG board during one of their meetings. Photo courtesy of Kofi Asare.

Black Student Athlete Group Cultivates Community

September 18, 2020

Oberlin has multiple communities for Black, Indigenous, and students of color to come together. But, until recently, there was no designated space for Black athletes. This semester the Black Student Athlete Group has begun meeting every month and creating initiatives to diversify the Athletics Department. Oberlin's BSAG was initially founded in 2019 by graduates Naeisha McClain, Cheyenne Arthur, Jabree Hason, Jubreel Hason, and Devin White. Despite the year being cut short due to COVID-19, the...

The Oberlin College Athletics department has created a new voting initiative called Yeo the Vote. Photo courtesy of GoYeo.

New Initiative Pushes Student-Athletes to Vote

September 18, 2020

With over 400 student-athletes in Oberlin’s community, the Athletics department wants to make a difference this election season. Yeo the Vote, a new initiative this election year, aims to reach 100 percent student-athlete voter registration.  “This initiative supports our institution’s commitment to empowering our students with the knowledge and opportunities to confront complex issues,” Associate Vice President for Athletics Advancement and Delta Lodge Director of Athletics and Physic...

Men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams have worked hard to stay connected during the pandemic. Photo courtesy of GoYeo.

We Keep Yeoing: Track & Field, Cross Country Continue The Race

September 18, 2020

In the shadow of Cleveland, Ohio, tucked away in the cornfields, lies a small town and one of the nation’s premier academic institutions, Oberlin College. But you already knew that. What you didn’t know was that this small liberal arts college, known more for its progressive history than its athletic history, is where some of the best athletic teams in the North Coast Athletic Conference train and compete. Among them are the Yeomen and Yeowomen of the cross country and track and field teams....

The women’s soccer team performs drills during one of its first socially distanced practices. Anisa Curry Vietze

Teams Develop New COVID-Safe Practice Routines

September 11, 2020

Although fall athletic competitions have been canceled, most teams held their first in person practices this week. This year, without games and with new restrictions, students and coaches have to reconsider their athletic goals and what kind of experience they hope to create. Teams are in the early stages of developing new practice routines.  With the goal of ensuring that COVID-19 related safety measures were in place, teams implemented various changes to their usual practice routine. The varsi...

Cornerbacks Coach and Director of Football Operations Alex Hanna

Zoë Martin del Campo, Sports Editor

September 11, 2020

Coach Alex Hanna did not have a traditional path to her coaching career. Before coming to Oberlin, she worked for the Cleveland Browns in various capacities and assisted with organizing 20 youth football camps and clinics. She also coached high schoolers at Mentor High School, where her players received offers from some of the top football programs in the nation. She has been outspoken about the treatment of female coaches and recently wrote a piece on TheUnsealed.com titled “This Is What I Hope You Learn From A Female Football Coach,” where she discusses her experiences navigating a male-dominated field. In addition to her work as an Oberlin College football coach, she is also a resident liaison in Baldwin Cott...

College students are required to wear masks while working out in Philips gym.

Students Adjust to Changes at Philips Gym

September 11, 2020

To operate during the COVID-19 pandemic, Philips, like most gyms, has instituted significant changes. Individuals and teams alike have had to adjust their habits to meet the new restrictions.  Philips opened on Aug. 17, debuting the precautions taken by the College. The gym has canceled its community membership program, which means access is restricted to Oberlin College students and personnel. Other notable changes include — but are not limited to — reduced hours of operation, lowered max...

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