The Oberlin Review

In the Locker Room: Emma Sanford

Madeline O'Meara, Sports Editor

February 10, 2012

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...

Sophomore Malisa Hoak hunts for the basket against Wooster.

Yeowomen Win, Clinch Berth to NCAC Playoffs

February 10, 2012

The women’s basketball team turned in back-to-back strong performances against conference foes last weekend in Philips Gymnasium, dominating Wooster 58–40 on Friday night before dropping a close overtime game to Ohio Wesleyan 72–81 on Saturday. Fortunately, the Yeowomen needed only one win to secure a spot in the North Coast Athletic Conference playoffs – and they got it against the Fightin’ Scots. “Eight out of the nine teams in our conference go to the tournament,” explained...

Junior Andrew Fox dribbles down the court in a game against Ohio Wesleyan.

Yeomen Basketball Starts Spring with Stumbles

February 10, 2012

After training hard over Winter Term, the Yeomen got off to a rough start with the first two games of the spring semester. This past weekend the Yeomen fell to both the Allegheny Gators and the Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops. On Feb. 1, the Yeomen struggled to put up points in the first half on the Gators’ home court, down 19–36 at the half. Over the course of the second half, the Yeomen attempted to cut down the Gators’ lead, but did so unsuccessfully, coming no closer than 15 points behind...

In the Locker Room with Josh Merritt and Allison Anderson

Ariel Lewis, Sports Editor

November 11, 2011

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...

Editorial: Blaming Penn State

James Blankenship, Editor-in-Chief

November 11, 2011

I can remember what it was like to be twelve years old. At this point in our lives as young students, we all can. When we think of being a child this is the image we conjure. It meant thinking we knew more than we did, and knowing more than we should have. For me, as a young, essentially parentless boy moving in and out of shelters and schools and the random homes of kind strangers, it meant depending on everyone and trusting no one. I participated, with the encouragement of counselors and social workers, in different programs aimed at pairing me with a positive male role model several times. As if I weren’t disturbed enough at that age, more than one of these potential “role models” was forced to quit on me amid...

Women’s Basketball to Enter the Jenkins Era

Quinn Hull

November 11, 2011

In 2008, when Kerry Jenkins accepted the women’s basketball head coach position at Oberlin College, his colleagues at the University of Vermont judged him to be a little off his rocker. “Everybody thought I was insane, ” Jenkins said. He was leaving behind a productive position as assistant coach with the Lady Catamount. Meanwhile, the lowly Division III Yeowomen had struggled through yet another losing season, and the prospects looked slim for the future. But when Jenkins stepped on Oberlin’s campus it felt different, right somehow. “When I got here, I thought I saw something special, I thought I saw something I could build a program on,” he said. The results didn’t come at first. Duri...

Football Drops Heartbreaker to OWU

James Kriz

November 11, 2011

The football team entered its contest against the Ohio Wesleyan University Bishops outnumbered in sheer roster size this past Saturday, Nov. 5 in Delaware, Ohio. Despite the clear disadvantage, the Yeomen successfully overpowered and outplayed the Bishops for a 3¬–10 lead at the end of the first half. This lead would not be enough, however, as Yeomen offensive turnovers gave the Bishops the opportunity for a comeback, ultimately leaving the final score at 30–23 in favor of the opponent. Scoring in the first half was initiated by a successful 28-yard field goal attempt from first-year Erickson Andrews. Andrews, who joined the roster after his varsity soccer season ended, impressed in his first-ever collegiate foot...

Senior Day Emotions Propel Yeowomen to Victory

Alen Cisija

October 14, 2011

On a rare picture-perfect fall afternoon, the women’s soccer team came out to Fred Shults field fired up on Sunday, ready to battle the visiting Ladies of Kenyon College. It was certainly an emotional contest for the Yeowomen, who honored four seniors for their contributions just prior to kickoff. They hadn’t defeated the Ladies since 2005. It ended up being a senior day for the history books. The first half didn’t bring many scoring opportunities for either team. Kenyon’s attack controlled the pace of the first 45 minutes, but Oberlin’s stingy defense and first-year Kate Frost’s goalkeeping kept the Ladies from creating any meaningful chances as the teams went into the locker room in a 0–0 dead...

Men’s Soccer Keeps Postseason Hopes Alive

Dylan Holmes

October 14, 2011

After a string of disappointing performances in conference play, the men’s soccer team ended the week on a high note, regaining control of its postseason destiny in the process. After a heartbreaking 1–0 loss to the Kenyon College Lords last Saturday, the Yeomen secured an important North Coast Athletic Conference win on Wednesday, Oct. 12, ending with a 2–1 road triumph over the Denison University Big Red. The result gave Oberlin a 2–3 record in the NCAC and 5–9 overall. The Yeomen struggled on both ends of the field against Kenyon. Oberlin was only able to generate four shots — none of which were on goal — while the Lords took 24 and challenged sophomore goalkeeper Brandt Rentel on six different occasions....

Editorial: Onward and Upward for Women’s Lacrosse

Phoebe Hammer and Madeleine O'Meara

October 14, 2011

Have you ever been dumped? Have you experienced that combination of worthlessness and anger? That’s kind of what it feels like. On the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 5, the women’s lacrosse team was summoned to the Heisman Room in Philips Gym for a mandatory 8 a.m. meeting. When we saw the imposing figure of our new athletic director, William Roth, we exchanged nervous glances — what could we have done to warrant a meeting with him? He announced that our coaches would be telling us something important. After several minutes of anxious chatter, Head Coach Liz Longley and Assistant Coach Kate Fowler, former teammates at Hamilton College, entered the room. “I have a pretty serious announcement,” Liz began....

Volleyball Works to Change Culture

Phoebe Hammer

October 7, 2011

Despite positive signs for the future, the women’s volleyball team left their home court disappointed again on Wednesday night. The Yeowomen fell to the Baldwin-Wallace College Yellow Jackets in three sets, 11–25, 8–25, 13–25. Providing a glimpse into the program’s bright future, a pair of first-years, outside hitter Christine Antonsen and setter Jenna Bange, set the example for the other players, with Antonsen scoring nine kills and Bauge earning 13 assists and ten blocks. “Christine and Jenna were really consistent tonight,” senior captain Liz Wong said. “I felt that those two really carried the team well and played as though losing was not an option.” The loss dropped Oberlin’s record...

Cross Country Continues to Rocket Up Rankings

Madeleine O'Meara

October 7, 2011

Women’s cross country added another victory to its already lengthy list of accomplishments, finishing first in the All-Ohio Championship hosted at Cedarville University on Friday, Sept. 30. The team conquered powerhouses Case Western Reserve University, who edged out the Yeowomen last season, and Ohio Northern University to secure the number-one slot in the Division III category with 64 points. “We knew it was going to be a close competition between Ohio Northern and Case Western,” said Head Coach Ray Appenheimer. “They were ranked ahead of us regionally and nationally, but I felt as though we could beat them.” Senior captain Nina Cole added, “I was so excited […] because this is the first time we...

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