The Oberlin Review

In the Locker Room: Joanna Johnson

Marissa Clardy

April 22, 2011

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...

Tennis Teams Look to NCAC Tourney After Close Losses

Alen Cisija

April 22, 2011

The end of the regular season is fast approaching for both of Oberlin’s varsity tennis teams, as the Yeomen and Yeowomen are jockeying for position in the upcoming North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament next weekend. The men dropped two hard-fought matches this week against nationally ranked opponents, while the women’s side fell to sixth-ranked Denison. First up for the Yeomen was a tough test against the No. 27 Denison University Big Red (9¬–7, 2–0 NCAC). Oberlin (6–14, 1–1 NCAC) fought admirably but were eventually edged 1¬–8. The junior duo of Sam Towne and Joe Leffler scored the lone win for the Yeomen, knocking off the Big Red duo of Cam Williams and Andrew Marczak, 8–4, in third doub...

Yeomen Sweep Doubleheader from Kenyon Lords

James Kriz

April 22, 2011

With the stakes as high as they’ve been all year, the Yeomen baseballers stepped up to the challenge, winning both contests in a crucial doubleheader against North Coast Athletic Conference foe Kenyon College by scores of 5–1 and 8–6 this past Sunday. It was a sunny but windy day at Dill Field, and this matchup had even more at stake on top of this fierce rivalry. With both squads jockeying for playoff berths, it was a must-win on both sides. The first game, while offering some suspense early on, was blown wide open by the Yeomen during the third inning. Oberlin scored a total of four runs in the frame, keyed by a two-run triple off the bat of sophomore infielder Eric Knight. Fellow sophomore outfielder Robin...

Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Suffer Pair of Tough Losses

John Critterden

April 15, 2011

The men's lacrosse team came up just short in two close games this week, on the road at 19th ranked Wittenberg University on Saturday, April 9, and home against the College of Wooster Scots on Wednesday, April 13. The Yeomen came out with confidence against the Tigers, taking a 5¬–4 lead early in the third quarter. Oberlin was unable to close out the win, however, ultimately falling 8–6 to the talented Wittenberg squad. Despite the disappointing result, the Yeomen can hold their heads high knowing that they gave the Tigers all they could handle with a hard-fought 60-minute effort. First-year midfielder Mickey Fiorillo and sophomore attacker Connor Jackson each scored twice in the loss to pace the Yeomen, with senior...

Baseball Hits Its Stride in Arizona

Chris Landers, Sports Editor

April 6, 2011

The men’s baseball team’s highly anticipated 2011 campaign got into full swing over spring break, as the Yeomen headed to Arizona for the RussMatt Greater Phoenix Invitational. After splitting an opening doubleheader with Middlebury College, Oberlin used strong pitching and timely hitting to sweep a double dip against Thomas College. Senior Grady Campion started for the Yeomen in game one, delivering five shutout innings. Oberlin’s lineup did just enough to get him the win, scoring the game’s only two runs in the top of the third. Senior catcher Brandon Cantrill delivered an RBI single and a wild pitch soon followed to score fellow senior infielder Ben Puterbaugh. Senior pitcher Phil Brua followed Campion,...

In the Locker Room: Philip Brua

Alen Cisija

March 18, 2011

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...

Oberlin Through an All-American’s Eyes

Joanna Johnson

March 18, 2011

This is my rhythm. The humid air surging in and out of my lungs, the pounding of my heart, my arms swinging, my rubber soles drumming on the pavement. Having found my cadence, I relax and settle in. I clear my mind of all distractions and lose myself in the harmony of the movement produced by myself and those around me. Minutes and miles fly by, and I find myself turning the corner onto Union Street. The gym comes into view. “All right guys,” Jacob gasps between breaths. “Push through to the end.” We pick up the pace as we stride down the street, house by house. I never won a race in high school. I didn’t qualify for the California State Championships in cross country or track. I ran because I enjoyed it....

Men’s Lacrosse Battles Injuries, Falls Short Against Trine

James Kriz

March 18, 2011

The men’s lacrosse team arrived in Angola, IN, with momentum from a strong 8–3 victory over Shenandoah University on March 12. This momentum wouldn’t be enough, however, as the Yeomen were unable to overcome missed opportunities and numerous injuries in a 12–4 loss against the Trine University Thunder on March 16. The Yeoman arrived with only 15 healthy players for the game. An injury to sophomore goalie Thomas Cool during the prior evening’s practice resulted in junior Teddy Pallis having to start at goalie. This was Pallis’ first-ever start at the position, and the lack of primary face-off specialist, sophomore midfielder Eli Clark-Davis, taxed the depth of the roster, leaving senior midfielder Rob Bond...

Baseball Season Being Washed Away

Ariel Lewis

March 18, 2011

Oberlin baseball has set their expectations high coming off the team’s record-breaking 2010 season. The Yeomen, who boast a squad heavy in senior talent, look to qualify for the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament for the first time in history — that is, if they ever get a chance to play. Now well into their seventh week of the 2011 season, the team has yet to hit the field for competition due to inclement weather. Most recently, the Yeomen’s March 15 match-up against Bluffton University was postponed to March 17 as the result of a downpour. Similarly, the team’s opening weekend — a doubleheader against Transylvania University set for March 5 — and two Sunday games slated for the March 13 were canceled...

Men’s Tennis Shows Promise But Comes Up Short

John Critterden

March 18, 2011

Oberlin is on the cusp of becoming a significant force in men’s tennis in the North Coast Athletic Conference; the team must simply find a way to close out matches. This past Saturday, March 12, the team lost hard-fought matches against Grove City College and Ohio Wesleyan University, both by scores of 7–2. The team started off on fire against Grove City in the morning. After first-year Charlie Marks and junior Joe Leffler narrowly lost the opening doubles slot in a fierce final set tiebreaker, the Yeomen came back to win the remaining two doubles matches behind 8-5 results from junior Eliot Heaton and first-year Logan Chun in the second slot and junior Sam Towne and sophomore William Broderick in the third...

Clardy Earns MVP as Track Stars Shine

James Blankenship and Joanna Johnson

March 11, 2011

As the final leg of the Yeowomens’ 4x400-meter relay team sprinted around the first turn of Oberlin’s indoor track on Saturday night, its members were met with wild claps, stomps and chants of “Go OC, Go OC, Go!” Fans dashed across the infield to watch the final stretch as sophomore Marissa Clardy flew past her competitor, crossing the finish line in first place to meet her teammates (sophomore Sybil Levine, senior Laura Vernon and senior Amanda Miller) in a new championship record time of 4:4.43. This was just one of many school and conference records broken at the North Coast Athletic Conference Indoor Track Championships hosted by Oberlin last weekend. Vernon kicked off the trend on Friday, setting a school...

Tennis Teams In Search of Consistency Following Tough Losses

James Blankenship and Ariel Lewis

March 11, 2011

Last week was a rough one for Oberlin’s tennis squads, who dropped a combined three matches in the season’s early going. The Yeomen suffered consecutive defeats in their doubleheader last Saturday, losing 8–1 and 9–0 at the hands of Hope College and Elmhurst College, respectively. Just two days prior, the women’s team fell 5–4 to Division II foe Ashland University in an evening match that lasted well over six hours. The losses on the men’s side followed a two-match winning streak, which doesn’t seem like much until you consider the team’s recent history. Oberlin’s record at the end of the 2010 season was 4–22, a vast improvement from the prior season in which their inexperience led to an 0–22...

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