The Oberlin Review

College first-year and cross country runner Avery Coreschi said his favorite part about running is the feeling of freedom he gets, as well as the opportunity to take in his surroundings in a unique way.

Nature’s Company All the Way

November 30, 2018

On a midseason Sunday about two months ago, before Oberlin became covered with a layer of ice beneath an inch of snow, College first-year and cross country runner Avery Coreschi walked briskly to practice. Few trees were bare, some were still green, and others had turned a burnt red or a dark shade of orange. Oberlin was in the midst of autumn, when the weather’s almost always just OK. At 8 a.m. he completed a routine cross country workout: eight miles around campus, no break. Mos...

College first-year and quarterback Tommy Jenkins was subbed into the Yeomen’s matchup with the Hiram College Terriers Saturday when College junior and starting quarterback Zach Taylor broke his fibula. Jenkins’ brilliant play led the Yeomen to a victory in double overtime.

Jenkins Rises to Occasion, Leads Yeomen to Victory

November 9, 2018

In the third quarter of Saturday’s football matchup between the Oberlin College Yeomen and the Hiram College Terriers, the crowd gasped as College junior and star quarterback Zach Taylor fell to the ground clutching his leg. Taylor, who had just become Oberlin’s career total yards leader with 7,096 yards a week earlier, broke his fibula and was unable to re-enter the game. In a crunch and desperate to take home the win, the Yeomen put in first-year backup quarterback Tommy Jenkins, who has talent c...

The women’s cross country team beat Allegheny College by one point Saturday, Oct. 27 at the North Coast Athletic Conference Championship, and took home the trophy for the first time in three years. Numerous members of the team credit their leadership and discipline for giving them the slight advantage over the Gators.

Yeowomen Dethrone Gators, Capture Coveted NCAC Title

November 2, 2018

College junior and cross country runner Shannon Wargo immediately noticed the look of disappointment and defeat on the faces of her three teammates who finished before her when she reached the finish line Saturday, Oct. 27, at the North Coast Athletic Conference Championship. Certain that her team would fall short of winning the conference title for the fourth year in a row, Wargo used positive self-talk to keep her spirits up. “It’s not the end of the world,” Wargo told herself...

Volleyball’s Mitchell Named DIII HERO of the Week

Julie Schreiber, Senior Staff Writer

November 2, 2018

College junior and volleyball star Lexi Mitchell was voted the DIII HERO of the Week by HERO Sports for the week of Oct. 23 after collecting 24 kills, 23 digs, and 6 aces against Denison University Oct. 16. In what has been an outstanding collegiate career, Mitchell’s last season for the Yeowomen has been her best. Mitchell didn’t always see herself as a college volleyball player. When she was a senior in high school, Mitchell’s younger sister was preparing to play Division III volleyball at the University of Chicago. Mitchell, on the other hand, didn’t think she was at the same level as her sister, let alone good enough to play at the collegiate level. Her high school coach thought otherwise. ...

Zach Taylor, one of the best quarterbacks in program history, credits his success on and off the football field to his faith. He leads Athlete Bible Study, which meets Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. in the Zechiel House lounge.

Faith Fuels Zach Taylor On and Off the Field

September 28, 2018

Every Saturday before the football team takes the field for warm-ups, College junior and quarterback Zach Taylor writes a new Bible verse on the towel he keeps in his back pocket throughout the game. According to Taylor, Christianity has been his driving force since arriving at Oberlin two years ago. It’s what gets him through the bad times and keeps him humble during the good times. “I grew up in a Christian household, but I think I really found my faith once I got here at Oberlin,...

When Men’s Soccer Head Coach Blake New joined the program in 1999, he introduced a number of traditions that have shaped the culture and identity of the program over the past two decades.

Remembering Love is The Way In

September 28, 2018

The first time Blake New walked into the men’s soccer locker room in the fall of 1999, it was the start of his first season as the team’s head coach. There, he found a stolen helmet from Heidelberg University and a photo of a player who had already graduated. New, who was attempting to get a feel for the group of young men he was going to coach, knew right away that he wanted his team to represent something more than random, trivial bits and pieces from seasons past. “I t...

After eight years of chronic back pain, junior midfielder Jackie Brant was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis last spring. After months away from the game, she scored her first goal of the season Sept. 12 against Geneva College — her first game back in nearly a year.

More Than Just ‘Sore’

September 21, 2018

I have been dealing with chronic back pain since I was 12. It started as an annoying pinching feeling that I’d notice every once in a while. Eventually, this developed into a constant stabbing pain and extreme stiffness; it would wake me up at night and make sitting for long periods of time unbearable. Oddly enough, the pain was worse after long periods of inactivity — this often made sitting through class and getting up in the morning extremely painful. During this time, I continue...

Junior All-American thrower Naeisha McClain.

Good Recruiting Leads to Great Success for Cross Country, Track and Field

September 14, 2018

It was four months ago that Lilah Drafts-Johnson, OC ’18, clutched her first-place trophy while being mobbed by teammates and coaches. She had just run the 10th fastest 400-meter hurdle time in the event’s history at the NCAA Division III Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships, and could finally call herself a national champion — a promise she made to herself three years earlier. Two days later, it was her Oberlin College diploma that she held with pride. After four year...

Junior outside hitter Lexi Mitchell has been the most dominant offensive player for the Yeowomen. She's been named to the all-conference squad twice.

Volleyball Gets Back on Track with Two Wins

September 14, 2018

The Oberlin College volleyball team picked up a pair of wins Saturday against Franciscan University and La Roche College, giving them confidence and momentum heading into another busy weekend filled with four games.  “We had a great week of practice and worked on making some adjustments from the previous weekend,” Head Volleyball Coach Erica Rau said. “We focused a lot on our communication, and that definitely came through [this past] weekend.”  The wins snapped the Yeowomen’s three-ga...

The seven seniors on the field hockey team.

Field Hockey Maximizes Holistic College Experience

September 7, 2018

Field Hockey Head Coach Tiffany Saunders had no idea she wouldn’t be returning to Radford University at the conclusion of her fifth season as the lead assistant coach of the Highlanders. The news came in February 2014 that the school would be cutting its field hockey program, leaving Saunders shocked and uncertain about where she would end up next. Saunders had spent four years as a starter for the Highlanders before beginning her coaching career, and Radford, VA, was home. When Sau...

Halsten Claims Regional Championship, Headed to Nationals

Julie Schreiber, Sports Editor

November 17, 2017

Select members of the men’s and women’s cross country teams took their marks in Powell, Ohio last Saturday to compete in the NCAA Great Lakes regional meet — one of the final contests of the season for both teams. The meet, which was hosted at Ohio Wesleyan University, featured 36 men’s and 25 women’s teams with a total of 242 men and 247 women competing, all from schools belonging to the Great Lakes Region. The Yeomen finished 26th overall with a score of 727, while the Yeowomen surged to fifth place with a score of 184. “Both teams executed the game plans we wanted on Saturday,” Head Cross Country Coach Ray Appenheimer said. “The men’s team did a really good job moving up in the second half of the ra...

Sophomore defensive back Jubreel Hason plays tight coverage against the Hiram College Terriers receiver last Saturday in their 27–14 win

Football Earns Decisive Win During Parents Weekend

November 10, 2017

The Yeomen won their first game in nearly two months last Saturday, as they defeated the Hiram College Terriers 27–14, holding control for practically the entire game. The win, the Yeomen’s third at home this season, also put an end to their six-game losing streak. “It was great to execute consistently,” sophomore linebacker Von Wooding said. “We always find better energy when we play at home in front of our fans.” The game took place during parents weekend and featured an impressive...

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