The Oberlin Review

The Jewish Development in the NBA and Oberlin

Julie Schreiber, Senior Staff Writer

October 12, 2018

There are numerous professions in which Jewish people have achieved notable success, but the world of professional sports has not historically been one of them. As a result, many American Jews have long been intrigued when Jewish athletes emerge in a professional sport, especially when they do well — consider Sandy Koufax. This fascination — yes, there are many websites devoted to this issue — is even apparent in fans who are not Jewish. A lot of jokes grow out of this preoccupation, which brings us to the Oberlin men’s basketball team. At a school with a 23 percent Jewish population, 12 of the 20 players on this year’s squad — 60 percent — identify as Jewish. “This [dynamic] has defini...

Sophomore Ally Driscoll looks to make a pass in a 66–52 victory Tuesday against #6 Denison University. The Yeowomen will face #2 Kenyon College in a semifinal matchup today at 7 p.m. in Greencastle, IN.

Yeowomen Top Big Red, Advance to NCAC Semis

February 23, 2018

The women’s basketball team advanced to the North Coast Athletic Conference semifinals for the second year in a row Tuesday, marking their recent and sustained success and giving Head Coach Kerry Jenkins his 100th win with the program. The women’s basketball team triumphed over the Denison University Big Red in the NCAC’s quarterfinal game 66–52 on the home court in front of a large crowd of fired-up fans. “I would say the feeling I’m having is not predicated on [the win],” Jenkins said. ...

College sophomore guard Josh Friedkin drives the ball to the hoop in a 59–52 win against Denison University Jan. 24.

Yeomen Look to Quadruple Wins From Last Season

February 16, 2018

As the men’s basketball season comes to a close, players and coaches in the program have enjoyed reflecting on a season in which they defied the odds. Last winter the Yeomen won just three games and graduated five seniors — including one of the best hoopers in Oberlin basketball history in Jack Poyle. With just one game left tomorrow, the Yeomen have collected eight more wins than the 2016-17 season — without any senior leadership. Sophomore forward Andre Campbell, who started in 23 of 25...

Yeowomen Break Program Wins Record Against Kenyon

Alex McNicoll, Sports Editor

February 9, 2018

The Yeowomen broke the 15-win program record set by the 1998–99 team and the record for North Coast Athletic Conference wins Wednesday, besting their rival Kenyon College Ladies in a 47–39 defensive battle. At 16–6, and 11–2 in conference, the Yeowomen — who are riding an eight-game win streak — stand third in the NCAC with just three games to go in the regular season. Head Coach Kerry Jenkins, who has spent 10 years with the program, recognized his team’s resiliency in a game where both teams could not get shots to fall. “It was a tough conference battle,” Jenkins said. “Both teams played really hard. It wasn’t a high offensive production game, but defensively both teams locked and got aggressive....

Senior guard Tyler Parlor rises up against a Denison University Big Red defender in the Yeowomen’s 62–56 win Wednesday. Parlor netted seven points in the Yeowomen’s third straight conference win.

Perspective: Coordination, Teamwork Lead to Third Conference Win

December 8, 2017

Wednesday night marked the third conference game for the women’s basketball team, who faced off against the Denison University Big Red. Starting out conference play 2–0, we hoped to continue our winning streak and defend our home court. Coming into the game, we knew we had to rebound the ball well and execute and defend the three-point line. The first quarter started off with uncharacteristically sloppy play. On the offensive end, we were able to keep up with Denison but failed to rebound e...

Junior guard Eli Silverman-Lloyd spins by the Earlham College Quakers on his way to 12 points in the Yeomen’s 81–80 home win Nov. 19. The Yeomen, who are 4–2 this season, play their next game against the Hiram College Terriers in Philips gym at 3 p.m. tomorrow.

Yeowomen Best Scots, Yeomen Lose to Tigers

December 1, 2017

In a two-week stretch that saw a buzzer-beater finish for the Yeowomen and a tournament win for the Yeomen, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams enter the bulk of conference play with plenty to be proud of. In their most recent games Wednesday, the Yeowomen trounced the College of Wooster Fighting Scots 72–51, while the Yeomen dropped their second conference game to the Wittenberg University Tigers 78–65. Now, while both programs sit at 4–2 overall, the Yeowomen command a 2–0 confe...

Sophomore guard Ally Driscoll tries to move the ball past a defender in last season’s Nov. 28 loss to the University of Mount Union Purple Raiders. Wednesday, she scored a team-high 14 points in their 44–65 season opening loss to the Purple Raiders.

Yeowomen Dismantled by Purple Raiders in Season Debut

November 17, 2017

In their first game since dropping a nail-biter to the DePauw University Tigers in last year’s North Coast Athletic Conference semi-finals 58–54, the Yeowomen lost their season opener to the University of Mount Union Purple Raiders 65–44 on Wednesday. The Yeowomen’s offense could not pull through, shooting 25 percent from the field and 10 percent from three in a disappointing start to a season that they began with high expectations. Despite coming off a season in which the Yeowomen ranked fi...

Sophomore forward Andre Campbell pulls up for a mid-range jumper in the Yeomen’s practice yesterday.

Yeomen, Yeowomen Prepare for Basketball Season Openers

November 10, 2017

The men’s and women’s basketball teams will both take the court next week for the first time since last February. The Yeowomen foster big expectations, looking to build on their past success after falling in the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals last winter to the number 12-ranked DePauw Tigers 58–54. The Yeomen face an uphill battle this year, as they will follow up a 3–22 record with zero returning seniors, including their lone All-NCAC Honorable Mention athlete Jack ...

Junior Abby Andrews catches a pass in Oberlin’s 52–41 victory over Kenyon College Feb. 8. In the Yeowomen’s 60–43 win against Hiram College in the NCAC quarterfinal Tuesday, Andrews matched a career-high 23 points.

Yeowomen Head to NCAC Semifinals

February 24, 2017

Tuesday marked a pivotal point in Yeowomen basketball history as the squad, seeded fifth in the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament, defeated the fourth-seeded Hiram College Terriers 60–43 to become the first women’s basketball team to win a playoff game since 1999. With the win, Oberlin solidified a berth to the NCAC Semifinals today at 5 pm Greencastle, IN to face the DePauw University Tigers. The Yeowomen came out strong, causing six Terrier turnovers and posting a 14–7 lead in...

Sophomore Eli Silverman-Lloyd shoots a three-pointer in Oberlin’s 80–60 win against Kenyon College.  The Yeomen concluded their season 3–22 overall and 2–16 in the NCAC.

DePauw Spoils Senior Day for Yeomen

February 24, 2017

The Yeomen took to the court for the last time Saturday in a face off against the DePauw University Tigers, but not before honoring their five seniors at its annual Senior Day celebration. The team’s seniors, all four-year varsity-letter recipients — Nathan Cohen, Zach Meyers, Scott Miller, Zach Moo Young and Jack Poyle — hosted family and friends from as far as San Francisco to honor their on-court accomplishments. Poyle in particular was recognized for his record-setting career, during which...

First-year guard Ally Driscoll puts up a contested layup in Oberlin’s game against the Kenyon College Ladies Wednesday. Oberlin’s 52–41 win over Kenyon boosts its record to 7–6 in NCAC play.

Yeowomen Push Past Kenyon Ladies

February 10, 2017

A key conference win is propelling the Yeowomen through the final stretch of their season, with a 52–41 over the Kenyon College Ladies on Wednesday. The victory moved Oberlin to 10–12 on the season and 7–6 in North Coast Athletic Conference play, and puts the team within reach of a top seed in the NCAC tournament. “We are getting better game by game,” Head Coach and 2015 NCAC Coach of the Year Kerry Jenkins said. “We think that we can play with anyone in the league. We have to focus...

Senior Jack Poyle leaps for a layup in Oberlin’s 69–68 loss against The College of Wooster Wednesday night.

Close Losses Plague Men’s Basketball

February 3, 2017

Guided by their plethora of young talent, the men’s basketball team has continued to improve throughout the season. The Yeomen’s development since their first game was put on display when they dropped a close matchup against The College of Wooster Fighting Scots Wednesday 69–68. Oberlin drops to 1–19 overall and 0–13 in NCAC play. “We’re getting better, despite what our record may say,” said sophomore guard Nile Godfrey. After falling to the Fighting Scots 104–65 Nov. 16 in...

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