The Oberlin Review

MLB Offseason Spending Highlights Change in Values

Alex McNicoll, Sports Editor

February 23, 2018

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

The Boston Red Sox signed outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year $110 million mega-deal Monday. On the surface, the deal will help them contend with their American League East rival New York Yankees this season, after they made headlines by acquiring National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins. However, with the contract finalization so close to the start of the season — spring training starts today — it highlights an alarming trend of MLB teams choosing not to sign blue-chip free agents, opting instead to pocket extra cash. With four of the top 10 free agents of this offseason still unsigned, MLB teams appear to have adopted the strategy of tanking. Thirty-year-old Martinez comes off a career yea...

Vegas Golden Knights Change NHL, Expansion in First Year

Alex McNicoll, Sports Editor

February 16, 2018

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

The Vegas Golden Knights scored four third-period goals Tuesday, erasing a 2–1 deficit against the Chicago Blackhawks on their way to a 5–2 victory in their brand-new T-Mobile Arena. The win gave the Golden Knights the second-highest point total in the NHL with 78. As an expansion team comprised of the other 30 NHL teams’ castaways, the Golden Knights have already shattered expectations for their inaugural season and look like serious contenders for the Stanley Cup. With just 25 games left in the regular season, Vegas has already proven to be the most successful first-year expansion franchise throughout the history of not just hockey, but basketball, baseball, and football as well. Vegas put their odds of their...

Yeowomen Break Program Wins Record Against Kenyon

Alex McNicoll, Sports Editor

February 9, 2018

Filed under Basketball, SPORTS, Varsity Sports, Varsity Winter

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....

USSF Needs Kathy Carter As President for Growth, Equality

Alex McNicoll, Sports Editor

December 8, 2017

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

Sunil Gulati, the president of the United States Soccer Federation who has been called “the single most important person in the development of soccer in this country” by Major League Soccer founder Alan Rothberg, announced this week that he will not be running for re-election in February. The decision comes after the United States Men’s National Team failed to make the World Cup for the first time since 1986, despite having one of the world’s most electrifying young talents in 19-year-old Christian Pulisic. During Gulati’s time as president — which began when he ran unopposed in 2006 and continued for 12 years through single-candidate re-elections — soccer has grown immensely in the United States. Howev...

In The Locker Room with Julie and Jay Schreiber, Sports Editors

In The Locker Room with Julie and Jay Schreiber, Sports Editors

December 8, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with Julie and Jay Schreiber. The father-daughter tandem has spanned the sports journalism world, with Julie as Sports Editor for the Review itself and Jay working at The New York Times for 26 years, serving as the Deputy Sports Editor for the last four. As Julie prepares to spend a semester in Cuba next spring and Jay prepares for retirement, the two took some time to reflect on their careers thus far. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. How did you...

In The Locker Room with Eliza Poor and Tristan Clonch, Club Soccer Captains

In The Locker Room with Eliza Poor and Tristan Clonch, Club Soccer Captains

December 1, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with club soccer captains and college seniors Eliza Poor and Tristan Clonch, both of whom have been members of the team for their entire Oberlin careers. We discussed the team’s culture, sense of community, and overall inclination towards prioritizing a fun experience for all its members. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. How and when did you get involved with the club soccer team? Eliza Poor: We both got started on the team during our fres...

Write-In Votes for Athletes Must Consider Qualifications

Alex McNicoll, Sports Editor

December 1, 2017

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

New York sports fans found a novel way of honoring their athletes off the field last month, as the New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge and Knick’s Kristaps Porzingis received write-in votes for mayor of New York City in November’s election. Judge, the Rookie of the Year who came in second place for American League MVP; and Porzingis, the Latvian-born phenom averaging 27 points a game this year, were not the first — and certainly won’t be the last — athletes to earn this sort of appreciation from fans. Instead, their write-ins indicate how athletes play multifaceted roles in fans’ lives beyond in the sports themselves. Fresh off a Boston Red Sox world series win, World Series MVP David Ortiz came in third place...

Gardiner Leaves Yeowomen After Program Turnaround, Successful 67-Game Career

Gardiner Leaves Yeowomen After Program Turnaround, Successful 67-Game Career

December 1, 2017

Gwennie Gardiner wears a ribbon in every single one of her soccer games. It’s for good luck. However, she probably didn’t need it when she scored her fourth goal of the game at the 22:30 mark of Oberlin’s 8–0 dismantling of the Geneva College Golden Tornadoes on her way to the program’s first United Soccer Coaches’ National Player of the Week award in September. She has long since traded her ribbon for a Yeowomen’s Soccer sweatshirt after playing her last game on Oct. 28. Of course...

In the Locker Room with Tess Jewell and Emma Schechter, OCET, OCDT Captains

In the Locker Room with Tess Jewell and Emma Schechter, OCET, OCDT Captains

November 17, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with seniors Tess Jewell and Emma Schechter, captains of Oberlin’s Dressage and Equestrian teams, respectively. As they near the end of their four-year careers, they reflected on how the program has flourished in their time here, as well as the hectic schedule that comes with riding at Oberlin. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. How did you end up joining the Dressage and Equestrian teams? Tess Jewell: I’m the captain of the Dressage team, b...

Yeowomen Dismantled by Purple Raiders in Season Debut

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...

Club Hockey Skates Again

Club Hockey Skates Again

November 17, 2017

The Plague, Oberlin’s club hockey team, will play its second and final game this semester against The Chiefs, a team of Hockey North America, a recreational no-checking hockey league, tomorrow. While school funding is low and games are few and far between, the 18 members of The Plague represent a rich culture of hockey at Oberlin that has existed for more than 50 years. Chemistry and Biochemistry Instructor and Lab Manager Cortland Hill, OC ’77, who joined the team after returning to Oberlin...

Professional Athletes Risk Image for Autonomy

Alex McNicoll, Sports Editor

November 10, 2017

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

Eric Bledsoe, who tweeted “I don’t wanna be here” Oct. 22, was traded from the Phoenix Suns to the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday. While he claimed that he referenced being in a barber shop, Bledsoe has not been with the team since being sent home by Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough after the tweet. Bledsoe’s bizarre departure from Phoenix is just the latest installment in athletes using social media to voice their opinions and the risks that run with it. The Phoenix Suns had no place for Eric Bledsoe on their roster, and keeping him there was a waste of his prime years. With one of the youngest cores in the league, centered around 21-year-old Devin Booker, the Suns do not plan to contend for a while. Bledsoe, o...

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