The Oberlin Review

Yeowomen Remain Perfect in NCAC After Beating Bishops

Yeowomen Remain Perfect in NCAC After Beating Bishops

April 20, 2018

The women’s lacrosse team defeated the Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops 16–4 Tuesday, bringing them to 9–3 for the season and a perfect 5–0 in North Coast Athletic Conference play. The win followed a 20–3 victory against the DePauw University Tigers last Saturday, as the Yeowomen currently sit at number two in the conference. Head Coach Lynda McCandlish affirmed that the Yeowomen have taken this season game-by-game in their pursuit of a conference championship. “I think the g...

NBA, Adam Silver Need to Address League’s Tanking Problem

Alex McNicoll, Sports Editor

April 20, 2018

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

Tanking is no secret in the NBA. Teams like the Chicago Bulls or the Sacramento Kings openly sit their top veterans in an attempt to “develop young talent,” but in reality, they are intentionally losing to get a better pick. It’s not a new phenomenon. The Philadelphia 76ers did it for three or four years to get Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Markelle Fultz. Even the San Antonio Spurs did it so they could draft Tim Duncan first overall in 1997, and he helped them win five NBA Championships. But tanking is a serious problem that kills the competitive nature of basketball, and commissioner Adam Silver must find a solution, no matter how drastic it may be. At the end of the 82-game regular season, the top 16 teams compet...

In The Locker Room with Mike Mancini, Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications

In The Locker Room with Mike Mancini, Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications

April 20, 2018

Mike Mancini came to Oberlin College after being appointed as the Sports Information Director on Dec. 31, 2007. Now, as Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications, he keeps statistics and publishes previews and recaps for all 21 varsity teams at Oberlin on GoYeo, the Athletic Department’s website. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. How did you end up at Oberlin? What do you do? I’ve been here for 10 years now. I graduated from the University of Akron and then was wo...

NBA Expands from Two-Team Race

Alex McNicoll, Sports Editor

April 13, 2018

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Since the 2015–2016 season in the NBA, when the Golden State Warriors — the reigning champions — passed Michael Jordan’s 1995–1996 Chicago Bulls for a seemingly unbreakable record of 73 wins and nine losses in a single season, the NBA regular season has largely been considered boring and predictable. While finals duels between the Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are always entertaining, fans of the league often prefer following player’s Instagram accounts or pre-game outfits during the regular season, and then only tune in for LeBron James’ yearly championship cameo. However, if this past regular season has proven anything, it’s that the Warriors and Cavaliers matchup we’ve grown accustomed to isn’t go...

Softball Earns Split Against Kenyon Ladies, Falls to Allegheny Gators

Softball Earns Split Against Kenyon Ladies, Falls to Allegheny Gators

April 6, 2018

The Yeowomen recorded their first win against rival Kenyon College Ladies in three years in their first week of North Coast Athletic Conference play last weekend 14–12. However, it was the only win they recorded, as they split the doubleheader against the Ladies on Saturday, and dropped both games of their double header against the Allegheny College Gators Wednesday 2–9 and 2–8. Going into the Wednesday games, Head Coach Sara Schoenhoft — who is in her third year with the program — was o...

In The Locker Room with Tom Reid, Bowling Coach, Mentor

In The Locker Room with Tom Reid, Bowling Coach, Mentor

April 6, 2018

Tom Reid, OC ’80, came to Oberlin College in 1976 from the small city of Wilkes-Barre, PA — but that wasn’t his first choice, as his plan was to bowl professionally. Fortunately for Reid, half of his dream ended up coming true when he discovered the Oberlin College Lanes. After 45 years of participating in the sport and 84 consecutive semesters at the College, Reid has coached the bowling team that he founded shortly after he graduated and instructs the Bowling I and II classes. The team averages...

Yeowomen Softball Seeks to Improve on 12-Win Season

Alex McNicoll, Sports Editor

March 9, 2018

Filed under Softball, SPORTS, Varsity Sports, Varsity Spring

The Yeowomen softball team enters the spring 2018 season with both their largest-ever team and largest-ever first-year class following a year in which they improved their record from 2–35 to 12–28. With their lone All-NCAC Second Team select sophomore infielder Alexis Dill returning, along with junior center fielder Emma Downing — who led the team in batting average (.374), on-base percentage (.500), and runs scored (33) — the team will look to continue their development. Head Coach Sara Schoenhoft, who enters her third year in the program and has seen to the rapid growth of the Yeowomen squad, said she wants to see their improvement carry over into North Coast Athletic Conference games. “The goal was just to...

Yeowomen Best Hornets Without Top Players Hughes

Yeowomen Best Hornets Without Top Players Hughes

March 2, 2018

The Yeowomen tennis team traveled to Michigan for back-to-back games against the Hope College Flying Dutch and the Kalamazoo College Hornets last weekend. Despite dropping the first match 3–6 to the number 21 ranked Flying Dutch, the Yeowomen closed out their road trip with a 6–3 win against the Hornets, raising them to 5–5 for the season. As they continue preparing for North Coast Athletic Conference play in April, the Yeowomen also look to improve on their third-place finish in the confer...

In The Locker Room with Sean Kiley and Milo Sklar, Baseball Team Captains

Alex McNicoll and Alexis Dill, Sports Editors

March 2, 2018

Filed under In the Locker Room, SPORTS

College seniors and baseball captains Sean Kiley and Milo Sklar have each had an illustrious collegiate career thus far, helping the program win its first North Coast Athletic Conference title as first-years and helping the team break both the total wins and conference wins records last year as juniors. Both Kiley and Sklar earned All-NCAC Second Team honors last spring. Kiley, the Yeomen’s ace, posted a 3.67 ERA, the lowest among the team’s starters. Sklar, a sidearm reliever and utility player, hit .323 and broke the program’s single-season saves record with seven. The duo is looking to lead the “Mules” to the NCAC Tournament for the fourth time in six years this spring. This interview has been edited for length and cla...

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....

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