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Senior Michael Drougas celebrated his illustrious collegiate career at Senior Day last Saturday with an 8–1 victory against Ohio Wesleyan University. Drougas and fellow senior Manickam Manickam sealed an 8–5 victory at No. 2 doubles.

Men’s Tennis Enjoys Victory Against OWU on Senior Day

April 6, 2018

Four seniors who helped the men’s tennis team rise to become a formidable force in both the North Coast Athletic Conference and the region celebrated their Senior Day Saturday against the Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops, winning 8–1. Following the Senior Day ceremonies, as the Yeomen hoisted “fatheads” of their senior leaders, they convincingly swept doubles and eventually earned their second conference win, improving their overall record to 7–7. As parents, grandparents, and frie...

Senior Mayada Audeh warms up for the ITA Central Regionals, hosted by Oberlin in September. Over spring break, the Yeowomen won all three of their matches, giving them a six-game winning streak heading into conference play.

Hughes, McDermott Highlight Successful Spring Break Trip

March 30, 2018

The women’s tennis team doesn’t pay much attention to their record or national ranking, despite boasting an impressive 10–5 record. The plan is the same every year: gain a competitive advantage over North Coast Athletic Conference opponents by scheduling tough opponents before conference play begins. The Yeowomen collected three hard-earned wins during their spring break trip to Orlando, FL, which should give them a boost of confidence and some momentum as they look to build on their six-matc...

Liberal Stereotyping Undercuts Sportsmanship

Jackie McDermott, Staff Writer

March 9, 2018

A tennis court is 78 feet long. A block of blue space striped with white lines stretches between each player as we wage an intense, individual war. Pumping adrenaline and high stakes combined with a questionable line call can make things personal, causing us to label an opponent as “cheater,” or worse, “bitch.” Sometimes, in the heat of battle, we think only of our differences from the person on the other side of the net. My differences with my opponent from Centre College revealed themselves off-court, after our singles match, when she pulled on a light blue t-shirt that read “TRUMP: MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” in block letters colored with the American flag. “Wow, look.” I tapped my dad’s arm and tried to sub...

Sophomore Shannon Wargo races past Allegheny competition at last Saturday’s NCAC championship meet on Oberlin’s North Fields. Wargo finished in 10th place, with the fourth-best time for the Yeowomen.

Halsten’s Overall Victory Highlights NCAC Meet

November 3, 2017

A resounding first-place finish by junior Linnea Halsten highlighted last weekend’s North Coast Athletic Conference Championship Cross Country meet, but both the women’s and men’s teams fell short of expectations. Widely regarded as the NCAC favorite, the Yeowomen were upset by Allegheny College and finished second, six points behind the Gators, while the men finished seventh. Halsten said expectations may have lulled the Yeowomen and left them unprepared for a determined Allegheny squad. ...

Senior Sarah Urso races alongside competition at the Oct. 14 Rumble. The Yeomen and Yeowomen are preparing to host the NCAC Conference Championship meet tomorrow at 11 a.m.

Rumble-Champion Yeowomen Look to Dominate

October 27, 2017

The cross country teams hope to sustain their success as they prepare to host the North Coast Athletic Conference championship meet tomorrow, after hosting and performing well at the Inter-Regional Rumble Oct. 14. Looking forward after the Rumble, in which three Yeowomen notched career-best times and the team finished first, the women’s team aims to hoist a conference championship and qualify for the NCAA meet for the first time since 2014. The Yeomen and Yeowomen both viewed the Rumble as a key...

Darren Zaslau (left) and Jackie McDermott

In The Locker Room with Sports Editors

May 5, 2017

This week, the Review’s Sports editors, Jackie McDermott and Darren Zaslau, sat down with each other to reflect on a year of covering Oberlin athletics, favorite memories of the Review and the best and most challenging parts of the job. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Darren Zaslau: What’s been the most rewarding part of being a Sports editor for The Oberlin Review? JM: I think it’s been really nice when we’ve gotten positive feedback from our stories and differ...

Junior James Tanford sprints through the finish line at the NCAC Indoor Championships in March. The track and field teams are participating in the NCAC Outdoor Championships in Greencastle, IN, today and tomorrow.

Heptathletes Score in NCAC Multi-Event Championships

May 5, 2017

Scattered around the state this past weekend, portions of the track and field team competed in meets at Ashland University, Denison University and right here at home, where Oberlin hosted the North Coast Athletic Conference Multi-Event Championships. In the multi-events, Oberlin was represented in the heptathlon by experienced junior Lisa Carle and first-time heptathletes, first-years Jasmine Keegan and Christine Impara. The trio fought through fatigue to deliver strong performances that earned...

Misguided Media Doubts Serena

Jackie McDermott, Sports Editor

April 28, 2017

Serena Williams has conquered the challenges of age, fatigue and emotional strife throughout her career. She won 10 of her 23 Grand Slam titles after turning 30, a feat that no one thought possible. She kept playing after her half-sister and personal assistant, Yetunde Price, was murdered in 2003. She overcame a life-threatening health scare in 2011 after developing a blood clot in one of her lungs. Last week, Serena announced that she will take on a new challenge: motherhood. With that will come yet another unique test: returning to the tour after giving birth to add even more accolades to her legacy. I have no doubt that Serena will meet that challenge and perhaps come back as good as ever despite the immense physical...

Sharapova Set to Return Unscathed as Sponsors Shrug at Doping

Jackie McDermott, Sports editor

April 14, 2017

The top search hits for Maria Sharapova have nothing to do with her doping suspension. A Daily Mail article shows fashionista Sharapova sporting a casual and chic Los Angeles look in capris and a pashmina shawl. Forbes touts her success as a businesswoman, featuring her candy company Sugarpova and its recent ventures in the chocolate industry. ESPN pairs her name with Rafael Nadal’s when it lists players to watch this clay court season. It seems that Sharapova will arrive fresh-faced and unscathed as she steps back on court after a 15-month doping suspension on April 26. The tennis star will compete at a tournament hosted by one of her sponsors, the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, in Stuttgart, Germany. Back from her 15...

Emma Downing (left) and Tori Poplaski

In The Locker Room with Softball

April 7, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with sophomore center fielder Emma Downing and senior pitcher Tori Poplaski to discuss the recent success of the softball team. The team broke the record for wins on spring break, earning six victories over the course of the week. After dropping their first two conference games to Kenyon College last Saturday, the Yeowomen split with Allegheny College on Wednesday, winning the first contest 6–1 and dropping the second 8–2. Downing currently boasts the best batting...

Sexism Plagues Hockey

Jackie McDermott, Sports Editor

March 31, 2017

Most American sports fans are aware of our country’s dominance in women’s sports like basketball and gymnastics. But there is another sport in which American women have collected numerous Olympic medals and won seven of the last nine world championships — ice hockey. Despite being wildly successful on the world stage, American women’s ice hockey has been repeatedly degraded at home by its own governing body. USA Hockey recently took a long-awaited positive step toward improving the conditions for women’s play, but the organization’s shameful past must not be forgotten. USA Hockey must be held accountable for its disrespect and underdevelopment of the women’s game. On Tuesday, the begrudging leaders...

John Hepp (left) and Ana Richardson

In the Locker Room with Track and Field

March 10, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with Associate Head Track & Field Coach and Recruiting Coordinator John Hepp, OC ’07, and junior thrower Ana Richardson. Women’s track and field earned its first outright conference title in program history last weekend at the North Coast Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, where Richardson was crowned conference champion in the weight throw. Before departing for this weekend’s NCAA Indoor Championship meet in Naperville, IL, the coach-thr...

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