The Oberlin Review

The Preying Manti, Oberlin’s women and trans ultimate Frisbee team.

Lacking Support, Club Sports Adapt to the Pandemic

October 2, 2020

While many of Oberlin’s varsity teams began new COVID-safe practices during the first week of classes, club sports have struggled to create new routines. Oberlin is now five weeks into classes, but many club sports have yet to begin practicing as a result of pandemic-related challenges. Club sports requiring person-to-person contact, as well as those that practice off-campus, have been cancelled. “There are some club sports whose activities were deemed to be too high risk to operate in our curren...

The Preying Manti Let Me Down

Natalie Soord

August 17, 2020

On June 26, I posted an Instagram story detailing racism I experienced on Oberlin’s women and trans Ultimate Frisbee team, the Preying Manti. I spoke about racist comments made by teammates and about the lack of support for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color on the team. My post started with the following: “I’ve been on the Manti for 2 seasons now and in just those 2 seasons, I have experienced racism from multiple teammates on multiple occasions. In a lot of these instances, other teammates were present. Their silence was deafening. I would wait and wait for someone to say something but that never came.”  The aggressions didn’t just come from white teammates; non-Black POC were also perpetrators. Other teammates...

Club Sport Teams Plan Antiracism Programming in Response to Criticism

Zoë Martin del Campo, Sports Editor

August 17, 2020

Some of Oberlin’s club sport teams are working to address racism in their communities and create safe spaces for Black, Indigenous, and students of color — particularly for Black athletes on predominantly white teams. These efforts come after nationwide Black Lives Matter protests and conversations surrounding racism rejuvenating mainstream focus on racial injustice. Zoe Hecht, College fourth-year and captain of the Oberlin Preying Manti women and trans Ultimate Frisbee team, has worked this past summer with her co-captains and the College to prepare for conversations surrounding race and anti-racism work.  “We’re working with an administrator from the College to learn effective facilitation skills and wi...

Preying Manti Captain Abby Cheng, OC ’20.

Preying Manti Captain Abby Cheng, OC ’20, Wins Donovan Award

June 25, 2020

Despite the disappointment of seeing their 2020 season cut short, the Preying Manti, Oberlin’s women and trans Ultimate Frisbee team, celebrated good news last month when fifth-year captain Abby Cheng was awarded the prestigious Donovan Award on May 19. The award is presented annually by Ultiworld to Ultimate Frisbee players nominated and chosen by their peers for exceptional athleticism, sportsmanship, and leadership on and off the field. Cheng is the recipient of the fourth annual Donovan...

President Carmen Twillie Ambar on the field at halftime of the Homecoming football game.

Oberlin Celebrates Homecoming Weekend

October 11, 2019

The campus seemed to be abuzz with energy from students and non-students alike when Homecoming Weekend approached. Homecoming Weekend is always a time for members of the Oberlin College and community to come together. Whether it is families coming to Oberlin to watch their student-athlete perform on the field or alumni visiting old friends, there is always something that draws people to Oberlin’s campus. The festivities began Friday with the Heisman Club’s annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony...

Preying Manti Win National Title

Preying Manti Win National Title

May 24, 2019

The Preying Manti, Oberlin’s women and trans Ultimate Frisbee team, won the 2019 national championship title in College Station, TX, with a 13–7 win over the No. 1-seeded Bates College on May 18. Oberlin overcame the odds, as they entered the game as the sixth overall seed. They returned to campus to a surprise celebration organized by the Flying Horsecows — the men’s team — and the Preying Manti’s B team. “The Preying Manti symbolize Oberlin’s mission of learning and l...

Manti B-Team Makes Historic Run

Manti B-Team Makes Historic Run

April 19, 2019

Members of Oberlin’s women and trans ultimate Frisbee team, the Preying Manti, high-five one another on the field during a practice last week. While the Manti’s A-team are frequent Ohio Valley D-III College Regionals contenders, their B-team will be making an appearance at the competition for the first time in Oberlin women and trans ultimate Frisbee history. The B team is often a reflection of the future of the team after older members on the A-team inevitably graduate. Therefore, seein...

Sonia Bloom

In The Locker Room with Sonia Bloom, Preying Manti Frisbee Player

May 4, 2018

College senior Sonia Bloom joined the Preying Manti, the women’s and trans Ultimate Frisbee team, during her second year at Oberlin. Since then, the team has been a major part of her college experience. For the first time in two years, the Preying Manti will compete at the DIII College Nationals May 19–20 in Rockford, IL. The Preying Manti beat Lehigh University 11–4 on Sunday to advance. The Flying Horse Cows, the men’s team at Oberlin, will also advance to nationals competition after earning a v...

Noam Fisherman (left), co-captain of the Flying Horsecows, and Emma March, co-captain of the Preying Manti.

In The Locker Room with Noam Fisherman and Emma March, Ultimate Frisbee Captains

November 3, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with junior Noam Fisherman and senior Emma March, two captains of the Oberlin Ultimate Frisbee Teams. Fisherman is a co-captain of Oberlin’s men’s team, the Flying Horsecows, while March co-captains the women and trans team, the Preying Manti. The Horsecows and the Manti will host their annual home tournament, Force Freedom, tomorrow and Sunday on the North Fields. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. How long have you each been the captains of Oberlin’s fri...

Players Of The Week: Preying Manti

Players Of The Week: Preying Manti

May 6, 2016

Sophomore Maya Howard-Watts jumps to make the grab against Swarthmore College Saturday. In Oberlin’s first Ultimate Frisbee tournament in decades, the Preying Manti faced teams from Haverford College, Swarthmore College, Xavier University, Ohio Wesleyan University and Lehigh University. During the qualifying rounds on Saturday the squad went 2–2. On Sunday, the team didn’t lose a game heading into the championship match against Haverford College. With the score tied at 6–6 on a universe point...

Zoe Bluffstone (left) and Jessica Hubert

In the Locker Room with Zoe Bluffstone, Jessica Hubert and Jackie Milestone

October 9, 2015

This week, the Review sat down with members of the Preying Manti, Oberlin’s competitive women’s Ulti­mate Frisbee club team. Seniors Zoe Bluffstone, Jessica Hubert and Jackie Milestone (not pictured) discussed go­ing to Nationals their freshman year, memorable moments and expecta­tions for their last season. Did you know that you were going to play Ultimate at Oberlin before you came here? Zoe Bluffstone: Yes! I specifically knew that I wanted to find a school that had a strong women...

Preying Manti Add Bevy of First-Years

Nathaniel Sher

September 12, 2014

The women’s ultimate frisbee team, the Preying Manti, has begun a new season of practice after making it to the USA Ultimate College Division III Regional Championship in Pennsylvania last season. This season, changes abound, as the team has two new captains and nearly 20 new players on the team. The team elected new captains, sophomores Maya Gillett and Caela Brodigan, at the end of last season, for their multiple years of frisbee experience despite their lack of seniority. While most of the Manti came to the team as beginners, Gillett was an active participant in Seattle’s youth frisbee scene for a number of years prior to attending Oberlin. “I’ve had some really excellent coaching, and I’m excited to bring some...

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