The Oberlin Review

Oberlin Rhinos Hunt for Success

Julie Schreiber

April 8, 2016

Filed under Club & Intramural Sports, SPORTS, Varsity Spring

The Rhinos, Oberlin’s women and trans rugby team, returned from their first spring tournament on Saturday covered in mud and bruises but happy to have finally put their practices to good use in a proper scrum. In their first of three tournaments in their spring season, the Rhinos faced tough competition in Tiffin University and Ohio Wesleyan University, coming away with losses across the board. However, sophomore Leah Cohen said that winning wasn’t the goal this weekend, it was for the team to have the chance to play together outside for the first time this semester and test their skills. “We had a really great time,” Cohen said. “We played well as a team, and it felt like everyone really wanted to be...

In The Locker Room With Shelby Raynor, Leah Cohen and Joey Velez

In The Locker Room With Shelby Raynor, Leah Cohen and Joey Velez

November 13, 2015

This week, the Review sat down with captains of the Rhinos — Oberlin’s women’s and trans’ rugby team — junior Shelby Raynor and sophomore Leah Cohen. The Review also spoke with captain of the Gruffs — the men’s rugby team — junior Joey Velez and senior player-coach Dustin French (not pictured). The four athletes discussed their rugby careers at Oberlin, their club sports experience and their most memorable team moments. Did you play rugby for the first time at Oberlin? Shelby Raynor:...

In the Locker Room with Kaïa Austin, Carmen Wolcott and Kanti Keislar

In the Locker Room with Kaïa Austin, Carmen Wolcott and Kanti Keislar

April 27, 2015

This week, the Review sat down with members of the women’s and trans rugby team, the Rhinos, senior Kanti Keislar, first-year Carmen Wolcott and junior Kaïa Austin, to discuss the unique culture of the rugby team, why they enjoy the sport and their favorite team traditions. How’s the season going so far? Kanti Keislar: I think that the tournament that we had this weekend was the best we’ve played all semester. We had a disadvantage compared to a lot of the other teams because we are the...

Added Depth Has Gruffs Optimistic

Added Depth Has Gruffs Optimistic

September 19, 2014

Last Saturday, the men’s rugby team, the Gruffs, opened its fall season with a 28–11 loss against Baldwin Wallace University. Despite the defeat, the team is still proud of its performance and knows what to work on for future games. “The game this past Saturday was great,” said sophomore scrum half Joey Velez. “We all fought hard throughout the entire match, which is more than I could have asked for from my team.” With limited practice time, the Gruffs faced an uphill battle this...

Rhinos Hone Skills During Relaxed Spring Season

Rhinos Hone Skills During Relaxed Spring Season

April 18, 2014

The women and trans*inclusive rugby team is gearing up for the stretch run of its spring season. While the Rhinos’ official season is in the fall, the team continues playing friendly matches in the spring. The Rhinos are coming off an up and down fall season, in which they went 2–2. This semester, the team competed in a tournament at Hiram College on Saturday, Feb. 22, as well as a friendly match against the Kent State University rugby club. The February tournament resulted in two wins...

Despite Weather, Gruffs Remain Confident

Despite Weather, Gruffs Remain Confident

March 14, 2014

The Oberlin men’s rugby football club struggled through its fall season last semester, but spirits are high heading into this spring season. “Spring semester, because we have two to three months to prepare before we play a game, there’s more time to teach our new recruits about the important parts of rugby,” said senior President Matt Kendrick. “The teams we play are also more for fun. We know we’ll get a good game and friendly welcome when we go on the road.” The Gruffs, as the...

Rhinos Look Forward to Homecoming Weekend Match

Tyler Sloan

October 4, 2013

Filed under Club & Intramural Sports, SPORTS

Oberlin College’s women and trans*-Inclusive rugby team looks to improve its record this season after losing 12 of its seniors last spring. The Rhinos are coming off of a 54–19 loss last weekend to the University of Findlay, but that has not discouraged the team. The first half of the game proved difficult, but the Rhinos managed to turn things around later in the game with three tries and three conversions coming from a mix of new and veteran players. Scores came from rookie junior Evelyn Kalafus-Mastenbrook and seasoned players junior Evan Delano and senior Alyssa Civian, all in the second half. The Rhinos’ roster this season boasts 28 players, a significant increase from last fall when the team did not...

In the Locker Room with Andrew Follmann and Matthew Kendrick

Nate Levinson, Sports Editor

September 13, 2013

Filed under Club & Intramural Sports, SPORTS

You are starting this season in a new league.  What opportunities do you think that will bring? Matt Kendrick: Starting [in] this new league [the Small Universities League of Ohio], I feel like we have a good chance to get into the playoffs. We also have a ton of first-years. This year reminds me of when I was a first-year. There was a lot of talent in the older players, but a lot of good-looking first- and second-years. A lot of rookies are going to have some great game time. Andrew Follmann: I’m really excited with the new players on the team, and how the team is building itself up under my watch. With this new league, I feel like this team will be making history. This is my first wave of recruiting and I ...

Rhinos Defeat Hiram

Sarah Kahl

May 3, 2013

Filed under Club & Intramural Sports, SPORTS

The Rhinos, Oberlin's female rugby team, had an impressive win against Hiram College this week. They scored five tries and two kicks for a total of 29 points against Hiram, who scored 22. "We played really well," said senior captain Katie Lemoine, who also mentioned how all eight Rhinos scored a point. “This was definitely one of our best games yet — we all played together.” The team’s game last week against Kenyon College was phenomenal as well. “The marching band was there and the bagpipes came out to play while we were warming up," said Lemoine. The game against Kenyon was also the “Rugby Prom,” where both teams bought cheap dresses and then played in them. “This year we were the Rocky Ho...

Men’s Rugby Out to Make a Statement in 2011

Chris Landers, Sports Editor

April 15, 2011

Filed under Club & Intramural Sports, SPORTS

The Billygoats Gruff kicked off their 2011 season this past Saturday with a home game against Denison University. The Gruffs battled hard through the rain, but it wasn’t enough, as they would eventually fall 7–13. First-year flanker Shonari Edwards scored the lone try for the Gruffs, who played a mix of veterans and underclassmen in their opening contest. The team, which disbanded for over 10 years until it was re-formed in 2006, has gone a long way toward establishing itself in the Ohio Rugby Union. “We have gone from being a team that is constantly struggling to fill a roster to being in a position where we have an enormous amount of options in terms of personnel,” team president Roger Kligerman, a senior,...

Rhinos, Billy Goats Gruff Set to Unleash Wrath on Spring Opponents

John Critterden

March 11, 2011

Filed under Club & Intramural Sports, SPORTS

As Oberlin's winter gradually becomes nothing more than a bad memory, some dangerous creatures are awakening from hibernation. I'm speaking, of course, about the Oberlin College rugby teams: the Rhinos and the Billy Goats Gruff. The Rhinos will open their season on March 19 with a match against a talented side in Ashland University. The Rhinos field a team full of veteran talent with many senior standouts and even a few lingering Oberlin graduates among them, such as scoring machine Spencer Thompson. Rhinos senior scrum captain Carrie Gratiot captured the vibe of the team going into the season by saying, “For a lot of us, this is our last semester together, so we want to end our time here on a positive note...

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