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Junior Manickam Manickam completes a forehand follow-through. The Yeomen completed their season with a 5–2 victory over Denison University in the third-place match of the NCAC Tournament.

Tennis Downs Denison at NCACs

May 5, 2017

Oberlin tennis earned exhilarating back-to-back victories over rival Denison University Big Red, as both the men’s and women’s teams won their Sunday matches to finish third in the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships. The Yeomen made program history with their 5–2 win, beating the Big Red for the first time in 43 years, while the Yeowomen finished their season on a win for the first time since 2014 with a 5–4 victory. Oberlin’s men’s team was led by its seniors, who demonstrated...

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...

Sophomore midfielder Jenna Butler races past an Allegheny College defender in the NCAC Semifinals last Wednesday. The Yeowomen defeated the Gators 13–8 to secure a spot in the NCAC Championship for the second time in the past three years.

Yeowomen Battle Past Gators in Conference Semis

May 5, 2017

Hosting their first playoff game since a playoff reformatting in 2003, the Yewomen defeated the Allegheny College Gators 13–8 in the NCAC semifinals Wednesday. With the win, Oberlin punched a ticket to its second conference championship in three years, where they will face the No. 1 seeded Denison University Big Red. The Big Red are responsible for the Yeowomen’s only loss this season. “Our coach has this favorite saying, which is ‘any given day,’” said first-year Eliza Amber, who...

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...

Baseball Should Embrace Growth

Darren Zaslau, Sports Editor

May 5, 2017

Baseball will always remain entrenched in American culture. Its roots in the United States can be tracked back to the 1700s, but the sport hasn’t gained as much global traction as others. With recent murmurings about Major League Baseball expanding to countries outside of the U.S. though, the game now has potential to engrain itself in sports cultures around the world. Last year, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke with Associated Press Sports editors and expressed interest in the league expanding from 30 to 32 teams. Manfred mentioned that international expansion is a likely option as Montreal and Mexico City headline the list of cities to land one of the two new teams. If the MLB adds teams outside of the l...

Cool or Drool: Lynch Joins Oakland Raiders

Dan Bisno, Columnist

May 5, 2017

The 2016–2017 season was a tough one for the NFL, as viewership dropped sharply. While many fans, including Donald Trump, attributed the mid-season slump to Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem, there is reasonable suspicion that the startling decline in popularity was also impacted by the retirement of Marshawn Lynch, its most popular combatant to controversial commissioner Roger Goodell. Despite delivering five consecutive 1,200-plus rushing yard and double-digit touchdown seasons from 2010–2014, then enduring a season-ending injury in 2015, the Seattle Seahawks’ beloved number 24 hung up his cleats in 2016. After 10 years, four with the Buffalo Bills and six with Seattle, Lynch broke the hearts...

Junior Sean Kiley has been a staple of the Yeomen pitching staff this season. The Studio City, CA, native was named the NCAC Pitcher of the Week for striking out 13 hitters in Oberlin’s 6–2 win over Kenyon College last Saturday.

On a Hot Streak, Yeomen Sweep Kenyon

April 28, 2017

The Yeomen’s offense exploded for 25 runs in a four-game series sweep last weekend against North Coast Athletic Conference rival Kenyon College. In the team’s first home series against a conference opponent, the games helped secure sole possession of second place in the NCAC East Division with 6–2 and 10–7 wins on Saturday and 6–2 and 3–1 victories on Sunday. With their six-game win streak on the line, Oberlin split the doubleheader against Division III powerhouse Marietta College Pioneers...

Jules Sawhill, Student-Athlete and Conservatory Student

In The Locker Room with Jules Sawhill

April 28, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with fifth-year double-degree student Jules Sawhill. After coincidentally walking on to the baseball team as a first-year, Sawhill ended up pitching for the Yeomen for all four years of NCAA eligibility. In his final year at Oberlin, Sawhill is now focusing on finishing his degrees in Politics and Viola Performance. Sawhill discussed the overlap between athletic and musical performance and the surprising ways he ended up doing both at Oberlin. This interview has been ed...

Senior captain Grace Evans connects with a pitch against Wittenberg University on Senior Day last Saturday. The Yeowomen finished their season 12–28 overall and 2–14 in the NCAC.

Softball Ends 2017 Run, Splits Hiram Doubleheader

April 28, 2017

The softball team concluded their season Tuesday evening with a split against North Coast Athletic Conference rival, the Hiram College Terriers. Although the Yeowomen failed to make the NCAC Tournament, they saw improvements across the board in offensive and defensive categories — and most importantly in wins. The team took the first game against the Terriers 11–7 in an 11-inning thriller before dropping the season finale 5–3. Seniors Tori Poplaski, Grace Evans and Sami Mericle concluded...

Senior captain E.J. Douglass edges past a Grove City runner in the Dan Kinsey Invitational in February. This weekend, track and field will head to Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, MI, and Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.

Track and Field Nabs NCAC Accolades with Kenyon Meet

April 28, 2017

The Yeowomen track and field team triumphed for the second time this spring by securing a first-place finish at the Kenyon College Invitational last Saturday with 261 points. On the men’s side, Oberlin finished in third place with 115.50 points among the seven-team field. Head Coach Ray Appenheimer said he was pleased with the teams’ performances in preparation for the North Coast Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships in Greencastle, IN, May 5–6. “Everything we’re doing right now...

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...

James vs. Jordan Debate Continues

Jack Brewster, Columnist

April 28, 2017

The Cleveland Cavaliers completed a four-game sweep of the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the 2016–2017 NBA playoffs, capping off the series with a 106–102 victory on Sunday. LeBron James was superb throughout the series. He played his best in Game Three, when he recorded a triple double, scoring 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. It is hard to remember that just a few weeks ago, many were talking about the possible decline of LeBron James and the Cavaliers. James was largely left out of the MVP conversation this season. The Cavs, who finished 51–31, were eclipsed by the Boston Celtics with one game left in the season, falling from the No. 1 seed — a spot they’ve held almost all year — to No....

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