The Oberlin Review

Cool or Drool: Soccer’s CTE Problem

Dan Bisno, Columnist

March 10, 2017

“Ha sido sólo un susto” — It was only a scare. Fernando Torres tweeted those words following the traumatic header that could have cost him his career, not to mention his life. While the collision lasted only a fraction of a second, the aftermath was a peculiar blend of emotions. Immediately after the 32-year-old striker fell to the ground, more than half of the players on both teams rushed to his assistance. Torres was unconscious. Players began prying open his mouth to ensure he didn’t choke on his tongue and asphyxiate. Meanwhile, other players looked stunned. Perhaps the most unanticipated reaction was the tears. Almost every grown man on the field was weeping as if someone had died. Many medics and pla...

Krzyzewski Should Bench Grayson Allen for Aggressive Play

Darren Zaslau, Sports editor

March 10, 2017

Duke University has always been a national powerhouse in men’s college basketball. The Blue Devils are tied for third in most national championships with five wins, command an NCAA-best .755 NCAA tournament winning percentage and have suited up 71 players who went on to the NBA. Under the direction of Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski, the all-time leader in wins in Division I men’s basketball history, winning is an expectation, not an aspiration. Entering this season, the Blue Devils were the first-ranked team in the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll. Not only were they projected to win another national championship, but the Blue Devils also had numerous preseason All-Americans and top-tier talent on t...

Senior Brian Carney drills a three-run home run in Oberlin's 12–1 season-opening win over Berea College Wednesday. The Yeowomen were also victorious in game two of the doubleheader, winning 17–0.

Baseball Sweeps Berea in Doubleheader

March 10, 2017

With 31 hits and 29 runs, the baseball team opened up the 2017 season in style by defeating the Berea College Mountaineers in a doubleheader 12–1 and 17–0. After a disappointing 2016 campaign, the Yeomen are looking to build off their current 2–0 start to recapture the magic of 2015, when they claimed the first conference championship in program history and made a deep run into the NCAA Regionals. “The disappointment from last year has left our guys extra hungry for success this season,...

Junior Natalie Rauchle, named NCAC Player of the Week last week, maneuvers past a Kalamazoo College defender in Oberlin's 22–2 home-opening win over the Hornets. The Yeowomen are currently 3–0.

Women’s Lacrosse Dominates Openers

March 10, 2017

Women’s lacrosse continued its hot start to the 2017 season Saturday with a 22–2 win over the Kalamazoo College Hornets. Led by junior Natalie Rauchle, who scored five goals, 10 different Yeowomen tallied goals. The Yeowomen were also victorious yesterday, defeating the Otterbein University Cardinals 19–4 to improve their overall record to 3–0. Rauchle continued her dominant start to the season by tallying three goals to move her team-leading total to 12, while junior Sydney Garvis, sen...

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...

Women's track and field recorded its first outright indoor conference championship in program history last weekend, defeating Ohio Wesleyan University by a 38 point margin.

Track and Field Claims Program’s First Conference Title

March 10, 2017

Women’s track and field smashed conference records and reached new heights last weekend at the North Coast Athletic Conference Indoor Track Championship, claiming its first outright title in program history. As boisterous cheers reverberated off the walls of Heisman Field House, the Yeowomen stood alone on their home turf after besting the Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops, the team that had tied them for first in 2009. “To perform so well at home here in Oberlin, in such a convincing fashion, made the win v...

Junior Sarah Hughes closes in on the net, eyeing a low forehand volley. After a 4–0 weekend in which she earned wins over Centre College and DePauw University at the No. 1 spot in both singles and doubles, Hughes was named North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

Yeowomen Fall to NCAC Rival Tigers

March 3, 2017

In a tough loss to the No. 25 DePauw University Tigers, the Yeowomen fell 6–3 Sunday to the rival who bested them last year in the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament third-place match, the last match of the 2015-16 season. The loss came a day after a victory over the Centre College Colonels, which helped the Yeowomen protect their number 40 national rank. Head Coach Constantine Ananiadis said Oberlin fell just short of DePauw on the Tigers’ home courts. “Our game plan was to come...

Liz Amber (left) and Mia Battle

In The Locker Room with Women’s Lacrosse

March 3, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with women’s lacrosse first-year midfielders Mia Battle and Eliza Amber to discuss their rookie season, offseason training and the eight-person senior class leadership. Last season, the Yeowomen finished 10–7 overall and 4­–4 in North Coast Athletic Conference competition, falling to The College of Wooster in a heartbreaking 14–13 loss to keep them out of the NCAC tournament. The squad ranked fourth in the conference’s preseason poll and earned its first wi...

The Oberlin College Thunder fielded a women’s team for the first time since 2007. Stacked with first-years, the men’s and women’s teams traveled to Kent State University on Feb. 18-19 to compete in the Black Squirrel Open.

Club Bowling Revives Women’s Squad

March 3, 2017

For the first time in a decade, OC Thunder, Oberlin’s intercollegiate bowling team, fielded a women’s team. The group is brimming with enthusiasm and happy to be reviving an old Oberlin tradition. “It was incredible to compete for the first OC Thunder women's bowling team since 2007,” first-year Sophie Maffie said in an email to the Review. “Our team is full of enthusiasm, support, and generosity ... I am glad that we finally got out on the lanes and made our debut. I cannot wait to ...

World Baseball Classic Lacks Tradition As Stands

Jack Brewster, Columnist

March 3, 2017

Worldwide sporting events such as the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup consistently draw massive crowds and high television ratings. Nations fight tooth and nail to host these events and exhaust significant resources preparing their country’s representatives. These spectacles of sport are exceptional publicity tools for the nations involved and for the sports being contested. Major League Baseball Commissioner Emeritus Bud Selig and his fellow executives had this in mind when they created the World Baseball Classic, seeking to grow baseball and reach more fans around the globe. But the event — set to begin March 6th — does not come close to the popularity and grandeur of the Olympics or the FIFA World Cup. The...

Congress Loses Sight

Jackie McDermott, Sports Editor

March 3, 2017

The 2005 Congressional hearings that exposed steroid use by Major League Baseball’s own Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire and other home-run slammers are forever burned into America’s collective sports memory. This week, Congress revived its clean-sports crusade, urging reform of World Anti-Doping Agency policy and berating members of the International Olympic Committee for their handling of last summer’s Russian doping scandal. While Congress’ quest to eradicate cheating in international sports seems noble, it pales in comparison to some other issues our legislative body faces. Why should a Congress tasked with replacing Obamacare, probing Trump’s ties to Russia and fighting a nationwide heroin epidemic spend...

Junior Abby Andrews catches a pass in Oberlin’s 52–41 victory over Kenyon College Feb. 8. In the Yeowomen’s 60–43 win against Hiram College in the NCAC quarterfinal Tuesday, Andrews matched a career-high 23 points.

Yeowomen Head to NCAC Semifinals

February 24, 2017

Tuesday marked a pivotal point in Yeowomen basketball history as the squad, seeded fifth in the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament, defeated the fourth-seeded Hiram College Terriers 60–43 to become the first women’s basketball team to win a playoff game since 1999. With the win, Oberlin solidified a berth to the NCAC Semifinals today at 5 pm Greencastle, IN to face the DePauw University Tigers. The Yeowomen came out strong, causing six Terrier turnovers and posting a 14–7 lead in...

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