The Oberlin Review

WNBA's Washington Mystics kneeling and wearing T-shirts printed with seven bullet holes to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake.  Courtesy of Slate.com.

The WNBA Won’t Be Ignored

September 4, 2020

When the Washington Mystics came to their Aug. 26 game each wearing shirts with seven bullet holes in the back, viewers were reminded that the Black Lives Matter Movement is not something that can be ignored or forgotten, even on the basketball court. The Mystics announced they would not be playing that day in honor of Jacob Blake, the Wisconsin Black man who was shot seven times by police.  By this point, social media was abuzz as the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks said they were striking, just hou...

College fourth-years Jasmine Sorrells and Cheyenne Arthur.

New Dynamic Duo Steps in to Lead Yeowoman Basketball

February 21, 2020

 In all college sport programs, filling leadership roles after star players depart is a source of stress. The Oberlin College women’s basketball team faced this issue after captains and star basketball players Alex Stipano, and Liv Canning, both OC ’19, graduated last year Stipano, a guard, finished last season averaging 11.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game, and earned All-North Coast Athletic Conference her third and fourth years. Canning ended her final season averaging 1...

Grace Burns

Grace Burns, Varsity Soccer and Basketball Player

November 22, 2019

 Hailing from Boston, College first-year Grace Burns has entered Oberlin as a member of not one, but two varsity athletic teams. Most athletes compete for sports that are separated by a winter off-season. Burns, however, is a member of both the women’s soccer and basketball teams, which overlap as fall and winter sports. While many have told her that she is being overly ambitious, Burns insists that she loves the sports enough to muster the energy to pursue them full-time.  This interview...

New Head Women’s Basketball Coach Stephany Dunmyer.

Stephany Dunmyer, New Basketball Coach

October 11, 2019

Stephany Dunmyer is starting as the new Oberlin women’s head basketball coach. Originally from Pemberville, OH, Dunmyer majored in Psychology and played varsity basketball for Kenyon College. Named the 2000 North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the year, Dunmyer served as assistant coach at Indiana State University before becoming the head coach of Virginia Wesleyan University, where she stayed for 16 years. At VWU, Dunmyer compiled a record of 250–181 and was named the Old Dominion Athlet...

Dave Tempest Kathy Tempest, both OC ’72, during their 2,400 mile bike ride from Seattle
Dave Tempest Kathy Tempest, both OC ’72, with students outside Shanks Health and Wellness Center.
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Dave Tempest, OC ’72, Heisman Inductee

October 4, 2019

Dave Tempest, OC ’72, is one of the former Oberlin student-athletes being in- ducted into the John W. Heisman Club Hall of Fame at a ceremony later today. While at Oberlin, Tempest was an All-American cross-country runner and swim-mer, and his wife, Kathy, also OC ’72, played women’s basketball in the pre-Title IX era. Dave and Kathy both arrived in Oberlin on Wednesday after biking from Seattle, WA, one of multiple cross-country bike trips that the couple has undertaken. After gradu...

Former Varsity Athletes Find That, After Athletics, Life Goes On

Khalid McCalla, Contributing Sports Editor

September 27, 2019

Athletics play a significant role in many Obies’ college experience. Roughly 350 students — over ten percent of the student body — are part of the 21 varsity sports teams offered by the College. Club and intramural sports provide a fun way for students to stay active and compete with one another without the time commitment of a varsity sport. These athletes’ reasons for participating can range from finally trying a sport they have watched for years to the fulfillment of a lifelong dream of participating in college athletics. Most athletes assume that their career will last all four years. However, for many Oberlin athletes, this isn’t the case. Whether it be the result of injuries, or overcommitti...

Women’s Basketball Head Coach Kerry Jenkins and his players share a laugh at the December ring ceremony celebrating their NCAC championship. Jenkins, who announced his plans to step away from the program a month ago, departs Oberlin as the winningest coach in program history.

All Good Things Must Come to an End: Jenkins Steps Down After 11 Seasons Leading Women’s Basketball

April 12, 2019

As his players arrived at the gym for practice one Monday afternoon in March 2018, Women’s Basketball Head Coach Kerry Jenkins devised a plan. The 2017–18 team was the first in program history to win the North Coast Athletic Conference title and earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament, but Jenkins knew that the Yeowomen’s most daunting challenge of the season would be facing the Messiah College Falcons that Friday, March 2. Messiah, which was ranked No. 15 in Division III at the time, is...

Liv Canning

In The Locker Room with Olivia Canning, Senior Basketball Center

March 15, 2019

College senior Olivia Canning has her hands full. As a starter on the Oberlin women’s basketball team, a Psychology and Sociology major and Anthropology minor, and an active member of various Oberlin College and community organizations, Canning seems to be doing everything at once. While she has garnered accolades as a powerhouse center on the basketball court, including NCAC Defensive Player of the Year and All-NCAC First Team in the 2017–18 season, Canning has also shown academic pro...

Women's Basketball Gets New Bling

Women’s Basketball Gets New Bling

December 7, 2018

Members of the 2018 North Coast Athletic Conference Championship women’s basketball team were honored with a ring ceremony during intermission of the men’s basketball game Wednesday, which followed the Yeowomen’s first conference victory of the season. They beat the Kenyon College Ladies 51–47. The Yeowomen had an exceptional season last year, earning a 21–8 record overall and a 13–3 record in conference play. The team’s two most productive players, senior captains Ale...

Inexperience Not a Concern for Women’s Basketball

Julie Schreiber, Senior Staff Writer

November 16, 2018

When College senior and women’s basketball co-captain Olivia Canning watched her teammate, College junior and point guard Cheyenne Arthur, nail a few three-pointers in last Saturday’s game against Alma College, she got the feeling that the young team was headed toward another successful season. The Yeowomen, who opened their 2018–2019 season Nov. 10 with a 59–45 win, are approaching the season with both steady optimism and caution. The team is aiming to repeat last year’s NCAC championship, which it took home for the first time in program history, but must confront the challenging experience disparity faced by this year’s younger squad. Teams thrive on consistency; between the 2016–2017 and 2...

Members of the women’s basketball team take pride in their geographical, racial, ethnic, sexual, and spiritual diversity, but put their differences aside when they step on the court, uniting behind their desire to win. The team looks to repeat as North Coast Athletic Conference champions this year, with their first game scheduled for Nov. 10.

Changing Narratives in Women’s Basketball

November 2, 2018

When I first stepped on Oberlin’s campus as a first-year last fall, I could feel the buzz of political activity. It was overwhelming yet thrilling to be a part of a group of students poised to change our social landscape. What I soon realized was that there are sections of Oberlin that are dogmatic in their liberal ideology. It is a dogmatism that forces political homogeneity without room for mistake or disagreement. This is fundamentally not what Oberlin stands for. As an institution with a deep ...

From left: Anna Moore, Tyler Parlor, and Abby Andrews.

In The Locker Room with Anna Moore, Tyler Parlor, and Abby Andrews, Women’s Basketball Seniors

March 9, 2018

College seniors Abby Andrews, Anna Moore, and Tyler Parlor helped the women’s basketball team earn their first North Coast Athletic Conference title and NCAA Tournament appearance in school history this winter. All three have contributed extensively to the team’s success throughout their four years. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. This was the most successful season for any women’s basketball team in school history. What made you so successful, aside from the obvious...

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