The Oberlin Review

Contact Sports In Times Of COVID

Zoe Kuzbari, Staff Writer

October 9, 2020

With Oberlin College student-athletes returning to practice, coaches of contact-heavy sports have had to navigate new policies and regulations to ensure the safety of players and staff. All fall contact sports, including men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, and football, started their practices in smaller groups and have gradually expanded the number of players on the field. Head Women’s Soccer Coach Dan Palmer says that practices have been going well and that his players seem to have fun despite new precautions.  “The team has been following protocols outlined by our head athletic trainer and team doctors, which include daily temperature checks, wearing masks, social distancing, and gradual integrati...

The varsity women’s soccer team.

COVID-19 Can’t Stop Our Smart Soccer Players

October 2, 2020

Last Thursday, both the women’s and men’s soccer teams were awarded the prestigious United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award. This award recognizes teams who have acquired at least a 3.0 grade point average throughout the academic year. With over 800 college soccer teams receiving the award, Oberlin College was one of only 172 schools to have both men’s and women’s teams receive the award.  This award comes as no surprise, as the Yeomen have received this award for 11 straight years...

Maureen Hirt, Women's Basketball Assistant Coach.

In The Locker Room with Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach Maureen Hirt, Winner Of Tara VanDerveer Fellowship

September 25, 2020

Assistant Women's Basketball Coach Maureen Hirt joined the Oberlin community in 2019 and has abundant experience coaching and supporting Division III athletics. She was chosen to be a Women's Sport Foundation VanDerveer Fellow for 2020–21, which provides mentorship and training to aspiring women coaches. Outside of coaching at Oberlin College, Hirt is the co-Founder and owner of Ohio Champion Basketball, a basketball skills and performance training company in Cincinnati, Ohio. What does this nomi...

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...

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...

The baseball team, one of many sports teams to have their spring seasons canceled.

Seasons Canceled Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

March 13, 2020

Novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, has severely impacted the everyday lives of people around the world. As the virus continues to spread around the U.S., efforts have been made to minimize exposure risks by colleges and universities, including by the College’s Department of Athletics and Physical Education. Throughout the week, the College has released various plans outlining COVID-19’s potential impact on competition and training for spring sports. It was announced late Thursday afternoon tha...

College first-year Isabelle Olaes.

Women’s Tennis Rides Momentum

March 6, 2020

After an exhausting schedule with two consecutive double-headers, two away games last week, and three matches this past weekend, the Oberlin women’s tennis team is now 5–5. Despite a tiring past couple of weeks, the team still continues to bring its A-game. After a slow start to its previous season before rallying to finish fourth in the North Coast Athletic Conference, it’s been able to quickly pick up the pace and gain an immense amount of momentum for the rest of the 2020 season. College second-year ...

Head Women’s Soccer Coach Dan Palmer.

Dan Palmer, Head Women’s Soccer Coach

February 28, 2020

Head women’s soccer coach Dan Palmer has led the women’s soccer team to some of its best seasons ever, including the most successful four year stretch in team history between 2014 and 2017. Despite his impressive résumé, Palmer and the Yeowomen struggled this season, posting a 4-14-1 record. Still, Palmer is excited about the future of the program. While he is known for his work with the team, Palmer is also widely active in other aspects of campus life. Palmer currently works with the horseba...

College third-year Adriano Atallah.

Adriano Atallah, Third-Year Track Athlete

February 21, 2020

College third-year Adriano Atallah is a force on the track. Currently a captain of the men’s track and field team, Atallah spent his first few years on campus setting Oberlin’s record book ablaze. His most notable accolades include winning the North Coast Athletic Conference outdoor decathlon last year and competing as a member of the relay team that secured first place in the indoor 4x200-meter relay and the outdoor 4x400-meter relay. Outside of track, Atallah is a Biochemistry major and a ...

OC Athletics Off-Season: The Grind Never Stops

Maranda Phillips

November 8, 2019

Oberlin’s varsity athletes never stop working. Even after the end of their seasons, athletes continue to practice, work out, and push themselves to refine and perfect their athletic craft. As the semester reaches its final weeks and the weather transitions from fall to winter, sports like soccer and field hockey have come to an end, while winter sports like basketball are just beginning. Sometimes, off-season conditioning can even be more strenuous than during the regular season — the idea be- ing that this hard work and perseverance will pay off for athletes when their sport comes back the next year. After the season ends, however, athletes normally get one to two weeks for recovery. Sydnie Savarese, a C...

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