Sunday, July 27, 2014

Muddy Maxwell Memories

First some history. Maxwell Field was the first (real) grass football field in the Northwest Conference. Before that teams in the conference played on dirt.

Now, (summer 2014) the second "FieldTurfed" Maxwell Field is installed. It'll be fun to see Cat football action on the new "rug" during the upcoming 2014 football season.

FieldTurf #1 had a 10-yard wide cardinal "L" at midfield. For FieldTurf #2, the "L" is still there, but it's purple. Linfield school colors are still cardinal (not red!) and purple, but purple is definitely the favorite of the two for Linfield Athletics.

While the days of Linfield home football games on real grass Maxwell Field are memories, Maxwell real grass lives on thanks to the foresight and initiative of the late, great Steve Davis, former Linfield football player and Linfield Athletics Hall of Famer.

When the real grass was removed from Maxwell prior to FieldTurf #1's installation during the spring and summer of 2004, Steve saved some of the sacred sod and it's planted and growing on your left as you enter Maxwell Field's secondary gate (on the far left hand side as you face the back of Memorial Stadium on Lever Street). Enter that gate. Look to the left and note the real grass.

And while admiring the real grass recall the many years when one of the fears of Wildcat football opponents playing late season football games versus the Wildcats on Maxwell Field was not only the well-coached Wildcat team, but also the mud and muck Maxwell Field could/would become after rain and games. (Also, who can forget that special Maxwell Field mud smell, too!?)

This bring back memories of the Ad Rutschman-coached Wildcats in the NAIA championship 1982 season. All three playoff games were in McMinnville, the first two (20-16 over Cal Luth and 37-9 over Westminster, Pa.) on Maxwell Field and the title contest (33-15 over William Jewell, Mo., at McMinnville High's Wortman Stadium because, Maxwell Field was unplayable due to the mud.

 In Wildcatville’s opinion, secondary only to beating William Jewell for the title was the opening playoff game win over Cal Luth held Sat., Nov. 20, 1982 at Maxwell.

The Oregonian's John Nolen covered the game. His coverage included:

  • How could Linfield survive a record-smashing aerial blitz by (Cal Luth’s) Russ Jensen -- an incredible 437 yards -- and not allow the California Lutheran quarterback a single touchdown through the air? Linfield's bending, but not breaking defense pulled off the miracle in a wild mudbath.

  •  The rain and goo proved to be the great equalizer for both teams. Hard to believe with the stats Jensen achieved in the game. Trouble was, Jensen said after the game, "Every time I took the ball from center, I got a handful of mud with it."
Ah, those were the days, when Maxwell Field was such a quagmire it was sometimes hard to tell uniform numbers on players of either football team, but if you wanted to guess which team had the best chance of winning, pick the loveable "mudders" of Linfield.

Wildcatville has no photos from the aforementioned Cal Luth at Linfield 1982 football game. But, the YouTube-posted slideshow with this story of photos taken by Wildcatville during the Nov. 15, 1975,  Willamette at Linfield football game on Maxwell Field, provides Muddy Maxwell Memories. f 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014


Gil died in Salem, Ore., in July 2014.

Wildcatville photos

Friday, July 04, 2014

Countdown to Wildcat football 2014 kickoff

Click here to see Linfield 
2014 football schedule.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Coach Paul Durham monument will stand tall on Linfield campus

As a person, Paul Durham stood tall because of his exemplary character, leadership and skills.

Lead by a group of Linfield grads calling themselves, "Team Durham," funds are being raised to honor the legendary Linfield football coach and athletic director with a monument in his image. Standing at 8-feet tall, it will be bigger than life. Durham was 6-foot-4.

An artist will sculpt the monument in clay, and then it will be cast in bronze. It will be placed at a yet to be determined location on the Linfield campus.

Durham -- a 1936 Linfield grad who was a scholar, outstanding athlete and singer -- is the coach who started Linfield's national football record-setting winning season "streak."

He was also an important part of the McMinnville community with efforts ranging from directing the city's summer recreation program to serving a sports editor of the McMinnville News-Register, for which he wrote a popular column, "Dodging with Durham."

Durham died at 93 in 2007.

To learn how to donate, contact David Ostrander, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Linfield College at 503-883-2495.


Photos from Linfield Oak Leaves yearbooks.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Could ESPN College GameDay come to McMinnville in 2014?

No, Wildcatville doesn’t think so.

But, if it did, which Linfield home game? Here are the possibilities, all afternoon kickoffs:

--Oct 11 George Fox 1:30*   
--Oct 18 Whit-worth  (Homecoming) 1:30    
--Nov 1 Willamette 1:00         
--Nov 15 Pacific (AT&T Hall of Fame Game) 1:00    

No question it’d be Homecoming.

Linfield’s oak-lined campus. The Spruce Goose at the aviation museum. McMinnville’s Third Street/Culinary Street of Dreams. Pre-game excitement with the BWC-Linfield Homecoming BBQ. Monument dedication. Alumni,students, friends and fans. Beautiful weather.  

Pirates/Whitworth (crimson & black) at Wildcats/Linfield (cardinal & purple) Northwest Conference football.

Wow, imagine Lee Corso putting on the “Mack the 'Cat” mascot head to indicate his pick of the team which win the game.

*Wildcatville designates this football game, between NWC and Yamhill County rivals George Fox and Linfield, as the "Oak Bowl." After the game, Wildcatville will virtually present this Wildcatville-taken photo -- of a hand-turned oak bowl crafted in Carlton by artist Jake Rockwood -- to fans of the game's winner. 

Note: For spacing considerations, Wildcatville did not follow AP style in game time listings.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

NCAA D3 Baseball McMinnville Regional Tournament: May 2014

Helser Field/Wright Stadium at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.
  •  Link to article (dated 5/14/2014, yes, it's Roy Helser, not Ray Helser Field) advancing the tourney:
  • Link to tourney website:
  • Link to tourney live videos:
  • Link to tourney live stats:

Game 1, Noon–
Linfield College (McMinnville, Ore.) Wildcats (colors cardinal & purple) v. LeTourneau Univ (Longview,Texas) YellowJackets (colors royal blue & gold).
Going into the game, Linfield is 33-7 and LeTourneau is 32-13...............

Game 2, 3:30pm–
Californian Lutheran Univ (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) Kingsmen (colors purple & gold) v. Illinois Wesleyan Univ (Bloomington, Ill.) Titans (colors green & white).
Going into the game, Cal Luth is 34-8 and IW is 24-18...............

Game 3, 7 pm—
Trinity (San Antonio, Texas) Univ Tigers (colors maroon & white) v. Univ of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (Stevens Point, Wisc.) Pointers (colors purple & gold).
Going into the game, Trinity is 33-8 and Stevens Point is 29-11...............

Game 4--Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, loser out = Noon
Game 5--Winner Game 1 vs. Loser Game 3 = 3:30pm
Game 6--Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3 = 7pm

Game 7—Noon
Game 8--3:30 p.m.
Game 9--7 p.m.

Game 10--Noon

Game 11--3:30 p.m.