Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hugh Yoshida: Coach Durham ‘touched so many of us in our formative years'

Linfielder Hugh Yoshida and his wife, Patti, traveled from Hawaii for the Oct. 18, 2014, Linfield Homecoming unveiling of the Coach Paul Durham statue (monument). 

A member of the Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame, Yoshida is a 1962 Linfield grad (also earned a M.Ed. from Linfield) and was an All-American linebacker (played 1958-1961) for the Paul Durham-coached Wildcats. 

After Linfield, he became a high school football coach and athletic director in Hawaii and, later, athletic director of the University of Hawaii.

He said the unveiling ceremony was "very well done. It was a great send off for a man who touched so many of us in our formative years of growing from a boy to a man. Those of us who were lucky enough to play for Paul, it was a means of thanking him for all the lessons and values that we still carry with us in whatever decisions we make on a daily basis. I felt very honored to have been played for him and also was a mentor for me during my football coaching and athletic administrative career."

--2/22/2002 Honolulu Star-Bulletin:Yoshida to retire as UH athletic director

--9/17/2004 Honolulu Advertiser:Leilehua honors former coach

Wildcatville photo of Hugh Yoshida, Linfield at Maxwell Field 10/13/2012

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Unveiling of Linfield Coach Paul Durham statue (monument) 10/18/2014

Still photos by Rusty Rae. Video by Wildcatville.

Contact Photos by Rusty Rae at this link

Linfield football Memorial Stadium/Maxwell Field crowd noise and train passing by Linfield tennis courts/Maxwell Field

Below is a "Stopping By" story/column by 1982 Linfield grad Starla Pointer which appeared in the Oct. 21, 2014, McMinnville News-Register. Wildcatville added two links to the story.  In the:
  • third paragraph is a link to Linfield football Memorial Stadium crowd noise from the 10/18/2014 Willamette at Linfield football game on Maxwell Field. 
  • seventh "graf" is link to a video of a train passing by Linfield tennis courts and Maxwell Field on 2/21/2013.

Do you hear what I hear?

By Starla Pointer of the McMinnville News-Register in 10/21/2014 edition

Any recent McMinnville High School student can tell you the loudest sound in Yamhill County: The homecoming assembly in the main gym. Nicknamed The Furnace, the 2,400-square-foot space literally vibrates with the effort of trying to contain the joyful cheers and stomps of 2,000 fired-up Grizzlies.

Boisterous and exuberant, it’s the sound of McMinnville.

Drive past the school on Friday night or through the Linfield College campus on a Saturday afternoon, and you’ll hear the screams and claps of football fans urging their teams to score touchdowns. Get out of your car and take a walk, listening to the honks and flapping of wings as geese migrate south for the winter.

Visit the McMinnville Aquatic Center and hear the rhythmic splash of lap swimmers doing their daily laps. Stroll through City Park and smile at the joyous laughter of children on the play structure.

All are sounds of McMinnville.

The general alarm blares from the fire station near the park, signaling a crisis for someone. Engines roll out, sirens wailing. Help is on the way.

Down the street, bells ring and lights flash as a train approaches the railroad crossing. Drivers figet in their cars as the engine snorts past, followed by the clackety-clack of wheels turning beneath boxcars, flatcars, the caboose.

These are sounds of McMinnville.

On the edge of town, the steel mill clanks. A little farther out, farm equipment purrs through fields, turning the dirt in preparation for the next season. Vineyard cannons boom, pause, boom to warn the birds away from juicy grapes.

Rain begins, pattering on rooftops and roadways — remember the rain? The wind picks up, dislodging dying leaves and sending them floating to the ground where they will crunch beneath our feet.

These are sounds of McMinnville.

Drive slowly down 17th Street on a school day. Listen to the Twilighters blending their voices on a tune arranged by Dana Libonati, or the band warming up for its next concert.

Go inside Wednesday evening and hear youngsters singing alongside professional artists in the annual Koncert for Kids. During other seasons, groove to music outdoors at Linfield College or Third and Davis.

These are sounds of McMinnville.

Awaken to the pealing of bells on Sunday morning. Pause to listen when the carillon plays atop Linfield’s Pioneer Hall -- not just bells to mark the time, but beautiful music, as well.
And remember, once again, the familiar noises of long ago. Horses’s hooves pounding along dirt streets; cattle bawling at the auction yard on the south end of town; the steam whistle marking time at Farmers Coop Creamery.

These are sounds of McMinnville.

Memorial Stadium/Maxwell Field photo from Linfield Athletics Sports Information

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Gerry Painter’s spreadsheet shows amazing seventh game fact about Linfield football

When you're a Linfield graduate, Wildcat football fan and used accounting in your professional career, a record of Linfield football scores from the sport's beginning at the college in 1896 to the present is of more than passing interest.

In 2005, Linfield hit a milestone 50-seasons* of its all-division record of consecutive football winning seasons. It's called "The Streak." TheMcMinnville News-Register issued a "Streak" tabloid section which includes scores of all the 'Cats games to that point.

The scores in that section piqued the interest of Wildcat fan and McMinnville resident Gerry Painter, a 1950 Linfield graduate (B.S. in Business), who served 1973-1990 as treasurer and chief financial officer of Norwich University, Northfield, Vt.

Using scores in the N-R's streak section along with information from the Linfield Football Record Book posted online by Linfield Athletics' sports information, Painter created a spreadsheet.

On the spreadsheet, he used data from the two sources and recorded every Linfield football game by head coach, by season and which game (first, second, etc.) of the season, by playoff games and by opponent teams. Since that time he has continued recording all Linfield football games.

Painter says his spread sheet shows a "fact which truly is amazing” when Ad Rutschman coached Linfield football for 24 seasons, 1968-1991. “In the seventh game of each of his seasons, a remarkable thing happened: He never lost."

When Painter told Rutschman at McMinnville Quarterback Club the fact of the seventh game results, Rutschman’s response was he did not know, ‘but who cares.’ ” Painter says that “underscores the difference between a coach and an accountant.”

Of the 24 seventh games, six were against Whitworth, four versus Willamette and three against PLU. So the seventh games were not all against the weaker teams. The odds of winning all of the seventh game for 24 seasons have to be staggering!," says Painter.

Prior to Norwich, Painter and his wife, Jackie, Linfield Class of 1954, lived in California’s Bay Area. He was a practicing C.P.A with a major national accounting firm in San Francisco. Then, he was business officer for an interdenominational theological seminary in Berkeley adjacent to the Cal campus.

While in the Bay Area, Painter became an avid fan of the San Francisco Giants baseball and the 49ers football teams. In Vermont he thinks he was probably the only fan of either team.

At Norwich, the Painters worked 18 years in the pressbox for all home games of the Norwich Cadets NCAA D3 football team. He ran the football game clock and she operated the scoreboard.

They retired to McMinnville in 1993 to be near Linfield, where they met.

*Note: This story posted Oct. 19, 2014. That was the day after Linfield defeated Whitworth, 65-13, in the Wildcat’s 2014 Homecoming football game on Maxwell Field. The win assured Linfield its 59th consecutive winning season.

Wildcatville photo of Gerry Painter taken at Maxwell Field during team warmups before the Oct. 19 game.

Statistical highlights from Linfield's 65-13 football win over Whitworth 10/18/2014

  • Linfield gained 719 net yards (third most in one game in school history)
  • Linfield ran 97 offensive plays (second most in one game in school history)
  • Balance!  Linfield gained 352 net yards rushing and 367 yards passing.
  • Defense!  Whitworth had averaged 478 yards and 42 points in 5 games this season.   The Pirates gained 264 yards and scored 13 points Saturday.
  • Dominance:   Linfield led 34-7 at halftime and had gained 352 yards to 124 for Whitworth. Three minutes into the second half, the Wildcats led 48-7 and began substituting freely.
  • Quick strikes:  7 of Linfield's 9 touchdowns were scored on drives of less than 3 minutes. In order, the Ducks-like drives took 37 seconds; 2 minutes, 37 seconds; 2:26, 1:52;  1:48; 7 seconds (one play) and 2:46.
  • The Wildcats were 8 for 8 in the Red Zone -- 7 touchdowns and a field goal.
  • The Wildcats sacked Whitworth quarterbacks six times.
  •  9 Wildcats carried the ball; 6 of them gained 44 yards or more. Whitworth's leading rusher gained 16 yards net.
  • Dominance:  Linfield led in first downs 35 to 15; in rushing 352 net yards to 27; in passing 367 yards to 237 and in total offense 719 yards to 264. 
  • 67 Wildcats played in the game.
  •  137 of Whitworth's 264 net yards were gained after Linfield had taken a 48-7 lead.
  •  In its last four games, Linfield has outscored its opponents 201 points to 20.
Dennis Anderson compiled these statistics for Wildcatville

Linfield football streaks (plural) update

Linfield extended these football winning streaks in its Sat., Oct. 18, 2014, Homecoming game, 65-13, win over Whitworth on Maxwell Field.

  • Clinched 59th consecutive winning season, the national record for all divisions of college football.
  • 40th consecutive regular-season victory (school record is 41, from 2001 to 2006).
  • 35th consecutive Northwest Conference victory (school record).
  • 27th consecutive regular-season home-game victory.
  • 18th consecutive Homecoming game victory (last defeat 20-13 to Eastern Oregon in 1996).
  • 15th consecutive home-game victory including NCAA playoffs (last defeat 31-24 to Wisconsin-Oshkosh in quarterfinal game December 1, 2012).

Linfield's record for all home games since 2009 is 33-1.

Compiled for Wildcatville by Dennis Anderson

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Linfield College had first college grass football field in state of Oregon. Hail to Maxwell Field!

Linfield was the first Oregon college with a grass football field. The field is Maxwell Field which, according to Linfield Athletics has been “home to Linfield football and track teams since 1928.”

In the spring and summer of 2004, the turf at Maxwell Field was removed. Artificial FieldTurf replaced real turf. 

(However, thanks to Steve Davis, some of the real turf was replanted in a small plot near the Lever Street secondary ticket gate entrance to Maxwell Field/Memorial Stadium.)

In the summer of 2014, new FieldTurf replaced the old (installed in 2004). Scott Carnahan, Linfield athletic director, said the old was “worn to a point where it no longer properly cushions the impact of a student-athlete contacting the surface and thus has become a safety concern.”

The sports column below from 1936 quotes Henry Lever about Wayne Harn, who went on to become Linfield head football coach in the 1939, 1946 and 1947 seasons.

Harn was succeeded by Paul Durham, Linfield Class of 1936, who had played Wildcat football on muddy/sawdusty Maxwell Field, for Lever. Durham coached the sport for 20 seasons, 1948-1968, until he was succeed by Ad Rutschman, who had played football at Linfield for Durham on real turfed Maxwell Feld. And, the rest is history.

==Wed., Oct. 21, 1936, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. ==

Gregory’s Sports Gossip

BY L.H. GREGORY, Sports Editor, The Oregonian

The change over the Linfield college football field over a year ago from old mud and sawdust nice, springy turf cost the enormous sum of $350.

“And we didn’t use any secret recipe,” said Coach Henry W. Lever, the many mainly responsible for making Linfield the first Oregon college to pull its football out of the mud.

“Any other school that wants to replace hog wallow football with the turf kind can do the same for not much more than $600 at most, provided the field is already graded and drained. That’s essential, of course, and runs into money.”

“At schools like the University of Oregon and Oregon State college their fields are already graded and drained, just as ours was under the old mud arrangement, and that makes it simple. One little tip – concentrate on bluegrass. We seeded to both bluegrass and bent, but the bluegrass costs deep and gives your turf solidity. Anyway, that’s our experience.”

They Practice On It

With the talk about the high cost of football turf, it’s an eye-opener to walk on Linfield’s fine, deep sod and learn that it cost only $450. Hard to believe this splendid turf is still less than a year and a half old.

“We didn’t seed our field until May of 1935, and played on it the same fall,” explained Coach Lever. “That was last season, and we had four games, three of which were played in old-fashioned downpours of Oregon rain, but it held up wonderfully.

“Now it’s only in its second season, but look at it! That’s real grass isn’t it? What’s more, we practice on it in addition to games. Eventually we’ll have a separate turf practice field, but even so our daily practice has torn it up very little. Field cover? I should say not. A field cover comes under the luxury rating, and furthermore, I don’t believe I want one. You don’t need a cover for a well-drained turf field.”

Makes Football Fun

Would Linfield willingly go back to sawdust and mud – dust and sawdust, in this kind of weather – after its two-season experience with turf?

“I think I’d quit coaching first” is Coach Lever’s emphatic answer. “Until you have coached on dirt and then switched to turf you can’t realize the difference it makes. Even more so to play on.

“Everything is nice – football easier to coach, because the timing of plays works better. Players don’t get hurt as often – the turf takes up the shock. It helps open football because a fast, man can run up to his speed. It makes football really fun to play on turf.”

==Thur., May 22, 1969 (year is correct) The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.==


I was pleased to be again remembered. However, relative to our first real turf field at Linfield, Bard Purcell credits me for some excellent work by my very capable assistant, Wayne Harn, who worked with me for years at Linfield. He was from Oregon State where he played football and wrestled. He was my line coach, also coached wrestling and track – no head coach ever had a more capable and loyal assistant than Harn, now retired and living in The Dalles.

“A world about Bard Purcell, who was a top basketball player, too, his lefthanded hooks as he cuts across the foul circle could only have been blocked by Alcindor. A few may also recall how he made the once famous and widely published Ripley’s “Believe It or Not.” In a precollege game he scored what was then called a world record number of points – as I recall, 60 points.

“As for myself, Greg, I have tried retiring three times, but it never sticks. “

HENRY W. LEVER, The Henry Lever Agency, Madras, Ore.


Thanks to Rachael Woody and Linfield Archives for photos of Linfield football player Warren Moore, presumably on muddy Maxwell Field, 1928; turf Maxwell Field, 1945; Linfield football Coach Henry Lever, circa 1935-1936.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sunday, October 12, 2014