Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Linfield football practice 8/24/2016

See slideshow posted at
BWC-Linfield Facebook page and YouTube/Wildcatville

See slideshow posted at
BWC-Linfield Facebook page
and YouTube/Wildcatville

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

It’s not a Linfield first in Hermiston

On 8/23/2016 a Twitter tweet from the Hermiston Public School District and a story in the McMinnville N-R reported a Linfield vs. College of Idaho football scrimmage set on Thursday 8/25/2016 in Hermiston.

According to those sources, in Hermiston the two teams – the Northwest Conference NCAA D3 Cats (Wildcats) of Linfield and the Frontier Conference NAIA Yotes (Coyotes) of College of Idaho -- will have their own practices and then a “controlled scrimmage” against each other.

The scrimmage will apparently take place sometime between 3-6 p.m. (Thursday 8/25/2016) or so.

Venue for practice and scrimmage is Hermiston High School’s Kennison Stadium/Field. (See photos).

Linfield (McMinnville, Ore.) and the College of Idaho (Caldwell, Idaho) are both about 225 miles from eastern Oregon's Hermiston (Umatilla Co.).

This is not the first time a Linfield team has competed in eastern Oregon’s Hermiston.

In late February 2012, Linfield softball played two games in Hermiston versus Northwest Conference (NWC) opponent Whitworth.

Originally, the teams were to play four games on Whitworth’s field in Spokane. But, snow melt on Whitworth’s field made it too soggy for competition.

The games were moved to the Columbia Basin College (CBC) softball complex in Pasco (part of the Tri-Cities) Wash. (about 135 miles south of Spokane). High winds there delayed competition by a day. Finally, two games were played there with two set for the next day.

But, snow on the CBC field the next day necessitated moving the final two games about 36 miles from Pasco to the Hermiston High School varsity softball field at Rocky Heights Elementary School in Hermiston.

(Linfield won all four softball games.)

Back to football.

Linfield and the College of Idaho have met before.

C of I and Linfield were founding members of the NWC when it was created in 1926.

The Idaho college (located about 27 miles from Boise, Idaho’s largest city) discontinued football after its 1977 season and resumed playing the sport in 2014.

Last time the two teams played was in an October 1978 Northwest Conference game in McMinnville on Maxwell Field. Linfield won, 34-14.

C of I dropped out of the NWC in 1978. For football it’s now a member of the seven team NAIA Frontier Conference. Four conference teams are in Montana. Two are in Oregon (Eastern Oregon and Southern Oregon). The other is C of I.


Wildcats take a trip to Hermiston for pre-season scrimmage test

McMinnville N-R/News-Register 8/23/2016

It is road trip time for the Linfield Wildcat football team as the ‘Cats will pack up Thursday morning bright and early and head to Hermiston, Oregon where they will scrimmage against NAIA College of Idaho. This is a first for Linfield and the two teams have not met since 1977 as the school disbanded football in 1978.

The road trip, a first for Linfield in pre-season, will serve two purposes for the ‘Cats. First and foremost it will give them a chance to practice in a controlled scrimmage against another team. Second, it is a dress rehearsal for its second game of the season, where the team will travel to University of Mary Hardin-Baylor deep in the bowels of Texas to play against one of the top rated teams in the nation and a team that is playing with a chip on its shoulder since the crushing defeat it suffered in McMinnville last season during the play-offs.

After four days of practice Smith has been happy with the way both the offense passing game has looked and how well the defense has played against what appears to be another potent aerial offense.

On the running game there are a number of new pieces that have to come together, including replacing a pair of tackles. “The offense always take a little more time to mesh – there are more moving pieces that have to get in synch,” Smith said.

However, there have been several bright spots on the offense. One is Dakota Smith a 6-7, 270 lbs sophomore tackle from the Tacoma, Washington area. Smith has blossomed as the coaching staff had hoped he would to fill one of the tackle slots.

Smith also said that he was very pleased with how the running backs have looked in practice, starting with 2015 All-Northwest Conference running back Spencer Payne, of McMinnville. This is the first time in four years that Payne has been healthy enough to go through the entire pre-season regimen of practice.

Payne’s back-ups, Bryan Cassill and Michael Fuller have also come into camp in great shape and Smith has been pleased with how they have run the ball and also have well they have blocked.

The Hermiston sojourn will include a morning practice by the two teams and an afternoon controlled scrimmage that should give the ‘Cats an opportunity to measure themselves against competition outside of their own team.

Linfield will return to McMinnville and begin preparation for its first game of the season against Chapman University of Los Angeles. Chapman has been one of the top teams in the Southern California Intercollegiate Conference and after being topped by Linfield the last three years will come into Mac looking to get off the snide.


HERMISTON HERALD Facebook posting on 8/25/2016 with its text and photo slightly edited by Wildcatville -- Friendly rivals meet up in Hermiston for college football scrimmage today (Thur 8/25/2016) at Kennison Field. Sharon Hansen of McMinnville and Laurie Henberg of Sunriver (formerly of McMinnville) show their support for the Linfield Wildcats and College of Idaho Coyotes in downtown Hermiston today. The two woman were enjoying shopping and dining during their visit prior to today's scrimmage between the two college football program at 3 p.m today at Kennison Field.

Linfield, College of Idaho set for scrimmage at Kennison Field

EO/East Oregonian, Pendleton, published Aug 23 2016 12:01AM - Last changed  Aug 23, 2016 9:50PM

HERMISTON — The Hermiston Bulldogs do not open their 2016 football season until Sept. 2, but Kennison Field will be busy with football action this week.

The Hermiston School District is hosting Linfield College and College of Idaho for a scrimmage at Kennison Field from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, and fans are welcome to attend.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to provide a venue for two quality football programs to scrimmage,” said Executive Director of Operations, Mike Kay in a press release. “With former Bulldog athletes Dylan Caldwell attending Linfield, and Landon Clark Gammell and Keegan Crafton at College of Idaho, it will be great to welcome these former students back to Kennison Field.”

Crafton is a freshman tight end and Clark-Gammell is a freshman defensive end for the Yotes, while Caldwell is a freshman offensive lineman for Linfield.


FOOTBALL: Hermiston grads return to Kennison Field for college scrimmage

Text and photo below from Pendleton EO/East Oregonian - Published Aug 25, 2016 12:01AM -- Last changed Aug 25, 2016 10:35PM

A sea of purple uniforms invaded Kennison Field Thursday afternoon, but only a select few had ties to Hermiston High.

Division III Linfield College and NAIA College of Idaho met in Hermiston for a scrimmage between the two squads that have three combined former Bulldogs.

Those players are freshman center Dylan Caldwell, who plays for Linfield, and freshman tight end Keegan Crafton and freshman defensive end Landon Clark-Gammell, both of whom are College of Idaho players.

The teams ran drills, including seven-on-sevens and trench matchups against each other for the first hour-and-a-half, before squaring off in an 11-man scrimmage for the last hour. Hitting was permitted for everyone besides quarterbacks, though the teams abandoned kickoffs and punts, instead starting on their own 35-yard lines.

The teams didn’t officially keep score, but if they were, Linfield won 14-10. Linfield scored two touchdowns – both on long passes – to College of Idaho’s one touchdown and field goal converted by Kyle Mitchell.

College of Idaho head coach Mike Moroski said the experience will help his team get up to game speed. After all, his program is entering only its third year following 37 years dormant, while Linfield is coming off a semifinals trip to the 2015 Division III playoffs and enters this season ranked No. 2 in most preseason polls.

“This was way better than what we can mimic (in practice),” Moroski said. “...This is so important for our young players and experienced players alike to get ready for game one.”

Crafton saw little action during the scrimmage, but caught a couple of touchdown passes from J.J. Hyde during seven-on-seven drills in the red zone. According to Moroski, Crafton is currently slotted as the third-string tight end behind senior Ringo Robinson and junior Marcus Lenhardt, who led the team with 573 receiving yards last season.

He lacks the experience of Robinson and Lenhardt, having only been on campus for two weeks, and only playing one year of high school football. Crafton is still making his way up to the speed of college football, but said his skills are comparable to the upperclassmen.

“I’m just as athletic and talented as they are, but they just have been there longer,” Crafton said. “They know what to do in certain situations – cover 1, cover 2. I don’t know that stuff yet. I’ve played one year of football my whole life.”

Crafton and Caldwell met after the scrimmage to congratulate each other and take a picture together. Linfield coach Joseph Smith has Caldwell listed as a center on Linfield’s roster, but took most snaps at defensive end during the scrimmage.

Clark-Gammell didn’t make the trip to Hermiston in part because of an injury but also a “snafu” over his eligibility, according to Moroski.

Spectators included a mix of locals and fans of both teams who traveled in from out of town. College of Idaho fan and Sunriver resident Laurie Henberg met friends Sharon and Dave Hansen in Hermiston for the scrimmage. Dave has called Linfield games for over three decades, witnessing all four of their national championships. Henberg said she wanted to see College of Idaho test itself against a top program such as Linfield.

“For us to scrimmage a team like Linfield is a big deal,” Henberg said.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Found! Memorial Hall/Stadium plaque now in Linfield Archives

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 ... to see photos/story "Lost Plaque Finds Its Way Back Home" from Linfield Archives.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Jacrouxs provide a definition of ‘Linfield Football is family’

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Linfield Football is family. For, example, there’s the Jacrouxs.

Harold Jacroux (arrow points to him in Linfield Oak Leaves photo above) played for Linfield in the 1936 and 1937 seasons for Coach Henry Lever. His nephew, Ken Jacroux played football in the 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1967 seasons for Coach Paul Durham.

Harold and Ken (wearing football uniform #25 in photo below from Linfield Review) were born in Goldendale (Klickitat Co.), Wash. Ken grew up across the Columbia River from Goldendale in The Dalles (Wasco Co.), Ore.

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Ken said his Uncle Harold (1919-1997), was “a dear man. He was stocky and had speed and quickness, a tough bundle of energy. He reminded me of Rogers Ishizu, one of my Linfield football teammates.”

Harold’s college and Linfield football career ended before he earned a degree. After leaving college when called to military service (U.S. Marine Corps), he returned home after the service and assisted in the family lumber mill in Cedar Valley (Klickitat Co., Wash.)

Ken’s parents, Gus and Nellie, traveled from The Dalles and attended almost all of Ken’s games, home and away, including when Ken was starting in the 1966 and 1967 seasons. Harold saw Ken play in several games on Linfield’s Maxwell Field. “Harold was quite proud of the fact I was at Linfield and enjoyed coming back to campus to see me play where he played,” said Ken.

Ken and his brother, Mike, graduated from The Dalles High School in 1964 and 1966 respectively. At TDHS both played football, basketball and baseball. Ken graduated from Linfield in 1968 and Mike from Portland's Lewis & Clark College in 1970.

For the Linfield Wildcats, Ken was a football defensive back and a baseball outfielder and catcher. Mike, playing for the L&C Pioneers (1966-1970), was a football offensive guard as a freshman and offensive tackle other seasons. He also played baseball.

The only time (football or baseball) the Brothers Jacroux played each other was football. In Portland, L&C beat Linfield, 22-7, for the Wildcats only loss of the 1967 season.

As Ken headed toward graduation from TDHS, he chose between Oregon State University and Linfield for college “A small school was as my preference. I wanted to play sports and couldn't likely do that as a Beaver. Combine that with a great education, small classes, and a personal experience with many teachers,” he said.

“It was perfect. I was active in Theta Chi fraternity at Linfield and lived in the Theta house for two years and was the fraternity’s president for a year. Linfield was a most wonderful experience - the perfect place to ‘grow up’ and become a full-fledged adult. I had to study to get decent grades, so it required discipline to balance homework and sports. A work ethic was required. I learned it all there in those four years!”

After graduating from Linfield, Ken, trained at the Naval Aviation School in Pensacola, Fla., and became a U.S. Navy aviator.

His eight-plus years (1968-1976) of Naval service included a Vietnam tour. In the remaining time, he was based out of NAS North Island, San Diego. Flying Anti-Submarine Warfare in S-3A Viking aircraft - a twin fan-jet, carrier based, aircraft with a crew of four -- he flew missions in Pacific and Mediterranean theaters and he accumulated hundreds of carrier landings.

After active duty he immediately joined the Naval Reserve and served 18 years (through 1994). When he retired as a captain, (O-6), he had command of two units at NAS Oak Harbor, Wash.

Following the Navy, Ken flew for Continental Airlines for seven years as a second and first officer based in Denver. After that he was with Lockheed Martin as a systems engineer supporting upgrades to the National Airspace System in the construction of airport traffic control towers for the Federal Aviation Administration. From 1976-1999, he was involved in construction of towers in Oregon (Portland, Klamath Falls and Redmond), Washington (Moses Lake) and Utah (Salt Lake City).

In 1999 Ken and his wife, Becky, bought a vineyard property and opened BeckenRidge Vineyard Event Center in the hills of Oregon’s Polk County. The center, in Dallas, Ore., has a spectacular view of the Willamette Valley and is the site of private receptions, weddings and meetings.

Mike Jacroux – who has a MS degree from Eastern Washington University and Ph.D. from Oregon State University -- and his wife, Marcia, live in Pullman, Wash. There, he is a long-time Washington State University faculty member and a former Statistics Department chair.


--Arrow points to Harold in a photo from a Linfield Oak Leaves yearbook.

--Ken and Mike Jacroux in photos which ran in the Nov. 2, 1967, Linfield Review student newspaper, before the Linfield at Lewis & Clark football game.


--Harold Jacroux had fingers bad luck. As a teenager, he lost part of a finger from a saw blade in the Jacroux family lumber mill in Cedar Valley (Klickitat County, Wash.). As a Linfield student, working in the college commons, Harold lost part of a finger in a meat grinder.

--Oct. 16, 1937, Klamath Falls, Ore., Evening Herald

At McMinnville, Ore., Linfield college freshmen punted their way to a 12 to 0 victory over Ellensburg Normal. Harold Jacroux, Goldendale. Wash., playing his first college game, returned an Ellensburg punt 89 yards on the kickoff. Schemer took the ball on the first line play for 22 yards and a touchdown. An intercepted pass paved the way for another score in the fourth quarter.

--Oct 20, 1938, Goldendale, Wash., Sentinel

Harold Jacroux, student at Linfield college, was in Goldendale last weekend visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Jacroux. Harold is a starting regular in the Linfield college football team but last week was out because of an injured leg. While in Goldendale Jacroux made tentative arrangements for housing the Linfield team in Goldendale this weekend while it is en route to Ellensburg for a game with the Central College of Education eleven.

--Oct. 27, 1938, Goldendale, Wash., Sentinel

Mr. and Mrs. G.A. Jacroux and sons, Alfred and Junior, were in Ellensburg last Saturday where they attended the football game between Linfield college and Central College of Education. Harold Jacroux is a member of Linfield football squad.

--Nov. 3, 1938, Goldendale, Wash., Sentinel

Harold Jacroux, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Jacroux, lost the end of one of his fingers early this week in a meat grinder while working in the college commons at Linfield. Jacroux is a football star at the McMinnville college. It is believed he will be out for the remainder of the season as a result of his injury.

--Dec. 15, 1938, Goldendale, Wash., Sentinel

Jacroux Wins Letter

Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon, December 12 – Because of his outstanding performance during the past football season, Harold Jacroux, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Jacroux of Goldendale, has been awarded at letter in that sport. Despite having lost a part of one of his fingers in mid-season, Harold had played enough quarters at quarterback to warrant his cardinal L.


Go to this Goldendale (Washington) Sentinel newspaper posting to see Jacroux-related story from Aug. 24, 2016