Saturday, October 14, 2017

Linfield at Lewis & Clark football 10/14/2017

Linfield 2017 Homecoming (Whitworth football) 9/30/2017

Linfield at Willamette football 10/7/2017

Water Crew at 10/14/2017 Linfield Football at L&C

At 10/14/2017 Linfield Football at Lewis & Clark in Portland were Water Crew members Bill, John O and John S. Among Water Crew friends on the sideline was Lance T.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Stadiums, fields, street, statue and more honor Linfielders

Ad and Joan Rutschman Fieldhouse -- Linfield College

Ad Rutschman (baseball) Stadium -- at Hare Field, Hillsboro School District, Hillsboro, Oregon

Dennis Ludwig Stadium -- Sheldon High School, Eugene, Oregon

Don Nicholson (football) Stadium -- Tracy High School, Tracy, California

(Frank) Smith & (Bob) Laycoe Varsity Weight Room -- University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C

Hal Smith Fitness Center -- Linfield College

(Henry) Lever Street -- Street on Linfield College campus 

Hugh Yoshida (football) Stadium - Leilehua High School, Wahiawa, Hawaii. SEE PHOTO

Jeff Basinski Athletic Center -- Forest Grove High School, Forest Grove, Oregon. 

Jeff Durham (football) Field -- Forest Grove High School, Forest Grove, Oregon

Joe Brock (baseball) Field -- Stayton High School, Stayton, Oregon

Lou Littlejohn (football) Field -- North Salem High School, Salem, Oregon

Michael Okura Memorial (baseball) Field -- West Covina High School, West Covina, California

Neal Abrahamson  (football) Field, Neah-Kah-Nie High School, Rockaway, Oregon

Pat Smith Athletic Complex -- Clackamas High School, Clackamas, Oregon

Paul Durham statue (officially a monument) -- Linfield College 

Paul Durham lobby and foyer -- statue (officially a monument) -- inside Linfield College’s HHPA/Health, Human Performance and Athletics building.

Ron August (football) Field -- Dallas High School, Dallas, Oregon

Roy Helser (baseball) Field -- Linfield College

Ted Hippi (football) Field -- Toledo High School, Toledo, Washington

Ted Wilson Gymnasium -- Linfield College

Additions, correction? Contact


  • Hugh Yoshida Stadium photo by Thom W/ posted at

  • Inset photo of Hugh Yoshida by Wildcatville/10-13-2012 Linfield Homecoming
  • Photo of Ted Hippi Field below

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Imagine if Ad Rutschman had not coached Linfield football all the years he did

Ad Rutschman was a superb athlete at Hillsboro High School/Hilhi (1950 grad) and Linfield (1954 grad).

He was head football coach only at his alma maters, Hilhi, 1958-1967, and Linfield, 1968-1991. 

(He was also baseball coach at both. But, this is about football.)

During his 24 seasons as Linfield head football coach, his teams won three NAIA national and 15 Northwest Conference championships. His Wildcats played in total of 20 post-season games in 12 different seasons.

His success at Linfield was noticed. According to Rutschman, during the years he was coaching Wildcat football he was offered head football coaching jobs at:

  • Oregon Institute of Technology – Three offers.
  • Western Oregon University – One offer.
  • Portland State University – One offer.
And, there was interest in hiring him as an assistant football coach, too. 

Rich Brooks, University of Oregon head football coach, offered him the offensive coordinator position with the Ducks.

“Cal and Michigan called and talked to me when they were each looking for an assistant coach. And, the Air Force Academy (also looking for an assistant coach) flew me to Colorado and I went to its campus near Colorado Springs to visit and talk,” he said. 

Rutschman said there were various reasons why did not take the job offers. For the opportunities outside of Oregon, he “had no desire to move my family out of the Northwest.”

The toughest decision he made about whether to remain at Linfield as head football coach or leave came after his first season (1968) as Linfield head football coach. “I had an unbelievable offer to return to Hillsboro High School,” he said.

Imagine Linfield without Ad Rutschman as its head football coach during those 24 seasons. Fortunately, for Linfield and its fans, the players he coached and those whose lives he impacted, it never happened.

Photo from Linfield Archives

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Linfield football one of only two sports dynasties in Oregon

Harry Glickman (born in 1924, 93 years old) is "father" of professional sports in Oregon.
A journalist, promoter, and sports executive, before helping found the NBA Portland Trail Blazers in 1970, he organized the Portland Buckaroos of the professional Western Hockey League. During its life, 1960-1974, the team won nine league championships and four playoff titles.

A column about Glickman in the Sept 19. 2017,

Portland Tribune …

…quotes him saying, “There have been only two dynasties in Oregon in my time — the Buckaroos and Linfield football. There are others on the cusp — Oregon State baseball, Oregon track and University of Portland soccer."

There’s a Linfield connection to the Buckroos. Hal Laycoe was coach of the “Bucks.” During that time (1960-1969), his son, Bob “Heavy Duty” Laycoe was a Linfield football all-Northwest Conference tackle and lettered in the 1965, 1966 and 1967 seasons.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Death of Linfielder Mike Barrow in Vietnam War shocked his former classmates

In the summer of 1969, Tim Marsh (Linfield Class of 1970) was attending Linfield summer session in McMinnville.

Linfield's Dillin Hall cafeteria needed lunchtime student workers in its steam room, where dishes were washed and dried. He and fellow students signed up.

One day someone came into the steam room and told them Mike Barrow (Class of 1968), with whom we attended Linfield, died in Vietnam. (He was killed June 23, 1969, in Long Khanh, Vietnam, serving as a U.S. Army infantry soldier.) "We were shocked. I'll never forget our sad reaction," Marsh said.

Mike's is one of more than 58,000 names of American service members on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial "Wall" in Washington, D.C. They lost their lives in the Vietnam War. From Prineville, Oregon, Mike is buried at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. 

(Some remember Mike as a Linfield football and baseball athlete.)

Why mention this now? Tonight 9/17/2017. a 10-part ‘The Vietnam War’ documentary debuts on PBS television.

Read about Mike here at Wildcatville …

… And, here …


1 photo:
PFC Michael Edward Barrow (1945 - 1969) - Find A Grave Memorial

1 photo posted here in 2016:

More photos:

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Linfield Football All-American Howard Morris honored with Wildcat football helmet decal

The late Howard Morris, longtime Oregon Tech coach and athletic director, is honored by his alma mater, Linfield.

The #43 decal on Linfield Wildcat football helmets during the 2017 season salutes Morris, a Linfield football All-American and one of only three Linfield football players to have their jersey numbers retired. He wore #43 during his Linfield playing career, 1954-1957.

A 1958 Linfield and 1954 Crater High School of Central Point, Ore., grad, he died in Klamath Falls, Ore., in July 2017.

Oregon Tech’s 
main campus 
is in Kamath 


=Retired Linfield football jersey numbers:

-Ad Rutschman #32

Class of 1954

-Howard Morris #43

Class of 1958

-Vic Fox #47

Class of 1958

=T.E.A.C. on the back of Linfield football helmets: