Sunday, October 14, 2018


A celebration of Linfielder Edith "Duffy" Reynold's 90th birthday will be held 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, at McMinnville First Baptist Church in downtown McMinnville.

All are welcome.

Her family is host of the event to be held in the church's Gathering Room.
You are encouraged to bring a photo of yourself with Duffy and/or write special memories on a card.

"Please no gifts," says her family.

If you are unable to attend, you can email a message/memories to:

Or, send this via postal/mail to:

Duffy's 90th birthday, McMinnville First Baptist Church office, 125 SE Cowls St, McMinnville OR 97128

Read about Duffy here:

Duffy prior to a Linfield home football game at Maxwell Field on Oct. 13, 2018. A sign about her 90th birthday celebration in McMinnville First Baptist Church.


McFadden clan Sunday morning, Oct. 4, 2018, at McMinnville Fire Department Annual Pancake Feed. 

Photo: daughter Molly, wife Becky, granddaughter Josephine, and Tom McFadden.

Linfielder Tom is undergoing medical/treatments for cancer. He needs your prayers and encouragement.

Another photo, taken in a McMinnville church, shows a candle lit for Tom.

Email Tom messages of encouragement to


Posted at BWC-Linfield Facebook Sept 28, 2018, at 9:44 AM


Tom McFadden, wife Becky, and their family are dealing with Tom’s health challenge.

May God give them strength. May we have them in our prayers.

Tom and Becky live in McMinnville. Tom is a CPA/Certified Public Accountant. A member of the Linfield Class of 1980, he’s a member of the Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame. His contributions to the Wildcats includes serving as scorekeeper at Linfield home football games.

Read Tom’s Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame bio here:

He’s also a Linfield Alumni Service Award recipient. 

While Tom is a Linfield Wildcat, he’s also a Hornet via his 1976 graduation from White River High School in Buckley, Wash.

PHOTOS: Tom at Linfield’s 2018 opening season football game. Tom’s CPA office sign in McMinnville. Candle in McMinnville church lit for Tom.

L&C at Linfield Football slideshow 10/13/2018

Saturday, September 29, 2018


Mac News was at John Stromme Art Gallery in downtown McMinnville 9/29/2018 where Tara Lepp talked about her amazing work with children at the Open Arms Village in Kenya. Mac News donated to the fundraiser to help buy Tara a 4x4 truck to expand her ministry to remote villages. Photos by Mac News.

Read McMinnville News-Register story about Tara here:

'Tara Lepp, former Linfield athletic trainer, now retired, serving as medical missionary in Kenya'

(Mac News, a blog and Facebook page, is not affiliated with the McMinnville N-R.)
*Did you know artist John Stromme is a cousin of Linfielder Ron Stromme, who is married to Linfielder Dallas Stromme? 

Friday, September 28, 2018


"I loved my time at Linfield, but I like new challenges also and as the kids were growing up and getting out of the house, I just felt like if there was time to do it," Brosius said.

--Scott Hanson, Seattle Times staff reporter, Sept 27 2018--

Twenty years ago, Scott Brosius was the MVP of the 1998 World Series, hitting .471 with two homers in the New York Yankees’ four-game sweep of the San Diego Padres.

These days, you will find Brosius coaching third base for the Mariners.

His journey back to the big leagues, from his heady days with the Yankees, when he was part of three world title teams to coaching with the Mariners, included nearly 15 years about as far as possible from the majors in a small Oregon town about an hour southwest of Portland.

Not that Brosius, who was an All-Star in 1998 and a Gold Glove winner at third base in 1999, would change a thing.
Brosius had a very productive 2001 season with the Yankees at age 35, and it seemed he could play several more seasons. 

But he retired after 11 big-league seasons to be with his family full time in McMinnville, Ore., where both Scott and his wife, Jennifer, went to college at Linfield, an NCAA Division III school.

In 2002, Brosius began working as an assistant baseball coach at Linfield under his former coach, Scott Carnahan. In 2008, he took over as head coach, leading Linfield to the 2013 national title and back to the finals in 2014.

But with the last of his three children finishing high school, Brosius decided it was time for a job change after the 2015 Linfield season.

“I wish I was that smart to have my life planned out like that, but it wasn’t the plan,” Brosius, 52, said. “Just like when I was done playing, I don’t know if I came home with a specific plan to end up back at Linfield. I loved my time at Linfield, but I like new challenges also and as the kids were growing up and getting out of the house, I just felt like if there was time to do it, this was going to be the time because I wasn’t getting any younger.”

Leaving Linfield after nearly 15 years was difficult.

“It was not an easy decision, for sure,” said Brosius, who grew up in Milwaukie, Ore. “My ties with Linfield are very deep – both as a player and a coach there. A lot of great memories, so it was not an easy decision. McMinnville’s our home, and it changed our lifestyle dramatically.”

Even though he was enjoying coaching Linfield, Brosius said the thought of getting back into the big leagues “was a little gnaw in my head that became bigger and bigger, and it was just something that I wanted to do.”

After quitting at Linfield, Brosius went searching for a job, and got one from the Mariners in 2016 as the hitting coach for the Class AAA Tacoma Rainiers. He moved to the big-league club last year as an assistant coach, working with the hitters, and became the third-base coach this season.

“I’ve liked stuff about each,” Brosius said of the three different jobs the past three seasons. “I enjoyed my time in Tacoma, but I knew the big-league staff was where I wanted to get to. I really enjoyed last year working with the hitters, but I really missed in-game responsibilities. So this year, being at third base, I’ve enjoyed the decision-making out there.”

Three years removed from his decision to change jobs, Brosius said, “I am very glad I did.” And is the end goal to be a major-league manager? Not necessarily.

“I take things as they come,” he said. “I know that doesn’t seem very well thought out. When I went to coach at Linfield that wasn’t my ultimate goal, but I just fell in love with it. I kind of take it the same way here. It may be that I love third base, and don’t want to leave coaching third base. I just want to take it year by year.

“I’m continuing to do something I love. For me, that’s the most important thing. I love baseball. Baseball is all I wanted to do from the time I was 4 or 5 years old. For me, it’s hard to imagine working outside of baseball. I come home after being at the ballpark for 10 or 12 hours, and I turn on a ballgame.”

Tuesday, September 25, 2018


Read about Linfielder Ed Griffin as a member of the professional Eastern Basketball Association, also known as the Eastern Professional Basketball League.

He played for the Hartford, Connecticut, Capitols:

Photo from the posting (URL above). Sports cartoon from Nov. 25, 1968, Hartford Times. 

Tara Lepp, former Linfield athletic trainer, now retired, serving as medical missionary in Kenya

By Starla Pointer
McMinnville News-Register/N-R
Sept 24, 2018 

Some of Tara Lepp’s fellow volunteers at the mission site in Kenya have told her they always dreamed of helping people in Africa.
Lepp hadn’t considered it.
“It was a God thing,” said the longtime Linfield College sports medicine professor and athletic trainer.
“I was in church on Maundy Thursday, and I was blindsided,” she said, describing how, on the Thursday before Easter in 2005, she suddenly realized she needed to use her skills as a medical missionary. “This was all God’s idea.”
That summer, she became a volunteer for Open Arms International, which was started by a Portland couple. She flew to Kenya to spend a couple weeks doing whatever task was needed.
Lepp returned the next year, and the next. She spent more time in Africa each year, occurring her mission work between semesters of teaching.
Each year her duties expanded, especially after Open Arms opened a family-style shelter for orphans and displaced children, then a school. She leads morning devotions, works with the children and offers medical care when kids are injured.
Over the last five years, she’s split her time between McMinnville and Africa, teaching in the Oregon fall, then doing mission work during our spring and summer — fall and winter there. During the short winter term, she sometimes taught a Linfield course at the Open Arms Village, about a 30-minute drive from Eldoret, Kenya.
Last January, 10 Linfield students, eight from the nursing program and two from the exercise science program, spent the winter term with her for a class called Health Care in Kenya. In addition to visiting medical facilities and personnel there, the Linfield students sponsored a four-day free medical clinic for low-income people.
“It was a great experience for the college students,” she said. “They all want to go back.”
When Lepp first answered the call to become a missionary, she wasn’t sure how her sports medicine skills would be useful.
Her skills fit very well in the area Open Arms serves.
Eldoret is located on the equator, but the climate is temperate, because of its 7,000-foot altitude. The high elevation attracts people training for marathons. Local people engage in a lot of running sports, as well, in addition to soccer and other games.
If someone pulls a muscle or falls, Lepp can help. She assists with other injuries, as well, or refers other cases to the mission’s doctor.
She works with both the Open Arms’ children’s homes and its school, which also serves youngsters from the general population.
The homes include several large family units, each run by a married couple, sometimes with children of their own. Seventeen to 20 children call the house parents “mommy” and “daddy,” Lepp said, and refer to each other as siblings. Assistants who help in the homes are called “auntie.”
“It’s great. You can’t tell who’s the biological child and who’s not,” Lepp said.
The children flourish in the homes, Lepp said. They have opportunities to learn and live that they might not have otherwise.
Kenya has an unemployment rate of nearly 70 percent, she said. Some of the children who come to Open Arms were abandoned by parents who couldn’t care for them for economic or other reasons. Some have no families at all.
Many of Open Arms’ 156 children attend its school, although the oldest go to a high school offsite. With community children included, the school has an enrollment of about 250.
Open Arms also features a mentoring and training programs for adults. One trains women to sew and tailor clothing so they can start their own businesses.
Adults and children also learn skills to run a garden and care for cows, goats and chickens. They also help operate the village’s bakery, water treatment plant and fish farm.
“We try to give them marketable skills, and we try to make the village self-sustaining,” she said. “And we do a lot to transform the lives of future leaders.”
Lepp retired from Linfield July 1. Now, although she’s keeping her house in McMinnville, she will spend most of the year in Kenya.
She’s visiting this month to clean out her office at Linfield and take care of a variety of other business. She’s been telling friends about her missionary work and the needs she sees in Africa.
She mentioned that, as her missionary role expands, she will need her own transportation there. Friends are throwing a fundraiser to help her purchase a four-wheel drive vehicle.
Artist John Stromme is hosting the event from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at his studio, located on the second floor of the KAOS building, 645 N.E. Third St., McMinnville.
Stromme has painted a special piece for the fundraiser; it features the image of one of the children from the Open Arms school.
During the event, Lepp will show a video about Open Arms and answer questions. Donations will be accepted to support her work and the mission in general.
There’s also a funding page for Lepp on the Open Arms website, at
PHOTOS:Cutline for photo included with article: “Submitted photo -- Retired Linfield College professor Tara Lepp, center, with some of the children she works with in Kenya.” Other photos from Linfield Sports Info, Portland Tribune and Wildcatville.