Thursday, February 19, 2015

Countdown: Linfield football 2015

*Sept 12, 12:30 pm -- Chapman Panthers (Homecoming)
*Sept 19, Noon -- Redlands Bulldogs
Sept 26, -- bye

Oct 3, 1:30 pm -- at L&C Pioneers
Oct 10, 1:30 pm -- Pacific Boxers

Oct 17, 1:30 pm -- at Willamette Bearcats
Oct 24, 1:30 pm -- Whitworth Pirates

Oct 31, 1 pm -- at George Fox Bruins

Nov 7, 1 pm -- UPS Loggers
Nov 14, 1 pm -- at PLU Lutes

All are NW Conference games unless indicated with *

Source: Linfield Sports Info

Football: Linfield vs. Willamette Bearcats … and Angry Owls

When Linfield's football Wildcats play Willamette's Bearcats in Salem, the game is at McCulloch Stadium in Bush's Pasture Park, near the Willamette campus. It's the Wildcats vs. the Bearcats … and Angry Owls. There are "angry owls" signs in the park (owned by the City of Salem) because a barred owl has swooped down and clawed scalps of some in the park.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Remember the Linfield College Marching Band?

Did the Linfield College Marching Band perform at halftime of Linfield home football games? 

These wonderful photos (circa 1935-1936) are from Linfield Archives & Special Collections. One photo shows band's drum major posing at attention.

Other photo shows the band practicing on the quad while being led by the drum major (on the far right, out of the photo). This practicing photo was taken with the Observatory, Grover and Failing Halls in the background. Note that the Observatory is now in a different campus location.

Both photos cropped by Wildcatville.

Linfield Archives & Special Collections "collects, protects and promotes materials which document the history of the college and regional community, including American Baptist history, Oregon wine history and collections featuring Linfield's faculty, students, staff and alumni." More info here.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Keith Shriver, Linfield Athletics Hall of Frame sprinter

Keith Shriver competes for Linfield College in the 1970 Northwest Conference track & field championship meet in Spanaway, near Parkland, Wash., home of host school PLU. Photo by Ralph Ogata, like Keith a sprinter on the Linfield team. Photo scanned from 1970 Linfield Oak Leaves yearbook and lightly "photoshopped" by Wildcatville.  

In 2000, Keith and his father, Frank Shriver, an outstanding athlete and long-time track coach, were enshrined in the North Bend, Ore., High School Athletics Hall of Fame. Keith graduated from NBHS in 1966 and his father in 1927.

At Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz., Keith is an emeritus professor after an award-winning career as a distinguished professor teaching and researching in accounting, information systems and international business.

Also see, Keith Shriver: Enshrined in Linfield College, North Bend High Athletic Hall of Fames
Photos from Keith at North Bend High School, two of them in sports action for NBHS Bulldogs.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Vote again for Linfield Wildcats logo!

Linfield's Wildcats logo trails the Portland Stags logo in round three. Time to vote daily again for the 'Cats Wildcats logo!

Linfield is among eight teams remaining in competition for Portland’s best sports logo. "After almost 60,000 votes over the past week, the field of 16 has been cut to eight," said, which sponsors the competition. Thirty-two teams started the contest.

You may vote once a day. So, please vote daily for the 'Cats.

In the opening round, the Wildcats logo beat the Spartans FC, by a vote of 1,751 to 923.

In the second round, the logo of the Wildcats defeated the Portland Winterhawks by a vote of 2,782 to 2,367.

Now, it's the third round and the Wildcat logo is competing against the Portland Stags of Major League Ultimate Frisbee.

At about 2pm on 2/4/2015, Wildcatville checked and the Stags logo is ahead of the Wildcats logo 828 to 491 votes. So, it's imperative for you to vote daily for the 'Cats!

Please go to this URL ...

... and scroll down to Rose City Region and vote for the Wildcats logo.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Linfielder John L. Hart co-authors 'There Will Be Killing: A Novel of (the Vietnam) War and Murder'

John L. Hart graduated with a psychology bachelor of arts degree from Linfield in 1968, a Masters of Social Work from Portland State University in 1974 and a Ph.D. in 1985 from the University of Southern California.

After Linfield -- but before PSU and USC -- his experience serving in 1969-1970 as a psychology specialist for the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War are the foundation of There Will Be Killing: A Novel of War and Murder. He co-wrote the novel, a trade paperback also available as an e-book, with writer Olivia Rupprecht.

There Will be Killing tells of child psychiatrist “Izzy” Moskowitz, “fresh out of his (medical school) residency,” drafted in 1969 to serve in the Vietnam War. The psychiatrist is assigned to an Army psychiatric unit in Nha Trang, Vietnam where he becomes an “unwilling participant in a mission that would turn his world upside down and redefine the nature of war to him,” according to the book’s promotional material.

In addition to Hart’s writing, the book includes Chinese

Brush paintings by Hart. See a photo of one of his painting with this story.

Positive reviews for the book include from Tara Janzen, New York Times bestselling author.” She said the book is a “riveting journey into the perils of war and the darkness of the human heart – stylish and provocative."

Good response has helped assure the book will have sequels. The second in the series will be published next year, Hart said. 
There Will be Killing, a "Pick of the Day" on the website of e-book publisher Barnes & Noble, reached #5 nationally on the publisher's Nook e-book platform. 

It’s Hart's second book. He wrote Becoming a Father: The Real Work of a Man's Soul, published in 1998.

Hart graduated from Linfield in the campus Oak Grove in McMinnville on Sunday, May 19, 1968. The next day he was drafted into the Army. After a year of military training he was serving in Vietnam.

Born and raised in Portland, he graduated from Washington High School for which he was an outstanding left-handed pitcher for Washington High Colonials baseball.

Hart was the winning pitcher in the Linfield Wildcats’ victorious baseball final game of the NAIA World Series in St. Joseph, Missouri in June 1966. It was Linfield's first national title in any sport.

In the fall of 1966, Hart injured his back in a catastrophic car accident just outside McMinnville. Following about two weeks of hospitalization, he continued to pitch for the Wildcats, but started focusing on a career in psychology after baseball and college concluded.

(Rest of the story: Against medical advice, he left the hospital suddenly because his mother was in critical condition in a different hospital. Driving from Portland to see him in McMinnville, a driver in another car ran a red light and hit her vehicle.)

Hart has been a psychotherapist for more than 40 years. He had a psychotherapy practice in Los Angeles for 20 years. An internationally known teacher, he has been a consultant to the nation of Norway for its Fathering Project. 

He splits his time between living on the Big Island of Hawaii and Canada’s Vancouver Island, where he is the executive director of Spirit Bear Art Farm and a University of Victoria adjunct associate professor.

To learn more about Hart and There Will be Killing, go to these links:

Contact Hart at

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Linfielder Joe Robillard Oklahoma daily newspaper interview

Linfield 1969 grad Joe Robillard is a member of the Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame. From Hood River, he competed for the Wildcats in football and track & field. 

Here is a link to a February 2013 Oklahoma daily newspaper interview in which Joe talks about his background, where he lives and the company he leads. Photo is from interview.

The text below is from a sports column which appeared in the 12/16/1965 Hood River News reprinted at the bottom of page D7 in the 7/30/2011 News.

Mrs. Harvy Robillard came back from the NAIA championship football game convinced that St. John’s University, which whipped Linfield 33-0, was in a class with Oregon or Oregon State. In fact, she wouldn’t be surprised to see the Minnesota team whip either of the two major Oregon schools.

She was lucky enough to get a seat on the local football charter plane that carried the team to Georgia. Her son, Joe, had plenty of chance to show his talents — Linfield spent quite a bit of the game on defense and that’s where the former Hood River star plays.

Robillard made more than his share of the tackles, matching the top performance in that department.

That fateful trip to Georgia wasn’t all a loss to the team members. They received engraved watches recognizing that they reached the finals, and the McMinnville Chamber of Commerce saw to it that each received a jacket.