Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Grandpa Ad Rutschman watched grandson Adley Rutschman - Oregon State University baseball catcher in June 2017 College World Series in Omaha -- on TV in McMinnville, where Ad was helping out at a Linfield College 2017 football camp

Sports column from 6/23/2017 Omaha, Nebraska, World-Herald daily newspaper (click on URL link below or scroll down to read text)

Posted here is Wildcatville photo of Ad Rutschman taken 5/19/2017 in Corvallis at OSU baseball facility.


Chatelain: Mike Riley’s mentor’s grandson starring in two sports for Oregon State 

Column by Dirk Chatelain/ World-Herald staff writer

Jun 23, 2017 Updated Jun 24, 2017 

Against his will, the legendary coach got a new cellphone last week. His kids made him do it — “I lost the vote.”

Ad Rutschman’s old model was pretty simple. He pushed send to make a call and send to answer a call. Now there’s voicemail and texting and all sorts of stuff, which is a good thing because long-lost friends and ex-players have been trying to compliment him.

“I cannot believe the phone calls that I’m getting,” said Rutschman, 85. “I had a phone call from one of my high school teammates that I haven’t seen in probably 50 years. … (Tuesday) morning I had 12 messages and I’m just learning to use the dang cellphone.”

What’s all the fuss about?

Rutschman’s grandson is making quite a name for himself (and grandpa) at the College World Series. The Beavers lost 3-1 to LSU on Friday, but it wasn’t the fault of 19-year-old Adley. The freshman catcher threw out two Tigers trying to steal.

The second play was a jaw-dropper. Rutschman scooped a pitch out of the dirt, shuffled his feet and fired to second to nail Cole Freeman with breath to spare.

“Goodness, that’s some kind of arm,” analyst Kyle Peterson told the ESPN audience. “This Oregon State coaching staff is raving about Adley Rutschman. Offensively, there’s still some steps to be taken, but this is a big league-ready arm right now.”

Grandpa Ad was watching in McMinnville, Oregon, where he was helping out at a Linfield College football camp.

“They haven’t fired me yet,” Rutschman said.

They wouldn’t dare. Linfield is where Rutschman became an NAIA icon. He’s the only college coach — at any level — to win national championships in baseball (1971) and football (’82, ’84 and ’86).

The first of those football titles came with a young defensive coordinator from Corvallis. You may have heard of him.

Mike Riley.

Riley’s first paid coaching job was at Linfield. He arrived in 1977 and stayed six years. Rutschman became his mentor.

“He’s actually the best teacher of sports technique that I’ve ever been around,” Riley told me in 2015. 
“He taught guys how to play.

“How to hit, how to field, how to pitch, how to drive block, how to backpedal. He could teach it all. He was one guy in football that could coach any position. To this day, I admire that. There’s not many guys like that. I don’t claim to be that guy.”

In those days, Linfield coaches juggled multiple duties. Rutschman was the football coach, baseball coach and athletic director — he taught three classes, too. Riley assisted Rutschman in all three areas. He was Linfield’s junior varsity baseball coach. His wife, Dee, kept the scorebook.

“There wasn’t much of a crowd,” said Rutschman, who retired from full-time coaching in 1991. “And there wasn’t much publicity.”

(Nebraska’s connections with Linfield don’t stop with Riley. John Cook spent his first year of college in McMinnville before transferring home to San Diego; he remembers Rutschman. Same goes for Danny Langsdorf, who played quarterback for Linfield in 1994-95.)

So where does young Adley come into the picture? Ad Rutschman’s son Randy was a catcher on the ’71 national championship team. Randy became a coach himself — and the father of a spirited son.

You should’ve seen their Little League practices. Ad showed up an hour early to watch Randy drill the fundamentals. Adley couldn’t get enough.

“My golly, every time you turned around, he was after Randy to go someplace and hit,” Ad said.

That included Oregon State, where Randy aided the baseball program with catching instruction. No wonder Adley wanted to be a Beaver.

Baseball wasn’t his only gift. His senior year of high school, Adley drilled a 63-yard field goal in a playoff game.

One major-conference coach inquired about his football interest. Adley describes it like this:

“My high school football coach called me in his office one day and we were talking about stuff.

“At the very end, he’s like, ‘Oh, I forgot to tell you that about a week and a half ago, Mike Riley called me about you. I just told him that you’re gonna play baseball. Is that all right with you?’

“I was like, ‘Yeah, sure. I kinda wish you would’ve told me.’ ”

But Adley had already committed to Oregon State and he wasn’t backing out. He intended to play only baseball in college. Then last summer Gary Andersen invited him to fall camp. Rutschman won the kickoff job.

He experienced Husky Stadium in Seattle and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. At Stanford, he kicked to Christian McCaffrey.

Grandpa laughs about that one. In the fourth quarter, Adley pooched to McCaffrey, tackled him at the 37-yard line, then helped him up.

“I got tackled by the kicker?” McCaffrey told him. They patted each other on the butt.

“I can’t believe the experience he’s having as a freshman in college,” Ad said.

The past week is hard to beat. Adley’s starting for the No. 1 team in the country. Throwing out runners at second base. It was a thrill playing at the Rose Bowl, but the pressure-cooker of TD Ameritrade Park is “unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.” His grandpa feels it, too.

“It’s so doggone exciting I can hardly wait from one ballgame to the next,” Ad said.

Who knows how far Adley goes from here? He may be kicking field goals for Oregon State this fall. He may be in the big leagues one day, just like Kyle Peterson said. But it’s going to be hard to match the legacy of his namesake.

“The dude’s in seven Hall of Fames,” Adley said.

That’s true, but Grandpa never won in Omaha.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Linfield Football’s dominance of the Northwest Conference, 2009-2016

By Gerry Painter - Wildcatville contributor, statistician, Linfield grad and Linfield Football season ticket holder

Read Gerry's story by clicking on this URL link ...

... however, if you can't access the article via the link, the story text follows:

Joe Smith became Linfield College head football coach in 2006.

The first three seasons (2006, 2007 and 2008) with him as head coach saw the Wildcats finish with identical six wins and three loss records.

The first two games in 2006 were, in order, losses to Western Oregon and Hardin-Simmons. Many were concerned that the “Streak” might be coming to an end. Not to worry! The Wildcats won six of the remaining seven games losing only to Whitworth in a very close game, 17-13.

Joe has now been the Linfield head football coach for 11 seasons and begins his 12th this fall. During those 11 (2006-2016) his teams have won 103 of the 123 games played for an 83.74 percent winning record.

According to “Linfield Coaching Chronology” by Kelly Bird, Linfield Athletics’ sports information director, on page 6 (see photo with this story) of the Linfield Football ‘Game Time’ home football game printed program of Oct. 15, 2016. (The percentage on the day of the game, before it was played was 83.9.) Joe now holds the best winning percentage (84 percent, see URL in Postscript at end of this story) of any coach in the history of Linfield Football dating back to 1896.

“Linfield Coaching Chronology,” by Kelly Bird, Linfield Athletics’ sports information director, appears on page 6 of the Linfield Football ‘Game Time’ home football game printed program of Oct. 15, 2016.

Joe’s teams have outscored their opponents by an average of 22 points per game, while gaining an average 362 yards per game.

However defense has been an important factor, as Linfield has held its opponents to an average 223 yards per game, a margin of offense over defense of 139 yards per game.

Before Joe became head football coach of Linfield he was its defensive coordinator for several years. When he became head coach he appointed Jackson Vaughn, one of his defense assistant coaches, as the new defensive coordinator. The resulting outstanding defense, led by Jackson, is not unexpected.

Of the 20 Linfield Football games lost during Joe’s head coach tenure only five have been won by a Northwest Conference team.

Whitworth has won two of the 12 games they have played Linfield during the Smith era, and Willamette has won three of 11 games—the last win being the shocker in 2014, 31-28, in McMinnville. No other NWC team has beaten Linfield in the 75 games played. The result is eight straight NWC championships.

Will dominance by Linfield Football continue indefinitely? Let’s hope so. Get ready for Linfield Football 2017, another season of Linfield’s superbly coached football playing to the best of its ability led by head Coach Joe Smith and his excellent coaching staff.

PHOTO CUTLINE -- Gerry Painter with a huge (80 pages long when photo taken by Wildcatville at Maxwell Field on June 24, 2017) Excel spreadsheet he has maintained for several years. In the spreadsheet he enters details of every Wildcat football game played since Linfield’s famous “Steak” began in 1956.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Speaking of Howard Graves ...

See Howard Grave's obituary here:

Below see scans of what he provided (except for the SPD/SDX Otter Rock, Ore., notepad page) in 2011.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Carnahan’s number retired at ceremony feting Wildcat AD, coach

--Headline: Carnahan’s number retired at ceremony feting Wildcat AD, coach

--Story by Rusty Rae, Sports Editor
McMinnville News-Register/N-R, 6/13/2017
(Slight edit made by Wildcatville.)

--Photo by Tim Marsh for the News-Register

--Photo cutline: Scott Carnahan with the framed retired jersey and Ad Rutschman share a few words after Rutschman announced the school had retired his jersey.

Retiring Linfield Athletic Director and head baseball coach Scott Carnahan found himself in an unfamiliar place Saturday at Ted Wilson Gymnasium -- in the spotlight-- where administration, coaches, players and family lauded his 34 years of service to the college.

More than 200 staff, friends and former players gathered at the gym for the send-off, hearing from a gold list of speakers, including President Dr. Thomas Hellie, Head Football Coach Joe Smith, who was a baseball assistant for Carnahan, Seattle Mariners assistant coach Scott Brosius, a former player and coach at Linfield, several former players, and his wife, Cathy, and son, Chris. The event was emceed by longtime Linfield athletic voice Dave Hansen.

Smith said if there was a Mount Rushmore of Linfield Coaches, it would include Paul Durham, Roy Helser, Ted Wilson, and Ad Rutschman – adding Carnahan would need to be chiseled into the monument after his many years of service.

Several speakers noted how, under Carnahan’s leadership, the college’s athletic facilities improved to one of the best venues in the Northwest Conference. They cited his relationship-building skills and positive mentality, which allowed the college to do more with less.

Rutschman described how Carnahan embodied the ethos of the athletic program, noting “Carney” continued the tradition of a blue-collar work ethic and doing the right things correctly.

At the end of his delivery, Rutschman announced the college had retired Carnahan’s number 6. He brought out the framed jersey, which will hang in the athletic facilities along with those of other Wildcat greats.

Former player Michael Lindblad, a pitcher for Linfield from 1991-94, summed up the feelings of many of the 200 attending the event, saying, “Mentor, teacher, coach and father figure to our whole Linfield family.”

In addition to having his jersey retired, Carnahan was presented a golf cart decked out in the Linfield’s cardinal red and purple, as the audience chanted “Carnee! Carnee! Carnee!..” led by incoming athletic director Garry Kilgore.

Carnahan, addressing the audience at the conclusion of the festivities, spoke of his love for Linfield. “Cathy has always known Linfield is my second love – and sometimes it has been number one,” he said.

Photos by Wildcatville below including one showing Polly Sommers of Linfield Athletics handing golf cart keys to Carney.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Linfield sports related fight songs

==Wildcat Fight Song
(a.k.a. Linfield Fight Song, tune is "On, Wisconsin")

On with Linfield, On with Linfield
Fight right through that line
Take the ball right down the field
A touchdown’s sure this time

On with Linfield, On with Linfield
Fight on for your fame
Fight Wildcats, fight, fight, fight!
To win this game!

==Go Get 'em, Wildcats
(An unofficial Linfield fight song)
Go, go, go, go, go get 'em Wildcats!
Go, go, go, go, go get 'em Wildcats!
Why wait too late? You may be rueing. Be up and doing.
Go, go, go, go, go, get 'em Wildcats!
Go, go, go, go, go get 'em Wildcats!
Fight on for your Linfield,
Go get 'em Wildcats!


Listen to these songs:

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Dorothy E. Helser was born June 11

Dorothy Evelyn Helser

June 11, 1915 - November 20, 2013 

Dorothy "Grama" Helser, joined her Lord on November 20, 2013, at the age of 98. 

Memorial services will be held on December 14 at the Carlton First Baptist Church, at 2 pm, with Pastor Kevin Cope and former Pastor Sid Johnson officiating. Private interment will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in McMinnville. 

Dorothy was born June 11, 1915 in Everett, Washington to parents Walter and Hulda Wall. 

She grew up in Bremerton before attending Linfield College from 1933 to 1936 where she met her husband, Roy Helser. 

They were the first married couple to attend Linfield together which required approval from the President of Linfield, then graduated together in 1936. 

Husband Roy played professional baseball for the Portland Beavers for over ten years while they raised three children. 

Following Roy's baseball retirement, the family moved back from Portland to McMinnville where Roy coached at Linfield. 

Dorothy went back to Linfield to get her teaching degree and taught elementary school for 5 years then French and Spanish at McMinnville High for 20 years. 

They retired to their beach house at Devils Lake and Dorothy taught Spanish for an additional four years at Taft High. 

Dorothy and Roy loved living at the coast where she worked in her garden, supported her church, and hosted many dear friends and family. 

They moved back to McMinnville in the early 1980s, where she passionately supported Linfield, volunteering with the Alumni Association and often attended Linfield football, basketball and baseball games. 

She taught Bible studies twice a week, read like she was making up for lost time, enjoyed many crafts and church activities, and helped out her dear friends who had lost spouses. 

Dorothy is survived by her sons Denny Helser and wife Kathleen Janzen (Salem), Roy Helser Jr. and wife Jennifer Helser (Lincoln City), daughter Susan Petersen and husband Wayne Petersen (Washougal), nine grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. She will be tremendously missed by all. 

To leave an online condolence, please visit the Online Guest Book at www.macyandson.com. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Roy and Dorothy Scholarship Fund at Linfield or to mission work at your own church. 

Her final message was "I hope to see you all again in Heaven."