Friday, May 20, 2016

Linfielder Brian Petersen remembers playing in 1964 'Concordia IceBowl' in Fargo, N.D.

From “TV, Radio Sports Fare” in Saturday Nov. 21, 1964, Oregonian prior to NAIA semifinal national championship football playoff game that day between visiting Linfield and Concordia College of Moorhead, Minn.

Game was played on Dacotah Field in Fargo, N. D. It’s about a mile and a half between Fargo and Moorhead.

Concordia, with future Linfield football coach Ed Langsdorf as one of its players, won the game, 28-6. 

Game is colloquially known by Linfield fans as the Concordia Ice Bowl as it was played in temperatures between 10-15 degrees before about 5,200 fans. 

"That field was hard as concrete. Concordia wore tennis shoes and had decent traction. We had cleats and slid around like we were wearing ice skates. Never been so cold either,"said Brian Petersen (see photo), a freshman player for Linfield in the "Concordia Ice Bowl" for Linfield. 

In that 1964 season, Petersen played on all Wildcat special teams. He rarely got on the field as a center and a middle guard on defense. Norm Musser and Bob Ferguson, both All-Americans and future Linfield Hall of Famers, were the respective starters. Bill Mickle was the Wildcat starting QB. Backup QB was Terry Durham, for whom Petersen snapped. 

"I've always felt blessed to be a part of the Linfield tradition and for playing with a lot of very talented players. I know a lot of Linfield guys in that era could've played anywhere," said Petersen. 

A member of Linfield Class of 1968, petersen served in Vietnam as a U.S. military Hospital Corpsman, three years for the Navy and his last year for the Marines.

He worked 30 years in the transportation industry, primarily with Viking Freight and FedEx Freight.

Now living in Eugene, Petersen studied at South Kitsap High School, Port Orchard, Wash., and graduated from Medford, Ore., High School where he played football for the Black Tornado, coached by legendary Fred  Spiegelberg.


One of these days there will be a link below to a Linfield sideline photo from the 1964 “Concordia Ice Bowl:”


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Death of Linfield Hall of Famer Craig Singletary 5/2016

Craig Everett Singletary

May 17, 2016
Obit in McMinnville N-R

April 14, 1931 -  May 14, 2016

God called Craig Everett Singletary home on May 14, 2016, where he is now in the presence of his Savior. 

Craig was born April 14, 1931, and raised in Portland, Oregon, to William and Rita Singletary and older brother, Bill. 

He graduated from Grant High School, where he played the cello in the school symphony and the Portland Junior Symphony. 

He attended Lewis & Clark College, majoring in speech communications. He received his master and doctorate degree from the University of Oregon. 

Craig started his work career with KMCM, the local radio station in McMinnville, Oregon. 

In 1958, he started his career with Linfield College, where he taught speech and communications for over 33 years. 

While at Linfield, he created and chaired the Department of Communications and also established the first FM radio station on campus. 

Craig was recognized as the "Voice of Linfield" for his 40 years of public announcing at the Linfield football games. 

He was inducted into the Linfield Sports Hall of Fame in 2001, and the annual high school speech tournament hosted by Linfield is named in his honor. 

Craig (known by "Doc" or "Jack") was respected and loved by many of his students. 

While on choir tour at Lewis & Clark College, Craig met Nancy Brown, and they were married for more than 50 years. 

They have four daughters, Carol, Diane, Linda and Marcia. 

Upon retirement, Craig followed his passion for traveling and did video presentations of the places he visited all over the world. Winters were spent at Sky Valley, California. 

Following the passing of Nancy, Craig was blessed to find love again with Fae, and they spent 8 1/2 wonderful years together. 

Craig’s favorite words of wisdom were "keep your options open." 

Craig was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Nancy; and brother, Bill. 

Craig is survived by his wife, Fae; his daughters, Carol Smith, Diane Brown (Victor), Linda Potter (Kevin) and Marcia Satterwhite (Mark); Fae’s children, Mike Brown (Debbie), Jaci Kennington (Jim) and Bill Brown; 20 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. 

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 20, at McMinnville Covenant Church. Private interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery.

Below from


May 19, 2016 at 9:41 pm

Craig Singletary did so much in his radio career, it’s hard to cover everything he accomplished. Below, was found during research, followed by the McMinnville Newspaper Obit. 
In 1946 Craig was part of the Portland Junior Symphony, playing the cello and later did some broadcasting on KBPS. In June 1949 Singletary graduated from Grant High School with a scholarship to Lewis & Clark College. In 1951-52 Craig was serving in the U.S. Air Force in Fairbanks, Alaska and broadcasting on AFRS.
In June 1954 after graduating from Lewis & Clark College he joined the air staff at KMCM McMinnville as Sports Director, broadcasting McMinnville High School Grizzlies football & basketball games, plus he was newscaster on daily at 12 noon & 6pm, and a sales accountant. 
Craig held many titles over the years at KMCM. In 1955 he became KMCM News Director as well as continuing as Sports Director. In 1956 Craig added a third title, KMCM Program Director. 
In September 1956 Craig Singletary began broadcasting Linfield College Wildcats football games for the next 10 years. In 1958 Craig E. Singletary was offered a part-time faculty position at Linfield College to teach mass communication and speech. 
In October 1959 Singletary was given the over all title of KMCM Director of Operations. In 1959 Craig was doing morning drive on KMCM 6-9am with his show “The Singletary Affair.” In September 1960 Craig joined the Linfield faculty full-time and “The Singletary Affair” was reduced an hour, 6-8am. 
Also in Fall 1960 Craig founded the Linfield carrier current station KLIN Radio. “I felt that it was one way to give the students practical experience,” Singletary said. In Spring 1961 Craig E. Singletary became KMCM Asst. General Manager. 
On September 1, 1963 it was announced Craig Singletary, Asst. Professor of Speech at Linfield College, received his Master of Arts Degree in Speech from the University of Oregon. Also in Fall 1963 Craig was back as KMCM Sports Director again to Spring 1966.
On January 17, 1972 KSLC at Linfield College began operation and Craig E. Singletary was the founding General Manager. In 1993 he retired at Linfield.

For your info from Wildcatville: KMCM-AM (1260) radio was put in the air June 18, 1949, by McMinnville's newspaper, the Telephone-Register/T-R later to become the News-Register/N-R. In 1959 the newspaper sold the station.


Cats 'voice' Kevin Nelson describes 2015 Linfield-UMHB football game

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...highlights of Kevin Nelson doing radio play-by-play on 12/5/2015 of Linfield College football 38-35 win in McMinnville, Oregon, on Maxwell Field/Catdome at Memorial Stadium over University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB) of Texas in NCAA Division 3 quarterfinals.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Larry Ward, former Linfield Wildcats radio ‘voice’ to join pro baseball Southern League Hall of Fame

Posted 5/11/2016

Larry Ward, a former radio play-by-play “voice” of Linfield College Wildcats football and men’s basketball will be inducted into the professional baseball Southern League Hall of Fame.

Long-time “voice” of the Class AA professional baseball Chattanooga, Tenn., Lookouts, Ward, as Wildcats' broadcaster, teamed with color commentator Dave Hansen, a member of the Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame.

That was in 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1977 on McMinnville radio station KMCM, which is now KLYC.

Ward's hall of fame induction will take place June 21, 2016, in conjunction with the Southern League All-Star game in Pearl, Miss.

From Maupin (Wasco Co.), Ore., Ward’s broadcasting career started at KACI Radio, The Dalles.

In 1978, he was part-time play-by-play voice for the Portland Beavers of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.

His long broadcasting career has included stops in Arizona, Florida and South Carolina. This year will be his 28th consecutive season calling Lookouts baseball. He’s the longest tenured broadcaster in the Southern League.

First broadcasting experience for Ward, a 1965 graduate of Wasco County Union High School in Maupin, Ore., was at KACI radio in The Dalles in the summer of 1970.

His initial time on the air was doing sports for a morning show. On weekends he was a disc jockey. During that summer he did live reports from the Wasco County Fair from the fairgrounds in Tygh Valley. He also did some news reports.

His job included selling on the air advertising spots. Once he left a business client in the middle of an ad sales presentation to cover a house fire. He phoned in a report on the fire to the radio station, went back to the client and made the sale.

The first radio play-by-play experience for Ward was broadcasting a Little League game in The Dalles. “That was such a great experience I decided that would be my radio career goal,” he said.

He joined KODL radio in The Dalles. While there a letter from KMCM came to the station that it had an opening for sports play-by-play broadcaster who would do college and high school games and also sell advertising. He interviewed for the job, was offered and accepted it and started in spring 1973.

When he did play-by-play for The Dalles High School games his color commentator was a grad of the high school. He wanted someone with Linfield connections to accompany him covering the Wildcats.

Ward said, “I believe it was Coach Rutschman who put me in touch with Dave Hansen of Linfield. We probably met over coffee or lunch. I asked and Dave didn’t take long to agree to do it.

“Our first broadcast was the first regular season football game* (Linfield at Portland State) of the 1973 season. (Linfield won, 19-3.) I think the broadcast started a little bumpy, but it quickly became smooth and stayed that way all the years we worked Linfield football and basketball together.”

Hansen said he was always comfortable and it was always enjoyable as Ward’s broadcasting partner on KMCM. “He was very professional, and gave me lots of room to run. Larry was a gentle teacher to a neophyte, nicknamed me ‘the professor’ and was a great straight man for stuff I did.”

During his time at KMCM, in addition to covering Linfield and McMinnville High School football, he sold enough advertising to also broadcast some Linfield, George Fox and area high school basketball games.

“I did basketball in the Charlie Sitton era at McMinnville High. We even did some baseball. In my six years at KMCM we had a sports talk show, covered tennis, track meets, motocross, horse shows and the St. Paul Rodeo. Several times I was chosen to do football playoffs, basketball tournaments and baseball playoffs for the OSAA. Also, I served as master of ceremonies at various events,” said Ward.

He left Oregon in the winter of 1979 after becoming play-by-play “voice” of the Tucson Toros of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.


Linfield’s 1973 season started on Maxwell Field with a non-counting 21-0 Wildcat varsity beating alumni game. The regular season began Sat., Sept. 22, with Linfield winning 19-3 at Portland Civic Stadium over Portland State. A story about the game says, “Linfield’s five-platoon punting system kept Portland State buried in its own territory most of the evening as the Wildcats won an error-filled contest … played during intermittent showers on slippery Tartan Turf.”


--Larry Ward (right) and Dave Hansen (left) broadcasting, for McMinnville’s KMCM-AM radio, a Linfield men's home basketball game in Riley Gym. Photo appeared (or was supposed to appear) in the 12/31/1975 McMinnville N-R/News-Register. Photo by McMinnville News-Register's Tom Ballard courtesy of the N-R.

--Larry Ward in his Chatanooga Outlooks radio broadcast booth. Photo appeared with story in 3/15/2016 The Dalles, Ore., Chronicle. Link to story:

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Kevin Nelson: New radio 'voice' of Linfield Wildcats

From Linfield Sports Info 5/5/2016

Linfield College has hired Kevin Nelson as its new football play-by-play broadcaster and community partnership representative.

Nelson takes over the role as “voice of the Wildcats” from Bill Johnson, who passed away suddenly in November. Out of necessity, Nelson was called upon to fill Johnson's seat in the broadcast booth during last season's football playoffs as Johnson became terminally ill.

Followers of Linfield athletic teams who tune into radio broadcasts on KPDQ-AM and KSLC-FM or watch the college's live stream videocasts, are likely already familiar with Nelson's on-air work. Before taking over the football play-by-play, he served as football sideline reporter. During his time at Linfield, he also provided play-by-play coverage of a wide spectrum of Linfield sports offerings, including basketball, volleyball, soccer, baseball and softball.

“Kevin has the special ability to take listeners on a magic carpet ride throughout the course of a game,” said Linfield sports information director Kelly Bird, who oversees the college's sports broadcasting operations. “Listeners grow comfortable hearing him in much the same way they become comfortable wearing their favorite pair of jeans. The quality of his voice, ability to fluctuate the intensity level to match the flow of the game, plus his natural ease on camera and behind the microphone, make him an extraordinary all-around talent.”

“Sports broadcasting is something I'm very passionate about. I take pride in every broadcast I've done, from volleyball to softball and everything in between,” said Nelson. “It will be nice to focus on one sport. I want fans and alumni to know the voice that they are hearing truly cares about past success as well as the future of the program.”

Nelson completes his bachelor's degree in mass communications this month. Though landing a coveted play-by-play position right out of college is rare for any new graduate, the Enumclaw, Washington, native expects his progression from the sidelines to lead play-by-play announcer to be smooth.

“I'm obviously familiar with the Linfield way of doing things. Our staff couldn't be better to work with and I'm excited to continue to push our broadcasts to the next level of sophistication.”

Taking over for Johnson as the athletic department's community partnership representative, Nelson also looks forward to meeting local business leaders and developing multi-media marketing plans. Armed with new ideas and a fresh perspective, Nelson's goals are to help businesses further build their brand while creating connections with potential new customers.

“The most intriguing aspect of the partnership side of the position is building relationships with local and corporate businesses,” he said. “I'm working to develop meaningful ways to connect the community with the exciting things we're doing at Linfield.”

Nelson intends to explore new opportunities to create a lively, family and student-oriented atmosphere at home athletic events starting this fall.

“Enhancing student life on campus and creating a game-day experience unlike any other in the Northwest Conference is something I want to make a priority,” he said. “With the support Linfield enjoys within the business community, together I believe we can make some wonderful changes happen.”

Linfield football broadcasts will continue to air on radio stations KPDQ-AM in Portland and KSLC-FM in McMinnville.

Photos from Linfield 2015 football season: Kevin Nelson setting up before a Linfield football game by Rusty Rae.  Kevin Nelson and color commentator Dave Hansen by Wildcatville.

Nelson the new voice of the 'Cats

May 10, 2016 McMinnville N-R

Kevin Nelson has been preoccupied academically this spring with his senior project.

Nelson, a senior mass communication major at Linfield College, created a four-part audio documentary of the Linfield football team’s 2015 season. His project beings with the Wildcats recovering from a 2014 loss in the NCAA Division III semifinals to Wisconsin-Whitewater and concludes with “the kick” – Michael Metter’s 32-yard field goal as time expired to vault Linfield over Mary Hardin-Baylor, 38-35, in the D-III quarterfinals December 5, 2015, at Maxwell Field.

The radio call of Metter’s kick is Nelson’s own – he served as the play-by-play man alongside color analyst Dave Hansen for Linfield’s broadcasts on KPDQ 800 AM and KSLC 90.3 FM. Nelson may yet get the chance to make more such calls.

Linfield announced Thursday evening that Nelson had been named “voice of the Wildcats” for the upcoming 2016 football season. Nelson, a sideline reporter for the Wildcats’ radio broadcasts in 2015, called three Linfield games in place of Bill Johnson, who died Nov. 27. Johnson, 71, had been the voice of the Wildcats since 2009 and also called University of Portland men’s basketball games for 23 seasons.

“I think that the opportunity here is greater than any other that I had going on,” said Nelson, who will graduate later this month. “We’re No. 3 (nationally). We’re going to be making another national title run. I like everybody that I work with. We work real well together.”

Nelson told the News-Register in an interview Saturday that he was formally hired for the position in February (“We just wanted to keep it under control since I was still a student,” he explained. “My plate was way too full to even start working”) and will assist with advertising and marketing surrounding the radio broadcasts. He served as a play-by-play voice for Linfield baseball, basketball, soccer and volleyball games for KSLC, Linfield’s student radio station.

A Linfield media release noted that broadcasts will continue to air on KPDQ and KSLC, which entered into agreements with the college before the 2015 season. It is not clear if Hansen, Linfield’s longtime analyst, will remain in his position. “I hope he is because I love working with the guy,” Nelson said. “I think we both make each other so much better.”

Nelson is operating as an independent contractor, an arrangement common in broadcasting, though he said that he, Wildcats athletic director Scott Carnahan and sports information director Kelly Bird may explore hiring him as a Linfield staff member in the future. He will certainly be one of the youngest radio broadcasters not attending the football team’s institution in the country; Nelson turned 22 on Dec. 11, 2015, the night before Linfield played the University of St. Thomas in the 2015 D-III semifinals.

“People are going to look at a 22-year-old kid and go, ‘He’s not gonna get it.’ This is not a one-stop shop and move onto the next thing. This is what I’m all in on,” Nelson said.

“Our program really has this community feel to it. Just the opportunity with saying, we want to help you as much as you are helping us, and making a partnership, that’s the most important thing.”

Kevin Nelson as an Enumclaw, Wash., High School student. As a baseball player for the Enumclaw Hornets, he was an outfielder, infielder and right-handed pitcher:

Cliff Saxton, Linfield Hall of Famer, dies April 22, 2106, in McMinnville

Clifford Francis Saxton 
Jan. 23, 1930 -April 22, 2016

Obituary 3498119 and photo in 5/6/2016 McMinnville N-R/News-Register, with slight editing/rewriting by Wilcatville

Linfield Athletics Hall of Famer Cliff Saxton (Clifford Francis Saxton), born Jan. 23, 1930, in Pierre, South Dakota, passed away April 22, 2016, in McMinnville. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, LaRene Cross Saxton, and brothers, Phil and Alvin.

In 1937, the family moved to Portland, where Cliff’s dad owned a grocery store on Union Avenue while building homes in the Northeast Portland area.

Graduating from Jefferson High in 1948, Cliff had the honor of playing in the first Oregon Shrine All-Star football game. He was an all-America football player for the Linfield Wildcats, lettering in the
1948, 1949, 1950 and 1951 seasons. 

In 2005, he was enshrined in the Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame:

In 1952, he married LaRene Cross and graduated from Linfield. 

He began a teaching and football coaching career at Shedd High School, followed by Siuslaw, North Bend and McNary (Keizer) high schools. He completed his 32-year education career as Athletic Director at Sprague High School (Salem).

Cliff was known as a man of integrity who impacted the lives of many, young and old, who had the pleasure of knowing him as a family man, coach, teacher, friend and colleague.

Always active, Clifford sold real estate, played golf, fished the Alsea River, boated in the San Juan Islands and traveled to Mexico and Arizona.

He is survived by his brother, Richard (Karen); daughter, Gayle Toft (Mick); son, Rob (Toni); and five grandchildren.

When Cliff was enshrined in the Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005, his “Hall” bio says Cliff and LaRene’s “two grown children, Gayle Toft and Rob Saxton, and their spouses are also Linfield graduates and a granddaughter will graduate from Linfield in January.”

Services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 12, 2016, at McNary Golf Course in Keizer. Please visit to leave memories on his webpage.


LaRene died in 2011. Here is her obit from the June 16, 2011, Salem, Ore., Statesman-Journal:

LaRene Cross Saxton

January 19, 1931 - June 2, 2011

LaRene Cross Saxton, 80, of Keizer, Oregon, passed away on June 2, 2011, at a local care facility.

She was born on January 19, 1931, in Albany, Oregon, to Willis Kenneth and Louise (Robinette) Cross. LaRene lived in Albany until 18, when she attended college at Oregon State University in Corvallis for her freshman year. She transferred to Linfield College in McMinnville for her sophomore and junior year, majoring in music. She earned a teaching degree from Western Oregon State College with a minor in music.

LaRene married Cllifford Saxton on August 24th, 1952, enjoying 59 years of a fulfilling marriage comprised of friendship, love, and happiness. Together they lived in Shedd, Florence, and North Bend, before moving to the Salem/ Keizer area where they lived for the last 44 years. LaRene was an elementary school teacher, and taught first grade in room 2 for 17 years at Highland Elementary School in Salem.

She loved her family dearly, and spent hours supporting them with endless patience, her keen sense of humor, love of laughter, and unconditional encouragement. A voracious reader, LaRene was constantly engrossed in a book, and she loved to knit, play classical piano, and travel.

LaRene is survived by her husband of 59 years, Clifford, of Salem; daughter, Gayle Toft and her husband, Mickey of McMinnville; son, Rob Saxton and his wife ,Toni of Sherwood; grandchildren, Erin Toft of Portland, Elaina Toft of Eugene, Bryan Toft of McMinnville, Sean Saxton of El Paso, Texas, and Ellany Saxton of Sherwood.

A Celebration of Life will take place on Friday, June 17, at 2:00 pm, at the Salem KROC Community Center, 1865 Bill Fey Dr. Arrangements were entrusted to Keizer Funeral Chapel. Memorials may be sent to The American Cancer Society of Oregon, or Serenity Palliative Care and Hospice.