Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Linfield football fans might recognize Packer coach Mike McCarthy

Green Bay won Super Bowl XLV, played Feb. 6, 2001.

Does Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers head coach, look familiar?

If you are a Linfield College football fan, maybe he does. Did you see him in McMinnville?

McCarthy played for the Baker University (Kansas) Wildcats versus the Linfield Wildcats (Oregon) in the NAIA Div II 1986 national championship football game.

On a muddy field at McMinnville (Ore.) High School’s Wortman Stadium, Linfield won, 17-0. The game was played Saturday, Dec. 13, 1986.

A Pittsburgh native, McCarthy played the 1985 and 1986 seasons at Baker after attending Salem (W. Va.) College and Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College. He was a tight end and team captain for Baker during the 1986 season.

According to statistics in a game story in the Dec. 14, 1986, Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard, McCarthy did not make a catch in the Baker-Linfield game.

Linfield is located in McMinnville, Ore., about 39 miles from Portland, Ore. Baker University is in Baldwin City, Kan., about 52 miles from Kansas City, Mo.


Mike McCarthy’s Green Bay Packers Super Bowl XLV press conference - Feb. 1, 2011, quotes include…

When did you realize you wanted to be a head coach?

"When I was in college at Baker University, I had the opportunity to talk to our head coach at the time, Charlie Richard and our offensive coordinator Dan Harris.”

Mike McCarthy’ Green Bay Packers press conf. transcript - Jan. 27, 2011, quotes include …

Please speak about your time at Baker and Fort Hays and how that laid the foundation for you to become coach of a Super Bowl team.

“My experience at Baker University, I was around a great coach, knew it then, in Charlie Richard. He was very successful, was an excellent recruiter. When you took the field, you felt like you were the best prepared team, so those two years there, we had two very good football teams, and still have personal relationships still today back there. Dan Harris just retired as the athletic director, was the offensive coordinator and was also an excellent coach. He's a line coach.”

Monday, January 24, 2011

Six Wildcats contend for 2010 Oregon Sports Awards honors

Photo: Staci Doucette

Staci Doucette, Linfield softball player, received the 2010 Ad Rutschman Small College Athlete of the Year-female award during the 59th Oregon Sports Award banquet on Jan. 30, 2011.

The awards program saluted 80 award finalist among Oregon’s finest athletes, coaches, sports personalities and performances from 2010.

Another contender for the honor received by Doucette was her Linfield softball teammate Karleigh Prestianni.

Finalists for the Ad Rutschman Small College Athlete of the Year - male included:

Kelson Brown, Linfield baseball.
Eric Hedin, Linfield football.

Finalists for the Slats Gill Sportsperson of the Year included:

Scott Brosius, Linfield baseball coach.
Chris Casey, Aloha High School football coach. He is a Linfield grad and former Linfield assistant football coach.

Read Linfield Sports Information’s Jan. 31, 2011, news release about Doucette and the other Wildcat nominees here.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

No bicycle, but a scholarship ride to Linfield College

Everybody has a Story: No bicycle, but a scholarship ride to college.

By Catherine Hathaway Waller,
Orchards (Clark County), Wash.

Wednesday, Dec.1, 2010
Vancouver, Wash., Columbian Daily Newspaper

The year was 1930 and I was 11. My family lived on a remote 900-acre farm in Glenwood, 35 miles north of the Columbia River Gorge. I was the eldest child in a large family with a younger sister and four younger brothers. My father was a heavy equipment operator at J. Neils Lumber Company and my mother tended to the household duties. The farming chores were left to me, my siblings and my mother when my father was working at the mill.

We didn’t have much, but we were a happy family and knew the value of work. My mother’s plan for me was to attend college, but none of us knew where the money would come from.

There were no shopping malls or big-box stores in those days. Families like ours that lived in the country relied heavily on purchasing everything, from socks to tractors, through the few mail-order catalogs that came yearly. We were so excited when the catalogs were delivered that we pored over every single page.

One Montgomery Ward catalog caught my mother’s attention. In it she spotted a notice about a special program that would create a college scholarship in your name and send 15 percent of the price of items purchased in your name to the college of your choice. She helped me complete the necessary application packet and we sent it in.

In return, I received from Montgomery Ward special forms that would need to be completed and submitted with each purchase, in order to provide a credit towards my newly created scholarship.

Mother spread the word of my scholarship to her friends and I told my schoolmates. Family friend Amy, postmistress and store keeper, was instrumental in letting folks know how they could help me. In addition, our treasured neighbor Mr. Kuhnhausen, who routinely drove a cattle truck to Portland, helped immensely. On certain return trips, he would stop at the Portland Montgomery Ward store with his empty truck and load the large farm supplies and equipment that he and the neighboring folks in the Glenwood Valley had ordered. He always took the extra time needed to fill out the forms required with a purchase to credit my scholarship account. He and others were worried that I wouldn’t receive any of the scholarship money at all, since over the next few years we received notices from Montgomery Ward that the sales incentive was dropping from 15 percent of the price to 10 percent and then to 5 percent.

At one point we received a letter from Montgomery Ward stating they would give a brand new bicycle to anyone in the scholarship program in exchange for their accrued scholarship dollars. The exchange was tempting — not knowing if I would ever see any of the money anyway — but my mother was adamant about sticking to the program. Only one other student in the Glenwood Valley was involved in the scholarship program and he chose to take the bicycle.

7 years of good luck
For seven years my family and neighbors filled out the forms that detailed their purchases and sent them to Montgomery Ward in the hopes of increasing my scholarship. I turned 18 and looked forward to college. My mother thought Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., was the best college choice for me. I was not sure of my field of study but trusted my mother’s advice as to where I should attend. In the fall of 1937, my mother helped me pack up my possessions in a large trunk and drove me to McMinnville in the family truck.

Before we left my father said, “The money won’t be there.” I was worried my father was right but hoped he wasn’t, since we would just have to turn the truck around and head back home. Without a scholarship, there was no money for college.

When we arrived at Linfield, we went directly to the admissions office and inquired about the scholarship. Neither one of us could believe it: the money was there. Even the college treasurer, Jimmy, was surprised each year when the $450 needed for tuition, books, room and board arrived. I decided to major in education and the Montgomery Ward college scholarship covered all four years of my degree. I was used to working long hours on the farm so I was able to supplement my scholarship by working in the school cafeteria for 35 cents an hour. In addition, my parents provided support by sending me $6 each month along with a little note with news from home.

I graduated from Linfield in 1941 with a degree in education. Montgomery Ward even sent me the $150 remaining in my scholarship account after my graduation. Some of my early teaching positions were in the small Oregon towns of Ukiah, Moro and Helix, and later in Sunnyside, northwest of the Tri-Cities.

I know I could have ended up with a shiny new bicycle, but at the age of 91, I am thankful my mother knew the value of a good education. It still amazes me that the combined extra effort of my family and dear friends helped me obtain an education that provided me a career, adventures and friendships to last a lifetime.

=Two other stories which mention Montgomery Ward scholarships:

Aero-engineer Kenneth Razak dies
By Beccy Tanner
The Wichita (Kansas) Eagle
June 16, 2010

“He went to the University of Kansas on a Montgomery Ward scholarship program that his mother enrolled him in. She saturated Trego and Gove counties with order blanks so that 5 percent of each person's order from those counties was credited to her son's scholarship account. In 1935, he had enough money to pay for his first year of college.”

He Always Finds Time For Working With Clocks
By Marian Ludlow
The (Orlando, Florida) Sentinel Staff
Oct 30, 1988

When giving a child a plaything, one never knows how it might affect his future. In Les Barker's case, he was given old clocks to play with during the Depression when his father could not afford toys. Clocks became his hobby and eventually his business. Born in Kentucky, Barker went to Berea College for one year on a Montgomery Ward scholarship and then transferred to Chicago to study electrical construction …”

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

1975: Linfield earns football tie in NWC

Linfield earns tie in NWC
By Terry Richard
Sunday Oregonian, Nov. 16, 1975 (with some 2010 editing).

McMINNVILLE – Linfield’s Wildcats earned themselves a chance to wait for another football game when they held off Willamette 14-9 for a Northwest Conference win Saturday afternoon at a quagmire called Maxwell Field.

The win for coach Ad Rutschman’s Wildcats gave them a tie with Pacific Lutheran and Whitworth for their sixth NWC title in seven years. It also earned them the right to play for the Oregon “championship” against Oregon College if the Wolves become available.

(As it turned out, it was Linfield’s last game of the season. On the same afternoon in Monmouth OCE beat UPS, 30-27. That helped put OCE into to the NAIA playoffs. The Wolves lost in Kingsville, Texas, to Texas A&I, 37-0, to end their season. If Linfield, NWC co-titlist, and OCE, Evegreen Conference champ, had played in post-season, it would have been a rematch. OCE beat Linfield, 13-6, in the season opener for both teams in McMinnville.)

Linfield almost started its waiting game too soon. After slogging to a 14-0 halftime lead on the scoring of Rob Love and Rick Hadeen, the Wildcats were outplayed in the second half.

“I thought we played an exceptionally good first half-considering the conditions,” said Rutschman. “But, in the second half mistakes started to hurt. We also may have had a change of attitude because of the 14-0 lead.”

Willamette (coached by Tommy Lee) scored its nine points in the fourth period. The Bearcats could have had more except the Linfield defenses twice stopped drives inside the five-yard line.

The last-quarter rally by Willamette was led by an aroused defense and backup quarterback Dave Claunch. After defensive end Gary Johnson blocked a punt out of the end zone for a safety, Claunch scrambled for an eight-yard touchdown with 7:05 to play.

The pair of scores got the Bearcats within range but Linfield’s defenders rose to the challenge of the final few minutes.

Love opened the game’s scoring (on a reverse) when he found the only solid footing on the field and sprinted around right end for a 53-yard score (with 5:23 to go) in the first quarter. He added the Cats’ other TD when he caught a pass from Keith Wentela in the second period.

Love’s best run of the day, a 33-yard tackle-busting jaunt after a pass reception, was nullified because of a clipping penalty.

Linfield’s, still waiting on OCE’s fate, has a 6-3 season record. Willamette finished at 4-5.

Willamette 0 0 0 9 – 9
Linfield 7 7 0 0 – 14

Lin-Love 53 run (Hadeen kick)
Lin- Love 5 pass from Wentela (Hadeen kick)
Wil – Safety, Johnson blocked punt out of end zone
Wil-Claunch 8 run (Simmers kick)
A – 3,300

First downs 10/9
Rushes-yds. 35-64/40-147
Passes 14-34-4/5-17-2
Fumbles-lost 1-1/1-1
Penalities-yds 5-42/6-70

Rob Love: Nevada State Prison recreation specialist

Prison athletic director still serving community
By Charles Whisnand
Nevada Appeal Sports Editor
Carson City, Nevada
Jan. 10, 2008
(Includes slight editing by Wildcatville.)

Nevada State Prison Recreation Specialist Rob Love has been coordinating athletic activities and operating the gym at the prison for 30 years.

Chances are if you've lived, grown up or raised children in Carson City over the last 30 years, your life has been touched in some way by Rob Love.

Simply put, thousands of children and adults in Carson City have had their lives affected by Love in one way or another over those 30 years. Along with helping Carson City's residents during that time, Love has also spent his entire career helping the inmates at Nevada State Prison.

For the past 30 years and seven months, Love has served as the Nevada State Prison's athletic and recreation specialist.

He's now considering retirement - and while his fondness of Hawaii and golf along with his wife's prodding is calling him - Love said he doesn't know if he's ready to ride off into the Hawaiian sunset just yet. "I still love my job," Love said. "I can answer that right now as far as when I'll retire."

Love and his wife, Sharon, who is already retired, have a home in Hawaii and Love admitted his wife would like him to retire. Plus, he's being pulled by his love of golf and Hawaii.

Love served on the football coaching staffs of such coaches as Paul Croghan and Bob Bateman at Carson. But he admitted he gave up his coaching at CHS when he discovered golf.

"I kind of fell in love with golf," he said. "My love is golf and Hawaii. That's where I focus a lot of my attention."

And while Love plans to go to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl next month, his focus is still on his service in the community and at the prison as well.

"It doesn't seem like I've been here 30 years," he said. "I love Northern Nevada. (I'm) trying to decide when I want to leave."

Love is a Las Vegas native and had such a distinguised athletic career at Western High, he became the second person ever to be inducted into the school's Hall of Fame.

He decided to play football at Linfield College in Oregon, an NAIA school at the time, a decision that may have not made that much sense on the surface since Love had dreams of playing pro football.

"I had aspirations to play pro football," he said. "In hindsight I'm glad I went to Linfield."

He majored in physical education at Linfield where he graduated in 1976 and was set to take a teaching job in Oregon. But he came home to be with his ailing mother.

Love was then set to take a teaching job at Clark High in Las Vegas. But a mutual friend through Linfield, Tim Smith*, convinced him to take the test for his current position and even bought him a plane ticket to make sure he would make it up here to take the test.

After taking the test and being offered the job here, Love had another decision to make.

"Do I want to stay in Vegas or do I want to come up here?" he asked. In 1977, he decided to come to Carson City. "I've been here ever since," he said.

In addition, Love helps out Carson City Recreation Director Joel Dunn in the city's youth basketball league. Love supervises the officials for the league and also serves as a coach and an official in the league. He also helps supervise the city's adult softball leagues and in the past has supervised the city's adult men's basketball league.

As the prison's athletic director, Love supervises all the athletic and recreation programs for all the inmates ranging from weight training to intramural programs in basketball, volleyball, softball and soccer. In basketball, Love supervises a total of about 20 teams in various leagues at the prison.

A unique characteristic of the league is the games involving the inmates are officiated by other inmates. Love said there are inmates who have gone on to work as officials once they got out of prison.

"It's a serious asset to the institution as far as containing the daily tension going on," said Love about the athletic program.

He said the "No 1 goal is to help them occupy their time in a constructive manner" along with maintaining the health and wellness of the inmates. "All this stuff helps them do those things," Love said.

Love said he couldn't imagine what the prison would be like without programs like the athletic, education and prison industry programs. "I would hate to think what kind of problems we would have here," Love said.

As part of his duties, Love supervises as many as 100 inmates at a time in the prison gym and he said he has never run into serious problems.

"There's no trouble here," he said. "The gym is a positive place. I have no fear of being in here. Respect that goes a long way. How you treat people."

Whenever he's had to discipline an inmate he's never had a problem, Love said. "It's very rewarding when guys get out of here," he said. "I'd like to think I had something to do about changing their behavior."


*Note from Wildcatville. Tim Smith graduated from Linfield in 1970. He attended Linfield after graduating from Serra Catholic High School in Salem, Ore. He lettered in football for Linfield in the 1967, 1968 and 1969 seasons. He died at age 34 in February 1981