Saturday, March 31, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Linfied's iconic Old Oak is gone -- the 80-foot tree fell/died on Jan. 8, 2008 -- but there's still an Old Oak in McMinnville. In the fall of 2011, the Oak & Ivy sports bar opened in downtown McMinnville at 326 NE Davis St. Since renamed "The Old Oak," it is a "Vintage collegiate themed sport bar." Read Oregonian coverage here.
Words and Music by Esther Wright
We’ll be loyal to old Linfield
With her backing never yield
Each day will bring some vict’ry
One more honor for her shield.
The Old Oak gives us courage
Keeps us steadfast in our way
For her we’ll fight will all our might
Alma Mater, we’re loyal to you!
You may search all Linfield’s hist’ry
For one more of disloyalty
Each student upholds her spirit
With her loyal faculty
Linfield’s friendships are the truest
They’ll back you in each test
For her we’ll fight will all our might
Alma Mater, we’re loyal to you!
Friday, March 23, 2012
Linfield mentions in story about George Fox College football from the April 2003 issue of George Fox Life:
Ghosts of the Gridiron: George Fox University football made its last tackle in 1968, but the memories are still fresh for football alumni
“This Good Quaker Boy”
Steven Wilhite (’61), a fullback and cornerback during his playing days and now a surgeon in Eugene, Ore., told how he hit a much-bigger Linfield College player so hard that his opponent had to be taken to the Newberg hospital.
“Now here I am, this good Quaker boy, and I know I’m supposed to be worried about hitting a guy like that — but I was so happy inside.”
Several years later, that same Linfield player came to Wilhite for a hernia operation. “I wasn’t sure if he remembered me,” says Wilhite, “but we got to talking about our college football days and this fellow says, ‘Man, the hardest I ever got hit was against George Fox. It put me in the hospital.’ I sure didn’t tell him who I was then, but it was nice to hear that. Then I fixed his hernia — and charged him my regular rate.”
The Kicking Game
George Fox football was competitive in the 1940s and 1950s. One of the college’s top players was Dick Zeller (’55), who led the team in passing, rushing, and punting.
“(Zeller) punted one at Linfield that got caught in a strong tailwind and sailed 76 yards,” recalls John Adams (’56). “That ball hung up so long, we beat it downfield. Someone popped the guy that caught the ball, it came loose, and I picked it up and raced for the end zone, but they tackled me just before I got in. That was the only time I ever carried the ball at George Fox.”
Art work above appeared in the April 2003 issue of George Fox Life along with this cutline: “With its ironic boast, the above T-shirt design has become a popular purchase in the University Store.”
According to signage on one of the building, it is "Linfield Manor." Information found online says the manor is a "multi family home” located at 547 and 549 Southwest Fellows Street in McMinnville. It's at the corner of Fellows Street and Cedarwood Avenue. This photo was taken 3/26/2012.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Here’s a question. Who on the 1966 Linfield baseball team caught the last pitch thrown by Linfield freshman left-hander Jon Hart in the 1966 title game, a 15-4 victory over Illinois’ Lewis University Flyers played the evening of June 10, 1966, at Phil Welch Stadium in St. Joseph, Missouri?
A 1966 Linfield business graduate, of Oregon Brewers Festival fame, Art owns Raccoon Lodge in Raleigh Hills and the Cascade Brewing Barrel House on southeast Belmont in Portland.
- The 1966 Linfield baseball team, coached by Roy Helser, won its NAIA World Series title by beating Lewis of Illinois, 15-4, the night of Friday, June 10, 1966, in St. Joseph, Mo., at Phil Welch Stadium.
- The 1971 baseball team, coached by Ad Rutschman, won its NAIA World Series title by beating Lipscomb of Tennessee, 9-8, in the afternoon of Wednesday June 9, 1971, in Phoenix, Ariz., at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
Barnes & Noble College has or will soon be managing the Linfield Bookstore, Wildcatville learned from fans in the stands during a Linfield softball game at the college's Del Smith Stadium in McMinnville on March 18, 2012. It's assumed B&N's management has included or will include the Linfield Bookstore branch in Loveridge Hall on the Linfield campus in northwest Portland.
This photo of the display windows and front door of the main bookstore location in Riley Hall on Linfield's McMinnville campus was taken on the afternoon of March 21, 2012.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
In a NWC softball doubleheader at Del Smith Stadium on the Linfield campus in McMinnville on March 18, 2012, the Linfield Wildcats beat the Lewis & Clark Pioneers, 11-2 and 8-0. Both games were shortened to five innings due to the eight-run mercy rule.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
'Cal Lutheran Football NCAA Playoffs Trip to Linfield'
The Cal Lutheran football team traveled to Oregon for its 2011 NCAA Championships first-round game. Uploaded by CalLutheran on Mar 12, 2012
Cal Lutheran played in McMinnville at Linfield on Nov. 19. 2011. The Wildcats won the game, 30-27. Read Linfield Sports Info news release about the game here.
CLU football team enjoys trip to postseason
By Rhiannon Potkey
Ventura County Star
Friday, November 18, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. — Daniel Mosier boarded the plane, grabbed his own row of seats and stretched out his legs.
The Cal Lutheran senior running back was flying charter for the first time, and he planned to enjoy the entire experience.
Sure, the CLU football team would love to have hosted an NCAA Division III playoff game, but it's not exactly like the Kingsmen are roughing it on the road.
"We're flying charter, eating good food and sleeping in nice beds," Mosier said. "There is nothing wrong with that."
Eighth-ranked CLU (8-1) will play at No. 5 Linfield (9-0) in the first round of the playoffs for the third straight year.
Kickoff today is at noon with the temperature expected to be 40 degrees with rain and possible snow showers.
CLU lost to Linfield in the previous two playoff meetings, and suffered another road loss to Linfield in the season opener this year.
But rather than view it as a disappointment to travel again, the Kingsmen are trying to embrace the opportunity.
"This is actually who I wanted to play first," said Mosier, a Royal High graduate. "Losing to them just left a sour taste in my mouth and that is all I have been thinking about. I am really just focused on the game."
The Kingsmen arrived at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank on Friday morning and their buses drove straight onto the tarmac next to the chartered plane.
They didn't have to wait in long lines to get their tickets or congregate at any gates.
They received a motivational sendoff from the bus driver and a personal message from the flight attendant as the plane touched down in Portland.
"Whip 'em good," she said over the loudspeaker. "Those Wildcats don't know what's coming."
Immediately after arriving in Portland, the Kingsmen went through a light practice in chilly conditions at Lewis & Clark College.
Although the teams met in the season opener in early September, CLU head coach Ben McEnroe notes a lot of things have changed since the 24-14 Linfield victory.
"I think both teams have gone through a natural growth and maturation process from the first week," he said. "Looking at them they are still an excellent defensive football team and they are the best defense we have faced. That hasn't changed, and their quarterback is no longer a first-game starter. He is nine games into it and has managed their offense pretty well and got them to an undefeated season."
CLU senior defensive back Justin Haulcy-Bateman believes the Kingsmen are more prepared to face Linfield than ever before.
"I feel really good about the team we have come up with this time and we are all confident and ready to go," said Haulcy-Bateman, a Hueneme High graduate. "We know their scheme and what they want to do and have prepared very well throughout the week to go do great stuff."
Since rallying to beat Redlands on Oct. 1, the Kingsmen have hardly been challenged in their last six games. They scored 52 or more points in each victory and their starters haven't played a full four quarters.
But McEnroe isn't worried about CLU not being battle-tested enough for the playoffs.
"All the games start 0-0. It's just a matter of who can play the best faster and who can get to the point where they are clicking the fastest when good teams face each other," McEnroe said. "Our guys look at everybody on the schedule as a competitor and they don't have any arrogance or cockiness. I know they will prepared."
The Kingsmen have always enjoyed the flight to Oregon, but they are hoping to finally enjoy the flight home for the first time.
Instead of contemplating another first-round loss, they want to be celebrating a first-round win.
"This is why you play and coach, to be in games like this," McEnroe said. "You want to put everything on the table and say, 'Let the better team win and the loser go home and sit on it for the offseason.' It's going to be a lot of fun."
Sunday, March 11, 2012
On Jan. 30, 1858, Oregon Territorial Legislature granted a charter to a new college in McMinnville. Initially known as The Baptist College in McMinnville, and then as McMinnville College. The name was changed to Linfield College in 1922. Linfield celebrated its 154th birthday on Jan. 30, 2012. This poster was seen on a wall in Linfield's Fred Meyer Lounge of Riley Hall on March 10, 2012.
Friday, March 09, 2012
Thursday, March 08, 2012
A Streak Beyond Compare
The last time Linfield had a losing season, Ike lived in the White House
By Marty Burns, Sports Illustrated
It's a typical football Saturday at tiny Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. A crowd of 3,500 packs the covered stands on one side of Maxwell Field. The school band strikes up the fight song, an engineer on a passing locomotive blows his horn and waves, and frat brothers lug in sofas and recliners to form end-zone luxury boxes.
"This is what Linfield football's all about," senior defensive end Ryan Carlson says. "We're not trying to make the NFL. We're here to play the game and get an education."
Oh, yes, and win. On Oct. 17 the Wildcats defeated archrival Willamette 20-19 to clinch their 43rd straight winning season, a record in college football at any level. Linfield, now 6-0 and ranked third in the Division III West region, had shared the previous record of 42 with Harvard (1881-1923) and Notre Dame (1889-1932). Nebraska has the longest current Division I streak, with 36 straight winning seasons. "Those are schools with great football traditions," Linfield coach Jay Locey says. "It's a heck of an honor."
For Linfield, a liberal arts college with 2,200 students located 40 miles south of Portland, winning football is as much a part of life as the rain that falls in the surrounding Willamette Valley. Linfield's streak began in 1956, the year Dwight Eisenhower was reelected, Don Larsen threw his perfect game and sock hops were the rage. Since then the Wildcats have gone 322-80-10, winning three small-college national titles and 25 Northwest Conference championships.
In all those years, Linfield has had only four coaches: Paul Durham, Ad Rutschman, Ed Langsdorf and Locey. The most successful of them was Rutschman, whose teams won 183 games and three NAIA Division II national crowns between 1968 and '91. Rutschman, who also coached the Linfield baseball team from '71 to '83, is the only person to have coached national title squads in baseball and football. Last August he was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame.
"Ad Rutschman is still the best teacher I've ever been around," says Oregon State coach Mike Riley, who played for Bear Bryant at Alabama before serving as a Linfield assistant from '77 to '82. "He could have coached at any level. But he liked his life at Linfield and believed in what he was doing. He didn't think being at a bigger school with a bigger stadium would make it any more important."
Rutschman, 67, still attends most Linfield games, watching from the coaches' box or standing along the field, where he greets an unending line of well-wishers. The old coach says Linfield's streak would not have been possible without so many dedicated players. "I don't know if we've always had the best athletes," he says. "But we might have had kids with the biggest hearts, the most desire and the most commitment."
When Rutschman retired, he turned over the reins to Langsdorf, who won 32 games in four years, from '92 to '95, before stepping down for personal reasons. Today Langsdorf serves as receivers coach under Locey, who began his Linfield career as Rutschman's defensive coordinator in '83.
No Linfield player has starred in the NFL, but a number of former players have become high school coaches, and Linfield's success is due partly to them. They have helped the Wildcats develop talent pipelines from as far away as Connecticut and Hawaii, and this year's roster lists 16 players from California. "Our former players have been our best recruiters," Linfield athletic director Scott Carnahan says.
About 130 kids try out annually for the team. "We never have to worry about numbers," Locey says. "Kids want to be part of a winning program."
"It's a pretty daunting task to carry on a tradition like we have here," says fifth-year senior quarterback Brian Higgins. "There's pressure from students, fans and alumni. We're always hearing about the streak. But I think it's made us better because it's made us work harder."
Linfield's football pride has extended beyond campus to the roughly 22,000 residents of McMinnville. Games at Maxwell Field are almost always sold out, and GO CATS signs appear in shops up and down Baker Street, the main thoroughfare. Not even a World Series MVP performance by a Linfield alum and McMinnville resident—the New York Yankees' Scott Brosius—has been bigger than the streak.
Maybe that explains the jubilant scene at Maxwell Field following the victory over Willamette. After the final buzzer the Linfield students did something that would have made the folks at Notre Dame proud: They tore down the goalposts. Who says this isn't the big time?
Monday, March 05, 2012
Sunday, March 04, 2012
Sluggish Viks drop ‘Cats, 6-0
By NICK BERTRAM
Of The Oregonian staff
McMINNVILLE – It took almost 50 minutes, but Portland State University finally got the bugs out of its sluggish offense and put together a scoring drive to measure an equally impotent Linfield College, 6-0, here Saturday afternoon.
Freshman Darrell Beane punched over from the two-yard line with 11:24 left to give Viking Coach Ron Stratten his first victory at the PSU helm. But even the game’s only score was sloppy as Beane bobbled the ball crossing the goal line, then gathered it in under his chest as the ball bounced back toward him and away from the Wildcats defenders.
Defense was sharp on both sides and a hard downpour at the game’s onset had a lot to do with the feeble offense.
The ball was left uncovered in the rain and time and again it would pop into the air as neither team could sustain anything resembling a drive.
With a slick ball, timing was an exception and a broken play the rule.
At halftime Portland State had pounded out one first down, had 16 yards passing and were at minus five yards rushing due to three long fumble setbacks.
Linfield fared little better with three first downs, 11 passing and 30 rushing yards. It did manage to arrive at the PSU 23 in the first quarter, but fumbled the ball away and late in the first half maneuvered all the way to the Viking 25 where the Wildcat field goal attempt fell far short barely making the end zone.
In the fourth quarter the Vikings came alive, for a short time that is, and clicked on a long pass from Roger Gaylord to Jay Mann which covered 28 yards, the longest play of the game.
Mann made a fine catch and the Vikings were in virgin territory on the Linfield 20. Four plays later they were on the Wildcat two and Beane circled his right end moments later for the six points it seemed nobody wanted.
Jay Buse, Linfield’s excellent sophomore defensive end, broke through to block the conversion attempt. Fitting, even an “automatic” conversion kick wouldn’t work.
Linfield made one final run at scoring, getting the chance when PSU tried to make a fourth and one on the Wildcat 23 and Buse once again sliced through to drop Gaylord for a four-yard loss.
With Rocky Thompson at the helm, the Wildcats drove for two first downs in the wining seconds, their only first downs of the second half, but Thompson found himself under Vik defense tackle Cletotha Dowdy’s 230-pounds at the final gun.
Neither coach had much to say about their offense, so defense took the spotlight.
“We did some good things in the second half,” said Stratten, “once we stopped stunting and started playing football.”
Ends Larry Dean and Bill Dials were in the Linfield quarterback’s bair all afternoon, while tackle Tommy Ray Cole and cornerback Ted Spencer also drew praise.
“We played much better on defense,” Wildcat boss Ad Rutschman added. Ends Buse and Steve Barsotti turned in key plays, while tackle Bob Williams, middle guard Larry Geigle and cornerback Ron Coffield also had steady performances.
The scores blared over the public announcing system from all over the country “68-3, 55-20, 77-7…” But the spectators here were fortunate to see more than double zeroes.
Portland State…. 0 0 0 6 – 6
Linfield ….0 0 0 0 – 0
PSU – Beane 2 run (kick failed)
First downs: PSU 10 Linf 5
Passing yds: PSU 90 Linf 46
Passes: PSU 10-16-1 Linf 9-25-3
Punts: PSU 7-29.0 Linf 9-25.3
Fumbles-lost: PSU 4 Linf 1
Penalties-yds: PSU 4-35, Linf 3-40