Monday, October 28, 2013

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Monday, October 21, 2013


The 1989 movie “Back to the Future II" is set on Wed., Oct. 21, 2015. Closest Linfield 2014 football game to that date is Linfield Homecoming on Sat., Oct. 18. Wildcatville designates Whitworth vs. Linfield on Oct. 18 as the "Cats to the Future" game. Bring your hoverboard to the BWC Homecoming BBQ in the big tent.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Linfield at Whitworth football 10/19/2013

Wildcatville six minute and two second slideshow includes before game photos of Spokane (including on Gonzaga University and Whitworth University campuses), photos during Linfield at Whitworth Northwest Conference football game in Whitworth's Pine Bowl and photos after game.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Milestones for Linfield's 10/19/2013 football game

Many Linfield football fans know that a victory over Whitworth on Saturday will secure another winning season for the Wildcats, extending Linfield's national college record of consecutive winning seasons to 58.

The last time a Linfield football team did not win more than half its games was 1955.

There is another milestone within the Wildcats' reach on Saturday that is lesser known.

Linfield has shut out its last two opponents. The last time the Wildcats shut out three teams in a row was in 1950 -- 63 years ago.

The school record for shut-out victories in a season is five achieved in both 1964 and 1965.

For the record, the most points Linfield ever scored in a shut-out victory was 83, against  Western Oregon in 1927.

The fewest was a 2-0 victory over Pacific in 1984. Linfield went on to win its second national championship that season.

Some other shutout facts:

Linfield also won three consecutive games by shutouts in 1946 and 1937. If they do it Saturday, it will be the fourth time in 99 years of Linfield football.

In addition to the record five shutout victories in 1964 and 1965, Linfield shut out four opponents in 1926 and 1950.

Perhaps emphasizing the effect of the forward pass and increasing potency of offenses, Linfield won 76 shut-out games in its first 50 years of football, but only 53 in its last 49 years.

Thanks to Linfielder Dennis Anderson for researching and writing this story.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Linfield football helmet decals honor Paul Durham’s 100th birthday

The 100th birthday of Paul Durham, legendary Linfield football coach and athletic director, will be honored by the Linfield Wildcats football team.

Born in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 18, 1913, Durham died at age 93 on June 22, 2007, in Honolulu, Hawai'i

Linfield football player helmets in the Lewis & Clark at Linfield game Oct. 26, 2013, on Maxwell Field will have “PD 100” decals affixed to the back of their helmets.

Balance of a Linfield athletic enhancement endowment fund in Durham's name recently exceeded $100,000 thanks to a $10,000 anonymous donation and follow-up donations made through  fund-raising by three of Durham's former players, Ray Olson, Bob Ferguson, and Bob Haack, classes of 1954, 1965 and 1969 respectively.

A 1936 Linfield graduate, Durham was a star athlete for the college. He returned to the Linfield in 1948 as football coach and added athletic director duties in 1949. He served as football coach through the 1967 season and as athletic director to 1968.

The round decals are purple with white lettering "PD 100, Coach Paul Durham, His 100th Birthday, Linfield."

This is at least the second time a former Linfield head football coach has been honored with a football helmet decal. The 1995 Linfield football team had "Ad Attitude" decals on player helmets prior to Ad Rutschman's 1996 retirement as athletic director.
"Ad Attitude" decal from helmet of Wildcat footballer Ryan Haack, who lettered 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Linfielder Steve 'Sparky' Davis is facing a major health challenge

In September 2013, Steve "Sparky" Davis, Linfield Class of 1972, was diagnosed with leukemia, He is undergoing chemotherapy treatment at the OHSU in Portland. A Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame member, Steve is a former Wildcat football player and sports info director whose volunteer duties for Linfield Athletics include managing concessions at Linfield home football games. Learn about his nickname here. 

He is Oregon sales representative for Daktronics, the world's industry leader in designing and manufacturing electronic scoreboards, programmable display systems and large screen video displays. There are many Daktronics products used at Linfield athletic venues.

Steve's Daktronics bio:

Professional Life:
"I graduated from Linfield College (McMinnville, OR) in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. My minor was in Communications (journalism and speech). After that, I served as the Sports Information Director at Linfield College from 1973-1974 and again from 1979-1980. I spent six years in electrical wholesale distributor sales.

"I was fortunate to enjoy 20 years of experience in the Electrical Contracting field. While there, I worked in project management, lighting design, and various company management duties. All of these things helped me to prepare for my work with Daktronics. I began my career with Daktronics in 2000 when I took a position with the Daktronics Sales and Service (DSS) office in Portland, OR.

Personal Life:
"My love of athletics has extended into my personal life as well. I have enjoyed coaching Youth Girl’s Fastpitch Softball for 14 summers. In 1995, I was the Head Girl’s Softball Coach at McMinnville High School. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to be honored by some fantastic friends and colleagues. In 1979, I received the 2nd place award for NAIA Football Media Guide. In 1988, I was awarded the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) District 2 Meritorious Service Award. That same year, I also received the Alumni Distinguished Service Award from Linfield College. In 2003 I was honored again when Linfield College inducted me into the Linfield College Athletics Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service. Most recently, I was inducted into the 2011 North Salem High School Hall of Fame as a member of the 1967 State Championship baseball team.

"I have been lucky enough to share these experiences with my wife, Marilyn (married since 1971), our two daughters, Rori and Rhonda (their husbands Ryan and Ron), and my six grandchildren."


Purple wristbands in support of Steve Davis were distributed to fans. The Wildcatville photos here show wristbands of Kip Patterson ("WIN MY DAY") and Scott Carnahan ("STEVE DAVIS") during 9/21/2013 Cal Luth at Linfield football game.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Show your colors

Cardinal and Purple

Linfield athletic teams sport one of the most unique color schemes in all of college athletics. The college adopted the current colors of Cardinal (Red) and Purple in 1917.

Purple, a symbol of wealth and power during the Middle Ages, was worn by Roman emperors and by Roman Catholic popes. Wealthy popes used gems and purple stones in papal architecture. Pope Paul II (1464-71), who enjoyed a luxurious lifestyle, introduced the use of scarlet, calling it "Cardinal's Purple," because it was worn by his cardinals. Cardinal red, similar in hue to burgandy, also became a luxury dye during the Middle Ages.

Source: Linfield Athletics/Traditions

Sunday, October 06, 2013