Saturday, December 19, 2015

Report on Randy Marshall rehab (posted 12/19/2015)

Coach Ad Rutschman and Bob Haack talked on the phone today 12/19/2015 with Randy Marshall, rehabbing in a Lake Oswego rehab center. Rehabilitation after an accident Randy had on his Wasco County ranch – about 46 miles from The Dalles -- around Thanksgiving. Randy appreciated hearing from/talking to them and expressed to both his optimism as rebab continues



(Randy would be happy to talk to you, but PLEASE keep conversations short. Don’t call too early. Don’t call too late. He’s a rehab patient and has his schedule to maintain. Don’t know if Randy texts.)

RANDY MARSHALL Facebook page =

(Randy and others have posted messages regarding Randy’s accident and rehab.)


(Don’t know if Randy is checking his email)

RANDY MARSHALL current address =

Randy Marshall, rehabilitation patient
The Pearl at Kruse Way
4550 Carman Dr
Lake Oswego OR 97035

(Randy hopes his rehabilitation goes well and he’ll be discharged and able to go home around Christmas. So, if you are going to send him a card or note, do it quick!)


Did you see this (link below) at Wildcatville about Randy’s NFL experience? Photo with this posting is from Randy’s time with the NFL Atlanta Falcons.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Slideshow: Wildcatville presents Linfield Football 2015 season review

Wildcatville presents Linfield Football 2015 season review. The presentation, in a slideshow running about 10:35, features photos by Wildcatville and photographer Rusty Rae. Covering all 13 games, the slideshow concludes with photos taken by Rusty 12/12/2015 in the Linfield vs. University of St. Thomas NCAAD3 football playoff semi-final game in St. Paul, Minn.

Posted 12/17/2015

Linfield Review 12/7/2015: Linfield football teams advances to semifinals

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

NCAAD3 football ‘a little like’ North Korea

From a story headlined, “Tommyrot” by Robert Husseman, sports editor, McMinnville N-R/News-Register 12/15/2015 …

“…NCAA Division III football is a little like the nation of North Korea. Information on teams is limited or nonexistent, and most available video footage is grainy or poorly transmitted.”

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Stories about Linfielder Jim Sims (played basketball) from 2015 and 2013

Putting it all together: Jim Sims has owned and operated the Pastime Bar and Grill in Genesee since 1992.

Genesee businessman puts his skills to work
By Shanon Quinn Moscow (Idaho) – Pullman (Wash.) Daily News Sat., Dec. 12, 2015  
Walking into Jim Sims' Pastime Bar and Grill in Genesee is like venturing into times past - though into what era is debatable.
Gleaming original woodwork sets off a dark red accent wall and the stage for historic town artifacts - signs of businesses closed 50 years ago, street scenes from the 1890s-1900s, and paintings of muted colors with peaceful feelings.
There's plenty of evidence of the 1970s and '80s as well. The jukebox plays everything from Waylon Jennings to Creed while pinball, foosball and the old standbys of darts and pool wait for players in the large back room.
While the atmosphere gives the feeling of the building's history, so does the proprietor.
Sims has operated his establishment for the past 24 years and is willing to tell its tales - and his own.
Born and raised in Orofino, Sims didn't dream of owning a restaurant or bar. In the beginning, life was all about basketball.
"I turned out for basketball in seventh grade or eighth grade and my senior year I was second team all-state. I got a scholarship to Linfield College and played four years there," he said.
Sims, who played for the Linfield Wildcats from 1967-71, said his signature move was dunking the ball and hanging off the rim.
"I could jump back then," he said. "We had one game where we scored 145 points. We had six or seven games where we were over 100 points. We were in good shape back then."
But it was an experience far off the court that first brought to his mind the dream of restaurant ownership.
"I started serving doughnuts in a coffee shop when I was in college. I think it was for the athletic club. I got a kick out of giving people doughnuts. They were happy to get them and they'd give me the money and go sit down and enjoy their doughnut. You get some satisfaction out of that," Sims said.
But when his college graduation came about, opening a restaurant was the last thing on his mind. First, he needed to take care of his debts.
After working in construction for a couple of years, Sims said he quit his job and decided to visit his brother in Monterey, Calif.
"I hitchhiked down to see him," Sims said. "It sounds crazy now. The '70s were a different time period and there were a lot more hitchhikers, hippies and stuff out on the freeway. You can't get comfortable, if you don't know where you're going. But it sure sounded fun back then."
While checking out California, Sims said he stopped by a restaurant managed by a college friend.
"I proceeded to have a few drinks at the bar and started talking to this guy who was the controller of the Refectory restaurant chain. He said, 'if you want a job come talk to me in the morning,' " Sims said. "I started work the next week."
Sims worked for the chain for 18 years, he said, and put his accounting degree from Linfield to good use.
"I worked my way up from management training in a restaurant to auditing to accounting manager to financial analyst to controller," he said. "Then Marriott bought them and fired everyone. That was the end."
It was around that time Sims decided he didn't want to raise his family or retire in California, where everything seemed so expensive, and he made the move to Genesee, where he owned a house.
"I worked on my house for quite a while and was looking for a job. This place was closed and I wanted to own my own restaurant. We checked into it and into getting it. It was what I wanted to do so it's what I'm doing now. I just stuck with it," Sims said.
That was where the construction in his background helped out.
"There's been a lot to do," Sims said. "When I first got it, it had a false ceiling. I broke out the false ceiling, put in the lights, painted it and cleaned it up."
Restoring the floor was another battle he fought in the early days of restaurant ownership, as the former operators drilled holes in the wood floor to accommodate a leak rather than repair it.
"The floor was all rotted out," Sims said.
Nearly a quarter century later, the business is coming together, although there is never a lack of projects to work on - such as the recently remodeled women's bathroom.
While liquor bottles fill cabinets and there is beer on tap, food remains Sims' biggest priority.
He can count on a full house for Taco Tuesdays and his menu runs the gamut from simple grilled cheese sandwiches, fries and chicken to high stacked burgers - hand formed from hamburger from Vandal Meats - and prime rib smoked out back.
That feeling first experienced in college when he handed people their fluffy pastries has not deserted him.
"I still get that same satisfaction when people come in, enjoy their meal and leave happy and say, 'thanks a lot it was great,' " Sims said. "When somebody tells me that was the best prime rib they ever had in their life it means more to me than a $20 tip."

Jim Sims: Big-city refugee runs for small-town mayor

Big-city refugee runs for small-town mayor

By David Johnson Lewiston (Idaho) Tribune Fri, Sept 20, 2013 

People featured in this column have been selected randomly from the telephone book and cellphone numbers contributed by readers.

GENESEE, Idaho - If Jim Sims could be president of the United States, he said he'd round up all Republicans and stick the rascals in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
Then he'd get on with fixing the plight of working men and women.
"I hate Republicans," Jim said, with a hint of serious jest in his eyes. "They're the ones stalling everything that's going on in the Senate and the House."
But he can't be president. So Jim has decided to run for mayor of this Latah County farming town. If elected in November, he vowed to make sure the doggone diagonal parking on downtown Walnut Street is eliminated.
"It endangers everyone who drives down the street," he said.
Call the issue the politics of parking.
"I don't think there are any issues," he said, "except the one I'm creating."
Jim, who appears on the ballot as James W. Sims, is running against incumbent Mayor Steve S. Odenborg and hopeful Charley Rennaker. Two city council positions are also up for election.
"I've never done anything in politics," said Jim, who owns and operates the Pastime Bar and Grill on Walnut Street here where patrons, by the way, are allowed to park parallel in front of the place. Business in Genesee, Jim lamented, is like most places in America - slow.
"I don't care what they say about the recovery," he said.
When he bought the Pastime about 20 years ago, people with disposable income bellied up to the bar and gathered for lunch and dinner on a regular basis. Not so today.
"I think a lot of it is just the economy. My clientele is mostly the working man," Jim said. "And the working man quit working. He's not working as much."
Armed with a bachelor's degree in accounting that he earned while on a basketball scholarship at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., Jim said he was about two courses short of a master's of business administration at Golden Gate University in San Francisco when he started working in the food industry doing auditing, accounting, analysis and eventually becoming a controller for a management company. Then the city got to him.
"When I was in the Bay Area, it was an hour and a half to work, bumper-to-bumper traffic," he said.
Born in Orofino and having moved around with his family to Grangeville, Moscow, Clarkston and other locations, Jim's return to northern Idaho was akin to a homecoming.
"It's small. It's quiet. There's not a lot of traffic," he said of Genesee. "Driving to Lewiston is a pleasure. You enjoy the trip. With my credentials, you'd have to work in Seattle or Portland, or San Francisco. And I didn't want to do that. I wanted to live here and raise my kids in a smaller town."
A father of two and grandfather of three (with another on the way), Jim lives with his partner of 21 years and potential "First Lady" of Genesee, Joy Tooley. He suggests that his familiarity with the town (including its politics), coupled with his education and success in business, should put him in good stead for holding office.
"I can do it," he said. "I'm not concerned about it."
If he had to declare a party affiliation, Jim said he'd probably choose independent over Democrat, and surely over Republican ... although he equivocated a tad about jailing Republicans.
"If there was a good Republican running who had some good ideas and was a leader," Jim proffered, "I wouldn't have any problems voting for him."
If dogged determination is a measure of political potential, Jim might have already passed the litmus test with the diagonal parking issue. First he gathered 100 signatures on a petition calling for a change. It got rejected at the city level. So he sought higher authority.
Latah County Clerk-Auditor Susan Petersen, a Republican, confirmed that Jim was the driving force behind the initiative that will appear on the November Genesee ballot, along with the races for mayor and city council seats. A yes vote on the initiative will "eliminate the diagonal parking." A no vote "would make no change."
Of course, Jim said, he'll have to win the three-way mayoral race to ensure against shenanigans.
(Below is a portion of a story.)
Latah County voters decide variety of council races
Lewiston (Idaho) Tribune Wed, Nov 6, 2013
Voter turnout was typically low for strictly local elections in Latah County Tuesday night, as only 34 percent of registered voters made the trip down to the polls.
In total, 5,226 of the 15,292 registered voters cast their ballots.
In Genesee, incumbent Steve Odenborg appeared to have eked out a win in his re-election bid, with 125 votes and 45.96 percent, to 122 votes or 44.85 percent for Charley Rennaker. A third candidate, Jim Simms got 25 votes and 9.19 percent - the parking initiative that he championed was also struck down by Genesee voters, 199 votes and 74 percent to 69 votes and 26 percent. The initiative would have returned the diagonal parking downtown to parallel parking.
From 1970 Linfield College Oak Leaves yearbook.
Photo shows Linfield men’s basketball players (l-r) Jim Sims and Mike Smithey.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Before Linfield at St. Thomas football game 12/12/2015

Photographer Rusty Rae’s photos and video clips from before the Linfield at St. Thomas football game 12/12/2015 in St. Paul, Minn. Photos include players (l-r) Stephen Nnabue and Jacob Hanke at breakfast, Wildcats on St. Thomas’ Palmer Field near O'Shaughnessy Stadium scoreboard, and Linfield football broadcaster Kevin Nelson in the stadium radio booth. Video clips are of Linfield team on field before kickoff.

NCAAD3 football semi-final playoff game: Linfield at St. Thomas, 12/12/2015, St. Paul, Minn.

‘Moments in time’ NCAAD3 football semi-final playoff game: Linfield at St. Thomas on 12/12/2015 in. St. Paul, Minn. Tommies 38, Wildcats 17. Rusty Rae photos and slideshow.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

'Same as last year. You always want it. But if it doesn't go that way, take how it goes and learn from the experience and appreciate what you had here." -- Alex Hoff, Linfield defensive end

Linfield undone by turnovers as St. Thomas advances to DIII championship, 38-17

By Brian Hall, special to Oregonian 12/12/2015 electronic, 12/13/2015 print

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Linfield's prominence among the top Division III football teams was secure before the Wildcats' meeting with St. Thomas (Minn.) on Saturday 12/12/2015 in the national semifinals.

Linfield owns one Division III title and was playing Saturday in its second straight semifinals. Becoming one of the truly elite teams is proving to be yet another step.

St. Thomas rolled up 389 rushing yards and the Wildcats committed five turnovers in Saturday's 38-17 loss. The Tommies advanced to face Mount Union, which beat two-time defending champion Wisconsin-Whitewater 36-6 earlier Saturday, in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl next week in Salem, Virginia.

Only three teams in Division III have advanced to the championship game since Linfield won the title in 2004.

"I'd say excellence," Wildcats coach Joe Smith said of his program's development. "It's a steep hill to climb. The elite in Division III are elite for a reason. Really, out of 245 teams, that there's seven or eight that I think actually have the ability to play in a semifinal type format. We're very proud to be one of those teams. If anything, I think we just realize that we have to get better."

Linfield (12-1) rallied for two fourth-quarter touchdowns behind quarterback Sam Riddle, but could only get as close as 13 points as St. Thomas earned their second trip to the title game in four years.
Riddle came off the bench to finish 15-of-24 passing for 173 yards and two touchdowns to Spencer Payne and Erick Douglas. Payne had a team-high 59 rushing yards.

Linfield started Tom Knecht at quarterback with Riddle dealing with an ankle injury. Knecht was 14 of 28 for 117 passing yards and two interceptions. Smith called Riddle "80 percent."

"I thought before the game I felt the best I had in two weeks," Riddle said. "I knew I wasn't 100 percent. I respected coach Smith and coach (Aaron) Boehme's decision on starting Tom. Tom's a great quarterback. It sucks. It sucks that we're sitting here and we're done in this room. This ankle, it happens in this sport."

Knecht had led Linfield to a come-from-behind win the previous week with 492 passing yards and five touchdowns. Both quarterbacks were also undone by several drops by receivers and the Wildcats had to shift their offensive focus after an early deficit.

The second-ranked Wildcats trailed 20-0 less than 12 minutes into the game as Knecht lost a fumble and threw an interception within the first three drives.

"The way the game started was horrendous for us," Smith said. "It wasn't how we scripted it. Certainly got to feel like we were not ready to play; I take all the blame for that. We did not come out ready to meet their physical prowess of what St. Thomas did."

The physical approach for St. Thomas was running behind a big offensive line with running back Jordan Roberts, who tallied 256 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries.

"That's something that no one's done to us to that extent that I can remember," Smith said. "We were close a bunch. Had a couple of those been touchdowns, I think it changes the nature of the game. But their ability to pound the football and wear the clock down and move the chains was admirable today."

Linfield was making its seventh consecutive postseason appearance. The team's seniors finished with a 45-5 record over the past four seasons.

"Same as last year," defensive end Alex Hoff said of the emotions of losing in the semifinals. "You always want it. But if it doesn't go that way, take how it goes and learn from the experience and appreciate what you had here."


Linfield undone by turnovers as St. Thomas advances to DIII championship, 38-17
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on December 12, 2015 at 7:03 PM, updated December 12, 2015 at 10:47 PM

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By BRIAN HALLDec. 12, 2015 8:59 PM EST
St. Thomas advances to Division III championship
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DECEMBER 12, 2015
St. Thomas advances to Division III championship