Friday, March 27, 2015

Catball practice 3/27/2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015

What we see. What we'd like to see.

What we see on McMinnville’s Northeast Adams Street (99W) near Northeast First Street. (It’s about a two minute drive from this sign to the Linfield campus.) What we’d like to see. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

In March 2016, LCC fell to Linfield JV Softball

The Linfield junior varsity scored early and often as the Wildcats held off the Lower Columbia College -- LCC, a two-year institution in Longview, Wash. -- Red Devils, 7-3, in nonleague women’s softball on Thursday in McMinnville, Ore.
According to The Daily News of Longview, LCC trailed 5-0 after four innings. 

In the fifth, the Devils scored three runs, highlighted by a two-run triple from Ashley Kelly.
The Wildcats added solo runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
LCC athletics website says the teams played twice on March 24, with Linfield winning the first game, 7-3, and LCC winning the second, 8-6. See game recap at link below and game photo above.

Speaking of LCC:
--Linfielders Don Porter and Jack Riley were coaches and athletic directors at LCC way back when.
--In the first game of Linfield’s varsity 1948 football season, Linfield beat LCC 14-7 on LCC’s field in Longview. According to the Linfield football record book, it was the only time Linfield’s varsity played LCC. It was first game of Paul Durham’s storied career at Linfield head football coach. See story below from Sept. 19, 1948, Sunday Oregonian about the game.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ad Rutschman: Mentor to Mike Riley, Nebraska head football coach

In the Omaha World-Herald of about March 10, 2015, Mike Riley, new Nebraska head football coach/former Oregon State head football coach/former Linfield assistant football coach, talks about his mentors: Bear Bryant, Alabama (1971-1974), Ad Rutschman,Linfield (1977-1982) and John Robinson, USC (1993-1996).  Text about Coach Rutschman (who was head coach of Linfield football, 1968-1991) is below:


Linfield College (1977-82)

“Ad Rutschman was a teacher. He’s actually the best teacher of sports technique that I’ve ever been around. He taught guys how to play. I was an assistant for him in kind of three ways. When you’re at a small college, everybody wears a bunch of hats. He was the athletic director, the head football coach and the head baseball coach. So I did a lot of administrative stuff for him in the athletic director part of it, I was defensive coordinator for his football team and I was the JV baseball coach for his baseball program. So I got to basically follow him around and be with him all the time. I think the biggest thing I got from him is that he taught guys how to play. How to hit, how to field, how to pitch. It was how to drive-block, how to backpedal. He could teach it all. He was one guy in football that I’ve known that could coach any position. To this day, I admire that because there’s not many guys like that. I don’t claim to be that guy. I think it’s hard technically to be an expert at all that different stuff. He taught guys how to do things.”

Photo shows clipping from the World-Herald. Thanks to Gerry Painter, Wildcatville contributor, for providing the clip. 

To read the entire piece, go to this URL ...
... scroll down a bit and look for the Mike Riley mentors sidebar to an article about Paul Chryst, Wisconsin head football coach. Or, click on the photo above to make it larger and the sidebar easy to read.

Monday, March 09, 2015

John Sadowski as Waipahu Marauder, Linfield Wildcat

Before John Sadowski (Class of 1970) became a Linfield Wildcat, he was a Marauder from Waipahu, Hawaii, High School. 

--One photo shows some of the sport section front of Sunday's May 2, 1965, Honoululu Star-Bulletin and Advertiser. That's Waipahu's John on the left winning the state of Hawaii boys' prep 440-yard dash at 49.5 and, in the process, tying the state record. The state meet, where he won the event, was held in Iolani School in Honolulu. 

--From the 1965 Ka Mea Ohi yearbook of Waipahu High, see John breaking tape in winning the 440 in a track meet held at Waialua H.S. 

Both high school photos show John's greatest competitor in football and track, Bob Batie from Waialua. 

--And, from the 1967 Linfield Oak Leaves, Wildcats John (on the left) and Ray Taylor (Class of 1968) are shown in action versus PLU. Linfield won the game, 21-0, played Saturday, Oct. 21, 1966, on PLU's home field in Parkland, Wash. In this case the home field was at Franklin Pierce High School in Parkland, where PLU's campus is located in the Tacoma area).

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Linfield Softball (Catball) beats George Fox on 3/7/2015

Linfield Softball 3/7/2015, Game #1 vs. George Fox in McMinnville. Catball wins,3-0

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Jeff Durham gambles, wins with shovel pass

Source: Oregonian, Oct. 16, 1976

Never let it be said Forest Grove High School football coach Jeff Durham (McMinnville High Class of 1958 and Linfield Class of 1963) isn't a gambler.

The Vikings used one of the oldest plays in the book -- the halfback shovel pass -- into a 20-yard touchdown run to break a scoreless tie in the second quarter and pave the way for a 16-6 Coast-Valley League high school football action Friday night, Oct. 15, 1975, on McMinnville High School's football field.

"It was a play my dad (Paul Durham, former Linfield football coach) had given me years ago," said Durham of the play on a fourth-and-17 situation moments into the second quarter. "My coaches always kid me about it, but when I asked them about using it tonight they didn't object. It was the first time we're run that play this year."

Durham admitted the win over his former high school coach, Don Mabee, and the Grizzlies was a big one.