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The Fighting Scots honor the seniors in Spring finale

Lily Kate Harpham

Contributing Writer

 

In the last of two exhibition games for the spring football season, the Fighting Scots went up against Ohio Wesleyan’s Battling Bishops in nail-biting fashion. Although Ohio Wesleyan took the win, the Fighting Scots’ performance last Friday was full of impressive plays. Before the game began, the Wooster football team took a moment to recognize the 10 seniors on the team: quarterback Caden Croft ’21, defensive backs Cam Pollard ’21, Mark Herron ’21 and Beau Greenwood ’21, linebackers Brandon Vincenzo ’21 and Eric Kraus ’21, offensive linemen Eli Lohrey ’21 and Artemus Scissum ’21, defensive tackle Kobe Matesic ’21 and wide receiver Keetrone Singleton ’21. Sophomore defensive back Dorion Talley ’23 kept his remarks on the seniors short and sweet, saying, “The seniors did great this season, leading us in practices and our games. It’s really a shame that we couldn’t have more games this season so they could have more playing time … The seniors had a huge impact on the team, and they will be missed!” 

The Fighting Scots’ offense had many notable performances throughout the game, including a 76-yard touchdown run by Troy Baughman ’22, one of two scores made by Baughman. Baughman also completed 16 carries with a total of 131 yards by the end of the game. Defensive back PT Fischer ’24 scored a 23-yard field goal in the second quarter of the game, temporarily putting Wooster in the lead. Mateo Renteria ’22 completed 18 of 24 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown during his time on the field. Renteria and Brennan South ’24 worked together to complete a 23-yard touchdown against the Battling Bishops in the third quarter. Renteria and Cole Hissong ’24 also had notable passing play completions at 20 and 17 yards, respectively. Wide receiver Mitchell Heilman ’24 also had a notable performance with a 57-yard reception that set the Scots up to score a touchdown, as well as a total of three receptions and 122 yards. The Scots’ defense had Andrew Armile ’24 leading the game in tackles, with a total of 13, followed by Angelo Petracci ’22 and Langston Williams ’23 with 10 tackles each. Total team statistics for the game against Ohio Wesleyan include 283 passing yards and 199 rushing yards.

Despite a disappointing final score of 38 to the Battling Bishops’ 52, the Wooster Fighting Scots football team celebrated their senior players’ performance during this unorthodox spring season. Kicker and punter Ryan Johnston ’23 had this to say as he reflected on the game and season: “We went into the game wanting to win the spring and really prepare for next year. It was definitely special to be with the seniors and support them for their last game but it was great getting a look at the future of our team’s playing as well. Ohio Wesleyan was a good team with a lot of seniors, and we played them pretty well considering everything. We’re definitely excited for next season and to come out strong!” 

Now that the short spring season is over, the Fighting Scots are beginning to train for the fall season, hoping to start the new season strong and make up for lost time. Congratulations to all the seniors, and go Scots!

Wooster Slams Double Header Out of the Park

Olivia Mittak

Sports Editor

 

After losing last year’s baseball season to COVID-19, the Fighting Scots baseball team came back in stride during a double-header against Ohio Wesleyan University this past Saturday, March 20. The first game of two seemed like an uphill battle, with both teams failing to score any points for the first seven innings. Evan Faxon ’21 struck out six of Ohio Wesleyan’s players, only allowing a single one of his opponents to reach third base. Tyler Chumita ’22 and Dane Camphausen ’23 rounded out the Scots’ impressive defense this game, assisting Faxon in his enormous efforts to stop the Battling Bishops in their tracks. The Scots’ offense struggled this game to match the feats of their defense, failing to make a single score until the end of the game. Just when it might have felt that the game would go on forever, the Fighting Scots were able to win on an error by the Bishop’s pitcher.

If anyone was led to believe during this first game that the Fighting Scots had been caught asleep, they certainly woke up by the second game. The team won their second game of the double header with an incredibly impressive score of 18-1. The Battling Bishops’ defense managed to hold the Scots back for the first few innings before the latter finally broke free, scoring 6 points in the 4th inning. Another two points in inning five and 10 points in inning six shot the Scots way beyond the reach of the Battling Bishops. The Scots’ defense was still on top of their game, allowing their opponent to score only once in the entire game.

Pitcher Steve Spidell ’21 was part of the Scots’ successful defense, assisting them in their efforts to secure the 18-1 win against Ohio Wesleyan. This will be Spidell’s final season playing for the Fighting Scots. When asked about the double header, Spidell commented, “It was a fantastic feeling to be able to play at Art Murray Field again and come away with two wins.” He also reflected on the process of playing baseball during a global pandemic; while admitting that there’s certainly been changes to the way things work, he proclaimed that the Fighting Scots’ baseball team is “willing to do whatever it takes to play a full season again.”

Pitcher Ian Leon ’23 also had some thoughts to share about the double header and baseball during COVID-19. He shared praise for the Fighting Scots’ defense during both games, although he felt that the team’s offense was lacking during game one. “In game two we got it together,” he remarked, a statement that certainly aligns with the final score for the Scots. Leon said that he felt it was “a little weird to have masks and social distancing during games,” but that playing baseball for the College of Wooster still feels “more or less the same” to him.

The Fighting Scots baseball team, despite their initial struggles, was able to successfully walk into this year’s season with a 2-0 record. They are certainly shaping up to be a formidable foe for many teams in their division this year, and we wish them the best of luck.

The Fighting Scots baseball team will be playing on March 27 at Denison University against the Big Red.

Scots break two home records in season finale

Lily Kate Harpham

Staff Writer

 

Following a tumultuous season of canceled and rescheduled competitions, the Wooster swim and dive team has wrapped up the end of its season with a meet full of incredible performances and broken records. Competing against Hiram College and Wittenberg University over the course of two days, the Fighting Scots men’s and women’s teams tallied a total of 1,187.5 points and 1,130 points, respectively. This impressive final score is more than double the points earned by the runner-up of the competition, Hiram. During the two days of competition, many Timken Natatorium records were bested in the course of the events. Of note, Josh Pearson ’24 went 8-for-8 in first-place finishes, including clocking in at 16:23.55 in the 1,650 freestyle, a time 10 seconds faster than the previous record. Pearson also teamed up with Wyatt Foss ’21, Josh Gluck ’21 and Craig Klummp ’21 to win the 400 freestyle relay with a final time of 3:16.10. 

Gluck broke a Timken Natatorium record with a 200 backstroke time of 1:51.60,  a personal best for him. Gluck also set his record for the 100 backstroke with a time of 50.92, finishing the competition as a six-time winner. Foss was first to touch in the 100 freestyle with a time of 48.33, as well as being a member of the winning 800 and 400 men’s relay teams. Foss also ended the competition as a six-time winner. Other men’s winners included Eric Jacques ’22, earning 367.6 points on the one-meter diving board and Craig Klumpp ’21 clocking in at 2:12.00 in the 200 breaststroke. In the 200 freestyle relay, Lyonel Fritsch ’24, Noah Golovan ’23, Noah Fox ’23 and Klumpp clocked in a winning time of 1:31.05.  

Eric Jacques ’22, currently the only diver on the team, spoke about the bittersweet nature of a season coming to a close, especially one as unorthodox as a season in a pandemic. “We are all extremely grateful that we had the opportunity to compete. It’s sad to see all the seniors leave. Each and every one of them is so unbelievably special.” 

Madison Whitman ‘21 and Lexi Riley-DiPaolo ‘21, along with Emma Connors ’24 and Kay Wetmore ’22, beat an over 30-year-old Timken Natatorium record in the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 8:06.46. With a time of 4:05.84, Hannah Langer ’21, Anne Bowers ’21, Molly Likins ’22 and Connors capped the first session on Saturday by winning the 400 medley relay. Likins also earned individual blue ribbons in the 50 and 100 breaststroke as well as the 50 freestyle, with times of 30.73, 1:06.86 and 25.08 respectively. 

Members of the record-breaking women’s 800 freestyle relay, Whitman and Wetmore both described the energy of the weekend’s competition. “The team atmosphere was pretty high because our team had really great swims all day and a lot of records were being broken. All of the team support and positivity pushed us to swim our hardest and break the record,” said Whitman. Wetmore added, “Although it was a very unconventional swim season, everyone persisted through and we definitely all swam our best!”  

Other notable women’s victories include Wetmores’ impressive wins in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:18.83 and a time of 18:21.49 in the 1,650 freestyle. Other winners include Mia Chen ’22, with a 100 backstroke time of 1:01.09, and Anne Bowers’ ’21 first-place finishes in both the 50 and 100 butterflies, with a time of 27.19 in the 50 and 1:00.24 in the 100.

The College announces new guidelines for spectators

Laura Haley

Chief Copy Editor

 

On March 9, the College announced that effective March 12, students, faculty and staff who are a part of the on-campus weekly testing program will be permitted to attend home athletic competitions with capacity limits, masks and physical distancing in place. 

The policy, located on the Wooster Athletics website, outlines spectator conditions for each sport. Specifically, each venue is restricted to 30 percent capacity and physically distanced seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, there are some competitions that require a team pass list which allows athletes to invite one guest per competition; this includes golf, basketball, tennis (if competing inside) and volleyball. For sports such as volleyball and basketball each senior is permitted to have two guests on the pass list. Upon arrival or as requested, each attendee will be required to show their “good to go” badge, which is received after submitting their Scot’s Daily Health Check form. 

When asked about the updated spectator policy, volleyball player Katie Billetdeaux ’22 mentioned, “I’m very grateful that the updated spectator policy went into effect the day before our first official game against Ohio Wesleyan … Some of the invited fans at our game were cheering loudly, which was a fun atmosphere to play in again. I wouldn’t say that it felt ‘normal’ per se, but it’s a new normal that we must adjust to as athletes, just like wearing masks when we play.” Tennis player Becky LaRue ’22 added, “I’m glad that we are starting to return to more normalcy. I just hope that members of the campus community are still taking the same precautions and that because we are opening things, more people don’t think they can become reckless.” 

In addition to limiting capacity to those already among the campus community, visiting team fans are not permitted to attend competitions nor are families and friends. The policy currently states, “We are sorry that we cannot invite families and other fans at this time as visitors to campus are currently limited to admissions or interviews and other critical campus operations.” 

In terms of those allowed to attend the athletic competitions, baseball player Stephen Spidell ’21 stated, “I would love to have my family and friends at games to see our team play, but the College as well as the student body has done a great job with the weekly testing policy and containing the spread on campus. I feel that we have earned the privilege for attending on-campus events and activities.” Despite the restrictions on families and friends visiting, the Athletic Department is offering to livestream as many events as possible. Streaming will be available on the schedule page on the Wooster Athletics’ website. 

The policy statement closes by reminding the campus community of the College’s commitments during the course of the pandemic, stating, “The health and safety of The College of Wooster’s student-athletes, coaches and staff is the highest priority during the coronavirus pandemic. We recognize that families and friends are eager to watch our contests in person, and we will continue to evaluate our capacity for opening our events more broadly.” Optimistically, Billetdeaux remarked, “With everything that has been taken away from us this year due to the pandemic, I’m very thankful for every step forward in cultivating a more normal athletic experience, with hopes of a traditional senior season next fall.”

Wooster Sportlight: Pollard reminisces before final season

Matt Olszewski

Senior Sports Editor

 

Camryn Pollard ’21, a defensive back on the Fighting Scots football team, was ecstatic to be back out on the field against DePauw University on Saturday, March 13. In his final semester at Wooster, he has tried to take advantage of every possible moment he can spend with his teammates and friends. During his first season at Wooster, he was a multi-position star who was a key part of the Scots’ secondary and the primary return specialist. On Oct. 21, 2017, he opened the Hiram contest with a school-record 97-yard kick return. Pollard scored his first collegiate touchdown a week prior on a 43-yard interception return versus Oberlin. Defensively, he has been a force to be reckoned with. Pollard logged 30 tackles and was third on the team with a pair of interceptions. The next season — Fall 2018 — he earned second-team All-NCAC honors as a return specialist after leading the NCAC with a 20.7 average on punt returns. 

Pollard has been a key player for the Scots all throughout college and has loved being a member of Wooster football. He reflected on his favorite memory as a Fighting Scot athlete and as part of his team. “My favorite memory was setting the school record for the longest kick return in school history my freshman year.” Regarding his team, he said, “These are my brothers for life. The guys have been there for me through all the ups and downs, and I can’t thank them enough.” 

COVID-19 has affected athletes in countless ways. As for Pollard and his team, he mentioned that his team has always been close with each other. “COVID just made things better for us because now we have to hold each other accountable on a different level in order for us to play,” said Pollard. The Scots faced off against the DePauw Tigers on Saturday, March 13. Despite the loss, Pollard had been eagerly waiting to play alongside his teammates. “Sheesh. After 483 days, it felt wonderful to line up across from somebody who’s not a Fighting Scot. It was definitely bittersweet.” 

He wouldn’t be in the same position he is in today if it were not for his coaches. “My coaches have believed in me since the first day they recruited me. On and off the field, they’ve pushed me to become a better man than what I came to college as,” Pollard remarked. In his last semester at Wooster, Pollard described his Independent Study (I.S.) and what he is investigating. “My I.S. talks about the experiences of Black police officers and if the Black community supports them. I looked at this topic because we’ve been going through a lot of police brutality in the world and the career that I want to go into deals with law enforcement. So, I wanted to see what type of responses I would get to give me some insight on how my community thinks,” described Pollard. 

Pollard and his team will play Ohio Wesleyan University at John Papp Stadium on Friday, April 2, at 5:00 p.m.

Wooster Sportlight: Matson reflects on COVID silver-lining

Matt Olszewski

Senior Sports Editor

 

For Devon Matson ’21, COVID-19 has been a blessing in disguise. Matson — a two-year all-conference performer at Brunswick High School in Ohio and a four-year letter winner — emphasized the positive nature of being able to spend more time with teammates; “The pandemic has allowed our team to become closer because we are the people that we each get to interact with the most due to the restrictions on gatherings and social distancing. We also have all faced the same struggles since the beginning of the pandemic. We all were together in Hilton Head, South Carolina on spring break when we got called back, and we all understand the disappointment of having our past spring and fall seasons cancelled. I think sharing these experiences has brought us together because we understand each other and those emotions,” she said. 

In terms of the biggest challenge for her and her team during the pandemic, the season being cancelled in the spring and fall was a huge disappointment. She noted that with all of the uncertainty now, any match could be cancelled with little to no prior notice. “We don’t know exactly what the season will look like (who we play with, will spectators be allowed, etc.), but we know it is going to be different than past years,” Matson said. “We won’t be playing with as many teams, and we won’t be doing overnight tournaments. Accepting all these changes and uncertainties has been a big challenge for us.”

During the 2018-2019 season Matson was a Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholar and a member of the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Academic Honor Roll. In her next season, she was again a WGCA All-American Scholar and a member of the NCAC Academic Honor Roll. Her season low round score was a 182 at the Ohio Wesleyan University Fall Invite (Sept. 7-8). 

All of this success has come partly thanks to her coach, Lisa Campanell Komara. “Coach has helped [me] develop my skills on the course by consistently working on my swing and finding ways to improve it. As someone who tends to let [my] mind inhibit [my] gameplay, she has provided resources to help improve this aspect of my game. She motivates me at practice and works hard to help make me a better player. Her encouragement to have a positive attitude and to work hard has helped me develop off the course as a student and as a person.”  

As for Matson’s favorite memory as a Wooster student-athlete, she emphasized her team’s spring break trip to Hilton Head. “We get to play at beautiful golf courses nearly every day. As a team, we get to make so many memories together and get closer to one another during this trip. The drive down, the courses we played, the restaurants we went to, and the time that we spent with each other created some of my favorite memories,” said Matson. 

Matson’s teammates have been a key component of her incredibly positive experience at Wooster so far. “They are some of my closest friends. I spend so much time with them, and I enjoy every moment of it,” she said. “My teammates have helped create some of my fondest memories at Wooster. They provide a support system and a group of friends that I wouldn’t have otherwise.”

Matson is currently finishing up her Independent Study, which is about the representation of homoerotic relationships between women in Greek art. “I am reinterpreting artwork from ancient Greece that show women together and arguing that these images are depicting same-sex relationships,” Matson explained. “This pushes back on the current heteronormative understanding of these pieces. I have created a digital exhibit to showcase the art and my analysis of each piece.”