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Football Wins Shootout in Final Home Game

Thomas Pitney

Sports Editor


On Saturday, Nov. 6, the Wooster football team hosted its final home game of the season against its longtime rival: the Allegheny College Gators. Determined to give its seniors a positive final memory at John P. Papp Stadium, the Scots put on an offensive show for its fans, matching the Gators score for score and pulling away late to capture a 59-41 win.

From the opening kickoff, it was clear that the Scots’ offense was in rhythm. After Allegheny went three-and-out on its first offensive drive, captain quarterback Mateo Renteria ’22 capped off a quick Wooster score with a 28-yard touchdown pass to Troy Baughman ’22. Renteria was a standout in this game, completing 74.5% of his passes, tossing for 506 yards and throwing six touchdowns with just one interception. Allegheny’s high-flying offense responded on the second play of its ensuing drive with a 68-yard touchdown strike to tie the game 7-7. Wooster retook the lead at 14-7 on a 36-yard Renteria pass to Douglas Bryant II ’25. A first-year wide receiver who has been a deep threat for the Scots all year, Bryant II had a breakout game, making 13 receptions for 200 yards and one touchdown. However, Allegheny scored again to end the first quarter in a 14-14 stalemate.

Early in the second quarter, it looked as if the tide had turned in Allegheny’s favor. The Gators had quickly scored to take a 21-14 lead and, due to a muffed kickoff, the Scots started their next drive at their own four yard line. However, the Scots made a statement, driving 96 yards in 14 plays and five minutes on an Andrew Yanssens ’23 touchdown run to make it 21 apiece. Captain tight end Cole Hissong ’22 noted the offense’s resiliency. “We faced a lot of adversity in the first half, but we made plays when we needed to.” The Gators, however, again found paydirt to take a 28-21 lead. With just over two minutes remaining in the half, Renteria finished a well-engineered drive himself on a three-yard run to even the game at 28. With under 30 seconds remaining, Langston Williams ’23 forced a crucial fumble that was recovered by Beau Greenwood ’22. The Scots’ offense and special teams took advantage, as a 21-yard Renteria pass to Hissong set up a successful 25-yard field goal from Lake Barrett ’23 to give the Scots a 31-28 edge at halftime.

The Scots and Gators both opened the second half with touchdown drives and Williams blocked an Allegheny extra point attempt to make it a 38-34 game early in the third quarter. A three-and-out, blocked punt and quick 17-yard drive later, Allegheny was suddenly back in front 41-38. On the next Scots’ drive Renteria and Hissong again connected, this time from seven yards out, to give the Scots a 45-41 lead. Hissong said “I had a good one-on-one matchup with the safety rolled down, I was able to get some separation and Teo put in a great spot and I was able to get the toe tap.” Allegheny quickly responded by penetrating deep into Wooster territory. Just when it looked like Allegheny would seize the lead, Williams made another terrific play, tipping a pass to captain linebacker Angelo Petracci ’22, who came up with the interception. Petracci gave credit to Williams for the play. “Langston made a great play on the ball that made my job easy.” From there, the Scots stretched their lead to 52-41 at the third quarter’s end on a 4-yard touchdown pass to Carter Warstler ’24.

The Scots’ defensive opportunism continued. In the middle of the fourth quarter, Williams again terrorized the Gators by intercepting Allegheny to give Wooster a short field. On the very next play, Warstler reeled in a 26-yard pass to give the Scots a 59-41 lead. With Allegheny threatening again at the Wooster 5-yard line on its ensuing drive, Domenic DeMuth ’24 strip-sacked Allegheny’s quarterback and Neil Clayton ’24 recovered the loose ball to snuff out any hope of a Gators’ comeback. Hissong was extremely satisfied with the win, noting that “having not won a game against Allegheny in my four years added a little extra motivation for me, and I just tried to make plays when I could.”

This was not just the final home game and penultimate game of the season for Wooster, but also a celebration of Wooster football’s seniors. Petracci had nothing but good things to say about the experience. “The best word to describe my last home game was grateful. Looking back after four years, I can’t believe how fast it has gone by. Lining the hill for the last time, I thought about how blessed I’ve been to play football at the collegiate level and have Coach Colaprete and staff mentor me through the process.”

The final game for the Scots will take place at Wittenberg University, as they take on the Tigers on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 1:00 p.m.




Historic Weekend for Women’s Volleyball

Langston Hood

Sports Editor


The Fighting Scots volleyball team put on a performance for the ages throughout the NCAC tournament, demolishing Oberlin and Hiram in straight sets on Friday, Nov. 5 to advance to the conference semi-final. After dominating Oberlin in the first round, the Scots were on a collision course with Hiram in the second round. 

Wooster’s evening match-up proved to be a walk in the park, as the Hiram Terriers showed little bite. The Fighting Scots let Hiram keep the first set close before a combination of Hiram errors and kills from Seven Townsel ’22 and Hayley Nash ’22 allowed Wooster to come back from a 21-17 deficit. Three kills by Katie Billetdeaux ’22 and another from Nash wrapped up the first set, allowing Wooster to bring out the brooms and record their second sweep of the day. Nash managed 16 kills in the match, which put her over the 400 kill mark for the season. Wooster’s back-to-back set wins of 25-12 earned the Scots a spot in the semi-finals. 

Wooster’s stars shined throughout Friday’s games, as Nash led the Scots in kills in the Oberlin and Hiram victories. Nash’s performance was the exclamation mark at the end of a season during which she had already earned first-team All-NCAC honors for the second time in her career, as she first claimed the honor during her first-year. It is worth noting that there were no All-NCAC teams named for the 2020 season, as a pandemic served as the only defender capable of meeting Nash’s ferocity at the net. However, as with all team sports, no star can shine individually. Wooster’s second first-team All-NCAC member Syd Case ’22 recorded her 1,000th assist of the season during the Oberlin match to achieve a mark that has not been reached since 2012. The third Fighting Scot to receive All-NCAC honors, second-teamer Billetdeaux, recorded her 300th kill of the season against Oberlin, to put this year’s hitters in historic company. Nash and Billetdeaux were the first teammates in just under a decade to record 300+ kills each. 

In the semi-final match, the Scots faced a monumental challenge, as the Denison Big Red volleyball team has been nothing short of a powerhouse, finishing the regular season with a 19-7 record and only losing four sets in their regular season sweep of all eight NCAC teams. Denison earned a first-round bye and looked keen on making a deep run as they held not only the no. 1 seed, NCAC Player of the Year, NCAC Newcomer of the Year, Coach of the Year, two members of the All-NCAC first team and two All-NCAC second-teamers.

Wooster came into the game flying high as their prowess on the Livingston Gymnasium floor continued. The Fighting Scots jumped out to a 6-0 lead in set one as the Big Red struggled to find a rhythm in their first game of the weekend. Denison went on a 9-3 run after their early deficit to tie the game at 9-9; however, no team managed to take a lead of more than three points before a Billetdeaux kill gave Wooster the chance to grab a crucial set one. Denison’s  Newcomer of the Year, Daria Rodriguez ’25, committed an error that ended set one with an astonishing score of 28-26. Wooster won the following set 25-19 as Billetdeaux recorded yet another decisive point, and it seemed as though the Scots were on the way to another sweep, but eventually the Big Red reminded everyone why it tore through the NCAC during the regular season. Denison took control of set three after the teams were locked at 19-19 as four kills and two errors won them six points and the set, 25-19. The fourth set would see Wooster knock Denison off their pedestal as kills from Townsel and Nash awarded Wooster the third set and the victory over the mighty Big Red. Billetdeaux and Nash led the way with 22 and 20 kills, respectively. Case accumulated a staggering 57 serves on the Scots’ 78 points and Sydney Fitzcharles ’23 added 28 digs to put the Scots in the NCAC Championship. Heights of this altitude had not been reached by Wooster since the storied days of the 1980s. 

Wooster’s championship matchup with Wittenberg would see them step up on the court with yet another dominant force in the NCAC. Wittenberg was the only team to challenge Denison as they recorded seven wins against the NCAC losing only two sets, though they fell to Dension during the regular season 3-2. The Fighting Scots proved to be outmatched by the Tigers of Wittenberg as they were defeated in straight sets (25-19, 25-20 and 25-10). Not for lack of effort, the Scots appeared to run out of magic as Wittenberg ran away with the third set and the NCAC Championship. 

The match was not without noteworthy moments as Case reached 1,144 assists on the year, only 11 short of the single-season record, however her 10.79 per-set average set the top single-season mark. Case had the following to say about the weekend: “experiencing the NCAC tournament felt special not only because of the wins but also because of my teammates. We all played hard for each other, and I couldn’t ask for a better crew to top the no. 1 seed and make it to the finals with. Although I am sad to be graduating in the spring, this team still has so much to show, and I am excited to watch them next fall as a Wooster alum!” 

Nash took hold of third place on the scoring-era season kills list with 432. While her partner in crime, Billetdeaux, claimed second-place on the scoring-era single-season hitting percentage list finishing at .340. Billetdeaux shared her thoughts on the season. “Coming into the conference tournament as the no.5 seed, we knew we would have to work our way to the top. That meant playing in all four matches in the span of only two days. We really wanted revenge against Hiram since they beat us in five sets on senior night, so that was an additional motivator, in addition to moving on in the tournament. The Denison match is one that I will never forget. Even though the first set was extremely close and went into extra points at 28-26, I didn’t have a doubt in my mind that we would lose. Our team was playing with such intensity and confidence. We were playing the best volleyball we have all season, and I came off the court after that first set so thankful to be a part of this team. Taking down the no. 1 seed who had no conference losses—and doing so in their home gym—was amazing! Overall, I could not have asked for a better senior season or teammates to share it with.”

Fitzcharles tied All-American KateLynn Riley’s record for season aces in this scoring-era with 50. Reflecting on the semi-final victory Fitzcharles said, “the win over Denison was one that I will carry with me for the rest of my volleyball career and life. It was a true representation of what kind of team we are: one that plays for each other.” Townsel and Fitzcharles were named to the All-Tournament team. 

Congratulations to the volleyball team for its historic performance this season. To the seniors, thank you for your time and effort. Roll Scots!

Voices from the Crowd – Jayden Barr: Rugby Starr

Jayden Barr

Contributing Writer


It is my first year playing rugby at Wooster and my fifth year playing overall, as I played during high school. As a first-year student, finding out that Wooster had a rugby club made me very excited to join and extend my rugby career. I started playing rugby during high school with the Brunswick Valkyries, a club team in Brunswick, OH. Not only did I have no experience with the game, but I had no idea rugby was even a sport until my friend dragged me to a practice. I was so lost and confused throughout the entire first practice. However, the energy of the players and how they welcomed me as family kept me coming back.

Once I started to understand the game, I fell in love with rugby. I spent countless hours outside of practice, working with my high school coaches in one-on-one training sessions and joining a personal training company called NST to help me improve my skills and be more explosive on the field. I put in a lot of work in order to get where I am today. Unfortunately, during my senior year of high school, I played through terrible shoulder and neck pain. After my difficult senior season, I decided that my body needed me to stop playing the sport I loved so much, despite my previous plan to continue my rugby career at a very well-known school with other members of my graduating class. However, I noticed posters all over campus about a rugby club informational meeting during the first week of classes at Wooster. As a first-year student, I was unaware that there was even a rugby club at Wooster. Even though I was injured, I went to the meeting to get to know the players and make friends. Once I went to the meeting I couldn’t walk away and not play because I love rugby too much, so I joined the team. As soon as the meeting was over I called my parents to tell them I was going to join the team and two days later I went home to grab my cleats. I am so happy that I ended up joining. I know that I would have regretted it if I hadn’t. The Wooster rugby roaches, Stephanie and Skylar Snoeberger, are amazing and I am so thankful that they are our coaches. 

Starting the season was very tough because most of the team had never picked up a rugby ball before. The coaches were super patient with all the new players, and knowing what it was like to learn the game late, I took time to make sure the players felt comfortable and knew they weren’t alone. Our first game against Baldwin Wallace was a very tough and unfortunate loss. However, from that point moving forward, the team took initiative to get better. Watching film and having our amazing coaches Stephanie and Skylar Snoeberger to guide us helped us improve dramatically, as well as the determination in each one of my teammates.  

Rugby is a team sport and every single one of my teammates is an amazing athlete that brings something new to the field that is necessary to keep going. I personally saw such a growth from the team which struck me to push myself even harder. The Wooster women’s rugby club grew from not knowing how to pass a ball on the first day of practice to being tied for first place with the team that beat us. From the first game we fought long and hard to beat every team we faced. I am so proud of the Wooster Rugby team. I am also proud to announce that I received the rookie of the year award for the 15s season. Each player has improved and grew together. I cannot wait for the upcoming spring 7s season with my new rugby family.

The rugby club team finished its fall season with an intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday, Nov. 6. Congratulations on a great season and good luck preparing for the spring season! 

Cross Country Impresses at NCAC Championship Meet

Thomas Pitney

Sports Editor


On Saturday, Oct. 30, the Wooster men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to the Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ohio to compete in the NCAC Conference Championship. It was all in all a solid day for the Scots, as the women finished in third place out of eight teams while the men placed seventh out of nine teams.

The Wooster women’s cross country team impressed with their third place finish, as it was their best showing in the NCAC Conference meet since 1998. Before the meet, Wooster’s runners believed in themselves. As Captain Kayla Bertholf ’22 put it, we knew going into this race that we wanted to show our improvement as a team, but we also knew that it was going to be difficult and would take a strong effort out of everyone.” Not only did the runners believe, but so did Coach Dennis Rice, who, according to Captain Rachel Osterhouse ’22, “gave us a great pep talk beforehand, and really stressed how great our team is this year.”

The Scots fortified their confidence with spectacular individual performances. Athena Tharenos ’24 led the way, finishing sixth overall, good enough for first-team all-conference with a time of 23:38.1. Teammate Isabelle Hoover ’22 was right behind Tharenos, also finishing first-team all-conference and placing seventh overall with a time of 23:41.1. Tharenos and Hoover were followed by Bertholf (17th place, 24:19.9, all-conference), Dylan Kretchmar ’25 (25th place, 24:38.4), Jessica Breth ’25 (49th place, 26:14.6), Osterhouse (51st place, 26:19.8), Elise Greenwald ’25 (65th place, 27:24.2), all of whom scored in the meet. Wooster got significant contributions from their young core of three first-years — Kretchmar, Breth and Greenwald, and sophomore Tharenos. Bertholf was extremely impressed with the young guns’ poise in the meet, saying that, “it was a lot of the team’s first time at a championship cross country race and they handled the nerves very well!”

Despite being unable to garner the same level of success as the women, the men’s team performance showed that the future is bright for them. Will Callender ’25, who has been the Scots’ ace runner in every meet of the season, wanted to make a statement at the conference championship.I had the goal of getting all-conference in mind. Based off season records I was projected to get exactly 21st, which is the last all conference spot, so I knew I needed to work hard. Having that goal in mind of where I needed to place rather than what time I got really helped push me.” Perhaps unsurprisingly given Callender’s performances this year, he did not disappoint, finishing in ninth place overall — well above the 21st place needed for all-conference — with a time of 26:50.9.

 Wooster’s second runner, Ben Nichols ’25, also impressed, as he finished in 42nd place overall and in 27:58.7. Duncan Hardy ’24 finished third for the Scots and 47th overall with a time of 28:05.4; Drew Robertson ’25 followed, placing 49th overall with his time of 28:06.3; Alexander DeLong ’22, finished with a time of 28:29.9, good enough for 57th place in his final NCAC Conference meet; Eric Johnson ’25 clocked in 28:33.3 to get 59th place; Mitchell Ecklund ’24 was the last Scot to score, finishing in 83rd place with a time of 29:38.1. These results clearly show the potential of the Scots to compete in cross country for years to come, as they have an extraordinarily young team. Callender said as much, as he came away from the meet thinking that “the team did super well considering how young we are as a whole, and I’m super proud of that.”

The next championship meet for Wooster cross country is the Great Lakes Regional meet, which will take place on Saturday, Nov. 13 at Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana. The women in particular are chomping at the bit in anticipation of this meet because, as Osterhouse points out, “according to Coach [Dennis Rice], we have a strong shot at nationals this year, which is incredibly exciting for us. At the regional meet, the Scots will have a chance to punch their tickets for the national NCAA Division III Championship meet at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Kentucky on Nov. 20.

The next meet for the Scots is the Great Lakes Regional Championship meet on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 11:00 a.m. at Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana. Make sure to wish good luck to the runners from both teams! 

Men’s Soccer’s Last Game an Intense Defensive Struggle

Thomas Pitney

Sports Editor


The Wooster men’s soccer team took on the Denison Big Red in its final game of the season, which took place at Carl Dale Field on Oct. 30. The last memory the seniors on the team will have of Wooster soccer is a gritty, emotional, defensive stalemate against the 10-4-2 Big Red to finish their careers with a 0-0 tie.

Though their playoff hopes were dashed after Wabash College tied Oberlin College to secure the fourth and final spot in the NCAC Tournament, the Scots still gave it their all to help the twelve seniors on the team finish their careers with a win. One of the seniors, Keegan King ’22, was extremely grateful for the excitement surrounding his final game. “Everyone, not just the seniors, were playing their hearts out. From the guys cheering from the bench to the fans in the stands, the atmosphere was electric.” Despite their determination, the Scots faced a very talented Denison team, who qualified for the playoffs by finishing third in the conference.

Wooster’s emotions allowed them to come out of the game firing on all cylinders, as Denison did not even manage a shot until the 21st minute, by which time the Scots had already attempted three shots. After Denison’s first shot, the half became a very even defensive struggle, as both teams faced long stretches without taking a shot. Most of the shots were not even significant scoring threats, as Wooster keeper Hamilton Schattgen ’22 made the only two saves of the first half. Schattgen gave credit to his defense for preventing Denison from gaining an edge offensively. “The back four playing in front of me had a great game and made it so there were very few dangerous shots in the game.” Thanks to a strong defensive showing by both Wooster and Denison, both teams went to the locker room deadlocked in a 0-0 halftime tie.

Early in the second half, both offenses gave themselves opportunities to score; however, neither team capitalized. Wooster took five shots in the first six minutes of the second half, while Denison took two during this time. Wooster’s best chance to score came after a yellow card was issued to the Denison goalkeeper. Unfortunately for the Scots, Max Hill’s ’22 penalty shot was saved by the Big Red keeper, which kept the game at a 0-0 deadlock. After the penalty shot save, the second half mirrored the first, as both defenses settled in and continued to keep the opposing attacks at bay. In the final five minutes of the second half, Wooster put together a furious rally, as Hill took three shots and Miles Rochester ’25 took one shot; once again however, the attempts to score were snuffed out by the Big Red defense. Having finished regulation with a scoreless tie, it was on to overtime for the two rivals.

Schattgen was thrilled that his final career game went into overtime. He explained that “as the game progressed to overtime I remember being excited for the gift of a little more time on the field before it was truly over.” Despite this, Schattgen and his teammates were extremely determined to end the game going out on top. In the first ten-minute overtime period, the goalies shined. Schattgen made the first save of the period while Denison’s goalie rejected shots from Jack Giloth ’22 and Jason Stewart ’24 to force a second overtime.

The second overtime was another ten-minute period that was also the teams’ final chance to win the game; if neither team scored before the end of the period, it would be ruled a tie. Schattgen once again stepped up for the Scots, making a crucial save in the 103rd minute while the Scots made a final team save in the 104th minute. Though they did not attempt a shot in the second overtime, the Scots’ defense ensured that the final horn blared after 110 minutes, ending Wooster’s season with a scoreless draw.

The Wooster seniors reflected on their four years and many tears were shed in the team huddle after the final whistle. Schattgen had nothing but positive things to say about the program. “Coach Zidron has done a great job of building a family on this team. It’s truly amazing how quickly a stranger can go to a best friend once they are on the team.” King also highlighted the closeness of the team when reflecting on his career. “I have never felt more welcomed on campus than I do in the locker room. The focus on brotherhood and growing into, not just great soccer players but honorable young men, is the most important takeaway from my time with the team. I never believed it was possible to get so close to so many teammates, but Wooster men’s soccer makes it impossible to come in and be alone.”

This was the final game of the season. Congratulations to the seniors for capping off their fantastic careers!

Women’s Soccer Clinches Playoff Spot with 1-0 Win

Langston Hood

Sports Editor


The Fighting Scots women’s soccer team took on the Denison Big Red last Saturday in a game with massive playoff implications.. After playing well for the majority of the season, the Scots were still not immune to hiccups; a few stumbles in this game could have spelled disaster for Wooster’s season. The Scots needed to at least tie the game in order to claim the fourth and final seed in the tournament. This would prove to be no easy feat as Denison was the second seed coming into the weekend. A dreary and bleak Saturday afternoon played host to the battle between the Scots and Big Red with tournament spots on the line. 

Denison appeared to have the upper hand in the matchup throughout the first half as they managed to fire 16 shots at the Wooster goal, with seven finding the target. However, first-year goalkeeper Amanda Flory ’25, was up to the challenge as she saved every shot on goal in the first half and then again in the second half. Flory’s impressive performance on Saturday and in the midweek game earned her NCAC Athlete of the Week honors, as she kept clean sheets for two games in a row. Flory had the following to say about the game: “Saturday’s game was one of the most fun games I have ever played in. Not only because of how well everyone played, but also because of how hard we have worked to get where we are and seeing the progress on the field.”

Wooster’s attack sputtered early in the game; fortunately for the Scots, the defense remained strong. As the game progressed, Wooster’s offense picked up its pace, taking 14 shots in the second half, which was a vast improvement on the six they took in the first half. However, it only took one shot to take the three points from Denison as first-year Hallie Krzys ’25 found the game winner in the 75th minute. Krzys logged her third game-winner of the season to lift Wooster over Denison. After the game she said, “Seeing all of our hard work and effort pay off was great, I couldn’t be more proud of this group of girls.”

Krzys’ game-winner was assisted by sophomore Grace Gascoigne ’24, as the two combined to sink Denison and ensure the Scots a spot in the NCAC tournament. Following her crucial assist, Gascoigne said, “Denison was a big game for us, so we were all super focused and dialed in. We want to keep that momentum going and bring it to any team we face next. The feeling after watching the ball go into the back of the net is definitely one to fight for and something our team is willing to put their all in to achieve.” The tenacity that the team exhibited was truly inspirational. The Fighting Scots celebrated their victory, the joy in the air was palpable and it was clear the Wooster women’s soccer team deserved every ounce of it. 

The Wooster women’s soccer team was victorious over Kenyon in the NCAC semi-final game on Tuesday after the game culminated in a 10-9 penalty shootout earning them a place in the NCAC Championship game, which will take place Saturday Nov. 6.