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You Can Say That Again

"I've never played against someone with a loose tooth during a game before."
-Elias Sardonis, College sophomore

Athlete of the Week

    First-year Regina Respert scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Tuesday night against Wittenberg University. Respert has been the women's basketball team's most prolific scorer. Her 14.9 points a game places her seventh in the league in scoring. She is also fifth in free throw percentages, second in steals, and eighth in assists. Respert's teammate, sophomore Katy Durham-Hammer said, "Respert is what I consider to be an athlete and a solid ball player."
Regina Respert

Regina Respert
(photo courtesy of S.I.D)

Marquee Event

    Tonight the indoor track teams get their last tuneup before the Conference Championships next weekend, at their last home meet of the year. Check out record setters junior Nicole James and senior Trista Thornberry, last week's NCAC indoor runner of the week and the men's and women's 800 meter relays. Watch senior Steve Jackson and the senior long distance runners in their last home meet.

In the Lockerroom with... Ann Gilbert

Hometown: Elyria, OH
Position: Women's Basketball Coach (fourth season)
College: B.A., Oberlin College, 1991
Age: 29

Ann Gilbert

How did end up attending Oberlin College?
    I left Ohio University, where I was on a full athletic scholarship to play basketball, and transferred to Oberlin. I knew I would be challenged academically. I knew I could help the basketball team, and it was close to home.

When did you start playing basketball?
    I started playing ball in a Pony Tail basketball league in fourth grade. I guess I was nine years old.

Who were your biggest influences?
    I have four older brothers who would beat me up on the playground.

Who is your favorite team?
    My favorite professional team is the Colombus Quest and my favorite college team is the Tennessee Lady Vols.

How have you changed as a coach over the last four seasons?
    I think that I have become more of a player's coach. It took me a while to learn the student athletes. I think that I really worked to become more knowledgeable about the game, something I enjoy and work hard at.

What is your most embarrassing moment as a coach?
    My first year here, having a kid run to attempt a shot at the wrong basket. She scored, and the other team was credited with two points.

What is your best attribute as a coach?
    I think my ability to interact with the players on and off the court, I have almost taken on a parenting role.

Do you have any nicknames?
    My high school coach nicknamed me Pistol, because I was lightning quick. His favorite player was Pistol Pete Maravich.

What do you like most about coaching women's basketball at Oberlin College?
    I like the challenge of being underdog. Taking a group of kids and trying to get them to think on and off the court.

What do you like least about coaching at Oberlin College?
    Although I enjoy recruiting, Oberlin can be a tough sell, athletically, because of the teams in the past. The academics sell themselves.

This Week's Events

Indoor Track
Friday vs. Bethan/Defiance/Walsh/Mt. Union/Wheeling/Jesuit College at 6 p.m.

Men's Tennis
Saturday vs. Carnegie Mellon University at 1 p.m.
Tuesday vs. Heidelberg College at 7 p.m.

Women's Tennis
Saturday vs. Carnegie Mellon University at 11 a.m.
Next Friday at Cleveland State University

Horse Basketball Competition March 9th 7:30 at Gym
Eight Ball Tournament March 14th
(entries due March 12)


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Volume 126, Number 16, February 27, 1998

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