Tough competition continued to batter Oberlin baseball this spring. The Yeomen's final record was 4-31 overall and 2-12 in the conference.
For this year's baseball team, the fall was almost as tumultous as its rocky spring. Veteran baseball players signed a petition in November expressing their dissastisfaction with former Head Coach Tom Mooney and also threatened to strike if he remained coach. In February Mooney walked, taking a job as a strength and conditioning coach for all Oberlin atheletes. Former assistant coach Eric Lahetta was promoted.
After strugging through the internal shakeups, the team took on a number of nationally ranked teams this spring, notching one more win than last year, when the team finished a dismal 3-30.
Mooney signed on in 1996, the fourth coach in three years, and earned a less than stellar 5-51 record. The petition was written in May 1997 and cited specific problems with Mooney, such as perceived disrespectfulness toward the team.
In the fall junior Zach Fine, a baseball player, said, "I'm fully in favor of a changing of the guard. It's a matter of competency. A person that is put in a tutorial position needs to teach, and we weren't receiving that. We need to receive that in order to improve."
Junior Dave Schummers, junior Carson Keeble and sophomore Matt Burns received all NCAC honors. In a 2-1 victory over Case Western Reserve University in April Keeble, who had previously struggled, recorded his first victory. He struck out three, walked one and gave up a homerun in the fifth inning.
During the regular season the men's tennis team's only conference win came against Ohio Wesleyan.
Last Saturday the team again beat Ohio Wesleyan by the score of 4-1 to take 7th place of 9 in the NCAC Men's Tennis Championship.
The team will probably be losing two players next season: juniors Wes Clapp and Peter Swendsen. Both players provide solid play and will be missed. Despite this, the team and Coach Chris Barker seem enthusiastic about the season ahead.
"Next season I'm sure the team will improve because of their good work ethic," Barker said.
Team co-captain Swendsen agreed. "I think we have had a very successful season. Our winning percentage doesn't always show it, but we played some great tennis against some very tough teams this season. Everyone always gave 100 percent and pushed themselves to get better. I think we did improve, and had a lot of fun along the way."
Confident and prepared for their final game against Northwood Academy, the men's lacrosse team came out shooting. Oberlin outshot Northwood 45 to 38, but lost 8 to 15.
Because this was the team's last game of the year, many seniors see it as a representation of how far the team has come since the beginning of the season.
Senior Sam Krasnow saw that the people who had been on the team for longer helped the younger players. He said, "The core of veterans really brought the young ones ahead and showed them the spirit of lacrosse."
"Overall, this year was a lot of fun for me. The last game was kind of sentimental for me. I think that our team played better every game. As a team we played well," senior Garth Stidolph said.
Krasnow will always remember this team because it was so close. "I won't forget how we beat the odds together. I have nothing but great expectations for the future of the team." The team finished with a record of 3-9, 0-5 in the conference.
Serving out their last game of the season, the women's tennis team finished the season with a record of nine wins, fourteen losses and one tie. They spent their last weekend at the North Coast Athletic Conference, winning two games and losing one. The team started the tournament seeded fiftth and lived up to this expectation.
This has been a satisfying season for the team and personal improvements abounded. The two people that improved most in the team were first-year Robin Richardson and sophomore Kelly Dobos. Luckily both will be returning in the fall. The team will lose seniors Kate Petersen and Kathy Hertzer as both are graduating and number one singles junior Leigh-Ann Totty will be studying abroad next semester.
Copyright © 1998, The Oberlin Review.
Volume 126, Number 24, May 22, 1998
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