Athlete Of the Week
MacDonald, a junior from Worthington, Ohio, scored a career-high
15 points in the mens basketball 79-65 victory over Allegheny.
MacDonald contributed all over the court with four rebounds, two
assists, three steals and three blocks, which was a game-high.
For the season, MacDonald has 87 points, 60 rebounds, 10 assists,
seven steals and 23 blocks, which leads the team.
MacDonald has played in every game since his first year. Last season
he was second on the team in blocks. He has made more than 70 percent
of his free throws in two of his three seasons.
Yeomen are 7-8 in North Coast action this year, and play their final
game, a conference match at Wabash, on Saturday. They are poised
to be seeded fifth for the conference, which would pit them against
Ohio Wesleyan in the conference tournament.
Oberlin vs. Albion
Sunday, 1 p.m.
John Heisman Field House.
Womens Tennis team opens their season with a home match against
Albion. The team is looking to improve on last years 13-11
the Locker Room with. . .
sophomore basketball player Chris Ikpoh gives mostly serious,
sometimes profound answers to even my silliest In the Locker
questions, ultimately revealing his deep sense
of spirituality and what seems to be an extraordinary commitment
to athletic endeavor.
When I was little, baseball was my sport. But after a while, I started
to develop knee problems from it. The doctors also told me that
I should try and find some other activity, so after my growth spurt,
basketball became my thing.
is the daily force driving you to keep playing the game?
Knowing the history of the Oberlin team and seeing how well were
playing right now. But also just loving basketball.
there any person who has been an inspiration to you?
That would have to be my mother. Through everything thats
happened, shes been my cornerstone, my rock. Shes the
reason why I am here today.
is something really personal and sincere about his answer, and at
first I am taken aback by its honesty, because I have notions that
its going to be somewhat difficult to make the interview that
funny little column in the Sports Shorts from here on in.
I change the subject.
is your favorite food?
CI: Cereal, in general. I can eat it at any time of the day. Its
been that way since I was a kid.
kind do you like?
always been partial to Frosted Flakes.
Yeah, those are good.
this point, I give up on my strategy of making the interview as
silly as possible, as I think it would do more justice to Chris
if I let him speak the kinds of heavy answers he seems to want questions
for. So I move the topic to a potentially serious issue by asking
is your personal philosophy of life?
Do what you can, and do the best you can. God will take care of
I take it God is also an important inspiration in your life?
Definitely, a big inspiration.
speak as if you have some really deep spiritual commitments. Do
you incorporate prayer or meditation into your practice routine?
Before games, one of my teammates will always pull us together for
a prayer, so that we can all ask Jesus to be with us.
do you think Jesus is with you sometimes, but then sometimes seems
to choose the other team?
Hes always with us. When we lose, it is only because of our
you could become any animal, what would you choose to be?
An eagle, because it is the bird of all birds. The eagles
flight is the symbol of ultimate freedom. We all have freedom, but
we dont have ultimate freedom.
though my last question is potentially silly, Chris manages to foil
me again by giving an answer that is not only completely serious,
it is somewhat inspiring for its lofty ideals and the sense of honesty
and commitment it shows. I am left at the end of our short interview
with a deep respect for a thoughtful and soft-spoken athlete.