Sitting on the ball

Dylan Frazier frazierd@findlay.edu @dylanfrazier44 Former University of Findlay basketball player Martyce Kimbrough began his second year playing professional basketball in Spain this year. But his season was cut short on March 11, when President Donald Trump announced travel from Europe to the United States would be suspended. “My first reaction to Trump shutting off travel to Europe was...

A letter to my college athlete in the midst of COVID-19

The battle against COVID-19 is a serious fight. And it's taken some things away from the normalcy of our lives. Of course everyone understands the importance of the measures taken to cancel the spring athletic season, It doesn't make the cancellation any less sad for the athletes and their families, especially the seniors. The following is a letter from Tammy Gould, the mother of senior baseball...

Oiler golf find themselves in familiar territory

Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53   With spring golf season coming up in a few weeks, both Findlay men’s and women’s teams are finding themselves in a similar situation to the fall season; national rankings. This spring, however, both teams are ranked even higher, with both teams being ranked #2 regionally in the sport. Even with this great achievement, Head Coach Dominic...

Spring Sports Preview: Softball

Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53   With Spring sports in full swing, more teams are starting to showcase their skills. This time, the women’s softball team is the team of interest. With a 24-23 2019 season, Head Coach Danielle Lowe is hoping that the strong bats from last season make their return.    “I liked our hitting. I thought we hit well last year,” said...

Women’s Lacrosse favorites for the G-MAC

By: Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53   With the women’s lacrosse preseason polls for the G-MAC being posted, the Lady Oilers find themselves in a familiar rank; the very top. Coming off of a G-MAC Tournament Championship last year, the Lady Oilers are ranked #1 alongside Tiffin, with a total of 23 points in the poll, including 3 first-place votes. Interim Head Coach, Allison...

Letting the officials, officiate and the spectators, spectate

Dylan Frazier frazierd@findlay.edu @dylanfrazier44   In college, one of the hardest things for most students is finding a way to make money. With all the homework and extracurriculars students have to do, finding time to make money is oftentimes at the bottom of the list. One way to make some extra change that doesn’t require a ton of time is to referee high school sporting events in the...

Coach Walker to take Head Coaching position at BGSU

Collin Frazier Frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53   After a very successful two years that included two freshmen of the year awards, a G-MAC Coach of the Year award, a G-MAC regular-season championship, and making the NCAA D-II Women’s Soccer Tournament, Head Coach Jimmy Walker is moving on from UF to take the same position at Bowling Green State University. With a record of 25-7-4, The...

Lady Oilers hope to keep positive momentum going

By: Madi DeVries Email: devriesm@findlay.edu   After a shaky start to the 2019-2020 season, the Oilers’ women’s basketball team is hopeful their recent stretch is indicative of what’s next to come. Assistant coach, Caitlin Bamberger, thinks their early stretch of basketball helped them become a better team. “We had a few bumps in the road against a few teams,” Bamberger said....

No need to be a varsity athlete to play sports

By: Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53   Some of us aren’t fortunate enough to be an athlete on one of our sports teams, but that doesn’t mean you can’t play sports while you spend your time at UF. Intramural sports are back in motion as the second semester is now underway. Bryan Golding, Director of Intramural Sports at Findlay, is hopeful that students get involved in...

Oiler’s basketball hope to continue dominance

By: Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53   With basketball season in full swing, the Men’s Basketball team is showing once again their talents. However, the season was looking a little shaky early on, with the Oilers losing 4 of their 6 games during November. Head Coach Charlie Ernst says the teams' struggle early on was due to not being able to close out the games. “We were an...

Putting the ‘student’ in student-athlete

Dylan Frazier frazierd@findlay.edu @dylanfrazier44   With finals looming large for students at UF, there are still many tests left for athletes, balancing school life and athlete life. On top of coming to classes and doing their homework, student-athletes have to be sure they excel on and off the field.  Junior volleyball player, Alana Sundermann says to succeed on and off the court,...

Kicking it to the postseason

By: Madi DeVries devriesm@findlay.edu   The University of Findlay Women’s Soccer team has had a record-breaking season so far, clinching their first ever G-MAC regular season championship against Tiffin. But they are hoping for much more success in the postseason. The Oilers, voiced by redshirt freshman midfielder, Maddie Humble, say that winning the G-MAC regular season championship has...

Keys, Oilers know they have to breathe fire against Tiffin Dragons in last home game

Dylan Frazier frazierd@findlay.edu @dylanfrazier44 Tomorrow, Nov.16, The Oilers will take on their rival, the Tiffin Dragons, in hopes to sneak into the playoffs. Coach Rob Keys is excited for the challenge, but also recognizes that it will take everyone on the Oilers bringing their A-game in order to come out on top. “They’re a complete team, they’re good on offense, they’re good on...

Findlay looks to play a clean game against former-conference foe, Ashland

By: Madi DeVries Email: devriesm@findlay.edu   The University of Findlay football team enters this Saturday’s game against Ashland University with a record of 6-3, with five wins and only one loss in conference play this season. The Oilers have played against Ashland many times in the past, but not since 2016. UF lost three out of the last four match ups with the Eagles. Senior offensive...

Sports Preview: Wrestling

By: Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53   Young. That is the word to best describe this year Findlay Wrestling team. Due to injuries and other circumstances, many underclassmen will be taking the lead this season. Head Coach, Shawn Nelson, is hoping to give this young team the experience they need to succeed. “This year, I could start six freshmen. I’ve never had that in my...

Sports Preview: Women’s Basketball

By: Madi DeVries devriesm@findlay.edu   The University of Findlay women’s basketball team enters their season chosen to finish 4th in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. Last season, the Oilers finished with a record of 20-8 on the season, with 16 wins and 6 losses in conference play.   Sophomore guard Amber Schweiger believes that the team will be successful, just as long as they...

Lady Oilers kick their way into the history book

By: Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53   With the regular season wrapping up, the Lady Oilers Soccer team added another achievement to their incredible season; national rankings. For the first time in team history, the Women’s Soccer have entered the top 25 for the NCAA DII Soccer Rankings, ranking 23 in the poll.   Even with this impressive achievement, Coach James Walker...

Sports Preview: Men’s Basketball

By: Madi Devries devriesm@findlay.edu   UF Men’s basketball is hopeful to pick up right where they left off.   After their stellar 2018-19 season, where they went 29-5 but ultimately fell short in the NCAA tournament, losing to Bellarmine. With that behind them, the Oilers looks to build on that and continue the success that the team has had for so many years. Redshirt sophomore...

Sports Preview: Swimming and Diving

By: Collin Frazier Email: frazierc@findlay.edu Twitter: @Collin_53   With sports season in full swing, more teams are starting to show off their skills. One of these teams that are beginning their 2019-2020 campaign is the Findlay Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Team. With two meets already under their belt, including a meet in Northern Michigan, head coach Andrew Makepeace says...

Kicking it into Gear

Abigail Frye fryea@findlay.edu Abigail_EF The University of Findlay Women’s Soccer Team continues to shine in the GMAC. With a conference record of five wins and one tie, they are ready to keep the winning streak alive through the rest of the season.   The chemistry on the team this year has been applauded by both players and the coach with Lindsey Ahbe, a junior defender for UF,...

Lady Oilers take Second Place at the William Beall

By: Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53   On Oct. 7 and 8, The Lady Oiler Golf Team hosted the annual William Beall Fall Classic Tournament at the Findlay Country Club, hosting 17 teams to compete for victory. After three rounds of golf, the Lady Oilers finished Runners-Up with a final score of 908, with only the University of Indianapolis outscoring the Lady Oilers with a score...

Going up the Rankings, One Putt at a Time

By: Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53 With the fall season nearly over, The Lady Oilers golf team hope to add to their already stellar season. Currently, they are ranked sixth in the latest DII Women’s poll. Even with being ranked that high, head coach Dominic Guarnieri doesn’t care. He just wants to make sure that the   “Our main focus is to get better every day,” said...

UF Men’s team success does not stop at broken records

By Brady Wildermuth Email: wildermuthb@findlay.edu The Findlay Oilers Men’s Golf team is off to a hot start. Currently, they have won every tournament they have participated in, except for the Doc Spragg Fall Invitation, where they lost by only one stroke.  They look to extend that success through the fall season. With their GMAC Fall Invitational win in Owensboro, KY, the team broke their...

Gearing Up for the Home Stretch

Abigail Frye Email: fryea@findlay.edu Twitter: @Abigail_EF The University of Findlay Volleyball team is gearing up to take on the GMAC (Great Midwest Athletic Conference). The Oilers currently have a record of 5-9 but are 2-0 in conference games. With 20 members on the team and various levels of experience, the team is well-rounded and excited to play. The team has four seniors for this season...

Oilers roll past Alderson Broaddus, 75-28

By: Dylan Frazier Email: frazierd@findlay.edu Twitter: @dylanfrazier44 After a tough loss against Ohio Dominican, Coach Keys and the rest of the Oilers wanted to bounce back. Keys stressed to the team to keep going and move forward.  More specifically he stressed that a fast start in the first half is something that he wanted to do in the Homecoming game against Alderson Broaddus. “Last...

New California legislature has UF athletes talking

By: Olivia Wile Twitter: @o_wile Email: wileo@findlay.edu   There’s no question athletics play a large part in the University of Findlay culture. From a nationally acclaimed men’s basketball program, to All-American Track and Field stars, UF is all about sports.   Recently making sports news, however, has been California’s Fair Pay to Play Act – a piece of legislation that has...

From Transfers, To Oilers

By: Lindsey Ahbe Email: ahbel@findlay.edu Twitter: @Lindsey_Ahbe   Some athletes will make UF home from the day they graduate high school. But others make UF home a few years into their time in college. This year, Oiler athletics initiated eight new transfer students into sports teams this year. With 32 total transfer athletes, the Findlay athletic department and teams don’t mind adding...

Winning the game was the second-best thing to happen Saturday.

By: Dylan Frazier Email: frazierd@findlay.edu Twitter: @dylanfrazier44     Last Saturday, Sept.14, the Oilers Men Soccer team faced Daemen College. After the thrilling victory against #7 Ohio Valley, Head Coach Andy Smyth was very happy but also acknowledged that he needed his players to keep the focus for the game.   “It’s easy to look ahead of yourself and think well, we just...

Oilers hold off late rally from Northwood

  By: Dylan Frazier Email: frazierd@findlay.edu Twitter: @DylanFrazier44   After a close loss to Ferris State, the Oiler football team looked to bounce back and win the home opener against Northwood. That’s exactly what they did with a final score of 31-21. Prior to the game, Head Coach Rob Keys was asked what the Ferris St. match taught them going into the home opener.   “The...

From Lady Oiler, To Interim Head Coach

By: Collin Frazier Email: frazierc@findlay.edu Twitter: @Collin_53   The University of Findlay is looking forward to Women’s Lacrosse team this season, with a new face taking the helm. Former UF Graduate, as well as a former Graduate Assistant for the Lady Oiler Lacrosse Team, Allison Kelly, has been hired as Interim Head Coach for the Lacrosse Team. It took Kelly by surprise, but she is...

Wishes come true for UF women’s soccer

By: Olivia Wile Twitter: @o_wile Email: wileo@findlay.edu   There was a lot to celebrate this weekend for the University of Findlay women’s soccer team. From the official start of the season, to the end of a fight against cancer, it was an exciting day at DeHaven Field.   “We talk a lot about effort, attitude, commitment, competing, fighting, scrapping,” said Head Women’s Soccer...

Cheering on to Victory

By: Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53   While it’s not technically a varsity sport at the University of Findlay, the UF cheerleaders put in some serious work to contribute to the Oiler spirit at football and basketball games.   Senior cheerleader Mackenzie Wagner is beginning her fourth year as a cheerleader at UF and the practice schedule alone shows the dedication these...

Yes, we ARE here to “Play School”

By: Collin Frazier Email: frazierc@findlay.edu Twitter: @Collin_53   Oilers athletics is producing top academics in NCAA DII on a national scale. Out of 315 DII schools nationally the Division II Athletic Directors Association (DII ADA) found that the University of Findlay lead the way with 211 student athletes holding a GPA of 3.5 or higher throughout the 2018-2019 school year.  ...

Fall Sports Preview: Tennis

Both the Men’s and Women’s Tennis team had impressive 2018-2019 seasons, both nearly resulting in conference championships for both teams. The men’s team came up short against Tiffin University in the G-MAC championship, while the women’s team ended the season against Hillsdale College in the G-MAC semifinal. Head Coach, Doug Linden, is ready to break through and win the conference...

UF says no more to graduate assistants

By: Olivia Wile Email: wileo@findlay.edu Twitter: o_wile Changes are being made within the athletic department at the University of Findlay. Starting this year, UF is eliminating graduate assistant coaches across every athletic program. This change is to better accommodate the student athletes according to Head Athletic Director Brandi Laurita. “We had 35 graduate assistants in the department...