PBR Weekend

BY FIONA CORNER
Sports Editor

The Pioneer Log, February 4, 2011

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Professional bull riders flock to Rose Garden Arena for weekend competition
Professional Bull Riders, Inc., created in 1992 and based in College students commonly Pueblo, CO, sailed on the backs know “PBR” as Pabst Blue Rib- of 20 riders and $1,000 out of bon, but in the cowboy world of each of their back pockets. PBR Stetsons and Ariats, it stands for has since grown into the dream of Professional Bull Riders. This 44 riders and Spire Capital, a priweekend, Friday, Feb. 4, and Sat- vate investing company. The list of corporate sponsors urday, Feb. 5, the Rose Garden Arena will host the PBR Portland has grown to include Ford, WranInvitational presented by Cooper gler, Jack Daniels, Dickies, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the city of Tires. Las Vegas. The top forty riders from Since the around the world will ride creation of the most resilPBR, bull ient bulls the riding has industry has become the to offer. epitome of Bulls with the rough names like a n d Braveheart, Hatough waiian Ivory and c o w Chin Music with boy spiraverage buckit in the off times U.S. of 3.57 Hundreds of thouseconds or sands of fans cheer their lower are sure to be crowd pleasers. ILLUSTRATION BY SAM MARGEVICIUS favorite riders on at 300 events each year, The invitational hootin’ and hollerin’ at those who consists of four rounds, two each on Friday and Saturday, and the are brave enough to tackle Ameririders with the highest cumulative ca’s original extreme sport. The Professional Bull Riding scores will compete in the Built Ford Tough Championship round Invitational this weekend is sure to bring that old west spirit back to with one final bull. Currently, the top five riders the Rose Garden Arena. You can catch all the honky in the 2011 Built Ford Tough series are Valdiron De Oliveira and tonk action on VERSUS at 6 Silvano Aves, both of Brazil, Ben p.m. EST on Saturday and SunJones of Australia, J.B. Mauney of day. Tickets for the event can be North Carolina, and Austin Meier of Oklahoma. De Oliveira is 97.25 purchased starting at $10 at the points ahead the second place rid- Rose Garden or online at www. er, Aves, and is sitting pretty to win comcastix.com. It’s sure to be a yee-haw of a good time! the competition this weekend.
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In between working on her double majors of Economics and International Affairs, Amalia Nilsson (’11) has been practicing to maintain her #1 position on the women’s team.

PHOTO BY MAGGIE MCDERMUT

Tennis teams dream B.I.G.
BY HANNAH PRINCE
Staff Writer

Under a giant white dome nestled behind Pamplin Gym, the men and women of the Lewis & Clark tennis teams prepare for their coming season with dedication and intensity. Training for upcoming matches, the teams have been practicing both in scheduled practice and on their own time. “They’re all showing enthusiasm [and] practicing outside of regular workouts. It’s a good sign; they’re committed,” says Coach Gundars Tilmanis. The men’s team welcomes back their top player George Allen (’11) from his last semester studying abroad. There will also be three new players on the team. Sam Franer (’14), Gabe Trepainer and Muneeb Khan (a student here on an exchange program from Pakistan), “mesh well onto the team,” says returning player Kerry White (’13). Coach Tilmanis is confident they will be a big help to the team as a whole. The women are also feeling optimistic this year: they have the added help of two new players, Olivia Sweetman (’14) and Elisa Alway (’14), and their star player is in top shape. “Our number one player, Amalia [Nilsson (’11)] has recovered from a recent physical injury and is

playing well,” says Tilmanis. “Realistically, we are looking to qualify for the conference tournament at the end of the year.” The Pioneers are aiming for one of four spots in this conference. When asked about their competition, Coach Tilmanis grouped LC as ranked equally with Willamette, Linfield, Whitworth and Whitman, the other top teams of the total of 9 schools that are fighting for the four spots. “[We] all have an equal chance,” he said. “We’re all in the running.” The encouraging and supportive attitude provided by Coaches Tilmanis and Jimmy Chau is key to the laid-back style and fun vibe of the whole team and the solid relationship between the coaches and players. “Til is the man- just look at him!” said Sam Franer (’14). The coaches and the players also share a similar philosophy towards the game that promotes a balance between fun and serious competition. “Our main goal is to be competitive and win the most matches and have the best record. On the same line, we have a goal of student satisfaction,” explains Tilmanis. “We want our players to honestly say they’re glad they chose LC and that one of their highlights was the tennis team.” According to White, this philosophy is perfect for LC’s tennis

program. “We’re a D-3, so we’re not at school for sports, and it’s nice to be able to play just to play,” he says. Yet this laid-back attitude doesn’t stop the team from busting out mad tennis skills when game time rolls around. Izzy Borris (’13) mentally prepares for each match with the intensity of a true (tennis) baller. Her routine? “I pop some Notorious B.I.G. in my iPod, and then I sit there with my hood up for an hour.” White describes games as a test of athletic focus both powerful and entertaining. “It’s really one-on-one. There are no coaches out there, just you versus the other player. It’s not a contact sport, but it gets really competitive and fun to watch.” Franer adds, “Our team adds a lot of flair to the game.” According to Coach Tilmanis, “Everyone plays, some compete. The difference between players and competitors is that competitors mind losing, and our team has a lot of competitors. This also makes it fun to watch them play, so come watch!” Come see this flair for yourself this Friday, Feb. 4 when the men take on the Portland State Vikings at 4 p.m. in the tennis dome behind Pamplin Gym. Then look out for the women’s team when they take on University of Puget Sound next Friday, Feb. 11 at 5 p.m.

Baseball catches new coaches
New coaches and a new training regimen has the team excited for the new season
BY ROBIN AUBRY
Staff Writer

New year, new management: such has been the trend for the Pioneers baseball team, who has gone through three coaches in as many years. This year, the squad went through a total makeover, with an entirely new coaching staff, including former Pioneer ball player and two-year letter winner Jim Bray (’11). The Pios’ new head coach is Tom Flynn. He brings with him an entourage from his last coaching job at Wabash College in Indiana, including one of his top recruits, Andy Weeks, as a pitching coach, and younger brother Ryan Flynn as an outfield coach and recruiter. Coach Tom Flynn is an experienced ball player and coach with an impressive resumé. At Wabash, a school about the size of the male population of Lewis & Clark, Flynn coached the baseball team for six seasons and became the second highest ranked coach in wins at the college. He also expanded the entire baseball program at Wabash, working closely

with admissions to attract students from out-of-state to come play for the Little Giants. In his first coaching job, Flynn worked with a then Division III ball team at the University of the South in Tennessee, leading them to conference contention in a mere three seasons. The Pioneers will be the third college program that Flynn has brought his green thumb to, and he’s already started work on developing the team. “We’re working on building the foundations… a higher work ethic, a new identity,” said Flynn. The team can certainly sense that change in identity; the boys have gotten up for workouts at five in the morning every weekday for a few weeks now. Catcher Geoff Wertz (’13) was pleased to say that last week was their last week of “camp,” but it wasn’t just seeing the end to the 5 a.m. workouts he was excited about. “There’s a buzz in the locker room that hasn’t been there before. It’s electric,” said Wertz. The baseball team isn’t alone in noticing a difference either: “I’ve seen a lot more [baseball players] in

the gym lately,” said swimmer Noah Boring (’12). Wertz and fellow sophomore Eliot Smith (’13) said that other athletes had approached them, noticing a difference in the traffic of baseball players at the gym as well. As a direct result of this higher work ethic, the team has a newfound confidence about the upcoming season in a crowded, challenging conference. “In Indiana we knew about the George Foxes, the Linfields, the PLUs… there’s no doubt in my mind that we can be one of those programs,” said Flynn. At 9-24 last year and wrapping the season up with an 11-game losing streak, the Pioneers will look to improve their pitching, which struggled with an 8.25 earned run average and their late-inning stretches both on offense and defense. This season also marks the final year of baseball for nearly half of the roster; seven players will graduate after this season. Flynn and the entire team are committed to both developing new talent and giving the seniors a good sendoff.