Sunday, January 31, 2010

Aaron Boehme named Ad Rutschman Small-College Athlete of the Year

Aaron Boehme was named the 2009 Ad Rutschman Oregon Small College Athlete of the Year (Male, obviously) at the annual Oregon Sports Award that is held up at the Nike World Campus. Boehme threw for 3,261 yards, 33 passing TDs, a 60.5 completion percentage with a 149.09 QB rating. Oh yeah, he also rushed for 466 yards and 10 tugs on the ground. Not a bad year for the 'Cats Junior QB as he was also named the 2009 Northwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year and 3rd team All-West Region by D3football.com.

As I mentioned when Aaron was named NWC Offensive POY, this award is well earned by Aaron as he had to overcome a bitterly disappointing personal year in 2008 when he broke his collarbone in the opening contest but this type of an award is also a reflection of what this team accomplished this past season. Aaron would be the first to tell you that without his O-Line giving him dog years to throw the ball, WR's to make huge plays, and RBs to gash defenses, scout team guys giving the offense great looks this type of personal year can't happen for a QB. However, don't let what I'm writing get it twisted...Aaron is everything Linfield could have envisioned for their QB when he first walked on campus back in 2006. Not only does he have the skills but he possesses the intangibles that a player needs to help elevate his team.

This is the 5th time a Linfield football players has been named the Oregon male small college athlete of the year since they've started giving out this award in 2001 and as you can see it's a pretty heady list of 'Cats: David Russell (2002), Ty Matthews (2003), Brett Elliott (2004 & 2005).

Congrats to the Linfield players, staff, and of course to Aaron Boehme on the incredible honor.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Please bring back football George Fox!

Last Spring after George Fox University received a 1.2 million dollar gift, GFU announced there are talks about George Fox considering adding football at the University. I think Fox is feeling the pressure of Pacific adding their team and GFU being the only DIII school in Oregon now not to have a program.

However, I was dead wrong because George Fox ALREADY has a football team....a flag football team. The Bruins gridiron gang played a physical game of flag grab vs the Warriors of Corban College and I was about to run through a wall I was so pumped after after watching the video below. Nothing and I mean NOTHING says football like a M.W. Smith music bed and dudes named "Snuggles" breaking off huge plays.

The Bruins ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE!!!!!!

****Update, 2:28 PM 1/29/2010*** Well, that was fast as the Bruin Nation can't take some light ribbing and they pulled the video down. Talk about being sensitive.



HA! You can't keep the ADvantage down George Fox! Here is a game report on the Bruins 20-14 overtime win over Corban that brings to an end "4 years of frustration" All I can say about that report "Boom Goes The Dynamite!"

2009 Highlight DVD: Cutting Room Floor



I'll post up soon about the 2009 Linfield Football Highlight DVD (It's pretty darn good) but there is so much extra footage this season that didn't make the highlight DVD that we'll be posting up moments that were left on the cutting room floor. Enjoy the weekend and keep the questions coming into the mailbag.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Coming Soon: "ADvantage Mailbag"

Have you ever wanted to know just what Wildcat11 thinks is the best burger in McMinnville? Or, what was the moment he thought this 2009 season was going to be special and just why he hates going to games at Puget Sound so much? I know...you're dying to find out.

OK so we're going to give this new segment a shot here on ADvantage Catdome. Yeah, this is a clear rip off of Bill Simmons Mailbag segments on ESPN.com but really is the Sports Guy going to care one bit that a DIII blogger is biting his style? Doubtful, so we're going to give this a try and see if it bombs or if this will be a occasional segment for the ADvantage.

However, this "ADvantage Mailbag" segment can't happen if you, the loyal readers of this blog, don't hold up your end of the deal and send in questions. You can pretty much ask as me ANYTHING you want (as long as it has nothing to do with why I knew a guy named "The Mad Crapper") and I will do my best to give you my honest thoughts and opinion. Fire in questions about Linfield, Division III football, TV programs, Movies, food, etc.

Now, I do think I'm a Linfield football expert but I'm not claiming to be a pop-culture, food, movie, or life expert but I do have opinions that you may or may not what to hear.

If you have a question, story, or comment please send the to mailbag@catdomealumni.com

Please leave at least your first name and city you're writing from (don't need your last name and I won't reprint your e-mail).

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Player Blog, Gunnar Cederberg: A Season To Remember

Linfield Senior Wide Receiver Gunnar Cederberg is a “Linfield” guy to his core. I think the best way to describe Gunnar is hard working, a player that embraces his roll on the team, and is passionate about football and Linfield. Those are the reason why I ask Gunnar to give his thoughts on the incredible season of 2009. Not only did Gunnar did a great job in telling part of his personal story but he’ll also tell you when this 2009 team came together and why. A big ‘thank you’ to Gunnar taking the time to share his story and we’re looking forward to see him on the diamond for the ‘Cats baseball team this spring.
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The 2009 football season is something that will not only go down in the record books as one of Linfield’s best but it will go down as one of the greatest 9 month stretches of my entire life. You might be thinking that nine months is a little longer than the scheduled football season but our 2009 run started way before fall camp began. You can ask any player or coach that has been a part of a successful team, that a success of a season is not only made on the days leading up to a game but the hours and hours of hard work that are put in by the team during the off season. Coach Smith constantly stresses, “to do the right thing" and for us as a team and individuals to be accountable for our actions and this team took that to heart. We made it a priority to work as hard as we could when other teams might be taking it easy. Every player and coach that was a part of this tremendous run bought into a common goal, made a plan, stuck to that plan and ended up with a very rewarding outcome to the end of our season. This was a very special group of guys that made up this 2009 coaching staff and roster and my senior season is one I will never forget.

Personally my 2008 football season was one I would rather forget. I began the season as a player who figured to help contribute to the team but near the end of the second game my performance was not up to par. I suffered a string of injuries in the next two weeks and eventually was forced to end my 2008 season after the 5th week due to a severe shoulder injury. It was a dreadful season for two of my roommates as well. Trevor Patterson and Aaron Boehme also suffered injuries that ended their 2008 campaign and as a house we missed nearly all of the 2008 season. I underwent shoulder surgery near the end of November and was only able to run with my teammates as we began morning workouts in early February. Because I was unable to participate fully I was able to observe the hard work and dedication my teammates demonstrated through the early dark hours of February. To this day I will never forget the sweat, hard work and pain (Friday dodge ball) that every single guy displayed. It made me extremely proud to be apart of something that we all knew could be great and would be great if we continued to put the work in. This is where I feel we became a team. With these hours of work put in and just being around each other this is were we came together and became the great team we ended up being. Relationships were built and friendships started that will last guys the rest of their lives. To many of my teammates and myself this was one of our greatest college experiences.

With two weeks before the start of spring ball my shoulder had shown little improvement in health and I learned I would need a second surgery to correct the problems that were accruing. I underwent the surgery and by nothing short of a miracle I was able to participate in spring ball and continue to be able to work hard and be on the football field with my teammates. Spring ball went incredibly well and again as a team we continued to learn how to play with each other and grow as a single unit on both sides of the ball. From the beginning of spring practice we all saw that hard work in the off-season pay off. Just as any other team would we all experienced some bumps and hardships along the way to improvement but we all knew that fixing them would not be a problem. You could feel the excitement throughout our team as practice came to an end and we knew that we still had a long way to go but every single one of us was willing to put the work in during the summer to get better and continue to become the team we knew we could be.

Summer was filled with guys doing what they needed to do to improve and become solid all around players. Some of my favorite memories will be throwing the football around with Boe (Aaron Boehme) and Trev (Trevor Patterson) until the sun went down on a warm night. I will have to say those times are what I will miss the most with out a doubt. With a lot of guys staying close to campus it was easy to get summer throwing workouts together and we eventually got to participate in 7 on 7 versus some other schools around the state. We battled it out with Portland State and Western Oregon and as a team we were very capable holding our on with the so call “big boys” of the state. These scrimmages not only gave us confidence but let us know that if we worked as a team and continued to work as hard as we could that we would be able to do something very special against teams in our Division of the NCAA’s. Summer workouts ended and with great excitement the first day of fall camp started.

With every familiar face that returned to the Catdome more and more excitement started to build and every single player was ready to get after the 2009 season. My final fall camp was a very special because my little brother Axel Cederberg had decided to come and join the Linfield family and play outside linebacker. Being able to line up against him and play on the same field during practice and games is something that is very special to me and I will never want to forget. The first night of camp is always a fun one because you get to meet the entire young freshmen classes that are coming to join our Wildcat family. Staying in the Rutschman Field House and swapping summer stories and meeting all the new guys is somewhat taxing on you because you do not sleep well on the hard floor and century old mattresses but getting to know the young guys and just catching up is worth more than any night of sleep.

“Doubles” as we call it went exceptionally well and we were dying to get after someone who didn’t have the same color jersey on as us. Hardin Simmons could not have made it to the Catdome soon enough. Every player was excited because we all knew what we could do if we played to the best of our ability and we could not wait to show the Linfield Faithful that we had what it took to be a special team. As the score of the game reflected all of the hard work we collectively put in together appeared on that filed during that second Saturday in September. We knew though that it was the first step in a very long season and we now had to focus on going on the road for a solid month to play maybe one of the most difficult stretches of games in the past decade. We took it upon ourselves to make sure we would balance our studies, football and lives so that we could be successful during this stretch of games. The coaches and players did a great job of adapting to all the different things that happened on every single road trip and made sure that the schedule was as consistent as possible.

This “road trip” of games made our team become tough and mentally prepared to face anything. With beating Occidental, Southern Oregon, Menlo and Whitworth our team truly showed how good we were. Occidental was a ranked team and was very talented at many positions. Southern Oregon was big, fast and very talented and is always a tough game. During the Menlo game we did not have a half time locker room and were forced to chalk talk in the sand. Finally the stretch of games ended with Whitworth, and every single Wildcat fan knows that Winning at Whitworth is no easy task. Personally I didn’t mind the long extended time away from the Catdome, with my girlfriend on study abroad and all my friends and brother on the trips with me it was just like I was at home playing football. Those four games just gave us more reason to believe we were bound to do great things if we continued to work hard, and we took it upon ourselves to do just that.

Coming home to play in front of our fans was an awesome experience. With beating Lewis and Clark and seeing all the alumni come back and watch us do it was very special, but all of us had the next game in the back of our minds. Every team tries to prepare for the upcoming game and not overlook the game at hand, but in this instance it was very tough. Willamette was looming on the schedule and had been circled for quite sometime now and every player was ready to go out and prove that the game in the 2008 season should not have ended the way it did. There was a heightened sense of preparation and intensity at practice and we were not going to let this game get away from us, we set out with a goal to take every game one at a time and be in the now, but we all had a little bit of pay back on our minds for a couple of reasons. The game was had fought and I feel we came out on top because of the way our team was so close and because of all the hard work we had put in together. In tight games teams beyond a doubt show their true colors and we showed that this was our year in the NWC.
The next couple of games were very important due to the fact we needed to finish strong and establish ourselves as a playoff football team. We took care of our business and ensured an undefeated regular season and we entered uncharted territory for every player but one on the 2009 roster, the play-offs. In a way I think this might of helped us though. None of us knew what to expect or how to react, all we knew how to do was play football and prepare to play teams that were extremely well coached and talented. The three straight home games might have helped as well but I still want to go with us not knowing any better. We played outstanding football and peaked at the right moment and continued to grow as a football team at the right time. We made big time plays and saw big time players emerge and make plays that will never be forgotten.

Playing in the Catdome and in front of dedicated fans and family was one of the greatest experiences of my life and I will never forget playing in those big games and being a part of a great season. The way our season ended was not the way we would have like. Every team does not want to lose their final game and not win a championship but to play the way we did and win as many games as we did this season I feel was a great accomplishment. There were some people out there that doubted if the streak would even continue and I hope we just didn’t continue that streak but started another great run of play-off appearances.

Coming off that field in the cold in my final game will be a memory that will hurt but be more satisfying than anything I have accomplished in my life thus far. The memories I have and the friendships I have made will be with me for the rest of my life and I am truly grateful for choosing Linfield and being a part of a wonderful four years. We didn’t win the national championship like we had wanted this past season, but we proved to ourselves and every person who watched us play that we prepared as a team and expected to be and do great things. I will never forget playing with my teammates and putting the tremendous amount of effort into this season. We worked hard and I hope teams after us will see that anything is possible if you commit and play as a team. My final football season was an amazing run and I want to thank everyone who was apart of that run with me. I will never be anything but a Cat, and I will always call the Catdome home.

-Gunnar Cederberg #8
Class of 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

Around the CatdomeO'sphere

Well, we had some articles that slipped by at the end of the year that I wanted to round up for you all. You've probably had already scanned most of these but there is a real gem from the Lewis & Clark Student paper about the Pios Homecoming win. You guys enjoy your weekend and the NFL playoffs. Go 'Cats!

Oregonlive.com: Linfield explodes back on the National Scene in 2009.

Statesman Journal: Aaron Boehme finalist for Ad Rutschman Small College Athlete of the Year

The Olympian: Linfield's Scott Millenbach, All-American

News-Register: Linfield's 2009 season named #2 top sports story in Yamhill County.

News-Register: Former All-American Quarterback, Danny Langsdorf, is man behind the numbers for Oregon State.

Oregonlive.com: Former Linfield Head Coach, Jay Locey, brought Linfield flavor to help make OSU a tighter program.

Loggerathletics: Willenbrock, done.

Goboxers.com: Pacific has hired their Defensive Coordinator and Offensive Coordinator...both from Portland State.

Goboxers.com: Pacific's Football Staff Running Hard To Recruit.

Added Bonus:

The Pioneer Log: L&C Football Wins Homecoming Game: 57-35. WC11 added this older story not because the Pios won Homecoming but for the quote of the year from L&C student Rainier Goubault ('10) that appears 1/2 way down the article. That's some school spirit!

Oregon State Coach Mike Riley "Learned From The Best" in Linfield's Ad Rutschman

Over the weekend the D1 coaching rumor carousel was spinning at full speed when USC Head Coach Pete Carroll left the Trojans for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks. The first name to hit to wires as a potential candidate is Oregon State Head Coach, and former Linfield Defensive Coordinator (early 80's), Mike Riley.

Riley quickly put this to bed as he signed a new extension with Oregon State and he joined Isaac and Suke of Portland's 1080 The Fan on their afternoon show "Primetime" to discuss his decsion to stay at OSU.

A big factor that came into play for Coach Riley is that he's already been to a number of programs and wanted to continue to build the Oregon State program. Coach Riley credits Former Linfield head coach and College Football Hall of Fame member, Ad Rutschman, as someone he admires for staying in one spot to build a legacy.

You can listen to the interview by clicking this link. The question about why Coach Riley turned down USC starts at the 1:53 mark of the itnerview.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Welcome to 2010! Now What's On Tap?

Ah, the first blog posts of 2010. It smells so fresh and clean it’s like slipping on a new pair of athletic socks. We still have a number of items to cover from the incredible 2009 season but now is the time to start looking down the road in what “we” at Catdomealumni.com will bring to the Wildcat masses in terms of new and exciting content in 2010.

Catdomealumni.com and ADvantage Catdome had our biggest year to date (thanks primarily to the ‘Cats great season on the field) but I also feel like we had a great year in the video and blog content. We had some great interviews, play blogs, tons of great video, and coverage of the 2009 season. However, my goal for the site/blog is to make the next year a step up in the quality and diversity of content on the site. So the question is: what do you want to see more of? Obviously, you’re going to get the full display of 2009 season highlights (Starting Monday, March 1st) but what else do you want to see more of? Current player interviews? More Red and Purple Interviews? Video Retrospectives? More news from around the conference? Different voices on the blog? Wildcat11 wants to know!

So in addition to the polls below, please leave a comment with any ideas or you can mail me at: catdomealumni@yahoo.com

Sunday, January 10, 2010

City Of Salem's Stagg Bowl Preview Video (UWW vs Linfield highlights)



During the week leading up to the Division III championship game, the City of Salem puts together a preview/presentation video about the two participating teams playing in the Stagg Bowl. The folks that put this together do a great job as they dispatch videographers to each semi-final game and then edit the clip above.

The reason why I'm posting this is there are some highlights from the UWW/Linfield semi-final game that I know that you would want to watch. Go 'Cats!

Friday, January 8, 2010