Fast Break Sports September 18
Art by Minna Zhou
Hello Bearcat Fan! We are so back it’s not even funny. The Collegian has a new editor-in-chief and managing editor, and I was suspiciously re-hired as sports section editor. At last the querulous droning of the chorus of doubters who assumed I was brought on due to nepotistic motivation, and not for my maniacal commitment to central Salem’s sporting world, has fallen silent. Let’s go to the news!
Head Football coach Isaac Parker has left the program under uncertain circumstances, with more coverage to come. The team itself is 1-2 after defeating the LaVerne Jaguars in California, then getting starched by the Pioneers and Raiders.
Women’s and Men’s Soccer limped into their conference campaigns after respective winless NCAA pre-seasons (Women 0-3-1, Men 0-4). In their season opening double header, the Women met a shocking 0-6 scoreline at the hands of Linfield, but found meager solace in the fact that the Men thwacked the Wildcats 3-0 later that night. Each of the squad’s games this weekend was canceled due to a Lewis & Clark COVID surge.
Riga Grubis (‘27) snagged second at the Splash and Dash triathlon, but Cal Poly Humboldt won overall. Ella Isaacson (‘25) took first to help reverse the result a week later at the Best in the West Triathlon Festival, where the Bearcats crashed down on the Lumberjacks 60-55.
Jay Chew (‘26) and Zoe Heino (‘26) brought the best placements home for the Bearcats at the Linfield Harrier Classic and Oak Knoll Golf Course Cross Country meets. Team results were unconvincing in both cases.
Consider in the coming weeks: What happens to Bearcat athletes when they experience traumatic sports injuries?