Monday, November 14, 2011

President Barry Glassner on LC Athletics

President Barry Glassner, a celebrated writer along with his career as a college administrator was published in The Oregonian here is the link to his article "Smitten with DIII"

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Conference Championship vs. Linfield

Here we go folks, the moment you've all been waiting for. Today Saturday November 12, 2011 Lewis and Clark College (7-1) travels to McMinnville, Oregon to play Linfield College (8-0) for the NCAA Division 3 North West Conference Championship. The game is at 1, hope to see you there.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Player Spotlight: Andrew Frisina

This year, junior Andrew Frisina has stepped up to fill an essential role on the Pioneer Offense. Playing his first two years on offense and being an impact player on Special Teams, Frisina has come to be known around the conference for his ability to catch the football. He is second on the team in receptions, with 40 on the year. He has caught the ball for over 570 yards, and averages over 70 yards receiving a game. Frisina has caught 4 Welch passes for TD's this year. Occasionally Frisina can be seen running the football and even on occasion throwing the ball-which he has 100% completion percentage.

Not only is Andrew a threat on the football field, despite his seemingly short stature, he is a menace on the baseball diamond. He's started 22 of 28 games with a slugging percentage of .367 last year with 2 HR and 9 RBIs, also being Hit by Pitches a staggering 5 times.

Frisina is one of many California natives on the team, hailing from San Pedro H.S. and a graduate of Rolling Hills Prep, where his father is the head coach and where is brother/teammate Torey Frisina is also a grad. Torey, Andrew's older brother, transferred into LC after his experience at the University of Redlands, and now plays defensive back for the Pios.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Top 10 Ranking in the West & upcoming Senior Game

This week Lewis and Clark College Football was ranked the #10 team in the West. They also received votes nominating them for the Top 25 rankings in the nation. The Pios have yet to crack into the national rankings list, but the presence of votes proves that the Pios are turning heads around the country. And the top 10 ranking in the west shows that those close by realize that the Pioneers are a force to be reckoned with. At 7-0 the Pioneers head into their last home game of the season vs. Willamette in the battle for the Wagon Wheel. 2000 was the most recent year the Pios took the Wagon Wheel home. The wheel has been the symbol of the rivalry since 1949.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Lewis and Clark beats Pacific Lutheran 34-32

The Lewis and Clark Pioneers remain undefeated after a 34-32 nail-biting victory over the Pacific Lutheran Lutes today. The team turned it on in the second half, scoring 27 pts and holding PLU to just 12. After a blindingly quick first 2 scores, PLU was up 14-0 and the Pioneers looked to be caught off guard by the Lutes. The Pios trailed 20-7 at the half. LC scored on the first drive of the 2nd half, which was followed by a PLU score. After a turnover was committed by either team, Lewis and Clark took the lead 27-26 early in the 4th quarter, and for the first time in the game. PLU turned the ball over on downs after trying a fake punt on 4th and 18, which was followed by a Lewis and Clark touchdown. LC led 34-26 when the Lutes scored to bring themselves within a chance to tie. Withe the score 34-32 PLU attempted a 2 point conversion which was a pass from Zack Halverson- it failed.Senior Chris Kelly fielded the ensuing onside kick from PLU for a 17 yard return, and Lewis and Clark kneeled the ball to run out the clock on their first victory over PLU since 1989. The Pios advance to 7-0 on the season and have guaranteed themselves a spot playing for the conference championship against Linfield. Next week the Pios take on Willamette at home in their last home game of the season, the senior game for the group of guys who were 1-8 their freshman year. Lewis and Clark rushed for 202 yards, while holding PLU to only 71 yds. 121 of those pioneer rushing yards were a result of the effort of the Pio offensive line in conjunction with their running back Joevante Mayes (Sr.) Curtis Shirey had 2 rushing TD's, Mayes with 1 rushing. Welch threw for 2, one to Shawn Evans and one to Andrew Frisina who made a shoestring catch. The Pioneer defense stepped up yet again, holding the Lutes to just 6 of 13 on 3rd down, sacking Halverson 3 times and forcing a fumble and an interception.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Player Spotlight: Keith Welch

Sophomore QB Keith Welch Jr. is ranked #5 in Total Offense and #4 in scoring among DIII football nationwide. Welch averages 336.3 yds/game and has been responsible for 144 points. On the season Welch has thrown for 1486 yards and rushed for 532, while maintaining a completion percentage of 59.89%

Keith is one of the many Northern California natives on the Pioneer football team, a graduate of Fairfield H.S. Welch is known on the team not only for his athletic skills, but also his jokes-which seem to come in an endless stream. After 7 A.M. practice he can often be heard looking for a ride to go to McDonald's and get breakfast. There is no doubt that Welch is a leader of the Pioneer football program, his talents and skills set him apart as a gifted athlete who continues to perform and post impressive stat sheets. He was named to the Team of the Week last week for his 4 touchdown performance in the LC homecoming victory over UPS.

When asked about the team Welch said "I love these guys, they're my family." And when asked about the upcoming game at Pacific Lutheran he said "We understand it's going to be a battle, but we've been preparing for this war."

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

PLU Preview-Undefeated Pios travelling to Washington

How They Match Up Offense

Team Lewis and Clark Pacific Lutheran
Total Offense (Yds/Game) 476.33 (National Rank #12) 288.17 (National Rank #196)
Rushing Yds/Game 209.5 (National Rank #42)103 (National Rank #200)
Passing Yds/Game 266.83 (National Rank #30)185.17 (National Rank #131)
3rd Down Conversion %43.04 (National Rank #59)33.33 (National Rank #171)
Points Scored per Game40.5 (National Rank #11)17.67 (National Rank #191)
Overall Record6-04-2

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Undefeated Pioneers with another victory 31-28 over UPS

The Pioneers sure know how to keep their fans involved in their games, and once again the game ended with the opposition's hopes ticking down to zero along with the game clock. Puget Sound's last minute efforts at a comeback via laterals was stifled by the Pioneer defense; The same Pioneer defense that held UPS to 63 yards rushing on 27 attempts, and forced 2 turnovers. LC's offense had 488 total yards, 166 rushing and 322 passing. QB Keith Welch contributed most to those numbers with the 322 passing yards himself completing 23/36 passes and rushing for 142 yards. The end of the game was anything but dull, the Pioneers gained possession of the ball with 4:54 to go in the game, up 31-28 after a Monley field goal was followed up by a UPS touchdown. UPS kicked-off deep and the ball was returned to the LC 35. The Pios drove 58 yards on 10 plays down to the UPS 9 yard line, taking almost 4 minutes off the clock. The Pios elected to take the clock down a bit further on a fourth down attempt from the UPS 9, and were stopped. UPS gained possesion on their own 9, and 9 plays later were facing a hail-mary hope at a victory or tie to go to overtime. In a bit of trickery the QB Braden Foley (Fr. ) rolled right and tossed the ball laterally to his teammate across the field. The ball was kept alive for about 5 or 6 tosses before the ball was finally fumbled by Foley again at his own 7 yard line. With offensive penalty flags down, the referees picked up their laundry and jogged off the field, signaling an end to the crazy yet exciting end to the Pioneers 6th victory this season. For the Pioneer seniors-this leaves their all time record vs. Puget Sound at 3-1, and this leaves the Pioneers atop the conference alongside the only other undefeated team, Linfield.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Lewis and Clark Homecoming Preview

Joe Kopp (Jr.) Safety & Nate Kinney (Jr.) linebacker and all-around nice guy

How They Match Up Offense

Team Lewis and Clark Puget Sound
Total Offense Yards per Game 474 (National Rank #15) 387.83 (National Rank#72)
Points per Game42.4 (National Rank#10)21.33 (National Rank #162)

How They Match Up Quarterbacks

Team Keith Welch (LC) George Ka'ai (UPS)
Total Offense 1554(National Rank #9) 1458 (National Rank#21)
Points Responsible For120 (National Rank#4)60 (National Rank #90)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

T.V. Spot Round 2-KGW Channel 8

> Lewis and Clark Football on "Out and About with Drew Carney"
Wednesday October 19 appeared on Portland KGW Channel 8 beginning at 5 am. Carney came last year to do a spot on the Pioneers prior to their game against Menlo, a former Conference opponent, turned NAIA school, that the Pioneers defeated last season. This year, Carney and the news team are spotlighting the Pios prior to their homecoming game against conference rival University of Puget Sound.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Pios roll on to 5-0: Lewis and Clark 30 Whitworth 22

The Pioneers ended yet another game in victory formation earlier today at home in Griswold Stadium. The Pios advance to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play. For LC, this is the first 5-0 start since 1962 and the first 2-0 start in conference since 1990, the same year many of the seniors on this team were being born. It was an overall team effort, led on offense by none other than Keith Welch (So.) Welch had 149 yards passing, 149 yards rushing and 31 yards receiving. Welch accounted for the team's 3 touchdowns, two rushing and one throwing to Shawn Evans (Sr.) Kicker Simon Monley also accounted for some points,he was 3 of 4 on field goals and perfect for extra points. A special acknowledgement should be given to ATH Tucker Laurence for his punting, holding, passing, receiving and blocking performances. Laurence really did it all in his contribution to the Pios win. The Pioneer defense showed up today creating 3 turnovers, and holding Whitworth to 0% 3rd down conversions in the 1st half. The Pioneer defense also sacked Whitworth QBs 9 times throughout the game, with senior Louie Baltazar leading that stat with 3 sacks alone.
The Pioneers look to take a 6th victory over University of Puget Sound next Saturday, Oct. 21. Many Pio fans and Logger fans alike will remember the UPS vs. LC games the last two years that came down to the wire. Lewis and Clark winning both of their last 2 meetings.

Whitworth vs. Lewis & Clark Pre-game Breakdown Continued

How They Match Up Turnovers and Special Teams

Team Lewis and Clark Whitworth
Turnover Margin 1.75 (National Rank #14) .60 (National Rank #63)
Kickoff Return avg ~20 yds. (National Rank #84)avg ~18.5 yds. (National Rank #129)
Kickoff Return Defense National Rank #32National Rank #192
Punt Returnavg. 17.43 yds. (National Rank #16)avg. 6.78 yds. (National Rank #146)
Punt Return Defense-3 Return yds. allowed (National Rank #3)163 Return yds. allowed (National Rank #212)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Whitworth vs. Lewis & Clark Pre-Game Breakdown

Linebacker Evaristo Laron ('13) preparing for this weekend's test against Whitworth

How They Match Up Offense

Team Lewis and Clark Whitworth
Avg. Points Scored 45.5 20.4
Rushing Yardage928567
Passing Yardage1099922
Red Zone Scoring82%78%
The Game will be Oct. 15 at 1pm and can be viewed live on Ustream the day of the game.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

LC Watchin' Games this Weekend

Offensive Lineman Ken Scholz, Tony Zamora and Aaron Mowrer
The Pios had the saturday off as part of their bye week this weekend. The Pioneers finished out a week of practice healthy and ready to face Whitworth on Oct. 15. Around the league Linfield beat Puget Sound 73-7, Willamette defeated Pacific 49-7 and Pacific Lutheran beat Whitworth in a last second field goal to pull out a victory 20-17. Next Saturday the undefeated Lewis and Clark Pioneerss will take on the Whitworth Pirates at home in their first home game since the opening week Sept. 10. That game will be at 1pm. Catch the game live on Ustream

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Lewis and Clark 4-0

The undefeated Pioneers put another notch on their win belt yesterday afternoon in Forest Grove, OR against Pacific University. The Pios had 524 yards of total offense, led by star Pioneer quarterback Keith Welch. Welch accounted for 5 tds, 3 rushing and 2 throwing. He ran for 106 yards and threw for 273. The Pios 61 points scored were also aided by a Curtis Shirey punt return for a touchdown. The Pioneer defense was lead once again by performances by Chris Kelly and Logan Kotzian who had 8 and 9 tackles respectively. Pio special teams looked good, even with the hurt Long Snapper Matt Karsh standing on the sidleine. With this 61-35 victory, the Pios open there conference schedule 1-0 and head into a bye week to prepare for their first home game since Sep. 9 against conference rival Whitworth. That game will be played at Fred Wilson Field at 1pm Sat. Oct. 15.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Lewis and Clark Football 3-0

After a trip to St. Paul, Minnesota, the Pioneers return home with a 37-28 victory and advance to 3-0 on the season. For the first time since '95, the Pios start the season off with a 3-0 record. The game in St. Paul was anything but dull. The Pioneer offense shined yet again with 593 total offensive yards, scoring 37 points. Even the first 10 minutes of the game was a sight to see. After driving down the field on their opening drive, the Pios missed a field goal.Taking over with the ball the Scots got a few first downs and looked to be threatening the end zone. On a 1st and 10 at the Lewis and Clark 19 yard-line, the Macalester Scots QB Clark Bledsoe ran to his right and was punished by LC cornerback Logan Kotzian. In the collision that Kotzian described "like a rattlesnake recoil" Kotzian's helmet flew in the air, as did the football, and Bledsoe fell to the ground. Kotzian remained standing, with no helmet, looking for the ball, as Louis Baltazar fell on it to regain possession for the Pios. The game remained exciting throughout and as Macalester seemed to threaten a comeback, in the 4th quarter, the Pioneer defense blocked a FG attempt that would have brought the game within 1 score. The Pios closed the game out after an interception by Lamar Curry late in the 4th quarter to end any hopes of a Macalester comeback. The Pioneers travel to Forest Grove, Oregon next Saturday to start October and their conference schedule on the road against Pacific (0-3). Pacific will most likely be well prepared for the game, taking their bye-week to get ready to host LC on Oct. 1 at 1:30 PM

Friday, September 23, 2011

Pioneers arrive in Minnesota

The Pios arrived in Minneapolis, Minnesota friday afternoon in preparation for their game saturday against the Macalester Scots. The game will be played at 1pm central time, thats 11am for the fans back home on the west coast. Watch the game streamed online via the Macalester Athletics website. The Pios practiced at the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers facilities in Minneapolis (pictured above) for their Friday walk-thrus.The Pios looked good preparing for tomorrow's contest. As for the tagline of "land of 10,000 lakes" I personally have counted 27 so far, so I think the claim is well founded.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Pioneers Start Season 2-0

After a stellar home opener against C-M-S, the Pios travelled down to Southern California, to face the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens. The Pios held off an attempted comeback by the Sagehens, to defeat Pomona-Pitzer on their home field, The Pio's second consecutive victory against them. Pre-game comments brought both programs out firing, with Pomona scoring on their opening drive. Not to be out-done, the Pios scored on their opening drive, with Keith Welch's first of 5 TD passes. Welch had a hand in 6 of the Pios scores, running for 1 on top of his 5 throwing, proving he can be a playmaker with his arm as well as his feet. The Pio defense forced turnovers when it counted and had 2 interceptions, and a fumble recovery to end Pomona's hope at a comeback. The defense was lead by seniors Baltazar, Kelly, Curtin and Lettunich. A great performance of 7 tackles, a forced fumble, and an interception are credited to junior corner Logan Kotzian. Pioneer Football heads to St.Paul, Minnesota to face the Macalester Scots next Saturday.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

36-14 Home Opener Victory

Pioneer running back Joevante Mayes dives into the endzone
The Pios opened up their season with a 36-14 home win against the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Staggs. Lewis and Clark put on an impressive showing scoring on only the 2nd play on offense. Averaging 7.7 yac, and with 331 yards rushing, the Pioneer offensive line was named to the Team of the Week. Along with the O-Line, Riley Mitchell was also named to the team of the week for his 1 sack and 5 tackles and 2 forced fumbles. The Pioneers head down to Pomona-Pitzer this saturday to start their stint away from home.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Pioneer Student-Athlete Awards

Pioneer football was represented well at the annual Lewis and Clark Student-Athlete awards this past week.
-Simon Monley (K) was named Male Rookie of the Year
-Kevin Carpenter (WR) was named Dan Jones Multi-Sport Athlete of the Year
-Curtis Smith (OL) was honored with the PAC-Outstanding Senior Male-Athlete Career Award
-and Keith Welch (QB) was named the Joe Huston Athlete of the Year
The awards ceremony also honored 2 football team members Devon Baker (DL) and Matt Karsh (LB) as members of the Pioneer All-Academic First Team and the 5 graduating seniors of the Pio Football Program: Disan Saurez, Harrison Keller, Shawn Kelly, Devon Baker and Curtis Smith.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Q & A w/ Ryan Lockard

Coach Ryan Lockard hasn't hung up his cleats quite yet. During the Pioneer offseason, Lockard takes a trip across the Atlantice to continue his football playing career. Lockard currently plays in Poland for the Warsaw Eagles. I got a chance to ask him some questions about his experiences. Whats it like playing football in a foreign country?

There is no other experience like playing football in a foreign country. You get to experience new cultures, learn new languages, get to see amazing historical sites, and play the game that you love. On top of that, you get paid to do it! Can’t beat that.

1.Favorite thing about Poland?

My favorite thing about Poland has been learning about the Second World War’s impact on the country. I live right in the middle of downtown Warsaw, the country’s capital, and during WWII the city was completely destroyed by the Germans. There were 1,300,000 people who lived in Warsaw before the German invasion and only 1,000 people were still living in the ruins after the war ended. It is amazing to see how the city is now after seeing pictures of the ruins.

2.How do you spend your time?

I really don’t have very many things that occupy my time during the week. I have 2 ones hour and a half practices each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays and then play our games on either Saturday or Sunday. Before I practice on Thursday, the other Americans and I go and help coach at our junior team’s practice. We serve not only as coaches for the junior team, but also on our own team. It is very common to be a player coach in Europe.

During the day, I’ll go to the gym and workout and do some site seeing with some of my teammates. I’ll also watch film of the upcoming opponent and break down their game film. Most of the guys on the team do not know how to watch film properly, so I will always go over the film with them at practice and tell them what to look for when they watch it.

3.Whats the number 1 question foreigners ask you?

“Where is Oregon?” Anytime I tell someone where I’m from, that’s usually the question I get. Everyone in Europe knows where California because of Hollywood and all of the movies, so I just explain it by saying that it is the state that borders California to the north. Then they always assume that the weather is just as nice in Oregon as it is in California.

4.Anything you've learned to say in Polish?

The guys have taught me how to say some things on the field, but I don’t really know how to say too many things that I would say to my mother. I’m learning though, slowly but surely.

5.How is the team lookin'?

We’re looking pretty solid. There are a lot of big and athletic guys on our team, they just don’t know the game very well because football has only been in Poland for about six years. There are three other Americans on the team, two of which were DIII All-Americans. We’re picked to finish third or forth in the league, but we’re about to surprise a lot of people.

6. You've played football in France, Denmark and now Poland, which is the best?

That’s a tough question. I had a great time playing in France and Denmark, but I also love it so far in Poland. I would have to say that each country has different things to offer. France has amazing food and wine, Denmark has the happiest people that I’ve ever seen and gorgeous girls (although Poland is up there too), and I like Poland’s history and am impressed by the resiliency of the Polish people for rebuilding their country after WWII.

Monday, April 4, 2011

KATU News story on Butch Evans

KATU News was at practice last thursday to come and check out Battlin' for Butch

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Battlin' for Butch

A regular at every game and even 6:30 A.M. practices since his son started attending LC, Butch Evans serves as an encouragement and as an essential part of the Pioneer family. Shawn Evans, Butch's son, is no stranger to awards and honors, and this father-son tandem is an integral part of our program.Family is a word that gets thrown around by many different sports programs across the country from little league to major league. But it is not a word that gets treated lightly at Lewis and Clark. While having 2 father-son coaching tandems as a model for real family relationships, the Pioneers attitude of a family willing to fight for eachother is something we take pride in. Butch Evans was diagnosed with cancer 5 years ago, and Shawn, originally playing football away from home, decided to transfer back to his native Oregon to be near his father while finishing out his football career. The Pioneer family is pulling together to fight for one of our own. Butch has shown his love not only for his son but also the family at LC and we are hoping to give something back to the Evans family that has done so much for us. In an effort to alleviate medical costs the Pios are raising money by selling wristbands, like this one, for $3. Feel free to contact Louis Baltazar, Dan Curtin, Joe Kopp and Lamar Curry or any member of the Pio Family to get one of these bands that carry the words "Battling for Butch." Find out more opportunities through our facebook page Battling for Butch, or stay tuned here for more updates.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Pios After Graduation

Ryan Lockard [pictured on the far left] graduated in the class of 2007, since then Ryan has not left his football career behind. Along with helping coach the Pioneers to their best seasons in years, Lockard continues his playing days, but a on a different continent. Lockard loves his status as Professional Football player, and who wouldn't. This season Ryan Lockard will be playing for the Warsaw Eagles, out of Warsaw, Poland. If you can read Polish, click on the picture to see the article.

We'll stay updated on his season, we wish him good luck.