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Spartan Notebook

Joe Amick

Issue date: 10/17/08 Section: Sports
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Questionable loyalty: Like communists in the State Department during the 1950s, the Case athletic department has been infiltrated by Wooster Alums. Baseball coach Matt Englander, women's soccer coach Tiff Crooks, and assistant Athletic Director for Facilities Steve Thompson have all spent time there.

"[Wooster] is an excellent place to learn about Div. III athletics," said Thompson, class of '01, who is friends with many of Wooster's football coaches. Thompson played basketball for the Scots.

"Definitely rooting for Case," said Englander during Saturday's game. He played and coached baseball at Wooster. "This has become a rivalry. It's starting to become a baseball rivalry too, a friendly one that both sides look forward too."

Any humorous Wooster-related anecdotes? "None that I can share with you," said Englander, with a smile.

Beaucoup Woo: Almost half of the estimated 1200 spectators on hand for Saturday's game were Wooster fans. The Scots are relatively close to Cleveland; Wooster is about a one-and-a-half-hour drive south of campus. Around 1800 students enroll there.

Kathy Boda, mother of Wooster LB Paul Boda, said that the proximity and the strong athletic tradition are the reason that the Scots seem to travel so well. "My son isn't even playing today. He's out with a concussion, but I'm still here to support him."

Get the fish: The Spartans claimed the most unique trophy in college sports for the second straight year Saturday. The first meeting between the two schools took place in?1984, when the North Coast Conference was formed. Both the Spartans and Scots were member schools. Bob Baird, an economics professor at Case, and his brother, Bill Baird, an economics professor at Wooster, wanted to do something to encourage the athletes at each school. The idea for the trophy was borne out of their mutual love of fishing. "We never knew that it would take on a life of its own," said Bill. His favorite fish is the first one, an intricately made small mouth bass made by the late Bob Baird's wife, Eugenie. "It's a work of art," said Bill.
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    posted 10/25/08 @ 1:54 AM EST


    your communist metaphor is a little over the top, and doesn't fit.

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