SOU’s Unofficial Pro Day

ASHLAND, Ore. – NAIA schools often get overlooked by NFL scouts so in the case of Southern Oregon head coach Craig Howard, that means fighting for attention. “When you have good players and they have success on the field,” Howard says, “my obligation as a coach is to spread the word, and I get on … Continue reading »

Raiders Helped by Coaching Consistency

ASHLAND, Ore. — One of the keys to building a successful football program is consistency. At the NAIA level, that could be tough to find. Coaches come and go quickly as they look to climb the ladder to opportunities at bigger schools. At Southern Oregon, the Raiders have done a good job of finding that … Continue reading »

SOU’s Avila Gets Centrowitz’s Attention

EUGENE, Ore. – Eric Avila already proved he can compete with the top collegiate runners in the nation when he set the best time in the 5,000 Meter Run at the Stanford Invitational earlier this month. On Saturday, Avila established his presence among the best overall runners in the country. Avila finished 0.33 seconds behind … Continue reading »

Avila Makes Most of Second Chance

ASHLAND, Ore. — “When the race ended I looked over and the crowd was going crazy,” said Eric Avila. “I kind of pointed at them to say thank you. They completely lifted me and then a couple of seconds later people started telling me, ‘Do you know what you ran?’” What Avila ran was the fastest … Continue reading »

Vocal Raiders Keep Opponents Off Balance

ASHLAND, Ore. — If you’re within a half-mile of the Southern Oregon softball stadium, you’ll know if a game is being played. All you have to do is keep your ears open. “I think we’ve always just been known to be a loud team,” said Sierra Anderson. “When I came here my freshman year, I … Continue reading »

Track Pits NAIA Stars Against NCAA

ASHLAND, Ore. — For almost every sport, scheduling is pretty simple. If you’re an NAIA football player, you’re almost exclusively playing against other NAIA schools. The same goes for basketball, baseball, pretty much every sport except for track and field. In track, the top athletes frequently get the chance to compete against NCAA Division One … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: Stephanie Techler

ASHLAND, Ore. — There’s a group of outcasts in track and field. The runners run, the throwers throw and the jumpers jump. The pole vaulters are a different breed; they run, plant, bend and vault. “It is excluded from the other track disciplines,” said SOU junior Stephanie Techler, “but I think it’s just so cool … Continue reading »

Home Run Leader Hull Joins SOU Staff

ASHLAND, Ore. — She owns nearly every school record at Corban University. She ranks in the top ten in seven NAIA statistical categories, including the all-time leader in home runs with 83. However, when Stephanie Nippert Hull’s husband took a job in Ashland, the former Warrior changed her colors. “I actually just received an email … Continue reading »

Owls Beat SOU for Tourney Title

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Oregon Tech women earned a spot in the NAIA National Tournament, beating SOU 88-72 on Monday night. The victory was the first ever Cascade Conference Tournament Championship for the Owls.

Gida’s Homecoming Great for SOU

ASHLAND, Ore. — Coming off an outstanding high school career with Ashland, Allison Gida was sure her future was with the University of Utah. “I was set on DI,” said Gida, “I really wanted to go to that level and I really thought I could play at that level.” After two years, Gida realized she … Continue reading »

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