Raiders Hope for Hot Start to 2014

ASHLAND, Ore. — Austin Dodge and the Raiders offense looked sharp at SOU’s first scrimmage of the season and the defense also made some big plays. The Raiders expect big things this season, with ten starters returning from the nation’s top offense last year. Expectations for SOU outside of Ashland, aren’t quite as high. The … Continue reading »

Avila Getting Ready for Next Step

ASHLAND, Ore. — Eric Avila won an NAIA National Championship in the 1,500 in May. It was his last race as a member of the SOU track team, but Avila hasn’t stopped running. He ran in a few races this summer, highlighted by a tenth place finish in the finals of the US Track and … Continue reading »

Avila Takes 10th at T & F Championships

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – It was just a few years ago Eric Avila wasn’t even running competitively. On Saturday, Avila finished 10th overall in the 1,500 meter run at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Sacramento. After a year at Northern Arizona University, Avila took two years off before joining Southern Oregon University’s cross … Continue reading »

Raiders Host Schools for Football Camp

ASHLAND, Ore. — It’s the middle of June but the sights and sounds of football are all around Southern Oregon University. The Raiders are hosting their annual camp for high school teams. For one week, the schools that come are immersed in Raider football. The Raiders will go through many of the same drills that … Continue reading »

Summer Basketball Team Opens Doors

ASHLAND, Ore. -Five years ago SOU assistant basketball coach Brant Minor put together a 17-under summer league team for local high school basketball players. It started as a way of recruiting talent from around Oregon to eventually join the Raiders, but it turned into a whole lot more than that. “I got approached by Brant … Continue reading »

SOU Reacts to Coaching Debuts

ASHLAND, Ore. – On Friday NewsWatch 12′s Chris Leone and Brandon Kamerman faced the biggest challenge of their sports journalism careers: coaching in the SOU Spring Game. Leone’s White Team snuck by Kamerman’s Red Team 26-19, and after the game they asked each other and the players about their first experience coaching college football.

White Team Wins SOU Spring Game

ASHLAND, Ore. –┬áThe SOU Raiders held their spring game on Friday night, with the team divided up in to the red and white squads. The white team, featuring starting quarterback Austin Dodge, won 26-19. NewsWatch 12′s Brandon Kamerman and Chris Leone

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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 »

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