Amateur Athlete: Torgerson Brothers

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Indy Car racing can wait. Dirt cars will come. For Austin and Ashton Torgerson, right now i’ts all about go-karts. “It’s pretty fun,” said Austin. “You’re not going to be good your first time, but when you get more into it, you’ll get better and better every time you come out.” … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: River Davis

ASHLAND, Ore. — Two years ago, River Davis reached the 5A State Tennis Tournament. The next season, she didn’t return. Instead, she spent the year in Japan. “I definitely wanted to experience what it was like as a Japanese high schooler because I’m half-Japanese so I had the American identity, but I didn’t really know … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: Jerome Lee

MEDFORD, Ore. – After time in the service and a long career in the mills, at 78 year-old, Jerome Lee would just assume sit back in his easy chair. Instead, he’s bowling at a level above people half his age. “At some point you’re going to have to fall off,” his friend Randy Cochran said. … Continue reading »

Am. Athlete: Daniel Shao and Sherry Hu

TALENT, Ore. – Moving from one city to another can be tough. Moving to a different country can be frightening, but local couple, who moved to Medford from St. Louis last June, knows just how to make friends: find a club that sponsors table tennis. In China it’s called ping pong. In America, we refer … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: Elise Snowden

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Southern Oregon hockey community is accepting. Drew Snowden plays for the North Medford high school team, even though he’s in eighth grade. His sibling, Elise, plays for North, even though she’s a girl. “In a sport that’s dominated by guys, she’s held her own and done really well,” said head coach … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: Jasmin Falls

MEDFORD, Ore. – It’s right before a South Medford girls basketball game. Jasmin Falls is in uniform, but she’s not with the rest of the team. She’s singing the national anthem, something that’s become a tradition before Panther games. “It’s a great way for us to start the contest, seeing one of our kids get up … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: Tyson Morris

PHOENIX, Ore. – Tyson Morris is entering his second year as the starting point guard for the Phoenix Pirates. He already made an impact last year being named 2nd team All-Skyline Conference, but Tyson is about much more than basketball. The Phoenix Pirates know point guards. Following Alex Young’s extraordinary career with the Pirates, Tyson … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete – Jacob Acree

MEDFORD, Ore. – Kids tend to ask a lot of questions, and Jacob Acree’s inquisitive mind is a big reason he’s one of the best at his sport. “Along with two of his brothers, he used to be the batboy for the Southern Oregon Riverdawgs,” his father Steve Acree said. “What Jacob would like to … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: Mason Montgomery

ASHLAND, Ore. —  Mason Montgomery has the instincts of a great football player. Those instincts go along with a passionate motivation. “I feel like he has certainly the tangible skills, but he’s got great intangibles,” said head coach Charlie Hall. “His work ethic and his competitiveness are just off the charts.” Those skills, whether tangible … Continue reading »

AAotW Louis Michelon & Austin Schoenmann

MEDFORD, Ore. – The North Medford boys soccer team is fighting for its second consecutive league title. Head coach Michael Belzberg says its because of the family atmosphere created by his team. “It makes more comradeship,”said Belzberg. “Guys are high-fiving. They’re just shaking hands. They have this special handshake. You can’t really teach that. You can … Continue reading »

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