Amateur Athlete: Byron Higinbotham

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Byron Higinbotham is not an actual ninja based on traditional standards, but he sure looks like one on the Higs Gym obstacle course in Central Point. “I was really interested in how the Navy SEALS do their physical fitness and watched several videos and thought, man, that looks so fun,” Higinbotham … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: Mike Wheeler

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The Speed Sport Challenge at Millbridge Speedway featured Outlaw Spring Karts on one of the sport’s biggest stage and many of racing’s big names. Mike Wheeler was not one of those big names. “Honestly I didn’t think I was going to win because it was almost too good to be true … Continue reading »

Paragliding Becomes a Lifelong Passion

TRAIL, Ore. — Several years ago, Donneta Grizzell started skydiving, and later encouraged her husband Ryan to come along. Ryan was afraid of heights, but cautiously agreed to try it. When he did, that fear of heights was gone. The skydiving turned into paragliding, and the paragliding turned into a lifelong passion.

Amateur Athlete: Halley Folsom

MEDFORD, Ore. — On April 19th at the Oregon Relays in Eugene, Halley Folsom gave the 800 meter run a try. She had raced the 800 once before and won, but this was not Halley’s main event. “We knew she had impact, but we just didn’t realize how impactful she would be, and we definitely … Continue reading »

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 »

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