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 »

Brittany Jensen: Amateur Athelete

MEDFORD, Ore. — It didn’t take long for Chris and Aly Hollewijn to realize Brittany Jensen’s potential. Two years ago, the South Medford soccer coaches called her up to varsity for the program’s first postseason game in years. She was only a freshman. “We could see that she was an explosive player and also a … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: Jonathon Munoz Part 1

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. –It’s summer at Mazama High School in Klamath Falls and Jonathon Munoz is playing football. That’s what he does. He was first team all-league on offense and defense last year, but every Munoz hit and every Munoz run is a reminder of the brutal background from which he emerged. “Growing up I … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: Clay Sierra

College football coaches factor in a number of different characteristics when recruiting. For Southern Oregon’s Clay Sierra, experience wasn’t one of them. “I’m a basketball player,” said Sierra. “So I did that in high school and they weren’t really big fans of playing both sports.” Sierra didn’t want to play basketball in college, so after … Continue reading »

Charlie Walker: Amateur Athlete

In two years, American Legion Baseball will change its rules to keep players with college experience from playing in the summer league. Brandon Kamerman explains what that would mean for some current collegiate Legion players.

Amateur Athlete of the Week: Budreaus

MEDFORD, Ore. – Monday through Friday, Lt. Mike Budreau is focused on the law. His most important piece of equipment is his firearm. On Saturday and Sunday, it’s his ski. “For years and years, life has basically been police work and water skiing and very little else,” Lt. Budreau says. Budreau started working for the … Continue reading »

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