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 »

Amateur Athlete: Lane Vaughan

DORRIS, Cali. –┬áIt takes courage to ride a 600 pound animal. It takes physical strength and competitive spirit. Many adults wouldn’t give it a try, but at eight years old, it’s Lane Vaughan’s favorite thing to do. “When I was three, four and five, I was really scared,” said Vaughan. “Then when I got older, … Continue reading »

Amateur AotW: Medford CrossFit

MEDFORD, Ore. — Adam Laucis is a CrossFit coach. His goal is simple; change people’s lives. “I really just want to help people on their weight loss journey and become more comfortable in their own bodies,” said Laucis, “better self-esteem, more confidence.” One of those people Laucis has helped is Holly Nickerson, whose friend convinced … Continue reading »

Jerry Newcomb: Amateur AotW

MEDFORD, Ore. — Some people say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but Jerry Newcomb disagrees. “I don’t set my standards by anybody else but myself,” Newcomb said. “I challenge myself.” His latest challenge is martial arts. The 53-year-old picked up the sport six months ago, training alongside kids sometimes a third of … Continue reading »

Alexis Barkwell: Amateur AotW

MEDFORD, Ore. — The North Medford softball team got some much needed help from transfer Alexis Barkwell. The junior filled a hole at first base and number two pitcher left by the departure of Kelsey Bartley. Barkwell isn’t your normal transfer, though. She left home in San Diego to live with her aunt and uncle. … Continue reading »

Kerissa & Vanessa D’Arpino: Amateur AotW

MERLIN, Ore. — The top two girls runners in the state will face off in this weekend’s state championship. Chris Leone take a closer look at the twin driving force behind North Valley’s state title hopes.

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