Kelsey Woolsey: Amateur AotW

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Kelsey Woolsey is one of the top competitors in her sport, but even she knows her success goes only as far as her partner. “Yeah, it’s a lot different than even football,” said Woolsey. “You’re on a team, but you’re communicating with other humans that speak English. We’re communicating with animals … Continue reading »

Emily Alvarez: Amateur AotW

MEDFORD, Ore. – Emily Alvarez is listed at 5’3″, not typically the height of a star basketball player, so the St. Mary’s junior relies on more than physical stature to position herself above her opponents. “I’ve worked hard for so long,” said Alvarez. “I just go in the gym especially on the weekends. I go … Continue reading »

Alex Frol: Amateur Athlete of the Week

ASHLAND, Ore. – Take note of Alexandra Frol. She plays the tenor, soprano, as well as the alto sax. She’s traveled the world and is a competitive skier. For a junior in high school, Alex balances a full load. In finding that balance, Alex took a road less traveled. “There have been challenges because the … Continue reading »

Kaylee Cooper: Amateur AotW

MEDFORD, Ore. – Kaylee Cooper’s routine is just that, routine. After school, she works out on dry land. Then she jumps in the pool for swim practice. Then, in meets, she dominates the competition. It’s the life of an elite swimmer. “It fills her time, said Karen Cooper, Kaylee’s mom. “Without it, when she doesn’t … Continue reading »

Ronnie Bresser: Amateur AotW

Ronnie Bresser’s status among high school wrestlers is unquestioned, but his humility is what surprises those who meet him. “He’s just a kid, and that’s what he is,” said Bresser’s father, Ron. “He could live in the city. He could live in the country. He’s just very humble about what he’s been able to accomplish.” … Continue reading »

Casey Coulter: Amateur AotW

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Grants Pass wrestler Casey Coulter has his sights set high. He’s seeking a higher number of state championships, a higher weight class and a higher national ranking. As a junior, Casey has one state championship at 106 pounds, and he currently ranks 10th nationally according to Wrestling USA Magazine. Cavemen wrestling … Continue reading »

Caleb Allen: Amateur AotW

For a basketball player coming from such a small school, Caleb Allen is putting up some big numbers. However, the junior is quick to defer the praise he receives. “I think I get way too much credit for what’s going on at this program,” said said. “It all starts off with who brings up the … Continue reading »

Karissa Dixon: Amateur AotW

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Kevin Dixon was on the North Medford girl’s basketball coaching staff from 2006-2010. One of his star pupils was his daughter, Karissa. With Dad always on the sidelines, Karissa admits basketball runs through her blood. “I’ve just been around it so much,” Karissa said. “It’s just kind of second nature almost.” … Continue reading »

Hannah Reynolds: Amateur AotW

The Mazama girls soccer team is preparing for the State Championship this Saturday. Hannah Reynolds is a vital part of that preparation, but the vikings senior is also preparing for the start of basketball season, where she’s a captain. After basketball, she’ll prepare for golf. All this while juggling academic honors, acting President of the … Continue reading »

Tristan Burke: Amateur AotW

North Valley’s Tristan Burke is a big play waiting to happen, through the air or on the ground. “We ask a lot of him,” said head coach Todd Willaman. “There’s a lot of reads he’s got to make. He’s still making plays with his feet like he has, but he’s also making good reads and … Continue reading »

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