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 »

Danial White & Connor Kaegi: AAotW

ASHLAND, Ore. – Last year, Danial White was the starting quarterback for the Ashland Grizzlies. Connor Kaegi, who transferred from Florida, was on the bench. “I needed to get some JV reps in to know the offense and get it down,” said Kaegi, “and certainly watch Danial as he did well last year. And see … Continue reading »

John Esqueda: Amateur AotW

Last year the Phoenix Pirates won the Skyline Conference and finished runner-up at the State Championship. After that incredible season, the Pirates lost 12 players. “It is definitely last year’s JV team,” said head coach Dennis Flenner, “and I don’t want to belittle the fact that they don’t think that they’re last year’s JV team. … Continue reading »

Greg Rapet: Amateur AotW

The South Medford soccer team won its league last year thanks to six first and second team all-league players, but four of those players graduated. Then they found out about the loss of another key player, Mitch North. “Early in the season, we caught news that we were gonna lose our senior goalkeeper and my … Continue reading »

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