Amateur Athlete: Scott Richter

MEDFORD, Ore. — Scott Richter is listed at 6’5″, 290 lbs. He’s the physical prototype of a high school lineman, but stereotypes can be deceiving. “For me personally, I don’t think football is life,” Richter said. “I enjoy it very much, and I wanted to play because I felt a family and a brotherhood that … 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: 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: Grace Jovanovic

Typically injuries are not a good thing for athletes, but for Grace Jovanovic, a broken arm set her on a path to greatness. Jovanovic is entering her junior year at St. Mary’s. She’s one of the top swimmers in the state despite the fact that swimming wasn’t even her first or second sport. “I was … 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: Stephanie Croy

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. – There isn’t much Stephanie Croy can’t do. She’s always been a great student, active in the community and a stellar athlete. Right now Stephanie plays three sports at Cascade Christian, but she would have played more. “I was always a soccer girl,” Stephanie says. “I started soccer in first grade and played … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: Jonathon Munoz Part 2

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – A teenager without a true family and without a real home is finding success through his community and the game of football. Jonathon Munoz’s success continues to be the work of caring community members. The Dykstra family took him in when he was in 8th grade and in trouble. The Navarro … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete of the Week: Leo Young

ASHLAND, Ore. – Leo Young’s life is much like an epic tennis match. He goes down one set but comes back the next. “There’s a part of you that says, ‘OK, so you’ve done a good job. It’s okay to lose this,’” Young says. However, losing’s not something Young is very fond of. “He will literally … Continue reading »

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