Amateur Athlete: Zeke DeGeyter

MERLIN, Ore. — It’s loud, it’s fast, it’s dirty and Zeke DeGeyter is an expert off-road motorcycle racer, and Zeke is only ten years old. “When I started riding, I was 3, and probably my first race was when I was around 4 or 5,” DeGeyer said. Now, Zeke is the Oregon State champion in … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: James Thompson

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — James Thompson started playing flag football when he was younger, but flag football is not the right kind of football for the Illinois Valley senior. “On the football field, he’s just not afraid of anything,” head coach Ray Yarbrough said. “I don’t know that fear is in his vocabulary.” Football is … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: Motade Atanda

ASHLAND, Ore. — It’s a bit disconcerting for SOU’s opponents when Motade Atanda rises for the attack. Maybe it’s the nearly four kills per set, or maybe it’s the lightning speed on her finish. “She hits it pretty fast so it’s coming up,” head coach Josh Rohlfing said. “It’s coming at you like a fastball … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: SOUPA

MEDFORD, Ore. — Tim Kiesling is a senior at Ashland High School. Tim and a couple of schoolmates are working to organize an ultimate frisbee club team, but in the meantime, Tim gets his ultimate fix with SOUPA, the Southern Oregon Ultimate Players’ Association. “There’s a lot of really serious players who have played on … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: Paige Berriochoa

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The Crater volleyball team starts and often ends with Paige Berriochoa. Paige is a senior for the Comets and does just about everything on the court. “She’s leading us in really kind of any category you can,” head coach Leaf Jensen said. “She’s leading us in kills. She’s leading us in … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: Sean Tow

ASHLAND, Ore. — In Southern Oregon’s fourth game of the season against College of Idaho, Sean Two took a hand-off from Austin Dodge near the end of the first quarter. Tow patiently waited for his blockers to set up a hole before busting through for a 15-yard gain. Nothing unusual for a player who averaged … Continue reading »

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 »

Amateur Athlete: Travis Cavalli

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Travis Cavalli is a substance abuse counselor, a brown belt in Kenpo and a dad, but on Saturday, for the last time Travis will be a mixed martial arts fighter. “I have mixed emotions,” Cavalli said. “I’m going to stay in this sport.” That’s because it’s a sport that gave so … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: Olivia Tucker

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Olivia Tucker has owned her mini horse, Tuff, for four years. She plays with Tuff, exercises Tuff, and bonds him him. “He’s got quite a personality, and we get along pretty well,” Tucker said. This year, Olivia and Tuff became more than friends. They became a team. “I just decided to … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: Gary Caperna

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Gary Caperna pulled a fast one on his competitors at the Oregon Skeet Shooting State Championships in July. Caperna, who started shooting skeet in January, won the top award at the event, beating out the highest ranked shooters in the state. “I got on. I just couldn’t, I couldn’t miss,” Caperna … Continue reading »

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