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 »

Amateur Athlete: Byron Higinbotham

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Byron Higinbotham is not an actual ninja based on traditional standards, but he sure looks like one on the Higs Gym obstacle course in Central Point. “I was really interested in how the Navy SEALS do their physical fitness and watched several videos and thought, man, that looks so fun,” Higinbotham … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: Steven Packard

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Since he was a child, Steven Packard had a goal. Through his years of playing youth baseball and then at the University of Oregon, his goal never changed. “Ever since I was a little kid, my goal was always to go on a mission, and I completed that,” Packard said. Packard … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: Debra Allen

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The clinks of two foils, the retreat and the attack. These are the components of Debra Allen’s life 30 years ago and today. “Fencing never really dies,” Lencin Carnighan said. “It takes a while to get back into your groove again, but fencing’s one of those things. It’s like riding a … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: Susan Holt

MEDFORD, Ore. — Susan Holt always took care of her body. Four years ago, Susan, an avid runner and healthy eater, was feeling great when her body betrayed her. “I ran my fastest half-marathon in May, two weeks before my diagnosis,” Holt said. “I had no signs, symptoms, nothing except for just this very small … Continue reading »

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