Amateur Athlete: Scenic Cross Country

On Saturday the Scenic Middle School Cross Country team will compete in the Oregon Junior Olympics, which makes sense, as Scenic’s runners pretty much train like Olympic Athletes. “It’s hard,” said head coach Alex Grover. “You know, we start out in the summer. It’s 100 degrees out. We’re running every day. Kids can barely run … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: Paulla Pinheiro

ASHLAND, Ore. — Southern Oregon volleyball player Renee Yomtob learned to count to 20 in Portuguese from Pualla Pinheiro. Raiders’ coach Josh Rohlfing brought the Brazilian in largely because he wanted to expand the minds of his players. “I knew that we were looking to bring in an international athlete that was going to help … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: Daniel Breaux

ASHLAND, Ore. – There is a certain set of stereotypes in the game of football; violence, toughness and intensity. Daniel Breaux is not your stereotypical football player. “That’s why I draw smiley faces on my wrist tape,” said Breaux. “Just to remind myself that what I’m doing is fun and I have an opportunity to do … Continue reading »

AAotW Louis Michelon & Austin Schoenmann

MEDFORD, Ore. – The North Medford boys soccer team is fighting for its second consecutive league title. Head coach Michael Belzberg says its because of the family atmosphere created by his team. “It makes more comradeship,”said Belzberg. “Guys are high-fiving. They’re just shaking hands. They have this special handshake. You can’t really teach that. You can … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: McKenzie Cushman

As a sophomore playing at a new position, McKenzie Cushman was just looking for an opportunity to show her coach she was ready for varsity volleyball. She didn’t expect it to happen like it did. “The first game of the season, our senior blew out her ACL,” said head coach Robert Jackson. “So McKenzie, as … Continue reading »

Brittany Jensen: Amateur Athelete

MEDFORD, Ore. — It didn’t take long for Chris and Aly Hollewijn to realize Brittany Jensen’s potential. Two years ago, the South Medford soccer coaches called her up to varsity for the program’s first postseason game in years. She was only a freshman. “We could see that she was an explosive player and also a … 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 »

Ashlyn Flynn: Amateur Athlete

PHOENIX, Ore. – Ashlyn Flynn’s love of volleyball started in Monterey, California where she grew up. She’s now a senior at Phoenix High School and she keeps getting better. The libero enters her senior season as the defending Skyline Co-Player of the Year. “It was a huge accomplishment,” said Flynn. “It was like all this hard … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete of the Week: Sarah Holst

MEDFORD, Ore. — Sarah Holst quickly progressed to one of the top fencers in the nation, and is currently competing with the Northwest Fencing Center in Beaverton. But her involvement in the sport really started with her father and brother. In our Amateur Athlete of the Week, Brandon Kamerman explains how one of the top … Continue reading »

Jaron Emerson: Amateur AotW

MEDFORD, Ore. — Early this spring McLoughlin seventh grader Jaron Emerson added sprinting to his athletic repertoire. A few months later, he was blowing past the competition. “I knew I was fast, but I didn’t think I was the fastest kid out here, but I started catching on,” said Jaron. “Some of the eighth graders … Continue reading »

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