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 »

Amateur Athlete: Kassie Guglielmino

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The finish line is just a spot on a track, but crossing that line is something Kassie Guglielmino is very accustomed to. “A rush,” Guglielmino said . “I don’t really know how else to say it. It’s like a rush.” Guglielmino continues to seek out that rush. The self-described adrenaline junkie … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: Mike Wheeler

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The Speed Sport Challenge at Millbridge Speedway featured Outlaw Spring Karts on one of the sport’s biggest stage and many of racing’s big names. Mike Wheeler was not one of those big names. “Honestly I didn’t think I was going to win because it was almost too good to be true … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: Jon Guzman

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Last year, Jon Guzman watched his teammates win the 4A State Championship. He was there, but he didn’t play. “It was tough watching them win state without me, but I’m a team player, and I was proud of them,” said Guzman. The Hornets’ coaches benched Jon before the season for what … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: Halley Folsom

MEDFORD, Ore. — On April 19th at the Oregon Relays in Eugene, Halley Folsom gave the 800 meter run a try. She had raced the 800 once before and won, but this was not Halley’s main event. “We knew she had impact, but we just didn’t realize how impactful she would be, and we definitely … Continue reading »

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