Amateur Athlete: Brock Gutches

ASHLAND, Ore. – Just three years ago, Brock Gutches thought his wrestling career was over. Unsatisfied with the daily grind of NCAA wrestling, Gutches left Boise and returned home. SOU coach Mike Ritchey was happy to bring him on board. “He was excited about it,” said Ritchey. “He felt like it would be a nice balance … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: Alex Shepherd

For more on Alex’s story and progress, check out:  https://www.facebook.com/229teamalex ASHLAND, Ore. — Sports are about overcoming challenges. How athletes deal with those challenges can define who they are on the field, on the court and in life. Two years ago, at the age of ten, the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association named Alex Shepherd the … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: Jasmin Falls

MEDFORD, Ore. – It’s right before a South Medford girls basketball game. Jasmin Falls is in uniform, but she’s not with the rest of the team. She’s singing the national anthem, something that’s become a tradition before Panther games. “It’s a great way for us to start the contest, seeing one of our kids get up … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: Hunter Bradford

Standing at 6’6 as a freshman, Hunter Bradford was easy to notice as he was an Honorable Mention All-Skyline player for Klamath Union. During the off-season, his family moved to Medford and now Bradford suits up for South. It didn’t take long for Dennis Murphy to notice him either. “I know that his father was … Continue reading »

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 »

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