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 »

Amatuer AotW: Supernova Soccer

The Supernova soccer team is made up of girls 15 and under from Klamath Falls,  to Northern California,  to the Rogue Valley. The team competes against clubs from all over the northwest in a variety of tournaments throughout the year. Newswatch 12′s Brandon Kamerman explains why Supernova is looking outside the region for its next … Continue reading »

Kassi Conditt: Amateur AotW

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – In sports, success is often based on a matter of inches. For Oregon Tech’s Kassi Conditt the inches. and feet, keep piling up. “The whole motion of throwing is pure technique so if I mess up one thing, that could turn 44 feet into 42 just like that,” said Conditt. “One … Continue reading »

Meranda Zanni: Amateur AotW

PHOENIX, Ore. – Behind every star softball player is a strong team. Meranda Zanni moved to Phoenix from Douglas County last year and her teammates quickly became her family. “Everyone’s a lot more welcoming,” said Zanni. “Everyone gets along really well. It’s just like having a sister, nine of them.” In going along with the … Continue reading »

Linda Carter: Amateur AotW

There are titles that come along with greatness on the pool table; champion, house pro, even an appropriate nickname. Linda Carter has all of these. The one they call Wonder Woman started honing her skills in college “The guys would drag me down to the student union just to have somebody to beat up on, … Continue reading »

Kelsey Woolsey: Amateur AotW

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Kelsey Woolsey is one of the top competitors in her sport, but even she knows her success goes only as far as her partner. “Yeah, it’s a lot different than even football,” said Woolsey. “You’re on a team, but you’re communicating with other humans that speak English. We’re communicating with animals … Continue reading »

Emily Alvarez: Amateur AotW

MEDFORD, Ore. – Emily Alvarez is listed at 5’3″, not typically the height of a star basketball player, so the St. Mary’s junior relies on more than physical stature to position herself above her opponents. “I’ve worked hard for so long,” said Alvarez. “I just go in the gym especially on the weekends. I go … Continue reading »

Alex Frol: Amateur Athlete of the Week

ASHLAND, Ore. – Take note of Alexandra Frol. She plays the tenor, soprano, as well as the alto sax. She’s traveled the world and is a competitive skier. For a junior in high school, Alex balances a full load. In finding that balance, Alex took a road less traveled. “There have been challenges because the … Continue reading »

Kaylee Cooper: Amateur AotW

MEDFORD, Ore. – Kaylee Cooper’s routine is just that, routine. After school, she works out on dry land. Then she jumps in the pool for swim practice. Then, in meets, she dominates the competition. It’s the life of an elite swimmer. “It fills her time, said Karen Cooper, Kaylee’s mom. “Without it, when she doesn’t … Continue reading »

Stephanie Carr: Amateur AotW

ASHLAND, Ore. — Records are set and records are broken. If SOU soccer star Stephanie Carr scores twelve goals this season, she will be the program’s all time goals leader. “She’s ridiculous. She’s indefatigable,” said head coach Jon Clement. “She works harder than everybody that I’ve ever coached really. She sets a really high standard. … Continue reading »

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