Summer Basketball Team Opens Doors

ASHLAND, Ore. -Five years ago SOU assistant basketball coach Brant Minor put together a 17-under summer league team for local high school basketball players. It started as a way of recruiting talent from around Oregon to eventually join the Raiders, but it turned into a whole lot more than that. “I got approached by Brant … Continue reading »

Becker Reflects on Freshman Season

MEDFORD, Ore. – On Tuesday North Medford will host Westview in the 6A softball semifinals. It’s a chance for the Black Tornado to take one step towards its third straight state championship. This year, however, North Medford is without two-time Gatorade Player of the Year, Maryssa Becker. Becker is continuing her softball career at the … Continue reading »

6A District 1 Track and Field Recap

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Eight schools competed at the 6A District 1 meet on Saturday. The top two finishers in each event qualified for the state meet beginning Friday. The updated list of Southern Oregon qualifiers is below (the final list will be posted on by Wednesday). Boys Qualifiers: 800 Meter Run – Austin Sanders, … Continue reading »

SOU Reacts to Coaching Debuts

ASHLAND, Ore. – On Friday NewsWatch 12′s Chris Leone and Brandon Kamerman faced the biggest challenge of their sports journalism careers: coaching in the SOU Spring Game. Leone’s White Team snuck by Kamerman’s Red Team 26-19, and after the game they asked each other and the players about their first experience coaching college football.

SOU’s Unofficial Pro Day

ASHLAND, Ore. – NAIA schools often get overlooked by NFL scouts so in the case of Southern Oregon head coach Craig Howard, that means fighting for attention. “When you have good players and they have success on the field,” Howard says, “my obligation as a coach is to spread the word, and I get on … Continue reading »

Bastendorff Poised for Big Season

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – An uptick in confidence helped pitcher Nolan Bastendorff really take off for the Crater Comets last year. It was an uptick in confidence despite an uptick in velocity, but Bastendorff refused to let his average fastball hold him back. “I really think he was maturing,” Crater head coach Jay Campbell said, … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: Jerome Lee

MEDFORD, Ore. – After time in the service and a long career in the mills, at 78 year-old, Jerome Lee would just assume sit back in his easy chair. Instead, he’s bowling at a level above people half his age. “At some point you’re going to have to fall off,” his friend Randy Cochran said. … Continue reading »

Am. Athlete: Daniel Shao and Sherry Hu

TALENT, Ore. – Moving from one city to another can be tough. Moving to a different country can be frightening, but local couple, who moved to Medford from St. Louis last June, knows just how to make friends: find a club that sponsors table tennis. In China it’s called ping pong. In America, we refer … Continue reading »

Mother, Daughter Seek Title Repeat

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Last year the Mazama Vikings girls’ basketball team finished 27-2 and won the 4A state championship. They did it with a one-day-at-a-time mentality. The Vikings know what their coach expects. Five of the current players were with Coach Joy Lease when the team won the championship last year. “What I learned … Continue reading »

Local Wrestler Returns to Semis

MEDFORD, Ore. – Last year North Medford’s Trent Wilson was unranked heading into the state wrestling tournament. He upset the 4th ranked wrestler in his weight class before losing to the eventual state champion. He finished 4th overall. That 4th place finish left Wilson wanting more. So he pushed himself, and now he’s back despite … Continue reading »

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