ASHLAND—Southern Oregon University and the city of Ashland held a championship parade on Monday to recognize the SOU softball team for its historic accomplishment.
In front of hundreds, the team was police escorted through Siskiyou Boulevard to Lithia Motors Pavilion.
It ended with the presentation of the trophy to the school’s president, Linda Schott.
"It was great just having students that didn't even know that I played softball and coworkers that I work with every day and administrators that I see all around campus just coming up and getting that recognition, it was so worth it," said senior Rebecca Velasquez.
It was an unprecedented season for the Raiders—they broke the record they set last year for most wins in program history; became the first SOU softball program ever to win a national title, and the first women’s team at SOU to win a title.
“I still just feel really overwhelmed,” head coach Jessica Pistole said. “This national championship is just bigger than us, it’s bigger than me, it’s bigger than our team. Just what it means for women’s athletics and the university, it goes way past what I ever thought.”
The team told NewsWatch 12 it hopes to finish a design for its championship T-shirts by the end of the week, and will have a finished product for sale on the SOU website shortly.