Avila Makes Most of Second Chance

ASHLAND, Ore. – ”When the race ended I looked over and the crowd was going crazy,” said Eric Avila. “I kind of pointed at them to say thank you. They completely lifted me and then a couple of seconds later people started telling me, ‘Do you know what you ran?’” What Avila ran was the fastest … Continue reading »

Vocal Raiders Keep Opponents Off Balance

ASHLAND, Ore. — If you’re within a half-mile of the Southern Oregon softball stadium, you’ll know if a game is being played. All you have to do is keep your ears open. “I think we’ve always just been known to be a loud team,” said Sierra Anderson. “When I came here my freshman year, I … Continue reading »

Track Pits NAIA Stars Against NCAA

ASHLAND, Ore. — For almost every sport, scheduling is pretty simple. If you’re an NAIA football player, you’re almost exclusively playing against other NAIA schools. The same goes for basketball, baseball, pretty much every sport except for track and field. In track, the top athletes frequently get the chance to compete against NCAA Division One … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: Stephanie Techler

ASHLAND, Ore. — There’s a group of outcasts in track and field. The runners run, the throwers throw and the jumpers jump. The pole vaulters are a different breed; they run, plant, bend and vault. “It is excluded from the other track disciplines,” said SOU junior Stephanie Techler, “but I think it’s just so cool … Continue reading »

Home Run Leader Hull Joins SOU Staff

ASHLAND, Ore. — She owns nearly every school record at Corban University. She ranks in the top ten in seven NAIA statistical categories, including the all-time leader in home runs with 83. However, when Stephanie Nippert Hull’s husband took a job in Ashland, the former Warrior changed her colors. “I actually just received an email … Continue reading »

Owls Beat SOU for Tourney Title

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Oregon Tech women earned a spot in the NAIA National Tournament, beating SOU 88-72 on Monday night. The victory was the first ever Cascade Conference Tournament Championship for the Owls.

Gida’s Homecoming Great for SOU

ASHLAND, Ore. — Coming off an outstanding high school career with Ashland, Allison Gida was sure her future was with the University of Utah. “I was set on DI,” said Gida, “I really wanted to go to that level and I really thought I could play at that level.” After two years, Gida realized she … Continue reading »

NCAA Rule Would Affect Ducks, Raiders

ASHLAND, Ore. A proposed rule change in college football would deliver a significant blow to up-tempo offenses like Southern Oregon and the University of Oregon. If approved, the change would force offenses to wait 10 seconds after the play clock starts running before they can snap the ball. Typically the SOU offense snaps the ball … Continue reading »

SOU Men, OIT Women Win

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Southern Oregon and Oregon Tech met up for the final time of the regular season on Saturday. The SOU men narrowly beat the Owls 69-67 while the Oregon Tech women dominated the Raiders 87-54. Check out the highlights from both games above.

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 »

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