Raiders Kreuz to CCC title

The Southern Oregon men's cross country team claimed the Cascade Conference team title Saturday at the league championship meet in Seattle, Wash.

The fifth-ranked Raiders are still undefeated against NAIA competition as they finished ahead of Concordia 38-64. The College of Idaho finished third with 81 points. In the women's race, the College of Idaho defeated Concordia 48-83. The SOU women, ranked last in the conference coming into the race, finished ninth with 221 points.

The victory for the SOU men advances them to the NAIA National Championships on Nov. 22. The conference crown is the third for the SOU men. The Raiders also won the championship in 2004 and 2005.

In the men's race, all seven of SOU's runners finished in the top 21 and two finished in the top four.

Senior Cameron Kreuz led the Raider effort, finishing second behind Concordia's Eric Burck. Burck finished the 8-kilometer race in 25:04, while Kreuz finished in 25:13.

Senior Anthony Monteleone finished fourth for the Raiders in 25:22 and senior Joe Rath finished eighth in 25:39.

David Laney and Ryan Gelfi were the next finishers for the Raiders. Laney finished 11th in 25:47 and Gelfi crossed the finish line in 25:57, good enough for 13th place and the final team points for SOU.

Ryan Matz (17th, 26:20) and Chris Patterson (21st, 26:29) were the other two finishers for SOU.

On the women's side, senior Katelyn Alley was the top finisher for the Raiders, finishing 22nd in 19:17. Kristen Juveland was right behind Alley, finishing 29th in 19:35.

Other finishers for the Raiders included Whitney Riehl (52nd, 20:34), Kelly Clark (57th, 20:56), Natalie Wilson (74th, 22:01) and Rosie Converse (84th, 25:22).

Women's Volleyball

Southern Oregon wrapped up the Cascade Conference's No. 2 seed with a 25-22, 25-15, 25-19 victory over Concordia, Saturday in Portland.

With the win, the Raiders finished the regular season 19-9 overall and 17-3 in Cascade Conference play. Concordia fell to 17-12 overall and 13-7 in conference action.

SOU travels to the league's No. 1 seed, the College of Idaho, for next Friday and Saturday's Cascade Conference tournament semifinals and finals. The winner of the conference tournament advances to the NAIA national tournament.

Sophomore Leanne Stennett continued her impressive late season play with 13 kills and eight digs. Freshman Sarah Holgen finished with nine kills and 13 digs. Sophomore Maggie Rivers finished with 13 digs and junior Dolores Christensen had 10 digs.

Stennett single-handedly put the match out of reach in the third game. After Concordia cut the lead to 12-8, Stennett banged home three straight kills to give SOU a 15-8 lead. After a bad set by the Cavs, Stennett had back-to-back kills to give the Raiders an 18-8 lead.

Junior setter Lindsey Stone finished with 34 assists.


At Vermillion, S.D., South Dakota scored 31 points in the first quarter and cruised to a 37-0 victory over Southern Oregon Saturday.

The NCAA Division I Coyotes improved to 5-4 on the season. The NAIA Raiders dropped to 3-6. SOU ends the season next Saturday at Eastern Oregon.

South Dakota wasted no time getting things going against the Raiders. It scored its first five possessions and six of its first seven.

The first tally came on a 30-yard field goal following an SOU fumble. The Raiders got the ball back and again fumbled it away, resulting in a Chris Ganious 10-yard scoring run with 11:57 still to play.

Two SOU punts led to two more USD scores and a 24-0 lead. The Coyotes final score in the first quarter was the result of a blocked punt and a 10-yard return by Dion Price, making it 31-0.

The Raiders had two chances to score at the end of the second quarter. Senior kicker Corey O'Neill, a South Medford High product, had a 56-yard attempt blocked with 36 seconds left. Then, after the Raiders got the ball back, O'Neill missed a 44-yarder.

SOU senior running back Marlon Rosales ran for more than 100 yards for the fifth time this year with 141. J.C. Hunsaker completed 18 of 32 passes for 133 yards but was sacked three times and threw two interceptions.

Thomas Sandoval led the SOU defense with nine tackles.

Women's Basketball

At Salt Lake City, 19th-ranked Southern Oregon stayed close early but Utah, an NCAA Division I opponent, took command in the exhibition game with a 19-2 first-half run to win 94-64 on Saturday.

A jumper by junior Ashley Baker gave the Raiders an early 4-2 lead and a 3-pointer by Rhiannon Dickison tied the game at 7-7.

Utah's big run pushed the advantage to 39-17 with 5:08 to play in the first half and the Utes led 46-29 at the half.

Whitney Scott hit a layup early in the second half to get the lead to 50-35, but that's as close as SOU would get.

Junior Jacki Speer was a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line and finished with 19 points for the Raiders, while Scott and Dickison both tallied with 11 points.

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