S. Oregon's Highland named honorable mention All-American

Southern Oregon junior Jordan Highland has been voted NAIA Honorable Mention All-American.

Highland is the first Raider to be named All-American since Shea Washington earned first team honors and was named National Player of the Year following the 2005-06 season.

Highland led the SOU men's basketball team and finished third in the conference in scoring at 15.7 per game, and also finished 11th in the conference in rebounding at 6 per game and 12th in field goal percentage at .538.

He was named the Cascade Conference Newcomer of the Year and also All-Conference for the Raiders. SOU finished the season 14-16 and earned the seventh-seed in the conference tournament.

Highland is now one of three individuals to win All-American honors for the SOU men's program.

Keith Wade earned third team honors following the 1950-51 season. Washington was named All-American three times in 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06.

Director's Cup

Southern Oregon University is ranked 21st after the final winter Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings.

Southern Oregon finished the winter with 289 points. Azusa Pacific is on top of the standings with 691.5 points, followed by Lindenwood (Mo.) and Biola (Calif.). Concordia is the only Cascade Conference school ahead of SOU, sitting in 16th place with 305 points.

Points for the standings, which shows the nation's top all-around athletic department, are awarded based on each institution's finish at the National Championships in up to 12 sports — six women's and six men's.

The Raiders were in second place after the fall standings were released, thanks to the efforts if the men's and women's cross country teams and the volleyball squad.

The Raiders won the national championship in men's cross country and finished seventh in women's cross country. The volleyball team finished 13th at the NAIA National Tournament.

This past Winter, SOU received points after the wrestling team finished ninth at the national championships.

SOU has made progress in the Directors' Cup the last couple years, scoring back-to-back-to-back 50th place finishes in 2009-10 and 2008-09. SOU's best ever finish was 22nd back in 2001-02.

Other Cascade Conference schools ranked in the top 160 include Eastern Oregon (24th), College of Idaho (44th), Oregon Tech (122nd), Warner Pacific (122nd) and Northwest (157th).

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