SOU starts fundraising for Bulkley Track project

The Southern Oregon University athletic department is starting a fundraising effort to name the Raider Stadium track the Dan Bulkley Track after the longtime coach and SOU Sports Hall of Fame member.

The project has a goal of $100,000, with all money going toward improvements of the track and field facility. The expected dedication is fall of 2012.

"This is a great chance to both honor a great man and SOU legend like Dan Bulkley and also make some much needed improvements to the track and field facility," SOU Athletic Director Matt Sayre said. "This is a great project that the school is behind 100 percent."

The endeavor is spearheaded by former SOU athletic director, track and field coach and emeritus faculty member Monty Cartwright and longtime SOU women's coach and emeritus faculty member Sally Jones.

Bulkley served as a coach and professor at SOU from 1950-77. He started the tennis program in 1950, the track and field program in 1952, the cross country program in 1955 and the ski program in 1965.

As coach of SOU track and field, Bulkley's teams won seven conference and three NAIA regional titles. He coached two national champions, 11 All-Americans and 117 conference or region champions.

Bulkley was a catalyst in the development of Mt. Ashland and was on the ski patrol for many years. He is still a member of the local Nordic Club and teaches cross country lessons every year.

At age 93, Bulkley continues to compete in national and international competitions in a variety of sports and holds numerous age-group world records.

For questions about the project, contact SOU Associate Athletic Director Bobby Heiken at 541-552-6824 or


At Starkville, Miss., five members of the 2011 Southern Oregon University softball team have been named 2011 National Fastpitch Coaches Association NAIA All-America Scholar Athletes, the association announced.

Sierra Anderson, Gia DiMaggio, Jessica Flores, Sara Stenson and Sarah Wharton all received the scholar athlete honor.

Anderson, a member of the 2014 class, earned a 3.89 grade point average while pursuing a nursing major. DiMaggio had a 3.6 GPA, while Flores earned a 3.64 GPA through her sophomore year.

Stenson and Wharton each graduated in June. Stenson majored in health and physical education with a 3.62 GPA, while Wharton majored in pre-medicine with a 3.62 GPA.

Prep Volleyball

Freshman setter Jordan Tilley provided a spark in Ashland's 25-13, 25-20, 25-12 nonconference win over Grants Pass on Thursday at Mountain Avenue Gym.

Tilley had 18 assists, three kills and five digs, Piper Cantrell 16 digs and five aces and Megan Rodden seven kills for the Grizzlies (7-10).

Grants Pass dropped to 3-13.


At Kansas City, Mo., Southern Oregon University had a trio of grapplers earn a No. 1 ranking and had six other wrestlers receive recognition to total 85 points and a No. 2 ranking in the NAIA Wrestling Coaches' Preseason Top 20 poll, the national office announced Wednesday.

Top-ranked Raiders include former Roseburg High standout Mitchell Lofstedt at 125 pounds, Tommie Hooper at 157 and Derek Rottenberg at 184. Southern Oregon picked up 154.5 points to rank first in the regional rankings released Tuesday, with the Raiders ranking ahead of Great Falls and Montana State-Northern.

Campbellsville (Ky.) topped the poll despite not having a top-ranked individual. Midland (Neb.) is listed third.

The first regular-season poll will be announced Dec. 23.

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