SOU volleyball team swept in conference final

The Southern Oregon volleyball team's trip to the National Tournament came up a match short as they fell to the College of Idaho 25-20, 25-17, 25-10 on Saturday in the Cascade Conference Tournament Championship match in Caldwell, Idaho.

SOU's season ends with a 20-10 record. The College of Idaho advances to the opening round of the NAIA National Tournament next Saturday.

Leah Bergstrom led the Raiders with seven kills, while Lindsey Stone finished with 24 assists.

Megan Spinks finished with 10 kills to lead the Coyotes.

The teams battled back and forth in the opening set with the victorious Yotes hitting .429 and the Raiders hitting .375. But after that, it was all College of Idaho.

The host Yotes hit .308 and .524 in the final two sets, while the Raiders were headed the other direction with attack percentages of .030 and -.174.

Maggie Rivers led SOU with six digs.


The Southern Oregon football team turned the ball over four times and fell to Eastern Oregon 27-10 Saturday in La Grande in the season finale for both teams.

Eastern Oregon finishes the season 5-6 overall while Southern Oregon finishes 3-7.

"The season didn't end up like we thought it would," SOU head coach Steve Helminiak said. "But I'm proud of one thing, this group never quit. They played to the final whistle in every game. I'm very proud of that."

Against Eastern, the Raiders had trouble holding onto the ball, something that plagued the Raiders in all seven losses. SOU fumbled the ball twice and also threw two interceptions.

Eastern jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead on touchdown runs by Jake Hartley and CJ Taylor.

The Raiders got on the board in the second quarter as senior Corey O'Neill nailed a 37-yard field goal and the Mountaineers had a 14-3 halftime lead.

Taylor found the end zone again for Eastern in the third quarter to push the lead to 20-3.

The Raiders answered with a 3-yard touchdown pass from J.C. Hunsaker to Drew Dukeshire, but a turnover on their next possession led to Taylor's third touchdown of the game and the 27-10 final score.

Senior running back Marlon Rosales finished with115 yards on the day to become the first Raider since Dusty McGrorty in 2003 to go over 1,000 yards. Rosales finished with 1,007 yards.

Dukeshire led all SOU receivers with five catches and 61 yards.

Defensively, Kevin Harrell finished with 18 tackles, which ranks as the third most in school history.

Women's Basketball

The 19th-ranked Southern Oregon women's basketball team pushed its record to 4-0 with an impressive 86-46 victory over William Jessup (0-4) Saturday in Rocklin, Calif., at the William Jessup Invitational.

The Raiders return home next weekend when they host the Coming Attractions Theatres Classic.

SOU held a 34-24 lead at the half and then turned it on on both sides of the court in the second half.

The Raiders finished the game shooting 53 percent, while holding William Jessup to 31 percent shooting from the floor and just seven percent from the 3-point line.

Junior Jacki Speer went for 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Raiders.

Senior Rhiannon Dickison had 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting, Whitney Scott had 11 points and Carly Wood finished with 10 points.

Tournament MVP Kellyn Cooper finished with six points.

The Raiders open up next weekend's Classic against Holy Names at 8 p.m.


Two Southern Oregon University wrestlers claimed championships at Sunday's Mike Clock Open, hosted by Pacific University in Forest Grove.

Freshman Mitchell Lofstedt and senior Seth Roy earned championships with impressive victories. Lofstedt, in his first collegiate tournament, pinned Southwestern Oregon Community College's Thomas Gowing in 2:33 to claim the title at 125 pounds.

Roy won the title at 149 with a 14-5 major decision victory over Clackamas Community College's Billy Goldsberry.

The Raiders also had four wrestlers finish second. Junior Barry Johnson dropped a hard-fought 2-1 decision to Oregon State's Michael Mangrum at 141, while redshirt freshman Tommy Hooper fell at 157, Chase Locke at 197 and Jon Bates at Heavyweight.

Justin Mills (157), Jon Harrison (197) and Sam Sprauer (heavyweight) all finished in fourth place for the Raiders.

SOU hosts Menlo and Simon Fraser in a three-way dual event Friday starting at 11 a.m. at McNeal Pavilion.

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