Southern Oregon finishes fall 2nd in Director's Cup standings

Thanks to a huge Fall, Southern Oregon sits in second place in the final fall NAIA Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings.

Azusa Pacific leads the race with 301 points, followed by SOU with 220 and Lee (Tenn.) with 219.

The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish at the NAIA National Championships in up to 12 sports — six women's and six men's.

Southern Oregon came away with a national championship in men's cross country, a seventh place finish in women's cross country and a 13th place finish in volleyball.

SOU is coming off back-to-back 50th place finishes in 2009-10 and 2008-09. SOU's best ever finish was 22nd back in 2001-02.

The first edition of the Winter Standings will come out March 10, 2011.

Prep Football

Eagle Point's punter and a Phoenix receiver/defensive back were recognized by the coaches as the Class 5A and 4A all-state football lists were released Wednesday.

Eagle Point senior Jake Shaffer earned 5A first-team honors, while Phoenix senior Austin Toney was a 4A honorable mention on both offense and defense.

Oregon's all-state list is voted on by the coaches.

Marist senior quarterback Logan Silver was named the 5A offensive player of the year and his teammate, senior defensive lineman Logan Mayes, was the defensive player of the year. Sherwood coach Greg Lawrence was named 5A coach of the year after leading the Bowmen to a 26-23 state championship victory over Marist.

Sherwood and Marist dominated the 5A list with five first-team selections apiece.

On the 4A side, Baker senior quarterback Jesse Brown was voted the offensive player of the year, while Baker senior defensive end Jake Skillings earned defensive POY honors. Baker head coach David Johnson made it a clean sweep by the state champion Bulldogs by claiming the coach of the year award.

Overall, Baker led the way in 4A football with six all-state picks — five first-teamers and a second-teamer.

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