For the first time today, fans will begin to get answers to the question of what the Southern Oregon University football team will look like under new head coach Charlie Hall.
SOU's annual Red & White Spring Game, the culmination of four weeks of spring practice, is set for a 6 p.m. kickoff at Raider Stadium. The 80 players in camp will be split into two teams, playing four 12-minute quarters with a running clock. Admission is free for all.
Prior to the game, the Raider Red Zone tailgate will start at 3 p.m. in the area behind the scoreboard at the north end of the stadium. A moment of silence for former coach Craig Howard will be observed prior to the national anthem.
Following the game, fans, parents and alums ages 21 and over are encouraged to join members of the coaching staff at Oak Tree Northwest Bar and Grill, owned by SOU alum Gary Allen. Oak Tree is also the title sponsor of the eighth annual and sold-out Raider Red Zone Football Alumni Golf Shootout, which is slated for an 8 a.m. shotgun start Saturday at the Eagle Point Golf Club. Check-in begins at 6:15 a.m.
The Raiders have 59 players back from last year's team that went 5-5 in the Frontier Conference, including eight starters on defense and seven on offense. They've also mixed in several transfers who arrived on campus after the season, holding scrimmages at the end of each week of practice.
As usual, both teams will have honorary coaches: Todd Beck, an engineer with Ashland Fire & Rescue, will join the Red team, and Bon Stewart, a detective with the Ashland Police Department, will join the White team.
Southern Oregon University softball All-American Kelsey Randall was one of 12 players named Thursday to the Capital One Academic All-District 4 team, as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
The Capital One program is designed to recognize student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To be eligible for the honor, one must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.3 and be a key starter or reserve. Randall was one of 52 players across four designated districts selected around the country and will be automatically nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-America team, which will be voted on and announced later this month.
A junior shortstop from Concord, Calif., Randall is a business major with a cumulative GPA of 3.56. She's the fifth Southern Oregon student-athlete to make an Academic All-District team during the 2016-17 school year, joining women's basketball player Toria Bradford, women's soccer players Presley Lambert and Kylie Moltzen, and football player Jack Singler.
Randall, already arguably the most accomplished player to ever wear an SOU softball uniform, has put together her finest season to date while leading the Raiders to a 37-12 record and a No. 20 national ranking.
Batting .446 with an on-base percentage of .500, she leads the Cascade Conference with 79 hits, 15 of which have gone for extra bases. She also ranks third in stolen bases (27), and she's committed fewer errors (6) than any shortstop in the conference. She has 24 multi-hit games, and earlier this season she broke the Raider record with a 23-game hitting streak.
The CCC Gold Glove award winner tops SOU's career lists for batting average (.419), hits (239), runs scored (150), triples (16) and total bases (161).
Randall and the Raiders open play at the CCC Tournament at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Salem.
Prep Track & Field
The Ashland boys track and field team and the Crater girls captured team titles at the three-school Midwestern League meet on Wednesday.
Jeremiah Sherrynewby led the Grizzlies with wins in the 110-meter hurdles, high jump and pole vault.
On the girls side, Eagle Point's Maya Bradd was first in the 200, 400 and 100 hurdles.
TEAM SCORES: Ashland 72, Crater 66, Eagle Point 42.
100 — 1, Anthony Gray, EP, 10.87; 200 — 1, Anthony Gray, EP, 22.22; 400 — 1, Nick Marshall, EP, 51.24; 800 — 1, Ryland McCullough, Cra, 2:00.58; 1,500 — 1, Alex Franklin, A, 4:14.38; 3,000 — 1, Christian Hill, A, 10:34.00; 110 HURDLES — 1, Jeremiah Sherrynewby, A, 16.38; 300 HURDLES — 1, Jacob Marshall, EP, 40.23; 4X100 RELAY — 1, Eagle Point (Hunter Morgan, Nick Marshall, Eric Parliment, Anthony Gray), 50.05; 4X400 RELAY — 1, Ashland (Alex Franklin, Nolan Rinefort, EJ Holland, Jeremiah Sherrynewby), 3:39.36.
SHOT PUT — 1, Javon Gill, Cra, 46-0; DISCUS — 1, Javon Gill, Cra, 157-7; JAVELIN — 1, Nicky Weinberg, A, 158-0; HIGH JUMP — 1, Jeremiah Sherrynewby, A, 5-10; POLE VAULT — 1, Jeremiah Sherrynewby, A, 13-9; LONG JUMP — 1, Nick Marshall, EP, 19-8 1/2; TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Nicky Weinberg, A, 40-4.
TEAM SCORES: Crater 77, Ashland 60, Eagle Point 39.
100 — 1, Samantha Bowen, Cra, 13.04; 200 — 1, Maya Bradd, EP, 26.06; 400 — 1, Maya Bradd, EP, 1:01.15; 800 — 1, Jade Hopkins, Cra, 2:31.82; 1,500 — 1, Elezebeth Allen, Cra, 5:28.24; 3,000 — 1, Alexa Hague, A, 11:15.65; 100 HURDLES — 1, Maya Bradd, EP, 16.53; 300 HURDLES — 1, Samantha Cushman, Cra, 54.52; 4X100 RELAY — 1, Crater (Tarisha Goosman, Samantha Bowen, Jada Anderson, Maya Van Hook), 53.30; 4X400 RELAY — 1, Crater (Margaret Faliano, Ariana Marks, Jade Hopkins, Gracen Hokanson), 4:25.39.
SHOT PUT — 1, Lilianne Smith, A, 35-8 ; DISCUS — 1, Tella Morris, EP, 110-10; JAVELIN — 1, Myla Norvell, A, 113-9; HIGH JUMP — 1, Alexis Osorio-Walls, A, 5-2; POLE VAULT — 1, Emily Thomason, Cra, 10-9; LONG JUMP — 1, Mikayla Titus, A, 15-5; TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Sara Ortega Rambo, Cra, 32-6 3/4.