With all four fall sports programs active last weekend for the first time in 2012, five Southern Oregon student-athletes earned conference recognition as the Cascade Collegiate Conference announced the Red Lion Athletes of the Week Monday afternoon.
Eric Avila and Summer Cano were named cross country runners of the week, volleyball players Haley Kasler and Renee Yomtob were honored at their respective positions and Sydney Paulsen was named women's soccer offensive player of the week. All five athletes were so honored for the first time.
Also, the Raiders were garnered team-of-the-week honors in volleyball.
Avila began his sophomore season with the individual title at Saturday's Humboldt State Invite. He finished the 8-kilometer race in 24:48.
Cano won the women's race by more than 27 seconds, with a winning time of 22:00.
Kastler was named hitter of the week and Yomtob was named libero of the week after the pair helped Southern Oregon win all three of its conference matches.
Paulsen scored three goals and added two assists as the women's soccer team posted a 2-1 record.
BEAVER RECRUIT — Hallice Cooke Hallice Cooke, who visited Oregon State for Saturday's upset win over Wisconsin at Reser Stadium, gave the Beavers his verbal commitment Monday.
Cooke, a 6-foot-3 guard from St. Anthony (N.J.) High School (the same school attended by current OSU forward Devon Collier), is a three-star recruit who chose OSU over offers from St. Joe's, Richmond and Xavier.
OSU LINEBACKER HONORED — Oregon State sophomore linebacker D.J. Welch, who helped key the Beavers' win over then-No. 13 Wisconsin Saturday, has been named the Pac-12 Conference's defensive player of the week.
Welch set a career-high with seven tackles in his first career start.