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  • JACKSONVILLE — Cycle Analysis will host a benefit Cyclocross series for Josephine County Search and Rescue at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
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  • JACKSONVILLE — Cycle Analysis will host a benefit Cyclocross series for Josephine County Search and Rescue at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
    The clinic will be geared toward those with little or no cyclocross experience, but more experienced riders will be able to pick up some pointers from the clinic.
    Cyclocross has been called the steeplechase for bicycles.
    The cost is $5 for adults and free for those who are 18 and under or those who bring a donation for Coats for Kids.
    Register at Cycle Analysis in Jacksonville.
    The benefit is in memory of Nicholas J. Jensen, who drowned in the Illinois River. Proceeds will help provide the agency with equipment.
    For more information, contact Jana Jensen at 541-821-0751.
    U.S. Cellular Community Park is hosting the 72-team Valley South College Exposure Tournament this weekend.
    A total of 215 games will be played Saturday and Sunday at USCCP and on other fields in Central Point, Medford, Phoenix and Ashland.
    The fourth annual tourney is for U16 and U18 teams. Last year, the tourney saw 55 squads participate. There were 29 in 2010 and 13 in 2009.
    The Valley South field includes 17 squads from Washington, seven each from California and Nevada and two from Idaho.
    DECORAH, Iowa — Former football player Mel Ashland, a 1967 graduate of Luther College and Central Point resident, was inducted into the Luther College Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 6.
    Ashland was a four-year letter winner from 1963-66 and served as co-captain his senior year. That same season he was named an Iowa Conference all-league middle linebacker.
    Ashland was also a two-time first-team selection for the All-Lutheran Football Team in 1965 and 1966.
    As a freshman, Ashland helped lead Luther to the 1963 Iowa Conference championship and an undefeated 9-0 season. Luther set school records for points in a season (305 points), team rushing yards (3,204) and most total offense for a season (3,833).
    PORTLAND — Former Crater wrestling standout Brock Gutches beat John Simon by decision in FCFF66, a mixed martial arts event on Sept. 29.
    The 21-year-old Gutches, who now wrestles for Southern Oregon University, claimed the individual championship in the 174-pound bracket at the NAIA National Championships in March.
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