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  • SOU claims fifth straight league title

  • PORTLAND — The top-ranked Southern Oregon men's cross country team claimed its fifth consecutive Cascade Collegiate Conference championship and the women's team placed sixth Saturday at Lents Park.
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  • PORTLAND — The top-ranked Southern Oregon men's cross country team claimed its fifth consecutive Cascade Collegiate Conference championship and the women's team placed sixth Saturday at Lents Park.
    Five Raider men earned all-conference honors by finishing in the top 12, helping SOU extend its championship streak to five, the longest such streak since Eastern Oregon won 10 league titles in a row from 1994 through 2003.
    Scott McIntyre finished second overall in 25:02.84, followed by Southern Oregon runners Eric Avila in 25:09.97 and Tyler VanDyke in 25:12.03, giving the Raiders three of the top four finishers.
    Brett Hornig placed seventh (25:18.35) and Jared Hixon 12th (25:26.18) to give SOU five all-CCC performers, with 15th-place Eric Ghelfi and 17th-place Nathan Normo narrowly missing out on all-conference honors. College of Idaho's Greg Montgomery won the individual title, finishing in 24:35 to earn CCC Athlete of the Year honors.
    "The guys ran really well on a muddy and slick course," said SOU head coach Grier Gatlin, who was named CCC men's Coach of the Year.
    The women's team placed sixth overall, behind third-ranked conference champion College of Idaho (39 points), No. 22 Eastern Oregon (71), No. 7 Northwest Christian (72), No. 24 Northwest (115) and Concordia (120).
    Ann Hagy posted a personal-best time in the women's 5,000-meter race to earn all-conference honors with an 11th-place finish in 18:37.57. Alexandra Rudd finished 16th in 18:49.32 to fall a few spots shy of all-CCC recognition.
    "The women ran really well in a very tough conference," Gatlin said.
    The men's team will receive the CCC automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships, to be held Nov. 17 at Fort Vancouver in Vancouver, Wash.
    SOUTHERN OREGON 58, MENLO 56 — At Atherton, Calif., No. 23-ranked Southern Oregon led for less than one minute of play, but that was all that mattered as the Raiders pulled out a nonconference victory in the final seconds.
    Southern Oregon improved to 2-0 with the win and will head to Florida for a tournament next weekend.
    Eric Thompson scored the game winner in the final seconds after the Raiders had battled back from a 13-point deficit. Thompson overcame a 6-for-17 shooting night and finished with 12 points and eight rebounds. David Sturner added 10 points and six rebounds in the win.
    Keith Bowman led Menlo with a game-high 17 points and six rebounds, while ChRunn Jones added 12 points and five assists.
    Menlo built a 13-4 lead midway through the first half as Southern Oregon struggled early. Neither team played particularly well in the opening period, as the game went into the halftime break with the Oaks holding a 26-18 advantage.
    Menlo scored seven of the first nine points in the second half to stretch its lead to 13 before SOU battled back. Jeff Bush started the rally, hitting a shot to end the Menlo run and spark a 16-2 SOU run that gave the Raiders a brief lead on Thompson's bucket. Less than a minute later the Oaks regained the lead at 37-36 and they eventually built their lead back up to eight points at 52-44 with 4:36 to play.
    Thompson scored four straight points to pull SOU within four, and the Raiders finally tied it up at 56-56 with 1:25 to play on another bucket by Thompson. After Jones and Carlos Monroy each missed 3-pointers for Menlo, Thompson made the buzzer-beating jumper to clinch the win for the Raiders.
    CONCORDIA 1, SOUTHERN OREGON 0 —At Portland, No. 6-ranked Concordia gutted out a win in a Cascade Collegiate Conference semifinal match.
    With the win, Concordia advances to the CCC championship match, where they'll travel to face top-seeded Northwest at 1 p.m. on Nov. 10.
    The loss ends the season for Southern Oregon, which finish 9-6-3 overall.
    The Raiders did not go down lightly on Saturday as they held the Cavaliers to their lowest shot total (nine) of the season.
    The Cavaliers got their lone goal just 2:29 into the match when Alex Blalock netted a pass from Hannah Scott.
    EASTERN OREGON 3, SOUTHERN OREGON 2 — At La Grande, Southern Oregon battled back from two sets down to force a fifth set then fell short in the final set as Eastern Oregon prevailed 25-18, 25-22, 19-25, 16-25 and 15-10, at Quinn Coliseum.
    The loss dropped Southern Oregon's overall record to 18-10, 14-4 in Cascade Collegiate Conference play, while Eastern Oregon improved to 22-6 overall and 14-4 in the CCC. Southern and Eastern Oregon finish the 2012 regular season tied for second place in the conference standings, with Eastern Oregon holding the tiebreaker edge over the Raiders for the second seed in the CCC Tournament.
    Southern Oregon will host a tournament quarterfinal match against No. 6 seed Warner Pacific on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Bob Riehm Arena. The winner of that match will advance to the tournament semifinals on Friday in Caldwell, Idaho.
    Sam Boehnke finished the match with 11 kills and no errors on 13 chances for an .846 attack percentage. That mark is the highest single-match attack percentage for an SOU player since at least 2007, with no other player cracking .800 in that time. Natalie Scheller led SOU with 14 kills, while Haley Kasler added 12 and Mona Goudarzian finished with 11. Caryn Westrick tallied a team-high 35 assists, while Angela Spieker posted a double-double with 25 assists and 12 digs.
    SOUTHERN OREGON 87, NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN 72 — At Ashland, Southern Oregon won its second straight game to open the season at the Red Lion/SOU Season Opening Classic.
    Southern Oregon improved to 2-0 after scoring 53 points in the second half to pull away from the Lady Deacons.
    Melissa Sweat led the Raiders in scoring, tallying 25 points to go with a team-high six rebounds and six steals. Alexi Smith scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds, while Krysten Copeland finished with 14 points and five boards. Angelica Cahee filled the stat sheet with 12 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.
    Chelsea Dyson led New Hope Christian with 24 points and five assists.
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