Local soccer enthusiast Alex Stevens to be honored

Well-known soccer enthusiast Alex Stevens, who passed away on Dec. 3, 2012, will be remembered with a memorial service and soccer match Feb. 16-17.

The service will take place at Frau Kemmling Schoolhaus Brewhaus in Jacksonville from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 16. Those interested in playing pickup soccer can participate at North Mountain Park in Ashland at 10 a.m. on Feb. 17.

Stevens, 49, was a native of Santa Cruz, Calif. He opened Santa Cruz Soccer Shop in 1983 and later Rogue Soccer in Medford, Pearl City, Hawaii, and Las Vegas.

Stevens was a licensed soccer coach for California and national teams. He competed on the San Jose Earthquakes development team from 1984-1987 and also played in Bad Salzuflen and Bexterhagen, Germay.

Stevens was head coach/founder of the Santa Cruz Excel Soccer Club, founder of Southern Oregon University's club team and founder of several boys and girls teams in Oregon.

Southern Oregon to host football signing day today

ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon football team will hold its annual football signing day social today at Northwest Pizza & Pasta Company.

The public is invited. The social starts at 5:30 p.m.

Head coach Craig Howard and his staff will be on hand to announce recruits who have signed national letters of intent to play football at SOU. The Raider staff has already received more than 20 verbal commitments for this year's recruiting class.

Southern Oregon is coming off a 2012 campaign that featured a Frontier Conference championship, a trip to the NAIA national quarterfinals and a No. 5 final ranking in the NAIA Top 25 poll.

Local Wilcoxson takes 15th at World Cyclocross event

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Local cycling professional Jade Wilcoxson claimed 15th place out of 32 in the UCI Cyclocross World Championship elite women's race last Saturday.

The 34-year-old Talent resident finished in 47 minutes, 14 seconds.

Dutch racer Marianne Vos won in a time of 43:00. It was her sixth world cyclocross title.

American Katherine Compton placed second (44:34).

Medford wrestlers fare well at Wrestling Championships

NEWBERG — Several North Medford and South Medford youth wrestlers fared well at the Collegiate State Championships at Newberg High last weekend.

South Medford's Chance Ryan captured second place in the bantam (ages 7-8) 65-pound division, losing his opening match to the eventual state champion before picking up six triumphs.

North's Thomas Hamilton, competing in the novice (11-12) 95-pound division, lost in the championship bracket to Travis Thorpe of Sweet Home before winning six consecutive matches, including a win over Thorpe to finish in third place.

North's Alex Silva reached the semifinals in the intermediate (9-10) 60-pound division before losing three close matches to take sixth place.

South's Mathew Bryant and North's Cole Zoller, Ian Parrish and Tanner Gaorian all came up one match away from podium finishes.

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