LA GRANDE — Southern Oregon junior Melissa Sweat earned first-team recognition to pace four Raiders honored on the all-Cascade Collegiate Conference women's basketball team Tuesday
Allison Gida, of Ashland, and Alexi Smith received honorable mention, and Carly Meister shared the freshman-of-the-year award.
Oregon Tech guard Karissa Dixon, a former North Medford standout, was also on the first team for a second straight season. The 5-foot-10 junior guard averaged 14.2 points and 6.6 rebounds. She also had 38 steals and 88 assists.
She was named player of the week three times.
Sweat finished the conference season ranked second in scoring (18.6 points per game), eighth in steals (1.8) and blocks (1.1) and 10th in shooting percentage (.449).
She was player of the week a league-high four times, and her 597 points were the fourth most in a season at SOU.
Smith ranked fourth in the league in scoring (16.2) and shooting percentage (.504) and seventh in rebounding (7.9).
Gida averaged 12.6 points per game during the conference season to rank 15th in the league, while ranking seventh in steals (1.9) and 13th in shooting percentage (.440).
Meister shot 56.8 percent (46 of 81) during conference play and ranked 14th in rebounding (6.1). Overall, she averaged 7.9 points and 5.6 rebounds. She shared the honor with Concordia's McKenna Daly.
All four Raiders are slated to return next season. Sweat, Gida and Smith will be seniors.
Warner Pacific's Chelsey Christensen was named player of the year.
College of Idaho's Katelin Shannon and Corban's Tara VanWeerdhuizen shared the top defensive award.
Eastern Oregon's Anji Weissenfluh was coach of the year.
SOU SIGNS SEVEN — Southern Oregon head coach Jon Clement announced a class of seven high school seniors who will join the program in the fall.
Oregon native Haylee Eckart joins California natives Lauren Aldana, Lisa Elledge, Brook Gaddy, Presley Lambert, Kylie Moltzen and Megan Smith to form the 2013 recruiting class.
A forward from Willamette High in Eugene, Eckert scored 29 goals in 12 games as a freshman and helped lead the Wolverines to league championships and state semifinal finishes in each of her junior and senior seasons.
Aldana comes to SOU from Elk Grove, Calif., where she was a three-year letterwinner at Franklin High School, while Elledge led her team in assists her junior season at Bella Vista in Fair Oaks, Calif.
Gaddy, from Foothill High in Redding, Calif., earned Most Valuable Player and all-league honors after leading the team in scoring in each of her junior and senior seasons, and Lambert, a Santa Clarita, Calif., native, was a four-year soccer and track and field letterwinner.
Moltzen is a an all-league goalkeeper from Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, Calif., while Smith, a center defender, also earned all-league status while attending Sheldon High in Elk Grove, Calif.
OSU'S BOYD HONORED — Oregon State left-handed pitcher Matt Boyd has been named the Pac-12 Conference's pitcher of the week.
He shut down San Diego State Friday en route to the Beavers' sweep of the Aztecs. He scattered five hits in a career-long 81/3 innings with a career-best nine strikeouts. The senior allowed hits in the third and seventh innings, retiring 13 straight in between.
Boyd lowered his earned run average to 1.17 and opponents are batting just .196 against him.
STAMBAUGH AGAIN — For the second straight week, Oregon State's Makayla Stambaugh was named the Pac-12 gymnast of the week.
Stambaugh led then-No. 11 Oregon State to victory over then-No. 15 Arizona and Seattle Pacific. The Beavers posted a season-best score of 196.925 behind Stambaugh and her 39.525 all-around score. She added a career-high 9.90 on the vault to finish second in the meet and added event titles on bars (9.90) and floor (9.950).