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A number of area mentors were honored at the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the Year Banquet Saturday at Autzen Stadium in Eugene.
Coach-of-the-year awards for their respective sports went to Mike Mayben, North Medford softball; Jeff Nelson, North Valley baseball; John Bruce, Cascade Christian baseball; Joe Volk, St. Mary's track and field; and Ryan Allred, St. Mary's boys golf.
Chris Parnell of Crater was named assistant coach of the year for football and track.
Several coaches were recognized for years of service: Illinois Valley's Loren King (45 years), South Medford's Dennis Murphy (40), Volk (30), Brian Morse (25), Manny Crump (25) and Parnell (25).
Harvey Tonn of Crater received the award for community service.