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  • Raiders to open season in Grants Pass

  • ASHLAND — Southern Oregon will play its opening football game of 2013 in Grants Pass.
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  • ASHLAND — Southern Oregon will play its opening football game of 2013 in Grants Pass.
    The second Kickoff Classic — the Raiders began the season in Medford last year — will be at Mel Ingram Field and will pit SOU against Frontier Conference opponent Rocky Mountain at 1 p.m. on Aug. 31.
    The Raiders will look for a bit of revenge, having suffered one of only two regular-season losses of 2012 to the Bulldogs. SOU rebounded by winning eight of its next nine games to advance to the NAIA Football Championship Series quarterfinals.
    The game will be a homecoming for third-year Raiders head coach Craig Howard. He graduated from Grants Pass High and played football for legendary coach Ingram.
    "I'm excited about returning to my hometown to play in the stadium named after my high school coach," said Howard. "A lot of great football memories in my life took place on that field."
    Ticket prices will be $12 for adults and $6 for seniors and children up to 12.
    Tickets will be available in advance through the Grants Pass Rotary Club and the SOU athletics office at 541-552-6772. Ten percent of the ticket sales will go to the Grants Pass Rotary Club's Youth Scholarship Program.
    DUCK WOMEN WIN — For the fifth straight year — or for as long as it's been administered — the Oregon women have been named the national Terry Crawford Women's Division I Program of the Year.
    The Ducks were national champions in cross country and indoor track and field, and placed third at the NCAA outdoor championships last week.
    Oregon won with a low score of five points, with Arizona second with 20 and Arkansas third with 30.
    This marks the third consecutive year the Pac-12 has taken the top two spots. Stanford finished runner-up a year ago, while Arizona was runner-up in 2010-11.
    Meanwhile, the men finished third in the final standings for 2012-13. Arkansas won the men's John McDonnell Program of the Year Award with 14 points, followed by Wisconsin with 21 and Oregon with 30.5.
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