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Local Report

Former South Medford basketball player Van Dellenbeck-Ouellette has signed to play at Evergreen State College for the 2008-09 season.

Dellenbeck-Ouellette graduated from South in 2007 and was part of the Panthers' Class 6A state championship team. He averaged 7.8 points and three rebounds per game in his senior season.

Most recently, he attended Maine Central Institute, a prep school in Pittsfield, Maine, where he averaged 17 points and five rebounds per game in 2007-08.

Evergreen State College, of Olympia, Wash., is part of the Cascade Collegiate Conference. The Geoducks went 21-8 overall and 14-6 last season in the CCC under first-year coach Jeff Drinkwine.

"He is very crafty and has a good skill set," Drinkwine said of Dellenbeck-Ouellette. "As he matures, he has a chance to play a big role in the Geoduck future."

OIT's Ryan Fiegi, a 2004 South Medford graduate, is taking part in the three-day Collegiate Basketball Invitational all-star tournament, which started Thursday in Wadsworth, Ohio.

The event gathers 64 senior men's basketball players from NCAA Divisions II and III and NAIA Divisions I and II.

The players are split into eight teams with six games played on Thursday and six today, including the championship game tonight at 5 p.m. The event concludes with 20 players being selected for an all-star game on Saturday at 5 p.m., aired live on ESPNU.

In his first game Thursday, Fiegi, the NAIA player of the year, scored eight points on 4-for-11 shooting from the field and 0-for-7 from 3-point range to go along with four rebounds in 30 minutes. His Galaxy team lost 95-80 to First Merit.

He responded with a team-high 20 points on 8-for-17 shooting (4-for-9 from 3-point) and eight rebounds in his second game despite his team falling 104-99.

Fiegi's squad resumes play today at 11 a.m.