Local coaches, officials honored by OACA

A number of high school coaches and others associated with athletics have been recognized for outstanding service and achievement by the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association. Winners of the coach of the year awards and other honors were announced recently, and they’ll be recognized at a banquet May 20 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene. The local OACA coach of the year winners for 2016-17 are Crater’s Justin Loftus, 5A boys cross country; Crater’s Greg Haga, 5A wrestling; St. Mary’s Kevin Dixon, 4A/3A/2A/1A girls golf; Cascade Christian’s Jerry Johnson, 3A/2A/1A boys golf; Cascade Christian’s Rob Kleker, 3A volleyball; and St. Mary’s Joe Volk, 3A girls track and field. North Medford Piet Voskes was named Oregon boys cross country coach of the year by the National Federation of High Schools. Vern Loy, commissioner of the Rogue Valley Basketball Officials Association, was selected official of the year; Cascade Christian boys basketball coach Brian Morse received the coaching with character award; and St. Mary’s School’s Richard Vasey was named middle school coach of the year.

Three Crater athletes to sign today

Three Crater High athletes are scheduled to sign letters of intent this afternoon in the lobby of the school gym. Griff Hokanson will ink with Army to run cross country; Nate Edwards is headed to Portland State for cross country; and Jace Godley will play football at Pacific. Hokanson and Edwards helped the Comets win the Class 5A cross country state championship last fall. Hokanson placed seventh with a time of 16 minutes over the 5,000-meter course at Lane Community College in Eugene. Edwards placed 16th in 16:31. Godley was a first-team all-league choice at running back in the Midwestern League. He ran for 1,136 yards on 212 carries, an average of 5.4 yards per carry.

Murray, Nadal advance at Rolex Masters

Top-seeded Andy Murray defeated Gilles Muller of Luxembourg, 7-5, 7-5, and fourth-seeded Rafael Nadal topped Kyle Edmund of Britain, 6-0, 5-7, 6-3, during second-round action at the ATP World Tour Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters Wednesday. Stan Wawrinka, seeded third, beat Jiri Vesely, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, and No. 5 Marin Cilic defeated Jeremy Chardy, 6-3, 6-0. No. 6 Dominic Thiem beat Robin Haase, 6-3, 6-2, and ninth-seeded Tomas Berdych beat Tommy Haas, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. Unseeded Jan-Lennard Struff upset No. 8 Grigor Dimitrov, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.