May takes top position with Medford Rogues

Dave May has been promoted to chief operating office for the Medford Rogues baseball team. May joined the Rogues last December as an account executive became director of sales during the season. “Throughout his tenure with the Rogues, Dave has done an outstanding job overseeing our day-to-day business,” Mike MacCulloch of Consolidated Sports Holdings International, owner of the Great West League franchise, said in a release. “He is an integral part of this community and does a fantastic job representing our organization. This promotion is reflective of his dedication, leadership and the outstanding job he has done. We have every confidence that his transition to this larger role will be seamless and result in ever-deepening ties between the team and the community.” May, who grew up watching the Rogues’ predecessors, the Southern Oregon Timberjacks, assumes his new role immediately. “This position is a dream come true for me,” he said. “I have had a lot of terrific mentors while growing up in the Rogue Valley, and now I have the opportunity to give back to the community that has given me so much. This promotion allows me to stay local and provide leadership to my hometown team.”

SOU's Flynn, Ristvedt earn volleyball awards

Southern Oregon University libero Ashlyn Flynn was named to the All-Cascade Collegiate Conference volleyball team and right-side hitter Taylor Ristvedt received honorable mention. Flynn, a redshirt junior from Phoenix, enjoyed her most productive season to date in leading the Raider defense. In CCC action she led all players with an average of 5.6 digs per set — well over her clips of 4.4 as a sophomore and 4.8 as a freshman. She also set new career-highs for digs in a three-set match (24), a four-set match (28) and a five-set match (38). Ristvedt, a redshirt sophomore from Portland, also saw her numbers spike to a team-high 2.8 kills per set on a .273 attacking average, up from 2.1 kills on a .171 average as a freshman. She reached double figures in kills 14 times throughout the year and posted a career-high 23 on 46 attacks in SOU's regular-season finale against Northwest Christian.

Matyas, Randall land on all-academic teams

Southern Oregon University's Paul Matyas and Kelsey Randall have been selected the Academic All-District 4 men's and women's soccer teams, which were voted on this week by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The teams are designed to recognize the top student athletes in the nation for their combined performances athletically and academically. Matyas, a junior defender/midfielder from Anchorage, Alaska, is an environmental science and policy major with a 3.98 GPA. A third-year starter, he has played more minutes than anyone on a Raider team that owns an NAIA-high 12 shutouts this season and will make its first appearance in the NAIA Championships with a record of 14-6-1. Randall, a senior forward from Concord, Calif., is a business management major with a 3.6 GPA. She was voted to the All-CCC first team last week after recording team-highs of six goals and three assists for an SOU squad that went 10-7 overall, 7-4 in the CCC and made its eighth straight postseason appearance.