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Southern Oregon Duck Club meets today at J.J. North's

The Southern Oregon Duck Club meets at noon today at J.J. North's Grand Buffet, 1016 N. Riverside, in Medford.

Oregon linebackers coach Don Pellum will be on speakerphone. There also will be UO gear raffled off and highlights shown of the win over Utah State.

The cost of lunch is $7.

Johnson, Hildreth fare well in racewalker competition

RENO, Nevada - Medford racewalker Julie Johnson took first place Sunday in the 33rd annual Journal Jog.

Johnson, competing in the Women's Walk (62-69) Division, recorded a time of 1:02.05 and took 32nd overall out of 444 competitors.

Medford's Rita Hildreth also fared well, placing fifth.

Ewart, Jackson bowl first 700 series recently at Lava Lanes

Two local bowlers each rolled their first 700 series recently at Lava Lanes.

Josh Ewart, a South Medford High graduate and now freshman at Southern Oregon University, bowled games of 247, 224 and 232 for a 703 series in the Generation X League on Monday.

Eric Jackson, also from Medford, rolled games of 214, 268 and 243 for a 725 series last Friday in the Goodsports League.

Southern Oregon players Matchett, Richards honored

ASHLAND - Two Southern Oregon University athletes earned Cascade Conference and NAIA Region I player-of-the-week honors for their performances last week.

Sophomore volleyball standout Kristina Matchett garnered the conference accolade for the third time and the regional honor for the second time.

Senior soccer forward Alison Richards landed both distinctions for the first time.

Matchett, a 5-foot-10 outside hitter from Klamath Falls, led the 10-4 Raiders to straight-game victories over conference rivals Oregon Tech, Evergreen State and Northwest College.

She has a conference-best season kill-per-game average of 5.53.

Richards, who was a two-year all-star basketball player, led SOU (4-5) to a record-setting 8-0 rout of Eastern Oregon last Friday by becoming only the second Raider player to record a hat trick (three goals), including the game-winner, a 10-yard breakaway in the sixth minute.

The Talent native and former Phoenix High all-state soccer standout assisted on the team's first goal Saturday against Albertson and sealed the 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Coyotes with the game-winner in the 84th minute.

Richards leads the Raiders with seven goals, 16 points, three game-winning goals and 30 shots.

Bittle's one-hitter propels Rogue Valley Rebels to title

A Rogue Valley softball team comprised of local girls 14 and underwon its age bracket Sunday in the Julie Smith Gold Metal Classic played Saturday and Sunday in Reno.

The Rogue Valley Rebels won the tournament by beating the Chaos, aselect team from Live Oaks, Calif., 10-1 in a five-inning game. Winning pitcher Jeni Bittle of Central Pointthrew a one-hitter in the championship game.

The Rebels outscored their opponents 73-7 in the tourney en routeto a 7-0 record.

Jill Artoff of Rogue River was the Rebels' top tourney hitter with14 hits, with Bittle collecting 10 hits and Kacie Kinney of Medford adding eight hits.

There were 23 teams in the Rebels' bracket and 53 teams in thetournament.

The Rogue Valley Rebels are made up of girls from Crater, NorthMedford, Rogue River, and South Medford high school softball teams.

Fowler fares well in pair of collegiate golf tournaments

Former South Medford golfer Abby Fowler placed fifth out of morethan 100 players last weekend in the Notre Dame Invitational women's tournament.

Fowler shot rounds of 78, 84 and 81.

A week earlier, she shot 82 and 77 to place 14th in the BowlingGreen State Invitational.