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Former football star at Southern Oregon, dies at 79

Thaine Tex Gatlin, a three-sport athlete at Southern Oregon in the mid-1940s, died Thursday at the V.A. hospital in Roseburg. He was 79.

Gatlin was a two-way performer for Southern Oregon College of Education's famed football teams from 1946 to 1949.

He was a team captain and received all-conference accolades as an end in helping the Raiders win 15 straight games between 1946 and 1947.

Gatlin, a marine during World War II, was also a four-year standout in basketball and baseball.

After graduating from Southern Oregon in 1950, Gatlin coached several years at Del Norte High in Crescent City, Calif.

Gatlin was elected to the Southern Oregon Hall of Fame in 1993.

His grandson Grier is the head cross country coach at Southern Oregon.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 15, at 2 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Crescent City.

Ex-North baseball players return with Western Baptist

EAGLE POINT ' A trio former North Medford High baseball standouts will start for Western Baptist College Saturday in a doubleheader against Oregon Tech at The Yard at Eagle Point High School.

The first game is at — p.m.

Western Baptist (5-1) counts among its regulars outfielder K.C. Rumrey, pitcher-infielder Nate Mayben and catcher-first baseman Jason Brownell, all former Black Tornado players.

In recent action, Mayben had the game-winning RBI in rain-shortened, 2-1 victory over George Fox for the championship of the Jugs Baseball Spring Classic; Brownell had two hits in a 6-4 win over Willamette; and Rumrey homered and Mayben got the save in a 8-7 triumph over Linfield.