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Hegdahl, Grizzlies honored

Staff and Wire Reports

Ashland High senior pitcher Chad Hegdahl was named a first-team — all-Southern Oregon Conference pitcher for the third year in a row, but — did not get enough votes by the SOC coaches to gain what would have been — his first Player of the Year award.

Three Grizzlies joined Hegdahl on the all-star list: senior — Brian Ross was a second-team catcher; senior Jackson Rowe was a second-team — first baseman; and senior Rocky Reeser was an honorable mention infielder.

Hegdahl also earned second-team status for his work in — the outfield.

North Medford senior catcher Rob Folsom was voted the — SOC Player of the Year for the second year in a row. He hit .426 with — 22 RBIs, seven stolen bases, six home runs and 21 runs scored in the 21-game — conference season.

"I was pretty surprised, actually," Folsom said of being — named player of the year. "I set goals before the season started, and — I didn't feel like I had as good of a season as I could've."

"Player of the year twice is a nice compliment from the — coaches and from the rest of the SOC," added Folsom, who has been a first-team — all-SOC catcher all four years at North. "It's a good feeling knowing — other people respect what you do."

Hegdahl batted .517 in league play with 16 RBIs, 12 doubles — and 20 runs scored. His slugging percentage in league play was .817. He — also excelled on the mound, where

he carried a 2.29 ERA in SOC games with 56 strikeouts — and a 5-3 record.

Ross batted .310 in league play with 14 RBIs, Rowe batted — .313 with 11 RBIs and 13 runs scored and Reeser batted .300 with 14 RBIs. — All played critical roles in the Grizzly defense as well.

Other North stars to earn first-team recognition were — senior shortstop Beau Hovland (.427, 20 runs, 11 RBIs), senior outfielder — Russ Vandell (.500, 20 runs, 12 RBIs), sophomore first baseman Abe Eubank — (.386, 20 runs, 15 RBIs) and junior pitcher Josh Suarez (5-1, 1.63 ERA, — 44 strikeouts).

Hovland was also an honorable mention pitcher, while Suarez — was an honorable mention outfielder.

South Medford's Steve Antich was named coach of the year — for his team's record-setting achievements.

Besides earning the school's first baseball crown, the — Panthers set a school record with 21 wins against six losses.

"I grew up playing in the conference and have a great — deal of respect for it," said Antich. "I'm just honored to be considered — this year for coach of the year. I'm very proud of that and very proud — of the kids.

"The kids had a good year and played hard. When you do — that, people associated with the team get recognition."

Senior center fielder Corey O'Neill and junior left fielder — Dan Chancler earned repeat selections to the first team, with each player's — defensive contributions adding to solid years at the plate.

O'Neill hit .323 with 14 RBIs and 20 runs in SOC play, — while Chancler hit .406 with 18 runs and seven RBIs.

Senior pitcher Tim Holtz also earned a spot on the first — team after posting a 6-2 record and 2.43 ERA in league.

Also earning first-team recognition for South were senior — first baseman Allen Smith (.329, 12 runs, 20 RBIs) and senior shortstop — Andy Narus (.364, 18 runs, 13 RBIs).

Crater shortstop Adam Reed (.338 overall) and Hegdahl — were the only other first-team repeaters.

Besides North and South, Roseburg was the only other school — to earn multiple first-team honors in sophomore outfielder Blake Keitzman — and junior utility player Dusty Brigham. Keitzman was also named a second-team — pitcher.

Also named to the 17-player first team were Eagle Point — catcher Ricky O'Callahan (.366 overall), Klamath Union pitcher Daniel — Bennett (5-5, 1.68 ERA overall) and Grants Pass infielder Mike Mills (.424 — overall).

Folsom, who hit safely in 99 of 110 career games for the — Tornado, capped his run at North with career records for home runs (18), — triples (11), doubles (27), RBIs (106), at-bats (362) and hits (171). — He also owns records for career walks (70), batting average (.472), slugging — percentage (.755), runs scored (132) and on-base percentage (.568).

Folsom also stands as North's single-season leader in — home runs (nine in 2003), batting average (.541 in 2003), slugging percentage — (1.010 in 2003), runs (44 in 2003) and on-base percentage (.602 in 2003). — He is tied with Colby Gonzales for most hits in a season with 53 in 2003.

North's second-round loss at Gresham kept Folsom from — claiming yet another honor after finishing one short of Nate Mayben's — record of 111 games played at North. The Black Tornado finished 21-7 overall.

"He'll be missed," North Medford head coach Brett Wolfe — said of Folsom. "The other coaches around the league won't miss him, but — we'll sure miss him. Hopefully we can find some young kids in the program — who have watched him and will be able to emulate some of those things — Rob's done so well for us."

SOC Baseball All-Conference


Player Pos. Team Yr.

Chad Hegdahl P Ashland Sr.

Tim Holtz P South Medford Sr.

Daniel Bennett P Klamath Union Sr.

Josh Suarez P North Medford Jr.

Rob Folsom C North Medford Sr.

Ricky O'Callahan C Eagle Point Sr.

Allen Smith 1B South Medford Sr.

Abe Eubank 1B North Medford So.

Mike Mills IF Grants Pass Jr.

Andy Narus IF South Medford Sr.

Beau Hovland IF North Medford Sr.

Adam Reed IF Crater Sr.

Russ Vandell OF North Medford Sr.

Corey O'Neill OF South Medford Sr.

Dan Chancler OF South Medford Jr.

Blake Keitzman OF Roseburg So.

Dusty Brigham UT Roseburg Jr.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Rob Folsom, North Medford.

COACH OF THE YEAR - Steve Antich, South Medford.


Player Pos. Team Yr.

Blake Keitzman P Roseburg So.

Nolan Morgan P Grants Pass Jr.

Rick Imhausen P South Medford So.

Brian Ross C Ashland Sr.

Justin Meyer C South Medford Jr.

Sean Teaters 1B Crater Sr.

Jackson Rowe 1B Ashland Sr.

Tyler Heil IF South Medford Jr.

Cory Spires IF Klamath Union Sr.

Charles Behnke IF North Medford Sr.

Aaron Buxton IF Roseburg Sr.

Kerry Hall IF Roseburg Sr.

Sean Anderson OF Klamath Union Sr.

Chad Hegdahl OF Ashland Sr.

Logan Boyd OF South Medford Jr.

Dan Whitehead OF Crater Sr.

Matt Cowell UT Grants Pass Sr.


Pitcher - Ricky O'Callahan, Eagle Point, Sr.; Ron Depuy, — Eagle Point, Sr.; Kurtis Knutson, Crater, Sr.; Ryan Robinson, Roseburg, — Sr.; Cole Rohrbough, North Medford, Jr.; Beau Hovland, North Medford, — Sr.; Matt Bryant, South Medford, Sr.

Catcher - None.

First Base - None.

Infield - Rocky Reeser, Ashland, Sr.; Joe Kahut, Crater, — Sr.; Ryan Augino, Eagle Point, Jr.; Jimmy Blake, Grants Pass, Sr.

Outfield - Josh Suarez, North Medford, Jr.; Nolan Morgan, — Grants Pass, Jr.; Patrick Allen, Grants Pass, Jr.

Utility - Kyle Williamson, North Medford, Jr.