SOU athletes gain honors
ASHLAND ' Three Southern Oregon University athletes have garnered NAIA honors in football and volleyball.
Football linebacker Chad Harrell and volleyball middle blocker Nicholette Le Bel were named honorable mention All-Americans, while volleyball outside hitter Rachael Baran earned Academic All-American accolades for the second straight season.
Harrell, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound inside linebacker from Napa, Calif., amassed 107 tackles in 10 starts ' the most by a Raider gridder since 1998 and the eighth highest output in SOU history.
Le Bel, a Crater High graduate, capped her four-year career by leading Southern Oregon to a 26-6 record and to a third consecutive Cascade Conference championship. She tallied the fifth best single-season offensive output in school history (461 kills). The third Raider player to earn conference MVP status over the past three years, Le Bel is one of only three Raiders ever to compile more than 1,000 career kills (1,076) and 300 blocks (374).
Baran, a Geography major, is the volleyball program's second two-time NAIA/Daktronics Scholar-Athlete award recipient as a result of maintaining at least a 3.50 cumulative grade-point average. The two-year starter from New Buffalo, Mich. finished third on the team with 258 kills in her third and final collegiate campaign.