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Raiders overtake Techsters

Staff and wire reports

OLYMPIA, Wash. &

Another sensational performance by All-American forward Shea Washington lifted the Southern Oregon University men&

s basketball team past Evergreen State and into sole possession of first place in the Cascade Conference standings.

Washington scored a season-high 33 points and grabbed 10 rebounds &

his 33rd career double-double &

in a 66-61 Raider triumph over the ninth-place Geoducks Saturday night.

The perfect weekend road trip allowed SOU (20-3, 9-2 CC) to move a game ahead of third-ranked Oregon Tech (19-4, 8-3) in the league title chase with seven conference frays remaining. The Owls lost at Northwest, 79-65, the same night.

Only the 14th Raider team ever to compile a 20-win season, Southern stretched a two-point halftime edge (28-26) to a 12-point advantage in the second stanza before Evergreen (6-13, 2-9) cut the margin to three in the final minute.

Evergreen became only the third team to out-rebound SOU this season (34-29), but the Raiders shot 51 percent and limited the Clams to a 41-percent efficiency.

Washington went 11-for-16 both from the floor and from the free throw line.

Senior guard Steve Farley added 10 for Southern, and senior post Jeff Williams had nine points and six rebounds.

Women&

s Basketball

The Southern Oregon women&

s basketball team scored 11 of the final 13 points for a 55-46 Cascade Conference victory at Evergreen State College Saturday evening.

The Raiders (10-12, 3-8 CC) snapped a five-game slide and pulled into a tie with the Geoducks (10-13, 3-8) for eighth-place and a potential playoff spot thanks in part to an 8-for-8 performance from the free throw line in the final two minutes by sophomore point guard Chelsey Zimmerman.

Zimmerman finished with a game-high 16 points, and her two foul shot-makes with 1:46 to go broke a 44-all deadlock and ignited the late Raider surge. She also dished out four assists and collected four steals.

Southern, which trailed 26-24 at halftime but led for much of the game, received 14 points from Andi Peterson and a season-high 12 from junior guard Ashley Hafner.

Evergreen was a miserable 28-percent from the field (15 of 33), and SOU was marginally warmer at 32 percent (16 of 50). Both teams converted only six field goals in the second stanza.

The victory allowed the Raiders to reach double-digits in season victories for the first time in three years.

Wrestling

At San Francisco, one night after extending its consecutive winning season streak to 36, the Southern Oregon University wrestling team notched its fifth straight dual triumph by clobbering San Francisco State University 29-7 Friday night.

The NAIA eighth-ranked Raiders (11-3) improved to 15-4 all-time against the NCAA Div. II Gators (0-6) by capturing eight of the 10 bouts highlighted by senior Rick Story&

s 19-3 technical fall over Richard Escobar at 184 pounds.

Sixth-ranked Story improved to 23-5 with the win, while top-rated Jimmy Grochowsky upped his team-leading season mark to 27-5 with a 4-2 decision over Will Simmons in the 165-pound tilt.

Eighth-ranked freshman Trevor Lofstedt earned his 20th collegiate win with a 7-0 blanking of Brian Watanabe at 125, and sophomore Taylor Wilkerson (15-14) earned his sixth win over the past seven outings in the heavyweight clash.

Southern returns to action next Friday at Pacific University in Forest Grove.

Southern Oregon 29, San Fran. State 7

141&

Alek Butler (SFSU) major dec. Lewis Nakao, 15-7

149&

Joey Jannsen (SOU) dec. Merrick Tan, 9-3

157 &

Travis Stutz (SOU) dec. Jeff Johnson, 6-5

165 &

Jimmy Grochowsky (SOU) dec. Will Simmons, 4-2

174 &

Josh Fitzgerald (SOU) dec. Danny Dahl, 8-3

184 &

Rick Story (SOU) tech. fall Richard Escobar, 19-3 (5:30)

197 &

Abe Ewing (SOU) won by forfeit

285 &

Taylor Wilkerson (SOU) dec. Sandeep Singh, 3-1 (ot)

125 &

Trevor Lofstedt (SOU) dec. Brian Watanabe, 7-0

133 &

Virgil Lockett (SFSU) dec. Nick Ripsom, 9-8 (ot)

Snowboarding

At Mount Ashland, the Ashland High snowboard team clobbered the rest of the Rogue Valley in Friday night&

s giant slalom.

The AHS boys varsity — and 2 took first and second place, respectively, while Ashland&

s girls varsity — and 2 did the same against the same opponents: Grants Pass, South Medford and North Medford.

Galen Prichard (1:20.80) took first place and Rafa Gonzales (1:30.73) second to lead the Ashland boys, while Hallie Beaver (first, 1:30.83), Becca Margulies (second, 1:31.01) and Zoe Elterman (third, 1:37.59) paced the AHS girls. The top five girls&

finishers and four of the top six boys&

finishers were all from Ashland High.