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For the second straight night, the Southern Oregon University men's basketball team went to the wire with an opponent.

And for the second straight night, the Raiders prevailed.

Jason Nunnemaker banked in a last-second jumper to lift SOU to a 66-64 victory over Evergreen State in a Cascade Conference game at McNeal Pavilion Saturday.

Nunnemaker, a freshman from Grants Pass, finished with 13 points, while Matt Cowell led the way with 15 on 4 of 6 shooting.

The Raiders (12-10, 5-6 CC) rallied from an early deficit to take a 31-27 lead at the half on an Chuckie Ivey 3-pointer.

There were five ties over the final 11 minutes, with the final one coming on an Ivey trey that knotted the score at 64-all with 16 seconds to play.

Evergreen turned the ball over and the Raiders took over with three seconds left to set up Nunnemaker's heroics.

Women's Basketball

Southern Oregon completed its first series sweep of the season by coasting to an 81-56 victory over Evergreen, Saturday at McNeal Pavilion.

Senior Andi Peterson tallied a game-high 20 points to move into eighth-place all time on the SOU (13-8, 6-5 CC) career scoring list. She now has 1,074 points over her four seasons with the Raiders.

Kelsey Richards added 14 points for the Raiders, and Chelsey Zimmerman had 11. Freshman post Jackie Speer followed up her 17-rebound performance from Friday night with a game-high nine boards.


At Clackamas, junior Jimmy Ulrey was named Outstanding Wrestler to lead Southern Oregon at the Clackamas Community College Tournament on Saturday.

Ulrey won the 157-pound weight classification, while Jason Appleton and Ricky Farrell each won titles after both came out on top of the split-bracket at 174. Abe Ewing also brought home a championship at 197.

Raider sophomore Trevor Lofstedt took second in the 125-pound division, while Bo Icalia took fourth at 149.

The impressive performances came one day after SOU added to one of the longest streaks in the nation.

Farrell, a redshirt freshman, rolled to a 17-2 technical fall win over Paul Murphy at 174 pounds to seal the Raiders' 29-15 victory over Simon Fraser Friday, as SOU clinched its 37th consecutive winning season in dual meets.

Farrell and Murphy met twice earlier this season, with both matches going into overtime. Farrell wanted no part of another close match Friday as he jumped on top of Murphy in the first round and recorded a couple of near falls to take a commanding lead.

"Ricky worked that kid's shoulders pretty good," Southern Oregon coach Mike Ritchey said. "He's really tough on top when he wants to be. That was some performance."

Farrell's victory wrapped up the match and kept alive SOU's season dual meet win streak that started in 1971.

"I took a big, deep breath when that match was over," Ritchey said. "Our team has been under a little bit of fire trying to keep that streak alive."

Chase Locke registered SOU's lone fall of the night when he slammed Russell Mayert in the 184-pound match. Thomas Rosa posted a solid 10-2 win over Hardee Augila.

The Raiders conclude their regular season with a Feb. 2 home match against Pacific.

125 &

Raj Virdi, SF, pinned Trevor Lofstedt, 2:18; 133 &

Travis Ralls, SOU, dec. Alec Tuura, 7-4; 141 &

Bo Gregson, SF, dec. Adam Kinley, 8-3; 149 &

Thomas Rosa, SOU, dec. Hardee Augila, 10-2; 157 &

Jimmy Ulrey, SOU, won by forfeit.

165 &

Kyle Temple, SOU, won by forfeit; 174 &

Ricky Farrell, SOU, tech. fall over Paul Murphy, 17-2; 184 &

Chase Locke, SOU, pinned Russell Mayert, 5:20; 197 &

Ali Al-Rekabi, SF, dec. Abe Ewing, 11-9 (OT); 285 &

Arjan Bhullar, SF, dec. Skyler Massey, 10-6.

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Southern Oregon cheerleaders Charlette Sinclair, left, and Shannon Cox get the crowd pumped up during a time out Saturday at McNeal Pavilion.

Sarah Hale | Daily Tidings

Nordic Skiing

At Diamond Lake, Kara Reinhardt placed second to lead three Ashland High girls who finished in the top five as the Grizzlies finished first as a team in the Guy Mattioda Memorial on Saturday.

Reinhardt completed the 4.8-kilometer course in 18 miutes, 7 seconds, behind only Michelle Spresser of Sheldon, who win in 17:52. Ashland's Cameron Rolle took third in 18:26 and Victoria Mayfield came in fifth in 18:57.

Also for Ashland, Haley Beal finished 11th in 20:22.

The Ashland boys were led by Alex and Jesse Buktenica, who finished 15th and 16th, respectively. Alex Buktenica crossed the finish line in 17:37, while Jesse Buktenica finished in 17:54.

The Ashland boys took third as a team behind Mountain View and South Eugene.

Sports editor Joe Zavala can be reached at 482-3456 x 224 or joe.