LOCAL ROUNDUP: Ashland native Kaegi earns national honors
OTTAWA, Kan. — Ottawa University (Kansas) senior quarterback and Ashland High School graduate Connor Kaegi has been named the NAIA Offensive Player of the Week, the national office announced on Monday evening.
Kaegi, who was also named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, rallied the Braves from a 15-point halftime deficit to a 35-34 victory last Saturday over Southwestern College. He went 33-for-47 (70.2%) through the air for a career high 432 yards and three touchdowns. Kaegi led the Braves in rushing with 33 yards and one touchdown.
It is Kaegi’s second time of winning the award, with the first time coming last October after he accounted for six touchdowns — three passing and three rushing — and went 23-for-32 for 269 and rushed for 83 yards in a 52-24 win over McPherson College.
It is the 12th time overall that an OU football player has received the award.
SOU’S SELBY NAMED NAIA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Southern Oregon sophomore Jessie Selby became the team’s first ever recipient of the NAIA Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week award on Tuesday, three days after she turned in the best display for a Raider goalkeeper of the decade.
Against NCAA Division II opponent Sonoma State (Calif.), Selby allowed the Raiders to win a game in which they were out-shot 32-4 courtesy of her 14 saves, the highest single-game total for an SOU keeper since 2006.
The 1-0 victory was the team’s first over NCAA D2 competition since 2012. Selby preserved the shutout, and kept the game tied, by stopping a penalty kick in the 80th minute.
On Monday, Selby was voted the Cascade Conference Red Lion Defensive Player of the Week.
Selby was also in goal for SOU’s upsets at No. 11 Vanguard (Calif.) and No. 25 Westmont (Calif.). In her three starts, she’s faced a total of 56 shots, collected 24 saves and allowed one goal.
The Raiders (3-2) are off until their Cascade Conference opener on Sept. 21 at Oregon Tech.
ASHLAND 2, ROSEBURG 0: At Roseburg, Ashland used consecutive goals in a one-minute span to separate from Roseburg in the first half and earn the nonconference road victory.
Ashland senior Sam Austin scored on an unassisted effort in the 29th minute for the Grizzlies (2-1), driving a low shot from outside the box into the far corner of the net.
In the 30th minute, senior Scott Gustafson took a through ball pass from sophomore Davidson Graham, controlled it and jumped over a defender before putting a shot past the Roseburg goalkeeper.
Zander Huston authored a scoreless first half in goal for Ashland, with Gabe Giancarlo keeping the clean sheet in the second half with three saves.
Midfielders Kona Makai and Gustafson helped control the tempo, while Kai Larson anchored the defensive effort for Ashland.
ASHLAND 3, ROSEBURG 0: At Ashland, senior Mary Wilson had two assists off corner kicks and scored a goal of her own to lead Ashland to the nonconference home victory.
Mya Holzshu scored in the 13th minute off a Wilson corner kick and Makenna Page tallied in the 31st minute off another corner kick by Wilson to give Ashland (2-0-1) a 2-0 halftime edge.
Wilson stole the ball and scored in the 64th minute to cap her effort against Roseburg (2-2), which saw its goalkeeper make 16 saves.