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Ty Sutherland garners All-West Region honor

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon's Tyler Sutherland, a former Crater standout, and teammate Jessica Hallmark were voted to the 2009 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II All-West Region second team by the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association on Monday.

Sutherland, a junior, played shortstop for the Wolves. She led the NCAA Division II with .48 doubles per game and made just five errors this season in 146 chances for a .967 fielding percentage.

Sutherland was also selected as Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year by the league's coaches after pacing the league in batting average (.420), runs (47), doubles (22), stolen bases (17), extra-base hits (32), on-base percentage (.503) and slugging percentage (.760). Sutherland also recorded nine home runs and 30 RBI out of the leadoff spot to go along with a 20-to-8 walk-to-strikeout ratio.

Sutherland's marks in runs scored, doubles, on-base percentage and slugging all broke Western Oregon school-records.

Each of the eight NFCA Division II Regions presents a 13-member first-team and 13-member second-team comprised of one player per team representing the positions of catcher, first base, second base, third base, shortstop, designated player, utility/pitcher and utility/non-pitcher, plus two pitchers and three outfielders per teams.

Southern Oregon University senior outfielder Strohm Fouty was named second-team NAIA All-American, on Wednesday.

Fouty was the only Cascade Conference player to earn first or second team honors. College of Idaho pitcher Jody Zillner was named honorable mention.

Fouty is also the first SOU softball player to earn first of second team honors and the third overall to be named All-American.

Brandi Brown (2003) and Kara Ray (2004) were both honorable mention selections.

Fouty, the Cascade Conference's Newcomer of the Year, set school marks for stolen bases (43) and on-base percentage (.519) and led the conference in hits (54) and runs scored (40). Fouty finished second in the league and on the team in batting at .458.

John Berger, 2005 North Medford High School graduate, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Dixie State College in St. George, Utah. Dixie State is an NCAA Div. II school that finished second in the Pacific West Conference last season.

The 6-foot-5, 190-pound wing previously played at Chemeketa Community College in Salem. Last season, he teamed with younger brother Danny, who graduated from North Medford in 2008.