Mejia again player of the week
ASHLAND — Southern Oregon guard Remi Mejia earned the Cascade Conference Player of the Week award Monday for the second time this season after leading the 11th-ranked Raiders to three straight wins.
Mejia, a 5-foot-5 senior from Medford, averaged 21 points, five rebounds and 2.7 steals as the Raiders defeated NCAA Division II school Western Oregon, 77-67, and picked up Cascade Conference victories at Northwest, 71-52, and Evergreen, 85-67.
Mejia was one point off a season-high with 25 against WOU on 9-of-14 shooting, and she had 18 points with a season high eight rebounds at Northwest. She capped the trip by going 4-of-6 from 3-point range with 20 points at Evergreen.
Mejia has made at least three 3-pointers in seven straight games, shooting 27-of-55 from downtown during that span. At 17.1 points per game, she ranks second among all CCC players and is shooting 45 percent from the field.
The Raiders are 11-1 overall and 3-1 in the CCC going into Wednesday's 7 p.m. exhibition at San Jose State. They'll return home on Dec. 29 and 30 to face Warner Pacific and Multnomah, tipping off at 5:30 p.m. both days.
OSU ASSISTANTS: Four more veteran coaches have joined the Oregon State football staff, first-year Beavers head coach Jonathan Smith announced Monday. The quartet of Tim Tibesar, Trent Bray, Kefense Hynson and Legi Suiaunoa bring a wealth of experience to OSU from all levels of football.
Tibesar will be the Beavers’ defensive coordinator after spending the last three seasons at Wisconsin as linebackers coach with added responsibilities of defensive run game coordinator in 2017. He has helped the Badgers, currently ranked No. 6 in the nation, to the Orange, Cotton and Holiday bowls. In his three seasons with Wisconsin, the team has ranked in the top seven in the country for total defense, including leading the nation going into its Orange Bowl matchup with Miami Dec. 30.
Bray returns to his alma mater as the linebackers coach. The son of longtime college coach Craig Bray, Trent Bray has spent his entire coaching career as a linebackers coach, beginning as a graduate assistant at Arizona State in 2009 before being promoted to a full-time position with the Sun Devils from 2010-11. He was the Beavers’ linebackers coach from 2012-14 and spent the last three years in the same capacity at Nebraska.
Hynson arrives at OSU as the wide receivers coach after two years in the same role at the University of Hawai’i, where he helped revamp the team’s offensive scheme that resulted in the Rainbow Warriors playing in a bowl game for the first time in six years. He has college and NFL experience that includes offensive coordinator at Norfolk State, Montana, Western Washington and Yale.
Suiaunoa assumes the defensive line coaching position after spending the last two years at Hawai’i. He was promoted to the Rainbow Warriors’ defensive coordinator for the 2017 season after holding the role as defensive line coach in 2016. Prior to Hawai’i, he spent five seasons as the defensive line coach and one as associate head coach at Montana.
BEAVERS HONORED: Nick Madrigal and Luke Heimlich are first-team Collegiate Baseball preseason All-Americans, and Jake Mulholland has been named honorable mention, the publication released on Monday.
All three earned All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball last season.
Madrigal was named the Pac-12 Conference’s Player and Defensive Player of the Year. He batted a team-leading .380, adding 20 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 40 runs batted in.
Heimlich was named the Pac-12’s Pitcher of the Year and led the nation with a 0.76 ERA, posting an 11-1 record. He struck out 128 in 118 1/3 innings and held opponents to a .172 batting average while issuing only 22 walks.
Mulholland earned Pac-12 honorable mention honors after leading the Beavers with six saves. He tallied a 7-1 record and 1.20 ERA.