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Holmes makes academic all-district team

ASHLAND — Tristen Holmes, Southern Oregon's junior point guard, has been selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 4 men's basketball team, as nominated on and voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Holmes was one of 22 men's basketball players across the NAIA to be chosen for an all-district team, which are designed to recognize the top athletes in the nation for their combined performances athletically and academically.

Holmes is now eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-America consideration. Those teams will be announced in March.

A product of North Medford High, Holmes is a chemistry major with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.86. He earned a spot on the All-Cascade Conference team as a sophomore in 2016-17 and has twice earned Academic All-CCC recognition.

This season, he's among the league leaders in points (12.5) and rebounds (6.6) and ranks 17th in the country in assists (5.1). In Tuesday's CCC Tournament quarterfinal win against Eastern Oregon, he registered his fifth double-double of the season with 16 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Previously this year, Paul Matyas and Kelsey Randall of the Raider soccer teams were voted onto Academic All-District teams.

Football

Twenty Southern Oregon University football players earned Academic All-Frontier Conference status for 2017-18, the league office announced Friday.

To qualify for the honor, one must be a sophomore or above in academic standing with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0. In total, 220 football players throughout the conference were recognized.

Seven of SOU's honorees were business majors: Kevin Blueford, William Brown, Collin Crown, Armando Gauger, Austin May, Josh Middleton and Riley Teeters.

Health and P.E. majors Caden Johnson, Keegan Lawrence, Louis Macklin and Rey Vega made the list, and the communications department was represented by Christmas Aumua, Cameron Daugherty and Tanner Trosin.

Jaxon Clark (outdoor adventure leadership), Chase Cole (pre-physical therapy), Tyler Cox (outdoor adventure leadership), Isaac Hurd (criminal justice), Josiah Maglente-Tonu (criminal justice) and Jeret Musser (elementary education) rounded out the Raiders' representatives.

Wrestling

The NAIA office released preliminary brackets Friday for the 61st annual NAIA Wrestling Championships, which will be held March 2-3 at the Jacobson Exhibition Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

A total of 240 wrestlers from around the country make up the field. All eight of Southern Oregon University's representatives qualified automatically last Saturday when the Raiders finished as co-champions with Menlo (Calif.) at the inaugural Cascade Conference Tournament.

SOU will bring Trey Long (125 pounds), Matt Peterson (133), Devin Poppen (141), Andrew Ramirez (141), Chandler Michael (149), Hunter Hodges (157), Tanner Fischer (197) and Alejandro Sandoval (197) to the tournament. Peterson, Poppen and Sandoval drew first-round byes in the 32-spot brackets, though Sandoval's likely first opponent is top-ranked Evan Hansen of Grand View (Iowa).

Grand View is the odds-on favorite to win its seventh consecutive team title. The Vikings and second-ranked Missouri Valley qualified 12 individuals apiece for the tournament, while Cumberlands (Ky.), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and Williams Baptist (Ark.) will each bring 11.

SOU finished fifth in last year's team standings and will be vying for its 10th straight top-10 finish.