COLLEGES: SOU players honored, RCC hires coach
After leading Southern Oregon back to the national tournament, Syd’Nee Fryer and Dominique Harding were voted onto the all-Cascade Conference team and Daranda Hinkey received honorable mention, the CCC office announced Tuesday.
The postseason honors were revealed a day after SOU (20-10) ended its CCC Tournament run in the title game, and a day before the Raiders will learn who they’ll play at the NAIA Division II National Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa.
Fryer, a 5-foot-9 junior forward from Manteca, California, earned the first-team nod after getting honorable mention a year ago. She had one of the most well-rounded season stat lines in the conference, ranking second in rebounds per game at 8.4 — the highest average for any Raider in 10 years — and third in steals per game at 2.2.
Despite playing through an injury throughout the season, she also scored 10 points per game and posted all four of her double-doubles in CCC action.
Fryer’s 18 rebounds against Northwest on Feb. 1 marked the highest single-game total at SOU since 2009, and she recorded four or more steals seven times.
Harding, a redshirt-sophomore from Reno, Nevada, has nearly doubled her scoring average over last year to 14 points per game. Her campaign ranks among the best ever turned in by an SOU underclassman at the guard spot, and in conference play she was eighth in scoring (14.5), sixth in field-goal percentage (46.4), fourth in 3-point percentage (41.8), sixth in steals (2.0) and 15th in rebounding (5.4).
She’s logged four 20-plus-point outings and led the Raiders in scoring 16 times.
Harding was also named the CCC player of the week Monday, when she completed a tournament run where she averaged 15 points on 53-percent shooting.
Hinkey, a senior from Reno, has put together another stellar season at point guard with averages of 7.9 points, 2.9 assists and 1.6 steals. In the SOU career record book, the senior ranks fourth in 3-point makes with 172 and 11th in assists with 281.
Regular season and tournament champion Northwest Christian swept the top individual honors: Morgan McKinney was the player of the year, Chad Meadors the coach of the year and Aspen Slifka the freshman of the year. NCU’s Shanay Dotson and Corban’s Shaelie Burgess were co-defensive players of the year.
The 32-team NAIA DII bracket will be revealed today at 4 p.m.
RCC HIRES COACH: Lisa Elledge has been hired as the Rogue Community College womens’ soccer coach, the second mentor the program has had entering its sixth season.
She joins a program that fell one point shy of the playoffs last season.
Elledge has spent the past three years as an assistant coach at Southern Oregon University.
Elledge arrived at SOU in 2013 via Bella Vista High in Fair Oaks, California, as a standout midfielder. She was a three-year starter, tallying seven goals and seven assists in her career.
As a senior on SOU’s first Cascade Conference title team, she received honorable mention in all-conference voting. She was also a three-year member of the CCC’s all-academic team.
When her eligibility was up, she joined the SOU coaching staff under Jenni Rosenberg, helping the Raiders to their first national ranking.