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Four Raiders earn weekly CCC honors

ASHLAND — Four Southern Oregon University athletes have received Cascade Conference athlete of the week recognition: men’s basketball player Tez Allen, women’s track sprinter Arianna Daniel, softball second baseman Hannah Shimek and, for the fourth week in a row, pitcher Gabby Sandoval.

Allen’s hot start to SOU’s shortened spring basketball season continued against Corban. On Saturday the 6-foot-5 guard posted a career-high 21 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals, and he hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:20 left to play.

After flirting with a triple-double, he posted his third double-double in four games Sunday with 17 points and 12 rebounds. He shot 7 of 13 from 3-point range on the weekend and is shooting at a 57-percent clip (16 of 28) beyond the arc.

At Lane’s Titan Invitational, Daniel clocked the NAIA’s fastest 400-meter time of the season Friday at 55.62 seconds. The seven-time All-American, already an automatic qualifier for the NAIA outdoor championships, also helped the Raider 4x100 relay team turn in another national ‘A’ standard Saturday in 47.67 seconds.

In the Raider softball team’s four-game sweep of 23rd-ranked College of Idaho — which put top-ranked SOU (38-2 overall) back on top of the conference standings — Shimek sizzled at the plate with nine hits and broke SOU’s all-time record for RBIs by raising her total to 143.

She also stole four bases, giving her 21 on 22 attempts this season, and scored four runs. Her career-best batting average now stands at .423.

Sandoval got two of those wins against the Yotes, who came into the series with more runs scored than any team in the NAIA. They only mustered one in 14 innings against Sandoval, who threw a three-hitter and a two-hit shutout while combining for 11 strikeouts and no walks.

She upped her record to 20-0, making her the only pitcher in the country with at least 20 wins and no losses, and moved up a spot to No. 4 on the NAIA’s all-time wins list with 110. She’s won 34 consecutive decisions dating back to 2019 and her ERA is down to 1.04.