Central Point super heavyweight boxer Mike Wilson has qualified to represent the United States in the Pan American Games this summer.
Wilson, competing in a qualifier in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, dropped a 13-10 to Didier Vence of Canada. It was his only bout, but the silver-medal performance gained him a berth on the team.
Wilson´s week-long layoff appeared to hurt him early against Vence. After a tentative first round, Wilson trailed 5-0 and worked for the next three rounds to chip away at the deficit.
He began to apply pressure in the second round to pull the score to 7-3 after two rounds. He continued to throw punches in third round, pulling to within three points at one point in the round.
Yet as the fourth round began, Wilson faced an 11-6 deficit and was unable to overcome it.
The U.S. team will have a full complement of 11 fighters for the Pan Am Games, which will be July 13-29 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Ashland's Josi McDermott and Crater's Keena Reiter have been named to the Oregon girls all-star basketball team that will play Washington state in the Les Schwab Northwest Shootout April 1 at the Chiles Center in Portland. Game time is 5 p.m.
A boys' border clash between the two states will follow at 7. Oregon players include Canby's Clint Chapman, Sheldon's Blake Poole, Lake Oswego's Ernie Spada, Mountain View's Abe Lodwick and Grant's Brandon Jones.
Notable absentees are South Medford's Kyle Singler and Lake Oswego's Kevin Love. They can play in only two all-star games and have committed to the McDonald's All-American game March 28 and the Jordan Classic three weeks later.
The Southern Oregon University volleyball team announced the signing of six new recruits for next season.
Heather Porter, who signed in November and is planning on playing both volleyball and basketball for the Raiders, highlights a strong class.
Porter, a 6-foot-2 middle blocker, will be joined by Leah Bergstrom, Lindsay Burdick, Maggie Rivers, and Samantha Yutzie. Washington's Elle Ottow will be SOU's only out-of-state recruit for the season.
Bergstrom, a 6-1 right-side hitter, led West Linn to four straight Three Rivers League titles, while Burdick, a Bend native, was a four-year varsity player for Summit as a 5-7 outside hitter and defensive specialist.
Rivers, a 5-3 libero, starred for McNary High, while 5-7 defensive specialist Ottow competed for Monroe High in Monroe, Wash. Yutzie, a solid all-around athlete from Stayton, rounds out the class.
The first Siskiyou Sports Car Club race of the season is the Enduro this weekend at the Jackson County Sports Park in White City.
Participation is not restricted to members. Registration is on site for those not preregistered.
Practice for members only is Friday and Saturday. Race day is Sunday.
For more information, go to www.ssccmedford.org.