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Some of the top junior tennis players in the Pacific Northwest will compete beginning today at Rogue Valley Swim and Tennis Club and the Southern Oregon Tennis Club.

The Dual Level 5 tournament, in which players can earn points at the Pacific Northwest and national levels, kicks off at 10 a.m. and continues through Sunday. Age groups run from 10-and-under to 18-and-under.

Championship matches are set to begin at noon Sunday.

About a dozen local players, including North Medford's Colt Hoeptner, Austin Schoenlein and Michael and David Tribble, will test their skills against players from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia, Canada.

The North Medford players will also compete in the Medford Invitational prep tournament today and Saturday at Varsity Courts at North Medford.

Other local players to watch in the Level 5 event are St. Mary's sophomore Casey Schein, who's seeded fourth in the girls 12-and-under division, and Medford's Abraham Hewko, a 12-year-old who recently won the Seattle City Champs tournament despite being unseeded.

Scott Morse, last year's Class 3A/2A/1A boys singles state champion for Cascade Christian, will compete as a 16-year-old in the 18-year-old division. He is unseeded.

Some 130 players are entered in the event, RVSTC teaching instructor Frank Inn said.

ASHLAND — Southern Oregon University senior pitcher Melissa Wilt was named pitcher of the week in both the Cascade Conference and the NAIA Northwest Region for her efforts against Corban College last weekend.

Wilt led the Raiders to a 17-0 win over the Warriors, allowing only one hit in the five-inning game. She struck out seven.

With six games remaining in the regular season, Wilt is 4-6 record with a 4.20 ERA.

Wilt is the first Raider to earn either of the awards this spring. It's only the second regional award for SOU this school year, following Mia Wortel in volleyball.