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Holman to compete in Medford PBA event

SEATTLE — Marshall Holman will receive a commissioner's exemption for the PBA Tour's Earl Anthony Medford Classic Jan. 14-18 at Lava Lanes in Medford.

Holman is one of five Hall of Famers who recently were accorded exemptions for various tournaments this season, beginning this week with Mark Roth in the Lumber Liquidators Shark Championship in Baltimore. The exemptions are part of the PBA's season-long 50th anniversary celebration.

Holman, 54, last competed in the tournament in 2007 on an exemption. He was known as a fiery competitor who owns 22 career PBA titles. He twice won the Tournament of Champions (1976, '86) and U.S. Open (1981, '85).

Holman also captured the George Young High Average Award in 1982, '84 and '87, the 1987 PBA Player of the Year Award and in 1986 became the third PBA millionaire.

In addition to Holman and Roth, players to receive exemptions are Wayne Webb, Brian Voss and Johnny Petraglia. They will be placed directly into the field of 64.

"The PBA is proud to award exemptions to some of the biggest names in the history of our sport as another tribute to the 50th anniversary of the PBA," said PBA Commissioner and CEO Fred Schreyer in a statement. "Our fans will enjoy the opportunity to watch these living legends compete."

Corvallis — Oregon State eighth-year head football coach Mike Riley has been named the American Football Coaches Association Region 5 coach of the year.

Riley is leading the Beavers to their third consecutive bowl appearance when they play in the Dec. 31 Brut Sun Bowl against the University of Pittsburgh.

The 55-year-old Riley has led OSU to a 55-42 record overall, including 27-12 over the last three years. The Beavers are ranked No. 24 and travel to the bowl game 8-4 overall after finishing tied for second in the Pac-10 at 7-2.

Other coaches to receive the regional honor are Ball State's Brady Hoke, who was an assistant coach at OSU under Jerry Pettibone from 1991-94; Houston Nutt of Mississippi, Mike Leach of Texas Tech and Brian Kelly of Cincinnati.

Longtime local broadcaster Garth Harrington will take over announcing duties at Southern Oregon Speedway in 2009.

Harrington will retire as co-host of a morning radio talk show Dec. 19. He previously (1966-1969) had been the track announcer at the Medford Raceway.