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Junior Eagles split games at ASA Western Nationals

The Junior Eagles of Eagle Point split a pair of pool play games Wednesday, earning the lone victory among Southern Oregon teams in the 12-team ASA U10 Western Nationals softball tournament at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

The Junior Eagles opened the day with a 10-2 loss to the California Grapettes in their three-team pool, but settled in to earn a 3-1 victory over Blaze 99. Megan Ayres pitched a six-inning no-hitter with 11 strikeouts to earn the win, with Rylan Austin driving in a pair of runs and Aidan Roderick plating the other run.

In other local action, the Comets of Central Point lost 11-0 to the California Impact and 19-1 to the Central Cal Dirt Dogs; the Grants Pass Sluggers lost 25-3 to the Roseville Heat and 15-0 to the All-American Sports Academy.

The tournament continues today, with the Junior Eagles playing at 9 a.m. against the North Valley Rapids from Redding, Calif.

The Southern Oregon football program will open fall practice Saturday.

Fifth-year head coach Steve Helminiak and the Raiders will hit the practice field at 4 p.m. On Sunday, they'll practice at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

SOU is expected to have 100 players in camp, including 15 returning starters.

The team also added two defensive assistant coaches this week.

Brad Brachear will handle linebackers and serve as the special teams coordinator. He was a graduate assistant at Northern Illinois the past year.

Sergio Diaz will coach the defensive line. He previously was the head coach at Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego, Calif., and also has coached at Western Washington and San Diego State.

SOU opens the season at Eastern Oregon on Aug. 28.

PORTLAND — Dylan Wu, of Medford, won the Portland City Junior Golf Championships Tuesday at Rose City Golf Course.

Wu captured the Boys Division (ages 14-15) with a two-day total of 2-over-par 146. He had rounds of 74 and 72.

He finished three shots ahead of Nicholas Huff, of Vancouver, Wash.

Wu has been in the division for only two weeks.

Also from Medford, Tom Thorndike tied for 15th with a 166 in Boys, while in Intermediate Boys (12-13), Jeremy Wu was third (157), Joshua Wu eighth (168) and Brandon Chun 10th (717).

Three events will highlight St. Mary's School's first Crusader Weekend Aug. 20-21.

A field dedication, Hall of Fame inductions and a golf tournament are the central events.

Kicking off the weekend at 5 p.m. Aug. 20, St. Mary's will honor Jed and Celia Meese by dedicating its baseball field in their name. The diamond will be named Meese Field after the couple, who made a recent major gift to the school.

At 6 p.m. in the school's gymnasium, St. Mary's will induct a number of alumni athletes and coaches into the school Hall of Fame during a banquet.

Those going in are coaches Larry Walker, Dennis Murphy, Bill McKibbin and Brendan Mallon; athletes Kelly Jensen (1972), Dick Evans ('61), Jim Reverman ('66), Chris Mangold ('79), Rick Lewis ('68), Mike Vinson ('79) and Russ Garmen ('73); and the 1960 football team.

Only two others were previously inducted, Sue Naumes ('66) and Paul Elliott ('62).

The St. Mary's Booster Club Golf Tournament is at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Centennial Golf Club.

The events conclude with a 6 p.m. alumni reunion dinner at St. Mary's.

For information, call Andrea Reeder or James Joy at 541-773-7877.