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Medford's Antonia Ruth honored by Junior Giants

A Medford player, Antonia Ruth, was honored at the Junior Giants Willie Mac Awards Luncheon Sunday in San Francisco.

Hosted by the Giants Community Fund, the award recognizes players and coaches in the organization for their positive influence and dedication to their communities.

The award is named for San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey and is a version of the honor bestowed on annually to a Giants player chosen by teammates.

There are more than 20,000 players in Junior Giants. Forty-three were honored.

The City of Medford has been selected to host three prestigious Amateur Softball Association national tournaments at U.S. Cellular Community Park in the summer of 2013.

Medford was tabbed for the concurrent U10A and U12A girls fastpitch Western National tournaments during the first week of August as well as the age 50-and-up senior slowpitch Western Nationals over Labor Day weekend.

The tournaments are projected to attract 75 teams to Medford and generate an estimated $1 million in economic impact for the community.

The Medford Parks and Recreation Department earned the James Farrell Award for excellence in national tournament hosting after its first two ASA national events in 2010 and '11.

Since the May 2008 grand opening of the USCCP softball/baseball complex, Medford has hosted 11 ASA-sanctioned state or national tournaments, which drew 252 teams and produced an estimated $3.5 million in local spending.

Phoenix-Talent youth basketball will be having sign-ups for fourth- through eighth-grade AAU/Manny Basketball teams this year.

Those interested should contact Kevin George for eighth grade, 541-890-1283; Glenn Johannes for seventh grade, 541-953-1340 and Brent Watts for fourth- to sixth-graders, 541-301-8052.