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Sherm Holt of the Rogue Valley Basketball Officials Association was honored as Oregon's basketball official of the year during the recent Class 6A boys and girls basketball state tournaments at the Moda Center in Portland.

Holt has been a Rogue Valley basketball official for 27 years and became the third member of the RVBOA to earn the state's top honor in the last nine years. Mike Soderlund (2006) and Chris Murphy (2011) were previously recognized.

Holt was presented his award during halftime ceremonies of the 6A girls basketball state championship between South Medford and Oregon City.

U.S. Cellular Community Park will host four upcoming Amateur Softball Association Western National tournaments.

The venue will stage the girls 12B Fastpitch Western National Tournament July 27-Aug. 2 in 2015, the men's D and E Slowpitch Western National tournaments Sept. 3-7 in 2015 and the girls 10B Fastpitch Western National Tournament July 25-31 in 2016.

The Medford Parks and Recreation Department was awarded the opportunities through a bidding process conducted by ASA delegates from Oregon, Washingon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska at the annual ASA Region 15 meeting.