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Kensinger service set for Tuesday

A funeral service for former Medford Mustangs manager Sandee Kensinger will be in Ashland at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Ashland Christian Fellowship Church, 50 W. Hersey St.

Kensinger, 59, passed away Aug. 14 after collapsing at his Talent-area home.

Kensinger, who also retired last year as a teacher at Hedrick Middle School, finished his career as the winningest manager in Medford Mustangs history when he retired prior to the 2011 season. His career record was 758-239, for a winning percentage of .760 over 19 seasons.

Under Kensinger, the Mustangs made it to the American Legion World Series three times (1992, 1997 and 2009), placing as high as second in ‘97 and ‘09. The Mustangs captured seven of the team’s 15 state championships with him at the helm.

More recently, Kensinger was named one of the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association middle school coaches of the year for the 2014-15 school year.

Kensinger was also inducted into the Medford Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

After his passing, Kensinger’s wife Suzie remarked at how much pride he had in the players he was able to coach over the years and how much he cherished his opportunities as a teacher and a coach throughout his time in the Rogue Valley.

Kensinger was known for his no-nonsense approach to baseball and life, and was well-regarded by his students and players alike for the confidence and life skills he was able to impart during their time together.