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LOCAL BRIEFS: North’s Newmann to compete in showcase

North Medford High senior-to-be Trey Newmann has been selected to compete at this weekend’s Area Code Games in San Diego, an elite showcase for baseball players in the Class of 2023 and 2024.

Newmann has spent the summer playing travel ball with the Mercedes-Benz Baseball Club out of Washington, playing throughout the Pacific Northwest as well as in Florida.

This past spring, Newmann earned second-team all-Southwest Conference honors as a pitcher for the Black Tornado.

Newmann will be competing for the Kansas City Royals, one of eight regional teams that will play in the five-day showcase in California. The Royals represent the Pacific Northwest and include players from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Kansas and Missouri.

Each regional team is set to begin with practices on Saturday, and games will be played Sunday-Thursday at the University of San Diego.

Officials needed for coming sports seasons

The Oregon Athletic Officials Association and the Oregon School Activities Association are recruiting officials for the high school fall sports seasons. There is an immediate need for officials in football, volleyball and soccer.

If interested, registration is available at osaa.org/officials, and you can find the nearest officials association at newofficials.org.

Options here in Southern Oregon include:

— Rogue Valley Football Officials Association, commissioner John Campbell, 541-538-0274 or johnd.campbell1@gmail.com.

— Southern Oregon Volleyball Officials Association, commissioner JoAnn Hartley, 541-531-2514 or jghartley@ccountry.net.

— Southern Oregon Soccer Officials Association, commissioner Xavier Valdes, 541-261-1199 or Xvaldes15@hotmail.com.

— Rogue Valley Basketball Officials Association, commissioner Joe Mattos, 541-778-0190.

— Rogue Valley Wrestling, commissioner Lester McFall, 541-951-5676 or mcfalladventures@gmail.com.

— Rogue Valley Softball Umpires Association, commissioner Don Alexander, 541-821-8698 or archer.502001@gmail.com.

— Rogue Valley Baseball Umpires Association, commissioner Jerry Eklund, 541-944-4656 or rvumpires@aol.com.

Becoming a high school official has several benefits including staying involved in athletics, maintaining good physical condition and earning money.

The OAOA includes more than 2,300 certified officials in volleyball, soccer, football, cheerleading, wrestling, basketball, baseball and softball.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneNorth Medford's Trey Newmann slides home safely after a wild pitch during the seventh inning.