Six SOU athletes earn league honors
The league office announced that six Southern Oregon University student-athletes were voted Cascade Conference Red Lion Players of the Week on Monday, the most ever in one day.
The awards went to Ashlyn Flynn (volleyball defender of the week), Jared Hixon (men's cross country runner), Presley Lambert (women's soccer offensive player), Lauren McGowne (volleyball setter), Kylie Moltzen (women's soccer defensive player) and Jessa Perkinson (women's cross country runner). Hixon, McGowne and Moltzen were each repeat honorees.
Flynn managed the back row in two more stellar defensive efforts by the eighth-ranked Raider volleyball team (15-0 overall, 8-0 CCC). She matched a season-high with 24 digs Tuesday at Oregon Tech and added 14 more Saturday at Multnomah, helping the Raiders keep their opponents to attacking averages of .178 and negative-.045. McGowne, who won the setter award for the third time this season, banked her third 50-plus assist match of the season at Oregon Tech (53) and had a season-high 11 digs the same night, then had 28 assists and eight digs at Multnomah while leader the Raiders to a .318 attack. She continues to lead the league at 11.5 assists per set.
Hixon and Perkinson paced the SOU cross country teams Saturday at the Stanford Invitational. Hixon, who also won the CCC Preview Meet a week ago, led the top-ranked Raider men with a 17th-place finish of 283 runners (most of them from NCAA Div. I schools), completing the 8,000-meter course in 24:19.7. Perkinson placed 53rd of 255 for the 16th-ranked SOU women, finishing the 6K race in 22:09.2.
Lambert and Moltzen were responsible for helping the SOU women's soccer team (3-6-1 overall, 2-2 CCC) to back-to-back CCC victories (both 1-0) for the first time since mid-2013. Lambert scored both game-winners — in the 49th minute Friday at Corban and in the 88th Saturday at Northwest Christian — for the ninth and 10th goals of her career. Moltzen made nine saves while getting both keeper shutouts, bringing her career total to 12 shutouts — the third-most in SOU history.
The Southern Oregon University football team is back up in the NAIA Top 25 as of Monday afternoon, climbing to No. 2 to match the highest regular-season ranking in school history.
The Raiders were tied at No. 4 in the poll when they hit up Montana State-Northern for a school-record point total Saturday in an 82-9 drubbing at Raider Stadium. The win was their third straight and made them 3-1 in the Frontier Conference and overall.
They had the No. 1 spot in last year's postseason poll through the 2015 preseason, but lost it following a 26-20 season-opening loss at Carroll. Paving the way for them to move up was former No. 1 Morningside (Iowa)'s 33-30 loss to Wisconsin-Whitewater, the two-time NCAA Div. III defending champion, and former No. 3 Baker (Kan.)'s 35-31 loss at Benedictine (Kan.).
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), which is one of eight undefeated teams left at 3-0, moved up one spot to claim its first-ever No. 1 ranking. The Blue Raiders received 12 first-place votes, while SOU, No. 3 Faulkner (Ala.) and No. 4 Morningside (Iowa) got one apiece.
The only other time SOU has been second was in the Sept. 17, 2002 poll. A double-overtime loss at Linfield dropped the Raiders to No. 9 the next week and they didn't get higher than fifth the rest of the season.
Three other Frontier teams appear in this week's poll: No. 6 Carroll, No. 17 Montana Western and No. 18 Montana Tech. Rocky Mountain is receiving votes.
SOU, along with the rest of the Frontier, has its only bye of the season this week and will be back in action Oct. 10 at Montana Western. The Raiders return home Oct. 17 against Carroll.
Prep Water Polo
At Newberg, the Ashland boys snagged third place in the two-day Newberg Tournament with a 7-6 overtime win over Mountain View on Saturday.
Luke Abell tallied five goals in the third-place game for the Grizzlies’ to follow up a six-goal performance against Mountain View of Washington.
The Grizzlies finished 4-2 in the event.
Ashland’s Erik Oline scored three goals against Newberg and goalkeeper Vincent Wright amassed 19 blocks and four steals in a 6-5 win over Lincoln. Ashland’s Devon Lancaster registered three two-goal contests.
The Ashland girls finished 0-4 in the California Capital Challenge.
Amelia Covert Zeve scored six goals in the Grizzlies’ final game against Oakmont B, which won 12-9.