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Raider wrestlers set to start program's 60th season

Mike Ritchey, Southern Oregon University's 21st-year head men's wrestling coach, is calling on alumni, friends and fans of Raider wrestling to gather for the first dual of the program's 60th season.

SOU, ranked 13th in the NAIA, hosts Menlo at 6:30 p.m. Friday in what will also be the debut of the Raider women's wrestling program. Ritchey and women's coach Tony Champion will make it the first-ever intertwined men's and women's dual.

Friday's event holds further significance because it will be the final home wrestling event at Riehm Arena as it stands. McNeal Hall will soon undergo a complete renovation.

After the dual, a social will be held at Omar's Restaurant. Raider wrestling alumni in attendance will get free admission to Saturday's noon football game between SOU and Montana Tech, where a tailgate is also planned.

For more information, contact Ritchey by email at ritcheym@sou.edu, or by phone at 541-944-7259.

All-CCC awards

Southern Oregon University's Lauren McGowne and Courtney Setzer on Monday were voted Cascade Conference Red Lion players of the week, the league office announced.

McGowne, a junior from Coos Bay on the 14th-ranked Raider volleyball team, was the setter of the week after leading SOU to a 2-1 record with 161 assists in 13 sets. During SOU's five-set victory Saturday over College of Idaho, McGowne established a new career-high with 60 assists and became the fifth Raider ever to reach the 3,000-assist mark for her career.

With 3,037 career assists, McGowne is directly behind Lindsey Stone (3,217) on the program list. She and the Raiders (22-3 overall, 15-3 CCC) will finish the regular season Friday and Saturday at Northwest Christian and Corban.

Setzer, a 6-foot freshman post from Central Point, dazzled in her debuts for the 16th-ranked SOU women's basketball team this week, first going for 27 points and 10 rebounds Thursday against Simpson – the highest point-total for an individual in a Raider opener since 2008 – and then recording 16 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in Sunday's game at UC Merced. She shot 15-of-26 from the field in the two wins, and on Sunday helped the Raiders overcome a 19-point halftime deficit before making the game-sealing free throws.

Setzer and the Raiders play an exhibition Friday at Boise State.

College Football

Monday's latest edition of the NAIA Top 25 football poll revealed that Saturday's marquee matchup at Raider Stadium will feature the Nos. 1 and 9 teams in the country.

Southern Oregon University (7-1), which won its seventh straight game over the weekend, 56-10 at Rocky Mountain, has the top spot for the second week in a row after receiving eight of 15 first-place votes.

Montana Tech (7-1), which is locked in a first-place tie with the Raiders, moved up one spot from No. 10 thanks to a 42-24 defeat of Eastern Oregon.

The Raiders and Orediggers will meet at noon Saturday in the penultimate game of the regular season, and the winner will clinch at least a share of the Frontier Conference title and a spot in the NAIA Championship Series. Tickets are available now at souraiders.com/tickets.