SOU returns home for final dual

The second-ranked Southern Oregon University wrestling team returns home this weekend to host a pair of duals against No. 20 Menlo and Simon Fraser, along with an exhibition dual against Clackamas Community College this weekend at Bob Riehm Arena.

"We're excited," SOU head coach Mike Ritchey said. "It should be a fun weekend full of Raider wrestling. We don't know exactly what our lineup is going to be, we've got some guys that are a little bit hurt. We'll try to get everybody in there as much as we can."

Southern Oregon, 8-3 in duals this season, will host the Oaks Friday night at 7 p.m. in a rematch of last weekend's 22-18 SOU victory down in Atherton, Calif. Saturday Clackamas will come to town for a 5 p.m. exhibition before the Raiders close out the weekend with a 7 p.m. dual against Simon Fraser.

"Senior week, it's an opportunity for our guys who've been in our program for a while to kind of put some finality on their dual meets here in Riehm Arena," Ritchey said of the Raiders' final home duals. "It's always an emotional thing for the coaching staff and myself to see those guys go, but we've got a lot of season left to be with them from that point forward."

Menlo entered the rankings this week at No. 20 after battling to a close 22-18 loss to the Raiders last weekend. Southern Oregon faced Menlo in the middle of a tripleheader Saturday in the Bay Area that included a loss to NCAA Div. I No. 20 Stanford and a win over NCAA Div. II San Francisco State. Southern Oregon is 15-3 all time in duals against Menlo, stretching back to the 2001-02 season.

Saturday's exhibition match against Clackamas could prove to be a challenge for Southern Oregon. The Clackamas team boasts a pair of wrestlers ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA among nine ranked wrestlers.

Simon Fraser will come to town looking for its second consecutive dual victory over SOU after the Raiders won the previous 17 duals against the Clan.

Men's Basketball

Southern Oregon will look to sweep the season series against No. 8 Warner Pacific and Concordia as the Raiders travel to Portland for a pair of Cascade Collegiate Conference games this weekend.

Southern Oregon, 14-8 overall and 7-4 in conference play, will face the Knights on Friday and the Cavaliers on Saturday. The Raiders enter the weekend in fourth place in the CCC standings.

Warner Pacific is ranked eighth in the latest NAIA poll and is second in the CCC standings with a 9-1 record, 17-4 overall. The Knights are fourth in the conference in scoring (80.8 points per game), and their plus-13 scoring margin ranks third. They lead the NAIA in assists (18.29 per game) and steals (11.62), and they rank first in the CCC in blocks (3.86) and second in turnover margin (plus-4.81) and field goal percentage defense (.405).

William Sharp leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.2 points per game, with Sean Gaines right behind at 11.7.

Southern Oregon has faced Warner Pacific 50 times since the teams first met during the 1968-69 season. The Raiders have a 23-27 record against the Knights, but Warner Pacific has won 12 of the past 14 meetings.

Concordia is sixth in the CCC standings with a 4-6 record, 12-9 overall. The Cavaliers rank second in the conference in scoring with an average of 84.5 points per game. Adam Herman's 70.4 shooting percentage leads the nation, while his 20.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game both lead the conference.

Women's Basketball

Southern Oregon heads to Portland this weekend for a pair of Cascade Collegiate Conference games against Warner Pacific and Concordia.

Southern Oregon, 12-10 overall and 3-8 in conference play, will face the Knights on Friday and the Cavaliers on Saturday, with game time set for 5:30 p.m. both days.

Warner Pacific is fourth in the CCC standings with a 7-3 record, 13-8 overall. The Knights are fourth in the conference in scoring offense (69.6 points per game) and fifth in scoring defense (61.3).

Chelsey Christensen leads the team and ranks fifth in the CCC in scoring (14.6).

Friday's game will be the 40th meeting between SOU and Warner Pacific since 1980. The Raiders have won 26 of the 39 meetings to this point, including eight of the past 12.

Concordia stands in seventh place in the CCC with a 3-7 record, 7-14 overall. The Cavaliers sit eighth in scoring offense (64.1 points per game) and ninth in scoring defense (67.6) and scoring margin (minus-3.5).

Rachel Scarpelli leads the team in scoring and ranks 12th in the conference with an average of 12.4 points per game, and her 35 3-pointers made this season are the second-most in the league.

Southern Oregon and Concordia have met 61 times in a series that stretches back to the 1982-83 season. The Raiders own a 37-24 all-time record.

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