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Former Ashland star Wells makes U of Mont. HOF

MISSOULA, Mont. — Former Ashland High football standout Matt Wells has been inducted into the University of Montana Hall of Fame.

Wells entered during a ceremony on Friday.

A 5-foot-7, 160-pound wide receiver and punt returner, Wells played football for Montana from 1992-95. The Grizzlies went 40-12 overall and 22-6 in the Big Sky Conference during the four-year starter’s tenure.

Wells, who lives in Parkville, Missouri, is ranked among Montana’s all-time leaders with 248 catches for 3,342 yards and 23 career receiving touchdowns.

He made the best of his initial opportunity as a freshman, making a (then) career-high 12 catches in the second half in a 27-12 loss at Kansas State.

Wells had a career-high 14 receptions against Delaware in a 1993 home playoff game, while his 90-yard touchdown catch against Boise State in 1995 is the third longest in school history.

He’s also ranked among UM’s career leaders in numerous other statistical categories.

As a senior, he was tabbed a first-team All-American by the Associated Press, and several other organizations, as well as to the Big Sky Conference.

He was the recipient of Montana’s Pat Norwood Award (most inspirational) in 1993 and 1994 and presented the Terry Dillon Award (outstanding back or receiver) in 1995. In 1992 he was chosen the Grizzlies’ outstanding freshman.

Wells was named a Division I GTE Division Academic All-American three times — in 1993, 1994 and 1995 — and he was a four-time all-league academic selection.

He scored the Grizzlies’ only two touchdowns in their 22-20 national championship win at Marshall in 1995.

Men’s Soccer

ANGWIN, Calif. – Southern Oregon struck early and often and Carlos Magana pocketed three second-half goals in the Raiders’ 6-0 victory at Pacific Union on Sunday afternoon.

The lopsided decision, which marked the third straight win for the Raiders (3-2) going into their Cascade Conference schedule, swung in SOU’s favor on a Paul Matyas goal assisted by Luis Aguilar in the 22nd minute. It was 3-0 by halftime – Austyn Ciampa assisted Yan Pessoa de Oliveira in the 31st, and Noah Addie converted a penalty kick set up by Brendan Allen in the 34th – before Magana’s onslaught.

Magana, the senior forward from Cowiche, Wash., pocketed the third hat trick of his career – he’s gotten one in every season with the Raiders – by tallying in the 62nd, 78th and 89th minutes. Jared Delaney, Gonzalo Garcia and Ahmon Afenegus were credited with the assists.

Magana, SOU’s all-time leading goal-scorer, now has 18 in his career and four on the season.

The Raiders concluded nonconference play having outscored their opponents 15-5.

They hammered the Pioneers (0-2) with a 27-3 advantage in shots.

SOU will return to Raider Stadium to host No. 10-ranked Rocky Mountain (Mont.) at 1 p.m. Friday and The College of Idaho at 11 a.m. next


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