Raiders return home to face Menlo

ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon football team will look to rebound this week as they face NAIA foe Menlo Saturday afternoon in the home opener of the 2010 season.

Kickoff between the Raiders (2-1) and Oaks (2-1) is set for 1 p.m. at Raider Stadium.

Both teams are in the receiving votes category in this week's NAIA Top 25 poll. The Raiders climbed to No. 24 in last week's poll before suffering a 42-24 setback to NCAA Division III Willamette.

Senior receiver Vance Beach had a breakout game last Saturday, catching eight balls for 187 yards. Junior quarterback Mike McDonald went over 300 yards for the second time this year, throwing for 349 yards and two scores.

Defensively, senior JT Gilmore made an impact for the Raiders, recording 12 tackles and three tackles for loss.

Much like the Raiders, Menlo started the season 2-0 before suffering a loss last week.

The Oaks opened the season with victories at Occidental (42-25) and at home against Chapman (21-10) before losing to Humboldt State (32-13) last weekend.

Cruz Castillo has started all three games at quarterback for the Oaks, throwing for 475 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. Payton Bell leads the Oaks on the ground, rushing for 327 yards and three touchdowns.

CROWLEY EARNS INDY HONOR — Southern Oregon senior kicker/punter Tyler Crowley was named the NAIA Independent special teams player of the week.

Crowley averaged 53 yards on three punts, including two over 50 yards. The senior unloaded on a 63-yard punt as the Raiders fell to Willamette 42-24 last week in Salem.

Cross Country

SOU WOMEN MAKE JUMP IN CROSS COUNTRY POLL — The Southern Oregon women's cross country team made history, jumping up to No. 11 in the NAIA Top 25 poll.

The No. 11 ranking is the highest in program history.

The Raiders opened the season ranked 25th, before falling to the receiving votes category in last week's poll despite not running.

Last weekend, the Raiders finished fourth at the Sundodger Invitational and defeated then seventh-ranked British Columbia.

The Southern Oregon men held on to their No. 2 ranking this week. The Raiders have been ranked second in all three polls this year and this week trimmed top-ranked Malone's points lead to 674-667.

LANEY NAMED RUNNER OF THE WEEK — Southern Oregon senior David Laney was named the Cascade Conference cross country runner of the week.

Laney finished seventh overall in the Sundodger Invitational — which featured several Division I schools — at the University of Washington. As a team, the NAIA's second-ranked Raiders finished second behind Washington and well ahead of Division I opponents Idaho, Gonzaga and Eastern Washington.

Golf

RAIDER CLUB GOLF TOURNEY SETS RECORDS — The 2010 Lithia/Raider Club Golf Tournament set a record with 54 teams competing Tuesday at the Rogue Valley Country Club.

The 54 teams are the most in the 20-year history of the tournament and will go down as the largest one-day tourney ever hosted at RVCC.

Overall, the tournament brought in almost $160,000 for SOU student-athletes.

The team of Dan Pain, Chris Bixler, Brandon Dahl, Jimmy White and Jim Buck won the tournament's low gross award with a 57, while Mark Beecher, Henry Nodel, Dave Gingerich, Dom Filardo and Mike Fealey won the low net with a 50.6.

Final Team Standings

Low Gross

1 — Dan Pain, Chris Bixler, Brandon Dahl, Jimmy White, Jim Buck (57)

2 — Ron Dixon, Dan Coughlin, Tom Hamlin, Dane Smith, Lynn Kennedy (59)

3 — Eric Laakso, Jim Hunter, Jeremy Bader, Carter Mann, Ed Impert (59)

Low Net

1 — Mark Beecher, Henry Nodel, Dave Gingerich, Dom Filardo, Mike Fealy (50.6)

2 — James Blackwood, Mark Mitchell, Don Schamanek, Travis Palmerton, Brian McDermott (51.4)

3 — Gary Alton, Craig Westling, Gary Richardson, Scott Kiever, Scott Hillier (51.6)

Course Prizes

Short Drive No. 1 — Scott Furry

Long Drive No. 5 Men — Craig Galper

Long Drive No. 5 Women — Sabrina Rokovitz

Longest Putt No. 7 — Travis Palmerton

Closest To The Line No. 8 — Marty Morlan

Closest To The Pin No. 9 — Jimmy White

Closest Second Shot No. 15 Men — Jeremy Bader

Closest Second Shot No. 15 Women — Lynn Mayers

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