Raiders wrap up third West title

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — The 10th-ranked Southern Oregon wrestling team won its third straight NAIA West Qualifying Group championship at Embry-Riddle University on Saturday.

The Raiders finished with 138 points, edging eighth-ranked Montana State-Northern, who captured second with 135.5 points. Great Falls was third with 114.5 points.

The Raiders finished with a pair of champions — Austin Vanderford at 174 pounds and Kyle Wirkuty at 141.

SOU head coach Mike Ritchey was named the coach of the year.

Vanderford cruised through his bracket, winning his opening match by fall in 2:04. He secured the semifinal match by fall in 4:56 and then picked up the championship by forfeit.

Wirkuty opened up his tournament with a tech fall victory. After that Wirkuty had decision wins in the quarterfinals and semifinals and then defeated Great Falls' Anthony Varnell 3-2 in the title match.

The Raiders also received second-place performances from Tommie Hooper (157) and Jimmy Eggemeyer (149). Eggemeyer was edged 3-2 in the championship match.

Jared Dalgleish turned in a third-place finish at 133. Freshman Tucker Van Matre finished fourth at 165 and qualified for the NAIA national championships.

The national championships begin on March 3.

Women's Basketball

SOUTHERN OREGON 86, CONCORDIA 69 — At Ashland, Southern Oregon senior Jamie Roupp turned in a triple-double as the Southern Oregon women defeated 21st-ranked Concordia at Riehm Arena.

Southern Oregon finished the regular season 16-14 and 9-9 in Cascade Conference play. The Raiders, who are the seventh seed in next week's postseason tournament, will travel to second-seeded Corban on Tuesday.

In one of the best offensive performances of the season, the Raiders had four players in double-digits.

Roupp finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Whitney Scott had a game-high 18 points, including four 3-pointers, Carly Wood added 16 points and Lindsey Scheffler finished with 13 points.

Danielle Clauson led Concordia (21-9, 13-5) with 16 points and Gabi Beyer had 13 points.

Men's Basketball

CONCORDIA 85, SOUTHERN OREGON 74 — At Ashland, Concordia shot 57 percent from the field and had four players in double figures at Riehm Arena.

Southern Oregon (14-15, 6-12 CC) enters the Cascade Conference playoffs as the No. 7 seed and will visit No. 2 Eastern Oregon. Concordia (12-17, 6-12) goes as No. 8 and travels to top-seeded Oregon Tech.

Concordia reserve Drew Preuninger scored 23 points and had four 3-pointers. Adam Herman added 20 for the Cavs.

Trevor McCay and Kyle Tedder each scored 11 for the Raiders. McCay's points came in the final four minutes.

Concordia shot 56 percent to take a 43-30 lead at the half. The lead ballooned to as many 24 points in the second half.

Softball

SIMPSON 5, SOUTHERN OREGON 3 — At Riverside, Calif., Simpson used a big sixth inning to knock off Southern Oregon during the final day of the Cal Baptist Ringor So Cal Smash.

After Simpson took an early 1-0 lead, the Raiders tied the game in the third with a run-scoring single by Rayna Okimoto.

The game stayed tied until the top of the sixth inning, when Simpson exploded four runs on five hits.

The Raiders (2-5) made a late rally in the bottom of the seventh.

Sarah Wharton opened the up the frame with a shot over the wall in left-center. Sophomore Irene Barrantes followed that up with a solo home run to trim the lead to 5-3.

But that would be it for the Raiders.

Wharton, Barrantes and Gia DiMaggio all had two hits each for the Raiders.

Southern Oregon will host its annual seven-team SOU Invitational next Thursday at U.S. Cellular Community Park. The Raiders will first play Holy Names at 4 p.m.

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