Hill added to Southern Oregon softball staff

Southern Oregon head softball coach Kim Fritts announced that Christie Hill has joined the SOU staff as an assistant coach.

Hill comes to SOU after serving as an assistant coach at her alma mater, California State University Bakersfield. She will be in charge of the SOU pitching staff and will also help with recruiting, camps and clinics.

"I'm elated that Christie has joined our staff here at SOU," Fritts said. "I believe she will take our pitching staff to the next level. Christie comes to us with great credentials and I look forward to working side-by-side with such an accomplished coach."

Hill has spent the past two seasons as the top assistant coach for the Roadrunners, a program that is making the move from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I.

As a player, Hill left her mark on the CSUB program. She earned three All-American honors, including first-team recognition as a senior when she led the squad to conference and NCAA West Regional titles.

The Roadrunners' all-time leading hitter with a .372 career batting average, Hill also finished her career as the program's record holder in at-bats (868), hits (323), doubles (65), RBIs (149) and runs (181). She owns the single-season records for at-bats (240), hits (90), doubles (20) and home runs (12).

As a pitcher, Hill finished as one of the top hurlers in program history with 78 wins, 342 strikeouts and a 1.71 ERA.

Late model racing returns to Southern Oregon Speedway on Saturday.

The four previous events have produced a new winner each race. In the last race, Tangent's Trevor Glaser won over Redmond's Mark Carrell, with Bud Walberg of Corning, Calif., placing third. Local drivers Jeremy Richey captured fifth and Skipper Klemcheck earned sixth.

At least 25 cars are expected to compete for the winner's prize of $1,200.

Pro stock, street stocks, mini stocks and thrill cars are also on Saturday's program. General admission for the race is $12. Seniors, children ages 7-12 and military members with identification are $9, and children six and under get in free. The gates open at 4 p.m., with racing beginning at 6 p.m.

Southern Oregon Speedway is located off Highway 140 at Kershaw Road in White City. Ashland shortstop Hall receives Qwest scholarship

Ashland's Nick Hall was one of two spring winners of the Qwest Scholarship Program, which was announced Thursday by the Oregon School Activities Association.

Alexis Arnold of Portland Christian was the other recipient.

Hall was the starting shortstop for the Grizzlies, who lost in the Class 5A state finals to North Eugene this spring.

Hall, who was a valedictorian, helped children get involved in local YMCA events as a coach and official.

Outside of the YMCA, Hall donated his time to the Ashland Food Bank and his local church. He plans to attend Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., this fall.

The Qwest program recognizes six high school athletes each school year who make a difference in their communities through leadership skills and a commitment to community service. They receive a $1,000 college scholarship.

Oregon State athletics will be broadcast on 105.1 Hank FM beginning this fall, Radio Medford-Grants Pass announced.

Hank FM will be the exclusive broadcast radio station for Beaver football, men's basketball and baseball. Radio Medford will continue to broadcast Oregon Ducks sports on KCMX AM 880.

105.1 Hank FM will be the exclusive carrier of live play-by-play broadcasts for OSU through the 2010-11 season.

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