Fisher, Oshiro shine in freshman seasons

    Two former high school golf standouts have enjoyed outstanding freshman seasons in college.

    Former South Medford state champion Reese Fisher, of Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, was chosen men’s freshman of the year and made the all-Big Sky Conference second team this week.

    Former Crater state champion Kiana Oshiro, of Western Texas College in Snyder, Texas, claimed the Region 5 women’s championship and is ranked seventh among National Junior College Athletic Association players.

    Fisher, who is competing this weekend in the conference tournament in Boulder City, Nevada, has played 17 rounds for the Wildcats and is No. 3 on the team in scoring with an average of 74.5 per round.

    Playing in six events in the fall and spring seasons, he had one top-10 finish, a team-best tie for ninth at the Redhawk Invitational April 2-3 at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington.

    Fisher’s best round was a 69, and he had three rounds at par or better.

    Oshiro, who will compete with her team at the national championships May 14-17 in Mesa, Arizona, has a scoring average of 75.8.

    She won three tournaments, had one second and placed in the top 10 in six of eight tournaments.

    With Oshiro leading the way, the Westerners are ranked fourth nationally. They won the regional title, placed second in another tourney and third in three others.

    Cross Country

    RCC DROPS SPORT: Rogue Community College has discontinued the cross country and long distance track programs because of low participation.

    Athletic director Darren Van Lehn said in a release the school will consider adding other sports and will maintain its men’s and women’s soccer teams.

    RCC started its athletic program in 2015 and competes in the Northwest Athletic Conference.


    JOHNSON HONORED: St. Mary’s High School alum Joe Johnson was awarded a spot on the Golden State Athletic Conference Gold Glove team after his stellar regular season as a true freshman at Vanguard University.

    Johnson, who helped St. Mary’s capture the Class 3A state championship last spring, committed zero errors in 342 opportunities at first base for the Lions (28-23-1, 22-14 GSAC), who host the conference tournament beginning Monday.

    Johnson began the season on the bench but ascended to the starting lineup early and has held it the rest of the season, starting 41 of 52 games overall. He’s batting .271 with eight doubles, three home runs and 18 RBIs.

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