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Cascade Conference delays fall sports

Cascade Conference delays fall sports for SOU and other member schools

(Ashland, Ore.) — The Council of Presidents of the Cascade Collegiate Conference voted today to delay the start of its fall sports seasons until the winter and spring of 2021. Southern Oregon University competes in the Cascade Conference fall sports of women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross-country, and men’s and women’s soccer.

SOU’s football team competes in the Frontier Conference, which shortened its schedule to eight games last month and is likely to further modify the season based on today’s action from the Cascade Conference.

“Our focus is on the safety of all students on our campus,” said SOU President Linda Schott, who participated in today’s vote by the Council of Presidents. “We also feel that this move provides the best opportunity for our fall sports student-athletes to participate in a full season of competition during the coming academic year.”

The Cascade Conference suspended all outside competition until at least Nov. 1, but member schools can authorize practices, weight training, conditioning and other team activities that are consistent with guidance from local and state health authorities.

The conference has member schools for fall sports in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia, Canada. Its geographic reach presents challenges based on the reopening status of each state or province, and the U.S./Canadian border remains closed to nonessential travel.

The Cascade Conference has encouraged the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to follow suit on the delay of fall sports, with national tournaments rescheduled for next spring.

Presidents of the Cascade Conference schools have made no decisions about the winter sports of men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s and women’s wrestling, but the schedules of those sports could also be adjusted depending on trends with the pandemic.

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SOU's McDermott (left) is the CCC's Sports Information Director of the Year

SOU’s McDermott named conference sports information director of the year

Southern Oregon University’s Josh McDermott has been named the Cascade Collegiate Conference Sports Information Director of the Year, the league office announced.

The annual award is voted on by the sports information directors of the CCC, recognizing outstanding work in promotion, work with CCC and NAIA championship events, publicity and marketing efforts.

“Congratulations to Josh McDermott on his selection as the Cascade Conference Sports Information Director of the Year,” stated Commissioner Robert Cashell. “Not only does Josh continue to elevate Raider Athletics, he has played a critical role in supporting CCC and NAIA Championships during the past year.”

McDermott, completing his sixth year with the Raiders, led the sports information coverage for the CCC volleyball, softball and track & field championships hosted by SOU during the 2018-19 season. In addition, he handled NAIA Opening Rounds in men’s soccer and softball. He provided coverage of SOU’s first national softball title, the men’s soccer team’s first trip to the NAIA final site, an NAIA combined title in cross country and the deepest ever run for the Raider volleyball team.

Nationally, his work received a fourth first-place award in the NAIA-SIDA Publications Contest in the last four years, in a fourth different category (game notes).

McDermott was also the CCC SID of the Year in 2015.

McDermott is a product of Ashland High School and played for the SOU men’s basketball team from 2005-09, while he studied journalism at the university. He was a reporter for three years at the Roseburg News-Review before joining the SOU athletic department.

His father, Brian, has been SOU’s men’s basketball coach since 1996.

This story is reposted from an earlier version on souraiders.com

SOU men's track team, which won a Cascade Conference championship

SOU wins 4th consecutive Cascade Conference All-Sports Championship

Southern Oregon University will hang a Cascade Conference All-Sports Championship banner for the fourth year in a row, after landing at No. 1 in the final 2018-19 standings announced Thursday by the league office.

The Raiders won conference titles in four sports – in men’s soccer and volleyball in the fall, and men’s track and field and women’s softball in the spring. The university also got important points from its men’s and women’s cross country teams, which each finished second at their championship meets, and from its third-place women’s track and field team.

SOU totaled 203.1 points and Oregon Tech – which was deadlocked with the Raiders heading into the spring season – finished in second place for the second year in a row with 191.7. Eastern Oregon (187.3), College of Idaho (181.9) and Corban (162.6) were next in the standings.

Points for the All-Sports Championship standings are awarded based on participating institutions’ top eight finishes in CCC regular-season standings – except in the cases of cross country, golf, track and field, and men’s wrestling, whose scores are based on finishes in conference championship contests. The scoring formula also takes into consideration the number of schools competing for championships in each sport.

The conference All-Sports Championship trophy was awarded for the first time in 2006-07, and the Raiders won it for the first time in 2015-16.

Eleven colleges and universities are regular members of the Cascade Conference and nine more are associate members that participate in a limited number of sports.

This story is based on an earlier version at souraiders.com

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SOU’s Martinez conference player of the week in women’s soccer

Misty Martinez, a standout redshirt sophomore on SOU’s women’s soccer team, picked up the Cascade Conference Red Lion Offensive Player of the Week award this week.

Currently playing the forward position, Martinez scored her third, fourth and fifth goals of the season in SOU’s two games last weekend in Portland. She tallied the game-winners with a 9-0 decision at Multnomah and a 3-0 decision at Warner Pacific.

Martinez currently has team-highs of six goals and four game-winners, including in the Raiders’ three most recent games. All were in CCC play, and she also was responsible for the Raiders’ lone goal in a recent conference draw.

Martinez has stood out both on the soccer field and academically. She graduated and was a four-year letter-winner at Casa Grande High School in Petaluma, Calif. She received the Niels and Amalia Scott Scholarship and the Robert Girabaldi Memorial Scholarship, both for academic and athletic prowess.

The health and physical education major redshirted in 2016 and made one goal and two assists last year in her first season in uniform for the Raiders.

Going into this weekend’s women’s soccer Homecoming games, SOU is 7-2-2 overall and 5-1-1 in the CCC. The games will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday against Northwest (Wash.) and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday against Evergreen (Wash.).