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1F ie ra - May 30, 2012 Page 15 SPORTS _ - - _ _ - - . Ii Stockman signs to wrestle at Southern Oregon By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Scottie Stockman signed a letter of intent last week to wrestle for Southern Oregon University. Stockman signed on the the dotted line in a ceremony in the Sweet Home High School Library Tuesday, May 22, flanked by his father. Scott Stockman Sr., SOU coach Mike Ritchey and Sweet Home Coach Steve Thorpe. Stockman, a three-time state wrestling place-winner for Sweet Home, also has played football for four years and has pole vaulted the last two for the track and field team, adding the 400 meters to his repertoire this year. He was a major contributor to getting the Huskies 4x400 relay team into the state championships this year with his performance at the district meet. Stockman will join Brock Crocker as Sweet Home alumni who are currently wrestling for the Raiders. and he's the fifth Husky to sign with SOU, following An- drew Swanson, Kyle Rose. Tomas Rosa and Crocker. He said that was one of the reasons why he chose Southern Oregon, "because it's become a tradition for Sweet Home and Southern Oregon to have a wres- tler there." Stockman said he started thinking about wrestling at SOU as a junior after getting some in- terest from the Raiders coaches through Thorpe. "He keeps the string alive for us," Thorpe said. "I'm very excit- ed for Scottie. I'm excited to see him still excited about wrestling, enough to go on." Ritchey said he liked the com- mitment Stockman has shown to the sport, competing in off-season freestyle and Greco tournaments and camps. "Scottie has put in the work." he said. "He's a great student ath- lete. He knows what it takes to succeed at this level." Thorpe agreed. "This is the payoff," he said. "Scottie's done all the camps, all the freestyle and Greco, all the travel. Now he gets to compete at the next level. There's going to be a big difference. Every kid in college was one of the best on the team in high school." Ritchey told the crowd of Husky wrestlers, teachers and stu- dents Tuesday that he likes to re- cruit in Sweet Home. "There's a great work ethic here, a great program. Those are the kind of guys I like to commit to. This is a wrestling community. Those are things that carry over very well in our university." Stockman said he plans to major in English and become a teacher. Southern Oregon. which Thorpe described as an "elite" pro- gram at the NAIA level, has won two national championships under Ritchey, who himself was a four- year All-American for the Raiders. SOU finished second at the nation- al NAIA tournament this year, its second runner-up finish in the past four years, with three individual champions and six total All-Amer- icans. Former Roseburg wrestler Mitchell Lofstedt (125) won his second national title, while Brock Gutches (174, Crater) and Austin Vanderford (184, Ninilchik, Alas- ka) were the Raiders' other titlists. Thorpe said he hopes the com- munity realizes what is happening when a local athlete moves on to compete in college. "This is not just a game. This is an opportunity. The time and ef- fort we coaches put in is not just to get a mark in the win column. "I've sent a lot of wrestlers to college and they are giving back to Huskies get taste of top caliber in loss at N. Valley North Valley High School of Grants Pass dominated the Huskies early in the first round of bracket play in state 4A baseball playoffs, winning 15-3. North Valley has gone on to the semi-finals after defeating Sisters. North Valley was scheduled to face Ontario on Tuesday. The winner will face either Henley or Hidden Valley on June 2. North Valley lost the championship game last year and returned I 1 players, said Huskies Coach Matt Matuszak. "They're an outstanding team. They're still alive in the playoffs for a reason." It is the best team the Huskies saw all year, he said. North Valley is ranked number one in the coaches poll. and he agrees. North Valley has a chance to take it all. The Huskies opened the game with a pair of runs. North Valley scored a run in the bottom of the inning and then seven more in the second. The Huskies scored again with one run in the final inning of the game. "We came out firing strong on all cylinders." Matuszak said. "We were up two-nothing." Hunter Bidwell and Jeremy White opened with doubles to help get the Huskies going, he said. Justin Rice did an outstanding job on the mound, throwing 73 percent strikes during his two innings. "North Valley is just such a good team. they were just hitting it." Matuszak said. Rice started the game on the mound, pitching two innings. He gave up eight runs. two of them earned, and nine hits. He struck out two batters and walked none. Cory Hanks pitched the next two innings, giving up seven runs. four of them earned, and four hits. He struck out three and gave up five walks. Jeremy White pitched the final two innings, giving up-three hits and striking out one but walking none. The Huskies collected five hits, one each from White,Hunter Bidwell. Rice. Nate Melcher and Kyle Winslow. Bidwell, Rice and Winslow each had an RBI. White. Brandon Gregory and Rice each scored a run. Even though the Huskies were down big, the kids kept playing, Matuszak said. They didn't get down. "They were first-class individuals." he said. at a time when it would be easy to give it up. That's something they did all season long, and it makes him proud. "I'm very proud of our kids Matuszak said. "They just did a great job." The season started out rough, and it would have been easy to give it up then, he said, but the Huskies kept growing and improving all season long. "We played our best baseball down the stretch." Matuszak said, and the Huskies didn't play badly at North Valley at all at the end of the season. "I'm very pleased just at the progress this team made." he said. "I really felt like we took a step forward as program this year." The off-season training made a difference for many of the players, Rice. Cory Hanks and Drayson Scott among many others. The team finished second in a tough league, he said. "I thought our kids just did a great job battling every day." Matuszak wanted to thank the public for all of its support, he said. The team had a lot of fans go all the way to Grants Pass for the final game. Sweet Home 200 000 1 - 3 5 3 North Valley 172 223 x - 15 16 2 Dam Run June 16 The fourth annual Dam Run 5K will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at Foster Dam. Organized by the Sweet Home Youth Advisory Council, the even includes a half-mile race across the dam for children 12 and under and a 2K walk. Cost for adults is $20 with an event T-shirt and $10 without. Cost for kids 12 and under is $15 with a T-shirt and $10 without. Regis- ter by June 1 to guarantee an event T:shirt. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, but registrations will be taken until 8:30 on the morning of the race. All proceeds will be divided between Sweet Home Emergency Ministries and Friends of the Sweet Home Library's stained glass win- dow project. For more information call (541) 367-8969 or visit www. ci.sweet-home.or.us. , by Scott Swanson Scottie Stockman signs a letter of intent to wrestle at Southern Oregon University flanked by Coach Steve Thorpe, left, and his father. Scott Stockman. right. At far left is SOU Coach Mike Ritchey. the program. 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