Cotton paces 5A field in Eugene golf tourney

    Ginny Cotton shot an 88 to finish as the top 5A girls golfer and placed ninth overall at the High School Invitational Monday at Eugene Country Club.

    Tannica Porter, playing unattached, shot a 75 to take medalist honors in the girls tournament, while Johnny Pollock of Marist shot a 69 to become the medalist in the boys event. South Medford took the girls team title by shooting a combined 364 to edge Grants Pass (366), and the Panthers also nabbed the boys team title by shooting a combined 323.

    The Ashland girls were last in the five-team girls field, and the Ashland boys, led by TJ Ferreira (48th, 95), placed 14th in a 15-team field.

    College Athletics

    Two athletes from the Southern Oregon University track and field team and two from the 21st-ranked Raider softball team have been voted Cascade Collegiate Conference athletes of the week, the league office announced Monday.

    Raider catcher/third baseman Harlee Donovan is the CCC softball player of the week after becoming the first player in team history to hit home runs in six consecutive games with a five-homer, 11-RBI weekend in SOU's four-game sweep of Oregon Tech. In Game 1 of the series, the junior hit a two-run shot to make it 2-0 in the first inning and a three-run shot to make it 6-2 in the fifth. In Game 2, she drove in the go-ahead run on a fielder's choice after going solo in the top of the first. And in Game 3, she delivered her biggest hit of the series with a two-run blast that erased the Raiders' 6-4 deficit in the seventh inning and allowed them to win in extras. She also drew five walks on the week.

    Victoria Mackey earned the pitching honor after running her streak of consecutive innings pitched without allowing an earned run to 30 this season and 37 1/3 dating back to last year. The sophomore, who has worked exclusively in relief, picked up a three-inning save on Friday, her second, and a four-inning win on Saturday to improve to 4-0. It was also the 20th victory of her young career.

    Matt East is the men's track athlete of the week for topping a 43-person field in the 100 meters Saturday at the Raider Invitational with an NAIA 'A' mark of 10.59 seconds. He later helped SOU's 4x100 team bring its former NAIA 'B' time to an 'A' at 41.34, the fourth-best in the NAIA this season.

    Rakayla Tyler received the women's track award. The sophomore broke a 13-year-old SOU record in the 100 meters with a time of 12.13 seconds which stands as best in the CCC this season and makes her a provisional qualifier for the NAIA Championships. She also helped SOU's 4x100 team to an NAIA 'A' mark of 47.87 that broke another school record.

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