SOU's Holmes named Academic All-American


    By Larry Stauth Jr./For the Mail TribuneSouthern Oregon University senior Tristen Holmes shoots Tuesday at Lithia Motors Pavilion.

    Southern Oregon University senior Tristen Holmes joined elite company on Thursday when he was named to the NAIA’s Google Cloud Academic All-America second team, as nominated and voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

    Holmes, a point guard for the Raider men’s basketball team, is just the 13th student-athlete in SOU history to be selected to a CoSIDA Academic All-America team and was one of 10 players recognized across the country. Eric Thompson and Tim Weber, both second-teamers in 2015, are the only Raider men’s basketball players to have previously earned the distinction.

    The program is designed to recognize student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom and is considered to be the most prestigious of all the academic honors.

    A two-time All-Cascade Conference performer and North Medford product, Holmes is an interdisciplinary studies major focusing on pre-dentistry with a cumulative GPA of 3.84. The McNair Scholar has been accepted to attend Oregon Health & Science University in Portland this fall.

    He averaged 16.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists this season. During CCC regular-season play, he was the circuit’s only individual to rank among the top-15 in all three categories.

    Holmes made 98 career starts and finished with 1,412 points, 577 rebounds and 453 assists, making him the lone member of SOU’s 1,000-500-400 club. He finished at No. 3 in assists and No. 12 in scoring in the program record book.

    He and the Raiders finished with a 21-11 record this season, falling in the CCC tournament championship game at College of Idaho. In his four-year SOU career, he totaled 83 victories.

    Prep Baseball

    ASHLAND 14, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0, 5 inn.: Rowan Amann collected three hits and three RBIs to lead Ashland to a season-opening win at U.S. Cellular Park.

    The Grizzlies (1-0) took a 2-0 first-inning lead on Evan McLennan’s two-run double. Amann drove in two more with a triple to complete a four-run second inning.

    Ashland lead-off hitter Eli Westrick had three hits and scored three runs while Dane Reynolds added three runs and two RBIs on one hit

    For Cascade Christian (0-2), Davis Federico went 2-for-2.

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    Reynolds, Amann (3), Nixon (5) and Evans; Knight, Federico (4) and Martin. W — Reynolds (1-0). L — Knight (0-1). 2B — A: Westrick, McLennan. 3B — A: Amann.

    Boys Tennis

    SOUTH MEDFORD 8, ASHLAND 0: At Medford, South Medford’s top seed Elliott Hikade was able to outlast Ashland’s Josh Datz as the Panthers earned a sweep in their season opener.

    The Panthers’ Cole Constanti and Bryce Fox earned the win in No. 1 doubles over Simon Cropper and Carlos Torres. It was the first career win for Fox, and for South’s Gus Pereira, who won in his singles debut.

    Four of the Panther victories came by forfeit as the Grizzlies (0-1) were only able to field five players who were divvied up to compete in three singles matches and one doubles matchup.

    SINGLES: Elliott Hikade d. Josh Datz, Ash, 6-3, 6-2; Nolan Bartlett, SM, d. Elan Teichan, A, 6-4, 6-3; Gus Pereira d. Artem Fischer, 6-4, 6-1.

    DOUBLES: Cole Costanti-Bryce Fox, SM, d. Simon Cropper-Carlos Torres, A, 6-3, 6-4.

    Girls Tennis

    ASHLAND 7, SOUTH MEDFORD 1: At Ashland, Sascha Wells and Lauren Croyle scored straight-set victories in No. 1 and 2 singles to lead Ashland to the dominant victory at Hunter Park.

    The Grizzlies swept all four doubles matches.

    Ashland picked up a pair of three-set victories in doubles with Jackie Moran and Molly Bloom at No. 2 and Lyndsey Annen and Sienna Scoggin at No. 3. In both matches, the Grizzlies dropped the first set but rallied to win comfortably.

    SINGLES: Sascha Wells, A, d. Clair Brasseur, 6-0 6-0; Lauren Croyle, A, d. Maggie Van Strahl, 6-0 6-0; Keilani Sprague, SM, d. Bela Hozdevila, 6-2 6-4; Harper Wells, A, d. Skylar Eiynck, 6-0 6-3.

    DOUBLES: Grace Smith-Zoey Zapf A, d. Julia Purdy-Ella Kesterson, 6-2 6-0;Jackie Moran-Molly Bloom A d. Jill Rosii Holt-Megan Botting, 4-6 6-4 6-2; Lyndsey Annen-Sienna Scoggin, A, d. Lily McPherson-Sophie Clark, 4-6 6-2 6-1; Grace Angermeier-Sofia Shelton, A, d. Abby Shyldberg-Rachel Parks, 6-1 6-0.

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