Rogue Valley Magazine Sports; Thursday, July 18th

Ahead of the Competition- Local Ashland teen makes the all-USA boys track and field team

E.J. Holland is just a junior at Ashland High School, with simple ambitions to beat his own records setting out to beat his previous times in a few events; the young star ran one of the nation’s fastest 1500 meters in the district meet at crater High! Holland clocked an astonishing 3 minutes 50.42 seconds. Wait, how fast does light move?

Following up two more records in June, including breaking his own best time at the Portland Track Festival High Performance meet with a finish of 3 minutes 46.59 seconds, USA Today named him second nationally for the season in the 1500 meter and third nationally for the 3000 meter and 3 mile.

A compassionate group of Southern Oregon University athletes serves Medford’s less fortunate

Athletes from the Southern Oregon University joined Compassion Highway Project on Sunday to meet the needs of nearly 400 homeless individuals in Medford. CHP is a Medford non-profit that serves the homeless population in Medford selflessly; providing direction to resources, meals, clothing, companionship and often…life saving measures.  

In addition to street teams, CHP serves home-cooked meals every other Sunday under the Hawthorne Park Bridge. It is here that the SOU athletes grew in ways they could never learn in practice. Proving that “giving back to the community” is at the core of SOU athletics value system, young athletes were able to serve food, and prayer, to so many of our neighbors in need and say, they enjoyed the smiles of all they served.

It’s the Culture – Former Eagle Point player Marsh takes a lead for the Medford Mustangs

Eagle Point‘s Dylan Marsh first suited up for the Mustangs as a high school Junior. Now, he is the veteran and most tenured player; having learned leadership and partnership in a program he says ‘has unbelievable culture”. In his third season now with the American Legion AAA baseball team, his coaches say “everyone respects him” and that includes his coaches who say “that guy cares and he helped us.”

Coach Nate Mayben says “Dylan is just a competitor” and the mustangs are looking to him as they hope to advance to the super regional playoff spot as the Area 4 campaign comes to a close Thursday. Marsh says he has faith in his team to make another state championship run and head onto regionals. 

Area 4 American Legion Baseball Standings
W L T Overall 

*Eugene 16 4 32 12
xWillamette Valley 15 5 25 13 1
Roseburg 8 10 23 16
Medford 8 10 24 19
Grants Pass 6 12 9 21
Klamath Falls 3 15 6 29
*Clinches Area 4 Championship
xClinches Super Regional berth

Wednesday’s Scores
Willamette Valley 12, Eugene 2 (Game 1)
Eugene 3, Willamette Valley 0 (Game 2)
Grants Pass 11, Klamath Falls 8 (Game 1)
Klamath Falls 3, Grants Pass 0 (Game 2)
Roseburg 5, Medford 4, 8 inns. (Game 1)
Roseburg 10, Medford 0, 5 inns. (Game 2)

Thursday’s Games
Klamath Falls at Roseburg (2)
Medford at Grants Pass (2)
Eugene vs. NW Natural (Linn-Benton CC)
Eugene vs. North Willamette Valley (Linn-Benton CC)

Friday’s Games
Dallas at Eugene
Willamette Valley vs. Bend Bucks (2) (Bend HS)

Saturday’s Games
Salem at Willamette Valley
Perth, Australia vs. Medford at North Medford HS (2)
Bend Black Sox at Roseburg (2)

End of Regular Season

July 22nd-23rd – Super Regionals
July 27th-31st – State Tournament in Klamath Falls 
August 7th-11th – Northwest Regionals in Lewiston, Idaho
August 15th-20th – World Series in Shelby, North Carolina

End of Regular Season

July 22nd-23rd – Super Regionals
July 27th-31st – State Tournament in Klamath Falls 
August 7th-11th – Northwest Regionals in Lewiston, Idaho
August 15th-20th – World Series in Shelby, North Carolina

Timbers News
With five games in just 15 days – including a midweek game coming on Thursday against Orlando City, Portland Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese tried his best to rotate his squad over the weekend and give some defenders a much-needed rest. But that plan quickly went off the rails.

In Orlando, the Timbers face a very beatable team. Like the Timbers, Orlando sits below the red line on their conference table, and Orlando – who has to make the long road trip to Portland – has also had a congested stretch of games due to the U.S. Open Cup.

The Timbers still didn’t have enough defenders with Bill Tuiloma and Jorge Villafana out injured. Midfielders Renzo Zambrano and Cristhian Paredes took up fullback spots along the back line, which allowed the Timbers to hold on for a 2-2 draw against the Colorado Rapids over the weekend.

Owning the nation’s longest active streak of 28 consecutive games with a touchdown pass, Oregon senior quarterback Justin Herbert was named to the watch list for the 83rd annual Maxwell Award, which is presented to America’s College Player of the Year. 


It marks the second consecutive year that Herbert, who recently attended the Manning Pass Academy for the second time, has been on the Maxwell Award Watch List. Herbert was a semifinalist for the award in 2018.
 
The projected top quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft, Herbert announced that he would be returning for his senior season prior to Oregon’s win over Michigan State in the Redbox Bowl. The Eugene, Ore., product started all 13 games in 2018, passing for 3,151 yards and 29 touchdowns.

Oregon opens against Auburn in Arlington, Texas in late August.

The Portland Trail Blazers’ defense of their 2018 Las Vegas Summer League tournament championship didn’t go the way they had hoped, but they’re still returning home with a little bit of hardware.

Despite appearing in just the first three games before sitting out the remainder of Portland’s schedule in Las Vegas with a sprained right ankle, Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons was named to the All-MGM Resorts NBA Summer League Second Team my media vote.

In his second stint in Las Vegas, the 6-4 guard out of IMG Academy averaged 22.0 points, which ranks seventh among 2019 participants, on 56 percent shooting from the field and 65 percent shooting from three, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals 26.3 minutes per game during summer league play.

MLB Scores (from Wednesday, July 17)

Houston Astros11Final
Los Angeles Angels2
WGerrit Cole (10-5)
LFelix Pena (7-3)
Washington Nationals2Final
Baltimore Orioles9
WGabriel Ynoa (1-6)
LWander Suero (2-5)
SMychal Givens (8)
Toronto Blue Jays4Final
Boston Red Sox5
WEduardo Rodriguez (11-4)
LAaron Sanchez (3-14)
SBrandon Workman (5)
Cincinnati Reds2Final
Chicago Cubs5
WYu Darvish (3-4)
LSonny Gray (5-6)
SCraig Kimbrel (4)
Detroit Tigers2Final
Cleveland Indians7
WMike Clevinger (3-2)
LSpencer Turnbull (3-9)
SNick Wittgren (2)
San Francisco Giants11Final
Colorado Rockies8
WDerek Holland (2-4)
LJon Gray (9-7)
SMark Melancon (1)
Chicago White Sox5Final
Kansas City Royals7
WDanny Duffy (4-5)
LIvan Nova (4-9)
SIan Kennedy (15)
San Diego Padres3Final
Miami Marlins2
WChris Paddack (6-4)
LTrevor Richards (3-11)
SKirby Yates (31)
Atlanta Braves4Final
Milwaukee Brewers5
WChase Anderson (5-2)
LDallas Keuchel (3-3)
SJosh Hader (21)
New York Mets14Final
Minnesota Twins4
WJason Vargas (4-5)
LTrevor May (3-3)
Seattle Mariners2Final
Oakland Athletics10
WHomer Bailey (8-6)
LTommy Milone (1-4)
Los Angeles Dodgers7Final
Philadelphia Phillies2
WPedro Baez (4-2)
LJuan Nicasio (1-3)
Pittsburgh Pirates5Final
St. Louis Cardinals6
WJohn Brebbia (3-3)
LFrancisco Liriano (4-2)
SCarlos Martinez (6)
Arizona Diamondbacks19Final
Texas Rangers4
WRobbie Ray (8-6)
LJesse Chavez (3-5)

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