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February 15, 2013
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Umpqua Valley Report for Feb. 15


Graham starting at

catcher for Ducks

Former Roseburg High standout Josh Graham will start at catcher tonight for the Oregon baseball team in its season opener against Hawaii.

Graham, an all-state catcher/pitcher for the Indians during his prep career, won the job over sophomore Shaun Chase.

“Catcher is a dogfight,” UO coach George Horton told The Register-Guard. “Graham will get the first call, but with four games over there we will split that up. Josh is certainly not hitting on all cylinders as you would expect from a freshman playing that high-volume position with a lot of things to know as a youngster in our system. Hopefully we can see him get more comfortable with all our system things.”

Sophomore right-hander Jake Reed gets the opening-night start on the mound for the Ducks, who won a school-record 46 games and advanced to the Super Regionals in the NCAA tournament last year. The Ducks are ranked as high as No. 6 in one preseason poll and No. 15 by Baseball America.


Tennis tournament

on tap this weekend

The Umpqua Valley Tennis Center will play host to a Junior Boys 16 endorsement touranment on Saturday and Sunday at its indoor courts, beginning at 9 a.m.

The tournament features 16 of the highest ranked junior players Pacific Northwest, including Roseburg freshman Stefan Ball. It will mark the first time Roseburg has hosted an event of this caliber for junior players.

The UVTC will host another junior tournament on Feb. 22-23, featuring all age divisions for boys and girls.

Information: Dirk Baker, UVTC tennis director, 541-673-3429.


Golfers score aces

at Myrtle Creek

Kathy Johnson of Myrtle Creek and Dennis Yurcisin of Roseburg each had hole-in-ones at Myrtle Creek Golf Course, Johnson achieving her first ace on Feb. 9 and Yurcisin on Tuesday.

Johnson aced the par-3, 91-yard No. 8 hole. She used a 7-iron on the shot, which was witnessed by Steve Johnson and Phyllis Edwards.

Yurcisin aced the par-3, 163-yard No. 17 hole for the second time in eight rounds. He used a 5-iron on the shot, which was witnessed by Dale Black, Tom Brown and Warren Currier.


Block Run/Walk

set for March 9

The annual Lookingglass Block Run/Walk, a fundraiser for the Roseburg High School cross country team, is scheduled for 10 a.m. on March 9.

Runners and walkers can choose between distances of two or five miles. The race starts and finishes at Lookingglass Elementary. Entry fees are $20 (with long-sleeve T-shirt ordered before Feb. 27), $25 (with T-shirt ordered after Feb. 27) and $10 (no T-shirt).

Make checks payable to RHS Cross Country. To pre-register, sends entries to: Roseburg High School, attn. Cross Country, 400 W. Harvard, Roseburg, OR, 97470.

Information: Nathan Eckman, email at

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