Two teams and two individuals covering a wide range of Raider history will make up the Southern Oregon University Sports Hall of Fame's class of 2014, the committee announced Monday.
Former Raider basketball player Ryan Harbert and former Raider wrestling coach John Speasl will be admitted along with SOU's 1967-68 men's basketball and 1978 men's track and field team on the weekend of Oct. 11.
The induction ceremony will coincide with SOU's home football game against Montana-Western and SOU's home soccer game against College of Idaho.
One of the most prolific scorers in school history, Harbert carried the Raiders through some lean years from 1993-97. The 6-foot-4 guard, a product of Eugene's Marist High School, broke Bill Hollingsworth's 39-year-old SOU scoring record by two points in the closing seconds of his final game, finishing with 1,538 for his career.
Harbert's scoring title was taken by Tom Chipps four years later, but his SOU record for career 3-point makes (220) stood for more than 16 years until Kyle Tedder eclipsed it last season. As a senior, Harbert posted career highs of 18.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game — still one of the best all-around seasons in Raider history.
Speasl, a graduate assistant under legendary SOU wrestling coach Bob Riehm from 1971-73, is credited with helping build foundation and change the culture of a program that was soon a powerhouse. SOU had only produced one All-American before Speasl's time, but he was responsible for recruiting and developing seven: Al Betcher, Roger Duvall, Greg Haga, Brent Lofstedt, Dan Speasl, Jerry Stidham and Nathan Winner.
Prior to his coaching days Speasl wrestled two seasons for the Raiders and earned the SOU Most Inspirational Wrestler award following both. In 1971 he placed third at 142 pounds in District 3 — helping the Raiders to their first of 44 consecutive winning seasons, a streak that is still active today — and after attaining his master's degree at SOU went on to become one of the most respected figures in Oregon sports with his career at Southwestern Oregon Community College.
During his 38 years at SWOCC, where he started as a health and physical education instructor, Speasl was the head wrestling coach for 15 years, the head volleyball coach for 32 years and the director of athletics for 25 years. The floor at SWOCC's gymnasium was named "Speasl Court" in 2010, and he was inducted into the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Hall of Fame in 2011.
The 1967-68 Raider men's basketball team, coached by Bill Holmes, brought the program back to the NAIA national tournament stage on the 20thanniversary of its first appearance. The team's run-and-gun style yielded nine outings of 100 points or more, including three straight at the start of the season, and an Oregon Collegiate Conference championship.
WEED, Calif. — Matt Flynn, Jose Perez and Tarquin Daley had two hits apiece in the opener for Ashland, but the Pilots couldn't overcome a 12-error day and were swept by the Siskiyou Jaxx on Monday.
The Jaxx took the first game 12-4 and the second game 15-0 in five innings.
Flynn was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Daley 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run and Perez 2-for-3 with a run to lead the Pilots (5-11).
In Game 2, Ashland's Aaron Scott, who had a double in the first game, went 2-for-2.
The Jaxx needed only five hits to score 15 runs in the second game thanks to five Ashland errors and 10 walks in the first two innings.
Ashland 004 000 0 — 4 9 7
Siskiyou 320 520 x — 12 11 0
Sanderson, S. Scott (3), Milgram (6) and N. McLennan, A. Scott (3); Hagerty, Parker (6) and Acoord. W — Hagerty. L — Sanderson (0-2). 2B — A: A. Scott, Daley, Flynn; S: Parker, Stacher.
Ashland 000 00 — 0 4 5
Siskiyou 640 5x — 15 5 0
Jer. Carroll, Hansen (2), Mellon, Clary and A. Scott, N. McLennan (4); Bennet and Tarjpeisen. W — Bennet. L — Jer. Carroll.