It is the time of the year when teams are sadly separated by individuals moving on. But in that time of sadness, we are introduced to new teammates. New relationships between players and coaches will continue to develop as the new year begins. Here is a list of the new recruits for the 2018-19 academic year. The men’s track and field team as well as cross country program has recruited Derek O’Connor of Camas Valley High School and Nakai Sinohui of South Umpqua High School. The volleyball team has added Amiyah Shakoor of Clackamas, McKenna Wilson of Coquille, Bailey Crawford-Carroll of Seton Catholic, MorgynRead More →

Far Cry 5, the latest installment from Ubisoft, is an action-packed first person shooter (FPS), setting in the mountains of (fictional) Hope County, Montana. Your character, a Junior Deputy Sheriff, is pitted against a “religious” group led by Joseph Seed, who in reality, are a dangerously armed cult that happens to believe in a god of some sort. Throughout the game, players will fight the cult with the help of several different resistance groups (formed by people who understand the fact that cults are bad). My favorite aspect of the game is the ability to choose who you fight, how you fight and when youRead More →

Jermimiah Robbins – UCC’s soon to be new head coach. Umpqua Community College signed Winston, Oregon native Jeremiah Robbins to be the new head baseball coach as well as the new assistant director of athletic facilities. UCC will not begin competing in baseball until the 2019-2020 school year, but Robbins has already started recruiting. Robbins played baseball for the Douglas High School Trojans. He then played a year at College of the Redwoods, located in Eureka, California, another at Southwestern Oregon Community College and his last two at Western Oregon University (obtaining honorable-mention as catcher in 1998). “I have been playing since I was sixRead More →

Enrollment numbers are very important for the health UCC’s budget. “The more students we have the more revenue the college generates to support expenses and operations,” said Natalya Brown, director of accounting and finance. Aside from the athletic department adding new sports teams to bring in additional students, the enrollment services department is also doing their part to try and make enrolling into UCC as easy as possible. Missy Olson, director of college transitions and enrollment management, is attempting strategic enrollment planning (SEP). As she explained in a presentation to UCC’s Board of Education she said, “SEP refers to a complex and organized effort toRead More →

In January 2018, Umpqua Community College announced an addition of three new sports programs (men’s and women’s track and field and baseball). These new teams were added in an attempt to boost UCC’s enrollment. Athletic Director Craig Jackson stated that new teams are “enrollment driven”, and the goal is to use the teams to bring in additional students to UCC. Over the past five years, UCC’s enrollment has been on the decline. In the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment exceeded 4,000 students. During the 2016-2017 school year, UCC was struggling with less than 3,000 students enrolled. As of March 7 2018, Roseburg’s High School had 1,502Read More →

For a free game, Fortnite gives me the same rush after a win that I got after my old high school sports victories. The amount of adrenaline I get after a win makes my hands shake for the next two to three games. It is amazing. Fortnite was created by Epic Games. The game has not officially been released, but it has been in very long open beta. One game mode known as Battle Royal is free to play on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC (personal computer). Fortnite has two different game modes: PVE (player versus enemy) and PVP (player versus player). PVE does requireRead More →

Umpqua Community College made an announcement on Jan. 17 stating UCC’s board of education has approved for the expansion of three new athletic teams. These three new teams will be men’s and women’s track and field as well as men’s baseball. These teams will be added by next fall term. However, the men’s baseball team will not be competing until the following year of 2019. UCC Athletic Director Craig Jackson stated, “we will not compete in baseball this year, but we will have athletes here and will redshirt and work them out.” A redshirt freshman is a student athlete that is kept out of gamesRead More →

The RiverHawks competed against Clark College on Saturday, Jan 20. This was the first home game for the Penguins since the passing of their freshman guard, Gianna Loville. Before tip-off, Clark College honored her and her memory with a moment of silence as Clark players wore patches bearing a “G10” on their jerseys. The RiverHawks went on to defeat Clark 78 to 41 with a 37 point lead. This will be UCC’s 18th win of the season making the RiverHawks 18-0. “You can never expect to be undefeated, there are too many tough teams,” said UCC head coach Dave Stricklin. The RiverHawks were amazing onRead More →

Despite stellar play and team comradery, the RiverHawks were defeated 93 to 78 by the Clark College Penguins. Clark sparked a very large run to win. Daniel Leeworthy, UCC’s men’s head basketball coach, believes that the late game lead was due to a lack of defense with the other team on a hot streak. “We were settling for too many jump shots. We couldn’t get a stop to save our lives. They had three or four guys on fire, and it is hard to play against that many guys on fire.” On fire indeed. The Penguins averaged 61.3 percent in field goals during the secondRead More →

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The RiverHawks women’s team defeated the Cougars 72-to-67 on the road Friday at Clackamas Community College for the Clackamas Thanksgiving Invitational tournament during the weekend of Nov. 25. Jordan Stotler, Bria Thames and Dajanay Powell dominated in their performance; all three recorded a double-double (ten or more of two different stats) in points and rebounds. Taylor Stricklin was the Hawks leading scorer with 21 points. UCC now has a record of four wins and zero losses. “We are pleased with the start, but it is going to be progressively tougher,” head coach Dave Stricklin said. The women’s team started off with a spark, ending theRead More →

RiverHawks wrestling went to Pacific University to compete at the Mike Clock Open on the weekend of Nov. 11 and 12. Twenty-six teams from community colleges and universities in British Columbia, Idaho, Washington and Oregon battled it out on the mats to try and win in their weight classes. Most wrestling matches during the tournament seemed to either win with a pin in the first minute or took longer than the three hour car trip from Roseburg to the Portland area tournament. Could that be that I did not see all the good matches when there, or was that because of the vast difference inRead More →

Before we open presents, can we appreciate the turkey mom spent half a day on? The holidays are coming up and many are very excited about holiday festivities such as hanging up stockings, Christmas shopping and New Year resolutions. With all of this excitement in the air, some are forgetting that it is still November. Isn’t there some sort of event that happens in November? Oh yes, Black Friday? No! There is still a pretty big moment missing: Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a holiday that entails a rather large feast with family and friends. Some people also engage with listing what they are thankful for. TheRead More →

   Hardcore fans of the Call of Duty franchise can now pick up their newest addition: Call of Duty WW2, developed by Sledgehammer games (last release was by Infinity Ward). The fast-paced first person shooter had a midnight release Nov. 2.    Call of Duty WW2 tells the grim story of World War II. For example, the game’s campaign mode starts players off directly in the battle as they storm Normandy Beach evading machine gun turrets while watching fellow soldiers take heavy casualties.    With all the questions and excitement in the air, many people are curious about Sledgehammer’s approach to the game’s multiplayer andRead More →