The Umpqua Community College men’s basketball tournament run came to an abrupt end on Thursday, March 9 in Everett, Washington where they fell to the Spokane Sasquatch by a final score of 90-77. The loss ends the RiverHawk’s 2019 season in the sweet 16. UCC came into the tournament fresh off a disappointing road loss in Eugene by a final score of 87-81 in their battle against Lane for the North West Athletic Conference’s Southern division. The victory makes Lane first in the region. “The South Region is really tough. It’s unfortunate, we were one game away from winning the region and earning a numberRead More →

Umpqua’s womens basketball team stormed past Grays Harbor by a final score of 86-68 on Sunday, March 10 in Everett, Washington. The RiverHawks victory secured their spot in the Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament’s Final 4 against the East Region champion Big Bend. “It’s been extremely rewarding to work with this group. I’m really proud of them. To see the growth we’ve had from our first scrimmage to now has been as rewarding as any team I’ve coached,” coach Dave Stricklin said of his team’s performance this season. UCC enters the Final 4 riding a six-game win streak, a streak that nearly came to an endRead More →

Lane v. RiverHawks Umpqua’s women’s basketball team inched their way closer to Lane in the Southern Region standing with their come-from-behind victory at home on Wednesday, Jan. 30. The Lane Titans went home with a sour taste in their mouths after blowing a 14-point half-time lead against Umpqua, behind freshman guard Cielo Gonzales’ game high 30 points. “We wouldn’t have won that game if Ciello didn’t step up the way she did,” head coach Dave Stricklin said of Gonzalez. The RiverHawks victory snapped Lane’s 15 game win streak. “I think at halftime we talked about it and came to the agreement that we could playRead More →

Lane v. RiverHawks UCC men’s basketball team secured perhaps their biggest victory of the season as they locked down the Lane Titans at home in Roseburg on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Lane entered the match as the top-scoring team in the Northwest Athletic Conference, but that didn’t stop the RiverHawks from putting the clamps on, holding the Titans to a season low scoring effort in a 68-64 victory. “We approach every game the same way, but I think knowing we had Lane next on the schedule had the team playing with a little more motivation,” coach Daniel Leeworthy said of the match-up. In the defensive battleRead More →

The RiverHawks men’s wrestling team placed fourth overall at the National Junior College Athletic Association West District Championships in Idaho on Sunday, Feb. 10. Adam Lamb (285 pounds), Nathan Kiddo (125) and Sawyer Myers (141) all competed for the top district spot in their weight classes, with each ultimately finishing second. UCC wrestlers Braydon Wright (157) and Garrett Russell (149) topped their opponents to finish in third place in their weight classes. These win qualified all five freshman wrestlers for the NJCAA National Tournament, despite the program only being in its second year. The five wrestlers are preparing for their matches March 1 and 2Read More →

For the first time since the early ‘90s, ucc’s track program is up and running again. Alan King, the new cross country and track coach and his team of 24 track members, are expressed how excited they are to spearhead the new program. The track athletes, 15 of who are natives of Douglas County while the rest come from out of state, must use Sutherlin High School’s track as UCC’s is unavailable. UCC’s rubberized track, originally constructed in the 1970s, is unusable as it deteriorated due to no maintenance. A deal has been set between UCC and Sutherlin High School for UCC track athletes toRead More →

The women’s home wrestling meet Jan. 18 against South Western Oregon Community College showed team improvement with the RiverHawks winning seven matches out of 10. “Our team did great — the score rocketed to 7 – 6,” Coach Asia DeWeese said. “Our team has done pretty well for the most part,” Melissa Jacobs added. To prepare for the match the team had been practicing double knockdowns, the sleeper hold and the face lock. Jacobs has been wrestling since seventh grade. “Wrestling mentally, physically keeps me going. Also, it pushes me to not want to give up. We are trained very hard,” Jacobs said. “Wrestling canRead More →

Clark v. RiverHawks The Umpqua RiverHawks men’s basketball team notched their seventh straight victory on Saturday, Jan. 19 defeating Clark by a score of 76-67 in Vancouver, Washington. Umpqua’s record improved to 12-6 with the road victory and 5-0 in conference play. Umpqua was able to overcome a slow start that saw them struggle to make baskets early on in the game. However, UCC Guard Connor Shaw led all scorers with 23 points to go along with his six rebounds. “Connor definitely set the tone for us on offense; he was getting into the lane, and he finished on a lot of his shots inRead More →

Clark v. RiverHawks RiverHawks rolled past conference rival Clark in their matchup on Saturday, Jan. 19. Umpqua women’s basketball team improved their record to 15-3 with their victory against Clark in Vancouver, Washington, topping Clark by a score of 96-70. Riverhawk forward Darian Mitchell tallied 18 points to go along with her four rebounds and three steals. Umpqua’s top offensive threat, Taylor Stricklin, continued her solid play against Clark and led all scorers with 30 points, shooting an efficient nine of 17 from the field. “As the only sophomore on the team, Taylor has become a focal point for opposing defenses which has caused herRead More →

Umpqua’s baseball coach Jeremiah Robbins will be hosting four separate RBI baseball camps at the end of December, two for hitting camps, one for catching camp and one for pitching camp, with fees for each camp costing $100. RBI Camps will be held at legion field batting cages, and parking for the camp is in front of the stadium. According to the Umpqua Athletics page, these camps are designed to give attendees a chance to show their skills on the baseball diamond. “The UCC Baseball Prospect Camp gives attendees the opportunity to showcase their baseball skills in front of the UCC coaching staff as wellRead More →

Umpqua Community College’s volleyball team played their final home game of the season in a match against the Lane Titans on sophomore day Saturday, Nov. 3. Despite holding a late lead, Umpqua was unable to finish off the Titans who ultimately won by a final score 3-2. Final set scores were 22-25, 29-27, 25-22, 18-25, 10-15 in Lane’s favor. Lane pulled out a victory in the first set and proceeded to start the next two sets with a lead. Despite falling behind early on in the second and third sets, Umpqua regained the lead behind the effort of team captain Emma Lind who led theRead More →

Matched up against Mt. Hood at home, the Umpqua RiverHawks notched another victory on Saturday, Oct. 20. Umpqua was able to win in three straight sets, and scores were 25-14, 25-22, 25-21 in Umpqua’s favor. Saturday’s win marked Umpqua’s 12th of the season, bringing their current record to 12 wins and 15 loses. Umpqua came into Saturday’s match against Mt. Hood looking for a spark on offense to help snap a two-game losing streak in which the RiverHawk’s offense struggled to score points. “Going into Mt. Hood we came ready; we had a lot of excitement, and we were focused. We knew we needed toRead More →

The Umpqua RiverHawks volleyball team fell short in a tough loss to Lane Community College on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 in Eugene. Despite winning the first set, Umpqua ultimately lost to Lane in four sets (3-1). Set scores were 25-15, 25-12, 25-21, 25-23 in Lane’s favor. With Umpqua fighting for position in the South Region, Saturday’s game marked Umpqua’s third straight loss, bringing their regional record to 2 wins and 4 losses and their league record to 10 wins and 13 losses. Umpqua’s record is now 5-5 in their last 10 games. Coming off of their 2017-2018 season, which saw the RiverHawks finish with aRead More →