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 →

After finishing the regular season with a 49-33 record and entering the playoffs seeded third in the Western Conference, the highest conference finish since 2000, the Portland Trail Blazers suffered a disappointing four game series sweep at the hands of the New Orleans Pelicans. The swift defeat has left fans with many questions and the team entering the offseason in a tailspin. While some are calling for a total team overhaul, Blazer’s General Manager Neil Olshey knows this team is a work in progress. “Nobody thinks this roster is a finished product … it’s a work in progress,” Olshey told reporters at his post-game pressRead 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 →

Daisy Powell led the RiverHawks to second place in NWAC. Despite suffering a loss to Walla Walla in the 2018 NWAC Tournament Championship, UCC Center Daisy Powell set an NWAC scoring record, notching a total of 146 points in four games. Powell entered the contest just four points shy of passing the previous record of 123 points set by Mar’Shay Moore in 2015, but still felt plenty of pressure prior to the game. “I was pretty nervous, but my team just reminded me to stay positive,” Powell said. Powell is no stranger to setting records this tournament, already having tied and broken the NWAC TournamentRead More →

The Tom Keel Fitness Center is used for fitness classes and team training but can also be used for personal workouts. The Center includes a wide variety of stationary machines and aerobic equipment such as treadmills and ellipticals; however, it is lacking in the area of free weights. “We are really looking to modernize,” said former UCC basketball coach and current professor Rod Snook. “All of our power lifting equipment, our squat rack, and benches etc.., are all getting old and outdated so we really want to improve the overall standing of the fitness center. At the moment Tom Keel only has two flat benches,Read More →

UCC women’s basketball wrapped up their 2017-18 regular season in a familiar fashion, taking on Clark Community College at home on Saturday, March 3. UCC bullied their way past Clark by a final score of 96-57. The victory marked the Hawk’s 28th win this season, with the team hungry for more as they prepared for their next challenge, the 2018 NWAC Basketball Tournament. After last year’s tough finish, Coach Dave Stricklin was ready; “I am excited [for the tournament]; this is a special group, and the past two years have been great,” Stricklin said. Coach Stricklin and his team wrapped up the season tied forRead 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 →

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 →

UCC’s women’s basketball team improved to a record of 22-0 (9-0 in league) after a Feb. 3 conference win (76-52) over Mount Hood Community College in Gresham. However, the game did not go as smoothly as Umpqua would have hoped. The RiverHawks struggled early. With six of their 17 turnovers coming in the first quarter combined with shooting just 33.3 percent from the field, UCC found themselves down quickly, but they managed to climb back to a one-point lead at the end of the quarter. Head coach Dave Stricklin described the team’s play as “lack luster.” He continued, “We didn’t play as hard as weRead 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 →

JULIUS BENSON  The Mainstream Dajanay Powell and Jordan Stotler’s dominating performances in the paint were the brushstrokes to the masterpiece that was the RiverHawks 17th straight victory Wednesday night, beating Southwestern Oregon Community College, 93-63. This is the RiverHawks second straight victory over SWOCC, previously beating them back in Nov. by a score of 98-53. The tandem of Powell and Stotler combined for 29 rebounds, out rebounding the entire opposing team collectively by eight rebounds (21). Bria Thames led the way on offense, dropping 21 points off an efficient 10-17 shooting night. “I was able to score efficiently thanks to my teammates; when we pushRead 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 →