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 “All of our power lifting equipment, our squat rack, and benches etc.., are all getting old and outdated so we really want to improve the overall standing of the fitness center.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 →

Greg Kovach is an athletic enthusiast and artist who runs a local business entitled The Sign Factory which provides many services, including computer numerical control machining, making custom signs, restoring classic cars, air brushing and concrete work. He is the artist who created UCC’s new rock wall, located on the track. Kovach is locally best known for his concrete sculpting work which often resembles objects from the natural world. Kovach is a student of an array of visual arts. He works with countless materials, paints canvasses of contemporary street art and has tailored highly detailed Halloween costumes. Kovach frequents gym training classes and also enjoysRead 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 →

The Umpqua Community College men’s basketball program hosted an alumni game on Saturday, Nov. 11 in Roseburg for the 50th anniversary of the program. UCC men’s basketball started in 1967 and has proven to be a successful basketball program on the court as well as helping students continue to be successful. UCC won their first championship during the 1971-72 season in the OCCAA Tournament, a runner-up finish during the 1988-89 season, and have since won four Southern Region championships with multiple appearances in the Final Four during the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) Tournaments in years past. UCC finished third in the FinalRead More →

   UCC’s athletic programs are engaged in multiple fundraising activities to help support team expenses. The wrestling department is running a donation campaign through eTeamSponsor.    At this point, the UCC men’s wrestling eTeamSponsor pages have raised $5,112 and say that donations “will contribute towards expenses required for travel, team gear, wrestling room and competition equipment.”    UCC men’s basketball eTeamSponsor pages have raised $5,180 in total.    UCC women’s basketball eTeamSponsor pages have raised $12,300.    Combined, all three sports have raised $22,592 at time of printing with Athletic Director Craig Jackson raising $11,381 of that total to date.    Donations can be givenRead More →