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UCC will soon boast the first obstacle course racing team in U.S. community college history, a sport that can be viewed as one of the most challenging and difficult. Obstacle course racing is comparable to military training. Practice doesn’t necessarily mean working on specific skills like shooting or ball handling in other sports, but instead, athletes train the entire body to prepare for any obstacle. Those include climbing cargo nets, crawling under barbed wire, crawling through PVC pipes, running a quarter mile while carrying a cinder block and more. The most common analogy to OCR is American Ninja Warrior. Although OCR is a taxing andRead More →

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The year is 1989. The United States’ women’s wrestling team is competing for the first time at the world championships in Switzerland. Asia DeWeese, UCC’s new wrestling coach, is there earning what she calls “my greatest achievement.” “I was part of the first women’s national team that went to world championships,” DeWeese says.  In a time when “USA wrestling didn’t want us” and when their team “didn’t get any money,” she and her teammates were competing against the odds. In spite of the odds, coach DeWeese won second at the 1989 world championships, her biggest wrestling accolade. DeWeese wasn’t always respected, however. When she wasRead More →

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Life must be easy being a college athlete. Student athletes have all the friends, they receive all the glory and attention from playing a great game and some might have better relationships with professors because they’re athletes. They go to school for free because of their scholarships — at least that’s the stereotype. And, the stereotype is that student athletes get away with whatever they want. They don’t have to dedicate themselves to anything except their individual sport; they avoid all the responsibility. Contrary to this ridiculous stereotype, the truth is that it takes an incredibly dedicated and motivated person to be a college athlete.Read More →

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The UCC men’s basketball team lost a closely contested game against the Chemeketa Storm 81-78 Wednesday, March 1 in Roseburg, Oregon. Although the Riverhawks couldn’t get the win against the Storm, UCC finished the season well enough to earn a share of the Southern Region Championship and an opportunity to play against the Bellevue Bulldogs in the NWAC Tournament in Washington. “I told the guys in the locker room that I’m very proud of this team and their effort,” head coach Daniel Leeworthy said. “I think we’ve got a team that’s built for a big run in the playoffs,” Leeworthy continued. “I told the guysRead More →

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The Umpqua Community College Riverhawks weathered the storm Wednesday, March 1 in Roseburg, by defeating the Chemeketa Storm 84-45. With the victory, UCC finished their season with a 27-2 record overall and claimed a perfect 16-0 regional record for the first time under head coach Dave Stricklin. UCC will now gear their attention towards Treasure Valley, as the Riverhawks will play against the Chukars in their first matchup in the Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament.   “The women have experienced a special season up to this point,” UCC Athletic Director Craig Jackson said. “To finish Southern Region play with a perfect record for the first timeRead More →

Staff share their March Madness picks March Madness. This college basketball regular season has had no shortage of surprises. There has been six different number one ranked teams this year. Competition throughout the country has been balanced, and no team can automatically be looked at and indisputably say they’re the best in the country. But this is it. The NCAA Tournament. Where game winning shots and shocking upsets are seen almost daily. This is when the madness truly begins. Players work so hard to have a chance for this moment. When back sides get tired and palms get sweaty, which team is going to gutRead More →

Staff shares their March Madness picks The single largest college basketball tournament known as March Madness is almost among us. This is the tournament where, literally, anything can happen. From a broken leg mid play, to an amazing upset at the final buzzer, March Madness is one of the most exciting sports events in the country. Multiple professionals along with 40 million amateurs will attempt to choose which team is the best of the best. In my opinion, the Oregon Ducks are this year’s best of the best. With only four losses and the Pac-12 player of the year, Dillon Brooks, the Ducks look likeRead More →

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With hundreds of people in the stands, the UCC Riverhawks fell just short in a game that was competitive for the entirety of the match-up, and the Clark Penguins claimed the 80-73 victory Wednesday, Feb. 23 in Roseburg, Oregon. The Penguins came into the nest ready to play, forcing the Riverhawks into an early first half deficit. While UCC had difficulty taking care of the basketball and rebounding, the Riverhawks managed to keep it close. UCC worked for every basket they scored, but Clark took the 44-36 advantage into halftime. “We really just didn’t do the little things like looking after the basketball and rebounding,”Read More →

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UCC iced the Clark Penguins 78-41 Wednesday, Feb. 22 in Roseburg, Oregon. The Riverhawks added another accomplishment to their long list of achievements by earning their third regional championship in four years and extending their current win streak to 14 games. The UCC women look incredibly fun to watch, even in warmups. The Riverhawks have developed a strong chemistry through laughter and friendly competition, continuing to improve as a team one day at a time. “The goal is to just keep getting a little better every day,” head coach Dave Stricklin said. “The girls love to play the game, and they love to play together,”Read More →

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The season for the UCC women’s basketball team continues to move in a positive direction with a win that didn’t come easy after a full 40-minute effort against the Portland Panthers Monday, Feb. 6, in Roseburg, Oregon. The Riverhawks defeated the Panthers 88-77 and continued their current win streak to nine games. UCC started slow in the first quarter in large part to Portland’s point guard Toni Doroha. Doroha gained a lot of confidence after starting the game hitting multiple 3-point shots. “We didn’t guard her well enough in the beginning of the game and she hit a couple wide open shots,” head coach DaveRead More →

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The men got back to their winning ways after defeating the Portland Panthers 91-86 Monday, Feb. 6. The win didn’t come easy as the first half both teams defended each other well. “They are long and active on defense and have some good players,” head coach Daniel Leeworthy said before the game. “But if we match their energy and execute we will have a good game.” Both teams held each other to under 40 percent shooting in the first half. The Riverhawk men’s defense continued to execute down the stretch and held the Panthers just 36.4 percent shooting overall. All while improving their own shootingRead More →

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It is now official: in the fall term of 2017-18, the Riverhawks will add six new sports programs for students to participate in. These new sports will include wrestling, cross country and obstacle racing for men and women. Craig Jackson, UCC’s new athletic director, is expanding the college’s sports programs partly to help increase enrollment. Jackson is looking at these new teams from an “enrollment perspective,” meaning that “six teams add 85 students to UCC.” With the potential extra students, UCC will receive more funding, making more programs for all students to enjoy. If these new programs are successful, students can hopefully expect even moreRead More →

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Women’s basketball obliterate Lane, 77-58 The women’s basketball team’s 2017 basketball season started off strong after defeating the 2016 Northwest Athletic Conference Champions Lane Titans, 77-58, Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Riverhawk nest in Roseburg, Oregon. UCC entered the game ready for a clash with the Titans as both teams were fighting for the top spot in the South region. The Riverhawks started the game off slowly, giving Lane an early 8-2 lead in the first quarter, but eventually UCC picked up speed. “It was a big game. Both teams hadn’t lost yet, and it was played at home,” head coach Dave Stricklin said. “WeRead More →