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Big game tonight

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Autumn Durand

@SOURaiders @ADurand25 @souwbb

Game time is 7 p.m. at the Ashland High School gym. More details here.

SOU is going for back-to-back Cascade Conference tournament championships. A win gets them the championship and no worse than a #2 seed at the national tournament.

Hannon Library

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SOU’s Hannon Library after a snowy night

@SOUAshland @HanLib

Happy Mardi Gras!

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Mardi Gras isn’t technically until Tuesday, but the festivities kick off this weekend in New Orleans. They’ve been raging on my neighbor’s lawn for weeks now and have received a heavy coat of snow this past week.

Semis tonight

@SOURaiders @souwbb @dhinkey @darlingspelaney

5 years ago today…

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“Before the storm” (Ashland, Oregon)

TBT

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Aldrick Rosas

@SOURaiders @SOU_Football @Giants

Rosas is the only kicker currently signed by the New York Giants for the 2017 season. Let’s hope that situation continues.

Raiders @ #6

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Sydney Mullings

@SOURaiders @syddthaakiddd @souwbb

Southern Oregon’s road loss to Eastern Oregon cost the Raiders only one spot in the rankings as they dropped from #5 to #6. This news, coupled with the coin toss giving them home court advantage through the tournament, means that should SOU win the Cascade Conference Tournament they will be at worst a #2 seed in the national tournament. With a little luck, they can even still earn a #1 seed.

Playoffs begin tonight

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Natural Bridge

Natural Bridge in the Rogue River

Today’s photo comes from my snowshoeing adventure a couple weekend’s ago. Although I’ve turned out at Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint on Highway 62 more than a dozen times over the years, I had never been to Natural Bridge Viewpoint before. The two are very close to each other, but Natural Bridge is a bit off the highway.

During winter you can’t get to the viewpoint via a car. That fact made this trek interesting for me. I was able to park in the normal turnout on Highway 62 even though the road (Rd 300 on Google maps) is not plowed. There was room for maybe three cars, but mine was the only one there on this day. From there I walked on snowshoes a little over half a mile to this location.

The Rogue River was higher than normal so the natural bridge in today’s photo isn’t that visible, but in person the scene was pretty spectacular. Water goes underground, through a lava tube, before exiting back into the Rogue River 250 feet downstream.

Hoping for tails

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Autumn Durand moved into 3rd place among SOU’s all-time scoring leaders in last night’s win

@SOURaiders @ADurand25 @souwbb

Today, beginning at 1 at Ashland High School, the SOU women’s basketball team will play for their second consecutive Cascade Conference championship. Last year they won the conference outright. They must win today to become co-champions with Eastern Oregon University.

Should the Raiders and EOU finish with identical conference records (and Massey says there is a 96% chance they will), a coin flip will determine a couple things. Heads gets the “winner” an automatic seat at the national tournament. However, should they “lose” the coin flip, the result is even better. They will become the #1 seed in the conference tournament. Since SOU is already a near lock for the national tournament, they should be hoping to lose the coin flip. That will likely give them more home games in the conference tournament, which may lead to more victories (they haven’t lost at home in years), and possibly a higher seed at the national tournament.

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