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Hounds hand Heat fifth loss

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05/11/01  KRIS HENRY Medford Mail Tribune

CENTRAL POINT - Southern Oregon's new wrinkles made things interesting Thursday night at the Inferno.

The Heat was hard-pressed to keep up with the Ohio Valley Greyhounds, however, thanks to another second-half lull as Ohio Valley earned a 45-26 win.

Southern Oregon (1-5) scored nine points in the second half - triple its output from three previous home games - but Ohio Valley (4-2) answered with 21 second-half points to pull away for the non-conference victory.

Having seen his team post 76 points last week and with the league's No. 1 defense, Ohio Valley coach Wilke Perez seemed relieved once the final buzzer sounded Thursday.

"This is a tough place to play," said Perez. "They're a lot better than their record shows and this game was a lot closer than that final score. Full story>>

Heat hopes home edge pays off

05/10/01 Kris Henry Medford Mail Tribune
For a change, the Southern Oregon Heat will catch a break tonight when it takes on the Ohio Valley Greyhounds in a non-conference National Indoor Football League tilt.

Not only does the Heat have home-field advantage, but two of the Greyhounds' (3-2) top players won't make the trip from Wheeling, W.Va., because of work conflicts.

Since Southern Oregon (1-4) plays its games Thursdays at the Inferno instead of the typical league schedule of Friday and Saturday contests, work responsibilities can become an obstacle for visiting teams. Full story>>

Jobe can turn the Heat’s fortunes around

05/07/01 Kris Henry Medford Mail Tribune
Forget professional wrestling or the XFL, the National Indoor Football League has replaced all challengers for the title of best soap opera in sports.

From coaching defections to villainous road teams and P.T. Barnum-like promotions, the NIFL has shown in one year what it takes most leagues to develop in an entire decade.

Lost in all the hoopla over this past week’s firing of Larry Jobe by Yakima and instant hiring by Southern Oregon, however, was the notion that the Heat actually shunned soap-opera tactics for sound business.

Sure the timing was suspect, but the move wasn’t.

If Southern Oregon has shown anything thus far this season, it’s that the Heat could use some guidance to the world of indoor football. Learning the game on the fly has put a wet blanket over the Heat’s potential early-season success.

Jobe can help turn that around. Full story>>

Wells to file complaint against Yakima

Fallout from last Friday's Southern Oregon-Yakima indoor football game won't be fully felt for another week thanks to pending action by both teams.

Southern Oregon Heat owner Kevin Wells said Saturday that he was in the process of writing a formal letter of complaint to the National Indoor Football League for the way his team and new co-head coach Larry Jobe were treated by the Shockwave organization on Friday.

In yet another he-said-he said tale, Wells said he had learned that Yakima officials were planning to file a formal complaint with the league against Jobe. Shockwave officials were unavailable for comment. More>>

Recent events add to Heat-Yakima rivalry

05/04/01 Kris Henry Medford Mail Tribune
If there wasn’t one already, recent events have made a Southern Oregon Heat-Yakima Shockwave rivalry official.

As two of the three Western Division teams in the National Indoor Football League, a budding rivalry was only natural.

When former Heat coach Brett Wells signed on a few weeks ago to play for the Shockwave, the rivalry blossomed.

When Larry Jobe was fired as Shockwave head coach Tuesday afternoon and hired as the Heat’s co-head coach Wednesday night, the rivalry hit full bloom.

"I think this move pretty much solidifies Yakima as our rival," Heat co-head coach Eric Vanderwegen said Thursday. Full story>>

Vanderwegen going back to where he started

05/04/01  Kris Henry Medford Mail Tribune
Eric Vanderwegen has come full circle since the Southern Oregon Heat opened the season against Yakima on March 28.

The 26-year-old started the season as quarterback and offensive coordinator, but had his duties halved thanks to a torn right pectoral muscle suffered against the Shockwave.

Vanderwegen went on to become head coach of the Heat and for the past four weeks has settled into the non-contact world of coaching.

But that will all change tonight as Vanderwegen returns to the playing field as starting quarterback and co-head coach.

Vanderwegen threw the ball with confidence Monday through Wednesday, and says he's ready to give it a go against Yakima. Full story>>

More Heat News

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  • 04/21/01 Defense comes up big against the Bandits Full story>>

  • 04/18/01 Douglas' versatility alters attack Full story>>

  • 04/15/01 Tri-City keeps Heat winless Full story>>

  • 04/10/01 Indoor football seems to be healthy Full story>>

  • 04/07/01 Heat adds three players to roster Full story>>

  • 03/29/01 Fans enjoy a different brand of football Full story>>

  • 03/29/01Vanderwegen just misses being the hero Full story>>

  • 03/28/01 For Wells, this is a dream come true Full story>>

  • 03/28/01 SOU, area players spark Heat roster  Full story>>

  • 03/28/01 Shockwave promises 'Civil War'  Full story>>


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