5-04 to 5-8-2020
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Bill’s Guests for Wednesday 5/06/2020
6:35 Eric Peters, automotive journalist from www.EpAutos.com and his Corona Cattle protest continues, plus, he’s test driving a new Buick, which leaves the Subaru Outback eating its dust.
7:10 Cindy Broadwater from Lost Creek Marina talks the great news of Stewart Park reopening!
7:20 Jac Co Sheriff Nate Sickler explains what happened behind the scenes regarding an illegal alien who was popped for Meth trafficking and more…but they released him from the jail before ICE could apprehend the suspect.
7:25 Zach Maynard, candidate for State Representative District 3 – More About Zach HERE
8:10 Community activist “Mr. X”. Ed and I dig into the legality (or lack thereof) of Governor Brown’s emergency orders and shutdowns.
Bill’s Guests for Tuesday 5/05/2020
6:35 Steven Mosher from the Population Research Institute, and one of America’s leading China experts and the author of Bully of Asia, argues that the Chinese Communist Party is responsible both for the origin and the global spread of COVID-19, and that now, more than ever, U.S. foreign policy must be consistently and resolutely directed at curbing the dangerous and power-hungry People’s Republic of China.
7:35 Will the shutdown start opening up? The latest with State Senator Herman Baertschiger.
8:35 Jackson County Assessor Dave Arrasmith, running for re-election.
Bill’s Guests for Monday 5/04/2020
6:35 Rick Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government. www.DailyTorch.com
8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers, retired professor of Business Law, historian, author, and today’s “What Made Southern Oregon Great”.
Larry Binney: From Player to Winning Coach
By Dennis Powers
Growing up in Klamath Falls, Larry Binney graduated from Klamath Union High School. Binney was part of the 1964 state baseball championship series, when Klamath Union was one game short but won the silver medal.
He was a four-year starter at first base and outfield for the SOU Raiders baseball program, earning all-conference and all-region all-star honors in 1968 and 1969 before serving as a varsity assistant and junior varsity coach in 1970. In 1966 he was a member of that year’s Oregon Collegiate Conference championship squad and one of the top hitters on the SOU team, batting .365 in 1968. He graduated with a teaching certificate in 1970, but also coached Little League and Ashland’s American Legion squad in 1968 and 1969.
After college, the Southern Oregon grad taught and coached for more than three decades in the Medford school system. Medford High Principal Bob Williams had coached Binney when he played American Legion baseball for the Klamath Falls Falcons and recommended him in 1981 for the women’s softball (fast pitch) head-coaching job at Medford High, although he had not pursued a head coaching position.
Prior to then, Binney had been working with Ben Fagone (the retired post office carrier, mayor, and 5 percent owner of the local minor league baseball team), when he first initiated an Amateur Softball Association with games in Medford—which didn’t have any type of amateur leagues until being started up then. Binney worked with Fagone at the baseball park until the 1980s.
The third season after taking the reins of a fledgling Medford High School softball program, Larry Binney led the Black Tornado to its first state championship in 1984. After the North/South split in 1986, Binney retooled and his teams won back-to-back championships in 1997 and 1998. Retiring after the 2000 season, he came back in 2002 when the school struggled to find a new coach. He won another state crown that year and capped the season with his fifth Oregon coach-of-the-year honor. During his 20 seasons at North, Binney, the national coach of the year in 1998, racked up four state championships, 17 conference titles and 471 wins against just 103 losses and one tie.
In 2007, he was inducted into the Medford Sports Hall of Fame, and one year later, the North Medford softball park was christened Larry Binney Field. Like most successful coaches, Binney molded talent and made the right in-game decisions. More importantly, he developed a network of age-group teams staffed by a “legion” of volunteer coaches that produced varsity-ready talent each spring. He held the girls accountable for their actions. “You played with class on the field, you represented your school and were pillars in the community,” he maintained.
Thirty-five years later, Binney took over the SOU women’s softball program in 2004 and promptly led the team to back-to-back Cascade Collegiate Conference championships and the only three 30-win seasons in team history (up to then). His 2004 team finished the year with a 40-12 overall record, 20-5 in conference play, and advanced to the NAIA Western Regionals. Retiring in 2017, he set a then program record with 109 wins and retired with a .681 winning percentage (109-51).
The SOU fast-pitch, softball team continued from there. After inheriting a struggling team in 2014, Jessica Pistole became the coach and took the Raiders to three consecutive World Series. In 2019, the Raiders won the national championship, finishing at 52-8 and setting a school record for wins for the third consecutive season under Pistole, their fifth-year head coach. The NAIA Softball Coach of the Year in 2019, she then left SOU for the head coaching job at the University of San Diego, an NCAA Division I school.
It took Larry Binney after Benny Fagone to set the stage…
Sources: Greg Stiles, “Binney covered all the bases,” Mail Tribune, June 16, 2000, at Prior History; Herald and News (Klamath Falls), “Binney’s career comes to end close to home,” May 15, 2006, at Klamath Falls On; Greg Stiles, “Architect of a dynasty,” Mail Tribune, April 30, 2017 at Medford Success; Greg Stiles, “Hall of Fame inductees remember their roots,” Mail Tribune, April 29, 2007, at Hall of Fame; Raider Sports, “Raiders take down Stars to win 1st national championship,” May 29, 2019, at SOU National Championship.