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North Medford won its first game of the season, holding off Klamath Falls in the final 51/2 minutes at The RRRink for a 3-2 Southern Oregon League hockey win Friday.
Zach Lillman scored with 1:02 left in the first period for North (1-4) on an assist from Chase Myers, and Keegan Healey tallied an unassisted goal in the second. Kez Korth, getting an assist from Dylan Wu, scored the eventual game winner at 8:32 of the second.
Goalie Calvinn Casaday of North defensed 20 shots, making 18 saves. The Black Tornado got off 48 shots.
North 1 2 0 — 3
Klamath 1 0 1 — 2
HENLEY LEADS — Henley took the first-day lead in the Grants Pass Winter Kickoff Tournament, scoring 94.5 points.
Mazama (74.5) is second, followed by Tillamook (69.5), Phoenix (69) and Grants Pass (67).
Grants Pass has four wrestlers left in championship brackets.
Three state placers from last season — Casey Coulter (106 pounds), Luke Collins (145) and Ryan Shean (182) — lead the Cavemen, while senior Chad Lowe (195) also reached the semifinals.
NEWPORT INVITATIONAL — At Newport, Phoenix sophomore Alyse Darnall won two individual events and swam a leg on a victorious relay to help the Pirate girls to a third-place finish out of 10 schools.
The Pirate boys also placed third in an 11-team field.
Darnall won the 200-yard freestyle (2:07.48) and the 500 freestyle (5:47.34). Darnall along with Arin Fitch, Kylee Burks and Olivia Sanchez made up the Pirates' first-place 400 freestyle relay (4:03.31). The same group of girls placed third in the 200 medley relay (2:07.60).
Sanchez added a second in the 100 breaststroke (1:23.62) and third in the 100 butterfly (1:12.46).
Senior Jeoff Underwood was the only Pirate boys winner. Underwood won the 100 butterfly (57.30) and finished second in the 200 individual medley (2:09.81).
Underwood was part of the Pirates' second-place 400 freestyle relay (3:47.27). Other members were Jarrod Richards, Ryan Knutson and Killian Omotoy.
North Bend was the boys winner with 229 points. The Pirates totalled 150.
The Phoenix girls scored 154 points, while Scappoose won the meet with 249.