• South Medford skates past Crater in key clash

  • South Medford used steady efforts late from Terrance Cheeseboro and Taylor Rose to move into first place in the Southern League hockey standings with a 5-4 win over Crater at The RRRink on Wednesday.
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  • South Medford used steady efforts late from Terrance Cheeseboro and Taylor Rose to move into first place in the Southern League hockey standings with a 5-4 win over Crater at The RRRink on Wednesday.
    The defending state champion Panthers had entered the match in a close battle for the top spot with the Comets but gained the edge after earning their second win in three meetings between the squads.
    South Medford built a 2-1 advantage through one period thanks to an unassisted goal by Jake Sexton and a goal by Denzel Mobley off a Stephen Weber assist. Crater's Daniel Gomez scored via an assist from Dustin Gomez.
    The teams traded goals in the second period, with Cheeseboro scoring off a Rose assist for South and Dustin Gomez scoring off a Daniel Gomez assist.
    In the pivotal third period, however, the Panthers built a 4-2 cushion when Cheeseboro again scored off a Rose assist with 71/2 minutes to play. J.R. Keyser scored for Crater two minutes later off a Jacob Asbeck assist to pull within one goal at 4-3, and the Comets pulled goalkeeper Alec Looman down the stretch in hopes of netting an equalizer.
    That strategy backfired, however, when Rose got the puck and slapped home an empty-net goal with 57 seconds left to push the Panthers back up 5-3. Undaunted, Crater was able to net a goal with seven seconds left when Asbeck scored an unassisted goal.
    Johnny Lines secured 37 saves for South Medford, while Looman had 25 saves for the Comets.
    South Medford 2 1 2 — 5
    Crater 1 1 2 — 4
    ASHLAND SWEEPS FOUR-WAY — At Ashland, Kai Staal won two events for the Ashland boys and Sheralyn Shumway did the same for the Ashland girls as both Grizzly swim squads swept a nonleague four-way at the Southern Oregon University pool.
    Staal touched the wall first in both the 50-yard freestyle (22.45) and the 100 backstroke (57.13), while Shumway won the 50 freestyle (25.93) and 100 freestyle (57.69).
    Cascade Christian's Aaron Ghiglieri also was a two-event winner, finishing first in both the 200 freestyle (1:49.12) and the 100 butterfly (51.98).
    BOYS
    TEAM SCORES — Ashland 141, Grants Pass 107; Ashland 169, Crater 55; Ashland 179, Cascade Christian 0; Grants Pass 208, Crater 58; Grants Pass 192, Cascade Christian 55; Crater 96, Cascade Christian 68.
    200 MEDLEY RELAY — 1, Grants Pass (CJ Stott, Andrew DeLisle, Eliot Bald, Aidan Maxwell), 1:53.25; 200 FREE — 1, Aaron Ghiglieri, CC, 1:49.12; 200 IM — 1, CJ Stott, GP, 2:24.31; 50 FREE — 1, Kai Staal, A, 22.45; 100 FLY — 1, Aaron Ghiglieri, CC, 51.98; 100 FREE — 1, Aidan Maxwell, GP, 51.23; 500 FREE — 1, Gus Simms, A, 5:17.87; 200 FREE RELAY — 1, Ashland (Forrest Kollar, Cole Harding, Gus Simms, Kai Staal), 1:36.40; 100 BACK — 1, Kai Staal, A, 57.13; 100 BREAST — 1, Brighton Barber, C, 1:10.83; 400 FREE RELAY — 1, Ashland (Gus Simms, Parker Massie, Forrest Kollar, Kai Staal), 3:37.85.
    GIRLS
    TEAM SCORES — Ashland 141, Grants Pass 107; Ashland 169, Crater 55; Ashland 179, Cascade Christian 0; Grants Pass 138, Crater 77; Grants Pass 164, Cascade Christian 0; Crater 112, Cascade Christian 0.
    200 MEDLEY RELAY — 1, Grants Pass (Mackenzie Brooks, Mattea Tibbits, Gabby Maxwell, Shan Lansing), 2:13.22; 200 FREE — 1, Gabby Maxwell, GP, 2:10.82; 200 IM — 1, Mattea Tibbits, GP, 2:55.60; 50 FREE — 1, Sheralyn Shumway, A, 25.93; 100 FLY — 1, Mackenzie Brooks, GP, 1:22.20; 100 FREE — 1, Sheralyn Shumway, A, 57.69; 500 FREE — 1, Maddy Longshore, A, 6:16.91; 200 FREE RELAY — 1, Grants Pass (Mackenzie Brooks, Mattea Tibbits, Gabby Maxwell, Shan Lansing), 1:55.88; 100 BACK — 1, Savana Schreiner, C, 1:14.65; 100 BREAST — 1, Mandy Workman, A, 1:20.73; 400 FREE RELAY — 1, Ashland (Maddy Longshore, Mandy Workman, Ada Lawson, Sheralyn Shumway), 4:18.59.
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