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EAGLE POINT — South Eugene continued its dominance in Southwest Conference boys golf, leading after the first round of the two-day district tournament at Eagle Point Golf Club Thursday.
North Medford, needing a top-two finish to have a chance to advance to state, was a disappointing fourth and will have to make up ground in today's final round. The Black Tornado was third in the overall league standings at day's start.
Today's round will be the fifth of five counting rounds to determine the regular-season champion, which qualifies for state.
The two-day district winner also advances to state.
If the same team wins regular season and the district tournament — which South Eugene is favored to do — the district runner-up is the second representative to state.
North Medford's 324 score on Thursday leaves it behind Sheldon (313) and Roseburg (321). South Eugene's score was 304.
South Eugene teammates Sulman Raza and Jacob Henderson were low individuals with 1-under-par 71s.
North Medford's Daniel Schuler was third with a 73, and South Medford's Noah Brooks tied for fourth with a 75.
The top three individuals who aren't members of qualifying teams also make state.
SOUTH EUGENE (304) — Sulman Raza 35-36—71, Jacob Henderson 37-34—71, Paul Picado-Curtis 37-42—79, Tommy Fruin 41-42—83.
SHELDON (313) — Joseph Kuehn 39-37—76, Ben Wanichek 40-39—79, T.J. Nees 39-40—79, James Thomas 36-43—79.
ROSEBURG (321) — Drew Groshong 38-37—75, Garrett Ramsey 40-39—79, Arie Yraguen 39-43—82, Devin Caylor 40-45—85.
NORTH MEDFORD (324) — Daniel Schuler 38-35—73, Taylor Klemp 38-41—79, Joey Walker 45-40—85, David Parson 41-46—87.
SOUTH MEDFORD (346) — Noah Brooks 36-39—75, Blake Bartlett 43-44—87, Alex Brown 47-45—92, David DeCoste 45-47— 92.
THURSTON (353) — Mitchell Stewart 36-41—77, Jamesen Watts 47-41—88, Ryan Adair 45-49—94, Beau Mende 46-48—94.
GRANTS PASS (369) — Russell Laubscher 42-42—84, Cody Stoffel 42-44—86, Robert Galli 48-45—93, Bryan Luther 51-55—106.
CRATER (371) — Jake Grodin 39-41—80, Cory Marineau 47-43—90, Jake Gustafson 50-50—100, Billy King 48-53—101.
PHOENIX 12-14, HIDDEN VALLEY 1-3 — At Murphy, Meranda Zanni slugged out two home runs and Phoenix's pitching was exceptional as the Pirates swept the Skyline Conference doubleheader.
The Pirates (17-5, 6-3 Skyline) won both games in five innings due to the mercy rule.
In Game 2, Zanni hit a two-run shot over the left-center field fence in the first inning then pounded out a three-run blast in the fifth inning. She was 3-for-3 with six RBIs.
Amanda Skaff was 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI for the Pirates. Delanie Tally added a 2-for-4 effort with two runs, and Kasey Hamilton had two hits as well.
Phoenix's Makayla Scoggins pitched a four-hitter with no walks and two strikeouts.
In the opener, Tally yielded just one earned run on three hits while not issuing a walk. She also fanned five.
Skaff and Hamilton both had three hits, two runs and drove home two.
Phoenix 036 12 — 12 9 1
Hidden Valley 000 10 — 1 3 2
D. Tally and Hamilton; Giurlani, Fleming (4) and Allen, Giurlani (4). W — D. Tally (6-0). L — Giurlani. 2B — HV: Giurlani.
Phoenix 205 25 — 14 13 1
Hidden Valley 020 10 — 3 4 2
Scoggins and Hamilton; York and Allen. W — Scoggins. L — York (0-1). HR — P: Zanni 2.
ROSEBURG 6, NORTH MEDFORD 2 — At Roseburg, Hannah Von Strahl rebounded for a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 win over Cheyanne Woodrow at No. 2 singles for North Medford, and teammate Rylee Houck avenged an earlier loss, beating Andrea Chiou, 6-4, 6-4, for the Black Tornado's victories.
North's next action is the district tournament next Thursday and Saturday at Roseburg.
SINGLES — Claire Hittle, R, d. Cali Hale, 6-3, 6-0; Hannah Von Strahl, NM, d. Cheyanne Woodrow, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2; Rylee Houck, NM, d. Andrea Chiou, 6-4, 6-4; Jordan Merrifield, R, won by forfeit.
DOUBLES — Fiona Johnson-Radhe Allen, R, d. Whitney Cordes-Carson Case, 6-0, 6-0; Vanessa Bentley-Anna Bruns, R, d. Julia Ribeiro-Melissa Rhodes, 6-1, 6-2; Lauren Baque-Kayla Caylor, R, d. Shelly O'Brien-Madelyn Duer, 6-0, 6-0; Hannah Cooperrider-Sidney Horton, R, d. Nikki Cummings-Morgan Messer, 6-0, 6-2.