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PROSPECT — Prospect's Heather Lass and Taylor Bernhardt kept Trinity Lutheran on its heels with stellar serving to lead the Cougars to a key win in Mountain Valley League volleyball on Saturday.
Lass served for 20 points with good pace and placement and notched eight aces and Bernhardt added six aces to lead Prospect to a 25-8, 25-12, 25-15 victory.
"I think our serving was extremely strong," said Prospect head coach Shelli Lass. "They struggled in their serve-receive against us."
The Cougars (12-3, 9-1 MVL) made a move in the league standings with the win, shoring up second place with a second victory this season over the third-place Saints (9-4, 6-3). Both teams trail Hosanna Christian (16-3, 10-0).
Bernhardt finished with 12 kills and six blocks to go with her solid serving, while Lass had 12 digs and 31 assists and Haylee VanWormer contributed 10 digs in Prospect's fourth straight victory.
NORTH VALLEY 4, KLAMATH UNION 1 — At Merlin, Trinidad Flores scored three goals to lead North Valley in Skyline Conference play.
Flores netted his first goal in the 10th minute on an assist from Isaiah McLittle.
Six minutes later, Klamath Union's Ivan Franco tied the match.
The Knights (4-3, 1-3 Skyline) pulled away from the Pelicans (3-4-1, 1-3) with a goal by Brandon Rodgers in the 67th minute and two more from Flores in the 68th and 69th.
HENLEY 2, HIDDEN VALLEY 0 — At Klamath Falls, Jaime Aguayo scored in the 22nd minute and Jacob Carpenter in the 55th for undefeated Henley in Skyline Conference action.
The Hornets improved to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in league play. Hidden Valley dropped to 2-4-1 overall and 0-4 in league.
HIDDEN VALLEY 2, HENLEY 0 — At Murphy, Raychel clark scored off an assist by Emily Murphy in the second half to secure the Skyline Conference win for Hidden Valley (5-3, 2-2 Skyline).
The Mustangs' first goal came after Cedar Wilkening sent a shot toward the goal that initially seemed to be stopped but wound up in the net after a Hornet defender collided with the goalkeeper and dislodged the ball.
KLAMATH UNION 3, NORTH VALLEY 2 — At Klamath Falls, Jackie Gardner's goal in the 64th minute broke a 2-all tie for Klamath Union in Skyline Conference play.
Paige Anocibar scored in the third minute and Bailey Pimentel converted a penalty kick in the 20th minute to give the Pelicans (5-1-2, 3-1 Skyline) a 2-0 advantage. North Valley's Vanessa D'Arpino cut the deficit in half with a penalty kick in the 36th minute.
D'Arpino tied the match in the second half with an unassisted goal in the 56th minute for the Knights (5-2-1, 2-2).
MAZAMA 10, PHOENIX 0 — At Talent, Mazama opened a 9-0 lead by halftime en route to the Skyline victory at Hagler-James Park.
The Vikings improved to 7-0-1 overall and 4-0 in Skyline play, while Phoenix dropped to 1-7 and 0-4.
ASHLAND BOYS, GIRLS FARE WELL — The Ashland boys beat West Albany 7-5 and topped Marist 12-5 to make up for a 10-8 loss to Sheldon.
The Grizzly girls lost to the Sheldon JV boys squad 10-9 and fell to West Albany, 17-8.
Matches were played in Eugene and Albany.
Against West Albany, Hoku Eggertsen and Lewy Kurach had two goals each and Jordan Renteria one goal. Miles Furuichi made 10 stops. In his team's match against Marist, Cole Harding turned in four goals and two assists and Eggertsen two goals, three assists and four steals. Eggertsen chipped in five goals and freshman goalkeeper Ethan Croyle recorded six blocks against the Irish.
On the girls side, Sadie Kasiah, Ada Lawson, Maddy Longshore and Sabrina Scoggin had two goals apiece and Lili Wurfl had four blocks against West Albany.
Kasiah turned in four goals, two assists and three steals, Lawson three goals and one steal and Scoggin two goals and one steal against the Sheldon JV boys squad.
MEDFORD BOYS, GIRLS FALL SHORT — At Eugene, Medford's boys team suffered a pair of losses, 16-2 to South Eugene and 15-9 to Sheldon, and the Medford girls team had a similar fate, losing 18-1 to South Eugene and 14-9 to Sheldon.
Goalkeeper Geoff Pine had eight saves in each match for the boys, with Reid Gibson scoring five goals against Sheldon and once against the Axemen. Calvin Buchholz scored three times against Sheldon and John Walker had the other goal against South Eugene.
For the Medford girls, Alisha Gaffney had seven goals against Sheldon and scored the only goal against South Eugene. Goalkeeper Alexa Lowe made 13 saves against the Irish and two against the Axemen.
HOSANNA CHRISTIAN 72, BUTTE FALLS 0 — At Klamath Falls, Hosanna Christian's Garrett Esteb scored a combined five touchdowns — three through the air and two on the ground — to lead his team to the District 2 blowout.
Hosanna Christian (5-1, 4-1 Dist. 2) led 22-0 after one quarter and 58-0 at intermission against Butte Falls (0-6, 0-6). The Lions ran for 299 of their 453 total yards, with quarterback Ryan Lockwood passing for five TDs and 154 yards.
Butte Falls 0 0 0 0 — 0
Hosanna Christian 22 36 6 8 — 72
HC — Trumbly 31 pass from Lockwood (Moses run)
HC — Esteb 12 run (Moses run)
HC — Balin 2 run (pass failed)
HC — Esteb 17 pass from Lockwood (pass failed)
HC — Esteb 12 run (Martin pass from Lockwood)
HC — Esteb 42 pass from Lockwood (Bennett run)
HC — Esteb 10 pass from Lockwood (pass failed)
HC — Martin 26 pass from Lockwood (Martin pass from Lockwood)
HC — Bennett 9 run (pass failed)
HC — Crenshaw 98 run (Trumbly run)