Athletic directors at the Class 5A level have proven to be the most invested in controlling their own playoff destiny since a switch to the...
For the week ending Nov. 4
Karlee Britton, Cascade Christian volleyball
The junior outside hitter, the player of the year in the Southern Cascade Hybrid, amassed 20 kills as the Challengers overcame a 0-2 deficit to beat Salem Academy, 24-26, 25-27, 27-25, 28-26, 16-14. The victory put the Challengers in the state tournament.
Nevina De Luca, Phoenix girls cross country
The sophomore was the top local finisher at the state meet, placing fourth for the 4A Pirates. She improved three places over her freshman season, clocking 19:45 over 5,000 meters to help Phoenix place sixth.
Connor Kaegi, Ashland football
The senior quarterback struck for three touchdown passes in the first 15 minutes of a 47-7 play-in victory over Corvallis. Kaegi completed 11 of 17 passes for 177 yards as the Grizzlies captured their fifth straight win. His TDs covered 15, 25 and 57 yards.
Ray Schireman, North Medford boys cross country
The junior improved his seeding by about two dozen spots, placing seventh to lead North Medford to third place at the 6A state meet. His time was 16:16, one second off his personal best, and helped the Black Tornado to its highest place in history.
Haleigh Wagman, Phoenix volleyball
The freshman outside had 24 kills and 18 digs as the Pirates rallied from a 0-2 deficit for a 26-28, 27-29, 25-20, 25-17, 15-11 win over Sutherlin in the first round of the 4A state playoffs. The Pirates advanced to the state tournament for the first time since 2004.