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 Dec. 9
Alyse Darnall, Phoenix girls swimming
The junior had a hand in four victories in a five-way meet at the Grants Pass YMCA. She won a close 500-yard freestyle in 5:40.31, took the 100 backstroke in 1:02.85 and swam on two winning relay teams.
Boston Ehlers, Prospect boys basketball
The senior guard recorded 23 points, 14 rebounds and five steals as the Cougars downed Chiloquin for the second time this season in a nonleague game, 69-45.
McKensey Peters, North Medford girls basketball
The senior racked up 21 points and 13 rebounds as North Medford defeated Bend, 46-33, in nonconference play. The win kept the Black Tornado unbeaten through three games.
Dillon Ulrey, Crater wrestling
The 145-pound sophomore pinned Churchill’s Housten Ezell — a three-time 5A state finalist and the tourney’s top seed — and narrowly lost to the eventual champion in the semifinals in placing third at the Coast Classic.
Quaid Walters, Ashland boys basketball
The senior guard scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter as Ashland rallied for a 64-56 nonconference win over Mazama. The Grizzlies had trailed by 13 but managed their first win in four games.