• De Luca, Pirates shine at Oak Knoll

  • ASHLAND — Phoenix junior Nevina De Luca broke the course record and helped the Pirates capture the team title at the 11-school Phoenix 5k at Oak Knoll Golf Course on Wednesday.
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  • ASHLAND — Phoenix junior Nevina De Luca broke the course record and helped the Pirates capture the team title at the 11-school Phoenix 5k at Oak Knoll Golf Course on Wednesday.
    De Luca finished the 5,000-meter race in 20 minutes, 6 seconds, eclipsing the mark Hidden Valley's Alyssa Watson set in 2008. Teammate Danielle Jantzer was third (21:32) out of 93 runners.
    On the boys side, North Medford junior Connor Covey claimed first out of 165 with a time of 17:09. Phoenix captured the boys title, topping the runner-up Black Tornado by 10 points.
    Cascade Christian's Tristan Akery was second (17:17) and North Medford's Jon Serna third (17:22).
    TEAM SCORES — Phoenix 60, North Medford 80, Grants Pass 108, Hidden Valley 142, Ashland 147, St. Mary's 172, Henley 178, South Umpqua 205, Rogue River 213, Cascade Christian 256, Mazama 317, Crater 324, Mt. Shasta 348, Eagle Point 354.
    TOP 20 — 1, Connor Covey, NM, 17:09; 2, Tristan Akery, CC, 17:17; 3, Jon Serna, NM, 17:22; 4, Randy Mena, Phx, 17:45; 5, Thomas Hayes, GP, 17:50; 6, Rio Lopez, RR, 18:00; 7, Phillip Todak, Phx, 18:08; 8, Zeb Amos, NV, 18:11; 9, Conor Keating, StM, 18:15; 10, Thomas Fate, HV, 18:15; 11, Zach Blanco, HV, 18:16; 12, Shane Crofoot, HV, 18:16; 13, Devin Ferner, Dog, 18:19; 14, Barrett Titus, GP, 18:21; 15, Zane Riggs, Hen, 18:22; 16, Tracy Salgado, StM, 18:27; 17, Michael Martin, Etn, 18:28; 18, Nigel Leonis, Phx, 18:31; 19, Thomas Skaff, Phx, 18:34; 20, Chris Martin, StM, 18:36.
    TEAM SCORES — Phoenix 70, Hidden Valley 73, St. Mary's 80, Ashland 94, Grants Pass 99, Henley 119, North Medford 174, North Valley 202, Cascade Christian 224, Crater 239, Mazama 297.
    TOP 20 — 1, Nevina De Luca, Phx, 20:06; 2, Tamera Howell, MtS, 20:35; 3, Danielle Jantzer, Phx, 21:32; 4, Shayla Potratz, Phx, 21:43; 5, Zaruba Anderson, HV, 21:43; 6, Madison Rounsaville, GP, 21:48; 7, Becky Ottosen, HV, 21:58; 8, Christine Impara, Ash, 22:16; 9, Rachel Bennion, StM, 22:16; 10, Alyssa Hayes, GP, 22:16; 11, Abi Johnson, GP, 22:25; 12, Gianna Isola, StM, 22:36; 13, Reilly Frerk, HV, 22:38; 14, Sara Dunagan, Ash, 22:48; 15, Megan Schiavone, HV, 22:54; 16, Katlynn Suregon, NM, 22:55; 17, McKenna Armantrout, Hen, 22:59; 18, Leta Spradley, Hen, 23:04; 19, Meg Vasey, StM, 23:08; 20, Paige Stephens, Ash, 23:10.
    Boys Soccer
    NORTH MEDFORD 3, GRANTS PASS 0 — Danny Zamores, Dan Schuler and Ryan Hogan each netted goals and Garrett Byrd had two assists for North Medford in Southern Oregon Hybrid action at North Medford High.
    Zamores scored on a Byrd assist from eight yards out in the 36th minute for the Black Tornado (9-1-2, 5-1 SOH), which has won five straight.
    Schuler rebounded the ball and scored after an Austin Schoenmann free kick attempt in the 63rd minute.
    Byrd found Hogan after a corner kick late in the match.
    Goalkeeper Eric Benitez made eight saves, including several difficult ones, against Grants Pass (6-3-3, 4-2).
    Girls Soccer
    NORTH MEDFORD 1, GRANTS PASS 0 — At Grants Pass, Amanda Hisey's spectacular one-person run yielded the only goal of the day as North Medford closed to within a half-game of South Medford in the SOH standings with two league games to go.
    Hisey took control of a ball that was cleared out of North's zone near midfield, headed it ahead to herself then dribbled through the Grants Pass defense, fending off a pair of Cavers' defenders before firing off a low shot from 18 yards away.
    The win was the fourth in a row for North (7-3-1, 5-1 SOH), which hosts Roseburg on Tuesday before the rematch with South. Grants Pass fell to 1-6-2 overall, 1-5 in league play.
    CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — Junior midfielder Cheyanne Auchard had a goal and an assist to lead Cascade Christian in District 4 action at U.S. Cellular.
    Katelyn Stephens tallied from 35 yards out on an Auchard pass in the 27th minute for the Challengers (8-3-1, 5-2 Dist. 4).
    In the 61st, Jolee Rivas scored from a few yards away on a Katelyn Fitch assist.
    Two minutes later, Auchard netted a goal from 25 yards out.
    Defender Hannah Hocking and midfielder Stephens both turned in strong efforts against Illinois Valley (5-6, 3-4).
    ROGUE RIVER 3, LOST RIVER 0 — At Rogue River, Rogue River (5-7) swept Lost River (3-10), 25-10, 25-21, 25-6, in nonleague action.
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