• Hermansen stars in bowl

  • HILLSBORO — For a player who had never scored a touchdown in high school before, North Medford defensive lineman Hunter Hermansen looked like a natural as he rumbled 58 yards to pay dirt at the 67th Les Schwab Bowl on Saturday.
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  • HILLSBORO — For a player who had never scored a touchdown in high school before, North Medford defensive lineman Hunter Hermansen looked like a natural as he rumbled 58 yards to pay dirt at the 67th Les Schwab Bowl on Saturday.
    "He looked like he knew what he was doing," said North Medford head coach Mike Mitchell, who was an assistant for the South squad that Hermansen played for.
    Hermansen stood out in his squad's 31-21 loss to the North at Hillsboro Stadium, earning lineman of the game recognition for the South in the contest that pits the top graduating seniors from the Class 6A and 5A levels.
    The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Hermansen's biggest moment came in the second quarter, when he scooped up a bobbled snap and returned it for the long score. The touchdown gave the South a 14-10 advantage.
    "It was one of those key plays that kind of sparked things," Mitchell said.
    North led 17-14 at halftime and increased its edge to 24-14 with Clackamas running back Dan Sherrell's 13-yard touchdown run in the third.
    The South had a chance to take the lead with under three minutes to play before the North's Maurice McSwain (Aloha) picked off an errant pass and returned it for a score.
    There were 16 penalties and 12 turnovers in the contest.
    Ashland kicker Matt Hedges converted all three of the South's extra-point attempts.
    The other players from Southern Oregon who were invited were North Medford's Eugene Ellis (receiver), Ashland's Danial White (quarterback) and Mason Montgomery (linebacker), Crater's Kory Bennett (receiver) and Davey McCollum (defensive back), Eagle Point's Jorge Quintero (defensive back) and South Medford's Anthony Gomez (linebacker).
    McCollum was unable to participate.
    Ashland head coach Charlie Hall also served as an assistant.
    Horse Racing
    GRANTS PASS DOWNS — At Grants Pass, four different jockeys won two races Saturday.
    Kassie Guglielmino won the fifth and eighth races, Pablo Madrigal the fourth and seventh, Humberto Martinez the second and sixth and Pablo Fernandez the first and third.
    The victories were Fernandez's first of his career.
    Guglielmino leads all jockeys with five wins this season.
    Trainer Bill Hoff had the first-place horses in the first and eighth races.
    The attendance was 2,575, up 23 percent from last year, while the handle of $40,038 saw an increase of 19 percent.
    Gates open today with a post time of 1 p.m. for the first of eight races. For every paid admission by spectators wearing purple, the Southern Oregon Horse Racing Association will donate $1 toward the Relay For Life of Josephine County.
    Saturday's Results
    FIRST RACE
    TB Clm, 51/2 F. 1, Hello Harriet (P. Fernandez), 6.00, 3.40, 2.20; 2, My Maggie Mae (J. Guerrero), 3.60, 2.20; 3, Belle Chippendale (H. Martinez), 2.20. Q — 4-5 $18.60; EX — 2-1 $23.90; TRI — 4-5-2 $48.70. Time — 1:08.56.
    SECOND RACE
    TB Clm, 51/2 F. 1, Ok Boss (H. Martinez), 10.40, 3.80, 2.20; 2, Maximatic (K. Guglielmino), 2.80, 2.10; 3, All Star Stan (J. Madrigal), 2.10. Q — 1-2 $6.60; EX — 2-1 $7.00; TRI — 2-1-4 $11.40. Time — 1:07.38.
    THIRD RACE
    TB Mdn Clm, 5 F. 1, Trueorfalse (P. Fernandez), 10.00, 4.20, 2.40; 2, Always Untouchable (J. Madrigal), 4.20, 2.40; 3, Atticus Scouts (J. Guerrero), 2.20. Q — 1-2 $22.80; EX — 2-1 $29.80; TRI — 2-1-5 $43.30; DD — 2-2 $70.00. Time — 1:02.55.
    FOURTH RACE
    TB Clm, 5 F. 1, Table for One (J. Madrigal), 8.40, 3.80, 2.40; 2, Suesawme (J. Guerrero), 3.00, 2.20; 3, Casual Outing (K. Guglielmino), 2.40. Q — 2-4 $6.40; EX — 4-2 $7.40; TRI — 4-2-1 $19.40. Time — 1:00.64.
    FIFTH RACE
    TB Clm, 5 F. 1, Victors Legend (K. Guglielmino), 5.40, 3.40, 2.60; 2, Zalajandra (J. Guerrero), 4.20, 3.00; 3, My Hero (P. Fernandez), 3.60. Q — 1-4 $5.80; EX — 4-1 $6; TRI — 4-1-2 $14.80; P3 — 2-4-4 $164.50. Time — 1:02.45.
    SIXTH RACE
    TB Alw, 5 F. 1, Fastest (H. Martinez), 4.80, 3.80, 2.40; 2, Focus Now (J. Guerrero), 4.20, 2.40; 3, My Mans No Lady (J. Madrigal), 2.60. Q — 1-2 $11.80; EX — 2-1 $15.90; TRI — 2-1-3 $28.70. Time — 1:00.30.
    SEVENTH RACE
    TB Clm, 5 F. 1, Helalue (J. Madrigal), 4.60, 3.20, 2.20; 2, Miss Seamless (J. Guerrero), 6.80, 2.80; 3, Twobit'n Billie (J. Afanador), 2.60. Q — 4-5 $66.40; EX — 4-5 $32.80; TRI — 4-5-3 $170.90. Time — 1:00.98.
    EIGHTH RACE
    QH Alw, 600 yd. 1, Hyho Travio (K. Guglielmino), 5.60, 3.80, 2.40; 2, Chanac (J. Guerrero), 3.00, 2.40; 3, Tuff Puzzle (J. Afanador), 2.60. Q — 1-2 $8.40; EX — 1-2 $3.20; TRI — 1-2-4 $40.80; DD — 4-1 $9.60; P3 — 2-4-1 $10.90. Time — :30.83.
    Attendance — 2,575; Handle — $40,038.
    Auto Racing
    S.O. SPEEDWAY — At White City, Jorddon Braaten won the IMCA Northern Sports Mod A-main and Rob Fitzsimmons claimed the trophy dash at Southern Oregon Speedway.
    Albert Gill was first in the IMCA Modifieds A-main and Tom Berry Jr. secured the trophy dash.
    Josh King won the dwarf car A-main, Robbie Jones the hornets A-main and trophy dash, David Marble the mini stocks A-main and trophy dash and Miles Deubert the street stocks A-main and trophy dash.
    HORNETS
    TROPHY DASH — Robbie Jones.
    A-MAIN — 1, Robbie Jones; 2, Arlen Heath; 3, Tyler Womack; 4, Jake Gwin; 5, Samantha Gwin.
    MINI STOCKS
    TROPHY DASH — David Marble.
    A-MAIN — 1, David Marble; 2, Gary Anderson.
    STREET STOCKS
    TROPHY DASH — Miles Deubert.
    A-MAIN — 1, Miles Deubert; 2, Chris Howard.
    IMCA NORTHERN SPORT-MODS
    TROPHY DASH — Rob Fitzsimmons.
    A-MAIN — 1, Jorddon Braaten; 2, Dwayne Melvin; 3, Mike Medel; 4, Toby Judd; 5, Jason Rupert; DNF, Rob Fitzsimmons; DNF, Willie McFall; DNF, Matt Duste.
    IMCA MODIFIEDS
    TROPHY DASH — Tom Berry Jr.
    A-MAIN — 1, Albert Gill; 2, Dave Duste Jr.; 3, Roger Lorenzini; 4, Jeremy Ohlde; 5, Tom Berry Jr.; DNF, Tony Bartell; DNF, Kevin Hewitt.
    DWARF CARS
    A-MAIN — 1, Josh King; 2, Ryan Smith; 3, Mason Lewman; 4, Jeff Harsha; 5, CJ Putnam; 6, Brock Peters; 7, Kalvin Morton; 8, Fred Hay; 9, Justin Robeson; 10, Steve Rambo; 11, Josh Robeson; 12, Kaycee Sheeler; 13, Tony Engle; 14, Randy Slater.
    Semi-Pro Football
    BUZZARDS 45, RENEGADES 14 — At Cottage Grove, Southern Oregon trailed 19-7 at halftime before being outscored 26-7 in the second half of Pacific Football League action.
    The Renegades (4-4) will host the Portland Monarchs at Spiegelberg Stadium at 6 p.m. Saturday.
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