North Medford High wrestling coach Phillip Lopez isn't the type to get carried away.
South Medford boys basketball coach Dennis Murphy has long talked about what it means to play "Panther basketball."
A group of children rushed the basketball court at South Medford High on Friday night.
Nothing comes easy once you get into the state playoffs, and 10th-ranked South Medford faced that reality Wednesday night during first-round boys basketball action against Beaverton.
Why does Krystal Williams sit on the edge of her seat? Why does the South Medford junior reserve listen carefully to head coach Tom Cole from the bench and watch the action in front of her with the eyes of boxer ready to take a swipe?
What a difference a year makes.
PORTLAND — North Medford's drought of state champions in wrestling since the city split into two high schools is over.
Basketball players Ashley Bolston of South Medford and Tristen Holmes of North Medford have similarities in their games.
Southern Oregon went without a wrestling state champion for the first time in more than a decade at last year's state tournament but the area is ripe with hopefuls capable of making sure that status isn't extended.
South Medford continued its torrid play in the boys basketball regular-season finale against Grants Pass Tuesday.