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South secures another road sweep

BEND — South Medford scored its second doubleheader sweep in a little more than 24 hours Saturday to improve to 5-0 heading into the Southwest Conference softball season opener on Tuesday.

Fresh off sweeping Red Bluff on the road Friday,...

Tornado on top

Tornado on top

If you truly are gauged by the company you keep, then the baseball programs in the Southwest Conference certainly have good reason to hold their heads high entering the 2015 campaign.

Much can be made of the fact that two SWC teams —...

Panthers settle for split with Redmond

The South Medford baseball team picked up a 7-0 win over Redmond before coming up just short in a 5-4, nine-inning loss during nonleague action at Harry & David Field on Friday.

The Panthers hit into a double play with the bases loaded and...

Big rally by North Medford falls short

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The North Medford baseball team came storming back with six runs in the top of the seventh inning but it wasn’t enough against host Desert Oasis.

Desert Oasis picked up the 7-6 victory but not before North Medford...

Liberty holds off Crater in tourney

CENTRAL POINT — With only one returning varsity baseball player in the field, and one other from last year’s pitching rotation, Crater continued to show that it’s a work in progress Wednesday on Day 2 of the Crater Spring Break...

Crater comes up short in tourney opener

CENTRAL POINT — Clackamas got a four-hitter from pitcher Luke Burns to slip by Crater, 4-1, in the opening round of the Crater Spring Break Baseball Tournament at Anhorn Field Tuesday.

Burns struck out three, walked one and was supported...

Miscues cost North Medford in Vegas setback

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Although the North Medford baseball team did not commit an error, miscues and lack of execution doomed the Black Tornado against host Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas, Nev. on Monday.

The Black Tornado walked five batters and...

Ashland tops South to remain unbeaten

ASHLAND — Ashland jumped on South Medford from the outset and gradually pulled away Saturday to remain undefeated in nonconference baseball at North Mountain Park.

The Grizzlies scored twice in the first inning and built a 6-0 lead...

Panthers kick off year with win

Sophomore pitcher Pat Moore and the South Medford softball team opened the year with a 3-1 win over Forest Grove during nonleague action on Friday at South Medford High.

Pat Moore threw a two-hitter with 13 strikeouts and three walks and Hannah...

Thomas pitches North Medford past Henley

Junior pitcher Sarah Thomas struck out 13 over five scoreless innings, boosting the North Medford softball team to a season-opening, nonconference victory on Thursday at North Medford High.

Thomas didn't allow a hit and walked three from the...

March 2015

Cavemen edge Comets in opener

GRANTS PASS — Grants Pass junior Cody Ekwall struck out eight, walked two and allowed five hits in leading the Cavemen to a 2-1 victory...

Challengers top Pirates in season opener

Cascade Christian got its baseball season off to a promising start Tuesday as senior Will Weaver pitched a complete game and his two-run triple in...

Crater falls short in softball season opener

CENTRAL POINT — Crater scored three times in its final at-bat but couldn’t push across the equalizer as Henley held on for a 5-4 win...

February 2015

SOSC to recognize local athletes, top stories

The Southern Oregon Sports Commission will announce its male and female athletes of the year and honor a sports advocate at its inaugural banquet...

January 2015

North’s Westfall, Ragan sign with Western Nevada

North Medford pitchers Colton Westfall and Jordan Ragan both recently signed letters of intent to play baseball at Western Nevada College in...

June 2014

Ashland lands three on all-state HM list

Three Ashland High Grizzlies have been named Class 5A all-state honorable mentions.

North's Wolfe named 6A coach of year

North Medford head baseball coach Brett Wolfe was named the Class 6A coach of the year and four members of the state champion Black Tornado squad...

Pirates earn all-Skyline accolades

Phoenix landed four spots on the Skyline Conference baseball and softball first-team lists.

Crater leads SOH all-stars

If it was to be Crater's final baseball season at the state's highest classification, the Comets made it count.

North holds on to claim crown
North holds on to claim crown

KEIZER — North Medford baseball coach Brett Wolfe never seemed happier, junior Colton Westfall got stronger with every pitch and timely, clutch...

Challengers fall short in title game
Challengers fall short in title game

KEIZER — As the sun came down here at Volcanoes Stadium Friday evening, the heads wearing Cascade Christian baseball caps remained high in the...

Clark, Challengers brace for rematch with Glide

Two years ago, as Cascade Christian battled Santiam Christian for the Class 3A baseball state championship, Cooper Clark spent most of the afternoon...

Balancing Act
Balancing Act

The dilemma is universal for soccer moms, baseball dads and any-and-every-event grandparents. Multiple kids mean multiple sports, and that means...

Ashland's Carlson, Eagles' Gonsalves earn top SOH awards

Eight Ashland High baseball players have been voted to the Southern Oregon Hybrid Class 5A all-star team, including player of the year Eric Carlson,...

North, Sheldon prep for rematch
North, Sheldon prep for rematch

North Medford and Sheldon certainly won't be strangers when they meet Saturday with the Class 6A baseball state championship on the line, but that...

Cascade Christian reaches 3A state finals

In a game full of big hits, Cascade Christian got the final one.

Westfall dominant in blanking Tualatin

Poise has rarely been an issue for North Medford junior pitcher Colton Westfall.

Baseball: Tornado, Challengers in action
Baseball: Tornado, Challengers in action

The second-seeded North Medford baseball team looks to advance to the Class 6A championship for the first time since 2007 when it hosts third-seeded...

May 2014

Challengers blast Crusaders in Class 3A state quarterfinals
Challengers blast Crusaders in Class 3A state quarterfinals

Cody Coggins has experienced a lot of success on the baseball diamond in his three varsity seasons at Cascade Christian High.

Crofton leads Tornado into 6A semifinals

North Medford's stable of quality starting pitchers came in handy this week.

Crater falls short
Crater falls short

CENTRAL POINT — Top-seeded Crater was dialed in early with a state semifinals berth on the line but Sheldon remained patient and confident, and...

Ashland bows out in Class 5A quarterfinals

ASHLAND — Sherwood took advantage of seven Ashland errors, racked up 18 hits and received a complete-game pitching performance from Zakary...

North, South go down to the wire
North, South go down to the wire

If it was going to be a first, the baseball teams at North Medford and South Medford certainly made sure Wednesday's state playoff matchup was going...

Grizzlies blow by Dragons, advance to 5A quarterfinals

ASHLAND — The Ashland Grizzlies are headed back to the Class 5A state quarterfinals, where a familiar foe will be waiting for them.

Fox's three-hitter carries Crater over Tigard

CENTRAL POINT — Crater got another strong pitching performance, and the top-seeded Comets moved into the Class 6A baseball quarterfinals with a...

Tornado, Panthers meet today in baseball

Action heats up in the high school baseball and softball playoffs today, and there's little question where the most electric atmosphere will be.

Panthers spring upset in 11 innings

TUALATIN — With each inning that passed, the South Medford Panthers softball team grew more headstrong and savvy, which seemed to wear on their...

North holds off late Pioneers rally

Josh Berman had a premonition it might be his time to make a big play.

Bastendorff guides Crater past Aloha

CENTRAL POINT — It wasn't the kind of runaway win one might expect for a top-ranked team in the state playoffs against the lowest seeded squad...

Local teams host playoffs

North Medford's softball team, ranked No. 1 in the Oregon School Activities Association Class 6A power rankings, begins its quest for a third...

Challengers haul in SCL all-star accolades

The Cascade Christian baseball team went 12-0 in the Southern Cascade League this season and the Challengers were honored accordingly by the league's...

St. Mary's earns first 3A baseball playoff berth

Joe Hammonds was lights out on the mound and received plenty of run support from a balanced St. Mary's batting lineup as the Crusaders secured their...

Crater wins outright SOH title

ROSEBURG — Crater needed at least a doubleheader split against Roseburg Saturday to win the outright Southern Oregon Hybrid baseball...

North bats erupt in sweep of GP

GRANTS PASS — The North Medford baseball team wrapped up its Southern Oregon Hybrid schedule with a bang, cranking out 24 hits in a sweep of...

Crater clinches share of SOH baseball title

CENTRAL POINT — Crater starter Nolan Bastendorff got off to a shaky start then found his groove as the Comets secured at least a tie for the...

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Carter Glick

Challengers sweep IV, clinch SCH title

CAVE JUNCTION — Cascade Christian junior Cody Coggins tossed his first-ever no-hitter and the Challengers needed only five innings in Game 2 to...

South Medford sweeps Roseburg to end SOH season

ROSEBURG — South Medford put itself in position to claim third place in Southern Oregon Hybrid baseball, but it will need help.

Walk-off Wonders: Crater tips GP in 10th
Walk-off Wonders: Crater tips GP in 10th

Crater has made its way to the top of the Class 6A baseball coaches' poll, but it certainly hasn't been easy for the Comets in recent weeks.

North Medford tops Ashland in key 6A/5A clash

ASHLAND — Steen Fredrickson did all he could to help the Ashland High baseball team push Class 6A powerhouse North Medford on Friday.

South puts an end to losing skid

South Medford snapped a four-game losing streak behind solid pitching Tuesday from senior Caleb Newman and the type of timely hitting head coach Ray...

North rebounds with sweep of Roseburg

Three straight losses didn't sit well with North Medford's baseball team, and the Black Tornado made sure to turn things around Saturday in a key...

Grizzlies ride Glick to 14th straight win

GRANTS PASS — Ashland senior Carter Glick had his no-hit bid broken up with two outs in the bottom of the seventh before pocketing his first...

April 2014

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Israel Navarro

Roseburg hands North Medford third straight loss

ROSEBURG — North Medford baseball coach Brett Wolfe would have nothing to do with excuses for his team's third straight loss, a 9-4 Southern...

Crater keeps cruising
Crater keeps cruising

Coming off an emotional sweep of North Medford on Saturday, Crater's baseball coaches and players spent the better part of the last two days...

St. Mary's earns league sweep of Illinois Valley

CAVE JUNCTION — St. Mary's needed eight innings to pull off a 4-3 victory over Illinois Valley in the opener of a Southern Cascade Hybrid...

GP uses long ball to salvage SOH split

GRANTS PASS — Grants Pass' Drew VanEss hit a walk-off grand slam in his team's 7-6 win over South Medford after the Panthers shut out the...

Comets work overtime
Comets work overtime

CENTRAL POINT — When the midseason matchup involves the Nos. 1-2 baseball teams in the Class 6A power rankings, it's supposed to be good.

Errors spell doom for Comets in SOH sweep

CENTRAL POINT — The Crater softball team led early on in both of its Southern Oregon Hybrid games with Roseburg, but a combined 14 errors...

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Crater’s Johannes will not return as coach

Only days removed from the end of the winter sports season, Crater High School is already in the process of hiring a boys basketball coach after...