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Rise and Shine

Rise and Shine


After a year spent patiently waiting for his turn, North Medford junior Brian Schireman certainly is making the most of his opportunity these days for the eighth-ranked Black Tornado boys basketball team.

Schireman was a casualty of a deep...

South overwhelms Roseburg

South overwhelms Roseburg

South Medford’s No. 2-ranked girls basketball team was in fine position but not exactly showing its true colors by halftime against Roseburg in Southwest Conference play Tuesday.

Tornado pulls away from Cavemen

GRANTS PASS — Tyren Wolfe scored 15 points and the eighth-ranked North Medford boys basketball team downed Grants Pass, 70-51, during Southwest Conference play on Tuesday.
Jack Singleton turned in 14...

North girls clamp down on GP

GRANTS PASS — In a key girls basketball clash for Southwest Conference positioning, North Medford picked a fine time to play one of its best defensive efforts of the season, according to head coach Tim Karrick.

The Black Tornado limited...

James tallies 26 in RVA triumph

Nathan James scored 26 points on nearly 50-percent shooting to lead Rogue Valley Adventist past visiting Central Christian of Redmond, 53-43, in Mountain Valley League boys basketball Monday.

The Red Tail Hawks (12-7, 4-4 MVL) scored 18...

Prospect rallies for MVL victory

REDMOND — The Prospect boys basketball team turned things around in the second half on Saturday.

Central Christian led 29-21 at intermission, but the Cougars’ defense yielded just nine thereafter and Jarred Gaines and Prospect...

Crater girls stun Springfield in OT

CENTRAL POINT — Crater's leading scorer Courtney Setzer couldn't find the basket through three quarters in a key Midwestern League girls basketball matchup against Springfield on Friday.

But Setzer got it together late and helped the...

Sheldon rallies to topple North boys

EUGENE — Sheldon made just three baskets in the fourth quarter but went 16-for-20 from the foul line to rally past North Medford, 62-55, in the Southwest Conference boys basketball Friday at Sheldon High.

“We played pretty well for...

South rises again

South rises again

Three days removed from a lifeless display against its cross-town rival, South Medford showed a much different side to its personae Friday night in a pivotal Southwest Conference boys basketball matchup against South Eugene.

It would have been...

St. Mary’s boys score rare win over Cascade

You’d have to flip your calendars back nine years to find the day the St. Mary’s boys basketball team last got the best of Cascade Christian.

With Connor Vinyard’s game-sealing 3-pointer, the Crusaders put an end to their...

January 2015

Phoenix boys fall short at Mazama

KLAMATH FALLS — With its starting point guard an unexpected scratch in the lineup, the Phoenix boys basketball team didn’t have the depth needed to keep up with Mazama in a Skyline Conference showdown Thursday.

To make matters...

Setzer's giving nature shines on and off the court for Crater
Setzer's giving nature shines on and off the court for Crater

CENTRAL POINT — It wasn’t by design that Courtney Setzer found herself in the paint as a post player for the Crater girls basketball team.

South cruises past North

South Medford junior Julissa Tago went for 19 points, eight steals and five assists, senior Keyari Sleezer recorded 19 points and five rebounds and the second-ranked Panthers girls basketball team downed cross-town rival North Medford, 73-26,...

Crater boys deny Eagle Point

EAGLE POINT — With the game on the line in the fourth quarter, Crater's Christian Reyes delivered in the clutch.

Comets top Eagles in MWL action

EAGLE POINT — Crater’s pattern of playing a strong third quarter continued in a 50-30 Midwestern League girls basketball victory over Eagle Point on Tuesday.

North stifles South
North stifles South

It may have been good fortune that landed North Medford its first win over cross-town rival South Medford this season, but none of that was needed Tuesday night in the same Panthers gym.

The eighth-ranked Black Tornado was in full control from...

South rebounds to finish 1-1 at Classic

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Less than 24 hours after a less-than-stellar performance in the Spalding Hoophall Classic, South Medford’s girls basketball team showed its true colors in closing the elite event with an 81-56 victory over Central...

Youth movement
Youth movement

The young North Medford girls basketball team saved their best for last on Friday night.

Freshman Maggie Freeman scored 13 of her 15 of her points in the second half, sophomore Savannah Bumgardner came on strong late and finished with 10 points...

Capital Prep overpowers South in Classic

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — South Medford’s second-ranked girls basketball team didn’t supply it’s usual high-effort and paid the price Friday against Capital Prep of Connecticut in the opening game of the Spalding Hoophall...

Black Tornado trips up Colts in OT

SPRINGFIELD — Following Tristen Holmes’ tremendous first-half performance, Brian Schireman and Tucker Barry awoke in the fourth quarter and in overtime to put the Black Tornado over the top on Friday.

Schireman hit several...

Grizzlies take down Comets
Grizzlies take down Comets

CENTRAL POINT — It wasn’t always pretty but Ashland shrugged off a slow start and executed well when it mattered most to secure a 50-46 upset of No. 4 Crater in Midwestern League boys basketball Tuesday.

The Grizzlies fell down by...

Rogue River upsets No. 5 Challengers

ROGUE RIVER — Despite trailing Cascade Christian by one point at halftime, Rogue River boys basketball coach Ron Haynes liked where his team was positioned in the Southern Cascade League opener for both teams.

Haynes' premonition proved...

South Medford girls remain unbeaten in SWC

Second-ranked South Medford came out fast and never let visiting Willamette gain any momentum en route to a 79-36 Southwest Conference girls basketball victory at the Panthers gym Tuesday.

Junior wing Julissa Tago scored 15 of her game-high 22...

Challengers upend No. 3 Eagles

HARRISBURG — Christian Kammerzell and Jason Wyncoop got Cascade Christian off to a fast start and the fifth-ranked Challengers didn’t let up from there en route to an impressive 62-42 boys basketball win over No. 3 Harrisburg on...

Third-ranked Crater girls fend off Marist

EUGENE — Crater’s girls basketball team spent the better part of its last two practices working on end-of-game situations after not being satisfied following Tuesday’s win over Mazama.

Crater routs Marist in key MWL clash

CENTRAL POINT — Gunnar Asher caught fire from beyond the 3-point arc and the Crater boys basketball team couldn’t have asked for better execution on the defensive end.

Asher scored 25 points and the Comets came away with an...

Second-ranked South Medford routs Thurston in home opener
Second-ranked South Medford routs Thurston in home opener

After his team played on Friday, South Medford head girls basketball coach Tom Cole shared stories of the Panthers’ recent travels with fans who had stuck around in the bleachers.

The squad’s road trips to California were valuable...

Wolfe’s late 3 lifts North Medford boys

It wasn’t necessarily the situation North Medford wanted to be in Friday night, but the Black Tornado boys basketball team was anything but panicked as the clock dwindled down against visiting Willamette in Southwest Conference...

Haugen's big game spurs RVA

Trevor Haugen powered Rogue Valley Adventist with 32 points and 12 rebounds as the host Red Tail Hawks rolled over North Lake, 71-46, in Mountain Valley League boys basketball Thursday.

Rogue Valley Adventist (9-4, 2-1 MVL) outscored North Lake...

Panthers down Sheldon in SWC opener

EUGENE — The second-ranked South Medford girls basketball team received contributions galore in a 73-54 win over 10th-ranked Sheldon in the Southwest Conference opener on Tuesday.

Keyari Sleezer erupted for 25 points, six assists and five...

Panthers hold on for SWC win

Conor Carroll heated up for 18 points off the bench, Hunter Bradford turned in 15 points and 10 rebounds and the 10th-ranked South Medford boys basketball team survived a late deep-shooting surge from Sheldon to win, 71-66, in the Southwest Conference...

North, South sweep wrestling duals

North Medford and South Medford each swept their counterparts in a wrestling dual matchup with Sheldon and South Eugene in Southwest Conference action Wednesday night.

The Black Tornado secured a 69-0 victory over South Eugene behind a host of...

North falters in SWC opener
North falters in SWC opener

On-court intangibles have led North Medford to an impressive start to the boys basketball season, but the fifth-ranked Black Tornado found itself lacking throughout Tuesday’s Southwest Conference opener against South Eugene.


Comets pick up MWL victory

EUGENE — After a foggy start, the Crater boys basketball team quickly found its mojo against North Eugene on Saturday.

The Comets downed the Highlanders, 48-33, after pulling away in the second quarter in the Midwestern League...

Late 3-pointers again derail Panthers

SALEM — South Medford was victimized by late 3-pointers for the second straight game and fell to South Salem, 69-68, in nonconference boys basketball Friday.

The Panthers led 67-63 with about 20 seconds left on a Craig Contreras free...

Ashland falls to Marist in MWL debut

ASHLAND — Ashland’s baptism to Midwestern League girls basketball did not go as planned Friday at Mountain Avenue Gym.

The Grizzlies struggled at the free throw line and from the floor as Marist took charge in the opening quarter...

Challengers’ late charge falls short

SALEM — The Cascade Christian boys basketball team stormed back after trailing by 16 points in the final quarter before ultimately falling to Valley Catholic, 44-42, at the Salem Academy Tournament at Salem Academy High on...

December 2014

Tornado Title
Tornado Title

North Medford’s boys basketball team considered itself fortunate to have a shot toward the end of regulation in the Abby’s Holiday Classic Tuesday night at South Medford High.

Brian Schireman did them one better.

The 6-foot-1...

South drops tourney finale to Chaminade

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Typically, two straight losses wouldn’t equate to success in much of anything, let alone basketball.

The South Medford girls basketball team, however, stayed with two of the country’s top eight schools in...

South girls fall short in tourney

STOCKTON, Calif. — The South Medford girls basketball team had the fifth-ranked team in the country on the ropes for three-plus quarters in the semifinals of the platinum division of the West Coast Jamboree at Los Positas College on...

South escapes in overtime

South Medford junior Hunter Bradford seemed to make a difference whenever he was on the court, but no more so than when his team needed him late Monday night at South Medford High.

The 6-foot-8 junior scored six of his team-high 15 points in a...

North surges into Abby’s final
North surges into Abby’s final

It wasn’t looking good early for North Medford’s boys basketball team during Monday’s semifinal of the 25th annual Abby’s Holiday Classic at South Medford High.

Fortunately for the ninth-ranked Black Tornado, it has...

Barry, North heat up in win

Tucker Barry and his teammates delivered at the Abby’s Holiday Classic on Sunday.

The North Medford junior guard erupted for a career-high 25 points as the ninth-ranked Black Tornado whirled by McKay, 71-42, during the opening night of...

Reyes scores 28 to power Crater

BEND — Crater rallied from a five-point deficit in the final 50 seconds to defeat Sandy, 60-57, and advance to the fourth-place game at the Oregon Holiday Hoopfest at Mountain View High.

Panthers pull away
Panthers pull away

The beginning certainly left a lot to be desired but South Medford rounded into form and hit high gear toward the end in opening the 25th annual Abby’s Holiday Classic with a 71-55 victory over West Albany on Sunday at South Medford...

Falls comes up big for South Medford

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Jasmin Falls played with a lot determination despite an injury in South Medford’s opening-game victory at the 15th annual West Coast Jamboree.

Falls posted a double-double and made a critical three-point play...

School bans 'I Can't Breathe' T-shirts at tournament

SAN FRANCISCO — A high school basketball tournament on the Northern California coast has become the latest flashpoint in the ongoing protests over police killings of unarmed black men after a school was disinvited because of concerns its...

No Place Like Home
No Place Like Home

Last year for only the fourth time in Abby’s Holiday Classic history, a Medford team didn’t advance to the championship game of the annual boys basketball tournament.

No. 1 Dayton pulls away late against St. Mary’s

St. Mary’s battled undefeated Dayton tough but the Pirates pulled away in the final period to post a 50-35 nonconference boys basketball victory at the Crusaders gym Tuesday.

“We battled with them for three quarters,” said...

Dixon’s buzzer-beater gives North title

LAKE OSWEGO — Karter Dixon made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give North Medford a 61-58 boys basketball victory over Southridge in the championship of the Lakeridge Holiday Classic on Monday.

Dixon’s shot was set up when Southridge...

Schireman, Tornado shoot past Pacers

LAKE OSWEGO — Brian Schireman and the North Medford boys basketball team caught fire early and held on late en route to a 64-57 victory over ninth-ranked Lakeridge at the eight-school Lakeridge Holiday Classic on Sunday.

The Black Tornado...

South tops Lakers in Red Bluff finale

RED BLUFF, Calif. — South Medford secured the Red Bluff Holiday Classic championship for the first time since 2010 and, in the process, pinned the first loss of the season on three-time defending champion Lake Oswego with a 55-46 win in...

Crater girls clinch Classic crown

Crater capped an undefeated run through the Southern Oregon Subaru Christmas Classic bracket with another impressive showing Saturday in girls basketball action at Cascade Christian High.

All-tournament selection Courtney Setzer powered the...

Challengers clip Eagles
Challengers clip Eagles

Cascade Christian’s Chad Morse has always had a knack for shooting.

The junior wing was a regular among the top finalists during local free-throw shooting competitions in his elementary school days and beyond.

But a funny thing...

South Medford downs Del Norte in Red Bluff tourney

RED BLUFF, Calif. — South Medford advanced to the finals of the Red Bluff Holiday Tournament with a workmanlike, 43-28 victory over Del Norte from Crescent City, Calif., in boys basketball Friday.

Pirates outlast Challengers in Christmas tourney

Thomas Skaff recorded 12 points and four rebounds to help the Phoenix boys basketball team beat Cascade Christian, 39-33, during round-robin play at the Southern Oregon Subaru Christmas Classic at Cascade Christian High on Friday.

Triston Hay...

Comets roll over Pirates in Classic

PHOENIX — The Phoenix girls basketball team knew it had its work cut out going up against Class 5A Crater in the opening round of the Southern Oregon Subaru Christmas Classic on Thursday.

The Pirates fell behind early with Crater’s...

English boosts South Medford in tourney win

RED BLUFF — Cameron English scored 18 points to help the South Medford boys basketball take care of its first-round foe in the opening round of the Red Bluff Tournament at Red Bluff High School on Thursday.

The Panthers claimed an 80-34...

Mustangs race past Eagles

MURPHY — Hidden Valley broke out of the gates quickly and never trailed in pulling away from Eagle Point, 56-34, in nonconference boys basketball action Wednesday night.

The Mustangs (6-2) notched their fourth straight victory by opening...

North Medford hands Comets first loss

CENTRAL POINT — Crater jumped out to an early lead on North Medford but the Black Tornado used a diversified attack to post a 76-56 victory in nonconference boys basketball at the Comets gym Tuesday.

Junior guard Brian Schireman paced...

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Change coming for North football

When he was putting together his initial football staff at North Medford High, Mike Mitchell put a particularly different spin on his...