Athletic directors at the Class 5A level have proven to be the most invested in controlling their own playoff destiny since a switch to the...
A pair of former St. Mary's standouts will take over the coaching reins in two sports next season.
Three local girls and one boy were selected to the Class 3A all-state basketball teams released recently from voting by that classification's coaches.
Phoenix senior Baylee Toney and junior Jason Wyncoop were honored for their basketball efforts by the Skyline Conference coaches recently with first-team selections to their respective all-conference lists.
South Medford senior Ashley Bolston capped her girls baskeball career as the winningest player in program history and, on Wednesday, added an exclamation point to her run with a first-team all-state selection at the Class 6A level.
After their Siskiyous team had held a lead for almost the entire edition of the Mail Tribune All-Star Basketball Classic, Crater's Connor Lane, Eagle Point's Cesar Chavez and South Medford's Ben Orndoff simply weren't going to miss an opportunity to go...
The story and headline had practically been written: Siskiyous dominate, cruise past Rogues.
As much as basketball players enjoy racing up and down the court and putting up shots and points with video-game regularity, there's something else they like to do.
PORTLAND — Midway through the third quarter, South Medford had the look of a champion in its third straight Class 6A girls basketball state championship here at the Moda Center.
PORTLAND — That intangible factor that often turns the tide between winning and losing just wasn't on South Medford's side Saturday morning here at the Moda Center.
CORVALLIS — The North Valley boys basketball team tied the Class 4A state tournament record with 11 3-pointers as the Knights downed Cottage Grove, 68-39, to take fourth place at Gill Coliseum on Saturday.
PORTLAND — Still a big factor in South Medford's state quarterfinals win on Wednesday, the general conclusion was that sophomore standout Julissa Tago needed to be more aggressive on the offensive end for the Panthers to reach their third straight...
PORTLAND — South Medford head coach Dennis Murphy kissed point guard Brayden Massey on the cheek, burst through the locker room door with a scream and treated the nearby walls like a bongo.
EUGENE — Eagle Point's record-breaking season came to a close Friday morning as Wilsonville defeated the Eagles 52-45 in the consolation bracket of the Class 5A boys basketball tournament.
CORVALLIS — Chris Morsa had 23 points and five assists and Thor Whitmore added 17 points while coming up clutch late to help guide ninth-seeded North Valley to a 61-55 win over Henley in a Class 4A state consolation game at Gill Coliseum on Friday.
PORTLAND — South Medford had its chances to snap a three-year drought at the Moda Center on Thursday, but the fourth-seeded Panthers just couldn't capitalize against Jesuit in another disappointing showing in the Class 6A boys basketball state...
EUGENE — Cold shooting and early turnovers proved too much for Eagle Point to overcome in its state quarterfinal matchup with West Albany on Thursday.
CORVALLIS — Philomath held North Valley to one basket in the final six minutes and defeated the Knights, 44-43, in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A boys basketball state tournament at Gill Coliseum Thursday.
Cascade Christian and St. Mary's were well represented in Southern Cascade Hybrid boys and girls basketball all-league voting.
PORTLAND — South Medford's top-ranked girls basketball team did all it really needed to do Wednesday afternoon at the Moda Center.
Eagle Point and West Albany haven't played each other this season, but that doesn't mean the boys basketball teams aren't familiar with one another.
The boys and girls teams have been selected for the seventh annual Mail Tribune All-Star Basketball Classic, and the talented mix of area high school players bodes well for another exciting exhibition of high school hoops.
South Medford girls basketball head coach Tom Cole was speaking about his own team, but his words may be even more salient to his squad's opponent today.
South Medford's history of getting to the state quarterfinals is well-documented, with the Panther boys reaching that point in 12 of the last 13 years.
This is the official ballot for voting for the starters in the Mail Tribune All-Star Basketball Classic games on March 21, 2014.
EAGLE POINT — The decision was an easy one for Eagle Point boys basketball head coach Bryan Wood: Get the ball in Cesar Chavez's hands, and let him do the rest.
South Medford boys basketball coach Dennis Murphy has long talked about what it means to play "Panther basketball."
COOS BAY — Cascade Christian will have to make room in a trophy case that has filled up in a hurry since it moved up to Class 3A six years ago.
A group of children rushed the basketball court at South Medford High on Friday night.
NORTH BEND — Cascade Christian had the upper hand for the entire second half of its Class 3A boys basketball game against Amity at North Bend High Friday.
COOS BAY — The Cascade Christian boys basketball team collided with a fiery defensive squad which took the Challengers out of their game plan early on and never recovered in Thursday's Class 3A first-round state tournament game.
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.
It pained Scott Plankenhorn to even say the numbers.
DALLAS — When Eagle Point needed a miracle, Adrienne Wood delivered.
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?
CENTRAL POINT — Crater senior Becca Heard is as optimistic as anyone, but even she couldn't help but admit to being taken aback by the start of Tuesday's Class 6A girls basketball state playoff opener against Forest Grove.
PORTLAND — Senior guard Joci Ellis led a spirited comeback by North Medford, but the Black Tornado couldn't overcome an early shooting barrage by Jesuit and fell 59-49 in the first round of the Class 6A state girls basketball playoffs Tuesday.
What a difference a year makes.
Alexia Hall snatched the basketball with the speed of a cheetah, zoomed down court and scooped in a silky smooth layup.
Salem Academy made St. Mary's work overtime, but the Crusaders made enough big shots to earn another trip to the beach.
Basketball players Ashley Bolston of South Medford and Tristen Holmes of North Medford have similarities in their games.
CRANE — Emmitt Bateman recorded 16 points and Jared McGonagle went for five points, eight rebounds, four steals and three blocks for Butte Falls in a 42-31 loss to Crane in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs at Crane High on Wednesday.
Rogue Valley Adventist senior Caleb Allen was named the Mountain Valley League most valuable player for a third straight year in recent voting by coaches.
South Medford continued its torrid play in the boys basketball regular-season finale against Grants Pass Tuesday.
Tonight's regular-season finale figures to be a special one for South Medford's Ben Orndoff.
PHOENIX — Baylee Toney led four Phoenix players in double figures and the Pirate girls basketball team created havoc on defense in a 69-31 victory over Hidden Valley in a Skyline Conference league playoff game Monday.
The third-ranked Cascade Christian boys basketball team used a balanced effort to charge past Lakeview, 65-52, in the championship game of the Southern Cascade Hybrid playoffs on Saturday.
In the heat of good competition, it's typically the little things that put a boys basketball team over the top.
EAGLE POINT — Ashland dared Eagle Point to shoot and for three quarters the Eagles looked like they had forgotten how.
It may have been Ashley Bolston's last league game at home, but South Medford's Southern Oregon Hybrid contest on Friday ended the same way that they've always ended for her.
CENTRAL POINT — The Crater boys basketball team gave Connor Lane plenty of looks on Friday, and the 6-foot-7 senior took advantage of them.
Maybe Caleb Allen gets his strength from his dad, a former Marine who builds helicopters.
PHOENIX — Baylee Toney had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Phoenix girls basketball team trounced Klamath Union 62-43 to finish third in the final Skyline Conference standings Thursday at Phoenix High School.
The third-ranked St. Mary's girls basketball team clinched the top seed in the Southern Cascade Hybrid with a 66-36 win over Lakeview in the league championship at St. Mary's High on Wednesday.
Things went from magnificent to miserable for the Crater girls basketball team on Tuesday.
With a continuation of their season on the line tonight, the St. Mary's boys basketball team will have to do without the services of head coach Braden Benton and one of its players when the Crusaders play host to Lakeview in the Southern Cascade Hybrid...
GRANTS PASS — North Medford picked a bad time to go cold from the field and Grants Pass took full advantage, using fourth-quarter woes by the Black Tornado to gain a 56-50 boys basketball victory at Grants Pass High on Tuesday.
North Medford's energetic rebounding effort contributed to a 47-30 home victory over Grants Pass in Southern Oregon Hybrid girls basketball Tuesday.