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Ex-South star Breeze commits to Oregon

There really was only one college that tugged at the heartstrings of Medford's Brady Breeze as recruitment opened for the heralded safety in football.

Evans balancing summer duties

Evans balancing summer duties

Summertime should be spent making plans with friends and enjoying all that comes with the freedom of a full day with endless possibilities ahead of you.

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.

Locals ready to make memories at Les Schwab Bowl

Locals ready to make memories at Les Schwab Bowl

The Rogue Valley will be well-represented Saturday in the 67th Les Schwab Bowl, making it that much more special for local football players on the South team as they prepare to face the North squad at Hillsboro Stadium.

Breeze will be busy prior to leaving town

Breeze will be busy prior to leaving town

Even if he weren't slated to leave Medford, Brady Breeze wouldn't be spending much time here this summer anyway.

South's Breeze reportedly will transfer

Junior-to-be Brady Breeze plans to transfer from South Medford to Central Catholic and play football for the Portland school, the reigning Class 6A state champion, according to a story that appeared on oregonlive.com Monday.

Sign of the times

Sign of the times

Echoing their excitement to grow as individuals and as athletes, Eagle Point's Peyton Dole and Crater's Gracie Tostenson highlighted a host of area seniors who made their collegiate intentions known during Wednesday's national letter of intent signing...

Three locals make 6A state squads

Crater senior wide receiver Kory Bennett and North Medford senior defensive lineman Hunter Hermansen were named to the Class 6A state second-team list, it was announced recently.

Cascade Christian cleans up on 3A all-state list

Cascade Christian's march to the Class 3A football state championship yielded 10 first-team positions in all-state voting and top accolades for several players and coaches.

Ashland High School explores artificial-turf field

ASHLAND — Goodbye grass stains and mud-caked cleats, hello traction and rug burns. And not only for football players — for everybody.

December 2013

Challengers chase down title
Challengers chase down title

BEND — Cascade Christian football players gathered in a circle after winning the Class 3A state championship and, one by one, stood up to give praise to teammates.

It's a family affair for the Gettmans
It's a family affair for the Gettmans

BEND — Dennis Gettman held his clipboard firmly and jotted down defensive statistics during his son's football game on Saturday.

November 2013

Challengers, Bulldogs set sights on first title since '06
Challengers, Bulldogs set sights on first title since '06

Making a second straight appearance in the Class 3A football state championship game stands to give Cascade Christian an advantage, but Challengers head coach Jon Gettman knows that only gets you so far.

Humble Knox shines for Challengers
Humble Knox shines for Challengers

All the ingredients are there for Seth Knox to play the role of quarterback.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Tristen Holmes

Grizzlies bow out against No. 1 Bowmen
Grizzlies bow out against No. 1 Bowmen

EUGENE — Sherwood head coach Greg Lawrence expressly wanted to see his defending champion Bowmen challenged by Ashland in Saturday's Class 5A state semifinals at Autzen Stadium.

Challengers hold off Vale

BEND — Cooper Clark watched from the stands last year as the Cascade Christian football team fell to Dayton in the Class 3A state final.

Tigard tackles North
Tigard tackles North

TIGARD — Fifth-ranked North Medford knew it was running into a buzz saw in No. 2 Tigard on Friday night as it prepared for the Class 6A football state quarterfinals.

Tornado Turnaround
Tornado Turnaround

There's no denying that a fresh wind has blown through the North Medford football program this season.

Challengers return to familiar territory

Few football teams can claim to have the kind of postseason experience that Cascade Christian possesses: The Challengers are about to make their sixth straight appearance in the Class 3A state semifinals.

Grizzlies face tough task against Sherwood
Grizzlies face tough task against Sherwood

If a football coach seems to be almost rooting for his team's next opponent, practically pulling for them to at least put up a fight, chances are he's not short on confidence.

Tornado takes show on the road
Tornado takes show on the road

When fifth-ranked North Medford visits No. 2 Tigard on Friday, there's no question it will be the underdog.

Parker does it all for Challengers
Parker does it all for Challengers

The roots of Cody Parker's football career began with trees.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Nick Janakes

Knox passes test in rout of Rainier

It wasn't as if Rainier dared Cascade Christian quarterback Seth Knox to throw the football on Saturday afternoon.

Ashland's Montgomery earns top defensive honor

Ashland High senior linebacker Mason Montgomery was voted defensive Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row and nabbed one of the Grizzlies 10 first-team nods as Ashland cleaned house with this week's release of the Midwestern League...

North stands firm
North stands firm

A lot of heart and a little luck proved to be a winning combination for North Medford against Oregon City in a top-10 matchup during the Class 6A football state playoffs Friday at Spiegelberg Stadium.

Ashland survives test from Roosevelt
Ashland survives test from Roosevelt

PORTLAND — Ashland's defense came up big Friday night to push the third-ranked Grizzlies to a 13-7 win at seventh-ranked Roosevelt in the OSAA Class 5A state quarterfinals.

Grants Pass falls to Tigard

TIGARD — Grants Pass lost a fumble on its first offensive snap and gave up five touchdowns in the first 14 minutes against Tigard in the second-round of the Class 6A state football playoffs Friday.

PREP FOOTBALL SUMMARIES

North Medford 14, Oregon City 9

Cascade Christian shifts gears
Cascade Christian shifts gears

When Jon Gettman roamed the field as quarterback at Cascade Christian, the Challengers embraced the run-first double-wing offense.

Grizzlies gear up for massive Roughriders

ASHLAND — So, how about that Roosevelt offensive line?

North's impact performer
North's impact performer

If it seems like Edmund Polataivao plays with a chip on his shoulder, well, it's because he does.

North readies for showdown

The only matchup of top-10 Class 6A football programs will be at Spiegelberg Stadium on Friday, with No. 5 North Medford and No. 6 Oregon City offering a lot of familiarity and some similarities for the second-round battle.

North pulls away
North pulls away

Unlike the University of Oregon football fans who visited Palo Alto, Calif., on Thursday, Ducks enthusiasts at Spiegelberg Stadium got the program's marching band and its electric offense on Friday.

Cascade Christian cruises to playoff win

At the start of the fourth quarter, Seth Knox and Cody Parker shared an embrace and some light-hearted chat on the sidelines as the Cascade Christian offense took the field.

Grizz coast into quarterfinals

If the Ashland Grizzlies had one concern heading into Friday's first-round Class 5A playoff game against Pendleton, it was how their defense would match up with one of the top passing attacks in the state.

Lakeridge eliminates Panthers

LAKE OSWEGO — A rally by South Medford in the fourth quarter fell short, and the Panthers dropped a 30-17 decision to Lakeridge in the first round of the Class 6A football playoffs Friday.

PREP FOOTBALL SUMMARIES

North Medford 49, Reynolds 27

Illinois Valley lands top SCH accolades

Illinois Valley had the offensive, a defensive and the coach of the year to cap a successful football season in the Southern Cascade Hybrid.

Panthers open playoffs at Lakeridge

South Medford's football season ended a year ago in Lake Oswego and the Panthers will be out to not let that happen again tonight when they open the Class 6A state playoffs at Lakeridge High.

Comets aim for upset of Crusaders

This won't be the first time Crater football head coach John Beck has taken the field with a decided underdog against a powerful Jesuit team.

Oregon Marching Band set to play Spiegelberg

The North Medford football team will have a couple hundred unexpected supporters for tonight's state playoff game at Spiegelberg Stadium.

North Medford's triple threat
North Medford's triple threat

While they enjoy goofing around — often at each other's expense — North Medford's leading trio of receivers Eugene Ellis, Jared Evans and Tristen Holmes have proven to be no joke this season for the fifth-ranked Black Tornado.

Tornado not about to take Reynolds lightly

If it ain't broke then don't try to fix it, at least that's been the thought this week in the North Medford football camp as the Black Tornado prepares for its first state playoff game since 2010.

Fowler earns top SWC honor
Fowler earns top SWC honor

When football is fun, good things typically happen.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Danial White

Crater outlasts Forest Grove

FOREST GROVE — The bad news for Crater is, it didn't put together one of its better games in a Class 6A play-in contest against Forest Grove Friday.

PREP FOOTBALL SUMMARY

Crater 41, Forest Grove 39

October 2013

Eagles aim for more
Eagles aim for more

EAGLE POINT — For the better part of his first season at the helm of Eagle Point's football team, Seth Womack has held the belief that Eagles history is, well, just that ... it's history.

Comets hope time is now to catch fire

CENTRAL POINT — When you lose the first six games in a season, looking ahead becomes a method of survival.

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St. Mary's rambles past Bonanza, 63-20

The St. Mary's football team ran past Bonanza, 63-20, in nonleague action at Spiegelberg Stadium on Saturday night.

North secures SWC crown
North secures SWC crown

One by one they poured out of the North Medford locker room late Friday night at Spiegelberg Stadium, smiles as broad as the Grand Canyon as echoes of Queen's "We are the champions" blared from the overhead speakers.

Grizz cap perfect regular season
Grizz cap perfect regular season

EAGLE POINT — From the Eagle Point Eagles' perspective, they had the Ashland Grizzlies right where they wanted them — facing a third-and-14 and in danger of giving the ball back to the Eagles in a one-possession game.

Panthers right the ship with win

CENTRAL POINT — Feel-good moments have been scarce for South Medford's football team this year. The Panthers have dealt with many key injuries and several close losses.

Hornets hand Pirates fifth straight loss

PHOENIX — After Jose Deras' interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter, the Phoenix football team appeared to be in control and advancing toward a much-needed Skyline Conference victory over Henley on Friday.

Prep Football Summaries

North Medford 14, Roseburg 10

Guthrie to help fund Ashland prep field

ASHLAND — Former Ashland High star Jeremy Guthrie, a starting pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, has offered to provide funding for an all-purpose, artificial-turf field at his alma mater, according to an Ashland Public Schools press release.

Peyton Dole stars for Eagle Point football team
Peyton Dole stars for Eagle Point football team

EAGLE POINT — Odds are if you're lined up against Eagle Point senior Peyton Dole, the Eagles believe that is a matchup in their favor.

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Class 5A football playoff bids won't come easy

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...