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Adrenaline boys, 96G Red girls off to hot starts

The Rogue Valley Timbers 97B Adrenaline boys soccer team went 2-0 on the opening day of the third annual Rogue Memorial Challenge on Saturday at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

Adrenaline beat Southern Oregon Soccer Academy Galacticos, 3-0, and...

Rogue Memorial gears up for third tourney

There will be no shortage of talent at the third annual Rogue Memorial Challenge this weekend in Medford.

One of the region’s largest soccer tournaments, the event will feature 166 teams ranging from the U10 to U19...

The Beautiful Game

The Beautiful Game

Just like blue and yellow making green, soccer and art make Toreah Foy who she is.

The North Medford senior loves each, and the two are quite interconnected in her life. For her senior project, she painted a colorful mural on the storefront of...

Local girls join forces for state title

Local girls join forces for state title

Motivated by a couple setbacks during the league season, a host of local girls came together and made the most of their opportunity this past weekend in the U18 girls soccer state championships at the Tualatin Hills Recreation Center in...

Olson to Montana highlights local signing day commitments

Olson to Montana highlights local signing day commitments

Proving size of a high school doesn’t necessarily dictate the level of opportunity, two-time Class 3A defensive player of the year Dante Olson signed his Division I letter of intent to play football at the University of Montana on Wednesday...

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 Thursday at the Santo Community Center.

The ceremony will also celebrate the Mail Tribune's top 10...

Local soccer players make all-state teams

Four local soccer players picked up first-team honors recently in all-state balloting.

South Medford senior striker Brittany Jensen made the Class 6A girls first-team list, while Ashland senior left fullback Gabe Lehrburger earned 5A boys...

Kaufman steps down at South

After 10 seasons at the helm of the South Medford boys soccer program, Dave Kaufman has decided it’s time to step aside — at least for the moment — to focus on his personal life.

That is, unless South Medford athletic...

Pinon, Valdovinos make Skyline first team

Senior defender Jorge Pinon and senior midfielder Edgar Valdovinos landed spots on the Skyline Conference boys soccer first-team list.

The Pirates finished 11-5 overall, 8-2 in league.

The other local first-teamers were Trinidad Flores and...

Locals make Skyline all-league teams

North Valley senior Rochelle Banta, freshman teammate Isabella Schrader and Hidden Valley senior Micaela Miguel were selected to the Skyline Conference girls soccer first team recently.

Skyline Conference Girls...

November 2014

Second-place for Tornado after ‘magical season’
Second-place for Tornado after ‘magical season’

HILLSBORO — The North Medford girls soccer team fought to the final whistle, but couldn’t write a fairytale ending to its storybook 2014 season after suffering a 2-0 loss to Tualatin in the Class 6A championship game Saturday...

St. Mary’s, Cascade Christian land first-team honors

Cascade Christian senior defender Nate Wayda and teammate Travis Cave, a junior forward, along with St. Mary’s junior forward/midfielder Hunter Rothfus and senior midfielder Avery Kerwin earned recognition as District 5 boys soccer first-team...

Crusaders dominate league honors

The St. Mary’s girls soccer team took home a bundle of District 5 awards recently, earning player of the year, goalkeeper of the year and coach of the year honors.

Junior midfielder MaryBeth Barnum was named the player of the year, senior...

Pulling out the stops
Pulling out the stops

When Jeff Thomas was approached about taking over the North Medford girls soccer team this fall, one of his first actions involved turning to Hayley Haas and letting her know the Black Tornado goal was hers to defend.

As far as decisions go,...

Lehrburger named MWL co-player of year

Ashland’s Gabe Lehrburger was named Midwestern League boys soccer co-player of the year and was one of three Grizzlies on the first team in all-league voting by the coaches.

Ashland co-head coaches Brad Roupp and Abdiaziz Guled were named...

Tornado rides ‘D’ into title contest

Unstoppable force, meet immovable object.

West Salem’s potent girls soccer team had scored at least three goals in its previous seven games — all victories — but the Titans’ romp through the Class 6A playoffs came to...

Challengers stun Crusaders, make semifinals

Coach Mick Power had one word to describe Cascade Christian’s girls soccer victory over St. Mary’s in a shootout Saturday in the Class 3A state quarterfinals at U.S. Cellular Park.

“Monumental,” he said. Then, he...

North Medford advances to state semifinals for first time ever
North Medford advances to state semifinals for first time ever

It was a familiar connection that put the North Medford girls soccer team in unfamiliar territory on Saturday.

Ashland's Graham earns top MWL honor

Ashland High senior Facie Graham was voted the Midwestern League girls soccer player of the year and was one of five Grizzlies who made the MWL all-star team, the league announced Tuesday.

Graham led the Grizzlies (11-3-1) to a second-place...

Panthers come up shy in second round

SALEM — The mismatch of speed and size is ultimately what doomed the South Medford boys soccer team during Wednesday’s second round of the Class 6A state playoffs.

The Panthers’ defense was able to slow down but not stop...

Ready to Roll
Ready to Roll

The St. Mary’s High School boys soccer team routed East Linn Christian Academy 6-0 in a first-round match of the Class 3A/2A/1A state playoffs Wednesday evening at U.S. Cellular Community Park in Medford.

The Crusaders recorded 28 shots...

North Medford holds off Jesuit in soccer playoffs

BEAVERTON — With North Medford clinging to a 1-0 lead late in the match, goalkeeper Hayley Haas made a tremendous save to help the Black Tornado advance in the girls Class 6A state soccer playoffs Tuesday against Jesuit.

North Medford had...

North girls advance with Newberg shutout

Along with stifling defense, the North Medford girls soccer team used one big shot and one big save to get the edge in a grind-it-out battle with Newberg in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs Saturday.

Sydney Thomas scored in the...

Forest Grove stuns South Medford in sudden death
Forest Grove stuns South Medford in sudden death

The second-seeded South Medford girls soccer team gave itself plenty of chances Saturday to win what turned into a double-overtime, penalty shootout match against 31st-seeded Forest Grove.

But the underdog Vikings snuffed the Panthers every time...

Challengers' Furst returns, throws seven TD passes

Following a five-game absence, senior quarterback Alec Furst showed no ill effects from the broken collarbone that forced him to the sideline, where he watched freshman Haiden Schaan perform at a high level in his place.

Furst threw seven...

South’s Jensen picked SWC top soccer player

Brittany Jensen, a senior on Southwest Conference girls soccer champion South Medford, was selected league player of the year and Panther fourth-year coach Chris Hollewijn repeated as coach of the year.

South Medford, second in the OSAA...

October 2014

Ashland, Phoenix net play-in volleyball wins

ASHLAND — Ashland used strong serving and serve receive to dispatch South Albany in a Class 5A volleyball play-in game Tuesday, 25-17, 25-11, 25-13.

The Grizzlies, the No. 3 team in the Midwestern League, are 18-8 and advance to the first...

Surging Tornado knocks off Willamette

EUGENE — Things just keep getting better for the North Medford girls soccer team.

Beset with key injuries for much of the season, the now healthy Black Tornado defeated Willamette, 2-1, in the Southwest Conference finale on Saturday and...

Dobry leads Crusaders to district crown

St. Mary’s won its fifth straight District 6 cross country championship, and Crusader junior Marissa Dobry set the meet record in claiming the girls individual title Thursday at Valley of the Rogue State Park.

St. Mary’s scored 33...

North girls edge South in cross-town battle

Halley Folsom scored the go-ahead goal in the 51st minute as the North Medford girls soccer team topped South Medford, 1-0, and snapped the Panthers’ 11-match winning streak during Southwest Conference action at U.S. Cellular Community Park on...

North soccer edges South to create three-way SWC tie
North soccer edges South to create three-way SWC tie

Love parity?

If so, Southwest Conference boys soccer might be for you.

Grizzlies pick up overtime victory

EAGLE POINT — Ben Lucero booted in the go-ahead goal in overtime to lift Ashland to a 2-1 victory over Eagle Point during Midwestern League boys soccer action on Tuesday.

The victory kept the Grizzlies in a tie for first place in the MWL...

Pirates win, set up title shot with Henley

TALENT — Phoenix took care of business with a 5-0 Skyline Conference boys soccer triumph over Mazama Tuesday.

Now comes the biggie.

The Pirates (9-3, 8-1 Sky) close out the regular season with a game at Henley Thursday that will...

Crusaders snare seventh straight league title

The St. Mary’s girls soccer team sealed up its seventh straight league championship with a 3-0 win over Cascade Christian during Southern Cascade League action at U.S. Cellular on Saturday.

Emily Elmore scored two goals and Lilli Knudsen...

Panthers claim SWC title
Panthers claim SWC title

With one kick, Renae Nisbet helped the South Medford girls soccer team turn a less-than-perfect performance into a special afternoon.

Nisbet netted the game-winning goal in the final three minutes of the match as the Panthers edged Willamette,...

Ashland defeats Marist in OT in boys soccer

EUGENE — Freshman Ben Lucero scored five minutes into overtime as Ashland defeated Marist 2-1 in Midwestern League boys soccer Friday.

The victory moves Ashland (7-4, 3-1 MWL) into a first place tie with Marist (8-3, 3-1) in the...

Senior Erin Riley has been key to South Medford's success
Senior Erin Riley has been key to South Medford's success

Erin Riley has always been full of promise when it comes to soccer.

It’s what allowed her to earn a spot on the varsity team as a freshman, and what has carried her through in the years since.

This season, however, that promise has...

Pirates tops in Skyline with win

MERLIN — Jesus Sixtos netted the go-ahead goal in the 62nd minute and the Phoenix boys soccer team took over sole possession of first place in the Skyline Conference with a 2-1 victory over North Valley on Thursday.

Sixtos scored from 10...

St. Mary’s boys fend off Challengers

St. Mary’s went into a penalty kick shootout to withstand Cascade Christian the last time around, and the Crusaders boys soccer team wasn’t interested in testing its luck that way again when the Class 3A/2A/1A rivals met Wednesday at...

North Medford boys shut out Roseburg, 2-0

ROSEBURG — Danny Zamores had a hand in both goals as North Medford ended a three-game winless streak with a 2-0 victory against Roseburg in Southwest Conference boys soccer Tuesday.

Zamores, North’s senior captain, broke a...

Pirate boys pick up shootout victory

TALENT — Defense was the Phoenix boys soccer team’s best offense against Hidden Valley in their Skyline Conference bout that ended in a shootout.

As the Pirates’ seventh man of the shootout, defender Eric Lopez chipped in...

South girls clinch another title

GRANTS PASS — Two goals within a three-minute span gave South Medford plenty of cushion to cruise past Grants Pass for a 3-1 win in Southwest Conference girls soccer Saturday at Mel Ingram Field.

The win was the 10th straight for the...

Ashland drops MWL boys match to Churchill

EUGENE — Lucas Golding’s second-half penalty kick evened the score but Churchill followed with two goals to post a 3-1 Midwestern League boys soccer victory over Ashland Friday.

Macias boosts Pirates to win over KU

TALENT — Coming off a big win over top-ranked Henley, Sam Macias and the Phoenix boys soccer team kept the momentum Thursday at Colver Field.

Macias played a role in all three Pirate goals and Phoenix came away with a 3-1 Skyline...

Grizzlies sweep Eagles in MWL volleyball

ASHLAND — The teams may have dressed similarly, but there was nothing remotely equal about the level of play.

With both teams sporting pink uniforms in honor of breast cancer awareness month the Ashland High volleyball team trounced Eagle...

Cavemen move into second with win over Tornado

Grants Pass accomplished something no other Grants Pass boys soccer team had done in coach Lowell Anderson’s six-year coaching reign.

The Cavemen made an early goal hold up in a 1-0 victory over the Black Tornado in a Southwest Conference...

Phoenix boys top No. 1 Henley in shootout

PHOENIX — Despite the perennial success of the Phoenix boys soccer team, the Pirates had been overshadowed in the Skyline Conference this year by Henley — No. 1 in the state power rankings.

That changed Monday when Phoenix...

Panthers' defense steps up, blanks Irish

Josue Reyes and Kyle Owings scored goals and the South Medford defense held strong in a 2-0 victory over Sheldon during Southwest Conference boys soccer action at South Medford High on Saturday.

Reyes scored in the 25th minute on an assist from...

Local runners place high at Oxford Classic

BEND — Cascade Christian’s Tim McPherson, Phoenix’s Danielle Jantzer and North Medford’s Connor Covey all turned in top-10 finishes in their respective 5,000-meter races at the Oxford Classic cross country meet on...

Tornado pulls out draw with Willamette

After drawing an early red card that caused a penalty kick goal, the North Medford boys soccer team was down a man and one goal for nearly the duration of Thursday’s Southwest Conference match against Willamette.

But with 15 minutes left...

Eagles get back on track with shutout

EAGLE POINT — Eagle Point boys soccer coach Phil Ortega wasn’t concerned how his team would respond from its first loss of the season only 24 hours before his squad settled in against Cascade Christian.

Tornado claims pivotal victory
Tornado claims pivotal victory

Battling for potential playoff position in a log-jammed Southwest Conference with only one clear boys soccer favorite, North Medford and South Medford fought for every inch of the turf Tuesday afternoon at Hoffbuhr Field.

The Black...

South edges North in cross-town showdown

Senior forward Erin Riley scored in the 11th minute to help lift the South Medford girls soccer team to a 1-0 victory over cross-town rival North Medford during Southwest Conference action at South Medford High on Tuesday.

Riley’s low,...

September 2014

Pinon, defense lead Phoenix to triumph

TALENT — Phoenix rode a strong defensive effort and a goal by team captain Jorge Pinon to a 1-0 victory over North Valley in Skyline Conference boys soccer Monday.

“It was really a pretty defensive game,” said Phoenix coach...

Barnum, Crusaders turn up offense in win

Junior midfielder MaryBeth Barnum recorded a hat trick to help lead the undefeated St. Mary’s girls soccer team to a 6-1 victory over Cascade Christian in District 5 action at U.S. Cellular Community Park on Saturday.

Kricket Lyle got the...

Axemen too much for Tornado

EUGENE — The North Medford boys soccer team drew within a goal in the second half before South Eugene created some separation in a 4-1 win during Southwest Conference action on Saturday.

Miguel Ortiz-Rodriguez scored on a free kick in the...

Hidden Valley edges Phoenix in shootout

MURPHY — After the Phoenix boys soccer team controlled possession throughout regulation and in both 10-minute overtimes, Hidden Valley seized the reins in a shootout Thursday.

Frank Ramirez booted in the decisive goal that gave the...

St. Mary’s boys slip by Challengers

The quick rise of the Cascade Christian boys soccer program was evident Wednesday, but St. Mary’s was still able to show why it’s been so dominant under the guidance of Paul Coughlin in a dramatic District 5 match at U.S. Cellular...

South Medford girls continue shutout streak
South Medford girls continue shutout streak

The South Medford girls soccer team stayed hot with a 2-1 victory over Grants Pass during Southwest Conference action at South Medford High on Tuesday.

Black Tornado boys shut out Indians

Jase Artele, Manny Mejia and Rene Torres-Mata all had goals as the North Medford boys soccer team blanked Roseburg, 3-0, during Southwest Conference action at Hoffbuhr Field on Tuesday.

Artele tallied from 12 yards out on a Danny Zamores assist...

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Comets’ surge is one to be admired

When you’re on a winning team, it’s easy to maintain your competitive spirit.

Practices become more tolerable, gearing up for...