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Shift in power

Shift in power

The North Medford softball team has been favored to win the last five league crowns and come through with the title in each occasion.

A sixth appears to be a taller order than usual, and no one is more aware of that than Black Tornado head coach...

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...

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...

Grizzly bats come alive in triumph

ASHLAND — The Ashland softball team had 12 hits in an 11-5 win over Mazama during nonleague action on Saturday.

It was the Grizzlies’ first win of the year after falling to North Valley last Tuesday.

Grace Lenthe went 3-for-3...

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...

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 over Crater in the season opener for both baseball teams Wednesday at Grants Pass...

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 the third inning helped pave the way for an 11-4 victory over Phoenix at U.S. Cellular Community...

March 2015

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 in the nonconference softball opener for both teams Monday at Crater High.

The Comets (0-1)...

June 2014

North Medford gains all-state softball recognition

North Medford senior pitcher Alexis Barkwell, senior shortstop Joci Ellis and junior right fielder Grace Jovanovic were all named to the Class 6A state softball first team.

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 received all-state recognition Wednesday.

Pirates earn all-Skyline accolades

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

Late rally falls short for Tornado in three-peat bid
Late rally falls short for Tornado in three-peat bid

CORVALLIS — North Medford's softball program didn't get to be one of the state's best by surrendering when circumstances became dire.

North Medford chasing history

North Medford can become the first big school in 27 years of Oregon high school softball to win three consecutive state championships.

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 multiple headaches trying to manage time, see every play and not run the minivan out of gas.

Stirring state run comes to end for Panthers

SALEM — At the end of the South Medford softball team's unlikely run through the postseason stood Katie Donovan.

Tornado girls in line for three-peat
Tornado girls in line for three-peat

How Saturday plays out is anybody's guess.

Softball: North faces Westview, South goes to South Salem

The top-seeded North Medford softball team can move one step closer to a third straight Class 6A state championship with a victory over No. 5 Westview in the semifinals today.

May 2014

Panthers' stunning playoff run continues

HILLSBORO — With large scrapes on her elbow and infield dirt caked onto her cheeks, South Medford senior catcher Tia Garrett could only think of one word to describe this past week.

North edges GP, advances to semis

The feeling felt familiar to coach Mike Mayben.

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 Taylor to thump the Grizzlies, 13-3, in the Class 5A baseball state quarterfinals at North Mountain Park.

South holds off Roseburg, advances to quarterfinals

With the way the South Medford softball team has performed of late, unwavering and finding ways in critical situations, one might never guess the Panthers have a losing record.

Prospect-Butte Falls advances to Class 2A/1A state softball quarters

VERNONIA — Alee Pinkerton provided the pitching and hitting to help Prospect-Butte Falls defeat Vernonia 7-2 in the opening round of the Class 2A/1A softball state playoffs Wednesday.

North goes off in playoff victory

Right-handed in every other facet of her life, Grace Jovanovic was 10 when she converted into a left-handed batter because of her speed.

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 third-ranked opponent.

Barkwell, Tornado take care of business
Barkwell, Tornado take care of business

On paper, it didn't appear to be much of a contest.

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 straight state championship in earnest today with a first-round home game.

Ellis, Tornado gain SOH honors

North Medford senior shortstop Joci Ellis was named the Southern Oregon Hybrid player of the year and six other Black Tornado softball players made the first team.

Rogue River, Lakeview make big hauls in SCL honors

League champion Lakeview and runner-up Rogue River dominated the Southern Cascade League softball all-star voting with a combined 14 selections, the SCL coaches announced Friday.

South Eugene downs Crater in Class 6A play-in game

CENTRAL POINT — Crater received a solid pitching performance from sophomore Brittany Berryhill but couldn't overcome six errors and some missed opportunities at the plate in a 4-1 loss to South Eugene in a Class 6A play-in game Wednesday at Crater...

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Brittany Berryhill

Moore mighty in win
Moore mighty in win

Pat Moore would not be denied.

St. Mary's leads by 20 at state

CORVALLIS — The St. Mary's boys golf team took a big step in their quest for a fourth straight Class 3A/2A/1A state championship Monday, shooting a season-best round to open the tournament at Trysting Tree Golf Club.

Crater softball pulls upset of South Medford

All the South Medford softball team had to do to solidify third place in the Southern Oregon Hybrid and a state playoff berth was beat Crater — a winless squad in league play — one time in a doubleheader on Saturday.

Indians slip by Panthers, move up in SOH

ROSEBURG — The Roseburg softball team took over sole possession of third place in the Southern Oregon Hybrid with a 1-0 win over South Medford on Wednesday, but they could soon be flipping spots with the Panthers.

Black Tornado claims SOH championship

The North Medford softball team claimed its fifth straight Southern Oregon Hybrid title with a 4-3 win over second-place Grants Pass at North Medford High on Tuesday.

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 complete a doubleheader sweep of Illinois Valley in Southern Cascade Hybrid baseball Monday.

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.

Challengers soak up first victory of season

While the rain doused much of the Cascade Christian softball team's nonconference game with Umpqua Valley Christian on Thursday, Alaina Thomson and the Challengers were in the midst of picking up their first win of the season.

South Medford's Moore blanks Crater on no-hitter

CENTRAL POINT — Pat Moore took matters into her owns hands as South Medford defeated Crater 1-0 in Southern Oregon Hybrid softball Tuesday.

North erupts in rout
North erupts in rout

As Janelle Rodgers put it, the North Medford softball team "kept the train rolling" on Tuesday.

North has edge in sweep of South

Katie Ramsay didn't have much time.

Gonsalves comes up clutch for Eagles

EAGLE POINT — Teanna Gonsalves had already proven to be a big-moment player prior to the Eagle Point softball team's doubleheader with Mazama on Saturday when the sophomore rose to the occasion not just once, but twice.

Pinkerton's no-hitter lifts Prospect-Butte Falls

PROSPECT — Alee Pinkerton enjoyed pitching a no-hitter so much in the first game of a doubleheader, she started another in Game 2.

Moore than meets the eye
Moore than meets the eye

Pat Moore is who she is, even when she's Kristen Moore.

April 2014

Tornado powers past Comets

CENTRAL POINT — North Medford's Alexis Barkwell and Sarah Thomas combined on a no-hit shutout and the Black Tornado cranked out 13 hits in a 14-0, five-inning win over Crater during Southern Oregon Hybrid action at Crater High Tuesday.

Cavers slip past South in SOH sweep

GRANTS PASS — The Grants Pass softball team used dominant performances by Amy Robinson to prevail in a pair of close Southern Oregon Hybrid contests against South Medford at Grants Pass High on Saturday.

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 proved costly and allowed the Indians to sweep the doubleheader at Crater High on Friday.

Grants Pass slips by Crater in SOH play

GRANTS PASS — Grants Pass softball pitcher Amy Robinson kept Crater off balance throughout and the Cavers used a three-run fourth inning to separate from the Comets for a 4-1 Southern Oregon Hybrid victory Tuesday.

Cross-town Classic
Cross-town Classic

North Medford senior pitcher Alexis Barkwell pitched a three-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts and the Black Tornado scored in the third inning to edge cross-town rival South Medford, 1-0, in Southern Oregon Hybrid softball action at South Medford High on...

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Pat Moore

Panthers pull off sweep of Indians

The South Medford softball team beat Roseburg for the first time in three years, sweeping the Indians during Southern Oregon Hybrid action at South Medford High on Saturday.

EP roughs up Crater in softball

CENTRAL POINT — Eagle Point banged out 13 hits en route to a 16-3 six-inning nonconference softball victory over Crater on Friday.

Perry pitches Panthers past Pels

KLAMATH FALLS — Jake Perry's arm was the only thing that stayed warm when chilly winds and rainy conditions made playing baseball at Klamath Union High miserable Thursday.

Grants Pass edges South in SOH softball opener

Freshman pitcher Pat Moore turned in a strong outing in her Southern Oregon Hybrid softball debut Tuesday, but a timely hit by Grants Pass' Halee Rose ruined the outcome.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Megan Ayres

Skaff hits for cycle but Mazama sweeps Phoenix

TALENT — Phoenix head softball coach Jason Zanni says he is surprised that hard-hitting senior Amanda Skaff hasn't received more looks from colleges.

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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...