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Moore, Lethlean make all-state first team

South Medford pitcher Pat Moore and North Medford outfielder Olivia Lethlean were chosen to the Class 6A all-state softball first team.

Moore pitched the Panthers into the second...

Kentner named to Skyline first team

Phoenix sophomore outfielder Brooke Kentner earned Skyline Conference first-team softball recognition after recent voting by coaches.

Kentner helped lead the Pirates, who went 5-17 overall and 4-11 in league play.

Henley claimed player of...

Prospect/Butte Falls players net District 4 honors

The coaches from the respective baseball and softball teams at Prospect/Butte Falls were honored for their efforts and had a host of players recognized in recent all-conference voting by the District 4 coaches.

Darin May earned District 4 coach...

Skaff named to all-Skyline first team

Phoenix junior outfielder Thomas Skaff was named to the all-Skyline Conference baseball first team to highlight recent voting dominated by league champion Henley.

Henley swept the top honors with player of the year Chase Fernlund, pitcher of the...

EP quartet highlight all-MWL honors

Four Eagle Point softball standouts and one from Crater were honored recently with first-team all-Midwestern League selections in voting by the league’s coaches.

Eagle Point junior Megan Ayres (pitcher) and seniors Shaelynn Grady...

Tornado turned back

Tornado turned back

PORTLAND — As soon as Jesuit’s Emily Preble got her bat on the ball in the bottom of the eighth inning, North Medford center fielder Olivia Lethlean knew where the hit was going.

It was going to not just clear her, but it was going...

Glencoe ousts GP with big inning

HILLSBORO — Glencoe erupted for six runs in the fourth inning, with the help of a three-run error, and moved on to the Class 6A state championship softball game with a 10-1 semifinal win over Grants Pass Tuesday at Glencoe High.

The...

Defending champ Hood River ousts Ashland

HOOD RIVER — Conner Coerper threw a two-hit shutout and Patrick Harvey hit two solo home runs as Hood River Valley beat Ashland 2-0 in the Class 5A baseball state quarterfinals Friday.

The win sends the second-seeded and defending state...

Tornado on the move

Tornado on the move

Sydnee Reeser's two-run home run sailed beyond the fence in left-center field at North Medford High on Friday, giving underdog McMinnville a major jolt and leaving the Black Tornado down a run with three innings to go in their do-or-die...

Jesuit defeats South Medford in playoffs

PORTLAND — South Medford pitcher Pat Moore allowed just one hit in the Class 6A second-round state playoff game Tuesday.

But the junior left-hander walked 10 and second-ranked Jesuit capitalized on the free passes to post a 5-0...

May 2016

Thomas pitches North into state quarters

After surrendering a first-inning run to West Linn in the second round of the Class 6A softball state playoffs, senior pitcher Sarah Thomas blanked the Lions the rest of the way and North Medford came away with a 7-1 home victory Wednesday.

The...

Johnson, Hall named SCL players of year

St. Mary’s junior first baseman Joe Johnson was named the Southern Cascade League player of the year after recent voting by coaches, while seven other Crusaders landed spots on the first team.

On the girls side, Rogue River senior first...

Moore, Mayben claim top SWC honors

South Medford junior left-hander Pat Moore was named Southwest Conference pitcher of the year and North Medford’s Mike Mayben earned coach-of-the-year honors after recent voting by SWC coaches.

Moore owns a record of 20-7 for the...

Moore, Panthers shut out Southridge

Pat Moore was dialed in and so were the South Medford softball team’s bats in the opening round of the Class 6A state playoffs Monday.

The junior ace struck out 20 batters on her way to a one-hit shutout and the Panthers topped Southridge...

North’s Thomas stymies McNary in playoffs
North’s Thomas stymies McNary in playoffs

North Medford found its hitting stride in the second inning, and with that accomplished, the Black Tornado turned its game against McNary in the first round of the Class 6A softball playoffs over to pitcher Sarah Thomas.

North Medford had five...

Grizzly doubles team in state final

PORTLAND — Ashland doubles partners Rox Rogers and Kai Weston will shoot for a Class 5A tennis state championship today after winning their semifinal match Friday at Portland Tennis Center.

The top-seeded pairing topped Summit's Peter...

South trio reach state tennis quarterfinals

TUALATIN — South Medford’s Kelsey Bartlett used a Round 2 victory over Adrienne Powell of Roseburg to secure a spot in the Class 6A state tennis quarterfinals at Tualatin Hills Center on Thursday.

Bartlett, the No. 5 seed in the...

North tops EP in playoff primer

North Medford senior pitcher Sarah Thomas ran her record to 20-2 with 12 strikeouts, one walk and six hits allowed as the Black Tornado got primed for the softball state playoffs with an 8-4 nonleague victory over Eagle Point at North Medford...

South softball beats Crater in tuneup

Katie Meyer produced in the clutch for South Medford during a 5-4 nonconference victory against Crater at South Medford High Tuesday.

Meyer’s two-out double scored Jewel Burgoyne-Russell, who had a two-out single, with the eventual...

Challengers make it back on top in softball

Winning the Southern Cascade League title seemed like a pretty bold goal this spring considering the recent history of the Cascade Christian softball program.

The Challengers had not enjoyed a winning season since 2011, when they went 13-12...

PREP STANDINGS

SWC BASEBALL

;W;L;Pct;GB

Sheldon;20;1;.952;—

North Medford;12;9;.571;8

South Medford;10;11;.476;9

Roseburg;10;11;.476;9

South Eugene;10;11;.476;9

Thurston;8;13;.381;12

Grants...

Chieftains sweep Lakeview on road

CAVE JUNCTION — Elly Moulder’s two-run double highlighted Rogue River’s eight-run first inning of Game 2 as the Chieftains polished off the softball regular season with a sweep, winning 9-5 and 16-2 over Illinois Valley during...

Prep Standings

SWC BASEBALL

;W;L;Pct;GB

Sheldon;20;1;.952;—

North Medford;12;7;.632;7

South Medford;10;11;.476;9

South...

South clinches state playoff berth

South Medford took care of business in the first game of a Southwest Conference baseball doubleheader against Grants Pass on Friday.

The Panthers defeated the Cavemen 4-2 in the opener at Harry & David Field to tie for third place in the SWC...

South’s Miles wins third straight SWC title

South Medford's Sara Miles captured her third straight Southwest Conference shot put championship during the first day of the district meet Thursday at South Medford High.

Miles recorded a personal best of 38 feet, 7 inches to earn a trip to...

Prep Standings

SWC BASEBALL

;W;L;Pct;GB

Sheldon;18;1;.947;—

North Medford;12;7;.632;6

South Eugene;10;9;.526;8

South...

North rally produces SWC softball title

SPRINGFIELD — North Medford used a seventh-inning rally to produce its seventh consecutive Southwest Conference softball title Tuesday.

Sarah Thomas pitched a two-hit shutout as the Black Tornado clinched the league championship with a...

Prep Standings

SWC BASEBALL

;W;L;Pct;GB

Sheldon;17;1;.944;—

North Medford;11;7;.611;6

South Eugene;10;8;.556;7

South Medford;8;10;.444;9

Roseburg;8;10;.444;9

Grants...

Tornado splits with Indians on road

ROSEBURG — The North Medford softball team settled for a split with Roseburg in a matchup of the top two squads in the Southwest Conference on Saturday.

The Black Tornado won the opener, 1-0 in eight innings, and the Indians rebounded to...

Crater sweeps Springfield in MWL softball

SPRINGFIELD —Kaila Lee won a starting spot in the Crater softball lineup during an early-season tournament in Reno, and the freshman first baseman has been there since.

Lee’s hot hitting, and strong pitching performances from...

Prep Standings

SWC BASEBALL ;W;L;Pct;GB Sheldon;15;1;.938;— North Medford;10;6;.625;5 Roseburg;8;8;.500;7 South Eugene;8;8;.500;7 South Medford;8;10;.444;8 Thurston;6;10;.375;9 Willamette;6;12;.333;10 Grants Pass;5;11;.313;10 Friday’s Scores Willamette...

St. Mary’s girls take big district golf lead

St. Mary’s had three players break 80 and grabbed the first-round lead of the two-day Class 4A/3A/2A District 4 tournament at Centennial Golf Club Thursday.

Kamryn Ford of St. Mary’s shot the low round of 78 on the par-72 layout to...

Prep Standings

SWC BASEBALL

;W;L;Pct;GB

Sheldon;14;1;.933;—

North Medford;10;6;.625;4½

Roseburg;8;7;.533;6

South Eugene;8;8;.500;6½

South...

North Medford claims 12th straight victory

Sarah Thomas pitched four no-hit innings and the top of the North Medford batting order proved lethal as the Black Tornado registered its 12th straight victory in posting a 10-0 win in five innings over Sheldon in Southwest Conference softball Tuesday...

Prep Standings

SWC BASEBALL

;W;L;Pct;GB

Sheldon;14;1;.933;—

North Medford;9;6;.600;5

Roseburg;8;7;.533;6

South Medford;7;8;.467;7

South...

Lancers take two from Comets

CENTRAL POINT — The Churchill softball team downed Crater, 6-1, in the opener and edged the Comets, 5-4, in Game 2 during Midwestern League action at Crater High on Saturday.

Tristin Fisher hit a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the...

April 2016

Crater's Jordan Monroe sixth in elite mile

BEAVERTON — Jordan Monroe finished sixth in the elite mile for the Crater girls track team at the 63-team Nike Jesuit Twilight Invitational at Jesuit High School on Friday.

Monroe finished her mile in 5 minutes, 2.29 seconds, while St.

North slips by South
North slips by South

South Medford had its chances to snap an eight-year losing streak to crosstown rival North Medford on Friday, but the Black Tornado softball team simply wouldn’t let it happen during Southwest Conference play at South Medford High.

Every...

PREP STANDINGS

SWC BASEBALL

;W;L;Pct;GB

Sheldon;13;1;.929;—

North Medford;8;5;.615;4½

Roseburg;7;6;.538;5½

South Medford;6;7;.462;6½

South...

Locals shine at Eagle Point golf invite

EAGLE POINT — St. Mary’s senior Josh Wu secured medalist honors with a 2-over-par 74 and the Eagle Point boys golf team took the team title in the six-school Eagle Point Invitational at Eagle Point Golf Club on Thursday.

Jeremy Wu...

SWC-leading North sweeps Willamette

North Medford combined for 26 hits and got lockdown pitching from Sarah Thomas and Teanna Gonsalves to sweep Willamette, 14-0 and 13-1, in five-inning Southwest Conference softball games Wednesday.

North Medford junior Ashley Ripplinger helped...

PREP STANDINGS

SWC SOFTBALL

;W;L;Pct;GB

North Medford;12;1;.923;—

South Medford;10;3;.769;2

Roseburg;10;3;.769;2

Thurston;9;4;.692;3

Grants Pass;6;7;.462;6

Sheldon;4;9;.308;8

South...

Prep Standings

SWC BASEBALL

;W;L;Pct;GB

Sheldon;12;1;.923;—

North Medford;8;5;.615;4

Roseburg;7;6;.538;4

South Medford;6;7;.462;6

South...

Meyer homer lifts Panthers over Roseburg

Katie Meyer picked the perfect time to hit her fifth home run of the year.

The South Medford senior shortstop had the go-ahead solo home run in the fourth inning as the Panthers edged Roseburg, 1-0, during Southwest Conference play at South...

Panthers cruise in sweep of Axemen

EUGENE — Pat Moore was tough in the circle and Jaden Alexander and Katie Meyer each homered as the South Medford softball team swept South Eugene, 7-2 and 13-0 in five innings, during Southwest Conference action on Saturday.

Moore pitched...

Prep Standings

SWC BASEBALL

;W;L;Pct;GB

Sheldon;11;1;.917;—

North Medford;7;5;.583;4

Roseburg;7;5;.583;4

South Eugene;6;6;.500;5

Willamette;4;8;.333;7

South...

Johnson propels St. Mary’s to victory

St. Mary’s junior left-hander Joe Johnson helped set the tone from the mound early, then helped his own cause with a booming home run to help the Crusaders baseball team remain unbeaten with an 11-1, five-inning victory over Illinois Valley on...

Prep Standings

SWC BASEBALL

;W;L;Pct;GB

Sheldon;9;1;.900;—

North Medford;7;3;.700;2

Roseburg;7;3;.700;2

South Eugene;6;6;.500;4

Willamette;4;6;.400;5

South...

Bartlett, Panthers dispatch Black Tornado

South Medford’s Kelsey Bartlett upended North Medford’s Kristina Ribeiro in a battle of No. 1 seeds, setting the tone for the host Panthers’ 7-1 victory in a Southwest Conference tennis match Thursday.

Bartlett earned a 6-2,...

This lefty is all-righty
This lefty is all-righty

Tra Kucera is an anomaly, and she’s perfectly happy with that.

After all, what’s the North Medford senior supposed to do about it? She may be left-handed, but she can’t help but love her role as catcher for the Black Tornado...

Crater boys, EP girls prevail in meet

CENTRAL POINT — Austin Kramer collected three victories and the Crater boys track team needed all of them to get past Eagle Point for a 76-71 victory in Midwestern League action at Dutch Meyer Stadium on Wednesday.

On the girls side, the...

PREP STANDINGS

SWC BASEBALL

;W;L;Pct;GB

Sheldon;9;1;.900;—

North Medford;7;3;.700;2

Roseburg;7;3;.700;2

South Eugene;5;5;.500;4

Willamette;4;6;.400;5

South...

Moore, Panthers blank Axemen

Pat Moore led the charge as the South Medford softball team downed South Eugene, 8-0, during Southwest Conference play at South Medford High on Tuesday.

The junior lefty tossed a one-hit shutout with 14 strikeouts and five walks. She was 2-for-4...

South Medford gains split with Roseburg

ROSEBURG — South Medford’s Pat Moore pitched a two-hitter with 16 strikeout as the Panthers defeated Roseburg 6-0 in the opener of a Southwest Conference doubleheader split Monday.

Roseburg won Game 2, 5-1.

In the first game,...

PREP STANDINGS

SWC BASEBALL

;W;L;Pct;GB

Sheldon;8;1;.889;—

North Medford;7;2;.778;1

Roseburg;7;2;.778;1

South Eugene;4;5;.444;4

Thurston;3;6;.333;5

Willamette;3;6;.333;5

South Medford;2;7;.222;6

Grants...

North rallies to secure sweep of GP

North Medford’s softball team didn’t bat an eyelash in cruising to an 8-2 win over Grants Pass in the first game of Saturday’s Southwest Conference doubleheader but the nightcap was another story altogether.

The Black...

Dobry captures 3,000 meters at Oregon Relays

EUGENE — St. Mary's senior Marissa Dobry won the girls 3,000-meter final during the Oregon Relays track and field meet Friday at Hayward Field.

Dobry's time was 9 minutes, 51.08 seconds, besting 43 other runners. Christina Sevsek of...

Ayres powers Eagles to key MWL win

EAGLE POINT — In a matchup with league-leading Churchill on Tuesday, Eagle Point’s softball team knew it needed to try and set the tone early on its home turf for the Midwestern League clash.

Junior pitcher Megan Ayres did that and...

PREP STANDINGS

SWC BASEBALL

;W;L;Pct;GB

Sheldon;5;1;.833;—

North Medford;5;2;.714;½

Roseburg;5;2;.714;½

South Eugene;4;3;.571;1½

Thurston;3;4;.429;2½

South...

Crosstown classic
Crosstown classic

When Olivia Lethlean sets her mind to something, look out.

The speedy North Medford junior outfielder is as determined as she is fast, North Medford head softball coach Mike Mayben said, and that combination proved effective on...

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Challengers make it back on top in softball

Winning the Southern Cascade League title seemed like a pretty bold goal this spring considering the recent history of the Cascade Christian...