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Eagles' Leeper signs with Raiders

Eagles' Leeper signs with Raiders

Eagle Point High senior Paige Leeper has signed a letter of intent to play softball for Southern Oregon University.

Leeper, a shortstop, made the first team in all-league voting in the Midwestern League last season as a...

Elks stave off Rogues; Mavs clinch title spot

Bend scored a run in five straight innings after being held scoreless for the first three frames and fended off a comeback by the Medford Rogues to secure a 6-5 victory under smoke-filled conditions Friday night at Harry & David Field.


Mavericks romp again at state tourney

Honus Kindreich limited Centennial to four hits and North Medford’s offense was in full swing Thursday as the Mavericks continued to advance in the winner’s bracket at the American Legion A state tournament at Grants Pass Sports...

Coggins headlines list of all-state picks

Cascade Christian senior Cody Coggins helped his baseball team advance at least as far as the Class 3A state semifinals for the third time in his four years this past season and, for his efforts, was rewarded in all-state voting released...

North stars highlight all-state list

North Medford senior pitcher Colton Westfall earned first-team recognition to highlight the list of honors recently after the Class 6A and 4A all-state baseball and softball teams were announced.

Westfall went 8-2 overall with a 1.13 ERA in the...

Phoenix garners Skyline first-team honors

Phoenix outfielders Tiona Hurd and Adriana Mereida-Ford and Pirate senior pitcher Aaron Hutchinson were selected as first-team all-stars on the Skyline All-Conference softball and baseball teams, respectively.

Hurd, a sophomore, and the senior...

Ashland’s Lenthe player of year

Ashland senior Grace Lenthe, despite playing for the league's fifth-place team, was chosen softball player of the year in the Midwestern League by a vote of the coaches.

The Grizzlies were 8-10 in league and 14-13 overall.

Lenthe, who...

Tualatin gets past GP in 6A semis

TUALATIN — Tualatin’s Emily Sorem tossed a two-hitter as the second-seeded Timberwolves edged Grants Pass, 1-0, in the Class 6A state semifinals on Tuesday.

Sorem stranded runners in scoring position in four consecutive innings for...

Studs hold off Rogues in season opener

The Medford Rogues put themselves in a bind by allowing four unearned runs in the second inning and the Seattle Cheney Studs made that hold up for a 6-5 victory in the season opener for both wood-bat baseball teams at Harry & David Field on...

Coggins, McCabe, Pratt earn top SCL honors

Cascade Christian senior Cody Coggins and St. Mary sophomore Spencer McCabe nabbed top baseball honors, and Rogue River senior Josie Pratt did likewise in softball in Southern Cascade League all-star voting by coaches.

Coggins, who helped the...

May 2015

North knocked out
North knocked out

McNary’s Kelsi Christenson sent a warning shot in the form of a first-inning home run against North Medford during Wednesday’s Class 6A softball state playoff contest at North Medford High.

After that, the Celtics crippled the...

Higday, Coggins spark Challengers

Eric Higday got a surprise in Cascade Christian’s Class 3A baseball playoff opener Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

North routs Glencoe in playoff opener

Grace Jovanovic made a smashing return to the North Medford softball lineup on Monday and, in doing so, allowed the Black Tornado to open the 6A state playoffs with a bang as it secured a 15-5, six-inning win over Glencoe in the first...

Panthers upset by Reynolds in state playoffs

South Medford had a magical run through last year's Class 6A state softball playoffs.

The Panthers won a home state play-in game, then went on the road to win three straight games before losing in the state semifinals to eventual champion South...

Ashland girls three-peat at state tennis

BEAVERTON — Ashland's Vika O'Brien was denied her fourth consecutive Class 5A state tennis doubles championship but the Grizzlies notched their third straight girls team championship during the three-day tournament that ended Saturday...

Comets keep postseason alive

CENTRAL POINT — Dylan Pearce flirted with a no-hitter as the Crater baseball team kept its season alive on Friday.

Pearce carried a no-hitter through 6 ⅓ innings and Dylan Morgan scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the...

South's Bartlett falls short at state tourney

BEAVERTON — Kelsey Bartlett took care of business for South Medford in the opening round before being eliminated in the second round of the Class 6A girls tennis state tournament at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center on Thursday.


Black Tornado edges Comets in state tune-up

North Medford used a four-run fifth inning to rally past Crater for a 6-3 softball victory in a state playoffs tune-up Wednesday at North Medford High.

Leadoff hitter Olivia Lethlean went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and Janelle Rodgers drove...

North, South stars earn all-SWC honors

North Medford senior pitcher Colton Westfall highlighted a host of local players who were honored recently in all-star voting by the Southwest Conference coaches in baseball and softball.

The Black Tornado baseball team landed six players on the...

South Medford falls in play-in to Newberg

Two Newberg pitchers stymied South Medford in a Class 6A baseball play-in game Tuesday, and the Panthers’ season ended with a 6-1 loss at Harry & David Field.

Newberg (10-14) scored three runs in the first inning and two in the third...

Tornado sews up sixth straight crown

EUGENE — The North Medford softball team sealed the Southwest Conference crown with a sweep of last-place South Eugene on Saturday, scoring five-inning wins of 16-1 and 26-7.

The Black Tornado (20-4, 19-2 SWC) entered with a one-game lead...

Pirates strong at Skyline district meet

GRANTS PASS — The Phoenix girls track and field team finished in second place at the Skyline Conference district meet on Friday at Grants Pass High.

Henley captured the boys and girls titles.

The top two individuals in each event...

Tornado trips up Thurston in SWC tilt

SPRINGFIELD — North Medford senior Josh Berman scattered four hits in a shutout effort and the Black Tornado used a five-run fourth inning to pull away for a 12-0, five-inning win over Thurston in Southwest Conference baseball...

Last one standing
Last one standing

The scoreboard at North Medford's softball field was blank during its game on Tuesday, the result of technical difficulties.

Ayers sparks Eagles past Ashland

EAGLE POINT — Megan Ayers was effective inside the circle and at the plate for the Eagle Point softball team Tuesday.

The sophomore pitcher tossed a three-hit complete game and drove in four runs as the Eagles defeated Ashland, 7-3, in a...

South settles for SWC split with GP

Seventh-ranked South Medford got a much-needed win over No. 3 Grants Pass but couldn’t pull off the sweep in a key Southwest Conference softball doubleheader at South Medford High on Saturday.

Pat Moore lost her no-hit bid with two outs...

South Medford splits SWC doubleheader

South Medford freshman Brandon Letendre shut out Willamette, 4-0, in the opener of a Southwest Conference baseball doubleheader Friday at Harry & David Field.

Pirates strong at North Valley meet

MERLIN — The Phoenix girls track and field team picked up five first-place finishes in a five-team meet at North Valley High on Wednesday.

Phoenix’s Danielle Jantzer won the 200-meter race (28.38 seconds) and 400 (1:03.73).

Black Tornado rallies for road victory

EUGENE — The North Medford softball team fell behind early before rallying for an 8-3 win over Sheldon during Southwest Conference action at Sheldon High on Tuesday.

Marist halts EP’s winning streak

EAGLE POINT — Marist senior pitcher Shawna Burke kept Eagle Point at bay for the most part and errors hindered the Eagles’ cause as their five-game winning streak was snapped in 7-1, 7-4 Midwestern League softball losses at Eagle Point...

North sweeps past South
North sweeps past South

Planning and preparation have been a key all season for North Medford’s softball team, and the eighth-ranked Black Tornado aced yet another tough exam Saturday in a pivotal Southwest Conference battle with No. 6 South Medford.

Making her pitch
Making her pitch

It’s not easy being a pitcher for any softball team.

Those who may wither under an unrelenting spotlight or don’t want the responsibility of shouldering a team’s performance need not apply.

Once you step inside the...

Wheeler's hit boosts Challengers

Cascade Christian routed Illinois Valley in the first game of a Southern Cascade League baseball doubleheader at U.S. Cellular Community Park Friday, then reverted to its old ways in eking out a Game-2 win.

The Challengers took the opener, 14-1...

Yreka's late homer sinks Eagles

YREKA, Calif. — Ryan Lorenz provided enough seventh-inning run support to rally the Eagle Point baseball team and even the score with Yreka on Thursday.

But after Lorenz tied it 6-all for the Eagles in the nonleague game, Yreka leadoff...

April 2015

Moore, Williams lift South over Roseburg

ROSEBURG — South Medford’s Pat Moore was on top of her game in an all-around effort and the Panthers secured their sixth straight victory with a 2-0 win at Roseburg in Southwest Conference softball Wednesday.

Moore struck out 15,...

Third time’s a charm
Third time’s a charm

The North Medford softball team won, 10-5, with 14 hits at North Medford High on Tuesday.

That result would be good against any opponent, but to do it against previously undefeated Grants Pass, which had edged the Black Tornado, 4-3 and 1-0, in...

Crater crushes Ashland in MWL tilt

CENTRAL POINT — Crater took a different approach to the batter’s box on Tuesday and reaped immediate rewards in a stunning 23-2, five-inning win over Ashland in Midwestern League softball at Crater High.

The Comets (6-12, 5-6 MWL)...

North settles for split at Sheldon

EUGENE — In what took on the feel of a playoff game, North Medford and Sheldon each rose to the occasion during a rescheduled Southwest Conference baseball doubleheader Monday.

Black Tornado blows by Willamette

The North Medford softball team swept Willamette, 12-0 in five innings, and 13-6 during Southwest Conference action at North Medford High on Saturday.

In the opener, Tra Kucera was 2-for-3 with a triple, double, five RBIs and one run scored,...

South Medford's Moore pitches two no-hitters

EUGENE — Sophomore left-hander Pat Moore pitched a pair of no-hit shutouts as the South Medford softball team cruised past South Eugene in a doubleheader sweep during Southwest Conference action at South Eugene High Friday.

Fredenburg grand slam powers Chieftains

ROGUE RIVER — Brittany Fredenburg had never hit a home run prior to Thursday, but her first one was a doozie for the Rogue River softball team.

Fredenburg’s homer was a grand slam that cleared the center-field fence and hit the...

Eagles stymie Knights for nonleague win

EAGLE POINT — Jonathan Wilson and Coldin Shopp combined on a four-hitter as Eagle Point cruised past North Valley, 10-0 in five innings, during nonconference baseball Wednesday at Eagle Point High.

Wilson allowed two hits with two...

Tornado cruises to win over Willamette

EUGENE — North Medford’s softball team bounced back from a pair of close weekend losses by downing Willamette 13-1 in five innings during Southwest Conference action on Tuesday.

Olivia Lethlean was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two...

North comes up short at GP

GRANTS PASS — Third-ranked Grants Pass used a 10th-inning, two-out RBI single by Halee Rose to complete a sweep of North Medford in tight Southwest Conference softball battles Saturday at Grants Pass High.

The Cavers built a 4-0 lead...

North’s Wolfe eclipses own school record at Relays

EUGENE — North Medford junior Tyren Wolfe shaved time off his own school record in the 100 meters Friday to earn a spot in today’s finals at the Oregon Relays at Hayward Field.

Wolfe finished his heat in the preliminaries in 10.92...

Lancers edge Eagles with late homer

EUGENE — Avery Daniels' two-out solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning gave the Churchill softball team a 5-4 win over Eagle Point during Midwestern League action on Thursday.

The Eagles, trailing 4-2 entering the top of the...

Tornado stymies Axemen for 7th straight win

North Medford broke the game open with a six-run third inning and Colton Westfall supplied a bulk of the defense Wednesday as the Black Tornado remained perfect in Southwest Conference baseball with an 8-0 win over visiting South Eugene.


Crater tops Eagle Point for first win

EAGLE POINT — With six losses by two runs or fewer in its first 11 games, Crater’s baseball program hasn’t exactly experienced much good fortune this season.

Advantage North
Advantage North

No one was happier than North Medford junior pitcher Sarah Thomas as the bottom of the first inning rolled around against South Medford on Tuesday.

Her team already owned a three-run lead after a rocky start by the...

Crater’s Setzer, Berriochoa commit to colleges

CENTRAL POINT — Crater High seniors Courtney Setzer (women’s basketball) and Paige Berriochoa (volleyball) committed to Southern Oregon University and the University of West Georgia, respectively, during a school ceremony...

North-South softball tilt today shapes up to be pivotal

It could be a defining moment when North Medford and South Medford meet today on the softball diamond at South Medford High.

Moore, Newman power Panthers to sweep

South Medford’s Rachael Moore was a one-woman wrecking crew early on for South Medford and fellow senior Hannah Newman picked up where she left off in Game 2 as the Panthers swept Thurston in Southwest Conference softball Saturday.


Panthers claim first SWC triumph

In a doubleheader in which both games went to the last out, the South Medford baseball team claimed it’s first Southwest Conference victory in a doubleheader split with Thurston Friday at Harry & David Field.

The Panthers’...

Tornado softball stays perfect in SWC

ROSEBURG — For the North Medford softball team to win the battle of the untarnished Southwest Conference records on Wednesday, it would be forced to endure a rally by Roseburg, which erupted for five runs in the seventh inning on...

GP edges South in battle of unbeatens

GRANTS PASS — In a battle of undefeated Class 6A softball teams, Grants Pass found the edge against South Medford on Tuesday.

Danielle Taylor scored the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded walk in a costly fifth inning for the Panthers as the...

Panthers place fourth in first tourney

GRANTS PASS — South Medford took fourth place and North Medford sixth in the opening Southwest Conference girls golf tournament of the season Monday at Grants Pass Golf Club.

Donnie Thomason’s 13-over-par 85 helped Grants Pass land...

Moore, Panthers stay unbeaten with sweep

EUGENE — The South Medford softball team kept up its undefeated run, downing Sheldon 7-0 and 11-0 during Southwest Conference play on Saturday.

The victory sets up a compelling matchup of unbeatens on Tuesday, when the Panthers (8-0, 3-0...

Bartlett paces South girls at tennis tourney

ROSEBURG — South Medford's Kelsey Bartlett had a successful opening day despite windy and rainy conditions at the eight-school Roseburg Invitational girls tennis tournament Friday.

Bartlett, the Panthers' No. 1 singles player, registered...

Birds of a feather
Birds of a feather

EAGLE POINT — When the scrapbook cracks open at the Ayres household, there is a part of Megan Ayres that feels inspired seeing dated photographs of her mother Kim playing softball.

There is another part of the younger Ayres, however, that...

Coggins leads Challengers in romp
Coggins leads Challengers in romp

With Cody Coggins leading the way, the Cascade Christian baseball team cranked out 10 runs in the third inning en route to a 12-1, five-inning victory over North Valley in a nonleague game at U.S. Cellular Community Park on Thursday.


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Strength in numbers

It’s an experiment that has true benefit and merit, but also one with a big hill to climb before permanent implementation throughout...