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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.

Jared...

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...

April 2015

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.

Moore...

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.

Coggins...

South powers past Willamette

While Pat Moore’s strikeout ratio has been off-the-charts good, the South Medford softball team’s ability to generate offense has played a crucial role in the Panthers’ undefeated season thus far.

North dominates in SWC opener

North Medford opened its Southwest Conference softball season with a bang Tuesday, scoring 13 runs in the first two innings against South Eugene en route to a 17-0, five-inning victory at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

The Black Tornado (2-2, 1-0...

March 2015

Comets drop two games in Fresno tourney

FRESNO, Calif. — Crater dropped two games on the opening day of the Easter Baseball Classic in Fresno, Calif., Monday.

The Comets (0-6) lost 4-2 to Reedley and 2-0 to Fresno. There are 38 teams in the 46th annual event, which continues...

Long-time softball tourney undergoes changes

It happened rather unceremoniously, but there was a changing of the guard last Monday and Tuesday for one of the state’s biggest high school softball tournaments.

After 31 years as host of the North Medford Spring Break Invitational, the...

South secures another road sweep

BEND — South Medford scored its second doubleheader sweep in a little more than 24 hours Saturday to improve to 5-0 heading into the Southwest Conference softball season opener on Tuesday.

Fresh off sweeping Red Bluff on the road Friday,...

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...

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...

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Tyren Wolfe is at a loss for words to explain it, but he sure is enjoying what has been a breakout season for the North Medford boys track and...