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Black Tornado claims tourney consolation title

It wasn’t the exact route the North Medford volleyball team wanted to take in the Rogue Valley Classic, but coach Erica Wright and the squad view their consolation championship win Saturday as a boost.

The Black Tornado conquered Foothill...

Crater stays unbeaten with MWL win

EAGLE POINT — After undefeated Crater dropped it first game of the season during a Midwestern League volleyball match against Churchill Friday, coach Leaf Jensen had to refocus his squad.

Crater continues hot streak, tops EP

EAGLE POINT — The Crater volleyball team continued its spotless season Thursday at Eagle Point but saw one of its top players leave early because of an ankle injury.

The Comets rolled to a 25-16, 25-10, 25-14 Midwestern League victory in...

Sheldon hands North Medford straight-set defeat

North Medford received improved offensive efforts from Emily Carter and Ashley Ripplinger but visiting Sheldon swept the Black Tornado, 25-15, 25-14, 25-20, in Southwest Conference volleyball Tuesday at the North gym

Carter, a junior outside,...

Monroe, Crofoot take home Chieftain titles

VALLEY OF THE ROGUE STATE PARK — Crater junior Jordan Monroe and Hidden Valley senior Shane Crofoot recorded first-place finishes while the Comet boys and Phoenix girls cross country squads claimed team titles in the 5,000-meter Chieftain...

Grizzlies register split in MWL

EUGENE — The previously unbeaten Ashland volleyball team split its Midwestern League doubleheader on Friday, beating North Eugene, 25-10, 25-22, 25-13, before falling to Marist, 25-16, 25-21, 25-17.

Against North Eugene, Hope Baldrica had...

Challengers tip Phoenix to up record to 6-0

Cascade Christian improved its record to 6-0 with a tightly contested nonconference volleyball win over Phoenix Thursday, 25-20, 23-25, 25-15, 25-23.

The Challengers’ Ellie Brown put the match away with a kill. Cascade Christian led 24-22...

Carter, Black Tornado fend off Grants Pass

The North Medford volleyball team hung on to win a close Southwest Conference match with Grants Pass, prevailing in four sets at North Medford High on Tuesday.

After the Black Tornado won the opener, 25-17, the Cavers battled back to take Game...

Crusaders run for 444 yards in rout

The St. Mary’s football team torched Creswell on the ground in a season-opening 20-0 victory at Spiegelberg Stadium on Saturday night.

Senior quarterback Denton Edwards carried the ball 24 times for 234 yards and two touchdowns and...

Tornado pulls away in season-opening triumph

Carter Ehlers accounted for two goals in North Medford’s season-opening 3-1 nonleague boys soccer win over Mountain View at North Medford High on Friday.

Manny Mejia also netted a goal for the Black Tornado, which led 1-0 at halftime...

September 2014

Axemen cut down Tornado in SWC opener

The North Medford volleyball team had its moments during its season opener against South Eugene on Thursday.

The Axemen, however, unleashed seniors McKenna Henderson and Nicola Moore, who pounded the net to help South Eugene sweep the Black...

Fahndrich powers Crater to win over Knights

CENTRAL POINT — Destiny Fahndrich and top-flight serving set the tone for the Crater volleyball team in its season opener on Tuesday.

The Comets earned a 25-17, 25-16, 25-21 nonleague victory over North Valley at Crater.

Fahndrich,...

June 2014

St. Mary's hires boys hoops, volleyball coaches

A pair of former St. Mary's standouts will take over the coaching reins in two sports next season.

May 2014

Panthers name Marshall volleyball coach

South Medford handed the keys to its volleyball program over to a familiar face this week.

January 2014

Jensen returns to front Crater volleyball

CENTRAL POINT — Leaf Jensen may have left the Crater High volleyball program after the 2003 season but the volleyball bug never left him.

November 2013

Phoenix's Flynn named co-player of year

Phoenix senior libero/setter Ashlyn Flynn took home Skyline Conference co-player of the year volleyball honors and also landed a spot on the Class 4A state second team.

Knights fall to Crook County in semis

EUGENE — Following a near-perfect season, the Hidden Valley volleyball was upended by seven-time defending state champion Crook County in the Class 4A state semifinals on Friday.

Challengers nab top honors in SCH volleyball

Cascade Christian senior outside hitter Karlee Britton was a repeat selection as Southern Cascade Hybrid volleyball player of the year in voting by the league's coaches.

Cascade drops five-set match in playoffs

NYSSA — Cascade Christian came up one victory short of reaching the Class 3A state tournament for the third straight year with a five-set loss to No. 5 Nyssa Saturday.

Britton wrapped up in the game
Britton wrapped up in the game

Unbeknownst to Rob Kleker, one of the greatest volleyball players to ever suit up for him lived just a few houses down.

North's Bixler selected to SOH first team

North Medford landed one player on the first team and one on the second team in Southern Oregon Hybrid volleyball all-star voting.

October 2013

Tornado knocked out of playoffs

SALEM — North Medford fought hard to force a fourth set but couldn't spring the upset at South Salem in a first-round Class 6A volleyball playoff match Wednesday.

Cavers advance to state

EUGENE — Shelby DeRocher provided the offensive punch for Grants Pass in a 2-1 victory against South Eugene in a Class 6A girls soccer play-in game Tuesday.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Adriana Mereida-Ford

South garners playoff berth

SALEM — Outside hitter Claire Sporer had 19 kills and 21 digs as South Medford defeated McKay in a Class 6A volleyball play-in match Monday, 22-25, 26-24, 23-25, 25-18, 15-12.

Grants Pass catches North Medford for second

Grants Pass overtook North Medford on the final night of the Southern Oregon Hybrid volleyball season, forcing a tie for second place between the two teams.

Prospect moves into first-place tie

PAISLEY — The Prospect volleyball team used effective passing and serving to move into a three-way tie for first place in the Mountain Valley League with a 25-17, 26-24, 17-25, 25-22 victory over Paisley on Friday.

Challengers clinch SCH title

LAKEVIEW — The Southern Cascade Hybrid's top two volleyball squads were practically mirror images of each other in their match until midway through the fifth set Thursday.

Pirates rally to beat Henley

KLAMATH FALLS — Down two sets to none on the road, the Phoenix Pirates stormed back to pick up a huge Skyline Conference win Tuesday.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Jordan Tilley

North Medford turns back Eagle Point

By effectively streaming its serves into open space, the North Medford volleyball team made things difficult for Eagle Point's serve-receive in a nonconference match Thursday.

Black Tornado edges Grizzlies in five

ASHLAND — The Class 6A North Medford volleyball team needed every last point to edge 5A Ashland during a thrilling five-set nonleague battle at Mountain Avenue Gym on Tuesday.

Crater girls claim State of Jeff

ASHLAND — Crater's girls cross country contingent placed three runners among the first eight finishers to help the Comets claim the girls title at the State of Jefferson Invitational at Lithia Park on Saturday.

Roseburg rolls past North Medford

Roseburg put to rest any doubt about its dominance in Southern Oregon Hybrid volleyball Thursday when the Indians, minus their starting setter, went on the road and swept the league's No. 2 team in convincing fashion.

North Medford downs South in four sets

Elise Snowden's serving helped lift North Medford to a 25-19, 18-25, 25-23, 25-17 victory over South Medford in Southern Oregon Hybrid volleyball Tuesday at the Panther gym.

September 2013

Cougars suffer first defeat in volleyball

KLAMATH FALLS — Poor serving hurt the Prospect volleyball team in its first loss of the year.

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Class 5A football playoff bids won't come easy

Athletic directors at the Class 5A level have proven to be the most invested in controlling their own playoff destiny since a switch to the...