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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.

Panthers name Marshall volleyball coach

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

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.

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.

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.

October 2013

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.

Emily Carter fuels North victory

GRANTS PASS — Sophomore outside hitter Emily Carter piled up 19 kills as North Medford downed Grants Pass 24-26, 25-17, 25-18, 25-21 in SOH action.

Ripplinger leads North to victory

Ashley Ripplinger isn't playing like a freshman for the North Medford volleyball team.

Tale of two sets
Tale of two sets

It may not have been for much more than a shot at silver, but the North Medford and South Medford volleyball teams played like solid gold was on the line in their Rogue Valley Classic quarterfinal match on Saturday.

Elle-vating the Tornado
Elle-vating the Tornado

Sometimes it's tough being the tall girl.

Pirates sweep feisty Knights in Skyline opener

PHOENIX — The defending Skyline Conference champion Phoenix volleyball team brushed off a challenging second set in Thursday's league opener to defeat North Valley, 25-16, 27-25, 25-21.

Grizzlies sweep Crater
Grizzlies sweep Crater

ASHLAND — Ashland snapped a three-match losing skid with its most impressive performance of the season, sweeping Crater in a nonconference volleyball match Tuesday at Mountain Avenue Gym.

Cascade Christian sweeps Bonanza

Paige Bruce helped the Cascade Christian volleyball team find its rhythm in the second set Monday as the host Challengers derailed Bonanza, 25-16, 26-24, 25-17, in a nonconference contest.

North Medford registers sweep of Ashland

North Medford kept Ashland out of rhythm with strong serving and posted a 25-16, 25-18, 25-21 nonconference volleyball victory in the Black Tornado gym.

South nets first win
South nets first win

South Medford used its home-court advantage and swept Crater in three games during Southern Oregon Hybrid volleyball Tuesday, but the Comets were no pushovers.

Ashland breezes to win over Eagle Point
Ashland breezes to win over Eagle Point

ASHLAND — Ashland turned offensive in the first of two volleyball meetings with rival Eagle Point Tuesday, winning the matchup of Southern Oregon Hybrid 5A teams, 25-11, 25-10, 25-12.

North turns back South
North turns back South

North Medford had to find another level when trailing in the pivotal third game against cross-town rival South Medford in the Southern Oregon Hybrid volleyball opener Thursday.

Yreka knocks off CC

Cascade Christian volleyball coach Rob Kleker had a mind to switch things up in order to gain more perspective on his young team Tuesday after the Challengers won the opening two sets against visiting Yreka.

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