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Munson selected as North Medford coach

Malcolm Munson has been named North Medford's head volleyball coach, Principal Dan Smith announced Friday.

Munson, who replaces Erika Wright, met with the players Thursday after school, Smith said.

Munson joined North Medford in 2001 and...

Wright steps down as North net coach

North Medford volleyball coach Erika Wright has resigned after 15 years with the program.

Wright, a former athlete for the Black Tornado, has been the head coach for seven years. Prior to that, she was an assistant to Ron Beick from...

Case earns 5A all-state honor

Ashland senior right-side hitter Ellie Case earned second-team Class 5A all-state volleyball recognition recently.

The Grizzlies finished 23-9 and advanced to the state quarterfinals.

Case was a Midwestern League first-team selection.

Pirates earn Skyline honors

Phoenix senior volleyball player Lyzett Gutierrez took home Skyline Conference second-team recognition after recent voting by coaches.

Hidden Valley’s Katie Allen, North Valley’s Haleigh Wagman and Henley’s Mackenzie Brown...

Carter named to SWC first team

North Medford senior outside hitter Emily Carter was named to the first-team Southwest Conference list after recent voting by league coaches.

Sheldon’s Avery Housley was the SWC player of the year and the Irish’s Gary Meininger...

Trophy Time

Trophy Time

Ashland’s volleyball program had quite a run brewing from 2005-09, securing top-four state trophies in all five seasons.

The Grizzlies’ hope is that this past weekend will be the start of another such streak.

Playing some of...

St. Mary’s girls surge into semifinals

SALEM — It took a while for the St. Mary’s girls soccer team to find its footing, quite literally, Saturday but once the Crusaders did, they never looked back in a Class 3A/2A/1A state quarterfinal match at Blanchet Catholic.


Vale drops Challengers at state

FOREST GROVE — Cascade Christian surrendered leads in the first two games and went on to lose to Vale, 25-19, 25-23, 20-25, 25-16 in the opening round of the Class 3A state volleyball tournament Friday at Forest Grove High.


Local trio on MWL first team

Local teams each placed one player on the Midwestern League’s top volleyball all-star unit, as voted on recently by the league’s coaches.

Ashland senior right-side hitter Ellie Case, Crater senior outside hitter Destiny Fahndrich...

Example setter

Example setter

Watch the eyes of a good setter, Cascade Christian head volleyball coach Rob Kleker advises.

“You see an excitement in their eyes when something positive happens,” he says. “That is a telltale sign of a good...

November 2015

Local players make SCL, MVL star units

Cascade Christian senior setter Alyssa Brown was named the Southern Cascade League volleyball player of the year and setter of the year, while the Challengers’ Rob Kleker earned coach of the year recognition.

Brown had a team-best 527...

October 2015

Challengers top OES, advance to state
Challengers top OES, advance to state

Claire Hawkins came up clutch for Cascade Christian in a Class 3A volleyball first-round state playoff victory on the Challengers’ home court Saturday.

Cascade Christian struggled early on serve-receive but turned it around to register a...

Tornado's season comes to end

WEST LINN — Senior outsider hitter Emily Carter had 11 kills, five digs and three aces for North Medford volleyball in a 20-25, 25-23, 25-11, 25-20 loss to West Linn in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs at West Linn High on...

North boys eliminated by Barlow

GRESHAM — North Medford got off to a slow start and it proved costly in a 1-0 road loss to Barlow in a Class 6A boys soccer state play-in game Tuesday.

“We struggled in the first half,” said North Medford coach Michael...

Challenger netters claim district crown
Challenger netters claim district crown

The Cascade Christian volleyball team swept St. Mary's in the Southern Cascade League district tournament finals at Cascade Christian High on Saturday.

The Challengers (21-2) won, 25-9, 25-7, 25-11, to claim top seeding heading into the first...

North Medford netters earn playoff berth

It took a bit to get the wheels rolling, but the North Medford volleyball team got the win it needed to secure the Southwest Conference’s final automatic state playoff berth at South Medford High.

The Black Tornado used a 25-22, 25-11,...

Prep Standings






Eagle Point;2;3;0;6



Challengers down St. Mary’s for SCL title

Cascade Christian came out strong and rolled to a 25-10, 25-9, 25-12 victory over visiting St. Mary’s to clinch the Southern Cascade League regular-season volleyball championship Tuesday.

“We tried to establish our back offense and...

Prep Standings



South Medford;7;0;3;24


South Eugene;5;1;3;18


North Medford;4;4;2;14


Loggers ace Chiloquin in straight sets

BUTTE FALLS — Serving was the story for Butte Falls in a Mountain Valley League volleyball match Saturday.

The Loggers used service runs in each game and recorded 12 aces in the match to sweep visiting Chiloquin, 25-16, 25-13,...

Prospect rallies to down Chiloquin

CHILOQUIN — Baley VanWormer had 10 kills and Savanna Breiholz seven aces and 17 digs for the Prospect volleyball team as it rallied to beat Chiloquin, 21-25, 25-11, 25-19, 25-22, during Mountain Valley League action on Friday.

Prep Standings





Eagle Point;2;2;0;6




South Medford downs GP for first win

Finally, everything clicked for the South Medford volleyball team, and the result Thursday was the Panthers’ first victory of the season.

South Medford ran its offense better than it had all season and earned a 25-9, 25-20, 25-21...




St. Mary’s;6;0;0;18

Cascade Christian;4;1;0;12

Rogue River;2;3;0;6


Illinois Valley;0;6;0;0

Wednesday’s Scores

St. Mary’s 6,...

St. Mary’s boys cruise by Pilots

CANYONVILLE — St. Mary’s took another step forward toward the District 5 boys soccer crown on Wednesday, securing a 6-0 triumph over third-place Canyonville Christian Academy with a strong effort on both sides of the pitch.


Prep Standings



South Medford;5;0;3;18

South Eugene;4;0;3;15

North Medford;4;2;2;14





Visiting Thurston sweeps Black Tornado

North Medford played catch-up against Thurston in Southwest Conference volleyball Tuesday.

The Black Tornado could not quite overtake the visiting Colts in dropping a 26-24, 25-22, 25-23 match at North Medford High.

"In all three sets we...

Dobry takes second; South sweeps division

St. Mary’s senior Marissa Dobry finished second overall in the girls gold race and South Medford’s boys and girls cross country teams swept the silver division at the George Fox Classic in Newberg Saturday.

Dobry finished in 17...

Prep Standings




Highlanders edge Comets in boys soccer

EUGENE — The North Eugene boys soccer team edged winless Crater, 2-1, during Midwestern League action for its first victory of the season on Friday.

The Comets (0-10, 0-3 MWL) and Highlanders (1-9, 1-2) were tied at 1 at halftime.

Prep Standings







Eagle Point;0;1;0;0



North netters fall, but not without fight

No team in the Southwest Conference had been able to put a dent in the armor of Sheldon’s starters until Thursday, when the North Medford volleyball team claimed the second set of their Southwest Conference match.

Still, third-ranked...

Crater’s Monroe siblings finish first in GP

GRANTS PASS — Crater senior Jordan Monroe was a runaway winner in the 5,000-meter elite girls cross country race and sophomore brother Andy Monroe led a pack of Comets to take first place in the elite boys race at the Grants Pass Invitational...

Prep Standings



South Medford;4;0;2;14


North Medford;3;1;2;11


South Eugene;2;0;3;9


Grizzlies again rally to edge Comets

ASHLAND — Different site, same result.

The Ashland volleyball team rallied to deal Crater another agonizing Midwestern League loss Tuesday, 26-28, 27-25, 20-25, 25-22, 15-12.

Exactly four weeks after overcoming a two-set deficit to...

Crusader netters fall shy at Hosanna Dual

KLAMATH FALLS — The St. Mary’s volleyball team came up short at the Hosanna Dual on Saturday, falling to Mazama and Hosanna Christian at Hosanna Christian High.

The Vikings downed the Crusaders, 25-21, 25-15, 25-16, and the Lions...

Butte Falls blanks RVA in volleyball

Visiting Butte Falls got strong serving from senior setter Jade Stubbs in posting a straight set victory against Rogue Valley Adventist in Mountain Valley League volleyball Friday.

The Loggers registered a 25-17, 25-23, 25-20 win over the Red...

Prep Standings

Midwestern League Boys Soccer







Keen passing carries North past Cavers

Grants Pass posed a tough matchup at the net for the North Medford volleyball team on Thursday, but the Black Tornado had an answer.

With precise passing, setters Alex Barry and Taelor Mayben helped outside hitters Emily Carter and Ashley...

Short-handed Challengers top Lakeview

LAKEVIEW — Cascade Christian’s girls soccer team put forth a yeoman’s effort Wednesday, playing one player down for their entire match but still winding up with a 3-1 victory over Lakeview in District 5 action.

September 2015


SWC Boys Soccer


North Medford;3;0;2;11

South Medford;3;0;2;11



South Eugene;1;0;3;6



North netters sweep rival South

North Medford kept the pressure on winless South Medford in a Southwest Conference volleyball match Tuesday.

And the Black Tornado came away with a straight set home victory, 25-11, 25-14, 25-13.

South Medford (0-11, 0-8 SWC) struggled...

Camacho strikes again for Pirates

MERLIN — With eight goals already under his belt, Phoenix freshman Christian Camacho is making a name for himself.

Camacho followed up a hat trick with two more goals in Monday’s 4-1 Skyline Conference boys soccer victory over host...

Local runners shine at Northwest Classic

EUGENE — Crater senior Jordan Monroe placed third and the Comet girls were third out of 12 schools in the Northwest Classic at Lane Community College on Saturday.

Monroe ran the 5,000-meter race in 19 minutes, 13.4 seconds.

Churchill's last-gasp effort sinks Crater

CENTRAL POINT — The Crater volleyball team had Churchill on the ropes Friday with game point in the fourth set, but that’s when things unraveled for the host Comets.

With the Comets serving for the match, Churchill managed to get a...

Prep Standings

SWC Football



North Medford;1;1;.500;1

South Medford;1;1;.500;1

Grants Pass;1;1;.500;1



Prep Standings

Skyline Conference Boys Soccer




Hidden Valley;1;1;.500;1


North Valley;0;2;.000;2


Guitron, Owings power Panthers past Ashland

Hersson Guitron and Kyle Owings tallied two goals apiece as the South Medford boys soccer team broke loose in the second half to top Ashland, 7-2, in a nonconference game at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park Thursday.

Guitron gave the Panthers (4-1-2)...

St. Mary’s boys cruise past Challengers

St. Mary’s broke open a close match with three second-half goals to secure a 5-1 boys soccer victory over Cascade Christian in District 5 play Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

Alec Robertson scored a hat trick for the Crusaders...

Prep Standings

SWC Boys Soccer


North Medford;3;0;0;9


South Medford;2;0;1;7


South Eugene;0;0;2;2



Hawkins, Brown lead Challengers to SCL sweep

The Cascade Christian volleyball team used a strong attack to sweep Illinois Valley, 25-10, 25-11, 25-17 in Southern Cascade League action at Cascade Christian Tuesday.

Claire Hawkins and Ellie Brown each had 12 kills for the Challengers (8-1,...

Dobry leads St. Mary’s to Prefontaine title

COOS BAY — St. Mary’s senior Marissa Dobry finished first in a course-record time of 18 minutes, 3.7 seconds to help the Crusader girls cross country team win their first title in the annual Prefontaine Memorial Run.


Eagles come up short against Lancers

EAGLE POINT — The Eagle Point volleyball team eked out a tight first set before dropping its next three games during Midwestern League action against Churchill on Friday.

The Lancers won, 24-26, 25-8, 25-14, 25-22.

Kylene Briggs had...

Prep Standings

SWC Football


South Medford;1;0;1.000;—



South Eugene;1;0;1.000;—


Crater rallies for MWL win over Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — Another slow start forced the Crater volleyball team to dig itself out of hole on Thursday against host Springfield.

After Springfield pounced to a 13-3 lead and took the opening set, the Comets rebounded to get the 18-25,...

Prep Standings

SWC Volleyball



South Eugene;4;1;.800;1

North Medford;3;1;.750;1 1/2

Thurston;3;1;.750;1 1/2

Roseburg;2;2;.500;2 1/2


Irish lead pack at SWC Pre-District

GRANTS PASS — Sheldon High runners scored the top times in three of the four Southwest Conference Pre-District cross country races Wednesday at the All-Sports Park.

Competition was broken down into freshman-sophomore and junior-senior...

North falls to Sheldon in straight sets

EUGENE — North Medford might have been intimidated early against top-ranked Sheldon on Tuesday and dropped a straight-set Southwest Conference volleyball match to the Irish, 25-15, 25-18, 25-20.

“We started slow and timid,”...

Prep Standings



North Medford;1;0;1.000;—

South Medford;1;0;1.000;—



Myers’ serving helps to rally Loggers

ROGUE RIVER — Butte Falls’ volleyball team found itself at a crossroads near the end of the second set in a nonleague volleyball match against Rogue River Monday.

The Loggers took the correct path.

Having lost the first set,...

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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...