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SOSC to recognize local athletes, top stories

The Southern Oregon Sports Commission will announce its male and female athletes of the year and honor a sports advocate at its inaugural banquet Thursday at the Santo Community Center.

The ceremony will also celebrate the Mail Tribune's top 10...

North’s Westfall, Ragan sign with Western Nevada

North Medford pitchers Colton Westfall and Jordan Ragan both recently signed letters of intent to play baseball at Western Nevada College in Carson City, Nev.

Each was instrumental in helping the Black Tornado earn the 2014 Class 6A baseball...

Ashland lands three on all-state HM list

Three Ashland High Grizzlies have been named Class 5A all-state honorable mentions.

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.

Crater leads SOH all-stars

If it was to be Crater's final baseball season at the state's highest classification, the Comets made it count.

North holds on to claim crown

North holds on to claim crown

KEIZER — North Medford baseball coach Brett Wolfe never seemed happier, junior Colton Westfall got stronger with every pitch and timely, clutch hitting was on the Black Tornado's side here at Volcanoes Stadium on Saturday.

Challengers fall short in title game

Challengers fall short in title game

KEIZER — As the sun came down here at Volcanoes Stadium Friday evening, the heads wearing Cascade Christian baseball caps remained high in the air.

Clark, Challengers brace for rematch with Glide

Two years ago, as Cascade Christian battled Santiam Christian for the Class 3A baseball state championship, Cooper Clark spent most of the afternoon standing on the steps of the Challengers' dugout at Volcanoes Stadium and soaking it all in.

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.

June 2014

Ashland's Carlson, Eagles' Gonsalves earn top SOH awards

Eight Ashland High baseball players have been voted to the Southern Oregon Hybrid Class 5A all-star team, including player of the year Eric Carlson,...

North, Sheldon prep for rematch
North, Sheldon prep for rematch

North Medford and Sheldon certainly won't be strangers when they meet Saturday with the Class 6A baseball state championship on the line, but that...

Cascade Christian reaches 3A state finals

In a game full of big hits, Cascade Christian got the final one.

Westfall dominant in blanking Tualatin

Poise has rarely been an issue for North Medford junior pitcher Colton Westfall.

Baseball: Tornado, Challengers in action
Baseball: Tornado, Challengers in action

The second-seeded North Medford baseball team looks to advance to the Class 6A championship for the first time since 2007 when it hosts third-seeded...

May 2014

Challengers blast Crusaders in Class 3A state quarterfinals
Challengers blast Crusaders in Class 3A state quarterfinals

Cody Coggins has experienced a lot of success on the baseball diamond in his three varsity seasons at Cascade Christian High.

Crofton leads Tornado into 6A semifinals

North Medford's stable of quality starting pitchers came in handy this week.

Crater falls short
Crater falls short

CENTRAL POINT — Top-seeded Crater was dialed in early with a state semifinals berth on the line but Sheldon remained patient and confident, and...

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...

North, South go down to the wire
North, South go down to the wire

If it was going to be a first, the baseball teams at North Medford and South Medford certainly made sure Wednesday's state playoff matchup was going...

Grizzlies blow by Dragons, advance to 5A quarterfinals

ASHLAND — The Ashland Grizzlies are headed back to the Class 5A state quarterfinals, where a familiar foe will be waiting for them.

Fox's three-hitter carries Crater over Tigard

CENTRAL POINT — Crater got another strong pitching performance, and the top-seeded Comets moved into the Class 6A baseball quarterfinals with a...

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...

North holds off late Pioneers rally

Josh Berman had a premonition it might be his time to make a big play.

Bastendorff guides Crater past Aloha

CENTRAL POINT — It wasn't the kind of runaway win one might expect for a top-ranked team in the state playoffs against the lowest seeded squad...

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...

Challengers haul in SCL all-star accolades

The Cascade Christian baseball team went 12-0 in the Southern Cascade League this season and the Challengers were honored accordingly by the league's...

St. Mary's earns first 3A baseball playoff berth

Joe Hammonds was lights out on the mound and received plenty of run support from a balanced St. Mary's batting lineup as the Crusaders secured their...

Crater wins outright SOH title

ROSEBURG — Crater needed at least a doubleheader split against Roseburg Saturday to win the outright Southern Oregon Hybrid baseball...

North bats erupt in sweep of GP

GRANTS PASS — The North Medford baseball team wrapped up its Southern Oregon Hybrid schedule with a bang, cranking out 24 hits in a sweep of...

Crater clinches share of SOH baseball title

CENTRAL POINT — Crater starter Nolan Bastendorff got off to a shaky start then found his groove as the Comets secured at least a tie for the...


Carter Glick

Challengers sweep IV, clinch SCH title

CAVE JUNCTION — Cascade Christian junior Cody Coggins tossed his first-ever no-hitter and the Challengers needed only five innings in Game 2 to...

South Medford sweeps Roseburg to end SOH season

ROSEBURG — South Medford put itself in position to claim third place in Southern Oregon Hybrid baseball, but it will need help.

Walk-off Wonders: Crater tips GP in 10th
Walk-off Wonders: Crater tips GP in 10th

Crater has made its way to the top of the Class 6A baseball coaches' poll, but it certainly hasn't been easy for the Comets in recent weeks.

North Medford tops Ashland in key 6A/5A clash

ASHLAND — Steen Fredrickson did all he could to help the Ashland High baseball team push Class 6A powerhouse North Medford on Friday.

South puts an end to losing skid

South Medford snapped a four-game losing streak behind solid pitching Tuesday from senior Caleb Newman and the type of timely hitting head coach Ray...

North rebounds with sweep of Roseburg

Three straight losses didn't sit well with North Medford's baseball team, and the Black Tornado made sure to turn things around Saturday in a key...

Grizzlies ride Glick to 14th straight win

GRANTS PASS — Ashland senior Carter Glick had his no-hit bid broken up with two outs in the bottom of the seventh before pocketing his first...

April 2014


Israel Navarro

Roseburg hands North Medford third straight loss

ROSEBURG — North Medford baseball coach Brett Wolfe would have nothing to do with excuses for his team's third straight loss, a 9-4 Southern...

Crater keeps cruising
Crater keeps cruising

Coming off an emotional sweep of North Medford on Saturday, Crater's baseball coaches and players spent the better part of the last two days...

St. Mary's earns league sweep of Illinois Valley

CAVE JUNCTION — St. Mary's needed eight innings to pull off a 4-3 victory over Illinois Valley in the opener of a Southern Cascade Hybrid...

GP uses long ball to salvage SOH split

GRANTS PASS — Grants Pass' Drew VanEss hit a walk-off grand slam in his team's 7-6 win over South Medford after the Panthers shut out the...

Comets work overtime
Comets work overtime

CENTRAL POINT — When the midseason matchup involves the Nos. 1-2 baseball teams in the Class 6A power rankings, it's supposed to be good.

Errors spell doom for Comets in SOH sweep

CENTRAL POINT — The Crater softball team led early on in both of its Southern Oregon Hybrid games with Roseburg, but a combined 14 errors...

Grizzlies storm back to beat Roseburg in extras

ASHLAND — The Ashland High baseball team trailed Roseburg by three runs entering the seventh inning. In other words, the Grizzlies had the...

Panthers pick up first league win

Ryan Carle had the go-ahead RBI groundout in the fifth inning to help lift the South Medford baseball team past Grants Pass, 3-1, in Southern Oregon...

Ragan pitches North Medford past Crater

North Medford baseball coach Brett Wolfe showed the utmost confidence in pitcher Jordan Ragan during a key Southern Oregon Hybrid matchup Tuesday.

Power Play
Power Play

CENTRAL POINT — Playing in a lineup brimming with talent, it's often difficult to separate yourself. The thing is, though, Taylor Tibbets has...

North stymies South to sweep series

There wasn't much that separated North Medford and South Medford during Tuesday's opener in a three-game series in Southern Oregon Hybrid baseball,...

Ashland increases win streak

KLAMATH FALLS — Ashland's baseball team heads into its Southern Oregon Hybrid 5A opener riding its longest winning streak in three years thanks...

Perry pitches Panthers past Pels

KLAMATH FALLS — Jake Perry's arm was the only thing that stayed warm when chilly winds and rainy conditions made playing baseball at Klamath...

No. 5 Crater falls to Clovis in title game

FRESNO, Calif. — Crater put up quite a fight this week in the 32-team Easter Baseball Classic but the fifth-ranked Comets simply didn't have...

North slips by South
North slips by South

Hits were hard to come by as North Medford and South Medford opened Southern Oregon Hybrid baseball play on Tuesday.

Navarro's gem sparks Phoenix past North Valley

TALENT — Sophomore pitcher Israel Navarro tossed a three-hitter and the Phoenix offense put together two big innings as the Pirates defeated...

Comets win two at Easter Classic

FRESNO, Calif. — Crater pitchers Gunnar Asher and Dylan Pearce each were steady on the mound and the Comets used timely hitting to open the...

Skaff hits for cycle but Mazama sweeps Phoenix

TALENT — Phoenix head softball coach Jason Zanni says he is surprised that hard-hitting senior Amanda Skaff hasn't received more looks from...

Crofton, Black Tornado take down Thurston

SPRINGFIELD — Senior pitcher David Crofton was solid through seven innings and North Medford used a five-run fifth inning to pull away for a...

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St. Mary’s, Cascade Christian meet with state berth at stake

It took the St. Mary’s boys basketball program a span of nine years between victories over Class 3A rival Cascade...