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Wightman takes over South program

Wightman takes over South program

James Wightman never really planned on this day coming but now that it has, he finds himself humbled by the opportunity.

A former feisty point guard for the South Medford boys basketball team, Wightman ascended to the top spot in the program...

Thanks for the memories

Thanks for the memories

Hundreds of people streamed into Rogue Valley Country Club on Saturday, eager to see the man awaiting them on the second floor of the main facility.

There stood Dennis Murphy in a bit of a surreal situation: It was the South Medford coaching...

North’s Freeman transfers to Southridge

North’s Freeman transfers to Southridge

North Medford junior-to-be Maggie Freeman, who led the girls basketball team in scoring the past two years, made it official Monday with a move to Beaverton to complete a transfer to Southridge High School for her final two years.

Freeman was a...

North's Wolfe signs with NAU

North Medford announced a handful of collegiate signings Wednesday, highlighted by the decision of senior sprint champion Tyren Wolfe to join the Division I Northern Arizona track and field program.

Wolfe, who will look to defend his 100-meter...

Vu takes over as St. Mary’s head coach

Vu takes over as St. Mary’s head coach

It isn’t often such circumstances arise but St. Mary’s High filled two coaching vacancies with one move this week in hiring Tam Vu as its new boys basketball head coach.

Vu takes over immediately for Greg Conway, who guided the...

Good Sign

Good Sign

With eight beaming faces propped up behind a long row of tables decorated by college pendants Wednesday morning, a group of St. Mary’s High senior athletes offered up a picturesque moment to prove you can achieve your collegiate dreams...

Locals fare well in all-state voting

The Rogue Valley was well-represented when it came time for all-state voting in boys and girls basketball recently, with three first-team selections and a pair of coach of the year nods highlighting the lists from the Class 6A-3A levels.


Seventh Heaven: Schireman sparks Siskiyous to 7th win in All-Star Game

Seventh Heaven: Schireman sparks Siskiyous to 7th win in All-Star Game

North Medford senior Brian Schireman had no doubts that he would have fun during the ninth annual Mail Tribune All-Star Basketball Classic on Friday night at Kids Unlimited.

The standout 6-foot-2 guard who led the Southwest Conference in scoring...

Rogues overcome Tago’s record setting Classic

Rogues overcome Tago’s record setting Classic

Julissa Tago had a record-setting performance for the Siskiyou girls in the ninth annual Mail Tribune All-Star Basketball Classic.

But it was the more balanced offense of the Rogues that rolled to a 76-61 victory at Kids Unlimited’s...

All-Star affair

All-Star affair

All-star basketball games are generally about scoring a lot of points.

And that fits right into Adrienne Wood's mindset.

The Eagle Point senior has been a long-distance carrier her entire career, knocking down 3-pointers at a...

March 2016

Pirates make Skyline teams

Phoenix junior Kaylene Ritter was named to the Skyline Conference second team after recent voting by coaches.

Senior teammate Alexis De La Torre was an honorable mention honoree.

On the boys side, senior Mase Masalosalo landed honorable...

Slow start dooms South
Slow start dooms South

PORTLAND — South Medford knew it would be a challenge to dethrone the three-time defending West Linn Lions in Saturday night’s Class 6A boys basketball state championship game.

It didn’t take West Linn long to show exactly...

South settles for sixth

PORTLAND — State-concluding games have been a nemesis for South Medford seniors Julissa Tago and Jasmin Falls ever since their Panther careers began, and that form held true again despite a valiant effort against McNary here Saturday at the...

Semi-Sweet: South Medford clinches finals date
Semi-Sweet: South Medford clinches finals date

PORTLAND — With this being Dennis Murphy’s last ride as head coach of the South Medford boys basketball team, his players have certainly done all they can to make it interesting.

For the second straight night, second-seeded South...

Players chosen for MT All-Star games

Teams for the ninth annual Mail Tribune All-Star Basketball Classic have been selected, and if this year's games are anything like last year's, fans can expect a scintillating evening of play.
The 2016...

South boys advance to semifinals

PORTLAND — If at first you don’t succeed, then try, try, try again.

Those words never rang so true for South Medford’s boys basketball team than late Thursday night as the Panthers’ fourth attempt at a game-winning...

Falls, Tago help Panthers advance

PORTLAND — What a difference a day makes.

Playing inspired basketball to not let a promising season slip away empty-handed, South Medford’s girls basketball team shook off an early Sheldon surge to win going away, 76-52, in the...

Canby stuns South with rally

PORTLAND — For a second straight year, South Medford let a double-digit lead slip away in the Class 6A girls basketball state quarterfinals and ultimately paid the price again by being upset on the first day of the state tournament here...

South Medford boys basketball team has plenty in reserve
South Medford boys basketball team has plenty in reserve

For all he’s dealt with since coming to South Medford High in his sophomore year, Hunter Bradford has every right to be a little bitter.

2016 Mail Tribune All-Star Basketball Classic ballot
2016 Mail Tribune All-Star Basketball Classic ballot

Voting is open for the ninth annual Mail Tribune All-Star Basketball Classic.

South Medford's Julissa Tago is a rare talent
South Medford's Julissa Tago is a rare talent

When Julissa Tago talks about paradise, she's not just thinking about the breathtaking islands of Hawaii.

Slagle named MVL coach of year

Rogue Valley Adventist’s Marlene Slagle was named girls basketball coach of the year in the Mountain Valley League after recent voting by coaches.

Slagle led the Red Tail Hawks to a season of firsts, including regular-season and MVL...

Kerr admonishes Warriors for recent sloppy play

OAKLAND, Calif. — So what if coach Steve Kerr added a pair of extra turnovers to his team's ugly, uncharacteristic two-day total? He made his point that the Golden State Warriors' sloppy play of late must stop, well before the playoffs begin as...

Ultimate crusade: St. Mary's takes state title
Ultimate crusade: St. Mary's takes state title

COOS BAY — Just getting out of the vehicle was difficult for Eric Guyer, but the fact that Greg Conway had driven to his home and picked him up simply to talk meant a lot.

On the small playground track outside of Bellview Elementary in...

Many happy returns for South
Many happy returns for South

South Medford’s boys basketball team played an elaborate game of tag Saturday night during the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs.

For the better part of the contest against visiting Grant, one Panther player seemed to get things...

Moving on up
Moving on up

First it was Jasmin Falls. Then it was Lauren Orndoff. Then it was Julissa Tago.

The third-ranked South Medford girls can be a handful, but West Salem girls head basketball coach Terry Williams knew that coming in.

"You know you have to be...

RV Adventist claims fourth place at state

BAKER CITY — Ashton Petray had eight points and six rebounds and Rose Tovar recorded six points, eight rebounds and three steals as the second-seeded Rogue Valley Adventist girls basketball team beat No. 5 Adrian, 24-19, to capture fourth place...

Crusaders charge into 3A state title game

His team’s run for a state championship didn’t start this season, St. Mary’s boys head basketball coach Greg Conway said.

“In our minds, this has been a seven-year journey from about the sixth grade when a lot of...

Locals named to MWL first team

Crater sophomore Kiefer Edwards was selected to the Midwestern League boys basketball first team after recent voting by coaches.

On the girls side, Eagle Point senior Adrienne Wood and Crater senior Destiny Fahndrich received first-team...

St. Mary's rides defense into semifinals

COOS BAY — St. Mary’s found itself in need of a kick-start in the Class 3A boys basketball state quarterfinals Thursday, and the Crusaders got it from their defense.

St. Mary’s defeated Blanchet Catholic of Salem, 44-33, at...

Last Hurrah
Last Hurrah

All good things must come to an end, and South Medford boys basketball head coach Dennis Murphy is content with that eventuality.

That said, he sure wouldn’t mind seeing his second-seeded Panthers take his 28th and final season at the...

Panthers take down Eagles
Panthers take down Eagles

It won’t go down as one of the most impressive triumphs in South Medford boys basketball history but, at this point in the season, the No. 3-ranked Panthers did more than enough to extend their season Wednesday.

Other than the first...

Cold ending for North in upset loss

The eighth-ranked North Medford boys couldn't buy a bucket on Wednesday, and the cold shooting cost them.

David Douglas, seeded 24th out of 32 state playoff qualifers, upset the ninth-seeded Black Tornado, 52-47, during the first round of the...

RVA girls fall in state quarterfinals

BAKER CITY — The fourth time was a charm for the Hosanna Christian girls basketball team.

The Lions, seeded 10th, defeated second-seeded Rogue Valley Adventist, 34-27, in the Class 1A state quarterfinals at Baker High on Wednesday,...

Off to the races
Off to the races

The South Medford girls basketball team extended a pair of winning streaks on Tuesday.

The third-ranked Panthers defeated St. Mary's Academy, 84-53, in the opening round of the Class 6A state playoffs at South Medford High. With the victory,...

February 2016

Tago, Schireman earn top SWC honors

South Medford’s Julissa Tago and North Medford’s Brian Schireman secured the top honors in Southwest Conference boys and girls basketball all-conference voting by the league coaches.

Tago, a 5-foot-9 senior guard, and Schireman, a...

More than a game
More than a game

The young woman who assisted in the recent production of Schoolhouse Rock! was a hit with the children of Kids Unlimited Academy, KU founder and CEO Tom Cole was happy to report.

Crusaders advance to state quarterfinals

Michael Crennen had 22 points and 14 rebounds, Connor Vinyard recorded 16 points and 13 rebounds and the St. Mary's boys basketball team beat Coquille, 55-51, in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs at St. Mary's High on Saturday.











Comet boys hold off North Eugene

CENTRAL POINT — Crater showed resolve in posting a 41-38 home victory over North Eugene in Mid-Western League boys basketball Friday.

The win elevated Crater (6-18, 3-9 MWL) into a tie for fifth place with Eagle Point in the MWL standings...

North girls edge Roseburg in SWC finale

North Medford rallied in the fourth quarter to avenge an earlier loss to Roseburg and clinch third place in Southwest Conference girls basketball with a 48-47 road victory Tuesday.

With the win, the Black Tornado (17-7, 9-5 SWC) turned the...

Fitting finale
Fitting finale

Of all the games South Medford’s boys basketball team possibly could lose, Tuesday’s matchup with Grants Pass simply wasn’t going to go down like that.

Closing out the final regular season home game for their departing head...

North wraps up SWC on winning note

With momentum in the balance, North Medford senior Brian Schireman elevated for a corner 3-pointer in front of the student section at North Medford High Tuesday night.

"As soon as I caught the ball over there I heard someone say, 'That's going...




South Medford;13;1;.929;—


North Medford;10;4;.714;3

South Eugene;7;6;.538;5½


Speaks, Shepherd shine at state swimming

GRESHAM — Senior Lauren Speaks placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke and senior Ethan Shepherd took fourth in the 50 freestyle for the Phoenix swim teams during the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state finals at Mt. Hood Aquatic Center on...

St. Mary's tops Challengers for top seed

They’ve had some ups and downs during the 2015-16 boys basketball season, but the St. Mary’s Crusaders are now exactly where they want to be.

With the postseason coming up, their timing couldn’t be any better.


‘Special’ delivery
‘Special’ delivery

South Medford’s boys basketball team had one goal on its mind Friday night, and the fourth-ranked Panthers wasted little time accomplishing just that against South Eugene.




South Medford;12;1;.923;—


North Medford;9;4;.692;3

South Eugene;7;6;.538;5


North drops close one to Sheldon

North Medford put itself in position to knock off ninth-ranked Sheldon in Southwest Conference girls basketball Friday.

But the Irish found a way behind Autumn Baumgartner’s 28 points to defeat the Black Tornado, 56-53, at the North...

Sheldon shoots past Black Tornado

EUGENE — In a battle for second place in the Southwest Conference, the 10th-ranked Sheldon boys basketball team found the offensive edge against No. 8 North Medford on Friday.

Brian Schireman had 23 points and seven assists for the Black...

Crennen, Vinyard named SCL players of year

St. Mary’s seniors Michael Crennen and Connor Vinyard were named Southern Cascade League co-players of the year after recent voting by coaches.

Vinyard, a forward, and Crennen, a post, helped lead the Crusaders to an 18-6 overall record...

Challengers top Chieftains in SCL playoff

Carson Cochran had 18 points and Cole Hadley and Chad Morse both scored 13 points as the Cascade Christian boys basketball team defeated Rogue River, 57-36, in the Southern Cascade League district tournament contest at Cascade Christian High on...

Rising to the occasion
Rising to the occasion

Blink and you might have missed her.

Prep Standings



South Medford;11;1;.917;—

North Medford;9;3;.750;2



Black Tornado boys handle Grants Pass

Brian Schireman continued his sharp shooting and Kaison Faust provided good all-around production as North Medford rolled past Grants Pass, 74-51, in Southwest Conference boys basketball at the Black Tornado gym Tuesday.

RV Adventist girls clinch No. 1 seed

In a season of first-time accomplishments, the Rogue Valley Adventist girls basketball team added yet another to their resume thanks to a 30-22 win over Hosanna Christian in Mountain Valley League play Saturday.

The host Red Tail Hawks, who...

South nets 75th straight league victory

Stifling defense accompanied by Ula Chamberlin’s sharp-shooting from 3-point range helped the fourth-ranked South Medford girls basketball team pull away for its 75th consecutive conference victory with an 81-29 victory over Willamette Friday...

Panther boys close in on SWC title

EUGENE — South Medford built a 19-point lead with 2½ minutes to play in a deliberately played boys basketball game against Willamette and coasted from there to a 45-33 Southwest Conference triumph in the Wolverines’ gym...

North surges
North surges

The North Medford girls basketball team turned up the heat in the first quarter and never looked back during a 60-29 win over Thurston on Friday at North Medford High.

Black Tornado sophomore wing Maggie Freeman scored 17 points, including 10 in...

Prep Standings



South Medford;10;1;.909;—

North Medford;8;3;.27;2


South Eugene;6;5;.545;4


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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...