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Mustangs race past Eagles


MURPHY — Hidden Valley broke out of the gates quickly and never trailed in pulling away from Eagle Point, 56-34, in nonconference boys basketball action Wednesday night.

The Mustangs (6-2) notched their fourth straight victory by opening...

North Medford hands Comets first loss

CENTRAL POINT — Crater jumped out to an early lead on North Medford but the Black Tornado used a diversified attack to post a 76-56 victory in nonconference boys basketball at the Comets gym Tuesday.

Junior guard Brian Schireman paced...

Interim coach making most of situation

A funny thing happened to Terry Rasmussen on his way toward retirement as a basketball coach.

First, he was pulled back in to serve as junior varsity assistant at Crater High before he even got one season away from the court.

Now one year...

Comets fall short against tough 4A champs

CENTRAL POINT — Sutherlin took advantage of free throw opportunities and kept its impressive girls basketball record alive with a 45-38 victory over Crater in the championship game of the Comets’ invitational tournament...

Singleton basket lifts North over Wilson

PORTLAND — Jack Singleton made a 3-pointer from the left wing with 7.2 seconds to play in overtime to give North Medford a 75-74 nonleague boys basketball win over Wilson Saturday.

The Black Tornado (2-1) made all nine of its free throws...

Panthers by a nose

Panthers by a nose

Despite being in a new setting, South Medford’s boys basketball team finds itself with familiar expectations as the team to beat this season in the Southwest Conference.

Wilson rallies to knock off South Medford

PORTLAND — Wilson took advantage of three straight South Medford turnovers, then hit a game-tying 3-pointer to force overtime and parlayed it into a 67-62 nonleague boys basketball victory Friday.

Setzer's 24 point carry Crater to tourney romp

CENTRAL POINT — Courtney Setzer poured in 24 points in just three quarters as the host Crater girls basketball team looked stellar on both ends of the court in the semifinals of its invitational tournament.

The Comets, who sped away from...

South Medford unanimous choice to win SWC title

South Medford unanimous choice to win SWC title

The South Medford girls basketball team skipped the soft opening to the 2014-15 season, instead kicking things off in grand fashion at an invitational in La Jolla, Calif., that featured strong programs from around the nation.

Later this winter,...

Comets open season with tourney victory

CENTRAL POINT — After shaking the offseason rust in the first quarter, the Crater boys basketball team’s chemistry began to take form as the Comets rapidly pulled away in its first action of the season Thursday.

The Comets debuted...

December 2014

Tally heats up, leads Phoenix win

PHOENIX — Senior Bailee Tally shook loose from a slow first quarter and finished with 22 points to help the host Phoenix girls basketball squad take care of Taft in the Phoenix Tournament on Thursday.

The seven-team event finishes on...

Harden scores 44 to lead Rockets over Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — James Harden scored 44 points, including 10 in overtime, and also had eight assists to lead the Houston Rockets over the Sacramento Kings 113-109 on Thursday night.

Harden, the NBA’s leading scorer, tied the...

Tornado falls prey to Hornets

North Medford showed tremendous poise in battling back against Henley but the Black Tornado girls basketball team couldn’t seal the deal Tuesday in nonleague action at North Medford High.

Henley, which placed fourth in the Class 4A state...

Shibley-Styer's 28 points boost Ashland

ASHLAND — Ashland junior Walker Shibley-Styer broke out in a big way on Tuesday, scoring a game-high 28 points on six 3-pointers to lead his boys basketball team to a 47-42 victory over Hidden Valley.

The Grizzlies (2-1) needed every bit...

Winter paces Challengers victory

Brandon Winter poured in 21 points as the Cascade Christian boys basketball team won its season debut against Australian NPIRE North, 51-45, at Cascade Christian High School on Monday.

Australian NPIRE North is a traveling team from Townsville...

Young Panthers take first step in win

If you’re going to get anywhere, you’ve got to start somewhere, and that was precisely the mood in the South Medford boys basketball locker room following Saturday’s season opener at South Medford High.

With only one true...

Eagles hold on for Yreka title

YREKA, Calif. — David Barber scored 15 points, Wyatt Hunter had 10 points and the Eagle Point boys basketball team improved to 3-0 with a 55-50 win over Class 3A St. Mary’s in the Yreka Tournament final on Saturday.


Panthers claim fifth at Sweet Sixteen

LA JOLLA, Calif. — The South Medford girls basketball team came up big late to beat host school La Jolla Country Day, 57-53, and secure fifth place at the 16-team Sweet Sixteen Invitational on Saturday.

Crusaders advance to Yreka championship

YREKA, Calif. — Junior forward Connor Vinyard went for 20 points and 13 rebounds to help propel the St. Mary’s boys basketball team past Yreka, 58-42, at the Yreka Tournament on Friday.

The Crusaders (2-0) will face Eagle Point...

North rolls past Ashland

North Medford stormed out of the gate during Friday’s boys basketball season opener and, subsequently, left Ashland behind in cruising to an 82-54 triumph at the North Medford High gym.

The Black Tornado forced 11 first-half turnovers and...

Orndoff, Panthers secure big win

LA JOLLA, Calif. — Sophomore guard Lauren Orndoff scored a career-high 22 points as the South Medford girls basketball team defeated IMG Academy of Bradenton, Fla., 82-64, in the Sweet Sixteen Invitational at La Jolla Country Day School on...

South Medford girls tumble in tournament

LA JOLLA, Calif. — For the second straight night, the South Medford girls basketball team was haunted by foul trouble, and this time it cost them.

The Panthers led through three quarters but Pinewood stole the momentum and rallied for a...

Panthers pick up big win

LA JOLLA, Calif. — In a grind-it-out and physical opener in the Sweet Sixteen Invitational, foul trouble allowed the South Medford girls basketball team to see what it really had in its younger players coming off the bench.

It turns out...

November 2014

Sealing the deal
Sealing the deal

South Medford girls basketball standouts Andee Ritter and Keyari Sleezer proved there is more than one route to achieve your goals on Wednesday as each signed Division I national letters of intent.

Ritter, who stepped into a key role for the...

October 2014

There’s a new Kobe in LA, but he's only 15

Don’t be surprised if Filipino flags are being waved en masse this winter in the gym at Los Angeles Cathedral High. There are more than 375,000 Filipinos living in Los Angeles County, and a 17-year-old basketball prodigy with more than 50,000...

September 2014

Cascade Christian hires two coaches

Tim Pflug has been hired as the Cascade Christian girls basketball coach and Suzanne Ray has taken over as the Challengers’ cross country coach.

Pflug and Ray replace Marvin Denman and Steve Williston, respectively.

Pflug brings 15...

August 2014

Johannes takes medical leave at Crater
Johannes takes medical leave at Crater

CENTRAL POINT — Crater High School has been forced to alter its plan for the upcoming boys basketball season, with head coach Glenn Johannes taking a medical leave of absence and top assistant Terry Rasmussen taking over on an interim...

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.

April 2014

St. Mary's Alvarez highlights 3A all-state selections

Three local girls and one boy were selected to the Class 3A all-state basketball teams released recently from voting by that classification's coaches.

Phoenix duo named to all-Skyline first team

Phoenix senior Baylee Toney and junior Jason Wyncoop were honored for their basketball efforts by the Skyline Conference coaches recently with first-team selections to their respective all-conference lists.

Panthers' Bolston heads all-state listing

South Medford senior Ashley Bolston capped her girls baskeball career as the winningest player in program history and, on Wednesday, added an exclamation point to her run with a first-team all-state selection at the Class 6A level.

March 2014

Siskiyous deny Rogues' rally
Siskiyous deny Rogues' rally

After their Siskiyous team had held a lead for almost the entire edition of the Mail Tribune All-Star Basketball Classic, Crater's Connor Lane, Eagle Point's Cesar Chavez and South Medford's Ben Orndoff simply weren't going to miss an opportunity to go...

Siskiyous hang on for narrow victory
Siskiyous hang on for narrow victory

The story and headline had practically been written: Siskiyous dominate, cruise past Rogues.

All-Stars ready to light it up again
All-Stars ready to light it up again

As much as basketball players enjoy racing up and down the court and putting up shots and points with video-game regularity, there's something else they like to do.


Cesar Chavez

Panthers fall in title game
Panthers fall in title game

PORTLAND — Midway through the third quarter, South Medford had the look of a champion in its third straight Class 6A girls basketball state championship here at the Moda Center.

South boys settle for sixth
South boys settle for sixth

PORTLAND — That intangible factor that often turns the tide between winning and losing just wasn't on South Medford's side Saturday morning here at the Moda Center.

Knights secure fourth at 4A state

CORVALLIS — The North Valley boys basketball team tied the Class 4A state tournament record with 11 3-pointers as the Knights downed Cottage Grove, 68-39, to take fourth place at Gill Coliseum on Saturday.

South Medford beats Beaverton, to play for state title
South Medford beats Beaverton, to play for state title

PORTLAND — Still a big factor in South Medford's state quarterfinals win on Wednesday, the general conclusion was that sophomore standout Julissa Tago needed to be more aggressive on the offensive end for the Panthers to reach their third straight...

Panther boys finally get mojo in Moda

PORTLAND — South Medford head coach Dennis Murphy kissed point guard Brayden Massey on the cheek, burst through the locker room door with a scream and treated the nearby walls like a bongo.

Wildcats rally to eliminate Eagle Point from state

EUGENE — Eagle Point's record-breaking season came to a close Friday morning as Wilsonville defeated the Eagles 52-45 in the consolation bracket of the Class 5A boys basketball tournament.

Knights knock off Hornets

CORVALLIS — Chris Morsa had 23 points and five assists and Thor Whitmore added 17 points while coming up clutch late to help guide ninth-seeded North Valley to a 61-55 win over Henley in a Class 4A state consolation game at Gill Coliseum on Friday.

South struggles in tournament opener
South struggles in tournament opener

PORTLAND — South Medford had its chances to snap a three-year drought at the Moda Center on Thursday, but the fourth-seeded Panthers just couldn't capitalize against Jesuit in another disappointing showing in the Class 6A boys basketball state...

Bulldogs cool off Eagles in tourney opener
Bulldogs cool off Eagles in tourney opener

EUGENE — Cold shooting and early turnovers proved too much for Eagle Point to overcome in its state quarterfinal matchup with West Albany on Thursday.

North Valley falls in Class 4A quarterfinals

CORVALLIS — Philomath held North Valley to one basket in the final six minutes and defeated the Knights, 44-43, in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A boys basketball state tournament at Gill Coliseum Thursday.

Alvarez, Morse, Knox land top SCH honors

Cascade Christian and St. Mary's were well represented in Southern Cascade Hybrid boys and girls basketball all-league voting.

Panthers slip by Saxons in quarters

PORTLAND — South Medford's top-ranked girls basketball team did all it really needed to do Wednesday afternoon at the Moda Center.

Eagles get another shot at Bulldogs

Eagle Point and West Albany haven't played each other this season, but that doesn't mean the boys basketball teams aren't familiar with one another.

Players chosen for annual All-Star Classic

The boys and girls teams have been selected for the seventh annual Mail Tribune All-Star Basketball Classic, and the talented mix of area high school players bodes well for another exciting exhibition of high school hoops.

Panthers up for challenge
Panthers up for challenge

South Medford girls basketball head coach Tom Cole was speaking about his own team, but his words may be even more salient to his squad's opponent today.

Panther boys aim to halt skid in Portland

South Medford's history of getting to the state quarterfinals is well-documented, with the Panther boys reaching that point in 12 of the last 13 years.

2014 Mail Tribune All-Star Basketball Classic ballot

This is the official ballot for voting for the starters in the Mail Tribune All-Star Basketball Classic games on March 21, 2014.

Eagles hang on
Eagles hang on

EAGLE POINT — The decision was an easy one for Eagle Point boys basketball head coach Bryan Wood: Get the ball in Cesar Chavez's hands, and let him do the rest.

Panthers secure trip to state tourney

South Medford boys basketball coach Dennis Murphy has long talked about what it means to play "Panther basketball."

Challengers bag fourth-place trophy

COOS BAY — Cascade Christian will have to make room in a trophy case that has filled up in a hurry since it moved up to Class 3A six years ago.

So it begins for South
So it begins for South

A group of children rushed the basketball court at South Medford High on Friday night.

Challengers hang on, have shot at fourth

NORTH BEND — Cascade Christian had the upper hand for the entire second half of its Class 3A boys basketball game against Amity at North Bend High Friday.

Challengers fall in 3A tournament opener

COOS BAY — The Cascade Christian boys basketball team collided with a fiery defensive squad which took the Challengers out of their game plan early on and never recovered in Thursday's Class 3A first-round state tournament game.

Panthers press on
Panthers press on

Nothing comes easy once you get into the state playoffs, and 10th-ranked South Medford faced that reality Wednesday night during first-round boys basketball action against Beaverton.

Tornado closes its season on cold note

It pained Scott Plankenhorn to even say the numbers.

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Interim coach making most of situation

A funny thing happened to Terry Rasmussen on his way toward retirement as a basketball coach.

First, he was pulled back in to serve as...