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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...

Phoenix girls race to first state title

Phoenix girls race to first state title

Phoenix High added a few new chapters in its long history of cross country achievements to highlight a host of standout efforts by Southern Oregon runners at the state championships on Saturday at Lane Community College in Eugene.

Led by a pair...

State cross country results

Class 6A


TEAM SCORES (Top 5) — 1, Central Catholic, 54; 2, Sunset, 117; 3, South Eugene, 133; 4, West Linn, 161; 5, Sheldon, 186.

OTHER LOCAL TEAMS — 13, South Medford, 280.


Title Chase

Title Chase

Several Southern Oregon prep cross country teams rich in tradition will try to rekindle success at the state championships Saturday in Eugene.

Crater boys win MWL in dominant fashion

JUNCTION CITY — The Crater boys cross country team dominated the Midwestern League championships, and the Comet girls finished second to also qualify for state at muddy Richardson Park on Saturday.

The top two teams and top seven...

Dobry leads Crusaders to district crown

St. Mary’s won its fifth straight District 6 cross country championship, and Crusader junior Marissa Dobry set the meet record in claiming the girls individual title Thursday at Valley of the Rogue State Park.

St. Mary’s scored 33...

Panther boys, girls qualify for state meet

EUGENE — Cody Larson and Victoria Haynes each paced a solid showing by South Medford on Wednesday in the Southwest Conference championship meet at Lane Community College, helping the Panthers’ boys and girls cross country teams,...

Kings of the King

Kings of the King

CENTRAL POINT — The Crater boys cross country team ran away with the competition Wednesday at the inaugural Max King Invitational, but Hidden Valley senior standout Shane Crofoot left the Comets chasing.

Crofoot, 18, crossed the finish...

Comets pick up two league wins

EUGENE — The Crater volleyball team came back from a nine-point deficit in the second set against Marist to take a 2-0 lead in the match, only to lose the next two sets and set up a winner-take-all fifth game on Saturday.

In the final...

Grizzlies sweep Eagles in MWL volleyball

ASHLAND — The teams may have dressed similarly, but there was nothing remotely equal about the level of play.

With both teams sporting pink uniforms in honor of breast cancer awareness month the Ashland High volleyball team trounced Eagle...

October 2014

South sweeps team titles at State of Jefferson
South sweeps team titles at State of Jefferson

ASHLAND — The South Medford boys and girls cross country teams swept the team titles at the State of Jefferson Invitational on Saturday at Lithia Park.

The boys — led by Cody Larson’s fifth-place effort — finished...

Local runners place high at Oxford Classic

BEND — Cascade Christian’s Tim McPherson, Phoenix’s Danielle Jantzer and North Medford’s Connor Covey all turned in top-10 finishes in their respective 5,000-meter races at the Oxford Classic cross country meet on...

Driven to Succeed
Driven to Succeed

Few would argue that the NFL’s Detroit Lions are off to a respectable start at 3-1 overall.

Of course, few set the bar as high as Marissa Dobry.

They haven’t been that good, says the St. Mary’s junior, who transferred...

September 2014

Dobry, Crusaders earn Nike Pre National titles

PORTLAND — St. Mary’s junior Marissa Dobry took first and the Crusader girls won the Nike Pre Nationals Division 3 cross country title out of 25 schools at Portland Meadows Race Track on Saturday.

St. Mary’s boys slip by Challengers

The quick rise of the Cascade Christian boys soccer program was evident Wednesday, but St. Mary’s was still able to show why it’s been so dominant under the guidance of Paul Coughlin in a dramatic District 5 match at U.S. Cellular...

Phoenix sweeps team titles at Northwest Classic

EUGENE — The Phoenix boys and girls cross country teams both took home team titles with strong performances at the 5,000-meter Northwest Classic at Lane Community College on Saturday.

Senior Randy Mena set the pace for the first two miles...

Panther boys, girls 2nd in SWC pre-district meet

EUGENE — South Medford junior Victoria Haynes ran with a look of contentment at the Southwest Conference Pre-District cross country meet Wednesday at Lane Community College.

Haynes broke through with a big performance and finished second...

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...

Monroe, Crofoot take home Chieftain titles

VALLEY OF THE ROGUE STATE PARK — Crater junior Jordan Monroe and Hidden Valley senior Shane Crofoot recorded first-place finishes while the Comet boys and Phoenix girls cross country squads claimed team titles in the 5,000-meter Chieftain...

Grizzlies register split in MWL

EUGENE — The previously unbeaten Ashland volleyball team split its Midwestern League doubleheader on Friday, beating North Eugene, 25-10, 25-22, 25-13, before falling to Marist, 25-16, 25-21, 25-17.

Against North Eugene, Hope Baldrica had...

Tornado pulls away in season-opening triumph

Carter Ehlers accounted for two goals in North Medford’s season-opening 3-1 nonleague boys soccer win over Mountain View at North Medford High on Friday.

Manny Mejia also netted a goal for the Black Tornado, which led 1-0 at halftime...

Fahndrich powers Crater to win over Knights

CENTRAL POINT — Destiny Fahndrich and top-flight serving set the tone for the Crater volleyball team in its season opener on Tuesday.

The Comets earned a 25-17, 25-16, 25-21 nonleague victory over North Valley at Crater.


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Comets’ surge is one to be admired

When you’re on a winning team, it’s easy to maintain your competitive spirit.

Practices become more tolerable, gearing up for...