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Challengers’ Olson heads list of all-state players

Challengers’ Olson heads list of all-state players

Cascade Christian senior linebacker Dante Olson has been chosen Class 3A defensive player of the year, and he was joined by a handful of other local football players named to the first teams for their respective classifications.

Other...

Upon review, no replay for disputed Oklahoma game

OKLAHOMA CITY — The ruling on the field stands: A high school football team from a tiny Oklahoma town is moving on to the state semifinals, having topped an Oklahoma City powerhouse after an improperly enforced penalty with 64 seconds...

Hay, Pirates take home Skyline accolades

Phoenix senior quarterback Triston Hay shared Skyline Conference offensive player of the year honors with Mazama’s Joey Lancaster and North Valley’s Jordan Hannah, and four other Pirates made the first team.

Junior offensive...

West Salem knocks off Grants Pass

GRANTS PASS — West Salem knocked Grants Pass out of the Class 6A state football playoffs on Friday behind a strong running game.

The Titans won 42-28 at Mel Ingram Field primarily on the strength of running back Kyle Terry and quarterback...

Challengers receive top SCL honors

Cascade Christian senior linebacker Dante Olson was selected as the Southern Cascade All-League defensive player of the year as the Challengers hauled in many of the top honors after winning their fifth straight SCL football title.

Collin...

Vikings knock out Pirates

KLAMATH FALLS — The Mazama football team shut out Phoenix, 48-0, in the Class 4A state quarterfinals on Saturday.

The Vikings — who also beat the Pirates, 54-0, on Oct. 24 — will next play North Bend in their first-ever...

Ashland, Crater claim MWL all-league honors

The Ashland football team had six selections and Crater four picks to the Midwestern League football first-team list.

For Ashland, senior Parker Layton made the first-team on offense and defense for his work at tight end and linebacker. Joining...

Challengers fall short

Challengers fall short

While the state’s power rankings may tell one side of the story, Cascade Christian football coach Jon Gettman knew exactly what his team was facing in Vale for Saturday’s Class 3A state quarterfinals at U.S. Cellular Community...

For Ashland, road ends at Silverton

SILVERTON — Silverton’s defense proved to be as good as advertised in the first half and even better in the second, smothering Ashland’s big-play threats and dominating the line of scrimmage en route to a 28-0 win in a Class 5A...

Tornado bounced from playoffs

Tornado bounced from playoffs

PORTLAND — Just when it looked like Jesuit would run away and hide in the second round of the Class 6A football state playoffs, North Medford found the end zone three times to put the No. 7-ranked Crusaders on notice heading into the halftime...

November 2014

No. 8 North takes show on the road
No. 8 North takes show on the road

What’s in a name? In the case of Jesuit High School, a whole bunch.

The Crusaders have been a fixture among the top football teams in Oregon’s largest classification in recent history, winning three of their five state titles since...

Knight, Mahaffey power Pirates to 38-28 win

PHOENIX — Justin Knight scored three touchdowns and Ty Mahaffey came up with a pair of colossal plays in the fourth quarter to seal the Phoenix football team’s 38-28 first-round triumph over Sweet Home in the Class 4A playoffs on...

Lake Oswego pulls away from South Medford
Lake Oswego pulls away from South Medford

The bumps and bruises — some minor, some major — took their toll on the South Medford football team this season. New faces in new places became a common theme as the Panthers were forced to fill gaps left by the injury bug.

On...

Tornado airs it out
Tornado airs it out

Not only did North Medford get big plays from its seniors stars — quarterback Troy Fowler and Tristen Holmes — in a 41-7 victory over Wilson from Portland in the opening round of the Class 6A state playoffs Friday at Spiegelberg Stadium.

A Will to Compete
A Will to Compete

When Will Spence is your backup plan, you’re in a pretty good position.

Heck, when Spence is your front-line option, you’re still in good hands.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound junior at North Medford has shown a knack for making...

Holmes heads list of all-SWC honors
Holmes heads list of all-SWC honors

North Medford senior Tristen Holmes has been a reliable entity on both sides of the football since joining the Black Tornado, and the three-year starter was recognized as such recently during all-conference voting by the Southwest Conference...

Prep Football Statistics

Compiled by Kris Henry / Mail Tribune

Southwest Conference

Through Week 9

TEAM STATISTICS

TOTAL OFFENSE

; Rush ; Pass ; Tot ; Avg

Grants Pass ; 2476 ; 2153 ; 4629 ; 514.3

Sheldon ; 2852 ; 1609 ; 4461 ;...

South faces big test in Lake Oswego
South faces big test in Lake Oswego

Although it’s the only rematch from the regular season to be played in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs, Friday’s matchup between South Medford and Lake Oswego features two vastly different teams from that Sept. 12...

Turnover helps Sheldon pull off victory over North Medford
Turnover helps Sheldon pull off victory over North Medford

Considering how last year’s football game against North Medford played out, Sheldon head coach Lane Johnson wasn’t about to count out the Black Tornado until the final horn Friday night at Spiegelberg Stadium.

Contreras guides South past Thurston
Contreras guides South past Thurston

SPRINGFIELD — Senior Craig Contreras threw for three touchdowns in the first half, leading South Medford to a 28-14 win Friday night at Thurston.

Contreras led the patchwork Panthers to the playoff-clinching win, giving South Medford the...

Challengers' Furst returns, throws seven TD passes

Following a five-game absence, senior quarterback Alec Furst showed no ill effects from the broken collarbone that forced him to the sideline, where he watched freshman Haiden Schaan perform at a high level in his place.

Furst threw seven...

Crater ends season with loss at Churchill

EUGENE — Crater’s hopes for a Class 5A at-large state football playoff berth came to an end with a 28-17 road loss to Churchill in Midwestern League action Friday.

The Comets (3-6, 1-4 MWL) were tied for fourth in the MWL with...

October 2014

Prep Football Statistics

Compiled by Kris Henry / Mail Tribune

Southwest Conference

Through Week 8

TEAM STATISTICS

TOTAL OFFENSE

; Rush ; Pass ; Tot ; Avg

Grants Pass ; 2095 ; 1980 ; 4075 ; 509.4

Sheldon ; 2552 ; 1501 ; 4053 ;...

South controls playoff destiny
South controls playoff destiny

Of all the unclear things heading into the regular-season finale on Friday, there is one certainty for South Medford’s football team: Win and the Panthers are into the Class 6A state playoffs.

With only four positions guaranteed a spot in...

Making a final push
Making a final push

Finding the right motivation for teams that have already locked up a berth in the state playoffs can be challenging in the last game of the regular season, but that won’t be the case Friday for North Medford and Sheldon.

The fifth-ranked...

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...

Schaan propels Challengers to road win

LAKEVIEW — Quarterback Haiden Schaan continued his dazzling freshman season Friday, putting the Cascade Christian football team out in front early before turning things over to running back Zack Fralich to chew away the clock.

Schaan...

Spartans stave off No. 6 Grizzlies

EUGENE — The Marist football team used a late-game interception to help seal its 14-8 win over No. 6 Ashland during Midwestern League action on Friday night.

Tornado takes it
Tornado takes it

South Medford gave its cross-town rival reason for pause in the 29th annual Black and Blue Game, but sixth-ranked North Medford proved too experienced and too talented to be denied Friday night at Spiegelberg Stadium.

Senior quarterback Troy...

North Valley forfeits all seven games

MERLIN — The North Valley High football team forfeited its first seven games of this season on Wednesday due to an ineligible player.

North Valley High Principal Dennis Misner said the student, whom he did not identify for privacy...

Hold the Line
Hold the Line

For a South Medford team that ranks fourth in the Southwest Conference in total defense, total offense, scoring defense and scoring offense, the statistics are fine.

The fact that those figures have remained reasonable in the wake of losing so...

North-South prep for Black and Blue battle

In one week, North Medford and South Medford likely play the most important games of their season.

For the Black Tornado, it will be a chance to prove that last year’s upset of Sheldon was no fluke and a giant springboard into the state...

PREP FOOTBALL STATISTICS

PREP FOOTBALL STATISTICS

Compiled by Kris Henry / Mail Tribune

Southwest Conference

Through Week 7

TEAM STATISTICS

TOTAL...

Setting the Tone
Setting the Tone

Two years ago, Nick Janakes went into the Black and Blue Game with his engine revved to full tilt and no other gear seemingly necessary.

In the time since, that same sort of intensity is still part of the North Medford senior’s game but...

Crusaders get first league football win in decade

The St. Mary’s football team used a determined running attack to claim its first league win since 2004.

The Crusaders racked up 489 yards on the ground en route to a 42-0 victory over Lakeview in the Southern Cascade League opener at...

Frosh Schaan ignites Cascade Christian

CAVE JUNCTION — Freshman quarterback Haiden Schaan threw more touchdown passes than he had incompletions on Friday in a 38-13 Southern Cascade League victory over Illinois Valley Friday.

Schaan threw five touchdown passes and was...

Panthers rumble past Axemen
Panthers rumble past Axemen

South Medford got off to the type of start that veteran coach Bill Singler desired in a Southwest Conference football game against winless South Eugene.

The Panthers scored on their first two possessions en route to a 48-20 victory over the...

Springfield trips Ashland in battle of powers

ASHLAND — Third-ranked Springfield registered six sacks, returned an interception for a touchdown and got a clutch field goal in defeating Ashland, 37-26, in Midwestern League football Friday at Walter A. Phillips Field.

The Millers (6-1,...

PREP FOOTBALL STATISTICS

PREP FOOTBALL STATISTICS

Compiled by Kris Henry / Mail Tribune

Southwest Conference

Through Week 6

TEAM STATISTICS

TOTAL...

Injury-prone Panthers continue to forge ahead
Injury-prone Panthers continue to forge ahead

At this point in the season, South Medford’s football team is solely focused on itself — and that’s keeping the Panthers plenty busy these days.

Seemingly with a revolving door of players in and out of the lineup due to...

South Umpqua to honor one of coaching’s best, Wigle

Before Kent Wigle led Marshfield’s football team to one of the dominant programs in Oregon, the legendary coach had similar success at South Umpqua.

The two sides of Wigle’s coaching career come together Friday night in what South...

Challengers surge past Rainier

Cascade Christian got a big jolt from senior Jacob Hoppes and dialed it up a notch in the second half to pull away from Rainier for a 44-22 nonleague football victory at Spiegelberg Stadium on Saturday.

After Jeffrey Tripp scored on a 37-yard...

South rebounds with rout of Roseburg

Brayden Massey’s advice to his young teammate earlier this week was brief but powerful.

“He just told me you need to step it up,” South Medford freshman receiver Chase Cota said. “(He said), ‘You are one of the...

Hay rallies Pirates past Henley

KLAMATH FALLS — In a game full of big plays, no one made more than Phoenix’s Triston Hay.

Hay rallied the Pirates from a 14-point, second-half deficit as Phoenix defeated Henley 34-27 in an important Skyline Conference football...

Gadget play gives Grizz win over Comets
Gadget play gives Grizz win over Comets

ASHLAND — As much as he would have liked to say otherwise, Ashland High head coach Charlie Hall had to admit that the Grizzlies pulled off another home-field escape Friday, thanks mostly to one play.

And, oh, what a play it was. But when...

GP dashes North’s hopes
GP dashes North’s hopes

GRANTS PASS — Third-ranked North Medford couldn’t have asked for much better when it came to Friday’s start against fourth-ranked Grants Pass at Mel Ingram Field.

The finish, however, left a little to be desired as the...

Rivalry Renewed
Rivalry Renewed

It’s been six years since Ashland and Crater last met on the football field, so the anticipation for each team expects to be pretty high tonight at Walter A. Phillips Field in Ashland.

The Grizzlies and Comets had a series of hard-fought...

PREP FOOTBALL STATISTICS

PREP FOOTBALL STATISTICS

Compiled by Kris Henry / Mail Tribune

South aims to get back on track
South aims to get back on track

South Medford head coach Bill Singler never rests easy when it comes to squaring off against a Thurman Bell-led Roseburg football team but, for what it’s worth, he was able to take solace in recent history and take a bit of the edge off this...

Ready to Rumble
Ready to Rumble

With seemingly all eyes statewide trained on Friday’s matchup between third-ranked North Medford and No. 4 Grants Pass, the message from the respective coaches to their teams has been simple.

Enjoy it.

The Black Tornado and Cavemen...

Crusaders performing on and off the field

When it comes to putting his football players to work, St. Mary’s head coach Jamie Young is all for it.

The Crusaders work hard on the field during practice and games, but Young’s approach involves more than just X’s and...

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...

Black Tornado overwhelms Thurston, 57-7
Black Tornado overwhelms Thurston, 57-7

For a third straight Friday, one quarter was all it took for third-ranked North Medford to take control of its Southwest Conference matchup.

Such a situation likely won’t occur four weeks in a row thanks to a heavyweight battle on the...

Grants Pass cruises past Panthers, 52-0

GRANTS PASS — It was a historic victory for Grants Pass over South Medford Friday night.

Javan Appling passed for five touchdowns as No. 4 Grants Pass stunned unranked South Medford 52-0 in Southwest Conference football at Mel Ingram...

Eagles edge Challengers in overtime

ADAIR VILLAGE — The Santiam Christian football team edged Cascade Christian, 21-20, in a thrilling overtime contest featuring two of the state’s top Class 3A squads on Friday.

Hunter Bain’s 3-yard touchdown pass to Darren...

No. 3 Tornado tunes up for Thurston
No. 3 Tornado tunes up for Thurston

Coming off a 69-6 thumping of South Eugene, you’d think North Medford head coach Mike Mitchell wouldn’t have much to worry about when it came to the state of his third-ranked Black Tornado football program.

PREP FOOTBALL STATISTICS

PREP FOOTBALL STATISTICS

Compiled by Kris Henry / Mail Tribune

Southwest Conference

Through Week 4

TEAM STATISTICS

TOTAL...

September 2014

Sheldon runs by South Medford
Sheldon runs by South Medford

For Sheldon, the worst thing that happened last Friday is that the seventh-ranked Irish lost starting quarterback Justin Herbert to a broken femur in their first conference loss at home since 2000.

North scores big win over South Eugene

EUGENE — North Medford spotted South Eugene six points, then reeled off 10 unanswered touchdowns en route to a 69-6 victory in Southwest Conference football Friday.

Hay, Pirates knock off Hidden Valley

PHOENIX — Triston Hay was a quarterback in Pop Warner and later as a junior varsity player his sophomore year at Phoenix High. Last fall he worked as a running back and receiver on the varsity squad.

When his name was called to replace...

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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...