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North routs Glencoe in playoff opener

Grace Jovanovic made a smashing return to the North Medford softball lineup on Monday and, in doing so, allowed the Black Tornado to open the 6A state playoffs with a bang as it secured a 15-5, six-inning win over Glencoe in the first...

Panthers upset by Reynolds in state playoffs

South Medford had a magical run through last year's Class 6A state softball playoffs.

The Panthers won a home state play-in game, then went on the road to win three straight games before losing in the state semifinals to eventual champion South...

Ashland girls three-peat at state tennis

BEAVERTON — Ashland's Vika O'Brien was denied her fourth consecutive Class 5A state tennis doubles championship but the Grizzlies notched their third straight girls team championship during the three-day tournament that ended Saturday...

Comets keep postseason alive

CENTRAL POINT — Dylan Pearce flirted with a no-hitter as the Crater baseball team kept its season alive on Friday.

Pearce carried a no-hitter through 6 ⅓ innings and Dylan Morgan scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the...

South's Bartlett falls short at state tourney

BEAVERTON — Kelsey Bartlett took care of business for South Medford in the opening round before being eliminated in the second round of the Class 6A girls tennis state tournament at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center on Thursday.

Bartlett...

Black Tornado edges Comets in state tune-up

North Medford used a four-run fifth inning to rally past Crater for a 6-3 softball victory in a state playoffs tune-up Wednesday at North Medford High.

Leadoff hitter Olivia Lethlean went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and Janelle Rodgers drove...

North, South stars earn all-SWC honors

North Medford senior pitcher Colton Westfall highlighted a host of local players who were honored recently in all-star voting by the Southwest Conference coaches in baseball and softball.

The Black Tornado baseball team landed six players on the...

South Medford falls in play-in to Newberg

Two Newberg pitchers stymied South Medford in a Class 6A baseball play-in game Tuesday, and the Panthers’ season ended with a 6-1 loss at Harry & David Field.

Newberg (10-14) scored three runs in the first inning and two in the third...

Tornado sews up sixth straight crown

EUGENE — The North Medford softball team sealed the Southwest Conference crown with a sweep of last-place South Eugene on Saturday, scoring five-inning wins of 16-1 and 26-7.

The Black Tornado (20-4, 19-2 SWC) entered with a one-game lead...

Pirates strong at Skyline district meet

GRANTS PASS — The Phoenix girls track and field team finished in second place at the Skyline Conference district meet on Friday at Grants Pass High.

Henley captured the boys and girls titles.

The top two individuals in each event...

May 2015

Tornado trips up Thurston in SWC tilt

SPRINGFIELD — North Medford senior Josh Berman scattered four hits in a shutout effort and the Black Tornado used a five-run fourth inning to pull away for a 12-0, five-inning win over Thurston in Southwest Conference baseball...

Last one standing
Last one standing

The scoreboard at North Medford's softball field was blank during its game on Tuesday, the result of technical difficulties.

Ayers sparks Eagles past Ashland

EAGLE POINT — Megan Ayers was effective inside the circle and at the plate for the Eagle Point softball team Tuesday.

The sophomore pitcher tossed a three-hit complete game and drove in four runs as the Eagles defeated Ashland, 7-3, in a...

South settles for SWC split with GP

Seventh-ranked South Medford got a much-needed win over No. 3 Grants Pass but couldn’t pull off the sweep in a key Southwest Conference softball doubleheader at South Medford High on Saturday.

Pat Moore lost her no-hit bid with two outs...

South Medford splits SWC doubleheader

South Medford freshman Brandon Letendre shut out Willamette, 4-0, in the opener of a Southwest Conference baseball doubleheader Friday at Harry & David Field.

Pirates strong at North Valley meet

MERLIN — The Phoenix girls track and field team picked up five first-place finishes in a five-team meet at North Valley High on Wednesday.

Phoenix’s Danielle Jantzer won the 200-meter race (28.38 seconds) and 400 (1:03.73).

Black Tornado rallies for road victory

EUGENE — The North Medford softball team fell behind early before rallying for an 8-3 win over Sheldon during Southwest Conference action at Sheldon High on Tuesday.

Marist halts EP’s winning streak

EAGLE POINT — Marist senior pitcher Shawna Burke kept Eagle Point at bay for the most part and errors hindered the Eagles’ cause as their five-game winning streak was snapped in 7-1, 7-4 Midwestern League softball losses at Eagle Point...

North sweeps past South
North sweeps past South

Planning and preparation have been a key all season for North Medford’s softball team, and the eighth-ranked Black Tornado aced yet another tough exam Saturday in a pivotal Southwest Conference battle with No. 6 South Medford.

Making her pitch
Making her pitch

It’s not easy being a pitcher for any softball team.

Those who may wither under an unrelenting spotlight or don’t want the responsibility of shouldering a team’s performance need not apply.

Once you step inside the...

Wheeler's hit boosts Challengers

Cascade Christian routed Illinois Valley in the first game of a Southern Cascade League baseball doubleheader at U.S. Cellular Community Park Friday, then reverted to its old ways in eking out a Game-2 win.

The Challengers took the opener, 14-1...

Yreka's late homer sinks Eagles

YREKA, Calif. — Ryan Lorenz provided enough seventh-inning run support to rally the Eagle Point baseball team and even the score with Yreka on Thursday.

But after Lorenz tied it 6-all for the Eagles in the nonleague game, Yreka leadoff...

April 2015

Moore, Williams lift South over Roseburg

ROSEBURG — South Medford’s Pat Moore was on top of her game in an all-around effort and the Panthers secured their sixth straight victory with a 2-0 win at Roseburg in Southwest Conference softball Wednesday.

Moore struck out 15,...

Third time’s a charm
Third time’s a charm

The North Medford softball team won, 10-5, with 14 hits at North Medford High on Tuesday.

That result would be good against any opponent, but to do it against previously undefeated Grants Pass, which had edged the Black Tornado, 4-3 and 1-0, in...

Crater crushes Ashland in MWL tilt

CENTRAL POINT — Crater took a different approach to the batter’s box on Tuesday and reaped immediate rewards in a stunning 23-2, five-inning win over Ashland in Midwestern League softball at Crater High.

The Comets (6-12, 5-6 MWL)...

North settles for split at Sheldon

EUGENE — In what took on the feel of a playoff game, North Medford and Sheldon each rose to the occasion during a rescheduled Southwest Conference baseball doubleheader Monday.

Black Tornado blows by Willamette

The North Medford softball team swept Willamette, 12-0 in five innings, and 13-6 during Southwest Conference action at North Medford High on Saturday.

In the opener, Tra Kucera was 2-for-3 with a triple, double, five RBIs and one run scored,...

South Medford's Moore pitches two no-hitters

EUGENE — Sophomore left-hander Pat Moore pitched a pair of no-hit shutouts as the South Medford softball team cruised past South Eugene in a doubleheader sweep during Southwest Conference action at South Eugene High Friday.

Fredenburg grand slam powers Chieftains

ROGUE RIVER — Brittany Fredenburg had never hit a home run prior to Thursday, but her first one was a doozie for the Rogue River softball team.

Fredenburg’s homer was a grand slam that cleared the center-field fence and hit the...

Eagles stymie Knights for nonleague win

EAGLE POINT — Jonathan Wilson and Coldin Shopp combined on a four-hitter as Eagle Point cruised past North Valley, 10-0 in five innings, during nonconference baseball Wednesday at Eagle Point High.

Wilson allowed two hits with two...

Tornado cruises to win over Willamette

EUGENE — North Medford’s softball team bounced back from a pair of close weekend losses by downing Willamette 13-1 in five innings during Southwest Conference action on Tuesday.

Olivia Lethlean was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two...

North comes up short at GP

GRANTS PASS — Third-ranked Grants Pass used a 10th-inning, two-out RBI single by Halee Rose to complete a sweep of North Medford in tight Southwest Conference softball battles Saturday at Grants Pass High.

The Cavers built a 4-0 lead...

North’s Wolfe eclipses own school record at Relays

EUGENE — North Medford junior Tyren Wolfe shaved time off his own school record in the 100 meters Friday to earn a spot in today’s finals at the Oregon Relays at Hayward Field.

Wolfe finished his heat in the preliminaries in 10.92...

Lancers edge Eagles with late homer

EUGENE — Avery Daniels' two-out solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning gave the Churchill softball team a 5-4 win over Eagle Point during Midwestern League action on Thursday.

The Eagles, trailing 4-2 entering the top of the...

Tornado stymies Axemen for 7th straight win

North Medford broke the game open with a six-run third inning and Colton Westfall supplied a bulk of the defense Wednesday as the Black Tornado remained perfect in Southwest Conference baseball with an 8-0 win over visiting South Eugene.

Jared...

Crater tops Eagle Point for first win

EAGLE POINT — With six losses by two runs or fewer in its first 11 games, Crater’s baseball program hasn’t exactly experienced much good fortune this season.

Advantage North
Advantage North

No one was happier than North Medford junior pitcher Sarah Thomas as the bottom of the first inning rolled around against South Medford on Tuesday.

Her team already owned a three-run lead after a rocky start by the...

Crater’s Setzer, Berriochoa commit to colleges

CENTRAL POINT — Crater High seniors Courtney Setzer (women’s basketball) and Paige Berriochoa (volleyball) committed to Southern Oregon University and the University of West Georgia, respectively, during a school ceremony...

North-South softball tilt today shapes up to be pivotal

It could be a defining moment when North Medford and South Medford meet today on the softball diamond at South Medford High.

Moore, Newman power Panthers to sweep

South Medford’s Rachael Moore was a one-woman wrecking crew early on for South Medford and fellow senior Hannah Newman picked up where she left off in Game 2 as the Panthers swept Thurston in Southwest Conference softball Saturday.

Moore...

Panthers claim first SWC triumph

In a doubleheader in which both games went to the last out, the South Medford baseball team claimed it’s first Southwest Conference victory in a doubleheader split with Thurston Friday at Harry & David Field.

The Panthers’...

Tornado softball stays perfect in SWC

ROSEBURG — For the North Medford softball team to win the battle of the untarnished Southwest Conference records on Wednesday, it would be forced to endure a rally by Roseburg, which erupted for five runs in the seventh inning on...

GP edges South in battle of unbeatens

GRANTS PASS — In a battle of undefeated Class 6A softball teams, Grants Pass found the edge against South Medford on Tuesday.

Danielle Taylor scored the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded walk in a costly fifth inning for the Panthers as the...

Panthers place fourth in first tourney

GRANTS PASS — South Medford took fourth place and North Medford sixth in the opening Southwest Conference girls golf tournament of the season Monday at Grants Pass Golf Club.

Donnie Thomason’s 13-over-par 85 helped Grants Pass land...

Moore, Panthers stay unbeaten with sweep

EUGENE — The South Medford softball team kept up its undefeated run, downing Sheldon 7-0 and 11-0 during Southwest Conference play on Saturday.

The victory sets up a compelling matchup of unbeatens on Tuesday, when the Panthers (8-0, 3-0...

Bartlett paces South girls at tennis tourney

ROSEBURG — South Medford's Kelsey Bartlett had a successful opening day despite windy and rainy conditions at the eight-school Roseburg Invitational girls tennis tournament Friday.

Bartlett, the Panthers' No. 1 singles player, registered...

Birds of a feather
Birds of a feather

EAGLE POINT — When the scrapbook cracks open at the Ayres household, there is a part of Megan Ayres that feels inspired seeing dated photographs of her mother Kim playing softball.

There is another part of the younger Ayres, however, that...

Coggins leads Challengers in romp
Coggins leads Challengers in romp

With Cody Coggins leading the way, the Cascade Christian baseball team cranked out 10 runs in the third inning en route to a 12-1, five-inning victory over North Valley in a nonleague game at U.S. Cellular Community Park on Thursday.

Coggins...

South powers past Willamette

While Pat Moore’s strikeout ratio has been off-the-charts good, the South Medford softball team’s ability to generate offense has played a crucial role in the Panthers’ undefeated season thus far.

North dominates in SWC opener

North Medford opened its Southwest Conference softball season with a bang Tuesday, scoring 13 runs in the first two innings against South Eugene en route to a 17-0, five-inning victory at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

The Black Tornado (2-2, 1-0...

March 2015

Comets drop two games in Fresno tourney

FRESNO, Calif. — Crater dropped two games on the opening day of the Easter Baseball Classic in Fresno, Calif., Monday.

The Comets (0-6) lost 4-2 to Reedley and 2-0 to Fresno. There are 38 teams in the 46th annual event, which continues...

Long-time softball tourney undergoes changes

It happened rather unceremoniously, but there was a changing of the guard last Monday and Tuesday for one of the state’s biggest high school softball tournaments.

After 31 years as host of the North Medford Spring Break Invitational, the...

South secures another road sweep

BEND — South Medford scored its second doubleheader sweep in a little more than 24 hours Saturday to improve to 5-0 heading into the Southwest Conference softball season opener on Tuesday.

Fresh off sweeping Red Bluff on the road Friday,...

Shift in power
Shift in power

The North Medford softball team has been favored to win the last five league crowns and come through with the title in each occasion.

A sixth appears to be a taller order than usual, and no one is more aware of that than Black Tornado head coach...

Panthers settle for split with Redmond

The South Medford baseball team picked up a 7-0 win over Redmond before coming up just short in a 5-4, nine-inning loss during nonleague action at Harry & David Field on Friday.

The Panthers hit into a double play with the bases loaded and...

Big rally by North Medford falls short

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The North Medford baseball team came storming back with six runs in the top of the seventh inning but it wasn’t enough against host Desert Oasis.

Desert Oasis picked up the 7-6 victory but not before North Medford...

Crater comes up short in tourney opener

CENTRAL POINT — Clackamas got a four-hitter from pitcher Luke Burns to slip by Crater, 4-1, in the opening round of the Crater Spring Break Baseball Tournament at Anhorn Field Tuesday.

Burns struck out three, walked one and was supported...

Miscues cost North Medford in Vegas setback

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Although the North Medford baseball team did not commit an error, miscues and lack of execution doomed the Black Tornado against host Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas, Nev. on Monday.

The Black Tornado walked five batters and...

Grizzly bats come alive in triumph

ASHLAND — The Ashland softball team had 12 hits in an 11-5 win over Mazama during nonleague action on Saturday.

It was the Grizzlies’ first win of the year after falling to North Valley last Tuesday.

Grace Lenthe went 3-for-3...

Panthers kick off year with win

Sophomore pitcher Pat Moore and the South Medford softball team opened the year with a 3-1 win over Forest Grove during nonleague action on Friday at South Medford High.

Pat Moore threw a two-hitter with 13 strikeouts and three walks and Hannah...

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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...