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Grizzlies top Churchill, take third in MWL

ASHLAND — Ashland trounced Churchill in straight sets to wrap up third place in its first season in the Midwestern Conference on senior night at Mountain Avenue Gym Friday.

The Grizzlies beat the Lancers 25-15, 25-23, 25-19 to finish 9-3...

Crater nails down outright MWL crown

SPRINGFIELD — For the first time in 28 years, Crater captured a conference title, this one by sweeping Springfield 25-11, 25-12, 25-19 to wrap up the Midwestern League play.

The Comets (17-2, 11-1 MWL) earned a first-round bye in the...

Challengers complete unbeaten league season

The seniors on Cascade Christian’s volleyball team finished off Senior Night the only way they know how: with a victory.

The Challengers completed an undefeated Southern Cascade League season with a 25-18, 25-19, 25-16 win over cross-town...

Impact of a Comet

Impact of a Comet

CENTRAL POINT — Leaf Jensen’s life is one big volleyball rotation. The Crater head volleyball coach played in college, he’s spent 20 years coaching all levels of the sport, his daughter plays, his wife holds records at Southern...

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...

Ashland defeats Marist in OT in boys soccer

EUGENE — Freshman Ben Lucero scored five minutes into overtime as Ashland defeated Marist 2-1 in Midwestern League boys soccer Friday.

The victory moves Ashland (7-4, 3-1 MWL) into a first place tie with Marist (8-3, 3-1) in the...

Challengers rally to claim Southern Cascade crown

LAKEVIEW — The Cascade Christian volleyball team claimed its fourth straight league crown after rallying to beat Lakeview during Southern Cascade League action on Thursday.

The Challengers prevailed, 21-25, 26-24, 25-16,...

St. Mary’s boys fend off Challengers

St. Mary’s went into a penalty kick shootout to withstand Cascade Christian the last time around, and the Crusaders boys soccer team wasn’t interested in testing its luck that way again when the Class 3A/2A/1A rivals met Wednesday at...

Thurston sweeps North in SWC volleyball

Despite losing in three straight games to Thurston, North Medford put up some stout competition in a Southwest Conference volleyball match Tuesday.

The Black Tornado had difficulty corralling outside hitter Darian Stedman as the Colts posted a...

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...

October 2014

Ashland drops MWL boys match to Churchill

EUGENE — Lucas Golding’s second-half penalty kick evened the score but Churchill followed with two goals to post a 3-1 Midwestern League boys soccer victory over Ashland Friday.

Phoenix runs Skyline record to 7-0

PHOENIX — Middle hitter Adriana Mereida-Ford notched 12 kills and setter Karlie Richardson went for eight aces and 23 assists to guide Phoenix to a 25-13, 25-10, 25-10 Skyline Conference volleyball victory over Mazama Thursday.

The...

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...

Pirates secure 10th straight victory

PHOENIX — Playing well as a team and seemingly with more intensity each night out, the Phoenix volleyball team picked up its 10th straight victory in dominant fashion on Tuesday at Phoenix High.

The Pirates stormed to an early advantage...

Phoenix boys top No. 1 Henley in shootout

PHOENIX — Despite the perennial success of the Phoenix boys soccer team, the Pirates had been overshadowed in the Skyline Conference this year by Henley — No. 1 in the state power rankings.

That changed Monday when Phoenix...

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...

Mereida-Ford helps Pirates knock off Henley

KLAMATH FALLS — Adriana Mereida-Ford had 18 kills and Phoenix remained unbeaten in Skyline Conference volleyball, beating Henley 25-18, 25-14, 17-25, 25-10 on Thursday.

The Pirates are 10-2 overall and 5-0 in league.

Phoenix coach...

Panthers upset Tornado for first win

When South Medford’s leading kill and block leader Jasmin Falls injured her arm at school on Tuesday and was ruled out of the volleyball match against North Medford later in the day, it appeared like some more bad luck arrived for the winless...

September 2014

Berriochoa, Comets sweep Millers

CENTRAL POINT — Senior middle blocker Paige Berriochoa had 15 kills and senior opposite Lilly Kuropat turned in nine digs and 16 service points as the Crater volleyball team downed winless Springfield, 25-10, 25-11, 25-19, in Midwestern...

Gavin powers Ashland boys

NEWBERG — Tristan Gavin and the Ashland boys water polo team gave a strong effort in their first action of the Newberg Tournament at Chehalem Aquatic Center on Friday.

Gavin scored four goals and collected four steals for the Grizzlies,...

Richardson helps Pirates to win over Knights

PHOENIX — Karlie Richardson came on to serve the final two points in a tight Skyline Conference volleyball match, giving Phoenix a 25-22, 20-25, 25-23, 25-23 victory over North Valley Thursday.

Richardson also had 35 assists for the...

North Medford pushes Axemen to five sets

EUGENE — The North Medford volleyball team pushed South Eugene to five sets before falling short in Southwest Conference action on Tuesday.

The Axemen (4-4, 3-1 SWC) prevailed, 25-22, 17-25, 17-25, 25-12, 15-5.

Junior outside hitter...

Black Tornado claims tourney consolation title

It wasn’t the exact route the North Medford volleyball team wanted to take in the Rogue Valley Classic, but coach Erica Wright and the squad view their consolation championship win Saturday as a boost.

The Black Tornado conquered Foothill...

Crater stays unbeaten with MWL win

EAGLE POINT — After undefeated Crater dropped it first game of the season during a Midwestern League volleyball match against Churchill Friday, coach Leaf Jensen had to refocus his squad.

Crater continues hot streak, tops EP

EAGLE POINT — The Crater volleyball team continued its spotless season Thursday at Eagle Point but saw one of its top players leave early because of an ankle injury.

The Comets rolled to a 25-16, 25-10, 25-14 Midwestern League victory in...

Sheldon hands North Medford straight-set defeat

North Medford received improved offensive efforts from Emily Carter and Ashley Ripplinger but visiting Sheldon swept the Black Tornado, 25-15, 25-14, 25-20, in Southwest Conference volleyball Tuesday at the North gym

Carter, a junior outside,...

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...

Challengers tip Phoenix to up record to 6-0

Cascade Christian improved its record to 6-0 with a tightly contested nonconference volleyball win over Phoenix Thursday, 25-20, 23-25, 25-15, 25-23.

The Challengers’ Ellie Brown put the match away with a kill. Cascade Christian led 24-22...

Carter, Black Tornado fend off Grants Pass

The North Medford volleyball team hung on to win a close Southwest Conference match with Grants Pass, prevailing in four sets at North Medford High on Tuesday.

After the Black Tornado won the opener, 25-17, the Cavers battled back to take Game...

Crusaders run for 444 yards in rout

The St. Mary’s football team torched Creswell on the ground in a season-opening 20-0 victory at Spiegelberg Stadium on Saturday night.

Senior quarterback Denton Edwards carried the ball 24 times for 234 yards and two touchdowns and...

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...

Axemen cut down Tornado in SWC opener

The North Medford volleyball team had its moments during its season opener against South Eugene on Thursday.

The Axemen, however, unleashed seniors McKenna Henderson and Nicola Moore, who pounded the net to help South Eugene sweep the Black...

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.

Fahndrich,...

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.

May 2014

Panthers name Marshall volleyball coach

South Medford handed the keys to its volleyball program over to a familiar face this week.

January 2014

Jensen returns to front Crater volleyball

CENTRAL POINT — Leaf Jensen may have left the Crater High volleyball program after the 2003 season but the volleyball bug never left him.

November 2013

Phoenix's Flynn named co-player of year

Phoenix senior libero/setter Ashlyn Flynn took home Skyline Conference co-player of the year volleyball honors and also landed a spot on the Class 4A state second team.

Knights fall to Crook County in semis

EUGENE — Following a near-perfect season, the Hidden Valley volleyball was upended by seven-time defending state champion Crook County in the Class 4A state semifinals on Friday.

Challengers nab top honors in SCH volleyball

Cascade Christian senior outside hitter Karlee Britton was a repeat selection as Southern Cascade Hybrid volleyball player of the year in voting by the league's coaches.

Cascade drops five-set match in playoffs

NYSSA — Cascade Christian came up one victory short of reaching the Class 3A state tournament for the third straight year with a five-set loss to No. 5 Nyssa Saturday.

Britton wrapped up in the game
Britton wrapped up in the game

Unbeknownst to Rob Kleker, one of the greatest volleyball players to ever suit up for him lived just a few houses down.

North's Bixler selected to SOH first team

North Medford landed one player on the first team and one on the second team in Southern Oregon Hybrid volleyball all-star voting.

October 2013

Tornado knocked out of playoffs

SALEM — North Medford fought hard to force a fourth set but couldn't spring the upset at South Salem in a first-round Class 6A volleyball playoff match Wednesday.

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