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Olson to Montana highlights local signing day commitments

Olson to Montana highlights local signing day commitments

Proving size of a high school doesn’t necessarily dictate the level of opportunity, two-time Class 3A defensive player of the year Dante Olson signed his Division I letter of intent to play football at the University of Montana on Wednesday...

Comet named MVL player of year, first-team all-state

Crater senior middle hitter Paige Berriochoa was rewarded for a stellar year, taking home Midwestern League volleyball player of the year honors and being named to the Class 5A state first team.

Berriochoa finished the year with 305 kills, 50...

Challengers take home top honors

Cascade Christian swept the top honors in Southern Cascade League volleyball all-star voting.

Senior Madigan Smith was named player of the year, junior Alyssa Brown setter of the year and senior Paige Bruce defensive player of the...

Pirates have three on all-star first team

Phoenix placed three players on the Skyline Conference volleyball all-star first team, and coach Candace Leidecker shared the honor as the top mentor.

The Pirates tied Hidden Valley for first place with a 9-1 record and went 15-4 overall. They...

Cascade Christian takes third place at state

EUGENE — The hopes of playing for a state championship having been quashed a day earlier, Cascade Christian’s volleyball team still wanted to see how high it could go on Saturday in a third-place match with Vale in the Class 3A state...

Challengers fall in semis, to play for third

EUGENE — After colliding with a team seeking its third straight Class 3A title on Friday, the Cascade Christian volleyball team will have to shift its aspirations of its own crown for third place.

Loggers' Weaver, Harrington honored

Butte Falls' Raleigh Weaver and Skylar Harrington received top honors in Mountain Valley League volleyball all-star voting, taking the player and coach of the year awards, respectively.

Weaver, a junior middle blocker, was the lone Logger...

Crater advances to tourney with playoff win

CENTRAL POINT — Brilliant serving got the Crater volleyball team off to a strong start in the Class 5A state playoffs and made offense hard to start for 12th-seeded Wilsonville on Saturday at Crater High.

Lainey Jensen, Lilly Kuropat and...

Ashland, Phoenix net play-in volleyball wins

ASHLAND — Ashland used strong serving and serve receive to dispatch South Albany in a Class 5A volleyball play-in game Tuesday, 25-17, 25-11, 25-13.

The Grizzlies, the No. 3 team in the Midwestern League, are 18-8 and advance to the first...

Challengers capture league tourney crown

Challengers capture league tourney crown

The Cascade Christian volleyball team topped Lakeview in four sets to win the Southern Cascade League playoffs at Cascade Christian High on Saturday.

Cascade Christian won, 25-21, 25-27, 25-23, 26-24.

The Challengers (19-5) will next host...

October 2014

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...

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.


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.


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.

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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...