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Girls wrestling has experienced a noticeable growth in many regions and Jared Banry has high hopes that a recent surge in the sport here in Southern Oregon will reach a new level through the Southern Oregon Girls Wrestling Club he has founded with...

North’s Lopez places fifth at tourney

North Medford’s Kyleigh Lopez placed fifth Saturday at the Body Bar Women’s Wrestling Nationals in Irving, Texas, to just miss qualifying for junior world team.

Lopez, a 15-year-old freshman, used a pair of pins in the cadet 49...

North's Wolfe signs with NAU

North Medford announced a handful of collegiate signings Wednesday, highlighted by the decision of senior sprint champion Tyren Wolfe to join the Division I Northern Arizona track and field program.

Wolfe, who will look to defend his 100-meter...

Small mat programs make big leap at state

Small mat programs make big leap at state

It seems fitting that in a leap year, a pair of this area’s fledgling wrestling programs made big leaps at the state tournament in Portland.

For Cascade Christian, a breakthrough weekend was culminated by junior heavyweight Moses Jackson...

Trophy dash

Trophy dash

PORTLAND — Back in December, North Medford senior Wyatt Westfall found himself distraught after severely dislocating his right elbow.

On Saturday, he found himself with a Black Tornado assistant coach on his shoulders for the second...

Hardly a Meek effort

Hardly a Meek effort

PORTLAND — Crater wrestler Logan Meek had high hopes of a Class 5A state title last year during his freshman campaign, only to see that get derailed en route to a fifth-place finish.

Given another chance to shine, the sophomore Comet...

North, Crater in fourth after Day 1

North, Crater in fourth after Day 1

PORTLAND — North Medford and Crater expected a tight battle for a team trophy in their respective wrestling state tournaments and, after a mostly positive Day 1 on Friday, each program has put itself in position to accomplish that feat with...

Locals have high hopes for state tourney

Locals have high hopes for state tourney

A little older, a little bigger and with more top-tier mat experience, Crater sophomore Zeth Brower will be seeking to take the next step this weekend as a state champion hopeful in one of the many storylines coming out of Southern Oregon entering the...

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Back for more

Wyatt Westfall proved last season at the Class 6A wrestling state tournament that he doesn’t mind a challenge.

This season, it’s not about proving anything for the North Medford senior standout.

For Westfall, who was the...

Comets roll to district crown

Comets roll to district crown

EUGENE — The Crater and Eagle Point wrestling teams will need to rent a couple of big buses for next weekend.

The fifth-ranked Comets crowned seven champions, qualified 15 individuals for state and won the six-team Class 5A Midwestern...

February 2016

Phoenix sends three swimmers to state finals

GRESHAM — Phoenix High qualified three swimmers — Lauren Speaks, Emily Samudio and Ethan Shepherd — into today’s finals after Friday’s preliminary round at the Class 4A/3A/2A state swim meet at Mt. Hood Aquatic...

In pursuit of more
In pursuit of more

CENTRAL POINT — It doesn’t take a championship title to be considered a standout wrestler but, then again, it doesn’t hurt.

Tommy Winningham is one of those wrestlers who has definitely made his mark in his time on the mat...

North takes second at SWC district

SPRINGFIELD — North Medford qualified 10 wrestlers for the Class 6A state tournament, including three champions, and finished second to Roseburg at the Southwest Conference district wrestling tournament Saturday at Thurston High.

Seniors...

North opens strong at SWC district

SPRINGFIELD — North Medford made a strong opening statement on Day 1 of the Southwest Conference district wrestling championships Friday at Thurston High, settling in at second place behind Roseburg after advancing 15 wrestlers into...

Phoenix sweeps at Skyline meet

MERLIN — The Phoenix wrestling team went 3-0 during the five-team Skyline Conference meet at North Valley High on Wednesday.

The Pirates topped Hidden Valley, 60-24, beat Klamath Union, 66-3, and defeated Mazama, 55-18.

Against the...

Tornado claims Cottage Grove crown

COTTAGE GROVE — North Medford secured three wrestling championships and had 10 top-4 finishes Saturday to wrap up the team title in the 32-team Cottage Grove Invitational.

Tornado wrestlers lead at Cottage Grove

COTTAGE GROVE — The North Medford wrestling team took the first-day lead at the 32-team Cottage Grove Invitational at Cottage Grove High on Friday.

Eight wrestlers advanced to today's semifinals for the Black Tornado, which has 140.5...

Butte Falls/Prospect fourth at pre-district

CULVER — Six Butte Falls/Prospect wrestlers placed in the top four at the 2A/1A Special District 3 Pre-district meet Thursday.

Eagles dominate in MWL sweep

EAGLE POINT — Eagle Point guaranteed itself a winning dual-meet season with some dominant wrestling Wednesday night in Midwestern League action against Ashland and North Eugene.

The Eagles didn’t have a senior lose on their senior...

January 2016

Crater shares Classic title with Culver

CENTRAL POINT — Crater and Culver each went undefeated in four wrestling duals Saturday to share top honors in the 12-school Crater Classic.

The Comets, ranked sixth at the 5A level, won 51-24 over Springfield, 48-30 over Anderson of...

North wrestlers defeat Panthers in dual

North Medford has a top-flight wrestling program, but upstart South Medford gave the Black Tornado a tussle in a Southwest Conference wrestling dual Thursday at the Panthers’ gym.

North Medford capitalized on five falls and four forfeits...

Matter of time
Matter of time

Since he stepped into the North Medford wrestling room, Cole Hornbrook knew it was only a matter of time before he finally broke through on a statewide level.

An ill-timed loss of focus proved costly at the Class 6A state tournament when he was...

Brower places second at Reser’s TOC

HILLSBORO — Crater sophomore Zeth Brower was the lone contender from the Rogue Valley to reach the championship finals Saturday in the Reser’s Tournament of Champions wrestling tournament at Liberty High.

Brower, who was seeded No.

Three Comets move into TOC semifinals

HILLSBORO — Three Crater wrestlers advanced to the Reser’s Tournament of Champions semifinals at Liberty High on Friday.

Sophomore Zeth Brower (106 pounds), senior Tommy Winningham (170) and senior Cavin Gillispie (182) all won...

Crater edges Eagles in MWL dual

EAGLE POINT — Although it was a much closer battle this time, the Eagle Point wrestling team still didn’t have enough to upend Crater in their Midwestern League dual Wednesday.

South girls prevail in MLK Showcase

STOCKTON, Calif. — South Medford used a scintillating third quarter to separate from Rio Linda and post a 77-62 win in the Martin Luther King Showcase on Saturday morning.

The Panthers (11-3), ranked fourth in the Class 6A media poll,...

Host Eagles claim Invitational title

EAGLE POINT — Eagle Point secured four wrestling titles among its 10 finalists to win going away in the Eagle Point Invitational on Saturday.

Leading the charge for the host Eagles were champions Thomas Zomerdyk (106 pounds), Chance...

Comets breeze to MWL sweep

CENTRAL POINT — Crater switched things up a little with its wrestling lineup Wednesday night but the results were a familiar sight for the Comets, who swept North Eugene and Ashland in Midwestern League action to improve to 6-0 in dual meets...

North Medford earns sweep in SWC meet

North Medford had no trouble with Willamette and then came through with a shining effort against Thurston to sweep the Black Tornado’s part of a four-way Southwest Conference wrestling meet Tuesday night at North Medford High.

North...

Comets win Nor Cal title with five champs

ANDERSON, Calif. — Crater finished with five champions and three runners-up to win the Nor Cal Beast in the North wrestling tournament going away Saturday afternoon at the 27-school event at Anderson High.

Zeth Brower (106 pounds), Hunter...

Comets first at Nor-Cal tourney

ANDERSON, Calif. — Ten Crater wrestlers advanced to the semifinals to give the Comets the lead at the 26-school Nor-Cal Best in the North tournament at Anderson High on Friday.

Recording two pins after first-round byes for the Comets were...

Schireman, Tornado shoot to victory

EUGENE — Brian Schireman put on an offensive showcase with a career-high 34 points Thursday, and needed just three quarters to do it for the North Medford boys basketball team.

The senior guard scored 26 points in the first half as the...

Crater wrestlers roll to victories

CENTRAL POINT — The Crater wrestling team earned a 66-18 win over Ashland and a 55-24 victory over Phoenix during nonleague dual action at Crater High on Wednesday.

Earning pins for the Comets against the Pirates were Zeth Brower (106...

Tornado wins title with five champions

North Medford has absorbed more than its fair share of bumps, bruises and bad breaks already this wrestling season, but the Black Tornado still prides itself on an ability to compete no matter the situation.

For the first time under head coach...

Panther boys turn back Saxons

South Medford and South Salem each struggled to find an offensive rhythm in a top-10 boys basketball matchup Saturday that lacked ebb and flow, but the third-ranked Panthers were able to do just enough to secure a 53-48 victory.

South Medford...

December 2015

Loggers place at tournament

The Butte Falls/Prospect wrestling team placed eighth out of 12 teams Saturday at the Myrtle Point Invitational.

The Loggers were the only Class 1A team competing. Glide, Sutherlin and Siuslaw took the top three spots.

Alex Neville led the...

Comets fourth at GP Winter Kickoff

GRANTS PASS — The Crater wrestling team had three individual champions en route to a fourth-place finish at the 36-team Grants Pass Winter Kickoff at Grants Pass High on Saturday.

Zeth Brower (106 pounds), Logan Meek (152) and Cavin...

Comets shine at GP Winter Kickoff

GRANTS PASS — The Crater wrestling team on Friday advanced six into today's semifinals of the 36-team Grants Pass Winter Kickoff at Grants Pass High.

Eagle Point has three wrestlers in the semifinals and Phoenix two.

Marshfield...

South tops Nevada team in tourney

RED BLUFF, Calif. — Conor Carroll scored seven of his 25 points in the final minute to help the South Medford boys basketball team ward off Nevada Union, 54-51, in the opening round of the Red Bluff Holiday Classic on Thursday.

The...

With three champs, Crater takes fifth

NORTH BEND — Crater crowned three wrestling champions in Logan Meek, Tommy Winningham and Cavin Gillispie and finished fifth overall in the team competition to highlight the local contingent at the 35-team Army Strong Coast Classic on...

Crater, North open strong at Coast Classic

NORTH BEND — Crater advanced six wrestlers into today’s championship quarterfinals and North Medford qualified five after first-day action at the Army Strong Coast Classic Friday at North Bend High School.

Top-seeded wrestlers...

Crater pins EP in wrestling dual

CENTRAL POINT — As usual when Crater and Eagle Point square off on the wrestling mat, the atmosphere was electric Wednesday night at Crater High.

The results, however, were a little more one-sided than usual as the Comets cruised to a...

North Medford girls cruise past EP

Maggie Freeman poured in 15 of her 24 points in the opening period and the host North Medford girls basketball team rolled to an 84-39 victory over Eagle Point on Monday.

Freeman got some assistance from Megan Fossen in the first quarter, when...

Tornado wins End of Trail tourney

OREGON CITY — North Medford crowned four champions and had another wrestler place second en route to the team title at the End of the Trail Tournament at Oregon City High School on Saturday.

Chase Mitchell (106 pounds), Henry Cox (120),...

November 2015

Locals shine at big tourney

Seven local wrestlers won their weight classes in the high school open division at the Best of the West Tournament Saturday at the Jackson County Expo in Central Point.

In all, there were nearly 600 youth wrestlers competing in seven...

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Challengers make it back on top in softball

Winning the Southern Cascade League title seemed like a pretty bold goal this spring considering the recent history of the Cascade Christian...