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Sheldon triumphs in RV Classic

Midwestern League representative Sheldon downed Beaverton's WestviewHigh to win the 16-team Rogue Valley Classic volleyball tournament Saturdayat North Medford High School.

They were definitely the best team in the tournament, saidNorth Medford coach Ron Beick of Sheldon. It wasn't a surprise thatthey made it to the finals.

South Medford had its hopes of a title squelched in the quarterfinalsby Wilson, 15-10, 16-14, while North Medford fell to North Eugene in thefirst round of the playoff round, 15-10, 15-3.

The Black Tornado finished second in its pool with a win over Bend, asplit with Wilson and a loss to eventual champion Sheldon.

We knew we had a shot at the quarterfinals or semis, saidBeick. We just didn't take care of business.

Beick said that Ashley Olson, Madie Horn and Lacey Dalton had solid days,but the inconsistency of his young team showed up once again.

I was pleased with our morning matches, Beick said. Afterwe had our break we were really flat.

The Panthers fared a little better than the Black Tornado on the day,beating Southern Oregon Conference foe Roseburg 12-15, 15-10, 15-8 to advanceinto the quarterfinals before being ousted by Wilson. It marked the secondtime this season that South has beaten Roseburg, the No. — team in the SOC.

Two other SOC teams fell in the first round of playoff action. EaglePoint lost to Westview, 15-10, 15-1 and Ashland was eliminated by NorthBend.

Skyline Conference representative Rogue River was beaten by Wilson inthe first round, 15-6, 9-15, 4-15.

BONANZA TOURNAMENT -- At Bonanza, St. Mary's standouts Becky Naumes andKatie Hansen were named to the all-tournament team as they helped the Crusadersinto an appearance in the semifinals at the six-team tournament.

St. Mary's fell in the semifinals to Class 3A foe Lakeview, 15-12, 15-5.

Naumes had 20 kills, 13 blocks and nine digs on the day for the Crusaders,while Maren Zielony had 18 kills, 13 digs and seven blocks.

HIDDEN VALLEY INVITATIONAL -- At Murphy, Crater extended Henley to threegames, but lost in the championship match of the seven-team tournament.

Henley's potent front line of Janel DeJong and Kelli Criss provided toomuch firepower in the Hornets' 15-4, 10-15 and 15-11 victory.

Henley went 6-0 in round robin play to gain the top seed in the championshipbracket. Other round robin records were Crater 4-2, Pleasant Hill 4-2, HiddenValley 3-3, Bandon 2-4, Mazama 1-5 and North Valley 1-5.

In the championship quarterfinals, Crater defeated North Valley 15-4and 15-12, Hidden Valley defeated Bandon 15-1 and 15-11 and Pleasant Hilldefeated Mazama 15-5 and 15-4.

In the semifinals, Henley knocked out Hidden Valley 15-4 and 15-1, whileCrater outlasted Pleasant Hill 15-4, 10-15 and 15-11.

LOST RIVER TOURNAMENT -- At Lost River, Butte Falls defeated Yreka 15-12,15-12 in pool play but then lost to Tulelake, Calif. 15-12, 15-4 and bowedout of the sox-team tournament.

Karrie Vanlandingham had 11 digs and six kills and Sara Thompson added10 assists on the day for Butte Falls.

PROSPECT 15-15, NORTH LAKE 9-12 -- At Silver Lake, senior captains AngelaRicciardi and Michelle Renfro combined for 16 kills as Prospect (4-1) handedNorth Lake (2-1) its first Skyline A South Division loss on Friday.

Ricciardi and Renfro also spearheaded an outstanding defensive effortalong with Jaime Smith, who had a team-high nine digs.

Freshman Annie Stockebrand had eight points serving in the opening gameand Ricciardi was 8-for-8 from the service line in Game 2.

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