Bonanza stuns Challengers with sweep
-- After pushing top-ranked St. Mary's to the limit before losing a Southern Cascade League three-game volleyball match Thursday, Cascade Christian had high hopes of sweeping Bonanza Saturday and finishing second in league play.
But Bonanza turned the tables on Cascade and handed the Challengers a SCL doubleheader loss at Scenic Middle School.
The Antlers won the opening match 15-9, 13-15 and 15-4, then cruised to a 15-6, 15-6 victory.
So instead of hosting a SCL playoff match on Thursday as the league's No. 2 team, fourth-place Cascade Christian (14-8, 4-6 SCL) will travel to Merrill on Tuesday to face third-place Lost River.
We seemed really flat, Cascade Christian coach Susan Gmur said. Even though there was a lot on the line, we didn't come out very strong. It was very disappointing.
In the first game of each match, Bonanza took sizable leads.
It's hard to come back when you've dug that big a hole, said Gmur. They play real unorthodox. They hit from the back row a lot and are very aggressive.
Christine McCandless' six points serving in the second game of the opening match helped the Challengers win their only game in the doubleheader.
Kelly Clarke led Cascade with six kills in the first match, while McCandless added three. Kristin Salamone had four blocks in the opener.
The Challengers received a spirited effort from defensive specialist Bethany Weaver, who had 25 digs on the day.
Cascade setter Whitney Brookins provided 36 assists in the opener, but only 12 in match two.
BUTTE FALLS 15-15, TRIAD 11-8-- At Butte Falls, the Loggers paid tribute to their departing seniors by revamping their lineup and it paid off in a Skyline A League victory.
Seniors Sara Lawrence, Anna Koralewska and Beth Nelson each came up big as Butte Falls (12-8, 10-2 Sky A) secured first place in the Southern Division.
Lawrence led the team with five aces, while Koralewska and Nelson tied for the team lead in kills with four and digs with two.
Sophomore Jessica Dunlap chipped in 13 assists for the Loggers, who advance to a state seeding playoff Saturday at 2 p.m. at Talent Middle School.
Butte Falls will face Northern Division-winner Camas Valley in one match, while second place teams North Lake and Elkton will duel in another matchup. The Butte Falls-Camas Valley winner will earn the league's top seed for the state playoffs, with the loser playing the North Lake-Elkton winner for the second seed.
LOST RIVER 41, ST. MARY'S 0-- Lost River (6-2, 4-0 SCL) used 10 ball carriers to pile up 366 yards on the ground in the Southern Cascade League game at Spiegelberg Stadium.
St. Mary's (1-7, 0-4 SCL) was held to a total net offense of 20 yards compared to 401 for the Raiders.
The Lost River victory sets up a conference championship game for the Raiders at Bonanza (7-1, 4-0 SCL) on Friday.
......20 11 10 0 -- 41 St. Mary's
.............0 0 0 0 -- 0
LR -- McCollam — run (kick failed) LR -- Carter 4 run (pass failed) LR -- Carter 17 run (pass failed) LR -- Safety, quarterback tackled in end zone LR -- Beasly — run (Dee pass from Beasly) LR -- FG Vasii 24 LR -- Fairfield 28 run (Vasii kick) LR -- FG Vasii 20
NORTH VALLEY 2, BONANZA 1, SHOOTOUT-- At Bonanza, North Valley junior goalie Lee Manes stopped Bonanza's fourth shot in the shootout to clinch the District 6 playoff victory.
North Valley (8-4-3) plays Hidden Valley at the Josephine County Fairgrounds on Tuesday to decide the District 6 No. — seed in the 3A/2A/1A state soccer playoffs.
North Valley reversed a 5-1 loss to Bonanza on the same field last Tuesday.
Brendan Phillips' penalty kick 15 minutes into the match gave North Valley a 1-0 halftime lead.
Bonanza tied the score early in the second half on a goal by Danny Harless off an assist from Jared Watkins.
North Valley had the advantage in the two, 10-minute overtimes, but couldn't capitalize.
In the shootout, Forest Dugan and Phillips made the Knights' first two penalty kicks and the Antlers matched with goals of their own. After North Valley's Casey Shaw converted the third kick, Bonanza drilled a shot wide right. The Knights' Matt Gentry made the fourth kick, then Manes came up with the save for the victory.
Fullbacks Jeff Denniston and Phillips provided the Knights tight defensive coverage, while Shaw and Gentry gave North Valley control in the midfield.
North Valley finished with a 19-9 margin in shots on goal.
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ASHLAND BOYS, GIRLS SWEEP-- At Ashland, the Ashland Grizzly boys and girls each won a pair of matches at the Southern Oregon University pool.
Ashland boys defeated Medford, 20-2, and Marist, 14-4.
Brad Scoles led Ashland in the victories with six goals, four assists and seven steals. Adam Foley added six goals, three assists and two steals, while Clayton Mattson chipped in five goals.
In girls action, Ashland handled Medford, 13-7, and Marist, 16-5.
Vanessa Walker and Jessica Mattson were the Grizzly big point producers. Walker had 12 goals and Mattson 10 in the two matches. Walker also came up with six steals and five assists.
Medford had three players each score a pair of goals -- Ashley Johnson, Megan Clark and Emily Schwendener.