Streaking Loggers log another Sky A crown
BUTTE FALLS ' In fitting fashion, several Butte Falls players had a hand in leading the Loggers to their 12th Skyline A League Southern Division volleyball title in 14 years Saturday afternoon.
From seniors Brianna Smeltz, Kathi St. George, Cassy Bartel, Asia Million and Sarah Matthews to sophomore Mickie Burns, the Loggers went all out in tipping Hosanna Christian 25-23, 25-21, 25-18 in a battle of the top two Southern Division squads.
Smeltz, a senior setter, posted a solid all-around effort with 33 assists, 13 digs and three aces, while St. George had 12 kills and three aces, Bartel 11 kills, Million 15 digs, Matthews six blocks and Burns four blocks to lead the Loggers (19-6, 11-0 Sky A).
Saturday's result bumped Butte Falls' winning streak to 48 straight Skyline A regular-season encounters, with one more match to go this season against Paisley. A win over the Broncos would make Butte Falls' sensational senior class undefeated in their run through the league.
Bartel helped salvage the opener when she rallied the Loggers from a 23-22 deficit by serving for point Nos. 23-25 to close out Hosanna.
— The first game was key for us tonight, said ninth-year Butte Falls head coach Mike Harrington. They had us until Cassy stepped up in the end.
In other Sky A action at Butte Falls, Paisley twice beat New Hope Christian in three games.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN REACHES SEMIS ' At Merlin, Cascade Christian advanced to the semifinals of the North Valley tournament before losing to the host Knights, 25-17, 25-20.
The Challengers served at 97 percent and had 15 digs and 17 blocks.
In its first bracket match, Cascade defeated Bonanza, 21-25, 25-11, 15-6. The Challengers served at 92 percent and passed at 94 percent.
They were led by Natalie Dicus' 12 kills and eight digs and Kyleen Johnson's eight kills, nine assists and four blocks.
In pool play, the Challengers were second, losing to Henley, 25-18, 25-23; splitting with Myrtle Point, 25-18, 22-25; and beating Sutherlin, 25-13, 25-16.
Cascade is 15-4 overall.
ASHLAND GIRLS WIN TWO ' At Ashland, Ashland won two Southern League matches Saturday at the Southern Oregon University pool, beating North Medford 19-3 and South Medford 16-1.
Against North, the Grizzlies' Michelle Smith had eight goals, five assists and four steals, and Ursula Barton had six goals, two assists and one steal. Ashley Roda added three goals and goalie Corinna Morrison seven blocks. Katy Lawson scored two goals for North and Lakin Rigby one.
Against South, Ashland's Julie Coke had four goals, two assists and six steals, and Smith notched four goals, three assists and two steals. Hannah Bergstrom added three goals and one steal.
The Grizzlies are 8-1 in league.
North also fell to Cottage Grove, 18-3. The Black Tornado's goals were by Lawson, Gianna Ramos and Alison Foxx.
ASHLAND BOYS ROLL ' At Ashland, Arron Nelson scored five goals and Tyler Foley had three goals and two assists as Ashland downed Medford 20-5 in Southern League action at the Southern Oregon University pool.
Daniel Armitage and Michael Stout each had three goals and goalie Andrew Del Carlo played in the field and tallied twice as the Grizzlies improved to 9-0.
Neils Gossens scored three goals for Medford and Mike Tracy and Cameron Guthrie one each.
Medford also lost 13-0 to Cottage Grove.
GLENDALE 12, ST. MARY'S 6 ' Visiting Glendale returned a blocked field goal deep into St. Mary's territory to set up the winning touchdown in the Southern Cascade League contest.
Keith Butts' 63-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter had pulled the Crusaders into a 6-6 deadlock.
The failed 40-yard field-goal attempt came midway through the fourth.