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SOC teams dominate Yreka Invitational

YREKA, Calif. ' Southern Oregon Conference cross country teams made quite an impression on their California counterparts at the Yreka Elks Invitational Saturday at Greenhorn Park.

SOC teams swept all but the girls individual title in the season-opening race for most schools.

North Medford was impressive on the girls' side, winning the team title for its first large invitational in school history.

It was fabulous, North coach Peter Voskes said. The girls used one another throughout the race, which really helps for the first game of the season.

The Black Tornado's top five runners crossed the finish line within 42 seconds of each other and scored 60 points, ahead of Crater (80) and Ashland (101).

— Crater's Kendel Nelson was the runner-up, trailing California North Section champion Lindsey Kirschmann of Enterprise by 13 seconds.

Ashland's David Morgan and Andy Wright went 1-2 in the boys race to lead an SOC sweep of the top six spots. Morgan ran 15:52, the sixth-best time in meet history over the 5,000-meter course.

They just went out strong, Ashland coach Bob Julian Jr. said. We might see a lot of them running 1-2 this year.

Defending SOC champion Crater placed three runners in the top six to easily win the team title with 43 points. Ashland was second with 85 points.

Yreka Invitational

At Greenhorn Park

BOYS

TEAM SCORES '

Crater 43, Ashland 85, West Valley, Calif. 95, Roseburg 170, North Medford 176, Grants Pass 186, Shasta, Calif. 192, South Medford 198, Corning, Calif. 199, Yreka, Calif. 208, Klamath Union 209, Enterprise, Calif. 240, Phoenix 316, Central Valley, Calif. 257, Mazama 363. Rogue River, Burney, Calif., Trinity, Calif., Fall River, Calif., Anderson, Calif. all incomplete.

INdivIDUAL (5,000 meters) '

1, David Morgan, Ash, 15:52; 2, Andy Wright, Ash, 15:59; 3, Isaac Stoutenburgh, Cra, 16:21; 4, Gavin Weaver, Ros, 16:32; 5, Geoff Donaldson, Cra, 16:34; 6, Jake Keyser, Cra, 16:39; 7, Jordan Fairley, WV, 17:09; 8, Brent Handa, FR, 17:16; 9, Cameron Barleen, Ash, 17:26; 10, Caleb Jacobsen, Cra, 17:28.

11, Jon Hanna, WV, 17:30; 12, Cesar Silva, Cor, 17:36; 13, David Short, Sha, 17:38; 14, Matt Baker, SWV, 17:39; 15, Andrew Taylor, Sha, 17:39; 16, Zach Harris, SM, 17:40; 17, Brice Peters, Yre, 17:45; 18, Cody Higginson, Cor, 17:47; 19, Kevin Jantzer, Pho, 17:48; 20, Andy Brown, And, 17:49.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES '

North Medford 60, Crater 80, Ashland, 101, Klamath Union 108, Enterprise, Calif. 120, Yreka, Calif. 170, Shasta, Calif. 181, South Medford 214, Grants Pass 217, Mazama 232, Roseburg 261, Trinity, Calif. 360.

INdivIDUAL (4,000 meters) '

1, Lindsay Kirschman, Ent, 15:07; 2, Kendel Nelson, Cra, 15:20; 3, Natalie Hemphill, Ash, 15:37; 4, Jasmine Klauder, Maz, 16:10; 5, Julie Shaw, And, 16:21; 6, Amanda Barber, Ent, 16:27; 7, Brittney Dunn, NM, 16:31; 8, Brianne Hwang, NM, 16:34; 9, Danielle Robberson, Yre, 16:35; 10, Lorene Young, KU, 16:38.

11, Jade Severson, NM, 16:42; 12, Shelby Randall, Sha, 16:44; 13, Kellianne Kleeman, KU, 16:45; 14, Caitlin Whispell, NM, 16:48; 15, April Bradshaw, SM, 16:49; 16, Leigh Ann Krantz, Sha, 16:51; 17, Jenna Cunningham, Cra, 16:53; 18, Chelsea Boehnke, Ash, 16:54; 19, Stephanie Frescas, Ent, 16:55; 20, Mary VanSteenburgh, Cra, 16:56.

BEN CREEK MEMORIAL ' At Gold Beach, defending Class 3A state champion Scott Sanders won the boys race in 14:39 and Marshfield easily won the team title with 55 points. Hidden Valley placed third out of 10 teams and New Hope's Michael Mrkvicka was fifth individually.

Sophomore Mike Seuss was St. Mary's top runner with a 13th-place finish (16:56).

On the girls' side, Yasmine White led Arcata, Calif., to the team title.

Ben Creek Memorial

At Gold Beach

BOYS

TEAM SCORES

' Marshfield 55, Arcata, Calif. 85, Hidden Valley 97, Brookings 99, New Hope Christian 111, North Bend 118, Coquille 132, St. Mary's 205. Illinois Valley and Gold Beach incomplete.

INdivIDUAL (4,500 meters) '

1, Scott Sanders, Bro, 14:39; 2, Josh Frazier, Coq, 15:40; 3, Caitlin Corrigan, Arc, 15:41; 4, Shawn Miller, Mar, 15:58; 5, Michael Mrkvicka, NHC, 16:02; 6, Bo Flora, Mar, 16:07; 7, Jeremy Natho, HV, 16:12; 8, Dustin Filipek, HV, 16:33; 9, Jared Bassett, Mar, 16:36; 10, Josh Cunningham, NHC, 16:47.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES

' Arcata, Calif. 31, Marshfield 64, North Bend 73, Hidden Valley 95, Gold Beach 116, Illinois Valley 159. St. Mary's New Hope Christian, Brookings and Coquille incomplete.

INdivIDUAL (4,500 meters) '

1, Yasmine White, Arc, 16:50; 2, Holly Dieu, Coq, 17:09; 3, Megan Huebner, NB, 17:25; 4, Kassy Lynass, NB, 18:22; 5, Amy Holcombe, Mar, 19:23; 6, McKenzie Jones, HV, 19:34; 7, Donna Stevens, Bro, 19:37; 8, Tiffany Knox, Arc, 19:38; 9, Arielle Fresher-Slavin, Arc, 19:43; 10, Emma Kelsey, Arc, 19:50.

Volleyball

NORTH, SOUTH FALL IN SEMIS ' At Roseburg, both the North and South Medford volleyball teams advanced to the semifinals of the Roseburg Tournament but could go no further after coming up short against Marshfield and Crook County, respectively.

North won its pool by defeating Grants Pass and West Salem and, in bracket play, the Black Tornado upset SOC-favorite and tournament-host Roseburg, 25-27, 25-19, 15-13.

The Panthers defeated South Eugene in bracket play before falling to eventual champion Crook County.

PHOENIX FINISHES SECOND '

At Yreka, Calif., despite beating five California teams, including tournament host Yreka twice in pool play, Phoenix had to settle for second place after dropping the championship final.

The third time proved to be the charm for Yreka as the hosts edged Phoenix, 15-25, 25-23, 15-10, in the title match.

Along with Yreka, the Pirates swept Etna, Weed, and Plumas Christian, but split 1-1 with Central Valley, ending pool play at 9-1.

Phoenix senior Jessica Howard received all-tournament honors as an outside hitter, with fellow outside hitter Ashley McCarty and setters Shonda George and Aurora Fry pacing the Pirate offense throughout the tournament.

CASCADE DOMINATES OAKRIDGE TOURNEY ' At Oakridge, Cascade Christian cruised through pool play and won both bracket games to win the 10-team Oakridge Tournament.

The Challengers won each pool game by at least nine points and swept Yoncalla in the championship game, 25-9, 25-12.

Kyleen Johnson and Emily Overstreet were named to the all-tournament team. Natalie Dicus led Cascade with 21 kills, while Audrey Holmes and Melissa Gmur each had 11 aces.

BUTTE FALLS PLACES SIXTH ' At Glendale, Butte Falls placed sixth out of eight teams at the Glendale Tournament after winning one match in pool play.

The Loggers beat Camas Valley 25-23, 25-15 for their lone win but fell to Elkton and host Glendale in pool play. In the fifth-sixth championship game, Butte Falls lost to the Roseburg JV team.