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Grizz netters upended

Staff and wire reports —

Ashland junior Jessica Walters' return to her old stomping — grounds at North Medford High couldn't steal the spotlight away from the — magnitude of Thursday's Southern Oregon Conference volleyball game.

Walters, who transferred to Ashland in the offseason after — spending two years at North, fared well in her first appearance against — her former team.

But the Black Tornado stole the show, winning a marathon — match, 18-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-23, 15-12.

Walters finished with seven kills, 14 assists, 21 digs — and two aces.

North (7-1, 4-0 SOC), however, answered every Grizzly — rally in a matchup of two of the conference's top teams.

"(The match) was exactly what I expected it to be," said — Tornado coach Ron Beick. "Both are young but really talented teams.

"It was a see-saw match but was played at a very high — level for this point in the season."

Ashland (2-2 SOC) had a chance to finish off North in — Game 4 but faltered late on a missed serve.

Heidi Sandgren took advantage of the Ashland misfire and — served out the game to even the match at 2-all.

"She's absolutely great under pressure," said Beick of — his senior defender. "That sequence definitely swung the match in our — favor."

The two teams traded points in the final set until the — Tornado was able to grab a 14-10 advantage.

Walters served Ashland to within 14-12, but North freshman — Erica Schultz countered with a kill to close out the match.

Lauren Berger had 16 kills and four blocks to lead North — Medford, while Jessica Durham added 11 kills to go with three aces.

Schultz finished with seven kills and senior setter Allanah — Munson doled out 37 assists and slammed home nine kills.

The Tornado's Kelsey Hamilton and Sandgren had 17 and — 12 digs, respectively.

Lindsey Stone led Ashland with 10 kills, 17 assists and — 11 digs, while Madison Thivierge contributed six blocks, four digs and — six kills.

Cross Country —

ROSEBURG - Roseburg had the top two girls but Ashland's — pack mentality earned it the team title Thursday in a four-way Southern — Oregon Conference cross country meet.

The Grizzlies scored 35 points to Roseburg's 37.

Katie Wilton won the race in 21:18, but the Grizzlies' — top three runners - Sophie Distefano, Natalie Hemphill and Chelsea Boehnke — - crossed the line with nearly identical times, finishing fifth through — seventh.

South Medford's April Bradshaw was third in 21:52.

On the boys' side, Gavin Weaver won in 17:06 and led Roseburg — to an easy win. South's Zach Harris was the runner-up in 17:18.

At River Forks Park, Roseburg

Boys

TEAM - Roseburg 27, South Medford 52, Ashland 53.

INDIVIDUAL (5,000 meters) - 1, Gavin Weaver, R, 17:06; — 2, Zach Harris, SM, 17:18; 3, Scott Rowan, SM, 18:10; 4, AJ Riggs, R, — 18:17; 5, Jake Wilton, R, 18:21; 6, Tucker Bacon, A, 18:29; 7, Cameron — Barleen, A, 18:30; 8, Mitch Lofstedt, R, 18:31; 9, Steve Higdon, R, 18:41; — 10, Nathan Kobinsky, SM, 18:51, 11, Darwin Durchanek, R, 18:58; 12, Dennis — McCaffrey, A, 19:16; 13, Spencer Bonney, A, 19:16; 14, Nick Lovemark, — R, 19:29; 15, Andy Wright, A, 19:31; 16, Nate Knapp, A, 19:32; 17, David — Morgan, A, 19:32; 18, Joey Nelson, SM, 19:59; 19, Phil Viets, SM, 20:10; — 20. N. Stephens, R, 20:18.

Girls —

TEAM - Ashland 35, Roseburg 37, South Medford 55, Eagle — Point incomplete.

INDIVIDUAL (5,000 meters) - 1, Katie Wilton, R, 21:18; — 2, Kendra Stone, R, 21:24; 3, April Bradshaw, SM, 21:52; 4, Heather Gegenhuber, — R, 22:02; 5, Sophie Distefano, A, 22:30; 6, Natalie Hemphill, A, 22:31; — 7, Chelsey Boehnke, A, 22:32; 8, Alyssa Taylor, A, 22:42; 9, Alex Leonardo, — EP, 22:44; 10, Aria Hemphill, A, 22:53, 11, Jan Frodsham, SM, 23:07; 12, — Raechel Dombras, SM, 23:40; 13, Victoria Mayfield, A, 23:42; 14, Korissa — Mecham, R, 24:11; 15, Maya Nerenberg, A, 24:35; 16, Sahmura Gonzales, — SM, 24:57; 17, Katrina Stevens, SM, 25:10; 18, Kelsey Stone, R, 25:15; — 19, Ana Enriquez, Rachel Ericson, EP, 26:15; 20, Danielle Hooper, SM, — 27:52.