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Crusaders come up short against Lakeview

St. Mary's offense was held in check except for a long touchdown pass late in the game as Lakeview pounded out a 22-7 Southern Cascade League football victory Saturday at Spiegelberg Stadium.

The Honkers (5-2, 4-1 SCL) took control early en route to a 22-0 halftime lead.

Lakeview came out prepared, St. Mary's first-year coach Robert Metcalf said. We were a little slow starting in the first half.

Lakeview took the opening kickoff and completed the drive on Brendan Fitzgerald's 17-yard touchdown run. Eric Nash's run on the two-point conversion gave Lakeview an 8-0 lead.

The Honkers took advantage of a pair of late second-quarter touchdowns to take command. Craig Mills scored on a 2-yard run at 1:10 before halftime. Then the Honkers capitalized on a turnover by scoring on a 23-yard pass from Mills to Michael Durkin with just one second left.

— That was pivotal, said Metcalf. That sealed the deal.

The Crusaders (3-4, 1-4 SCL) found the end zone when sophomore quarterback Chris Sutton hooked up with junior receiver Ryan Greene on a 63-yard scoring play with 3:49 remaining in the game.

It was a play-action roll out, said Metcalf about the touchdown. Sutton put the pass downfield on a dime.

St. Mary's was limited to 78 yards on the ground and 97 passing. Senior Keith Butts was the Crusaders' leading carrier with 42 yards on 10 attempts. Chris Slavenski had two catches for 34 yards.

Butts contributed a stellar defensive performance as middle linebacker.

(Butts) was non-stop, said Metcalf. He played fast and was all over the field.

Lakeview ended with 407 yards in offense, with 263 coming on the ground. Fitzgerald was the Honkers' leading ball carrier with 128 yards.

We stopped them from scoring in the second half, but we couldn't get anything going, said Metcalf. We need to do something with our offense.

Lakeview81400 ' 22

St. Mary's0007 ' 7

L ' Fitzgerald 17 run (Nash run)

L ' Mills 2 run (Barber kick)

L ' Durkin 23 pass from Mills (Barber kick)

SM ' Greene 63 pass from Sutton (Kulig kick)

SCL Volleyball

CASCADE SWEEPS ' At Bonanza, the Cascade Christian volleyball machine kept rolling along Saturday with a two-match sweep of Bonanza.

The No. 2-ranked Challengers found little resistance in the 25-10, 25-12, 25-22 and 25-14, 26-24, 25-17 sweep of the Southern Cascade League's second-best team.

Sophomore Melissa Gmur paced the Cascade Christian attack with 10 kills and eight assists in the opening match, while Emily Overstreet added six kills and two aces.

Cascade Christian (19-2, 11-0 SCL) finished an efficient 96 percent from the service line, and dug out 50 balls to go with 32 kills and eight service aces.

In the second match, Natalie Dicus swatted 11 kills and Kyleen Johnson added eight kills and nine assists. Gmur led in assists with 10 and the Challengers boasted a 49-for-50 passing performance.

Cascade Christian can wrap up a share of the league title on Tuesday when it hosts Glendale.

ST. MARY'S LOSES TWO ' At Merrill, Lost River held off a trio of late St. Mary's charges to sweep two Southern Cascade League matches, 28-26, 25-16, 25-13 and 26-24, 25-11, 27-25.

The two losses assure the Crusaders (3-8 SCL) of their first losing season in league play since 1993.

St. Mary's rallied from a deficit in Game — of the first match but couldn't close out the win. The Crusaders also held game point in the first and third games of Match 2 before Lost River crept back for the victory.

Water Polo

MEDFORD LOSES TWO, TIES ONE ' At Eugene, goalkeeper Victoria Handel had 12 blocks as Medford tied South Eugene 7-7 in girls water polo Saturday.

Lakin Rigby led Medford, a mix of South and North Medford High players, in scoring with three goals.

In two earlier games, Medford lost 15-9 to Marist and 15-10 to Sheldon, despite Katy Lawson scoring five goals in the first game and four in the second.

The Medford boys lost all three outings, 15-7 to Marist, 25-1 to Sheldon and 16-5 to South Eugene.

Neils Gossen led the team with seven total goals. Freshmen Thomas Gilder, Zach Haveman and Brian Capsey each picked up the first goal of their careers.