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Cave Junction crazy for Frosted Flakes these days

Illinois Valley High School is among 100 semifinalists in the Frosted Flakes "Plant a Seed" contest, where 30 sites will be awarded up to $15,000 each for field renovations.

The Cave Junction school is one of four Oregon sites still in the running in the nationwide contest, but in the most recent count was last on the list and in the bottom third of the standings overall.

Individuals can vote once a day, with the public vote counting for half of the final score and the sponsor's judging panel counting for the other half. Voting runs through May 31.

To vote for Illinois Valley, visit www.frostedflakes.com/plant-a-seed/field/74538/field.aspx

"Our market is considerably smaller than the other schools so I've tried to do my best in reaching out to the local school area," said Damian Crowson, principal at Lorna Byrne Middle School, "and we're hoping others will vote because their kids will benefit, too, by playing on the fields when they come over here."

Entry into the cereal promotion was the brainchild of Todd Kaberline, who is president of the Illinois Valley Booster Club. The hope is to upgrade the track and field facility, softball and baseball fields and weight room at the high school.

At last check, Illinois Valley High had 1,021 votes to trail fellow Oregon sites Union High School (1,524), Don Parker Field in Prairie City (1,675) and Kings Valley Charter School baseball field in Philomath (2,601). The rank in Oregon isn't as important as it is for IV to rank among the top 30 overall.

For Illinois Valley's sake, voting early and often would be "Grrr-eat!"

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CRATER, EAGLE POINT AND PHOENIX face must-win propositions in baseball this week, with the Comets and Eagles squaring off at 4:30 p.m. today at Anhorn Field and Phoenix playing host to Henley at Hagler-James Field in Talent at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

In the case of Phoenix, the scenario is pretty simple: Wednesday's winner will be the Skyline Conference's second and final seed to the Class 4A state playoffs. The teams split a doubleheader in Klamath Falls on April 25, with Phoenix earning an 8-4 win in the opening game before Henley rallied with a 6-3 triumph in the nightcap.

The Phoenix-Henley game was moved back one day to accommodate a request by Henley, according to Phoenix baseball coach Hank Munn.

Prior to the contest, Phoenix will be retiring the number 33 worn by the late Drew Pierson, who was a junior first baseman on the Pirates' state championship team in 1998. Pierson died in a work accident in California in 2004.

In today's Southern Sky Conference showdown, Eagle Point can wrap up the league's second and final berth in the Class 5A state playoffs with a win over the Comets, who are a half-game back in the standings. The Eagles have already won two of the three meetings with Crater and would clinch a tiebreaker prior to facing league-champion Ashland on Thursday.

A win today by Crater would even the series but give the Comets one less SSC defeat than the Eagles since Crater enters today with an 8-5 league record and Eagle Point is at 9-5 in SSC play.

Given how impressive the Grizzlies have been in rolling off 12 straight league victories after their lone defeat, the odds then might favor the Comets, who potentially might only need a split in Saturdays doubleheader with Klamath Union to nab the No. 2 seed.

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TENNIS FOLLOWERS had to be scratching their heads at the prospect of the Southwest Conference boys and girls district tournaments being spread out over consecutive Saturdays.

"That's not a good format," said North Medford boys tennis coach Hal Borg, echoing the sentiments of most in the SWC. "To have half the tournament on Saturday and then have to wait a whole week to play a couple matches is too drawn out. I've never been part of a tournament like that."

And, given the outcry from the SWC coaches, he may never again.

Borg said during the seeding meeting for the district, there was a unanimous vote by the SWC coaches to change the format back to the usual Thursday and Saturday schedule next year.

This year's change had to do with testing in the special international baccalaureate program in the Eugene School District. The regular format apparently would have coincided with the testing for a couple boys and girls players, according to Borg, and the switch was made.

The districts will pick up again Saturday in Roseburg for boys and at North Medford High for girls with the 10 a.m. championship semifinals.

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EAGLE POINT HIGH standout wrestler Aaron Lorenz recently became a Triple Crown winner after earning the 98-pound Oregon Wrestling Association state championships in collegiate, freestyle and Greco-Roman at the Cadet division.

Lorenz, 14, placed eighth at the Class 5A state championships in February and was the Southern Sky Conference district champion at 103 pounds.

With his recent wins, Lorenz earned a spot on the Oregon Cadet National Team and will represent the state in July in Fargo, N.D., during the OWA Cadet and Junior National Greco-Roman and Freestyle Championships. Oregon's Cadet team is comprised of more than 50 wrestlers throughout the state in the 15- and 16-year-old age group.

Lorenz is currently seeking tax-deductible contributions to help fund his trip to the national tournament. To help, contact Alicia Lorenz at 282-3102.

Reach reporter Kris Henry at 776-4488, or e-mail khenry@mailtribune.com