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Lopez, Pizano win MMA bouts

Former North Medford wrestler Kyleigh Lopez.
Former North Medford wrestler Kyleigh Lopez.

Kyleigh Lopez and Olivia Pizano, representing Spartan Boxing Gym, each won mixed martial arts bouts Saturday in Mountain Force 25 at Washington County Legacy Park in Hurricane, Utah.

Lopez, a four-time wrestling state champion for North Medford High upon graduation in 2019, defeated Jalena Hampton, of Team Alphamale, in a three-round decision.

Pizano won a three-round split decision, defeating Aniseta Acosta of Combat Sports.


The South Medford Panthers 14-under girls softball team won the Turf Wars Tournament at U.S. Cellular Community Park last weekend, beating the Nor Cal Rage-Pena, 6-3, in the title game.

Shelby Hillyer provided the Panthers’ big hit, doubling in two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to put South Medford in front, 4-3.

Hillyer, Maleyah Thoele and Emilee Puhl each had two of the Panthers’ 10 hits, while pitcher Jordan Knutson went all seven innings, allowing eight hits and striking out 14.