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Games to Watch

Saturday

South Medfordat North Medford

WHAT: Southwest Conference baseball doubleheader.

WHERE, WHEN: North Medford High, noon.

WHY WATCH: Save for a nine-run fifth inning by North Medford when these two teams met last week, South Medford battled hit for hit with the top-ranked Black Tornado. With Roseburg coming to town on Tuesday, North Medford cannot afford to slip up and needs a sweep to retain hopes of fending off the Indians and Sheldon for the Southwest Conference crown.

Tuesday

Henley at Phoenix

WHAT: Skyline Conference baseball.

WHERE, WHEN: Hagler-James Field in Talent, 4:30 p.m.

WHY WATCH: This matchup pits two of the state's top teams against one another, with Henley ranked No. 3 and Phoenix No. 8 in Class 4A. The Pirates boast standout pitcher Jordan Lewis and top hitters Dustin Smith and Kory Locken, while Henley counters with the pitching of Drew Card and the all-around play of Colin Stock. The Hornets enter this weekend with a two-game lead on Phoenix in Skyline play.

Saturday

Cascade Christianat St. Mary's

WHAT: District 4 softball doubleheader.

WHERE, WHEN: St. Mary's High, noon.

WHY WATCH: The top two teams in District 4 converge for what should be a pair of tight contests. Senior pitcher Chessa Fait has been outstanding on the mound for the Challengers, who are undefeated in league play, while St. Mary's junior ace Bri Williams has been equally effective. Neither pitcher will be willing to give an inch, so look for each game to come down to who blinks first.

Saturday

North Medfordat South Medford

WHAT: Southwest Conference softball doubleheader.

WHERE, WHEN: Fagone Field, noon.

WHY WATCH: Both teams are in dire need of SWC victories in order to maintain any hopes of a berth in the state playoffs, and each could use this doubleheader as a springboard into something greater. The last time these teams met, North Medford pushed across a run in the 11th inning to earn a 1-0 victory against its cross-town rival. Look for another nip-and-tuck battle between North's Taylor Schmidt and South's Jessica Mondale.

Saturday

GP Rotary Invitational

WHAT: Invitational track and field meet.

WHERE, WHEN: Grants Pass High, 10 a.m.

WHY WATCH: Some of the area's top athletes in all classifications will be on hand for the 57th annual event, which often provides an insight into the coming district and state meets. Competitors from 42 teams from all classifications, including six from California, will vie for individual and team honors.

Today and Saturday

Medford Invitational

WHAT: Nine-team invitational boys tennis tournament.

WHERE, WHEN: Varsity Courts at North Medford High, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day.

WHY WATCH: The Black Tornado boys boast one of the more balanced attacks in the state with top singles players Michael Tribble and Colt Hoeptner and doubles partners Tanner Borg and David Longmire and Austin Schoenlein and David Tribble. Ashland will be the only other local team at the tournament, which features squads from Eugene, Portland and Bend.