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Runner-up Elliott helps Crater take second place at Concordia/Puma Classic

PORTLAND — Crater's Josh Elliott was waiting for an appropriate stage to bust out.

It turned out to be the Concordia/Puma Classic Saturday at Fernhill Park, where the Crater senior finished second in a star-studded field, just ahead of North Medford's Drew Jordan.

Elliott's effort helped Crater, the top-ranked Class 5A team in Oregon, place second in the boys Elite Division.

"I'm very pleased," said Crater coach Justin Loftus. "I thought maybe we were even close to winning it. I think the kids gave it all they had. It was a muddy mess."

The Elite Division featured 28 teams and 198 runners. Included was team champion Henry Jackson of Washington, which is ranked second and fourth in two national polls. It scored 38 points to Crater's 61. State powers Central Catholic (79), Jesuit (179) and Summit (199) trailed the Comets.

Among the individuals in the Elite, Elliott is the defending Class 5A champion, Jordan the defending 6A champ and Rogue River's Cole Watson, who wiped out on the course, is the favorite to win the 3A/2A/1A state this fall.

"We've been talking about (this meet) being the one where he shows his stuff," said Loftus. "It was definitely a coming out for him. I'd say it's the first meet where he put it on the line."

Watson set the early pace in slop that made it a challenge for runners to keep their footing.

Elliott passed Watson on the second of three big loops with about a mile to go. He stretched it out until encountering a slight hill with 1,000 meters to go. He was caught by eventual winner Matthew Melancon of Sheldon and Mitchell Briggs of Henry Jackson.

Briggs faded, but neither Elliott or Jordan could run down Melancon, whose winning time was 15 minutes, 41.0 seconds. Elliott clocked 15:43.3 and Jordan 15.45.5.

Two other Comets — Max Runia and Kade Jensen — cracked the top 10. Runia was ninth (16:04.2) and Jensen 10th (16:04.4). Sophomores Jon Obeso (22nd, 16:26.3) and Neil Seibert (33rd, 16:38.7) rounded out Crater's scorers.

Watson recovered to place 12th in 16:05.3. South Medford's Ryan Perry was 19th in 16:17.6.

Jordan paced North Medford to 10th place with 278 points.

In the girls Elite meet, South Medford's Lauren Morgan was 14th in 19:26.5, and North Medford's Brenna Phelps was right behind her in 19:27.0.

Jesuit won the girls meet with 21 points.

Crater was the top local team, placing sixth with 189 points. The Comets were led by Damarus Remigio, 21st in 19:38.7. North Medford was eighth (284) and South Medford 10th (288).

For complete results, see www.dyestat.com.

Volleyball

CLEARWATER CLASSIC — At Bend, Ashland made it to the semifinals of the Silver Bracket in the 24-team tournament that included North and South Medford.

Following pool play, teams were placed in either the Gold, Silver or Bronze brackets. North and South were in the Bronze.

Ashland, ranked No. 3 in Class 5A, defeated No. 4 Mountain View in the bracket quarterfinals, 25-17, 20-25, 16-14. The Grizzlies then lost to St. Mary's of Portland, 25-17, 25-21.

South Medford, which finished fourth in its pool, lost in the finals of the Bronze bracket to Thurston, 25-12, 17-25, 15-5. The Panthers defeated South Salem in the first round of bracket play, 19-25, 25-22, 15-8, then got past West Salem, 25-23, 25-23, in the semifinals.

North Medford, weakened by illness, was in a three-team pool that included powers Jesuit and St. Mary's. The Black Tornado lost all six pool games, then was eliminated in the bracket quarterfinals by West Salem, 23-25, 25-23, 15-11.

NORTH VALLEY INVITATIONAL — At Merlin, Hidden Valley defeated St. Mary's 25-11, 25-19 in the championship match of the 10-team tournament.

After a random round robin, the Mustangs — seventh-ranked in Class 4A — were seeded first and the Class 2A Crusaders were second.

In the semifinals, Hidden Valley downed Brookings-Harbor, 25-12, 25-21, while St. Mary's edged Klamath Union, 25-19, 23-25, 15-5.

Hidden Valley junior middle Joelle Swanson was selected the tournament most valuable player. Also named to the all-tournament team were Bailey Barrs and Sabrina Peckham of Hidden Valley, Kylee Adderson and Jordan Jackson from St. Mary's and Sarah Drew of North Valley.

PROSPECT 3, NORTH LAKE 1 — At Prospect, sophomore outside hitter Keirstyn Anderson had 14 kills, seven aces and six blocks to lead Prospect to a 19-25, 27-25, 25-10, 25-22 win.

Heather Lass added 10 kills and four blocks, Kristalyn Mahoney had 19 assists and Morgan Thompson recorded three aces.

The Cougars (7-3 MVL) served 92 percent as a team. Anderson was 18-of-19 serving and Thompson was 20-of-22.

Boys Water Polo

MEDFORD 13, MARIST 6 — At Ashland, Shawn Zelmer scored five goals and Robert Denton three at the Southern Oregon University pool.

Medford got two goals apiece from Cameron Davis and David Smith and one from Reid Gibson. Jeff Hyde had nine blocks in goal.

On Friday, Medford defeated North Eugene, 5-3.

Girls Water Polo

MEDFORD 8, MARIST 5 — At Ashland, Medford got two goals each from Delanie Finnegan, Samantha Newton and Jenna Cooper at the Southern Oregon University pool.

Chloe Beecher and Janelle Legacion had the other scores. Goalie Hannah Gilder had 15 blocks.

On Friday, Medford beat North Eugene 11-10.