Crusaders earn top seed to state
St. Mary's needed an answer for Lakeview's best player, and the host Crusader volleyball team found it in time to record a 25-22, 25-14, 25-18 sweep in a Southern Cascade League playoff match Saturday.
After the tight first game, St. Mary's coach James Joy inserted 6-foot sophomore right side Alden Caldwell, and she led the Crusaders in the next two games.
Third-ranked St. Mary's earned the league's No. 1 seed to state, and 10th-ranked Lakeview goes as No. 2. Next Saturday, the Crusaders host the No. 3 team from the Blue Mountain Conference, while Lakeview visits the runner-up in the Mt. View Conference.
After Lakeview's defense kept it close in Game 1 — St. Mary's rallied from a 22-21 deficit — Joy made the lineup change to neutralize Katie Stofleth, the Honkers' strong hitter.
Enter Caldwell, who made four blocks the last two games and, even though she didn't touch a lot of balls, she altered Lakeview's approach.
The Crusaders (22-3 overall) also got strong play from sophomore middle Alexi Provost-Shean, who had five blocks, and middle hitter Kylee Adderson, who had 12 kills and three blocks.
Setter Jordan Jackson amassed 34 assists.
BUTTE FALLS ADVANCES — At Gilchrist, Butte Falls finished second and Prospect third in the Mountain Valley League tournament and advanced to the Class 1A state playoffs.
The Loggers defeated Prospect, 25-15, 25-13, 25-21, then lost to champion Hosanna Christian, 19-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-21.
Prospect rebounded from its opening loss and downed North Lake, 21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 13-25, 15-6.
On Wednesday, Butte Falls hosts Jordan Valley, the No. 3 team from the High Desert League, and Prospect visits Cove, runner-up in the Old Oregon League.
Two Butte Falls players made the all-tournament team. They were junior middle Bessie Taylor and sophomore setter and outside hitter Mariah Moore.
For the day, Taylor had seven aces, 24 kills and four blocks. Moore had 11 kills, and teammate Beth Sutfin, a junior outside, had 17 kills.
For Prospect in its final match, Keirstyn Anderson was 11-for-11 serving and had four blocks. Heather Lass was 24-for-24 serving with 15 kills, nine blocks and three assists. Kristen Reynolds was 16-for-16 serving with 13 assists.
HENLEY 3, HIDDEN VALLEY 0 — At Klamath Falls, Henley won the nonleague tune-up match in straight sets, 25-12, 25-22, 25-17.
Hidden Valley outside hitter Lacy Wood paced the Mustangs with seven kills, three blocks and two aces.
Hidden Valley opens the Class 4A state playoffs next Saturday at Marist.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 52, REEDSPORT 0 — At Central Point, all three of quarterback Jake Gettman's completions went for touchdowns as top-ranked Cascade Christian built a 45-0 halftime lead at Dutch Meyer Field.
The Challengers (8-0, 6-0 Sunset) rolled up 385 yards in offense, with 275 coming on the ground. Brandon Grissom led the rushing attack with 125 yards on four carries and one touchdown. Tyler Beard added 49 yards and a touchdown, and Austin Wipf rushed three times for 42 yards and one score.
Senior Ben Joffer made two interceptions.
Reedsport (2-6, 0-6 Sunset) was limited to 61 yards in offense and five first downs.
Reedsport 0 0 0 0 —0
Cascade Christian 21 24 7 0 —52
CC — Wipf 17 run (Davis kick)
CC — Joffer 55 pass from J. Gettman (Davis kick)
CC — Litton 22 pass from J. Gettman (Davis kick)
CC — Grissom 67 run (Davis kick)
CC — Cochran 15 pass from J. Gettman (Beard kick)
CC — Stickler 1 run (Beard kick)
CC — FG Beard 24
CC — Beard 20 run (Beard kick)
CHILOQUIN 31, ST. MARY'S 30 — Junior running back Alex Lewellyn scored touchdowns on two long runs and freshman receiver Glenn Alvarez hauled in a pair of touchdown passes in a season-ending loss for St. Mary's at Spiegelberg Stadium.
Lewellyn's 60-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter put the Crusaders (0-7, 0-4 SCL) in front 30-25, but Chiloquin put together a long drive to tally the winning score with one minute remaining.
The Panthers (1-6, 1-2 SCL) went out to a 19-0 lead in the second quarter.
Alvarez caught a 56-yard TD pass from Taylor Freeborn and 64-yarder from Connor O'Boyle to cut the Crusaders' deficit to 19-16 at halftime.
Lewellyn led St. Mary's with 208 yards on the ground.
Chiloquin 12 7 6 6 —31
St. Mary's 0 16 8 6 —30
ASHLAND TEAMS WIN — At Albany, the Ashland girls and boys squads, the defending state champions, advanced to the Class 5A semifinals with dominating substate victories at South Albany Community Pool.
The Grizzly girls downed Hillsboro, 16-8, and the boys topped Woodburn, 27-11.
On Friday in Tualatin, the girls play Bend and the boys face Summit for a shot at their respective titles.
In the girls win, Kallie Walker scored eight goals and Smith Freeman, Sarah Kasiah and Jacy Mairs each had two. Carlee Santee notched 12 saves in goal.
In the boys win, Adam Good and Wynn Michaels tallied seven goals, and Lucas Opgenorth had five. Willis Plummer recorded 13 saves in goal.