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Crater boys win MWL in dominant fashion

JUNCTION CITY — The Crater boys cross country team dominated the Midwestern League championships, and the Comet girls finished second to also qualify for state at muddy Richardson Park on Saturday.

The top two teams and top seven individuals advance to state.

Crater junior Walter Vail won the boys individual title in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 16 minutes, 32.5 seconds. Senior Devin Rodman (second, 16:34.5), freshman Andy Monroe (third, 16:39) and freshman Derek Tripp (fourth, 16:41.2) were close behind.

“Going 1-2-3-4 on the guys’ side was pretty amazing,” Crater head coach Justin Loftus said.

The Comets — who had not qualified a team for state in two seasons — finished with just 18 points. Marist was second (64).

“The kids are rocking,” Loftus said. “Moving to 5A (from 6A), I knew we were going to be competitive at any level this year. It’s amazing how the kids responded. ... I think the guys kind of rallied this year because Rodman has never been to state.”

Ashland’s Raymond Impara was seventh (16:59.7).

On the girls side, Crater score 71, trailing Marist’s 36.

The Comets’ Jordan Monroe was second (19:28.2), Eagle Point’s Ariana Marks fifth (20:32.8) and Ashland’s Christine Impara seventh (20:47.3).

Marist’s Olivia Powell took the individual crown (19:02.4).

Boys

TEAM SCORES — Crater 18, Marist 64, Springfield 107, Ashland 112, Eagle Point 121, North Eugene 149, Churchill 167.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top 25) — 1, Walter Vail, Cra, 16:32.5; 2, Devin Rodman, Cra, 16:34.5; 3, Andy Monroe, Cra, 16:39; 4, Derek Tripp, Cra, 16:41.2; 5, Jacob Truitt, NE, 16:52.2; 6, Hayden Stewart, Spr, 16:55; 7, Raymond Impara, Ash, 16:59.7; 8, Tanner Shipley, Cra, 17:01.6; 9, Clark Embleton, Mar, 17:04.9; 10, Jerik Embleton, Mar, 17:06.7; 11, Nathan Edwards, Cra, 17:07.3; 12, Kevin VanDyke, EP, 17:09.2; 13, Ryan Helbling, Mar, 17:16.6; 14, Luke Littleton, Mar, 17:21.8; 15, Erik Olsen, Cra, 17:27.5; 16, Lance Hemphill, Spr, 17:38.3; 17, Zach Moore, Chu, 17:41.9; 18, Will Knowlton, Mar, 17:43.9; 19, Robert McMillen, Spr, 17:51.4; 20, Lane Nahss, EP, 17:52.4; 21, Chaney Hart, Mar, 17:53.8; 22, Sam Scherer, Mar, 17:55.3; 23, Brandon Yeoman, EP, 17:57.3; 24, Alex Franklin, Ash, 18:12.4; 25, Jorge Sierra-Oldham, Ash, 18:12.8.

Girls

TEAM SCORES — Marist 36, Crater 71, Ashland 81, North Eugene 106, Churchill 126, Springfield 144, Eagle Point 146.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top 25) — 1, Olivia Powell, Mar, 19:02.4; 2, Jordan Monroe, Cra, 19:28.2; 3, Hope Powell, Mar, 20:06.8; 4, Melissa Rios, Chu, 20:19; 5, Ariana Marks, EP, 20:32.8; 6, Lily Grable, Spr, 20:46.3; 7, Christine Impara, Ash, 20:47.3; 8, Natalie Hakala, Mar, 21:02.5; 9, Claire Pryor, Ash, 21:17; 10, McKenzie Moore, Ash, 21:25.5; 11, Annabelle Geisler, 21:34.5; 12, Stephanie Lee, Cra, 21:39.3; 13, Mina Buchanan, Mar, 21:40.5; 14, Taisha Hults, NE, 21:56.3; 15, Amanda Grinder, Mar, 22:01.1; 16, Victoria Thompson, NE, 22:17.6; 17, Halyn Gwaltney, Cra, 22:26.2; 18, Kylie Caldwell, Cra, 22:31.9; 19, Samantha Pumphrey, Spr, 22:33.1; 20, Destiny Carranza, EP, 22:33.4; 21, Claire Petitt, NE, 22:38.4; 22, Margaret Faliano, Cra, 22:43.2; 23, Rachael Reiter, Mar, 23:10.5; 24, Megan Groves, Chu, 23:17.5; 25, Moumingtou Thiaw, Ash, 23:32.8.

Football

ILLINOIS VALLEY 44, ST. MARY’S 26: James Thompson rushed for 234 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries and scored on a 90-yard kickoff return for Illinois Valley during Southern Cascade League action at Spiegelberg Stadium.

His TDs were 26, 10, 71 and 34 yards.

The Cougars (4-3, 1-1 SCL) finished with 364 yards on the ground while limiting St. Mary’s to 144 rushing yards.

Denten Edwards had 20 carries for 76 yards and a score and Spencer McCabe finished with three touchdowns for the Crusaders (5-3, 1-1).

Illinois Valley;13;12;6;13;—;44

St. Mary’s;7;7;0;12;—;26

IV — Thompson 26 run (Mendoza kick)

IV — Thompson 10 run (kicked failed)

SM — Edwards 4 run (Aviles kick)

SM — McCabe 13 pass from Edwards (Aviles kick)

IV — Thompson 71 run (pass failed)

IV — Miller 32 run (run failed)

IV — Manning 6 run (kick failed)

SM — McCabe 1 run (kick blocked)

IV — Thompson 90 kickoff return (kick failed)

IV — Thompson 34 run (Mendoza kick)

SM — McCabe 4 run (pass failed)

ELKTON 70, BUTTE FALLS 16: At Butte Falls, Elkton picked up its first win of the season during Mountain Valley League action.

Butte Falls dropped to 1-7, 1-4 in league.

Water Polo

SOUTH SALEM TOURNEY: At Salem, the Ashland boys and girls went 2-1 at the South Salem tournament.

In the boys 7-6 loss to Tualatin, Tristan Gavin had four goals and goalkeeper Vincent Wright made five blocks and three steals. In the Grizzlies’ 7-2 win over Madras, Luke Abell had two goals and three steals and Wright made five blocks and four steals.

Abell, Gavin and Finn Griffin each recorded two goals and Wright registered four blocks and three steals in Ashland’s 12-9 win over South Salem.

The Ashland boys are 19-6 overall.

For the Grizzly girls, Sabrina Scoggin had three goals and four steals, Amelia Zeve recorded two goals and three steals and Kyilyn Boehm had five blocks in a 7-5 win over Madras. In the Grizzlies’ 11-9 win over North Eugene, Scoggin had seven goals and two assists and Leilani Sukles two goals and two assists. Scoggin went for two goals and four steals and Kenya Mickey two goals in an 8-5 loss to Westview.

The Ashland girls are 14-6.

MEDFORD SWEPT: At Ashland, the West Albany boys downed Medford, 20-3, and the West Albany girls won, 13-3, at Southern Oregon University.

For the boys, Owen Buchholz, Bram Gibson and Carter Hazen each scored one goal and goalkeeper Christopher Ball had 10 saves.

For the girls, Marissa Drake scored two goals, Vanessa Babb had one goal and goalkeeper Andrea Babb made nine saves.

The Medford boys finished the year 10-8.