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Ashland’s Holland captures Ash meet

MONMOUTH — Ashland senior Evan Holland won the boys 5,000 meters and the Grizzlies finished fifth out of 35 schools at the Ash Creek XC Festival on the Western Oregon University campus.

Holland posted a winning time of 15:55.35.

Jesuit, which had five runners in the top 11, was first in the team standings with 28 points. Ashland scored 140 points and Crater was sixth with 144.

Ashland’s Alex Franklin placed 12th (16:37). Other Grizzly runners to score were Reed Pryor (41st, 17:33.94), Jordan Mortensen (68th, 18:01.89) and Henry Williams (78th, 18:18.57).

Jantz Tostenson placed 18th (16:45.5) and Derek Tripp was 20th to lead Crater. Other Comet runners were Erik Olson (23rd, 16:58.80), Gabe Southmayd (26th, 17:04.24) and Logan Thurman (65th).

In girls, Sage Reddish placed 15th to pace Ashland to fifth in the team standings. Reddish posted a personal best 5,000 time of 20:15.37.

Jesuit’s Kelsey Gripekoven won the girls race (18:28.48) and the Crusaders were first in the team standings with 26 in the 25-team field.

Ashland had 216 points and Crater was ninth (251).

Other runners on the Ashland team were Hazel Richards (37th, 21:07.95), Maddie Armstrong (48th, 21:40.76), Milan Hague (65th, 22:17.90) and Cassidy Caprari (84th, 22:59.94).

The Crater team had Elezebeth Allen (53rd, 21:50.59), Gracen Hokanson (60th, 22:10.05), Jade Hopkins (63rd, 22:16.14), Presley Robison (69th, 22:22.56) and Kylie Caldwell (70th, 22:24.36).

SAXON INVITATIONAL: At Salem, Phoenix senior Robby Vos finished 14th overall in the 5,000-meter boys race in 17:17.50 to pace the Pirates, who placed 13th out of 17 teams on the Bush Park course.

Freshman Noah Marshall finished 29th in 17:56.61 for Phoenix, which totaled 341 points. Lakeridge scored 49 points to easily edge runner-up Grants Pass (90). Daniel Beckstead of GP finished runner-up to Dallas’ Trevor Cross (15:58.91) with his time of 16:17.46.

Phoenix’s girls finished 11th out of 13 teams and were led by junior Lupita Alegria (46th, 23:12.31), senior Maricela Alvarado-Powers (59th, 23:46.45) and sophomore Jasper Cortell (61st, 23:47.43).

Newberg won the girls title with 69 points, while Grants Pass was fourth (121) as Faith Schultz placed fourth in 20:11.26.


SOUTH EUGENE TOURNAMENT: At Eugene, North Medford lost to North Eugene in the championship match, 25-20, 17-25, 15-10, after winning four straight matches to reach the final round of bracket play.

The Black Tornado (9-4) started pool play by losing 25-19, 25-14, then defeated the next four teams they played: Springfield, 25-12, 25-10; South Eugene, 25-10, 25-16; Grants Pass, 25-23, 25-22; and Willamette, 25-15, 22-25, 15-10.

Lauren Barry, a sophomore outside hitter, had a solid all-around performance and provided reliable serving and hitting throughout the day, North coach Malcolm Munson said. Also for North, Kyleigh Lopez and Ella Ivens split time at libero and both lifted the team with outstanding passing and defensive play.

Senior Megan Davis’ consistent performance sparked South Medford to the consolations finals.

The Panthers defeated Ashland, 25-21, 20-25, 15-7 in the first round of consolations then dropped a straight set match, 25-20, 25-18, to South Eugene for the consolation title.

Chanel Groom, a senior hitter, had 10 kills and three blocks for the Panthers in the win over Ashland. Freshman outside Catherine Rostel added five kills and two aces.

Groom pounded six kills and came up with five digs against South Eugene. Davis provided six digs and two aces and setter Mac Criswell distributed 10 assists.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN SWEEPS: In a double dual matchup featuring the top three teams from last year’s Class 3A playoffs, Cascade Christian didn’t lose a single game in sweeping nonleague opponents Vale and Creswell at Cascade Christian High.

Against Vale, the defending state champion Challengers (4-0) won 25-20, 25-22, 25-18. Caroline McMahon had 16 kills, Alyssa Vaughn added 13 kills, Allison Winter dished 39 assists and Aubrey Kievit came up with 14 digs.

Against Creswell, the Challengers won 25-12, 25-10, 25-10. McMahon put down 15 kills, Vaughn contributed 11 kills, Gabbi Burton added five kills and three blocks and Winter recorded 36 assists.

GLENDALE TOURNAMENT: At Glendale, Butte Falls/Crater Lake Charter was strong defensively in the round-robin event.

The Loggers picked up their lone victory against Mohawk but dropped two-game matches to Elkton and Days Creek and went three sets against Camas Valley and Umpqua Valley Christian.

Logger senior outside hitter T’neal Myers played a good all-around match, contributing some crucial aces and led the squad in digs and serve-receive.

Ellie Columbus, a sophomore middle, was the Logger kill leader.