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Challengers sweep to tourney title

CRESWELL — Cascade Christian came into the Creswell Tournament the second-ranked Class 3A volleyball team in the state.

But after capturing the tournament title — defeating No. 1-ranked Salem Academy along the way — the defending state champion Challengers should ascend to the top spot in the OSAA power rankings.

Behind the dominant play of outside hitters Alyssa Vaughn and Caroline McMahon, Cascade Christian rolled past the host school, 25-17, 25-21 in the tournament finals.

Vaughn, a senior, pounded 10 kills and McMahon nine against Creswell. McMahon added 11 aces and senior setter Allison Winter dished out 25 assists.

“We kept the pressure on with the serve and forced them to pass the ball well,” said Cascade Christian coach.

Libero Aubrey Kievit excelled on the defensive end against the Bulldogs (13-6).

“(Kievit) made very few mistakes and passed everything hit at her,” said Kleker. “She kept us in our offense.”

In the semifinals, the Challengers downed Salem Academy in straight sets, 25-19, 25-14.

Cascade (14-1) swept through pool play against Pleasant Hill, Catlin Gabel and Delphian without losing a game.

“Overall we were consistent and had good balance,” said Kleker. “We put a focus on playing a little faster.”

St. Mary’s (7-12) also competed in the tournament and posted a 1-1 record, scoring a 25-18, 25-20 win over Pleasant Hill in bracket play before falling to Oregon Episcopal School, 25-16, 25-19.

Crusaders junior Hallie Shean had five of her team’s nine aces against Pleasant Hill, with Katie Rietmann adding three kills and two blocks.

Against OES, Shean and Natalie Thickett each had three kills, with Thickett also serving 11-for-11 with three aces, while Rietman earned three blocks and finished with 17 overall for the tourney.

BUTTE FALLS 3, CENTRAL CHRISTIAN 0: At Butte Falls, productive serving by Kloe Olsen and Ellie Columbus helped independent Butte Falls to a 25-22, 25-17, 25-12 victory.

Olsen’s service runs in the first two sets, which included six aces, contributed to Loggers’ wins.

Columbus sparked Butte Falls (4-9) in the final set with 10 consecutive service points, with three aces, and Alyssa Dunham served five straight also with three aces. T’Neal Meyers pounded eight kills in the match.

CHILOQUIN 3, PROSPECT 1: At Prospect, sophomore setter Lexy Stockebrand had a versatile performance in a losing effort for Prospect in the Mountain Valley League match.

Visiting Chiloquin (3-6, 2-4 MVL) posted a 25-7, 25-17, 23-25, 25-13 victory.

Stockebrand led the Cougars (1-10, 0-7) in assists, digs and serving.

Cross Country

CLAM BEACH INVITATIONAL: At Trinidad, Calif., St. Mary’s runners Emma Bennion and Sophia Dobry finished second and third, respectively, in the 3-mile race on the beach.

The Crusaders took second in the girls team standings with 53 points. Foothill High of Palo Cedro, California, won the 12-school event with 27 and Ukiah, California, was third (68).

Bennion, a junior, posted a time of 19 minutes, 42 seconds and Dobry came in at 19:53. Other St. Mary’s runners were Carson Hall (21:51) and Sophia Pistrano (21:56).

In boys, St. Mary’s finished fifth as McKinleyville, California, won the team race.

The Crusaders’ top finisher was junior Quixiong Wang (18:54), followed by Ethan McAnally (19:02), Hunter Jorgenson (19:10) and freshman Luke Bennion (19:18).