Phoenix boys capture Skyline crown
PHOENIX — After defeating Klamath Union 8-0 on Thursday evening to conclude its regular season, the Phoenix High boys soccer team anxiously awaited the score from a night match between Hidden Valley and North Valley to find out if the Pirates were Skyline Conference champions for the second straight year or runners-up.
It was the news Phoenix was hoping for: Hidden Valley lost to North Valley, 4-1.
Phoenix won the league title with a 7-3 record (7-3-2 overall). Hidden Valley and North Valley tied for second with 6-3-1 Skyline marks.
Against Klamath Union, it was senior night for the Pirates, and keeper Giovanni Cook, a senior captain, made it one to remember: He scored a goal in the first half on a penalty kick, and in the second half, he played in the field and added his second goal.
Bryson Flenner also scored two goals, while Randy Rodriguez, Gustavo Pinon, Ramon Rivera and Kassem Akil netted one apiece. Rodriguez had three assists, Jacob Jee added two assists and Akil and Alex Salcido chipped in one assist apiece.
“It’s been a very challenging league this year, because everybody’s good,” Phoenix coach Dennis Flenner said. “Klamath Union is kind of the little brother this year — they’re young — but the other five schools are all very good.”
NORTH MEDFORD 2, WILLAMETTE 0: Aidan Winters and David Barrera scored goals for North Medford in the home Southwest Conference match.
The Black Tornado (7-3-3, 7-2-2 SWC) tallied in the 12th minute when Caleb Forte’s shot, following a pass from Jonathan Tovar, bounced off the keeper and Winters recovered it and scored.
In the 70th, Forte dropped a pass off to Barrera, who rifled it in from 17 yards.
Junior Garcia and Kendall James shared goalie duties for North.
SOUTH MEDFORD 1, SUMMIT 1: Trailing 1-0 at halftime, South Medford rallied in the second half with a penalty kick by Justice Evans in the 68th minute to tie the nonleague match.
Danny Cavanaugh of the Panthers (2-9-2) created the scoring chance for Evans by winning a ball deep in Summit territory and sending a cross for a teammate that led to a foul inside the penalty box by the Storm (8-2-2).
KLAMATH UNION 3, PHOENIX 0: At Klamath, Phoenix played to a scoreless tie at halftime before Klamath Union pulled away in the second half of a Skyline Conference match.
Maggie Carrillo, a junior forward, played well offensively for the Pirates (3-10, 1-9 Skyline), who dropped their fifth straight match to close out the season.
Defensively for Phoenix, center-mids Megan Farley and Lillian Mejia had staunch efforts the Pelicans (2-8-1, 2-7-1).
NORTH MEDFORD 3, GRANTS PASS 1: At Grants Pass, North Medford secured second place in the Southwest Conference by defeating Grants Pass 25-18, 25-19, 23-25, 25-10.
Lauren Barry had 14 kills and 12 digs to pace the Black Tornado (20-8, 9-3 SWC). Setter Alex Barry dished 34 assists, setting up hitters Adriane McLemore and Kiley Pauck (nine kills apiece) and middle Sydney Kloek (six kills).
Defensively, Ella Ivens (nine digs) and Allie Hertager (seven digs) were standouts on the back line, while Kloek patrolled the net with three solo blocks.
WILLAMETTE 3, SOUTH MEDFORD 1: Willamette secured the fourth and final Southwest Conference automatic playoff berth with the 25-22, 25-22, 14-25, 25-17 win, giving the Wolverines a 4-9 SWC record.
South Medford (6-13, 3-9 SWC) was hoping for a play-in berth, which was to be determined after the state rankings froze Thursday night.
Several seniors stood out for the Panthers on South’s senior night: setter Megan Davis (25 assists, five blocks, five aces, 13 digs), outside hitter Chanel Groom (14 kills, two aces, five digs), middle Ashleigh Anderson (six kills, four blocks) and defensive specialist Jayda Willis (two aces, eight digs, two kills from the backline).
HIDDEN VALLEY 3, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0: At Murphy, Hidden Valley avenged a loss to Cascade Christian from earlier this season by sweeping the Challengers 25-19, 25-13, 25-22 in a nonleague match.
Caroline McMahon posted 13 kills and 17 digs to lead the Challengers (20-3), who were swept for the first time this season.
Gabbi Burton and Olivia Borg added 10 kills apiece for Cascade Christian.
The Mustangs (20-3) went unbeaten (10-0) in the Skyline Conference.
NORTH EUGENE 3, EAGLE POINT 0: At Eugene, North Eugene capped its unbeaten Midwestern League season by stopping Eagle Point 25-7, 25-11, 25-16.
Ryleigh Gainey had five kills and 11 digs to lead the Eagles (6-13, 2-12 MWL), who were swept by the Highlanders (23-1, 14-0) for the second time this season.
Also for Eagle Point, Odalis Rincones had three blocks and six digs, Nauvoo Beal had 12 assists and seven digs and Aly Scheffler chipped in four kills.