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North set to host Spring Break Tournament

The 33-team North Medford Softball Spring Break Tournament is set for Monday and Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

Every team will play in four games, with contests scheduled for every two hours during tournament action. Play begins at 8 a.m. on Monday when Eagle Point takes on Wilsonville at Field 1, Mazama faces North Bend at Field 2 and Tillamook and South Umpqua square off at Field 3.

Along with the Eagles, the other local squads are defending Class 6A state champion North Medford, South Medford, Grants Pass and Cascade Christian. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

The other schools are: defending 4A state champion Henley, 5A state runner-up Dallas, Wilsonville, Lebanon, Barlow, Mazama, North Bend, Del Norte, Roseburg, West Salem, Bend, Tillamook, South Umpqua, Willamette, Sherwood, South Albany, La Pine, Philomath, Elmira, South Salem, Central, Toledo, North Valley, Scio, Amity, Sprague, Thurston, Sprague and Shasta.

The Black Tornado is off to a 2-1 overall start this spring. North will play Barlow at 2 p.m. and Dallas at 6 p.m. on Monday, then face South Salem at 2 p.m. and Lebanon at 6 p.m. on Tuesday (all at Field 1).

South Medford (1-2, 0-1 Southwest Conference) takes on Sprague at 2 p.m. and former league opponent Thurston at 6 p.m. on Monday at Field 5, and then plays Barlow at 2 p.m. and Bend at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Field 2.

Grants Pass (2-0, 1-0 SWC) plays South Salem at 2 p.m. and Central at 6 p.m. on Monday before squaring off with West Salem at 2 p.m. and Shasta at 6 p.m. on Tuesday (all at Field 4).

Eagle Point (2-1, 1-0 Midwestern League) plays Lebanon at 10 a.m. in their second game at Field 1 on Monday. The Eagles, who beat Crater 12-5 in their league opener on March 20, then take on Willamette at 2 p.m. and Central at 4 p.m. on Tuesday at Field 3.

At Field 7, Cascade Christian (2-3) will go up against Scio at 2 p.m. and Amity at 4 p.m. on Monday and will play La Pine at 10 a.m. and Toledo at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

Ten of the 33 teams competing were in the top 10 in their respective classification’s rankings as of Saturday: 6A’s Roseburg, 5A’s Eagle Point, Thurston, Dallas and Central, 4A’s South Umpqua, Philomath and Elmira and 3A’s Amity and La Pine.

Reach reporter Dan Jones at djones@rosebudmedia.com. Find him online at twitter.com/danjonesmt