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PREP ROUNDUP: Challengers win opener

CRESWELL — Saiah Merrihew blasted home two goals and assisted on the Cascade Christian girls soccer team’s other tally as the Challengers captured a 3-0 victory over host Creswell in early season soccer.

Merrihew set up Brighton Plankenhorn for the Challengers’ first goal in the 10th minute, and one minute before the intermission, Plankenhorn returned the favor on a through ball to Merrihew, who put Cascade Christian up 2-0.

In the 48th minute, Merrihew connected for her second goal.

Goalkeeper Emily Knight preserved the shutout, stopping all four shots the Bulldogs sent her way.


YREKA 3, ST. MARY’S 0: At Yreka, Calif., St. Mary’s wasn’t able to keep up with a senior-stacked Yreka squad, which went on an 8-0 run to begin the match and finished with a 25-15, 25-21, 25-22 victory.

Junior Natalie Thickett posted 11 kills, junior setter Ashley Gurr went for 21 assists, and senior Katie Rietmann added seven blocks and four kills in the season-opening loss for the Crusaders.