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LOCAL BRIEFS: North's Spence, EP's Page set for all-star tilt

North Medford tight end Eli Spence and Eagle Point receiver Noah Page will be Southern Oregon’s lone representatives in Saturday’s annual Les Schwab Bowl, which features the state’s top Class 6A and 5A senior football players.

Kickoff for the 72nd all-star game will be 6 p.m. Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Spence has committed to play at Portland State after breaking North Medford’s single-season rushing record with 1,991 yards on 277 carries with 22 rushing touchdowns. The versatile Spence also established new single-game standards for rushing yards (343) and rushing TDs (five) in North’s season-opening 55-27 win over McNary last fall.

The 5-11, 175-pound Page was a dynamic force for Eagle Point, hauling in 52 catches for 1,489 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior and has committed to New Mexico Military Institute to continue his football pursuits. Against North Eugene, Page turned in a single-game school record 351 receiving yards and five receiving TDs during an 82-56 victory. Page’s six TDs overall against the Highlanders was also a record.

Trio of Challengers earn all-state softball honors

Cascade Christian senior outfielder Audrey Quast, senior first baseman Mallory Meilicke and sophomore pitcher Katelyn Willard all were recent honorees on the Class 3A softball all-state list.

Named to the all-state second team, Quast hit .333 with 34 runs and six RBIs to go with 24 stolen bases.

As honorable mention selections, Meilicke boasted a .475 batting average with 38 runs, 13 stolen bases and 43 RBIs, while Willard went 22-8 with a 1.85 ERA, striking out 257 with 51 walks in 189 innings.

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