Stubblefield closes in on history at Phoenix
ALBANY — In very short order, Phoenix sophomore Sophia Stubblefield is making her mark on the school record books in girls cross country running.
On Saturday, Stubblefield eclipssed the 19-minute mark for the first time in her young career, placing fifth in the 16th annual Harrier Classic to help boost the Pirate girls to a seventh-place showing overall in the 24-team race at Bryant Park.
Stubblefield finished in 18 minutes, 52.90 seconds to lead the charge for Phoenix. That effort puts her No. 3 in the school’s all-time history books, just 22 seconds off the school record for a 5,000-meter course set by Nevina DeLuca (18:31) in 2013.
Saturday’s mark by Stubblefield also served as the second-best time for a Phoenix sophomore, trailing only Danielle Jantzer (18:48 in 2014).
Freshman Kyla Potratz also had a notable day, placing 20th in 19:44.70 to break the 20-minute barrier and move into ninth place on the all-time list. Her time was second-best among freshman Pirates over the years (Jantzer went 19:16.6 in 2013).
“Those are two really, really big times,” said Phoenix coach John Cornett of the duo’s outings. “It was a really good day for us, both boys and girls squads.”
With senior Sienna Bauer (63rd, 21:45.80) and sophomores Lucy Newell (79th, 22:05.70) and Heidi Taylor (92nd, 22:26.20) rounding out the scoring, the Pirates totaled 242 points to finish only four points behind 6A Sheldon (238).
Corvallis won the girls race with 65 points to edge South Eugene (71).
In the 5,000-meter boys race, Phoenix finished 20th with 568 points in the 29-school field.
Junior Noah Marshall paced his team by placing 38th in 17:04.90, while sophomore Elwood Hosking (81st, 17:55.1) was the only other Pirate to finish among the top 100 racers.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 5, ROGUE RIVER 0: At Rogue River, Cascade Christian posted its third straight shutout behind a defense anchored by Jonny McCoy, Justin Fairbanks, Seth Thomas and Brandon Parker in the District 5 victory.
Cody Havniear scored in the 15th minute on a through ball from Fairbanks to open scoring for the Challengers (4-2-2, 4-1 Dist. 5).
After an extended lull, David Flores-Hernandez sparked a strong second half for Cascade Christian with a 52nd minute goal, on an assist from Isaac Armstrong. Four minutes later, JJ Thomas blasted home a goal off a pass from Kai Coster.
JT Knobloch-Scott scored on a 61st minute banger, and sweeper McCoy got some late minutes at forward and completed the scoring by weaving through traffic for a 73rd minute goal.
ST. MARY’S 7, ROGUE RIVER 1: St. Mary’s sophomore Ryker Rothfus continued her hot streak with five goals and one assist to lead the Crusaders to a resounding District 5 triumph at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Rothfus posted a hat trick within the first 20 minutes of the game for St. Mary’s (4-3, 2-0 Dist. 5), then added a fourth to round out the first half with a 5-1 lead. Sophomore Brennan Gangnes also scored in the first half for the Crusaders, while Rogue River (5-2, 1-2) tacked on a goal following a free kick by Amanda Earnest.
In the second halfp, junior Sophia Dobry scored for the Chieftains before Rothfus tallied her fifth and final goal.
Dobry also had two assists, while St. Mary’s got assists from Gangnes, Riley Kreul, Stella Olson and Katie Stillwell.
BROOKINGS-HARBOR 2, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 1: At Brookings, Cascade Christian junior Hannah Krug scored off an assist by Bryton Plankenhorn in the 50th minute and despite steady pressure and opportunities, the Challengers were unable to find the net again in a nonconference matchup of unbeaten squads.
Avana Pettus scored on a penalty kick in the 14th minute and following a defensive breakdown in the 38th minute to pace Brookings-Harbor (7-0), which got a standout effort in goal from Annie Nation.
The Challengers dropped to 6-1-1.
CRESWELL TOURNAMENT: At Creswell, St. Mary’s finished pool play in the Creswell Tournament 3-3, taking one set from top-ranked Creswell to highlight the morning rounds, but as the seventh seed in bracket play, the Crusaders weren’t able to slow No. 2 seed Salem Academy and was eliminated, 25-11, 25-20.
For the tournament, Jessi Traynor accounted for 10 of the Crusaders’ 31 aces on 40-for-42 serving while Natalie Thickett had 15 kills overall and came up with 13 digs against Salem Academy.
Abbie Christman supplied nine kills, six aces and three blocks, Maddie Mills had six aces and 37 digs, Ainsley Dunn added 11 kills and Ashley Gurr had 34 assists.
Cascade Christian also played in the tournament and lost 25-16, 25-20 to host Creswell. No further information was available as of press time.
CAMAS VALLEY 50, BUTTE FALLS 0: At Camas Valley, Butte Falls ran into a buzzsaw in Camas Valley to suffer its first loss of the season in the Class 1A District 2 West showdown.
The Loggers dropped to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in league play, while Camas Valley moved to 4-0 and 2-0.