PREP ROUNDUP: Crater's Gorze, North's Gutches earn top marks
CENTRAL POINT — Crater’s Tyrone Gorze recorded a convincing win to lead the way for the Comet boys cross-country team in a tri-meet against North Medford and Phoenix at the Jackson County Expo on Wednesday.
Gorze paced the field and finished with a winning time of 15 minutes, 31 seconds. The Comets won the boys meet, with Phoenix coming in second and North third.
North Medford got the win in the girls race, with Phoenix again coming second while Crater was third. The Black Tornado’s Estella Gutches finished 17 seconds ahead of teammate Cammeo Ramirez to pick up the win, recording a time of 19:39.
Phoenix’s Elwood Hosking was second in the boys race and his time of 16:17 was the 12th-best figure in school history and fifth-best amongst juniors at the school.
Crater’s Jeffrey Hellman (16:23) and Conner Sutton (16:27) finished third and fourth, respectively. Grant Lulich was North’s top boys runner with a time of 16:29.
Ramirez (19:56) was second and Phoenix’s Sophia Stubblefield finished third, recording a time of 20:14. Stubblefield’s teammate Kyla Potratz (20:18) was fourth, while Crater’s Taryn Dance (20:30) rounded out the top 5 finishers.
TEAM SCORES: Crater 25, Phoenix 40, North Medford 56
CRATER (25): 1, Tyrone Gorze, 15:31; 3, Jeffrey Hellman, 16:23; 4, Conner Sutton, 16:27; 8, Ryder Hyall, 17:46; 10, Shaun Garnica, 18:04.
PHOENIX (40): 2, Elwood Hosking, 16:17; 6, Dilan Mathieu, 17:28; 7, Noah Marshall, 17:38; 13, Kael Feeley, 18:18; 16, Marcelo Camargo-Berry, 19:15.
NORTH MEDFORD (56): 5, Grant Lulich, 16:29; 9, Jace Clark, 17:53; 11, Trent Wayman, 18:13; 14, James Scull, 18:20; 17, Shane Stout, 19:31.
TEAM SCORES: North Medford 26, Phoenix 42, Crater 59
NORTH MEDFORD (26): 1, Estella Gutches, 19:39; 2, Cammeo Ramirez, 19:56; 6, Saudra Parson, 20:49; 7, Eleanor Nichol, 20:55; 10, Reese Meager, 22:08.
PHOENIX (42): 3, Sophia Stubblefield, 20:14; 4, Kyla Potratz, 20:18; 8, Ava Robinson, 21:25; 13, Brisa Bauer, 23:08; 14, Shelby Platt, 23:13.
CRATER (59): 5, Taryn Dance, 20:30; 9, Haylee Baldwin, 21:37; 11, Lindsay Siebert, 22:24; 15, Gracie Bolanos, 24:00; 19, Hannah, Wardlow, 24:42.
ASHLAND SWEEPS: At Jacksonville, Ashland senior Cameron Stein claimed his second win in as many races to begin the 2021 spring season, leading the Grizzly boys to a win over South Medford in a dual meet at Jacksonville Forest Park.
The Grizzlies, who had six of the top 10 finishers, recorded 22 points, while the Panthers had 37.
Ashland also won the girls race by nearly the same margin, finishing with 20 points to South Medford’s 38.
Stein finished with a time of 17 minutes, 25.1 seconds. His teammate and fellow senior Reed Pryor — who was edged by Stein in the season opener by less than a second — finished in second place at 17:29.6.
South Medford’s Michael Maiorano, who was victorious in the Panthers’ season opener on the same course last Wednesday, finished third with a time of 17:45.5. Ashland’s Nathan Stein (18:53.9) and Chase Wallace of South Medford (19:41.4) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Ashland junior Grace Yaconelli won the girls race with a time of 22:01.5. South’s Emily Nash came in second at 23:04.2, while a trio of Grizzlies — Violet Hering (23:06.51), Sage Reddish (23:41.6) and Milan Hague (23:48.7) rounded out the top 5.
TEAM SCORES: Ashland 22, South Medford 37.
ASHLAND (22): 1, Cameron Stein, 17:25.1; 2, Reed Pryor, 17:29.6; 4, Nathan Stein, 18:53.9; 7, Ellis Pryor, 19:55.9; 8, Luke Seeley, 20:00.7.
SOUTH MEDFORD (37): 3, Michael Maiorano, 17:45.5; 5, Chase Wallace, 19:41.4; 6, DJ Scott, 19:44.8; 10, Vincent Senn, 20:12.5; 11, Connor Williams, 21:13.8.
TEAM SCORES: Ashland 20, South Medford 38.
ASHLAND (20): 1, Grace Yaconelli, 22:01.5; 3, Violet Hering, 23:06.51; 4, Sage Reddish, 23:41.6; 5, Milan Hague, 23:48.7; 7, Annika Wells, 24:19.6.
SOUTH MEDFORD (38): 2, Emily Nash, 23:04.2; 6, Emma Schmerbach, 24:19.6; 9, Abigail Shuldberg, 25:38.9; 10, Jasmine Lopez, 28:49.3; 11, Hannah Beers, 30:02.5.
PHOENIX 6, MAZAMA 0: At Klamath Falls, Phoenix junior Victor Martinez had a natural hat trick in the first half alone and finished with four goals as the Pirates were a little out of rhythm but still cruised to the road victory.
Martinez scored in the 20th and 22nd minutes off assists from Yahir Valdovinos, then tacked on his third goal of the half on a nice setup from a long punt by goalkeeper Tucker Speaks that connected with Martinez in stride for the Pirates (3-0).
Bryan Ramos added a goal in the 39th minute off a third assist by Valdovinos to make it 4-0 at halftime.
Martinez scored his final goal in the 50th minute on a set up by Caden Gallegos, who notched his own goal one minute later off an assist by Ethan Martinez.
ST. MARY’S 6, RV ADVENTIST 1: St. Mary’s senior captain Will Kranenburg scored four goals and Noah Friesen had one goal and one assist to lead the Crusaders at U.S. Cellular.
Kranenburg scored in the 12th, 18th, 46th and 78th minutes for St. Mary’s (2-1), with Friesen’s goal in the 31st minute allowing for a 3-0 halftime advantage.
Leandro Cronk created both of Kranenburg’s goals in the second half, and Luke Bennion closed the scoring for St. Mary’s with a goal in the 80th minute.
Rogue Valley Adventist (1-2) scored in the 44th minute when Jordan Melugin intercepted a pass and quickly shifted through the defense before sending a solid strike into the net.
ST. MARY’S 5, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0: St. Mary’s senior Sophia Dobry scored one goal in each half and Elise Fernandes finished with one goal and one assist at U.S. Cellular.
The Crusaders (3-0) opened with a goal in the third minute, with Ainsley Gibbs doing the honors off an assist by Reese Wright.
Fernandes drew a penalty kick and subsequently converted in the 11th minute, and a foul registered outside the box in the 24th minute led to Dobry’s first goal on a direct free kick to make it 3-0.
Two minutes later, Fernandes popped the ball out of a jumble of players in the box in Morgan Dole’s direction and the sophomore converted from close range to make it 4-0 at halftime.
St. Mary’s had several scoring opportunities in the second half denied by Cascade Christian goalkeeper Emily Knight, but was able to tally a final goal in the 63rd minute by Dobry off an assist from Brennan Gangnes.
The Challengers moved to 1-1-1.
KLAMATH UNION 3, PHOENIX 0: At Klamath Falls, Phoenix was unable to pick up its first win of the season as it fell in straight sets to Klamath Union, 25-20, 25-17 and 25-14.
Senior Josie Bolsted finished with seven kills and a pair of aces for the Pirates (0-3).
Junior setter Ally Ellis had 20 assists, while senior Jourden DeVay recorded a team-high five aces to go along with 15 digs and five kills.
Junior Raelyssa Goff added 16 digs.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, SOUTH UMPQUA 0: Cascade Christian senior Janie Kenaston paved the way with seven kills while teammates Kara Palmer and Maddi Carter added six kills apiece in the 25-10, 25-16, 25-21 home victory.
Taylor Cave notched 19 assists for the Challengers (5-0).
ROGUE RIVER 3, PACIFIC 0: At Port Orford, Rogue River improved to 2-1 with the straight-set victory, 25-8, 25-15, 25-17.
Tia Trahan had six kills and Mikayla Moore added five kills to pace the Chieftains.