PREP ROUNDUP: North sweeps track dual with Eagles
EAGLE POINT — Both North Medford track and field teams opened their seasons with wins Wednesday, getting strong showings from some of the Black Tornado runners to capture victories in a dual meet against Eagle Point.
The North boys cruised to a 77-28 win over Eagle Point, while the Black Tornado was victorious on the girls side 48-38.
North’s Estella Gutches — who captured the Southern Oregon Conference title in cross-country earlier this month — won the girls 1,500 race in 5 minutes, 13.2 seconds.
North’s Danny Cossette won the 200 hurdles and then was a part of both relay teams, securing three wins on the day for the senior. The Black Tornado girls saw Audrey Yechout post a pair of wins with her efforts in the high jump (4 feet, 8 inches) and long jump (14-4)
Eagle Point’s Makenna Maldonado picked up wins in both of the girls sprint events, posting times of 8.64 seconds in the 60-yard dash and 20.5 in the 150. Maldonado was also part of the Eagles’ victorious 4x100 relay team, while Gutches was part of North’s win in the 4x400.
Eagle Point javelin standout Austin Strawn won with a throw of 172-11.
TEAM SCORES: North Medford 77, Eagle Point 28.
60 — 1, Josh Shawnego, EP, 8;39; 150 — 1, Nathan Rider, NM, 17.59; 600 — 1, Jace Garibay, NM, 1:38.3; 1,500 — 1, Grant Lulich, NM, 4:23.1; 200 HURDLES — 1, Danny Cossette, NM, 26.11; 4X100 RELAY — 1, North Medford (Michael Knanhele, Danny Cossette, Nathan Rider, Aidan Vanderhoof), 44.3; 4X400 RELAY — 1, North Medford (Danny Cossette, Alec Winters, Grant Lulich, Aidan Vanderhoof), 3:42.86.
SHOT PUT — 1, Reagan Scheffler, EP, 39-11; DISCUS — 1, Brenden Monroe, EP, 110-2; JAVELIN — 1, Austin Strawn, EP, 172-11; HIGH JUMP — 1, William Brooks, NM, 5-00; POLE VAULT — 1, Jadd Gamby, NM, 8-6; LONG JUMP — 1, Isaac Chavez, NM, 19-10.
TEAM SCORES: North Medford 48, Eagle Point 38.
100 — 1, Makenna Maldonado, EP, 9.64; 150 — 1, Makenna Maldonado, EP, 20.50; 600 — 1, Cammeo Ramirez, NM, 1:49.2; 1,500 — 1, Estella Gutches, NM, 5:13.2; 200 HURDLES — 1, Abby Trautman, EP, 34.47; 4X100 RELAY — 1, Eagle Point (Reagan Hussey, Emma Stanek, Abby Trautman, Makenna Maldonado), 54.05; 4X400 RELAY — 1, North Medford (Julia Clark, Estella Gutches, Cammeo Ramirez, Eleanor Nichol), 4:41.94.
SHOT PUT — 1, Yesenia Avila, EP, 22.7.5; DISCUS — 1, Katy Gallon, EP, 66-2; JAVELIN — 1, Hannah McFarland, NM, 89-3; HIGH JUMP — 1, Aubrey Yechout, NM, 4-8; POLE VAULT — 1, Sophia Elam, NM, NH; LONG JUMP — 1, Audrey Yechout, NM, 14-4.
SOUTH MEDFORD SWEEPS: At Ashland, both South Medford track and field teams opened their 2021 seasons with wins in a dual meet against Ashland.
The South boys were victorious 59-45, and the Panthers picked up a 57-39 win on the girls side.
South Medford sophomore Andrew Walker claimed a win in a pair of sprint events, running the 60-yard dash in 7.43 seconds and the 150 in 17.27.
The Panthers’ Morgan Burke won the girls 60 (8.50) and 200 hurdles (31.36).
For the Ashland boys, Cameron Stein was victorious in the 1,500 with a time of 3:58.22. He also helped the Grizzlies win the 4x400 relay at 3:33.75.
South won both of the girls relays, with Emma Schmerbach and Katie Clevenger part of both races. Schmerbach was also victorious in the 600 with a time of 1:43.87.
TEAM SCORES: South Medford 59, Ashland 45.
60 — 1, Andrew Walker, SM, 7.43; 150 — 1, Andrew Walker, SM, 17.27; 600 — 1, Vincent Senn, A, 1:25.55; 1,500 — 1, Cameron Stein, A, 3:58.22; 200 HURDLES — 1, Patrick Allan Latham, A, 29.83; 4X100 RELAY — 1, Ashland (Rio Giancarlo, Gavin White, Patrick Allan Latham, Noah Houchin), 48.27 ; 4X400 RELAY — 1, Ashland (Vincent Senn, Cameron Stein, Reed Pryor, Luke Seeley), 3:33.75.
SHOT PUT — 1, Gabe Giancarlo, A, 34-5.5; DISCUS — 1, Makani Manauwai, SM, 84-4; JAVELIN — 1, Liam Hurley, SM, 135-10; HIGH JUMP — 1, Joel Tecmire, SM, 5-2; POLE VAULT — 1, Hayden Powell, SM, 10-0; LONG JUMP — 1, Odin Lynx, SM, 17-9.5.
TEAM SCORES: South Medford 57, Ashland 39.
60 — 1, Morgan Burke, SM, 8.50; 150 — 1, Brooke Fairbanks, SM, 19.97; 600 — 1, Emma Schmerbach, SM, 1:43.87; 1,500 — 1, Milan Hague, A, 5:25.36; 200 HURDLES — 1, Morgan Burke, SM, 31.36; 4X100 RELAY — 1, South Medford (Morgan Burke, Emma Schmerbach, Katie Clevenger, Brooke Fairbanks), 51.80; 4X400 RELAY — 1, South Medford (Katie Clevenger, Hannah Beers, Addison Belim, Emma Schmerbach), 4:29.93.
SHOT PUT — 1, Aubrey Losinski, A, 22-10; DISCUS — 1, Bethani Sutliff, SM, 86-11; JAVELIN — 1, Macy McCoy, SM, 83-6; HIGH JUMP — 1, ; POLE VAULT — 1, Mary Sophia Cellini, A, 6-6; LONG JUMP — 1, Mary Sophia Cellini, A, 14-1.5.
PHOENIX 14, KLAMATH UNION 0, 5 inn.: At Klamath Falls, Phoenix senior Brandon Zanni was dominant on the mound and had a good day at the plate to help spur the Pirates to a season-opening win at Kiger Stadium.
Zanni struck out nine with no walks in four innings pitched and finished 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs.
Phoenix (1-0) used an eight-run first inning to pull away from KU, with Huntyr Croy sparking the surge with his two-out, two-run double.
Martin Scala followed with a two-run single and Zanni, who had singled in his first at-bat of the frame, added a two-run triple. Trystan Norris, who also singled in his first at-bat of the opening inning, capped the outburst with a two-run double.
Ian Wood went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Croy finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs, while Scala and Norris each were 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Monte Spence struck out all three batters faced in one inning of relief pitching.
Zanni, Spence (5) and Scala; Cook, Coulter (2), Peterson (3) and Garlitz. W — Zanni (1-0). L — Cook. 2B — P: Norris, Croy, Page. 3B — P: Zanni.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 15, SUTHERLIN 4, 5 inn.: At Sutherlin, Cascade Christian freshman Ashton Moody had a three-run triple in the fourth inning and junior Austin Waits contributed a two-run double in the second as the Challengers won by mercy rule in their season opener.
Cody Reece, a junior, went 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs, sophomore Keith Reed was 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI and freshman Cole Stofflet went 2-for-4 with one RBI for Cascade Christian (1-0).
Waits, Stofflet (3), Martin (5) and Thompson; Rethwill, Palm (2), Stinnett (4) and McKnight. W — Waits. L — Rethwill. 2B — CC: Waits. 3B — CC: A. Moody; S: A. Diaz.
SOUTH UMPQUA 7, ST. MARY’S 0: St. Mary’s pitchers threw well overall but South Umpqua was able to pull away for a season-opening victory behind a five-run seventh inning at St. Mary’s High.
St. Mary’s starting pitcher Beau Aldrich tossed 2 2/3 innings and struck out five. He allowed a pair of runs on three hits and walked one for the Crusaders (0-1).
Travis Johnson replaced Aldrich in the fourth and threw 3 1/3 innings of no-hit ball out of the bullpen.
South Umpqua (1-0), which took a 2-0 lead thanks to single runs in the first and second, got five scoreless innings from starter Ever Lamm.
St. Mary’s finished with two hits, one each from Aldrich and Alan Gomez.
Lamm, Johnson (5) and Horton; Aldrich, Johnson (3), Russo (7) and Lawrence, Aldrich (3). W — Lamm (1-0). L — Aldrich (0-1). 2B — SU: Johnson, Reedy.
ROSEBURG 5-3, CRATER 4-2: At Roseburg, Crater suffered a pair of one-run losses to open the season, with the nightcap decided in eight innings on a walk-off hit by Roseburg junior Stephanie Blix.
Crater (0-2) opened the scoring in Game 2 when freshman Payton Schwab reached on an error and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by McKenna sease in the third inning.
Haley Hillyer’s single in the fifth set the stage for the Comets to build a 2-0 advantage, with pinch-runner Kaylynn Wolchok coming home on a single by Alyssa Kilbane, who joined Caitlyn Brotzman in going 2-for-4 for Crater.
In the opener, Maddie Sheadel finished 2-for-3 with a two-run single in the fourth inning and Sease supplied an RBI double in that same frame. Kailee Davis finished 2-for-3 with one run.
Roseburg used a three-run home run by Olivia Dedmon and solo homer by Nevaeh Williams to gain the advantage in Game 1.
Warner and Laws; Gibson and Williams. W — Gibson (1-0). L — Warner (0-1). 2B — C: Sease. HR — R: Dedmon (1), Williams (1).
Perez, Warner (5) and Laws; Blix and Williams. W — Blix (1-0). L — Warner (0-2).
PHOENIX 21, KLAMATH UNION 6, 6 inn: At Klamath Falls, Phoenix junior Raelyssa Goff tossed a three-hitter with eight strikeouts and senior Kassandra Skaff supplied a three-run triple in the fourth inning to help the Pirates claim the opener by virtue of the mercy rule.
Addie Brite added three RBIs for Phoenix (1-0), with two coming on a sixth-inning double, and Jayden Voss had a two-run triple in the sixth. Josie Bolstad also tripled for the Pirates.
Emma Langley had a two-run home run for Klamath Union.
Goff and Bolstad; Lassett-Egbert, Atkinson (3) and Blauser. W — Goff. L — Lassett-Egbert. 2B — P: Brite. 3B — P: Voss, Bolstad, Skaff; HR — KU: Langley (1) .
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 17, SUTHERLIN 0, 3 inn.: Katelyn Willard struck out all nine batters she faced and Cascade Christian won easily in a game shortened by a new mercy rule implemented this spring for 15-run leads through three innings.
The Challengers (1-0) scored 10 runs in the first inning and seven in the second, then didn’t bat again due to the mercy rule. They finished with only five hits overall due to a host of walks at U.S. Cellular.
Senior Ali Modrell powered Cascade Christian with a two-run home run in her first at-bat and added a double to go 2-for-4 with two runs and four RBIs, while Willard, McKenzie Bonner and Neha Joseph notched the Challengers’ other hits.
Richardson, Vermillion (2) and Magana; Willard and Modrell. W — Willard. L — Richardson. 2B — CC: Modrell. HR — CC: Modrell (1).
KLAMATH UNION 4, ST. MARY’S 3: At Klamath Falls, St. Mary’s singles players Jackson Lopiano, Brady Reed and Matt Poisson led the charge with wins for the Crusaders in their season opener.
Lopiano won 8-3 at No. 1 singles over Klamath Union’s Wyatt Cain, who also was topped 9-7 by Reed at No. 2 singles. Poisson won 9-7 over Tyson Murray at No. 4 singles.
SINGLES: Jackson Lopiano, SM, d. Wyatt Cain, 8-3; Brady Reed, SM, d. Wyatt Cain, 9-7; Matt Dupuis, KU, d. Logan Diaz McNeal, 8-3; Matt Poisson, SM, d. Tyson Murray, 9-7.
DOUBLES: Matt Dupuis-Ryan Nork, KU, d. Tom Wang-Aidan Flaherty, 9-7; Ryan Nork-Tyson Murray, KU, d. Alex Wilk-Nate Lemley, 8-1; Tyson Murray-Ben Pierce, KU, d. David Nobel-John Shaunessey, 8-0.