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PREP ROUNDUP: St. Mary’s scores seven to down Cascade

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The St. Mary’s girls soccer team scored at a blistering pace to defeat Cascade Christian 7-0 Wednesday at U.S. Cellular, its most lopsided win of the season.

Ryker Rothfus netted a hat trick, Elise Fernandes chipped in two goals and three assists, Sadie Glaser and Samantha Gallardo had one goal apiece while Abby Kirkpatrick, Brennan Gangnes and Carmel Ashland each accounted for one assist for the Crusaders (4-5, 3-0 Special District 5), who swept the season series against the Challengers (0-7, 0-2). Wednesday also marked the final meeting in the rivalry game for St. Mary’s seniors Rothfus, Kirkpatrick, Gangnes, Sofia Castillo and Sara Hatfield, as well as Cascade Christian seniors Katie Erno and Josie Allison.

“It was kind of a senior appreciation game,” St. Mary’s head coach Martin Nelson said, “so it was good for those seniors to end their rivalry against Cascade Christian on a high note.”

St. Mary’s took a quick 2-0 lead within the first 10 minutes on goals from Glaser and Rothfus, before Fernandes tacked on two more before halftime to take a 4-0 lead.

The Crusaders opened the second half on a similar pace, with Fernandes setting up Rothfus for a pair of goals in the 46th and 48th minutes, respectively. In the 54th minute, Fernandes once again dribbled up the right flank before cutting inside and dishing off to Gallardo, who fired a shot into the upper left corner of the net.

Because of the mercy rule that automatically ends a game upon reaching an eight-goal deficit, St. Mary’s opted to substitute many of its into the game after taking a 7-0 lead. For the final 26 minutes, the Crusaders defense held up to earn a shut out.

“They had a couple opportunities in the second half, but the defense overall did well,” Nelson said.

The final four games of the St. Mary’s schedule includes three non-league contests, beginning Saturday morning at U.S. Cellular against Oregon Episcopal. Cascade Christian has a pair of home-and-away series in its remaining four games against Lakeview and Coquille.

Cross-country

MAX KING INVITE: At Central Poiunt, the Crater boys team took first place by claiming three of the top four finishes, while a tight battle for the team title in the girls varsity race ended with North Medford edging Ashland by just one point.

In the boys race, Crater’s Tyrone Gorze was first to the finish line on the 5,000-meter course at Jackson County Expo, clocking a time of 15 minutes, 36.31 seconds. The Comets also saw Josiah Tostenson (15:50.50) and Jeffrey Hellmann 15:57.31 place second and fourth, respectively, while Ashland’s Nathan Stein placed third in 15:54.57 to lead the Grizzlies.

South Medford finished second in the boys team scoring behind four top-10 finishes — Connor Singer (16:15.82), Adam Cannon (16:31.45), DJ Scott (16:48.46) and Chase Wallace (16:48.64). Cascade Christian’s Jake Sorani (16:20.62) and Phoenix’s Elwood Hosking (16:30.94) rounded out the top 10.

On the girls’ side, Ashland’s Grace Yaconelli ran away with the individual win by finishing in 18:24.67, more than a minute faster than the rest of the field.

But it was second-place Estella Gutches (19:25.71) and North Medford that earned the team title with 45 points, ahead of 46 points for Ashland, which also saw Annika Wells finish fourth in 20:00.22.

Phoenix’s Kyla Potratz (19:37.62) and Sophia Stubblefield (20:06.17) took third and fifth, respectively, to lead the Pirates. North’s Saundra Parsons (20:09.12), Crater’s Lindsay Siebert (20:25.77) and North’s Reese Meager (20:32.35) also claimed top-10 finishes.

Boys

TEAM SCORES: Crater 33, South Medford 53, Hidden Valley 113, Ashland 126, Klamath Union 134, Phoenix 147, North Medford 154, Cascade Christian 216, Henley 251, Grants Pass 253.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top 20): 1, Tyrone Gorze, C, 15:36.31; 2, Josiah Tostenson, C, 15:50.50; 3, Nathan Stein, A, 15:54.57; 4, Jeffrey Hellmann, C, 15:57.31; 5, Connor Singer, SM, 16:15.82; 6, Jake Sorani, CC, 16:20.62; 7, Elwood Hosking, P, 16:30.94; 8, Adam Cannon, SM, 16:31.45; 9, DJ Scott, SM, 16:48.46; 10, Chase Wallace, SM, 16:48.64; 11, Grant Bohannon, HV, 16:53.89; 12, Shaun Garnica, C, 16:58.48; 13, Kyle Staten, HV, 17:04.95; 14, Justin Ball, NV, 17:07.17; 15, Ryder Hvall, C, 17:08.05; 16, Ravi Guerrero, A, 17:08.19; 17, Carter Harmon, KU, 17:12.03; 18, Finley Taylor, A, 17:23.01; 19, Tate Broesder, C, 17:30.39; 20, Caleb Christian, HV, 17:39.06.

Girls

TEAM SCORES: North Medford 45, Ashland 46, Klamath Union 74, Phoenix 87, Crater 97, South Medford 179, Henley 210.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top 20): 1, Grace Yaconelli, A, 18:24.67; 2, Estella Gutches, NM, 19:25.71; 3, Kyla Potratz, P, 19:37.62; 4, Annika Wells, A, 20:00.22; 5, Sophia Stubblefield, P, 20:06.17; 6, Saundra Parsons, NM, 20:09.12; 7, Aubrey Syrnyk, KU, 20:14.81; 8, Isabela Coffman, KU, 20:18.81; 9, Lindsay Siebert, C, 20:25.77; 10, Reese Meager, NM, 20:32.35; 11, Eleanor Nichol, NM, 20:38.43; 12, Violet Hering, A, 20:40.29; 13, Samantha Payne, C, 21:04.75; 14, Nikaela Apilada, A, 21:10.20; 15, Kariana Austbo, A, 21:24.30; 16, Maritza Villa, NM, 21:40.11; 17, Natalie Sandeen, HV, 21:45.31; 18, Grace Keyser, KU, 21:52.74; 19, Saniyah Ayala, A, 21:58.59; 20, Stella Mason, A, 22:09.72.

Volleyball

ASHLAND 3, EAGLE POINT 1: At Ashland, Ashland overcame a scrappy Eagle Point team to win 25-21, 25-18, 11-25, 25-14 in Midwestern League action.

In a strong defensive battle between the two teams, Ashland senior Harper Wells tallied 12 digs, four aces and 15 assists and junior Cameron Christian had a team-high 24 digs in addition to three aces and two assists. Also for the Grizzlies (6-8, 6-6 MWL), senior Amelia Evans led the team with nine kills and four blocks while junior Ellie Lewis added six kills and three blocks.

For the Eagles (1-13, 1-12), sophomore Makynlee Schauffler had a team-high six aces and 26 assists and junior Cameron Christian had a team-high 24 digs to go along with three aces and two assists. Senior Lily Bixler led with 13 kills, sophomore Emma Kness had a team-high 14 digs and junior Abby Trautman added 13 digs.

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 3, CHILOQUIN 0: At Medford, Rogue Valley Adventist swept Chiloquin by a comfortable 25-8, 25-11, 25-5 margin.

The Red Tail Hawks (13-2, 7-0 Mountain Valley League) were led by junior Emma Bischoff’s seven kills and 10 assists, with junior Destinee Quattrocelli adding a team-high eight aces plus six kills.

Chiloquin fell to 0-5 overall in the loss.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSt Mary's Elise Fernandes shoots the ball through traffic for a score during the 1st half.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSt Mary's Ryker Rothfus, center, and Cascade's Angelica Arce, right, battle for the ball during the 1st half.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneThe ball gets loose off a St Mary's corner kick, resulting in a score for the Crusaders during the 1st half.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSt Mary's Elise Fernandes heads the ball during the 2nd half.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSt Mary's Ryker Rothfus shoots for a score during the 2nd half.