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PREP ROUNDUP: Sorani paces field at Goodell meet

Cascade Christian senior Jake Sorani seized the moment Saturday to claim the boys cross-country title in the Stan Goodell “Legend” Invitational at Valley of the Rogue State Park.

Typically having to outrace the likes of Crater star Tyrone Gorze or South Medford’s Michael Maiorano — two of the top cross-country runners at the 5A and 6A levels, respectively — Sorani found clear sailing Saturday and a spot atop the podium to reward his efforts.

Sorani finished in 16 minutes, 33.80 seconds to easily finish ahead of runner-up Quaid Petronella of Grants Pass (16:48.70) and Elwood Hosking of Phoenix (17:06.90) on the 5,000-meter course.

Crater freshman Tayvon Kitchen placed ninth (17:43) to help the Comets finish third overall in the team race behind champion Grants Pass and Hidden Valley.

North Medford, which had Trent Wayman (18:24.60) and Alec Winters (18:27.80) place 16th and 17th, respectively, finished fourth as a team.

In the girls race, North Medford junior Estella Gutches put in a good charge but couldn’t quite overcome Madison Wilt of Grants Pass, who won in 19:15.60.

Gutches finished second at 19:50.60, while teammates Saundra Parsons (fifth, 20:04.10), Reese Meager (seventh, 20:26.90) and Eleanor Nichol (ninth, 20:53.90) weren’t far behind.

With that grouping, the Black Tornado was able to tie Grants Pass for the girls team title with 35 points.

Phoenix junior Kyla Potratz finished eighth (20:44.90) and St. Mary’s senior Addie Jensen was 14th (22:12.60).

Boys

TEAM SCORES: Grants Pass 45, Hidden Valley 73, Crater 84, North Medford 108, Klamath Union 116, St. Mary’s 147, Phoenix 165, Cascade Christian 208, Henley 210, Mazama 245, Douglas 330.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top 20): 1, Jake Sorani, CC, 16:33.80; 2, Quaid Petronella, GP, 16:48.70; 3, Elwood Hosking, Pho, 17:06.90; 4, Justin Ball, NV, 17:11.00; 5, Grant Bohannon, HV, 17:13.60; 6, Kyle Staten, HV, 17:22.90; 7, Caleb Christian, HV, 17:26.40; 8, Carter Harmon, KU, 17:31.40; 9, Tayvon Kitchen, Cra, 17:43.00; 10, Matt Rieman, GP, 17:51.50.

11, Jaia Hannagan, GP, 17:55.90; 12, Evan Tucker, GP, 17:56.20; 13, Bryce Worrell, Maz, 18:07.10; 14, Andrew Weber, GP, 18:14.10; 15, Ivar Hokanson, Cra, 18:23.20; 16, Trent Wayman, NM, 18:24.60; 17, Alec Winters, NM, 18:27.80; 18, Aiden Huggins, Cra, 18:32.50; 19, Logan Huffman, NM, 18:34.10; 20, Logan Diaz McNeal, StM, 18:40.60.

Girls

TEAM SCORES: Grants Pass 35, North Medford 35, Klamath Union 64, Hidden Valley 121, Phoenix 137, Henley 148.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top 20): 1, Madison Wilt, GP, 19:15.60; 2, Estella Gutches, NM, 19:50.60; 3, Aubrey Syrnyk, KU, 19:52.50; 4, Mary Sturley, GP, 20:00.20; 5, Saundra Parsons, NM, 20:04.10; 6, Bailey Moritz, GP, 20:17.20; 7, Reese Meager, NM, 20:26.90; 8, Kyla Potratz, Pho, 20:44.90; 9, Eleanor Nichol, NM, 20:53.90; 10, Isabela Coffman, KU, 21:12.10.

11, Nettie Grey, GP, 21:29.40; 12, Maritza Villa, NM, 21:47.80; 13, Ellie Berg, GP, 21:59.70; 14, Addie Jensen, StM, 22:12.60; 15, Natalie Sandeen, HV, 22:16.10; 16, Bela Marshak, GP, 22:20.90; 17, Grace Keyser, KU, 22:28.30; 18, Hallie Williams, KU, 22:37.40; 19, Katherine Rodriguez, KU, 22:37.80; 20, Elizabeth Goeres, Lak, 22:39.90.

Volleyball

ASHLAND 3, WILLAMETTE 0: At Eugene, Ashland picked up the Midwestern League sweep, 25-17, 25-6, 25-12, behind a solid all-around performance from senior Charlotte Angermeier.

Angermeier finished with 24 assists, four aces, three digs and one kill for the Grizzlies (7-9, 7-7 MWL).

Ellie Lewis had seven kills and two digs and Flannery Lundgren chipped in five kills and six digs for Ashland.

Willamette fell to 2-12 overall and 1-12 in the MWL with the loss.

EAGLE POINT 3, NORTH VALLEY 1: At Eagle Point, junior Lexie Esquibel got on a roll from the service line to boost Eagle Point in a tight first set and the Eagles managed to win their third game in the last five matches after breaking a 37-match losing streak only one week prior.

Eagle Point (3-13) held on for a 25-23, 19-25, 25-15, 25-6 victory, with Addy Holcomb supplying 10 kills while Abby Trautman had seven and Lily Bixler added six against North Valley (0-15).

Makynlee Schauffler doled out 24 assists and EP got 20 digs from Emma Kness and 13 digs from Esquibel.

Cascade Christian's Jake Sorani, at left, battles South Medford's Michael Maiorano and Connor Singer earlier this season at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park in Medford. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune