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PREP ROUNDUP: Bittle powers Comets to pair of wins

CENTRAL POINT — Behind another big day from senior outside hitter Kendra Bittle, the Crater volleyball team rolled to a pair of straight-set wins over Midwestern League foes Thurston and Springfield at Scenic Middle School on Saturday afternoon.

The Comets (7-2, 4-0 MWL) beat the Colts 25-12, 25-15, 25-22 before sweeping the Millers 25-8, 25-12, 25-16.

Bittle recorded 36 kills — including 20 against Thurston — along with 10 digs, two blocks and three aces to run the Comets’ win streak to five matches.

In the two Saturday matches, Bittle had just three hitting errors combined.

Fellow outside hitter Madison Kocina recorded 21 kills, 20 digs, two blocks and five aces in the two matches. Alexa Gugliotta added six kills and six blocks in the win over Thurston.

Crater setter Kate Stidham had a combined 78 assists, including 40 against Springfield. She also had a pair of solo blocks and eight digs against Thurston and six aces against Springfield.

EAGLE POINT SPLITS: At Eagle Point, senior Abby Trautman had a stellar defensive day as she combined for 61 digs in a pair of Midwestern League matches for Eagle Point.

Trautman managed 37 digs in a win by the Eagles over Springfield, 25-13, 11-25, 25-12, 25-20. In a 25-14, 26-24, 25-22 loss to Thurston, Trautman had 24 digs.

Addison Holcomb led EP (3-3, 1-3 MWL) in kills during each match with 12 in the opener and 14 in the nightcap and added 21 and 23 digs, respectively.

Emma Kness finished with 11 kills and 19 digs against the Millers and had 26 digs against the Colts, while Makynlee Schauffler combined for 52 assists to go with 18 digs in the opener and Jaylinn Holte combined for 35 digs.

SALEM ACADEMY 2, ST. MARY’S 1: At Salem, St. Mary’s went 2-4 in pool play at the Salem Academy Tournament and drew the top-ranked host team in upper bracket play but came up short, 16-25, 25-20, 15-13.

Kelsey Dunn led St. Mary’s (4-3) with 13 kills and two blocks, with Emma Johnston adding five kills and Kaitlyn Hansen posting 23 assists.

Noelle Thickett went 18-for-20 from the service line with three aces and Albie Borovansky had 18 digs for the Crusaders.

Football

SOUTH SALEM 48, GRANTS PASS 7: At Salem, South Salem senior quarterback Daschel Smith passed for five touchdowns and ran for another in the first half alone as the Saxons steamrolled Grants Pass in the South/Central Football Conference opener for both teams.

Smith’s big effort allowed South Salem (3-0, 1-0 SCFC) to build a 48-0 lead before halftime, and the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder served only as punter in the final two quarters against Grants Pass (2-1, 0-1). He totaled 242 yards passing in the first half.

Grants Pass broke through with 1:36 left in the third quarter on a 2-yard TD run by Gage Blay, who joined Trevor Reeves in gaining 42 yards on the ground. Quarterback Jace Blanchard was 6-for-27 for 52 yards with four interceptions.

Zach Wusstig, Tini Tinitali III, Esteban Mendez and Eli Johnson all had long TD receptions in the first half for the Saxons.

Tinitali also had two interceptions in a game that featured 52 passes in the first half and none in a second half played under a running clock.

Grants Pass0070—7

South Salem202800—48

SS — Smith 4 run (Mueller kick)

SS — Johnson 21 pass from Smith (Mueller kick)

SS — Tinitali 38 pass from Smith (kick failed)

SS — Wusstig 46 pass from Smith (Mueller kick)

SS — Wusstig 35 pass from Smith (Mueller kick)

SS — Mendez 28 pass from Smith (Mueller kick)

SS — Scharar 29 run (Mueller kick)

GP — Blay 2 run (Leach kick)

Crater's Madison Lanie Snow and Kendra Bittle go up for a block against North Eugene Thursday in Central Point. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune