Of all the teams that will face future champion Bend High in the Rogue Valley Classic on Saturday, none arguably outperformed South Medford in the semifinals.
In the Championship game played at North Medford High, Bend defeated McNary 25-11, 25-13.
To get there, Bend faced South in what ended up being a 25-23, 25-19 victory for the Lava Bears, currently ranked No.3 in 6A.
Earlier today, South junior outside hitter Katie Clevenger suffered an injury in the pool game and while she may have returned in support later, the rest of the Panthers have stepped up their efforts to push forward. the team.
“We were able to count on all of our hitters at all levels,” said South head coach Robin Akpan. “(It) made our offense look very good.”
In the quarterfinals against North Medford, host and defending Rogue Valley Classic champion, South earned a 25-17, 25-19 victory. Senior outside striker Emily Fliegel led the team with 13 kills and Clevenger registered 12 kills with two blocks. Junior midfielder Naomi Johnson has done a bit of anything for the Panthers with five kills, two blocks, eight digs and two aces.
The victory gave South a rematch against Bend in the semifinals. South was leading up to four points in the first set before Bend returned to take a 10-9 lead. Late in the set, South forced a tie 23 thanks to a block and a kill from Clevenger on back-to-back plays. Bend went on to win the next two points, winning the set on a kill by Chloe LeLuge.
Clevenger led the south with 12 kills and three blocks, Fliegel added seven and second-year midfielder Brooke Johnston added two kills and two blocks.
Senior Alexis Deschweinitz and junior Baylee Davis shared their time as passer throughout the tournament. Between the quarter-finals and the semi-finals, Deschweinitz had 30 assists and an ace, while Davis had 23 assists, two digs and an ace.
In the pool, South lost to Bend, beat Grants Pass and shared two games with Mazama.
North posted a combined 5-1 pool record to reach the quarter-finals as a No.3 seed.
NORTHWEST CLASSIC: In Eugene, Ashland and Phoenix had a combined place of five runners in the top 10 in the 5,000-meter races, which were divided into divisions 6A / 5A and 4A / 3A / 2A / 1A.
In the boys 6A / 5A race, Nathan Stein of Ashland took fourth place in 15 minutes, 41.2 seconds, while Ben Collins of Sheldon won the race (15: 25.5) and helped the Irish to place first in a team.
Ashland’s Luke Sealey was 35th (17: 15.9) and Trent Wayman was North Medford’s best player (80th, 18: 28.9).
Grace Yaconelli of Ashland took seventh place in the girls 6A / 5A race, clocking 19: 00.1. Summit took first place as a team with 22 points and won four of the top five individual places, led by winner Teaghan Knox (17: 53.4).
Grants Pass (fifth), Ashland (eighth) and North Medford (10th) also finished in the top 10 for scoring teams. North Medford’s Saundra Parsons (20: 53.6) and Reese Meager (20: 55.6) finished within two seconds of each other in 34th and 36th places, respectively.
On the girls’ side 4A / 3A / 2A / 1A, Phoenix took fourth place as a team, taking the top five places from Sophia Stubblefield (4th, 20: 01.6) and Kyla Potratz (5th, 20:15). Addie Jensen was 36th to lead St. Mary’s (22: 26.3) and Ava Robinson of Phoenix was 39th (22:51).
Philomath’s Adele Beckstead won in 19: 46.2 and Siuslaw placed first in the team scoring standings.
In the boys 4A / 3A / 2A / 1A race, Elwood Hosking of Phoenix was third in 16: 36.8. Alexander Garcia-Silver of Marshfield won the race (15:55) and Siuslaw led the team with 59 points.
Phoenix placed 10th in the team, which also included Kael Feeley who finished 43rd (18:45). Cody Arnold placed 45th (18: 50.7) to lead St. Mary’s.
EAGLE POINT 13, WILLAMETTE 6: In Eugene, Adan Quintero hit a 6-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter and Isaiah Hill added a 6-yard score in the fourth to lead Eagle Point to the Midwestern League victory on Friday night.
Hill ran 12 times for 114 yards and David Brown added 51 yards on nine carries for the Eagles (2-1 MWL).
Pointe de l’Aigle0076—13
EP – Quintero 6 pass from Lacey (kick from Turcios)
W – 76 assists (missed kick)
EP – Hill Run 6 (missed kick)