Shipley Drafted by Diamondbacks

MEDFORD, Ore. – Only four years after becoming a pitcher, the Arizona Diamondbacks selected former North Medford standout Braden Shipley with the 15th overall pick in the MLB Amateur Draft. Shipley started his career with the Black Tornado as a shortstop, but developed as a pitcher during his junior year. A successful run at the … Continue reading »

Switching to Panther Blue

MEDFORD, Ore. — Oregon is familiar with sports rivalries. There’s the Civil War, and on a smaller scale in Medford, there’s the Black and Blue Game. Most people feel pressured to pick one side, but South Medford’s Mark Winans has worn the black and the blue. “I like North,” Winans said. “I enjoyed my time … Continue reading »

McKensey Peters: Amateur AotW

MEDFORD, Ore. – McKensey Peters tried every sport in the book, but the North Medford senior dominated the basketball court. Much of her success is due to her competitive nature. “I’m just super competitive,” Peters said. “I think it comes from the heart of course and my teammates that I’ve played with for years and … Continue reading »

Double OT at SMHS; Subaru Finals Games

MEDFORD, Ore. – Matt Toreson made two free throws with 1.8 seconds left in double overtime to give South Medford a 65-64 win over crosstown rival North Medford in the Abby’s Holiday Tournament finals game on Saturday. The Panthers led by as many as 11 in the second half, but the Black Tornado closed regulation … Continue reading »

Karissa Dixon: Amateur AotW

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Kevin Dixon was on the North Medford girl’s basketball coaching staff from 2006-2010. One of his star pupils was his daughter, Karissa. With Dad always on the sidelines, Karissa admits basketball runs through her blood. “I’ve just been around it so much,” Karissa said. “It’s just kind of second nature almost.” … Continue reading »

Rebuilding at North Medford Begins

MEDFORD, Ore. — North Medford is coming off one of the worst seasons in program history, going 1-9 and losing many of those games in blowout fashion. To help bring the Black Tornado back towards powerhouse status, North brought in head coach Mike Mitchell. Mitchell’s impact won’t be immediate, as he looks to rebuild the … Continue reading »

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