Round Ball Wrap, January 16th

North and South Medford get road wins while Crater falls in overtime at home. Sheldon beats Grants Pass and Ashland gets pummeled by Springfield. On the girls’ side, Crater doesn’t skip a beat at Churchill and St. Mary’s gets a big win at home over Lakeview.

North Takes Down South 64-56 in OT

MEDFORD, Ore. — An ugly 1st quarter led to a a dominant 2nd quarter by South Medford, which led to a huge comeback in the 2nd half from North Medford, which ended in the Black Tornado’s first Abby’s Holiday Classic championship since 2011. North Medford trailed by as many as 16 points in the 3rd … Continue reading »

North, South Advance at Abby’s Classic

MEDFORD, Ore. — In 2012, the Abby’s Holiday Classic championship featured the two host schools: South Medford and North Medford. It was the fifth time the two crosstown rivals tangled in the 25-year history of the local tournament. The Panthers won for the fourth time. The 2014 Abby’s Holiday Classic will once again feature the … Continue reading »

Summer Basketball Team Opens Doors

ASHLAND, Ore. -Five years ago SOU assistant basketball coach Brant Minor put together a 17-under summer league team for local high school basketball players. It started as a way of recruiting talent from around Oregon to eventually join the Raiders, but it turned into a whole lot more than that. “I got approached by Brant … Continue reading »

Panthers Fall in Title Game Again

PORTLAND, Ore. – It’s déjà vu all over again for the South Medford girls’ basketball team. South lost in the 6A state championship game for the second consecutive season. This time it was Oregon City delivering the blow with a huge 2nd half run. The final score was 57-48. Highlights and postgame reaction is included.

Mazama’s Repeat Bid Comes Up Short

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Mazama was hoping to return to the state championship for the second straight year, but La Salle Prep knocked the Vikings out with a barrage of threes. Highlights and postgame reaction from Vikings head coach Joy Lease is included.

South Medford Going Back to Title Game

PORTLAND, Ore. – For the third straight season, South Medford is going to the state championship. The Panthers withstood a second half rally from Beaverton to win 45-40, securing a spot in the finals against Oregon City.

Four Local Teams Fall in Quarterfinals

Four Southern Oregon boys basketball teams were in action on Thursday in Oregon’s state quarterfinals. All four teams lost. Highlights include South Medford/Jesuit, Eagle Point/West Albany, North Valley/Philomath and Henley/La Grande.

Mother, Daughter Seek Title Repeat

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Last year the Mazama Vikings girls’ basketball team finished 27-2 and won the 4A state championship. They did it with a one-day-at-a-time mentality. The Vikings know what their coach expects. Five of the current players were with Coach Joy Lease when the team won the championship last year. “What I learned … Continue reading »

Round Ball Wrap, February 21st

The final Friday of the regular season for the 4A-6A featured a pair of high-profile rivalries. South Medford owned the “Black and Blue” series. Both the Panthers girls and the Panthers boys beat the Black Tornado. In Eagle Point, the Eagles boys outlasted Ashland while the Grizzly girls beat the Lady Eagles. Also in the … Continue reading »

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