Stephanie Johns is making another bid to run away with the Rogue Valley Stroke Play Championship at the Centennial Golf Club.
A year after winning by 20 strokes, Johns, a graduate of Ashland High School, shot a 5-under par 67 on Saturday — the lowest score on the first of the two-day tournament.
Johns leads the Ladies Division by 12 strokes, the largest advantage of the four divisions.
In the Mens Division, Dan Engle, who claimed the Class 4A state championship last May, shot a 3-under 69 to hold a two-stroke lead over Glen Clark and Derek Zwagerman, who broke par for the first time ever on the course.
Mike Barry and Kevin Koabunde, who put on a terrific show for the championship last year, are part of a group of five players who shot even-par 72s.
Greg Miller birdied the first four holes of the day to shoot a 2-under 70 to lead the Senior Mens. Miller leads by four strokes over Jim Hoffman. Last year's winner Ken Peterson is tied for sixth with a 5-over 77.
In the Super Senior Mens Division, John Paauwe leads with a 1-under 71. Bill Seymour is one stroke back with last year's champion, Bob Harrell, tied with Doug Rowe at 1-over par.
The final round is today with the Ladies Division scheduled to tee off at 7 a.m., the Super Seniors at 7:30 a.m., the Seniors at 8:30 a.m. and the Mens at noon.
At Centennial Golf Club
MEN (TOP 10) — Dan Engle 69; Glen Clark and Derek Zwagerman 71; Mike Barry, Bryan Bealer, Brad Bills, Kevin Koabunde, David Larosa 72; John Mygrant 73; Marty Morlan and Ted Stark 74.
SENIOR MEN (TOP 10) — Greg Miller 70; Jim Hoffman 74; Jim Anderson 75; Dave Wittkopf and Rich Larsen 76; Ken Petersen and Chuck Grytness 77; Bob Bowers 78; Pat Daggitt 79; Dick Brekke 80.
SUPER SENIOR MEN (TOP 10) — John Paauwe 71; Bill Seymour 72; Bob Harrell and Doug Rowe 73; Ken Gentry 75; Duane Nelson 76; Bill Doss 77; John Humphrey 79; Ken Ratcliff and Denny Sweet 80.
LADIES — Stephanie Johns 67; Linda Johnson 79; Gayle Jantzer 83; Gail Jones 87; Deb Stuart and Pam Turnipseed 91; Linda Scott 93; Tracy Arnitage 95; Ruth Walker 96; Candy Lucas 100; Carolyn Crews 131.
SOUTHERN OREGON SPEEDWAY — At White City, it was an exciting night of racing at the Southern Oregon Speedway on Saturday.
All classes were given a sixteen-car inversion, placing the fastest cars in the heats and trophy dashes to the back of the field for the feature events.
Chadd Noland took a flag-to-flag win in the sprint car feature event. Seth Nunes held second place through the seventh lap until he went to the pits with mechanical difficulties. Dave Hibbard came up to take second place while Randy Rodgers placed third.
For the sixth time this year, and for his 90th win, Scott Lenz captured the checkered flags in the modifieds. Lenz cut through a full field of 20 cars to first place in the eighth lap of the 25-lap event to take the lead from Matt Duste. Duste and Lenz were side by side for the lead for nearly two laps until Lenz finally shot ahead. Meanwhile, Mark Wauge charged from last to take second place. Duste finished third.
Brian Poppa won the pro stocks A main, his second win in this class in a row. Poppa quickly took the lead in the second lap, although Frank Word III put up a tough fight. Poppa cut through lapped traffic and Word III kept up, but was unable pass Poppa. Word III stayed in second through the end of the race while Rob Fitzsimmons came in third.
Tony Christopher won the super fours feature. Christopher took the lead on the 10th lap and held it through the end. The majority of the time he was a quarter lap ahead of Krista Hadley, who was in second position until she went to the pits near the end of the race. Dan King, who held third place through the majority of the race, replaced Hadley to finish in second while Joe Guider came in third.
In the mini stocks feature event, Jim Pope swept through the field to take the win. The inversion in this event made Pope work for his victory. He started 10th and cut his way through the field to the lead by the sixth lap. Meanwhile, Toby Judd drove from the back of the field to take second place and Corey Provost finished third.
A MAIN — 1, Chadd Noland; 2, Dave Hibbard; 3, Randy Rodgers; 4, Phillip Del Rosa
TROPHY DASH — 1, Chadd Noland; 2, Bill Nutter; 3, Seth Nunes; 4, TJ Winningham
HEAT 1 — 1, Bill Nutter; 2, TJ Winningham; 3, Seth Nunes; 4, David Hibbard
HEAT 2 — 1, Chadd Noland; 2, Randy Rodgers; 3, Charlie Thompson; 4, Phillip Del Rosa
A MAIN — 1, Scott Lenz; 2, Mark Wauge; 3, Matt Duste; 4, Jeremy Richey
TROPHY DASH — 1, Scott Lenz; 2, CJ Putnam; 3, Roger Lorenzini; 4, Steve Borror
HEAT 1 — 1, Steve Borror; 2, Jeff Harsha; 3, Matt Duste; 4, Justin Estremado
HEAT 2 — 1, Scott Lenz; 2, Roger Lorenzini; 3, Jesse Bailey; 4, Brad Alfrey
HEAT 3 — 1, Preston Jones; 2, CJ Putnam; 3, Kyle Casson; 4, Albert Gill
A MAIN — 1, Brian Poppa; 2, Frank Word III; 3, Rob Fitzsimmons; 4, Darin Morris
TROPHY DASH — 1, Rob Fitzsimmons; 2, Jake Word; 3, Jimmy Walker Jr.; 4, Ron Willis
HEAT 1 — 1, Rob Fitzsimmons; 2, Jake Word; 3, Darin Morris; 4, Rick Skaggs
HEAT 2 — 1, Jimmy Walker, Jr.; 2, Ron Willis; 3, Frank Word III; 4, Brian Poppa
A MAIN — 1, Tony Christopher; 2, Dan King; 3, Joe Guider; 4, Kathy Ingram
TROPHY DASH — 1, Tony Christopher; 2, Krista Hadley; 3, Joe Guider; 4, Mason Smith
HEAT 1 — 1, Joe Guider; 2, Mason Smith; 3, Dan King; 4, Kevin Goodzan
HEAT 2 — 1, Tony Christopher; 2, Krista Hadley; 3, Nolan Fincher; 4, Rick Rapp
A MAIN — 1, Jim Pope; 2, Toby Judd; 3, Corey Provost; 4, Steve Goetz
TROPHY DASH — 1, Steve Goetz; 2, Toby Judd; 3, David Steele; 4, John Derby
HEAT 1 — 1, Steve Goetz; 2, John Derby; 3, Jim Pope; 4, Bob Burkett
HEAT 2 — 1, Toby Judd; 2, David Steele; 3, Dan Borror; 4, Jill Wilson
SOUTHERN OREGON RENEGADES 24, PORTLAND RAIDERS 20 — At Portland, the top-ranked and undefeated Southern Oregon Renegades rallied in the second half to remain unbeaten in the Western Conference Northwest Division of the North American Football League.
Ammir Souder's 4-yard TD run in the third quarter erased a 14-10 deficit for Southern Oregon.
The Renegades (7-0) extended the lead to 24-14 in the fourth quarter on a 20-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nate Ellis to Titan Mann.
Ellis scored on a 4-yard run in the second quarter to help the Renegades to a 10-6 halftime advantage,.
Alvin Thornton led the Renegades' ground attack with 54 yards on 14 carrries. Former South Medford high player Daniel Welcome added 18 yards on three carries.
Ellis, a North Valley High product, was 8-of-16 passing for 124 yards and no interceptions.
Southern Oregon forced five turnovers.
The Renegades, ranked No. 1 in the NAFL, hosts the Umpqua Knights at 6 p.m. Saturday at Spiegelberg Stadium.
S.O. Renegades 0 10 7 7 —24
Portland Raiders 0 6 8 6 —20
SO — Ellis 4 run (Gist kick)
P — 23 pass (kick failed)
SO — FG McGregor 39
P — 28 pass (run good)
SO — Souder 4 run (Gist kick)
SO — Mann 20 pass from Ellis (Gist kick)
P — 10 pass (pass failed)