Mayea outlasts Smith as speedway starts season

The late-model class made its debut as Southern Oregon Speedway opened the season on Saturday, and Rob Mayea outlasted Dane Smith to win event.

Mayea moved into second place by the ninth lap and, after he and Smith got into traffic on Lap 11, the former took the lead on the 12th lap. He then held off Smith through the final stages of the 30-lap A main.

In other main events, Albert Gill edged Scott Lenz in the modifieds, Dave Everson won comfortably in the pro stocks, Brandon Farquhar took the dwarfs and Preston Jones the open super 4s.

ASHLAND — A top pitcher from Washington has committed to play softball for Southern Oregon University.

Jordyn Kurtz, a senior at Stadium High School in Tacoma, is among the state's best Class 4A hurlers. She has a 10-0 record, with a no-hitter, two one-hitters and two two-hitters. She's struck out 100 batters against only six walks in 60 innings and has an ERA of 0.47.

According to SOU coach Kim Fritts, Kurtz's fastball is consistently in the 59 to 62 mph range and also has an effective change-up, curveball and dropball.

Kurtz also swings a productive bat, hitting .500, with 17 hits in 34 at-bats, has 19 RBIs and a slugging percentage of .853.

The Rogue Warriors semipro football team defeated Springfield 29-6 on Saturday at Spiegelberg Stadium.

The Warriors (4-1) led 9-7 at halftime, but pulled away behind quarterback Dan Woodward. Woodward had touchdown passes of 45 yards to Andrew Tree and 34 yards to Tom Whiteaker in the fourth quarter.

Prior to that, Damon Simon of the Warriors recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown to make it 16-7 in the third.

Woodward completed 16 of 25 passes for 240 yards. Ryan Lougheed caught five passes for 110 yards.

Tree, from Eagle Point, added 90 yards on four catches, and running back Brad Mejia rumbled for 85 yards on 15 carries.

Former North Medford player Tim Endicott added a 4-yard TD run for Rogue.

On defense, the Warriors' Leon Ireland had 10 tackles and two sacks.

Springfield 6 0 0 0 — 6

Rogue Valley 2 7 7 13 — 9

Bruce Stowell of Grants Pass led a handful of area runners who were among the more than 25,000 entrants in the recent Boston Marathon.

Stowell's time was 3 hours, 5 minutes, 58 seconds, placing him 1,740th among male runners.

Other locals who competed and their times: Jeremy Eisen, Ashland, 3:07:32; Mark Wolfe, Medford, 3:09:57; Mark Simchuk, Grants Pass, 3:24:32; Patrick Honsinger, Ashland, 3:34:14; Jason Wells, Central Point, 3:37:18; Jim Brendle, Central Point, 3:46:57; Melyssa Glatte, Central Point, 4:03:06.

Ross Jesswein of Medford gained entry into the Oregon Amateur golf tournament by placing 11th Saturday in a qualifier at Diamond Woods Golf Course in Monroe.

Jesswein shot a 5-over-par round of 77 and placed 11th. The top 24 players advanced.

Brandon Taylor of Corvallis won by two shots with a score of 68.

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