LAKE OSWEGO — North Medford put up a fight against a perennial playoff team from up north but Lake Oswego prevailed in the Class 6A playoff match Wednesday.
The Lakers, who finished second in the Three Rivers League, brought an end to North Medford’s season with a 25-20, 25-21, 25-19 victory in the first round of the 32-team state tournament at Lake Oswego High School.
“It was hard to get things going,” said North Medford coach Malcolm Munson, whose team finished 17-12 and placed fourth in the Southwest Conference. “Lake Oswego did a great job. They’re big kids with a lot of big hands and their size at the net was a big difference. But our kids scrapped, played really good defense and gave ourselves a chance.”
Lauren Barry led the Tornado with 11 kills, eight digs and two aces, Kyleigh Lopez had 22 assists and six digs and Kamaile Kaeo added six kills and two solo blocks. Also coming up big for North were Rylie Stewart (three aces, five digs) and Allie Hertager (three kills, six digs).
The setback marked the final match for four North Medford seniors: Lopez, Hertager, Kaeo and Ella Ivens.
“I like the heart our kids showed and the competitiveness,” Munson said.
WEST LINN 3, GRANTS PASS 0: At West Linn, West Linn lived up to its No. 4 ranking, trouncing Grants Pass in straight sets in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
The Lions (19-5), the Three Rivers League champions, picked up their fifth win in a row, 25-6, 25-16, 25-14, to advance to the round of 16.
The loss ended the Cavers’ season. Grants Pass (11-18) placed fifth in the Southwest Conference.
NORTH DOUGLAS 3, ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 0: At Drain, North Douglas beat Rogue Valley Adventist in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs, 25-6, 25-14, 25-14.
The victory advances the fourth-seeded Warriors (25-6) to the round of 16, while 18th-seeded Rogue Valley Adventist bows out of the playoffs after finishing 14-9.
The Red Tail Hawks took third in the Mountain Valley League.
North Douglas will host Adrian on Saturday for a spot in the final eight-team tournament.
ST. MARY’S 9, CANYONVILLE 0: St. Mary’s finished off a perfect District 5 season, but not before a sluggish first half prompted a second-half surge at U.S. Cellular Park.
The Crusaders (14-0-1, 14-0-0 Dist.5) next play in the Class 3A state playoffs. The first round is Oct. 30, but brackets won’t be set until early next week.
St. Mary’s Milan Bobek assisted on both first-half goals, first to Luka Cvijanovic in the sixth minute, then to Corin Elmore in the 19th.
Elmore tallied again early in the second half, with a pass from Cvijanovic, to begin the onslaught.
Cvijanovic finished with four goals and three assists, and Preston Jernigan, who had an assist, joined Elmore with two goals.
Parker Lam scored the Crusaders’ other goal.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, PAISLEY 2: At Paisley, Cascade Christian jumped out to a 2-0 lead and held on for the District 5 victory.
The Challengers completed the regular season with an 11-2-1 record and advance to the Class 3A state playoffs, which begin Oct. 30. All of their matches were league contests.
Cascade Christian received goals from Jonny McCoy and Sam Preszler for the early lead.
Paisley rallied to tie the match, but the Challengers’ Jorge Garcia-Gutierrez scored the eventual game winner late in the first half on a cross by McCoy.
ROGUE RIVER 3, LAKEVIEW 0: At Rogue River, Zyles Perryman broke a scoreless tie in the 52nd minute and Sebastian Poston scored two insurance goals in the last 20 minutes as Rogue River wrapped up its regular season with its third District 5 win in a row.
Poston scored off an assist by Jimmy Geiger in the 60th and struck again unassisted in the 75th.
The Chieftains (10-4, 9-4 Dist. 5) will learn later if they qualify for the Class 3A/2A/1A state playoffs.
Lakeview finished its season 2-9-2 overall, 2-8-2 in Dist. 5 play.
ROGUE RIVER 2, ILLINOIS VALLEY 2: At Rogue River, Makayla Drake scored twice in the second half as Rogue River rallied from a 2-0 halftime deficit in the season finale for both teams.
Aarika Brooks scored in the ninth minute and 17th minute for Illinois Valley (2-8-2, 0-7-1 Dist. 5), with Maison Otanez and Alyvia Miller netting assists.
The Chieftains (6-7-1, 2-5-1) snapped a three-game losing streak.