LOCAL REPORT Johannes to coach Challenger girls

Cascade Christian High has hired former Phoenix and Crater boys basketball coach Glenn Johannes to guide its girls basketball program.

Johannes, who directed Phoenix to its best three-year stretch in history through 2012, has been sidelined from coaching for medical reasons in recent years.

He last coached Crater during the 2013-14 season, then took a medical leave the following season after suffering a stroke in May 2014.

Johannes, who also coached top AAU teams for 11 years, led Phoenix to a 79-33 record in four seasons, including its first state title. The Class 4A Pirates had records of 22-7, 23-6 and 25-6 from 2010-12, placing fifth, first and second at state.

They went 9-14 his final season.

At Crater the next year under him, the Comets were 7-16.

Johannes replaces Scott Martinez, who coached Cascade Christian for four seasons. The Challengers were 30-61 during that span, including 11-15 this past winter.

College signings

Five athletes at South Medford High and another at North Medford will continue to compete in college.

The Panthers’ Courtney Herick and Hayle Mehl will play soccer for Oregon Tech. Volleyball players Chanel Groom and Megan David will attend Southern Oregon and Umpqua Community College, respectively. Golfer Kirsten Reed will also attend Oregon Tech.

North Medford’s Carli Brousseau plans to sign a letter of intent Thursday to play golf at Northwest Christian.

Groom was first-team all-Southwest Conference as a hitter last season, and David received honorable mention, as did Herick and Mehl in soccer.

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