ROSEBURG — South Medford swept both the boys and girls junior/senior team race in the Southwest Conference Pre-District meet Wednesday at Stewart Park, with senior Tanner Sayers placing second overall to lead the Panthers in the boys race and South Medford’s Gabi Wisnovsky taking third in the girls run.
The meet was divided by classes, with freshmen and sophomores competing in a 5,000-meter event, juniors and seniors doing the same and middle schoolers running a 3,000-meter race.
The North Medford boys placed fourth in the junior/senior run, while the Tornado girls took fifth.
South Medford placed second and North Medford third in the boys freshman/sophomore, and the Panthers also placed second in the girls freshmen/sophomore race while North didn’t have enough competitors to earn a team score.
In the junior/senior boys race, Sayers crossed the finish line in 15 minutes, 46.5 seconds, about four seconds behind Ian Twyman of South Eugene, who won in 15:42.1. North Medford’s Jacob Allmaras placed third in 15:57.3, South Medford’s Truett Bostwick fourth in 16:00 and North Medford’s Brodie Dick was seventh in 16:49.7.
In the girls junior/senior race, South Eugene’s Madison Elmore won big in 17:35.6, while Wisnovsky took third in 19:52.0. The second-place finisher, South Eugene’s Aimee Boechler, finished in 19:12.2.
South Medford had five runners finish in the top nine overall, including Deanndria Shields (fifth, 21:01.9), Abby Burton (seventh, 21:16.1), Emily McAllister (eighth, 21:32.6) and Vanessa Ruiz (ninth, 21:38.0).
For North Medford, Ada Ebert finished 21st in 22:40.9, and Lucy Lytle was right behind at 22nd in 22:46.7.
CRATER 4, MILO ADVENTIST ACADEMY: At Days Creek, junior defender Joe Warner scored two goals in the second half, leading Crater to the nonconference win over the 3A/2A/1A Mustangs.
Warner broke a 1-1 tie 10 minutes into the second half when he drilled a free kick from about 30 yards away, sending it just over the keeper’s head.
About five minutes later Warner struck again, this time connecting on a penalty kick after a Milo Adventist player was called for a handball in the box.
Abe Hull and Colton Bryant also scored for the Comets (2-4), with Bryant’s 18-yarder assisted by Camden Thurman.
The Mustangs (3-2) scored near the end of each half.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 4, CANYONVILLE ACADEMY 0: Sophomore midfielder Jonathan McCoy scored twice and had an assist and Sam Preszler had a goal and an assist, lifting the Challengers to the blowout District 5 win at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
McCoy assisted on Cody Havniear’s goal in the 25th minute, a strike that broke a scoreless tie, and connected on the last two goals of the day in the 39th and 71st.
Preszler scored off an assist by Jorge Gutierrez in the 33rd and assisted on McCoy’s first goal.
The win was the third in a row for the Challengers (3-0-1, 3-0-1 D5), who out-shot the visitors 17-3 in on-goal opportunities. Canyonville Academy (0-2-2, 0-2-2) remained winless.
ST. MARY’S 7, ROGUE RIVER 2: At Rogue River, sophomore Andrew Rietmann scored a hat trick plus one in the first half, notching his fourth goal in the 38th minute to give the Crusaders a 5-0 halftime lead en route to the District 5 rout.
Rietmann, who was moved to midfield from outside wing in an attempt to open up his scoring opportunities, scored in the third minute, the 14th and the 25th before capping his day right before the break, helping the Crusaders (4-0-1, 4-0 D5) remain undefeated.
Also for St. Mary’s, Preston Jernigan scored twice and Milan Bobek had a goal and an assist.
Rogue River fell to 3-2 overall and 2-2 in District 5.
LAKEVIEW 4, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3: At Lakeview, junior Bryton Plankenhorn notched a hat trick one game after scoring five goals but it wasn’t enough for the Challengers in the District 5 opener for both teams.
Plankenhorn scored in the 23rd minute, the 48th and the 77th on a breakaway, with her final goal cutting Lakeview’s lead to one. The Challengers (2-4) had a golden opportunity to score an equalizer on a scramble in the box with only seconds to go, but Lakeview (4-0-1) cleared the ball to avoid disaster.
Cascade Christian senior goalkeeper Audrey Quast made three great saves on point-blank shots to keep the Challengers within striking distance.