North Medford captures third straight SWC title


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    Jaray Thomas produced another outstanding performance and North Medford set school history by capturing its third consecutive Southwest Conference boys basketball championship with a 58-46 home victory against Roseburg Friday.

    With the win, North Medford (15-9, 7-3 SWC) finishes in a three-way conference tie for first place with South Eugene and Sheldon, who also won their league finale.

    Black Tornado coach Scott Plankenhorn expects to open Tuesday’s 6A state playoffs on the road against a team to be determined.

    “This is the first time we’ve won three straight,” said Plankenhorn. “We’ve won back-to-back a couple of times.”

    Thomas, a senior guard, continued his stellar late-season play with 19 points and eight steals. Additionally, he turned in an excellent defensive effort on Roseburg star Collin Warmouth.

    “Jaray has really stepped up his game and has come on strong for us in the second-half of league play,” said Plankenhorn. “He’s figured out what we need for us to be a contender.”

    Despite Warmouth going for a game-high 23 points, Plankenhorn was pleased with Thomas’ defensive performance.

    “Jaray did a great job guarding (Warmouth) one-on-one,” said the North coach. “We helped him when we had a chance. We tried not to foul Warmouth too much like we did the first time.”

    Warmouth, a senior guard, shot eight free throws compared to 17 the when the two teams met earlier.

    The Black Tornado got off to a good start, leading 17-11 after the first quarter, and never let the Indians (15-10, 5-5) take the lead.

    Jett Carpenter added 13 points and eight rebounds for North and teammate Eli Spence provided eight points and eight rebounds. Both players pulled down four offensive rebounds.

    The Black Tornado came away with 17 steals.

    “We played solid pretty much the entire game,” said Plankenhorn. “We were more focused tonight.”

    ROSEBURG (46): Black 8, Seeley 5, Warmouth 23, Adams 0, Martin 3, C. Ellis 5, Avilez 2, . Totals: 14-35 10-13 46.

    NORTH MEDFORD (58): Wells 2, Conrad 0, Hurley 0, L. Ellis 2, Thomas 19, Carpenter 13, Angulo Jr. 0, Robustelli 0, Orozco-Bernal 5, Parker 7, Karrick 2, Spence 8. Totals: 21-54 13-20 58.

    Roseburg1191115— 46

    North Medford17121514— 58

    3-point goals — Roseburg 6-18 (Warmouth 2, Black 2, Seeley 1, Martin 1), North Medford 3-21 (Carpenter 1, Orozco-Bernal 1, Parker 1).; Fouled out — C. Ellis; Technical foul — C. Ellis, Thomas, North Medford coach Plankenhorn.

    JV result — North Medford 46, Roseburg 42.

    SHELDON 70, SOUTH MEDFORD 48: At Eugene, South Medford was unable to overcome the massive lead Sheldon built in the second quarter as the Panthers concluded their season at Sheldon High School.

    Sherman Hunter poured in 17 points with five 3-pointers for the Panthers (2-21, 1-8 Southwest Conference), who were outscored 28-13 in the second quarter.

    The Irish (13-11, 6-3 SWC) claimed a three-way Southwest Conference title along with North Medford and South Eugene.

    SOUTH MEDFORD (48): Hunter 17, DeBoer 0, Bottero 0, Gaut 4, Harmon 5, Pannell 7, Losinski 6, Dye 1, Wente 3, Ramsay 4. Totals: 16 10-18 48.

    SHELDON (70): Tucker 4, Frey 3, Wagers 10, McGarvey 8, Line 2, Herbert 18, O’Roy 5, Prickel 8, Seghetti 0, Gittins 4, Carter 2, Templeman 6. Totals: 27 13-23 70.

    South Medford9131413— 48

    Sheldon16281412— 70

    3-point goals — South Medford 6 (Hunter 5, Pannell 1), Sheldon 3 (Frey 1, Prickel 2).

    JV result — Sheldon won.

    SOUTH EUGENE 74, GRANTS PASS 40: At Grants Pass, Grants Pass wasn’t able to hang with South Eugene, which captured the victory and a three-way share of the Southwest Conference title.

    The Cavemen capped their season with a 7-16 record and fifth-place SWC finish at 3-6.

    The Axe (18-6, 6-3 SWC) was tops in the conference along with North Medford and Sheldon. The three teams’ playoff seeding will be determined by OSAA rank.

    WILLAMETTE 63, CRATER 45: At Eugene, Nate Bittle scored 15 points and Kruger Edwards added 13 in a losing effort for Crater in the MWL road contest.

    The Comets (16-8, 10-5 MWL), who stand in fourth place, will finish league play against league-leading Churchill on Monday.

    Bittle, a sophomore wing, also had seven rebounds and three blocks.

    Luke Smith tallied a game-high 19 points for Willamette (18-5, 12-3), which holds a one-game lead for second place over Thurston with one MWL game remaining.

    CRATER (45): Bittle 15, Edward 13, Vranes 7, Horton 5, Chubb 2, Eaton 2, Noble 1, Johnson 0, Ray 0, Dance 0, Jaasko 0. Totals: 15 13-15 45.

    WILLAMETTE (67): Culver 2, Cross 17, Burke 5, Murphy 0, J. Smith 4, Puckett 2, L. Smith 19, Curtis 14, Vanez 0, C. Burke 0, Moffatt 0. Totals: 24 8-10.

    Crater138915— 45

    Willamette14131422— 63

    3-point goals — Crater 2 (Horton 1, Edwards 1), Willamette 8 (Cross 1, L. Smith 3, Curtis 4).; Fouled out — L. Burke.

    NORTH BEND 79, EAGLE POINT 50: At Eagle Point, Eagle Point was unable to contain North Bend star Jayden Frank, who racked up 32 points, leading the Bulldogs to the Midwestern League victory.

    Quinton Gelbrich led the Eagles (2-19, 0-14) with 17 point sand Dallen Judd knocked down all four of Eagle Point’s 3-pointers on his way to 12 points to go with five rebounds. Hayden Neyt pulled down 10 rebounds and scored six points.

    The Bulldogs put their season in the books with an overall record of 10-11 and 5-10 in the MWL.

    NORTH BEND (79): Messner 3, Frank 32, Simmons 11, Martin 3, Byers 2, Lynn 13, Christensen 8, Porter 7, G. Mateski 0, M. Mateski 0, Platt 0. Totals: 28 16-17 79.

    EAGLE POINT (50): Judd 12, McHugh 2, McGarrell 2, Neyt 6, Gelbrich 17, Esquibel 9, McPheeters 2, Kendrick 0, Shaffer 0, Rodriguez 0, Aguilar 0, Gorman 0. Totals: 20 6-12 50.

    North Bend21172516— 79

    Eagle Point10161212— 50

    3-point goals — North Bend 7 (Frank 2, Messner 1, Simmons 1, Martin 1, Lynn 1, Porter 1), Eagle Point 4 (Judd 4); Fouled out — McHugh.

    JV score — North Bend 58, Eagle Point 38.

    NORTH EUGENE 47, ASHLAND 42: At Ashland, Ashland led by nine points with about four minutes remaining but began to struggle on the offensieve end and missed six free throws down the stretch to allow North Eugene to creep back in and rally for the Midwestern League victory.

    The Grizzlies (6-16, 2-13 MWL) went into the fourth quarter with a 37-28 lead but were outscored 19-5 in the final frame.

    KJ Pippa dropped in 10 points to pace the Grizzlies, who received eight points each from Joseph Wallner-Sentle, Gabe Ekwall and Logan Sanford

    NORTH EUGENE (47): Pratt 2, DeGarmo 5, Rankin 8, Wallace 0, Duke 14, Parks 15, Cross 2. Totals: 17-21 47.

    ASHLAND (42): Pippa 10, Wallner-Sentle 8, Ekwall 8, Hanks 0, Sanford 8, Saulsbury 0, Swenson 0, Sayre 2, Desmond 6. Totals: 16 6-15 42.

    North Eugene1081019— 47

    Ashland1413105— 42

    3-point goals — North Eugene 4 (Duke 2, Pratt 1, DeGarmo 1), Ashland 4 (Pippa 1, Ekwall 2, Wallner-Sentle 1).

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