MEDFORD — Crook County twice battled back from first-set losses in elimination play to take the gold bracket championship at the Rogue Valley volleyball tournament on Saturday.
The Cowgirls went 5-1 in pool play, splitting with South Eugene before taking two games from both Ashland and Liberty. In bracket play, the Class 4A Cowgirls defeated 5A Willamette 25-15, 25-17. Crook County then met 2012 5A state runner-up Churchill in the semifinals and rallied for the win 18-25, 26-24, 16-14. In the final, the Cowgirls beat 2012 6A runner-up Roseburg 20-25, 25-22, 15-11.
Crook County coach Rosie Honl praised the play of Hannah Troutman, saying “she was all over the place offensively, defensively and serving” for the Cowgirls. Troutman finished with a total of 69 kills and 59 digs while going 66 of 72 from the service line with 18 aces.
Karlee Hollis had 40 kills and seven aces on 58 of 66 serving for Crook County, and Samantha Kaonis finished with 29 kills and 11 blocks. Laken Berlin had 34 digs, Aspen Christianson racked up 39 digs, Abby Smith was credited with 81 assists, and Kayla Hamilton logged 67 assists.
Bend High lost to Roseburg in the gold bracket semifinals. After going 5-1 in pool play, the Lava Bears defeated Oregon City 25-13, 25-18, but Bend fell to the Indians 25-17, 25-15.
Mountain View finished third in its pool, but the Cougars collected themselves after what Mountain View coach Jill McKae called a rough morning to play “beautifully in the afternoon.” The Cougars defeated Eagle Point (25-14, 25-13) and Westview (25-7, 25-14) to earn a spot in the championship of the consolation bracket. There, Mountain View dispatched Liberty in three sets, 25-19, 21-25, 15-11.
In that matchup, Chandler Heinrick and Jill Roshak led the way with 12 kills apiece, with Hayley Intlekofer adding 17 digs and Natalie Warren contributing with three blocks.
In other Saturday action:
Sisters falls in championship: SISTERS — Sisters went 5-1 in pool play at its own Sisters Invitational, but in the final of the championship bracket, after taking the first game, the Outlaws dropped two straight sets to Turner’s Cascade to finish as the runner-up. Sisters defeated La Salle (25-17, 27-25) and Banks (25-15, 25-19) to earn a matchup against the Cougars. In the title bout, the Outlaws fell 13-25, 25-21, 25-13. Isabelle Tara finished the day with a total of 48 kills for Sisters, with Nila Lukens adding 44 kills and nine blocks. Allie Spear had 37 kills and 14 digs, Alex Hartford racked up 96 assists and 18 aces, Katelyn Meeter had 41 assists, and Savannah Spear finished with 36 digs during the 16-team tournament. Madras went undefeated during pool play, but in the first round of the championship bracket, the White Buffaloes fell to Burns 25-19, 25-13. Alexis Urbach led the Buffs with 35 kills and a .452 hitting percentage, while Shelby Mauritson finished with 25 kills and a .407 hitting percentage. Mauritson also had 32 digs, and according to Madras coach Rhea Cardwell, Mauritson and Keely Brown were on point as the primary passers. Brown chipped in with 25 digs. “I think that tournament definitely had a preview of teams that you could see going head to head in the state tournament,” Cardwell said. “It kind of shows (the Buffs) that this is the type of competition you’re going to be looking at when you get to state.”
Storm boys, girls take second: EUGENE — With second- and 10th-place finishes in their respective races, Hannah Gindlesperger and Tyler Jones led the Summit girls and boys to runner-up showings in the Class 6A/5A team standings at the Northwest Classic at Lane Community College. Gindlesperger finished behind Ella Donaghu from Portland’s Grant High and just ahead of Paige Rice of Portland’s St. Mary’s Academy. Donaghu and Rice, Summit coach Carol McClatchie noted, finished fourth and fifth, respectively, at the Class 6A state championships last season. Olivia Brooks took seventh for the Storm, Kaely Gordon was 10th, and Summit finished with 58 team points — just one shy of 2012 6A state runner-up St. Mary’s. In the 4A/3A/2A/1A competition, Dakota Steen took 19th to lead Ridgeview to a 15th-place finish in the 17-team standings. Molalla’s Emily Bever was the overall winner to lead the Indians to the team victory. For the boys, Summit’s Tyler Jones ran the 5,000-meter course in 16:19 to take 10th, with Christopher Merlos and Alex Martin taking 21st and 24th, respectively. The Storm’s score of 119 points was only surpassed by 6A Sheldon, which had 112. Geremia Lizier-Zmudzinski of Forest Grove was the overall winner. The Ravens were paced by James Seeley’s 45th-place showing, as Ridgeview finished 12th in the 19-team standings. Creswell’s Zach Bellow took first, and Yreka, from California, topped the team standings with 34 points.
Riverside 6, Culver 1: BOARDMAN — The Bulldogs hung tough with the reigning Class 3A/2A/1A Special District 4 champion Pirates, according to Culver coach Tom Kirk, but with four goals coming in the final eight minutes of the first half, Riverside pulled away for the conference victory. Hairo Portillo recorded the lone goal for Culver (1-2 SD4, 4-2 overall), with the assist credited to Mikey Alonzo.