The Roseburg baseball team has work ahead in its quest for a fifth straight Southern Oregon Hybrid championship.
After dropping two of three games last week to Grants Pass, Troy Thompson’s Indians (9-3, 1-2 SOH) are two games back of first-place North Medford (12-2, 3-0), which is ranked No. 1 in the OSAA Class 6A power rankings and No. 4 in the latest 6A coaches’ poll.
Roseburg is No. 2 in the power rankings and No. 7 in the poll. The Cavemen are No. 4 in the power rankings.
The Indians will face the Black Tornado next Tuesday in Medford, then the two clubs will meet in a doubleheader the following Saturday at Legion Field. North has outscored its opponents 107-39.
In 2A/1A, the Big Fir League race is taking shape and the three contenders are Riddle (5-0 District 4), Oakland (4-1) and Umpqua Valley Christian (4-1).
The Monarchs handed the Oakers their first loss of the season Friday at Legion Field, getting a no-hitter from Jake Forrester in an 11-0 win in five innings. The Irish will find out if they’re for real this week, visiting Oakland today and hosting UVC Friday.
Riddle is No. 1 in the power rankings, UVC No. 2 and Oakland No. 4. The Irish were No. 8 and Monarchs No. 10 in the last 2A coaches’ poll.
After the first week of the Far West League softball season, Sutherlin is in front with a 3-0 record. Douglas (2-1) and Brookings (2-1) are both one game back.
The Bulldogs host South Umpqua today, then play a twin bill at Douglas Friday.
In 2A/1A, the District 2 race is likely going to come down to Yoncalla (8-0) and Glendale (6-1). Oakland (5-3), Riddle (5-3) and North Douglas (5-3) are tied for third.
The Eagles and Pirates square off Friday in Glendale. Yoncalla won the first meeting, 9-5, on March 19.
The freshmen are certainly making an impact this season for the Roseburg track and field team.
Mahala Norris broke the freshman class record in the girls 1,500 meters Saturday during the Jim Robinson Twilight Invitational at Finlay Field, placing third with a time of 4:50.95. Nic Feldkamp just missed setting a freshman class mark in the 800, clocking 2:02.52.
Those two are among a talented group of newcomers, which includes Kara Krnacik, Rachel Harland, Devony Dettman, Jenna Anderson and Mitchell Kilkenny.
Roseburg sophomore Gabrielle Kearney owns the second-best javelin throw in the 6A ranks with a mark of 136-2. Senior Haley Crouser of Gresham, the defending state champion who will compete collegiately for the University of Oregon, has thrown 156-11.
Kearney ranks fifth in the discus (113-7) and ninth in the shot put (35-3). Crouser also owns the top marks in the shot (43-11) and discus (119-2).
RHS junior Kenny Freeman has the seventh-best time in the 1,500 (4:04.20).
Sutherlin senior Christina MacDonald is off to a strong start, ranking second among 4A throwers in the shot (40-0) and is third in the javelin (128-3).
South Umpqua sophomore Olivia Gulliford ranks third in the girls discus (115-9), while S.U. senior Lane Marsh is second in the javelin (162-6). Douglas senior Alex Jellison is third in the girls pole vault (10-0).
In 3A, Glide senior Caroline Brown is ranked second in the 1,500 (5:05.02) and third in the 800 (2:30.75). Senior Madison Gladding is second in the 300 hurdles (49.72), while Wildcat senior Ashton Forrest is third in the boys javelin (155-2).
In 2A, Glendale senior Nathan Ring’s time of 11.44 in the 100 leads the state. Oakland senior Savannah Swan has the top marks in the girls shot (39-0) and discus (118-10). Junior Jazmyn Herrington of Days Creek is second in the triple jump (34-5).
In 1A, the Camas Valley boys feature plenty of speed. The 4x100 relay quartet of Theran Hunt, Eli Wolfe Jr., Weston Tilton and Caleb Lindsey has the top time (45,22), while Lindsey is tied for second in the 100 (11.4).
Tilton ranks second in the 300 hurdles (44.54). Lindsey is third in the long jump (20-3), and the 4x400 relay of Hunt, Eli Wolfe Jr., Kai Wolfe and Lindsey is third (3:42.24).
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