A home-opening romp: Raiders make quick work of Geoducks

Mia Wortel had 12 kills on just 14 attacks and Lindsey Stone had 24 assists as Southern Oregon trounced Evergreen State in three quick games Friday night at McNeal Pavilion.

The 30-12, 30-7, 30-14 Cascade Conference victory took just — hour, — minutes to complete for the Raiders (7-4, 2-1 CCC), who were making their home debut. The Geoducks (0-3, 1-2) suited up just six players and finished with a team attack percentage of minus-.159.

"It was nice to be able to come home and kind of showcase our team a little bit," SOU first-year head coach Josh Rohlfing said. "Sometimes it's difficult when you feel like you have the opportunity to do something really well and they did a really nice job of controlling their emotions and their energy all night."

The Raiders did a nice job controlling the Geoducks, too. Southern finished with 41 kills on 70 attempts and also ripped 14 aces. Backup setter Molly Grossman had three of those aces, while Shanna Claflin added six kills and Richelle Millsap five.

So dominant were the Raiders that they finished with just 24 digs as a team; Evergreen State had a hard time just getting the ball back across the net, much less mounting a serious attack.

Fourteen players saw action for the Raiders, with most of the starters coming out for good in Game 2.

SOU's home stand continues Saturday night against Northwest.

Prep Football

At Corvallis, Ashland High's Andrew Hodgkins returned an interception 15 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter and the Grizzlies made a late defensive stand to secure a 14-9 nonconference victory over Corvallis on Friday night.

The No. 9-ranked Spartans (1-2) had a chance to tie the game late in regulation, but No. 8 Ashland (3-0) knocked down a fourth-down pass, took a strategic safety and defended Corvallis' final desperation pass.

Ashland was outgained 177 yards to 327, but made up for it by recovering three of the Spartans four fumbles and intercepting two Kevin Younger passes.

Ashland scored first on Lewis Sebrell's seven-yard touchdown run with 55 seconds left in the first half. The Spartans tied the game on Younger's 62-yard bomb to Daryl Watkins midway through the third quarter.

Sebrell led Ashland's offense with 45 rushing yards on 17 carries, while quarterback Matt Dierks completed 10 of 18 passes for 107 yards. The defense was paced by Julian Ewald's eight tackles and one sack. Josh Scarminach had five tackles and a sack.

For Corvallis, Chris Henry rushed 18 times for 76 yards.

The Grizzlies host Roosevelt next Friday.

Boys soccer

Senior midfielder Leo Keiser provided a spark off the bench as North Medford registered its first boys soccer win of the season Friday with a 3-0 victory over Ashland at Hoffbuhr Field.

Keiser assisted on the Black Tornado's first two goals.

Ricardo Riquelme headed in a Keiser corner kick at the 26th minute as North led 1-0 at halftime.

"Today we finally put it all together," said North Medford coach Matt Soper. "I couldn't ask more in the first half. We played good team ball. We had good possession and stayed at home like we should.

Then at the 64th minute, Keiser provided a nifty through ball to Tyler Svitak, who's shot at the top of the box found the right inside of the net.

"(Keiser) brought in some good energy," said Soper. "He's a smart player."

The Black Tornado (1-2) tacked on its final goal when Dustin Torrey scored off an assist from Dylan Schwarm at the 70th minute.

Soper had praise for senior midfielder Tony Barbeiri: "This is one of the best games I've seen him play. He was on fire. He controlled the midfield and settled the play down. He has great touch and vision."

North had a 15-9 edge in shots.

Black Tornado defenders Matt Chapman, Andy Robinson, Skyler Peplinski and J.T. Taylor played effectively in front of goalie Jace Snyder, who recorded five saves.

"North came out strong," Ashland coach Eisa Tiaa Tutu said. "They were aggressive and beat us to the 50-50 balls. They communicated well and controlled the midfield."

Prep water polo

Ashland's boys and girls water polo teams won their season openers against their Medford counterparts, the girls winning 16-13 and the boys 11-8 at the Jackson Well Springs pool.

For the Ashland girls, Kristin Frazier and Natalie Delcarlo each had four goals. Chloe Beecher tallied seven goals and Elyse Cogburn had six for Medford.

In the boys match, Ashland's Andrew Cataldo scored five goals and Lucas Opgenorth had four. For Medford, Josh Silver had three goals and Zach Haveman had two.

Ashland now hits the road for a Southern Conference tournament next weekend in Eugene. After that, the Grizzlies will host Medford again, Sept. 29 at the Jackson Wellsprings.

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