South Medford

Singler making most of playing time

South Medford legend gets plenty of attention in the Motor City on, off court
Dec. 6, 2012

Kyle Singler keeps making the most of his opportunities.

Despite being named the Most Valuable Player of the 2010 NCAA Final Four while leading the Duke Blue Devils to the men's basketball title, his draft stock was always shaky and after being taken in the second round of that year's draft by Detroit, he spent the following year in Europe while the NBA Lockout took place.

Back in the U.S., Singler found his way into the Pistons' starting lineup on Nov. 14, when starting guard Rodney Stuckey came down with a head cold and the team shuffled its lineup. Since then, Singler has averaged nearly 10 points per game and had a double-double against the Blazers last week during a 108-101 win for Detroit, and Stuckey has had to come off the bench - and even done so happily.

Since losing their first eight games, the Pistons are 5-5.

Singler, who led South Medford to the Class 6A state title in 2007, has become a favorite for fans off the court as well, producing a video of trick shots from around the Detroit area, including Comerica Park - home of the Tigers, and Ford Field - home of the Lions. In one shot he even makes a trick shot of the winshield of a passing car.

"The car one took me a bit, took me a while," Singler told a Detroit writer. "It's all luck, but there's definitely a little skill involved."

Taka a look.


Lake Oswego moves into quarterfinals, 41-14

Lakers recover from early setback to cruise past South Medford
Nov. 16, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

No. 2 Lake Oswego's answer to an early fumble return for a touchdown was to get one of their own against South Medford and that helped the Lakers roll to a 41-14 win in the second round of the Class 6A football state playoffs Friday.

South Medford led 7-0 after Adrian Garcia scooped up a fumble from Jack Anderson and ran 45 yards for a touchdown. The Panthers stopped the Lakers on their next two drives and had the ball early in the second quarter and had the ball at their 38 when a fumbled handoff turned into a 14-yard loss, then a botched punt gave the hosts the ball at the South 31. Lake Oswego scored in five plays.

Two plays later, Nick Underwood broke into the South backfield and took the ball away from Christian Bowley and ran for a 22-yard score. The Lakers scored agin with 3:10 left in the first half giving them 20 points in just five minutes.

Justen Ruppe threw a pair of touchdown passes and JB Holmes ran for two as well for the Lakers, who advance to the quarterfinals to play West Salem, which upset Aloha Friday.

Jesuit, Central Catholic and Southridge, the remaining No. 1 seeds, all advanced to the quarterfinals Friday.


South Medford earns its respect with perfect season

Panthers top Westview for 6A title in end to winter sports
March 10, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

Finally, Southern Oregon has a champion.

South Medford, charged all season by the mission of bringing respect to girls basketball in the Rogue Valley, won the Class 6A title at the Rose Garden Saturday night.

With spunky junior guard Yaremi Mejia providing 16 points, and key scoring runs, the Panther beat Westview 61-46 to cap a perfect season.

Tess Picknell added 10 points and 13 rebounds for South, which became the first team South of Eugene to win the large-school title since championships first began in 1976.

"We've been working for this for a long time," said senior guard Kylie Towry. "We've wanted to bring respect for basketball in Southern Oregon, and now we've done it.

"This is a historic win, and, hopefully, there'll be more to follow."


CLASS 5A - Springfield wins again

The top-ranked Millers overcame a stubborn game plan by rival Willamette to win its second-straight title, 16-7, at Matthew Knight Arena.

Willamette, which lost its previous two games against Springfield, slowed the game to a crawl, and trailed 4-0 at halftime after holding the ball for nearly the entire second quarter.

Mercedes Russell led Springfield with seven points and eight rebounds. Springfield attempted just nine shots from the field, while Willamette gambled on outside shooting, but made just one of nine three-point attempts.


CLASS 4A - Henley ends long title drought

Henley won a title for this first time in 21 years with a 41-35 decision over Sutherlin at Gill Coliseum.

The Hornets scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter to break a 28-all tie.

Elle Morgan had 19 points and seven rebounds to lead Henley.



South Medford, Westview set to meet in girls final

Top-ranked Panthers storm into their first final against seasoned Wildcats
March 9, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

South Medford continued on its mission to create a program legacy by reaching the Class 6A girls basketball state final for the first time Friday at the Rose Garden.

The top-ranked Panthers made 25 of 35 free-throw attempts and beat Central Catholic 62-45 in a battle of unbeatens.

Yaremi Mejia made just 1 of 9 field-goal attempts, but hit 12 of 13 from the free-throw line to score a game-high 15 points for South, which had never been to a semifinal before this season.

The Panthers will play Westview, which beat West Linn 63-48 behind 22 points from Toni Doroha and 14 points from Jaime Nared.

Westview won the title in 2000, three seasons after playing in the 1997 final.


CLASS 5A - All-Midwestern League Final

Eugene-area rivals Springfield and Willamette will play one another for the third time this season in the championship game Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena.

Springfield, the defending champion, won the first two games, which are part of its 24-game winning streak. The Millers beat Bend 53-23 in their semifinal, giving up their highest total since Feb. 18.

Willamette, which has lost only to Springfield this season, beat West Albany - last season's runner-up - 47-33.


CLASS 4A - Henley, Sutherlin battle into championship game

Top-seeded Sutherlin beat Banks and Henley survived an overtime battle with Philomath in semifinal games at Gill Coliseum.

The Bulldogs returned to the final for the second time in five years, having won the school's first title in 2008.

Henley is back in a final for the first time since 1991, when it won its second title.



South leads playoff runners in girls hoop

Class 6A features a cast of mostly fresh faces
March 7, 2012

South Medford kept is season of destiny going Wednesday in the Class 6A girls basketball quarterfinals, while chief rival Oregon City got shelved.

The Panthers, ranked No. 1 all season, beat Glencoe 62-50 to reach the semifinals for the first in school, while the Pioneers, ranked second virtually all season, lost to Three Rivers League rival West Linn, 49-43, at the Rose Garden.

South Medford will face Central Catholic, another school that has not won a state title, in the semifinals Friday, while West Linn will play Westview, which is the lone remaining school to have won a title - in 2000.

Central Catholic beat St. Mary's 51-48, while Westview edged Southridge 39-37.

At 5A, defending champion and top-ranked Springfield and No. 2 Willamette easily won their quarterfinals to continue on a path to a championship showdown. Springfield overwhelmed Wilsonville 59-15, while Willamette beat Milwaukie 59-32. The Millers will play Bend, a 49-39 winner over Hermiston, in the semifinals Friday at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, while Willamette will play West Albany, a 52-36 winner over Lebanon. West Albany lost to Springfield in the final last year.

Bend has never played in a final.

At Class 4A, both Philomath and Banks scored upsets to reach the semifinals. Philomath, seeded fourth, upset No. 1 seed Madras, 34-32, while third seed Banks beat second seed Mazama, 44-33. In the other quarterfinals, top seed Sutherlin beat Cascade 41-38, and second seed Tillamook beat third seed Henley 43-37.

Philomath will face Tillamook and Sutherlin will face Banks in the semifinals at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.

Banks and Tillamook are playing for their first title.



South Medford on pace to battle for first title

Fastbreak Panthers have state, national rankings
Jan. 18, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

For a school that's never been past the state tournament quarterfinals, South Medford has turned into a national power in just one year.

Following a four-point win over Springfield in their season opener, the top-ranked Panthers have beaten every in-state opponent by at least 15 points, including a 69-50 blowout of No. 2 Oregon City in the title game of the Nike Northwest Shootout. The team has scored 81 points or more in nine of its 14 wins and has reached No. 12 in the MaxPreps National Rankings.

South Medford opened Southern Oregon Conference play with three wins by an average of 24 points.

Oregon City, 13-2, has scored 60 or more points in all of its wins and has one of the state's most bruising schedules, including a trip to Hawaii, to back up its ranking. The Pioneers are looking for their first title in three seasons.

No. 3 Westview, 9-4, and No. 4 Central Catholic, 13-1, which has lost only to Westview, appear as the top outside contenders. The Rams are 5-0 in Mount Hood Conference play.



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