Prep bowlers aiming for state tournament

Medford's Lava Lanes set to host event, Feb. 25-27
By Cliff Pfenning,

Teams from across the state will be aiming to dethrone Roseburg and Hidden Valley at the 2011 Oregon State USBC Feb. 25-27 in Medford.

Roseburg won the boys title, while Hidden Valley won the girls title earlier this year at Valley Lanes in Beaverton. The Indians overcame an MVP performance from Matt McGill of Grants Pass, while the Mustangs featured MVP Stephanie Carter.

The first of the seven district tournaments is set for Jan. 29 in Bend. Sixteen teams will qualify for the state tournament. Last year, the tournament awarded more than $11,000 in scholarships.

An All-Star Tournament is set for March 12-13 in Prineville.


District 1: Feb. 5, 6 at Tillamook Lanes

District 2: Jan. 30 at AMF Albany Lanes

District 3: Feb. 13 at AMF 20th Century Lanes, Portland

District 4: Jan. 30, Firs Bowl, Eugene

District 5: Feb. 6, Lava Lanes, Medford

District 6: Jan. 29, Lava Lanes, Bend

District 7: Feb. 13, Rodeo Lanes, Pendleton



Feb. 25, 26, 27 at Lava Lanes, Medford



March 12, 13 at Rimrock Lanes, Prineville

Spartans find River City to their liking

Southern Oregon handles the Jaguars 12-0.
By Cliff Pfenning,

VANCOUVER, Wash. - One night after getting pounded in Seattle, the Southern Oregon Spartans rebounded with a resounding 12-0 win over River City in a NorPac Pacific Division game Friday at the Mountain View Ice Arena.

Mike O’Brien scored three goals and Chris Witten had a goal and five assists to lead the Spartans, who had a 44-24 edge in shots on goal.

Trey Flesch recorded his second shutout of the season for Southern Oregon before a crowd of 226 fans drawn by the game and the Teddy Bear toss.

“This was a great game for us, especially after last night,” Southen Oregon coach Steve Chelios said. “This was a great way to bounce back and show how we can play.”

Southern Oregon lost in Seattle 9-1.

The win helped the Spartans (19-10, 38 points) continue to hold their spot in second place in the division with another game at River City (10-19, 20 points) Saturday.

Eugene (13-17) remains in third place well behind Seattle (30-2, 60 points).

Puget Sound (1-32, 2 points), which lost to Seattle 10-0 Friday, rounds out the division standings.

Vance Bridgeman got the scoring rolling with a goal at 2:17 of the first period on a powerplay. The teams didn’t score for more than 10 minutes thereafter before the Spartans scored three times in 2:05.

Witten is seventh in the league in points with 47, 10 behind league leader Cameron Hoffman of Seattle.

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