Two In Second Half Enough For RR Boys
When the Rogue River team met Canyonville Academy in Douglas County on Sept. 15, Garren Decker scored four goals by himself on the way to a 5-1 Chieftains' win.
In the return match at Beck Field on Wed., Oct. 10, the score at the half was 0-0. There was no scoring until Decker's goal off a free kick at the 52nd minute. Simeon Poston drew the foul on the right edge of the 18-yard box with sturdy ball handing and a little physical play. Decker slotted the ball on the short side, just between the near post and goaltender Cherokee Lester.
The lead became insurmountable when Simeon Poston took a ball from midfield and delivered a quick through ball to his senior brother Sebastian for an easy goal and a 2-0 lead.
The Chieftains put such pressure on the Pilots that they had 29 shots to Canyonville's five. Decker said the difference was that Canyonville was almost a brand-new team from the first time the teams met a month ago. He described the Pilots team (Subscribe for full story)
Smith Gets PR At King
Cameron Smith looks like he's getting prepared for a run to state in cross country. In the Rogue River team's last meet before the 2A-1A District 4 meet (boys) and the 3A-2A-1A District 4 meet (girls) next week, Smith ran to not only his second straight time under 18 minutes, he achieved a personal 5,000-meter best at the fifth annual Max King Invitational on Thurs., Oct. 10. The senior ran to a time of 17 minutes, 47.5 seconds to finish in 33rd place at the always-fast Jackson County Expo course in Central Point. Smith will try once again to finish in the top five and qualify for the state cross country championships in the District 4 meet at Valley of the Rogue State Park on Thurs., Oct. 25. A look at the season-best performances of runners in District 4 in athletic.net has Smith with the sixth-best time this season. Isaac Whitney, who finished 14th at state for Oakridge and third in the District 4 meet in Eugene last (Subscribe for full story)
Chiefs Honor Seniors, Fall To Cougars
The end of a long season is in sight for the Rogue River volleyball team.
The team honored its three seniors on Tues., Oct. 16, and were in position, at least, to earn its first victory in more than two weeks, facing Illinois Valley, the only Southern Cascade League team it had beaten this sea-son.
After the Cougars pulled out a 25-20 opening set victory, the Chieftains rallied with a 27-25 win in the second set. The Chieftains have played well for stretches of a number of matches this fall, covering the floor and serving effectively, but in nearly every match, there came the point in which the tide was (Subscribe for full story)