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Cavemen Open Post-Season Play at Beaverton
The Grants Pass Cavemen will open the 2024 State Basketball playoffs on the Road against Beaverton next Tuesday at a time yet to be determined. The OSAA froze the boy’s rankings last night and Grants Pass Statewide ranking improved to 26th. The Cavemen are shown in second place in conference with an identical 7 and 5 record with South Eugene, but the Cavemen hold the tie breaker with the Axe.
Posted on 2/24/24 5:15AM by Chuck Benson
 

Cavers & Cavemen Await Final Seedings for Post-Season Play
This is a big night for the Grants Pass Lady Cavers and the Cavemen as both await post season seeding and their next opponents on the last night of the basketball season.

Both the Cavers and Cavemen finished their regular season play Tuesday but most of the conference and the state finish tonight. Both teams are assured of post season play by virtue of finishing in the top three in conference. The final seeding and the determination of their next opponent is done using the OSAA ranking system, a mathematical formula to determine the strength of each teams schedule and rank them accordingly. Those rankings freeze at 10 p.m. tonight. The only variance in the scheduling of opponents is teams are protected from facing conference foes in the opening round only.

The Lady Cavers are ranked 13th and should be in line for a home game, while the Cavemen are ranked 27th. Tonight’s games could affect both teams and the final matchups should be posted by the OSAA sometime Saturday morning
Posted on 2/23/24 9:22AM by Chuck Benson
 

North Valley High Hosting 3-A District Wrestling Championships Fri & Sat
North Valley High School is hosting the 2024 3A Special District 3 Wrestling Championships this Friday and Saturday.

Eleven teams are participating with the top three winning athletes advancing to the State Championships February 22nd and 23rd in Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland
Posted on 2/8/24 2:42PM by Chuck Benson
 

GP Drops OT Game to Tornado & Tuesday night Round ball Action
It was an overtime heartbreaker at North Medford Tuesday night where the Tornado handed Grants Pass a 63 to 60 loss in overtime. The Cavemen trailed by 11 at the end of three quarters, but turned up the defense and held North Medford to six points in the final quarter with the score at 56 all at the end of regulation. The Tornado outscored GP 7 to 4 in the four minute overtime period.

The Cavemen were without starter Tyler McIntosh, but freshman Jordan Rosetta stepped up with his highest point output as a Caveman with 18 points. Gavin McLean added 13 and Payton Bruner hit for ten points.

The loss leaves Grants Pass at 5 and 3 in conference play, still in second place due to Roseburg losing to conference leading South Medford 88 to 78 leaving the Indians record at 4 and 3. The loss drops the Caveman OSAA ranking to 31st, right on the bubble for post season play.

One other Southwest Conference game last night had Sheldon almost doubling Willamette 82 to 44.
Posted on 2/7/24 9:30AM by Chuck Benson
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Jackson County Sheriff Detained Juveniles after Crashing while Eluding Police
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office detained four juveniles this week after they crashed a vehicle during an eluding incident outside Eagle Point. A Jackson County sheriff's deputy observed subjects with a case of alcoholic beverages running out of the White City 7-Eleven store to a 2004 Toyota 4-Runner early Wednesday morning and the vehicle eluded as deputies attempted to stop it. The elude continued until the suspect vehicle crashed near the intersection of Old Highway 234 and Agate Road in rural Eagle Point. The suspect were detained and deputies learned the female driver and three passengers were from Klamath Falls. One of them was listed as a runaway. Upon further investigation, deputies determined the suspects stole a 2017 Jeep Renegade in Klamath Falls and drove to the Medford area. The suspects admitted to breaking into multiple vehicles in the Central Point and White City area. The stolen Jeep was ditched in Central Point before the suspects stole the Toyota 4-Runner they eluded in.
Posted on 1/27/24 5:26AM by Chuck Benson
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Cavemen Les Schwab Team of the Month & Tuesday Round Ball Action
The Grants Pass Cavemen came up short in Roseburg last night, 74 to 64. Luke Morgan led four Cavemen in double figures with 18 points. Tyler McIntosh had 13, Gavin McLean and Payton Bruner each had 12. Grants Pass record drops to 8 and 8 overall and 2 and 2 in conference The Cavemen will have a quick turn around as they will head north once again tonight to face the 19th ranked South Eugene Axe at 6:45. The game will be carried live on KAJO with pregame starting at 6:15. The Grants Pass Boys Basketball team has been selected as the 6A recipient of the Les Schwab Team of the Month award for January 2024. Each winning team is chosen based on performance, dedication in the classroom, and service to the community.

The Lady Cavers beat the Indians, 73 to 25 at Heater-Newman. Grants Pass improves to 9 and 7 with the win. The Lady Cavers host South Eugene tonight at 6:45pm.

North Valley beat Sutherlin, 74 to 32 in Merlin last night. With the win the Knights improve to 5 and 3 in Far West League play.
Posted on 1/24/24 9:45AM by Chuck Benson
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GP boys Win, Lady Cavers Lose to Willamette
A balanced scoring attack coupled with a stingy defense earned Grants Pass a 57 to 31 victory over conference foe Willamette in the Heater-Newman gym Thursday night. Payton Bruner led Grants Pass scoring with 11. GP improved their record to 8 and 6 overall and 2 and 0 in Conference play tying them for the SWC lead with South Medford, who edged Sheldon Thursday night 58 to 57. One other boy’s game last night had South Eugene beating the Black Tornado in Medford 79 to 65.

The Lady Cavers lost tight one to Willamette, 50 to 47. Grants Pass is now 1 and 1 in league play, and 8 and 6 overall. Last night’s game propelled Willamette into the #2 ranking by the OSAA while GP dropped to 14th.
Posted on 1/12/24 9:33AM by Chuck Benson
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GP Boys & Girls Post Conference Wins, Valley Schools Results
The Grants Pass Cavemen opened Southwest Conference basketball competition last night at Heater-Newman Gym and handed the North Medford BlackTornado a 63 to 43 loss. The game was close with multiple lead changes in the 1st quarter before GP turned up their defense to lead by seven at the half. Then the Cavemen dominated the 3rd quarter scoring and eased to the 20 point win.

Luke Morgan lead a balanced scoring attack with 17 points while Payton Bruner added 13, Tyler McIntosh 11 and Gavin McLean contributed 10. The win pushes Grants Pass’s record to 7 and 6 overall. The Cavemen will host the Willamette Wolverines boys and girls Thursday in a game that was rescheduled from Friday due to inclement weather forecasts. The boy’s game tips at seven and will be broadcast live on KAJO.

The Lady Cavers started league play with a 43 to 29 win at North Medford. Grants Pass is now 8 and 5 overall, and are currently ranked #12 in the OSAA rankings. The Lady Cavers will also host Willamette Thursday with their game slated to tip off at 5:30 p.m.
Posted on 1/10/24 9:02AM by Chuck Benson
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