Bruins place third in Bandon Cross Country Challenge

Brookings-Harbor runner Branko Briggs, left, competes with Glide’s Dyland Davis at the Fugate Cross Country meet. Below, Everest Abblitt finishes up his run during the meet.

Brookings-Harbor’s cross country team competed in the Bandon Fugate Farms XC Challenge last week at a cranberry farm south of Bandon.

Everest Abblitt led the Bruins, finishing fourth in their race in 19 minutes and 42 seconds.

The Bruins finished third behind Marshfield and Glide in the team race. Marshfield’s Jacob Calvert won the title in 17:58.

Brookings-Harbor’s Branko Briggs was seventh (20:03), Dane Steendahl 12th (21:46), Colby Nelson 14th ((22:27), Nicholas Varitek 21st (27:59) and Kyan Myers 24th (31:15).

It was the season opener for the Bruins, who will host their own invitational on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m.


After losing their first two matches of the season, the Bruins now have four wins in a row, two over Gold Beach and two in Far West League play, over Douglas and St. Mary’s.

Shelby Jirsa had 17 kills, 16 assists and 20 digs in the win over the Crusaders. Cameron Crosby had 12 assists, 12 digs and three aces.

Girls Soccer

Brookings-Harbor stayed unbeaten in the league soccer season, settling for a 0-0 tie with host Cascade Christian on Monday in Medford.

The Bruins were 3-0-1 heading into a match at South Umpqua on Wednesday.

Boys Soccer

Brookings-Harbor was 3-0 on the season before a Tuesday match at South Umpqua.

The Bruins won their lone match last week, blanking Sutherlin 8-0.

Bryan Valdovinos had a pair of goals, both assisted by Fabian Villa, who had three assists and a goal of his own in the match.

Uriel Cortes, Rylan Bruce, Austin Dietrich, Josh Serna and Dylan Hodge also scored for the Bruins in the win.


Brookings-Harbor lost its second game of the season Friday, falling at Sutherlin 15-6.

The Bruins face St. Mary’s this week in a game that will be played Friday at Phoenix High School.


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