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Taft sports roundup Tigers put together best volleyball showing; soccer teams stumble

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Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 1:53 pm | Updated: 2:29 pm, Tue Oct 2, 2012.

Playing what coach Frank Napoleon called his team's best league match of the season, Taft extended host Central to the brink in two of three games before falling 28-26, 25-14, 25-23 on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

"The team played well on defense picking up Central's spikes," Napoleon said.

Napoleon cited sophomore Katie McCardell, senior McKenna Sarvis and junior Taylor Adams in the Tigers; closest match of the season.

McCardell led Taft with eight kills and six blocks, Wilkinson in assists with seven and Sarvis in digs with nine.

A league match scheduled Thursday, Sept. 27, at Newport was rescheduled for Monday Oct. 1, and the Tigers hosted Cascade on Tuesday, Oct. 2 (past The News Guard's print deadline).

Taft hosts Stayton at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, plays at a tournament hosted by Junction City on Saturday, Oct. 6, and is at Philomath on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Cross-country — Seven Taft runners, Taryn Brewer, Zach Colbert, Kendal Gile, Eva Barten, Sarahi Herver, Evan Stanfill and Grant Prins, posted personal-best times Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Woahink Lake Cross-Country Invitational in Florence.

Herver, a sophomore, led Taft with a 48th-place finish among the girls in 23:09.50.

Senior Bobby Brandenburg was 69th among the boys in the 5,000-meter race in 19:28.60, while Soleil Zumhafe was 59th in the girls’ competition in 23:39.30.

Brandenburg and Zumhofe are 14th in the Oregon West Conference with season-best times of 18.37 and 22.58, respectively, in the Murv Fanning Invitational at Agate Beach on Sept. 8.

Soccer — The Taft High boys’ soccer team lost 9-0 at Stayton in the league opener on Tuesday, Sept. 25, then 7-1 at home to Philomath on Thursday, Sept. 27.

Details were not reported.

The Tigers were at Central on Tuesday, Oct. 2 (past The News Guard's print deadline), and Newport on Thursday, Oct. 4, and will host Cascade at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Meanwhile, the Tigers' girls' team failed to fare much better in 3-1 and 12-0 defeats to Stayton at home and at Philomath on Tuesday, Sept. 25, and Thursday, Sept. 27, respectively.

Details were not reported.

The Taft girls played Central at home on Tuesday, Oct. 2 (past The News Guard's print deadline), host Newport at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct.4, and are at Cascade on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

For the full story, pick up the Oct. 3 edition of The News Guard or read it online in our e-edition.

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