AHS boys water polo team goes back to back

TUALATIN — For the second straight year the Ashland boys defeated Parkrose for the Class 5A state water polo championship.

Forrest Kollar scored the game-winning goal on a breakaway pass from goalie Willis Plummer with 30 seconds remaining to guide the Grizzlies to the 11-10 win on Saturday at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center.

In the back-and-forth game, Ashland scored five goals in the fourth period to erase an 9-6 deficit.

Kollar, who scored a team-high three goals, was named to the first-team all-state team, along with teammates Jake Gavin and Wynn Michael.

Plummer and Lucas Opgenorth were second-team all-state, and Mahkah Wu was honorable mention all-state.

Parkrose defeated Ashland in the girls championship, 16-9.

Smith Freeman had a team-high four goals, Kallie Walker added three and Carlee Santee had 11 saves.

Freeman, Walker and Santee each earned first-team all-state. Teammate Jacy Mairs was second-team all-state, and Sarah Kasiah and Eliana Poole were honorable mention all-state.

Girls Volleyball

Ashland let the first game slip away but not the third-place match at the Class 5A state volleyball tournament Saturday in Hillsboro.

The Grizzlies rallied back behind the play of senior outside Hayley Ross to defeat Sherwood, 24-26, 25-8, 25-19, 25-23, at Liberty High Saturday.

It was the Grizzlies third consecutive top four finish in the last three years under coach Jodee Scott. Ashland finished third in 2007 and fourth in 2008.

"We executed efficiently," said Scott. "Our passing was right on the money so our setter could run whatever she wanted."'

Ross stepped up big with a team-high 20 kills.

"Hayley played inspired," said Scott. "She was on fire and wanted the ball a lot."

Ila Sturges, another senior outside, was active defensively with 20 digs to go with eight kills.

Ashland (21-10) received effective net play from middles Niki Small and Sam Boehnke. Small, a senior headed to Northern Arizona University, provided 16 kills, nine aces and two blocks, while Boehnke had nine kills and five blocks.

Ashland senior setter Callie McCoy handed out 52 assists and libero Piper Cantrell came up with 18 digs and four aces.

"We showed confidence," said Scott. "We took risks and challenged the line with our serve and weren't afraid to take the hard shot. The girls wanted to end their season with a win."

Boys Soccer

In a battle of co-11th ranked teams, Ashland, the top seed from the Southern Sky Conference, had its hands full with Bend in the Class 5A state quarterfinals Saturday in Bend.

Bend, the No. 3 seed from the Intermountain Conference, played nearly flawless soccer and set the tone with goals in the 27th and 32nd minutes to build a 2-0 lead in the first half. The Lava Bears advance to play Mountain View in the semifinals.

The Lava Bears went up 3-0 in the 52nd minute when Austin Crook scored the second of his two goals.

Adam Pavlich connected on the lone goal for Grizzlies (9-6-1) from two yards out in the second half.

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