Ashland opens new season with hard-fought victory

Ashland rode a dominating effort by middles Teague Teece and Sam Boehnke to a season-opening, four-set win over Cascade Christian in nonconference volleyball action Tuesday night at Mountain Avenue Gym.

Teece had 12 kills and seven blocks and Boehnke had nine kills and three blocks as the Grizzlies survived a scare from the Class 3A Challengers to pull out a 25-17, 25-20, 23-25, 27-15 victory.

"They played with a lot of heart," Ashland head coach Emily Stone said. "That Cascade Christian team is scrappy so that challenged our girls consistently to make sure that we were constantly on our toes and ready to play ball."

Cassie Hall led the Grizzlies with 19 assists while fellow setter Danit Hubbell added 16. Ashland also got nine kills out of Piper Cantrell.

Ashland outside hitter Mo Keller clinched the match by tooling a block.

Stone said the Grizzlies need to work on their consistency before Thursday's Southern Oregon Conference opener against Crater.

"It definitely was an inconsistent match," she said. "But I'm thrilled with how much fight our girls had in them."

The Ashland-Crater match is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Monster Dash

The second annual Monster Dash Holloween Fun Run will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 31, just prior to the Holloween parade in downtown Ashland.

The Dash will include both a 5-kilometer run and a 1-mile fun walk in Lithia Park ending on the main plaza. Costumes are encouraged and there will be awards for runners by age group and prizes for best costumes by individual groups.

For more information or to register visit, or call Jeanne Walcher at 541-488-4897 or Susan Bacon at 541-482-8197.

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