Ashland taps former Grizz Stone to coach VB team

One of the best players to ever bump a volleyball at Ashland High will soon be showing the next generation of Grizzlies how to do the same.

Emily Stone, who starred as an all-conference defensive specialist before graduating in 2004 and eventually playing for Southern Oregon University, has been hired as Ashland High's next head coach.

The hiring was one of two announced by the school Friday. Also filling a head coaching vacancy was Bill Bowers, who will take over Ashland's wrestling team for the third time after two previous short stints in 1984-85 and 2006-08.

Stone replaces Jodee Scott, who left after three successful seasons to pursue her teaching credentials in Florida, while Bowers takes over for Joe Crane, who resigned after two seasons to focus on finishing his education.

According to Ashland High athletic director Karl Kemper, the prospect of adding Stone to the school's coaching staff received "overwhelming support."

"She has extensive experience coaching club volleyball and is eager for the challenge of her first high school job," Kemper said through a press release. "She is highly organized, motivated, and driven to maintain the level of excellence that the program has traditionally had. We are fortunate to have such a strong leader in front of our student-athletes."

Bowers, a former Oregon State wrestler, returns for his third stint as Ashland wrestling coach. Bowers returned to coaching when the program returned from a long hiatus in 2006 then stepped down after two seasons to spend more time with his family.

Bowers' kids have since graduated, freeing up more time for wrestling.

"(Bowers) is a very positive role model who connects well with kids and truly values developing the whole person in the young people he works with," Kemper said. "We look forward to him getting some momentum going in building the program by attracting more athletes."


At Eagle Point, the Ashland Pilots were swept by Eagle Point, 9-2 and 6-5, Friday at The Yard.

The losses dropped the Pilots to 3-3 heading into Monday's home games against the Grants Pass Miners.

In the second game, the Pilots rallied back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game on Ethan Schlecht's two-run double in the top of the sixth, but an error allowed the Eagles to plate the winning run in the bottom of the inning.

Pilots pitcher Billy Hansen was tagged with the loss in Game 2, and Evan Westhelle-Grant was the Game 1 loser.

Schlecht had two doubles, three RBIs and a sac fly to lead the Pilots.

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