Grizzlies inch closer to another SSC title

Neil Presicci scored twice to lead Ashland to a 2-0 Southern Sky Conference win over Klamath Union Saturday at Ashland Middle School.

Presicci converted his first goal, a free kick, three minutes into the match, then added another goal in the 49th minute from the top of the box.

Noah Sohl earned the shutout in goal for the Grizzlies (7-5-1, 6-1 SSC), who can clinch the Southern Sky championship and a No. 1 seed to state with a win over Crater (4-2 SSC) on Tuesday. The game, which will be played at Central Point, is Ashland's regular season finale, while the Comets finish with a game at Eagle Point on Saturday.

Heather Case scored in the 46th minute to lift visiting Ashland to a win 1-0 Southern Sky Conference win over Klamath Union Saturday at Klamath Falls.

Kai Yearsley assisted on the goal for the Grizzlies (6-1 SSC), who outshot Klamath Union, 22-6.

Goalkeeper Rinchen Thomas recorded the shutout for Ashland.

The Grizzlies can clinch the conference title and the league's No. 1 seed to state with a win over Crater (5-1 SSC) on Tuesday. The game, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., will be played at North Mountain Park.

Water Polo

The Ashland High boys and girls water polo teams both went 2-0 over the weekend in Eugene to claim Southern Conference tourney championships and advance to the sub-state tournament.

The Ashland boys (11-0) beat North Eugene 16-6 on Friday and Cottage Grove 10-5 on Saturday to punch their ticket to sub-state. Wynn Michael scored nine goals and was named the tournament MVP, while Lucas Opgenorth had six goals on seven shots against North Eugene and was voted the regular season MVP.

Jake Gavin added 14 steals, while Forrest Kollar scored four goals in each game. Gavin and goalie Willis Plummer were second-team all-conference picks and Kollar, Michael and Opgenorth were first-team selections.

The Ashland girls (11-0) trounced Marist 17-5 on Friday and edged North Eugene 11-5 in the championship match. Goalkeeper Carlie Santee had 26 blocks in the two games and was named the tourney MVP, while Smith Freeman came through with 11 goals in the tourney and earned regular season MVP honors.

Kalli Walker also came through for the Grizz girls, netting eight goals against Marist.

Sarah Kasiah was a second-team all-league selection, while Santee, Freeman and Walker were first-team picks for the Grizzlies.

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