The No. 3-ranked Ashland High volleyball team used a revamped lineup in pool play then turned it on late to edge Hidden Valley 25-20, 25-19 in the championship match of the eight-team Grizzly Tournament on Saturday at Ashland Middle School.
The Class 5A Grizzlies played without six varsity regulars who were taking their SAT tests and finished second to the Mustangs in pool play.
Ashland's roll to the title began with a 25-7, 25-21 win over Grants Pass. The Grizzlies then earned a measure of revenge on sixth-ranked Roseburg in the semifinals with a 20-25, 25-23, 15-7 victory — the 6A Indians had twice beaten Ashland heading into the tournament.
In the championship match, the Grizzlies turned the tables on the eighth-ranked Mustangs, who had previously won their pool play matchup 25-17, 26-24.
It took a little while, but Ashland finally broke through against host Crater in Southern Sky Conference girls soccer Saturday at Central Point's Dutch Meyer Field.
After neither team could find the net in regulation play, Ashland senior Carolyn Thomas tallied twice in overtime to boost her team to a key 2-0 road win.
The Grizzlies improved to 4-0 in SSC play and 5-5 overall with the win, while Crater dropped to 3-6 overall and 2-1 in league play.
Thomas snapped the scoreless tie five minutes into the first 10-minute overtime period, taking a feed from Kai Yearsley and then dribbling downfield before finally directing a shot into the goal.
In the second overtime period, Crater altered its offensive scheme to press forward but couldn't capitalize. Thomas' second goal came from close range on a rebound effort after a shot by Yearsley. During a scrum for the loose ball near the goal with a host of Grizzlies and Comets, Thomas found a small window to poke the ball into the net.
Junior goalkeeper Ben Purtzer scored a goal and had 11 saves to lead visiting Crater to the 3-2 victory against Ashland in a Southern Sky Conference game Saturday afternoon.Purtzer scored on a penalty kick in the sixth minute to start the scoring for the Comets (5-4-1, 2-1 SSC).Reed Chasmar, who scored both goals for Ashland (4-5-1, 3-1), tied the game at 1-1 with a goal in the 21st minute off an assist by Diego Harrison.Crater's Ivan Ramirez was assisted by Emanuel Estrada in the 53rd minute before Chasmar tied the game at 2-2 with a score in the 56th. Adam Pavlich assisted that goal.
Tony Ramirez then scored the game-winner in the 60th off an assist by J.D. Walker.
Crater hadn't scored a goal against Ashland since 2006.
Prep Cross Country
Wilder Schaaf won the boys race and Camelia Mayfield finished seventh in the girls race to lead Ashland High in the West Valley Coed Invitational Friday at Cottonwood, Calif.
Schaaf completed the 3-mile course in 16 minutes, 0.67 seconds, well ahead of second-place finisher Daniel Parker of Chico, who finished in 16:07.18.
Also finishing in the top 35 for the Ashland boys were: Paul Schwarzer (sixth, 16:39.04; Sam Jackson (26th, 17:45.53); Noah Kass (32nd, 18:00.42); and Isaac Schaaf (33rd, 18:03.68).
Mayfield crossed the finish line in 20:32.49, about a minute behind winner Kody Atkins of Chico, who finished in 19:29.47. Also representing the Ashland girls team were: Mia O'Dougherty (11th, 20:53.72); Alex Kiesling (20th, 21:41.06); Marshall Miller (22nd, 21:50.81); Hannah Ewing (24th, 22:06.68); Kelly Odion (25th, 22:13.55); and Dana Greenblatt (28th, 22:23.32).