Megan Ganim leads Ashland High girls to state ski title

Megan Ganim had strong runs in the slalom and giant slalom, leading the Ashland girls to a surprising overall championship in the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association state meet.

The meet was Thursday and Friday at Mt. Hood Ski Resort.

"I was so elated to see them win," coach Gary King said. "My eyes literally welled with tears of joy. We expected maybe a top three, but not to win it."

King coaches the seven schools that train together and make up the Southern Oregon League. The league sent 27 individuals to state.

Ganim spearheaded the Ashland charge, leading the Grizzlies to the team win in the slalom and to second in place in the giant slalom. The two finishes resulted in overall gold.

"I was talking to her after her first run in the slalom," said King. "She was so nervous, she said she took it easy on her first run and she was mad at herself. I could tell she was really determined to go for it on her second run, and she did. She really showed a lot of leadership."

Ganim, a senior, was sixth in the slalom, while Grizzly sophomore Sabina Schilling was eighth and sophomore Kesley McElvey was 12th. The top three on each team scored in team events.

It was the same three who led Ashland to runner-up in the giant slalom, with Ganim second, McElvey 10th and Schilling 15th.

Ganim was second overall among girls, McElvey was seventh and Schilling 11th.

College Softball

With sunny skies in the forecast, the Southern Oregon softball team will host its first official home games of the 2013 season this weekend when Northwest and Concordia come to town on Friday and Saturday.

Southern Oregon, 7-10 overall and 3-1 in Cascade Collegiate Conference play, will take on first-year program Northwest in a Friday afternoon doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. at University Field. Concordia will come to town Saturday for a pair of games beginning at 11 a.m.

The Raiders bounced back from a tough nonconference slate to open conference play 3-1 last weekend. Taking the longest road trip of the CCC season, SOU swept Eastern Oregon 8-0 and 5-3 last Friday before splitting with College of Idaho on Saturday with a 10-7 loss and a 6-3 win.

"It was a good weekend for us, especially with the long trip," SOU head coach Kim Fritts said. "We're feeling good going into this weekend and looking forward to playing some good softball."

The Raiders' offensive numbers improved last weekend. Julia Willison leads the team with a .286 batting average and a .432 on base percentage. Lauren Keel has tallied a team-high 13 hits and Alexa Gonzalez leads the squad with 20 total bases and 11 runs scored.

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