Grizzlies ousted from 5A playoffs by No. 1 Sherwood

Ashland struggled against undefeated and top-ranked Sherwood, which rushed for 644 yards and cruised to a 63-14 first-round Class 5A playoff victory Friday at Sherwood.

Jake Scarminach accounted for both the ninth-ranked Grizzlies' touchdowns. His two-yard run in the opening quarter tied it at 7-all before Sherwood (10-0) took control. He also connected with Lee Dodds on a 46-yard touchdown pass just before the half.

Dodds had six receptions for 120 yards, while Scarminach threw for 162 and paced the Grizzlies (7-3) on the ground with 37 yards. Sherwood's Steven Long rushed for 213 yards and four touchdowns on just six carries. Cody Setere added 133 yards on the ground with a score.

Prep Water Polo

The Ashland High boys water polo team advanced to the state championship game for the third year in a row with a 10-7 win over Parkrose, while the Ashland girls suffered a semifinal setback to Sandy, 11-3, Friday at Corvallis.

The Grizz boys were led by Forrest Kollar's two goals and four assists and Adam Good's five goals and one steal, and will play West Albany at 10 a.m. today in the 5A-4A state championship game. A win would give the Grizzlies three straight state titles.

The Ashland girls got one goal and three assists by Sadie Kasiah, but will have to settle for third or fourth place today. The Grizzlies will play North Eugene in the third-place match at 8:45 a.m.

College Wrestling

Eighth-ranked Great Falls won three of the first four matches then held on for a 28-12 victory over 12th-ranked Southern Oregon in front of one of the biggest crowds in the last few years Friday at McNeal Pavilion.

The Argos (1-0) and Raiders (0-1) will both take part in Saturday and Sunday's SOU open.

Great Falls opened the dual with a 14-4 major decision victory by Akmal Adilov at 125 pounds and after SOU's Jared Dalgleish scored a 9-3 victory at 133, Great Falls ran off back-to-back victories for a 10-3 lead.

Junior Tommie Hooper brought the McNeal Pavilion fans to their feet with a last second 6-4 victory over third-ranked Michael Hader. With the match tied at 4-4 with under 20 seconds left in the final period for the victory. After the Argos were penalized a team point, the Raiders had cut the lead to 9-6.

Ross Mosher put the Argos back in control with a major decision victory at 165, but back came the Raiders at 174. Seventh-ranked Austin Vanderford pinned ninth-ranked Noah Halton in 2:01 to cut the Great Falls' advantage to 13-12.

Top-ranked Michael French had his hands full at 184 with SOU's Tyler Thomas before pulling out a 7-5 overtime victory to push the UGF lead to 16-12.

"Austin brought us back into match, but we couldn't follow through after that," SOU head coach Mike Ritchey said. "They seemed to want it a little more then we did tonight. We had some young guys out there and they looked a little afraid at times. But it's early in the season. We just need to get used to wrestling harder and finishing matches."

The Argos iced the match with a pin by Levi Morgan at 197 and Juan Enriquez at heavyweight.

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