Raiders fall late to No. 18 Sonoma State

    ROHNERT PARK, Calif. — Ashley vonTillow's short shot off a rebound gave Sonoma State a 1-0 victory over Southern Oregon in nonleague action Monday at Seawolf Soccer Field.

    The Raiders (3-3) were trying to pull off what would have been a major upset over the undefeated Seawolves (5-0), who are ranked 18th at the NCAA Division II level.

    Sonoma State broke the scoreless tie late when vonTillow followed Holle Depina's header, which hit the post.

    For SOU, keeper Hannah Ceciliani made seven saves and Mia Volpatti kicked the team's only shot on goal, which was saved by Kristen Spear.

    Southern Oregon opens Cascade Conference play Friday at Rocky Mountain.

    College Football

    Southern Oregon freshman Tre Holmes was named Frontier Conference Defensive Player of the Week and the Raiders jumped eleven spots to No. 14 in the NAIA Top 25 coaches' poll Monday.

    Holmes, a defensive tackle from North Medford, had 2½ sacks and recovered a fumble to help the Raiders beat College of Idaho 41-25 in Caldwell, Idaho on Saturday.

    The Raiders, who were ranked No. 25 in the NAIA preseason poll, are one of three Frontier Conference teams in the top 20 — No. 5 Montana Tech and No. 11 Eastern Oregon are the others.

    Prep Football

    Ashland was held to 93 yards of total offense in a 46-0 nonleague loss to Summit, Saturday at Lakeview.

    In a game that was originally scheduled to be played in Ashland before being moved 170 miles east to avoid the smoke, the Storm jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead and was never threatened.

    Ashland quarterback Rieger Sayre completed 7 of 26 passes for 44 yards, and Austin Harris rushed for 39 yards. 

    Ashland's Drake Morey had a sack for the Grizzlies, who fell to 1-1 heading into Friday's Midwestern League opener at Churchill.

    Summit quarterback Henry Bledsoe completed 11 of 18 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown, and Tyler Smith rushed for 92 yards.

    Boys Water Polo

    Ashland walloped both South Albany and Marist in a pair of Southern Conference blowouts at the Ashland YMCA over the weekend.

    The Grizzlies beat South Albany 14-4 on Friday and Marist 14-1 on Saturday. Friday's game was Ashland's season opener.

    In their win over South Albany, senior Alex Dobry and junior Baylor Wiggins led the Grizzlies with four goals apiece, while sophomore Chris Frownfelter had two goals, two assists and four steals.

    Dobry scored five more goals the next night against Marist, while senior Elijah Lasoff and sophomore Rileigh Orr added three goals apiece.

    Ashland goalkeeper Oliver del Rio, a sophomore, had eight saves against South Albany and three against Marist.

    Prep Cross Country

    At Monmouth, Ashland sophomore EJ Holland won the boys 5,000 meters and the Grizzlies finished fifth out of 35 schools Saturday at the Ash Creek XC Festival on the Western Oregon University campus.

    Holland posted a winning time of 15:55.35.

    Jesuit, which had five runners in the top 11, was first in the team standings with 28 points. Ashland scored 140 points and Crater was sixth with 144.

    Ashland’s Alex Franklin placed 12th (16:37). Other Grizzly runners to score were Arlo Davis (25th, 17:02.99), Reed Pryor (41st, 17:33.94), Jordan Mortensen (68th, 18:01.89) and Henry Williams (78th, 18:18.57).

    Jantz Tostenson placed 18th (16:45.5) and Derek Tripp was 20th to lead Crater. Other Comet runners were Erik Olson (23rd, 16:58.80), Gabe Southmayd (26th, 17:04.24) and Logan Thurman (65th).

    In girls, Sage Reddish placed 15th to pace Ashland to fifth in the team standings. Reddish posted a personal best 5,000 time of 20:15.37.

    Jesuit’s Kelsey Gripekoven won the girls race (18:28.48) and the Crusaders were first in the team standings with 26 in the 25-team field.

    Ashland had 216 points and Crater was ninth (251).

    Other runners on the Ashland team were Hazel Richards (37th, 21:07.95), Maddie Armstrong (48th, 21:40.76), Milan Hague (65th, 22:17.90) and Cassidy Caprari (84th, 22:59.94).

    The Crater team had Elezebeth Allen (53rd, 21:50.59), Gracen Hokanson (60th, 22:10.05), Jade Hopkins (63rd, 22:16.14), Presley Robison (69th, 22:22.56) and Kylie Caldwell (70th, 22:24.36).

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