Kiesling, Mayfield lead Ashland ski team at state meet

    The Ashland High Nordic ski team placed third in the boys and girls combined at the OISRA State Championships, held Friday and Saturday at Mount Hood's Teacup Nordic Center.

    The Grizzlies also placed third in the girls relay and the girls combined.

    Ashland's top individual placers were Alex Kiesling and Camelia Mayfield, who finished fifth and ninth, respectively, in the girls 5k classic. Ashland's Hannah Ewing finished 11th in the girls 6k freestyle (skating) event.

    Also contributing to the Grizzlies' overall team score were Lydia Zowanda (18th in freestyle, 29th in classic)Maggie Buktenica (24th in freestyle, 25th in classic), Sarah Britting (23rd in freestyle, 36th in classic) and Ginger Blackwell (62nd in freestyle, 68th in classic).

    Kiesling took eighth and Mayfield ninth in the girls combined.

    In the boys competition, Ashland's Colin Haug placed 21st in the boys 6k freestyle while Beam Blackwell took 26th. In the boys 5k classic, Blackwell finished 31st, Haug was 32nd and Garrett Ewing 33rd.

    Men's Lacrosse

    The Southern Oregon lacrosse team pulled out an impressive 23-5 win over Humboldt State on Saturday at University Field.

    Bubba VanEgdom led the scoring for the Raiders with eight goals. Several freshmen scored their first varsity goals as head coach Mark Brown substituted freely in the second half. Tyler Baumann (four assists) and Lump McQuown (two assists) spread the ball out freely, allowing the Raiders to take several uncontested shots.

    Southern Oregon's play was marred by penalties in the first half. In the second half SOU turned up its aggressiveness on offense, registering seven goals in the first five minutes. With a more controlled, but relentless attack on offense the Raiders were able to put the game out of reach in the third quarter.

    Both starting goalie Carter Boggess and reserve goalie Greg Morelli played well for SOU, making clutch saves.

    SOU next plays No. 17 Western Washington University and No. 8 Westminster College (Utah). A sweep of both teams could land SOU in the top 10 for the first time in team history.

    Chris Coats contributed to this article.

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