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First-round mismatch?

At first glance, Ashland-The Dalles Wahtonka certainly looks like an unfair fight. Ashland is 24-2 and No. 2 in the OSAA ratings, while TDW is 5-15 and No. 30. But look a little closer and you’ll see that The Dalles Wahtonka was forced to forfeit 10 games – six of those would have been wins [...]

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Eight Grizzlies brace for state tennis tourney

Two singles players and three doubles teams will represent Ashland High in the OSAA Class 5A boys and girls state tennis tournaments, which begin today at the Portland Tennis Center (boys) and Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton (boys). Seniors Max Burt and Laurel Sager both will play first-round matches today in the singles tourneys, [...]

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Sam Jackson represents Ashland’s best hope at district meet

By Joe Zavala Ashland Daily Tidings Defending 800-meter state champion Sam Jackson is the only Ashland High athlete who will be favored to snag an automatic berth to state when the District 1 track and field meet begins today at Summit High School in Bend. The two-day event marks the first gathering of Special District [...]

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Ashland baseball, hecklers and pitchers

Friday was a terrible day for me. First, our milkman nearly blew a gasket when he discovered that I brought the wrong number of bottles for our weekly pickup (“Now we have to do ANOTHER lid switch”). Then, my editor brought to my attention two typos – I somehow placed a needless apostrophe into the [...]

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Check those bats

In case you missed it, this story by Kris Henry of the Mail Tribune describes the confusing world Oregon baseball coaches live in. One season, a bat is legal, and the next it’s not. There’s a list. Better keep that list handy, lest you face South Medford, whose assistant coach works at Cascade Athletic Supply [...]

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Are the Grizzlies really this good?

The short answer is no. Yes, I realize 11 wins in a row is impressive no matter who you’re beating. But it’s worth mentioning that the Ashland High baseball team, which improved to 17-1 with today’s sweep of Eagle Point, is probably benefiting from its unfortunate status as an unofficial independent. Technically, the Grizzlies compete [...]

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Hartrick to join Raiders? Maybe

Former Ashland High volleyball star Taylor Hartrick, who graduated from AHS in 2009 and attended the University of Hawaii-Hilo on a volleyball scholarship, is back in Ashland and considering joining the Southern Oregon University volleyball team. Hartrick was a ferocious middle blocker for the Grizzlies, earning the Southern Sky Conference player of the year award [...]

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Best of 2010, Part III

Rolling Stone: Best Raider ever? Lindsey Stone makes her case, picking up her third Cascade Conference player of the year award and leading the SOU women’s volleyball team back to the NAIA National Championships final site. More remarkable, Stone’s fantastic senior season came after a year-long hiatus from volleyball. Every second counts: The Ashland High [...]

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Best of 2010, Part II

So many moments, I needed to divide it into parts: Kickin’ it: Months before “The (x-country) Decision” Sam Jackson uses a spectacular 100-meter sprint at the end of the 5A 400-meter state championship race to grab the gold. His move buries four rivals and gives Jackson an epic victory at Hayward Field. Jackson’s time of 1:57.16 goes down [...]

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