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  • BOYS BASKETBALL

    Stanley leads Grizz rebuilding effort

    Junior wing enjoying success after transferring to Ashland from South Medford
  • It has become a sort of axiom in the sports world: Adversity often precedes success, toughening up the athlete and inspiring growth.
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    • Gabe Stanley
      Who: Ashland High 6-foot-1 junior wing.
      Scoring: A transfer from South Medford High School who is playing his first year of high school hoops, Stanley is averaging 10.2 points per game with a se...
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      Gabe Stanley
      Who: Ashland High 6-foot-1 junior wing.

      Scoring: A transfer from South Medford High School who is playing his first year of high school hoops, Stanley is averaging 10.2 points per game with a season-high of 24.

      Up next: Ashland at North Valley, Saturday.
  • It has become a sort of axiom in the sports world: Adversity often precedes success, toughening up the athlete and inspiring growth.
    Gabe Stanley and the Ashland High boys basketball team is counting on it. And thanks in part to Stanley, there's reason for hope.
    While the Grizzlies struggle through one of the worst seasons in program history, Stanley has quietly made the most of his opportunity. A 6-foot-1 junior wing, Stanley has been a pleasant surprise for the Grizzlies since transferring from the South Medford High school district last summer, averaging a team-high 10.2 points per game, including a season high of 23 points for an Ashland team that's averaging a meager 41.4.
    A deceptively quick slasher with a unorthodox but effective jump shot, Stanley was just hoping for playing time when he decided to re-commit to the sport after his family moved back to Ashland last summer. Then, says sixth-year head coach Larry Kellems, Ashland lost six would-be varsity players to various circumstances, opening a door for anybody who was willing to step up. Stanley was, and quickly established himself as the Grizzlies' premier playmaker.
    "I remember, we played South (Medford) during the summer league and I scored like 24 against them," he recalls, "and then I scored like 28 against Phoenix and in the 30s against Grants Pass, so I felt like I could do pretty well on the high school team."
    That despite the fact that Stanley had yet to play a minute of high school basketball, varsity or otherwise.
    "At that point," Kellems added, "I knew (Stanley) was definitely going to be varsity and probably going to be one of the starters.
    "He definitely has a good quick first step to the hole, and he can attack the basket pretty well. He can shoot the 3. It's a crazy shot — sometimes it's so flat and other times he's got some arc on it."
    But it often goes in, which has helped Ashland remain competitive against opponents that are comparable in terms of school size. As far as the big schools go, however, the Grizzlies are having trouble keeping scores respectable.
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