Whether on the hockey rink or the baseball diamond, Casey Skolnik and Lewis Sebrell have been playing alongside one another since childhood. They're not actually brothers, but it could be forgiven if one thought of them as such.

"Blood lines," Skolnik said after their Ashland High hockey team captured the Southern League championship. "Are thicker than blue lines."

Ashland's dynamic duo, who were 1-2 in the league in scoring this season, were among four Grizzlies named to the All-Southern League first team, as selected by the league's coaches. Joining them on the elite squad were a pair of real life brothers, Stephan and Josh McLaughlin, as well as South Medford forwards Wyatt Small and Dane Irving and goaltender John Adamson.

South Medford coach Jon Andrews was voted coach of the year after leading the Panthers to the regular-season title. Skolnik is the Most Valuable Player.

"Casey is a unique player," Ashland coach Chris Bonelli said. "You have to know where he's at at all times."

Playing on the same line with Sebrell and Trevor Perry, Skolnik led the league in scoring (46 points), goals (20) and assists (26) during the regular season, then added two goals in the final period of the Grizzlies 4-1 win over South Medford in the championship game.

"Casey is probably most dangerous shooting the puck," Bonelli said. "If you put Casey with more skilled guys, his passing would look a lot better."

Sebrell finished second to Skolnik in scoring (30 points) and had 12 points in Ashland's four-game sweep through the Southen League playoffs.

"Those two connect so well," Bonelli said. "They have a sense of where each other is at on the ice without having to look."

While Skolnik and Sebrell provided the bulk of the offense, the McLaughlin brothers anchored the Grizzlies defense.

"I put Josh back on defense this year and he did a phenomenal job," Bonelli said.

Stephan McLaughlin passed on an opportunity to play with the Rogue Valley Wranglers of the NORPAC league to return to Ashland for his senior season. He was easily the league's top offensive defenseman tied for fourth in the league in scoring with 27 points (14G, 13 A), before adding three more in the championship game.

"He said 'I really owe it to my team and school to bring home the trophy,'" Bonelli recalled.

The 6-foot-1 Adamson was the leagu'e stop netminder, posting a 9-2-1 record and 2.17 goals against average.

"He's learned a lot this year," Andrews said of Adamson. "As a goalie, you have to be able to take away the angles and he does that very well."

South Medford's Small and Irving were third and fifth in the league in scoring, respectively and tied for third in the voting among forwards. Irving, just a freshman, scored three goals in the season opener against North Medford and finished second in the league with 19 goals (27 points).

North Medford had two players &

forward Trevor Heinsohn (22 points) and defenseman Matt McClure &

named to the second team.

All-Southern League Team

First Team

Forwards

Casey Skolnik Ashland Jr.

Lewis Sebrell Ashland Jr.

Wyatt Small South Medford Sr.

Dane Irving South Medford Fr.

Defense

Stephan McLaughlin Ashland Jr.

Josh McLaughlin Ashland Jr.

Goaltender

John Adamson South Medford Sr.

Second Team

Forwards

Zach Brown Klamath Falls Sr.

Trevor Heinsohn North Medford Sr.

Defense

Lane Littlefield South Medford Sr.

Matt McClure North Medford Sr.

Goaltender

Alex Young Klamath Falls Sr.

Third Team

Forwards

Zack Macdonald South Medford Sr.

Bryce Crawford Crater Fr.

Cody Chiverton North Medford Fr.

Defense

Cameron Hodnefield Crater Sr.

Lou Macias Klamath Falls So.

Player of the Year &

Casey Skolnik, Jr.,


Coach of the Year &

Jon Andrews, South Medford