Two Ashland High teams can advance to the Sweet 16 of their respective sports today, and another will be going for a spot in final eight-team state tournament.
Two Ashland High teams can advance to the Sweet 16 of their respective playoff brackets today, and another will be going for a spot in final eight-team state tournament.
The Ashland boys soccer team hopes to be the first to advance when it hosts Willamette at 1:30 p.m. at Ashland Middle School. The 10-3 Grizzlies won the 5A Southern Oregon Hybrid, while Willamette (3-10) finished fifth in the 5A Midwestern Hybrid.
The Grizz boys enter the match ranked fifth following a strong regular season that included wins over 6A foes South Medford, Grants Pass, Roseburg and North Medford.
The Ashland girls soccer team also hosts Willamette, at 4 p.m. at North Mountain Park. The Grizz girls are 5-8 after finishing first in the 5A Southern Oregon Hybrid, while Willamette is 2-10-1 and took fifth in the Midwestern Hybrid.
Ashland and Willamette aren't seperated by much in the 5A rankings — the Grizzlies are ranked 25th while the Wolverines are 29th.
Ashland's volleyball team already has a play-in win under its belt — the Grizzlies on Tuesday outlasted Springfield in four games — and today will be traveling to face Liberty for a spot in next week's eight-team Class 5A state tournament. The round of 16 match between the 15th ranked Grizzlies (11-8) and fourth-ranked Falcons (19-3) is set to begin at 7 p.m., at Liberty High School.
Ashland's boys and girls water polo teams also put their seasons on the line today, when they compete in the sub-state tournament in Albany. Wins there will advance the Grizzlies to the final site.