The Ashland High boys golf team placed seventh out of 17 teams and Ginny Cotton led the AHS girls with a third-place finish as the Grizzlies began their 2017 season with a solid performance in the Marshfield Invitational Monday at Bandon Dunes.

For the Ashland boys, Kadyn Kimbrough shot an 86 and team captain TJ Ferreira a 92 to help the Grizzlies score 388 as a team. Senior Ben Burkholder shot a 96 and sophomore Johnathan Ferreira a 114.

Cotton overcame wind and rain to lead the Ashland girls.

"It's the best start AHS has had as a team in about four years," Ashland head coach Aidan Jones said, "and I'm looking forward to a great season with both the boys and girls teams."

College Athletics

Eight individuals from Southern Oregon University's winter sports teams have been named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes, the last of which were announced Monday by the national office.

To qualify for the accolade, one must be at least a junior academically with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or better and at least one year of enrollment at their current institution.

The Raider women's basketball team, which went 27-5 and won another Cascade Conference title, had four such student-athletes: seniors Tiani Bradford (pre-physical therapy major), Majerle Reeves (mathematics and pre-nursing) and Demi Sahlinger (interdisciplinary studies; health and P.E. emphasis), and junior Toria Bradford (chemistry).

SOU's men's basketball team had only two upperclassmen, but two of them — graduate student Justin Martin (business marketing) and junior Kenny Meyer (business management) — made the list.

Two more represented the Raider men's wrestling team: graduate student James Bowers (teaching) and senior Tyler Cowger (health and P.E.), who recently became a four-time NAIA All-American.