For Ashland High School, the most compelling week of the fall sports season has arrived.
The boys and girls soccer teams, boys and girls water polo teams and boys and girls cross country teams all will be in action this week, with the soccer and water polo teams looking to extend their seasons and the cross country teams aiming to go out on a high note.
The 10th-seeded Ashland girls soccer team kicks things off today with a game against seventh-seeded Corvallis (9-4-1) in the first round of the OSAA Class 5A state playoffs. The round of 16 game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. in Corvallis, where the Grizzlies (10-2-1), who finished second in the Midwestern League, will try to upset a Spartans team that was the runner-up in the Mid-Willamette Conference. The winner will face either No. 2 Summit or No. 15 Lebanon in the quarterfinals Saturday.
The Ashland boys soccer team, seeded eighth, begins its championship quest Wednesday at Walter A. Phillips Field against ninth-seeded Woodburn. The 5A playoff game is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. and features a Grizzlies team (11-1-2) that won the Midwestern League and hasn't lost a game since Sept. 26. Woodburn (11-2-2) placed third in the Mid-Willamette. The Ashland-Woodburn winner will face top-seeded Hood River Valley or 16th-seeded Silverton in the state quarterfinals Saturday.
Both water polo teams will face Bend in the 5A/4A playoffs Thursday at the Osborn Aquatic Center in Corvallis. The Ashland boys, seeded sixth, will play at 2:50 p.m. and the girls, seeded fifth, at 6:20 p.m. Winners will advance to the four-team state championships, Nov. 10-11.
The Ashland cross country teams, both of which placed second in the Midwestern League championships, will compete in the 5A state championships Saturday at Lane Community College in Eugene. The 5A girls race is scheduled to start at 1:15 p.m. and the 5A boys at 1:50 p.m.
Southern Oregon quarterback Tanner Trosin received national recognition Monday for his career-best performance over the weekend, and Raider forward Kelsey Randall was voted the Cascade Conference's offensive player of the week after helping the women's soccer team finish the regular season with two wins.
Trosin, a senior from Folsom, Calif., was first voted the Frontier Conference's offensive player of the week for the third time this season, and later was named the NAIA offensive player of the week. In Saturday's 44-19 win against Montana Western, which made the Raiders 8-0 and clinched at least a share of the conference title with two games to go, he passed for 502 yards, completing 33 of 47 attempts with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He connected on his first eight tries, helped three different receivers eclipse the 100-yard mark and totaled nine completions of 20 yards or more.
The 500-yard display was the fifth in SOU history, the first since Austin Dodge's third in 2013, and the first for Trosin. His career TD pass total shot to 42 (No. 4 on the all-time SOU list), and he's now thrown for over 300 yards in 10 consecutive outings.
Randall, a senior two-sport star from Concord, Calif., was a driving force in helping the SOU women's soccer team lock down the No. 5 seed in this weekend's Cascade Conference Tournament. The Raiders finished at 7-4 in conference play after defeating Providence (Mont.) on Friday in overtime, 2-1, and Carroll (Mont.) on Saturday in the regular-season finale, 2-0. Randall scored SOU's first goal against Providence, and she scored one and assisted the other a night later.
Randall finished with five goals in conference play, the fourth-most in the CCC, and brought her career totals 13 goals and 31 points.