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Volleyball tonight and tomorrow

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SOU volleyball – Lauren McGowne

@SOURaiders @RaiderVB

Ashland High School volleyball is also happening tonight at 6 p.m.

Raiders head to Idaho

SOU football Dylan Young

SOU football – Dylan Young

@SOU_Football @SOURaiders @DY_Lee11

This weekend the Southern Oregon University football team will be on the road again, taking on the College of Idaho Yotes. Carroll is the only team in the Frontier Conference getting much respect from the coaches doing the NAIA national rankings. The coaches seem to look more at records and the teams’ performances in prior years than strength of schedule in the current year, who a team beat, or where games take place.

College of Idaho doesn’t garner any votes from the coaches, but more accurate and objective rankings like Hensley Ratings say otherwise. There, the Yotes are ranked #15. In addition, College of Idaho is undefeated at home. Still, Hensley Ratings predicts the Raiders will be victorious by a touchdown.

AHS volleyball heads into final, regular-season weekend

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Ashland High School volleyball – Olivia Rooney and Myla Norvell

The Grizzlies headed up I-5 to Central Point to take on the first place Crater Comets last night. The place was packed, hot, and loud. Ashland won the first set, but ultimately didn’t come out victorious. Crater had won all 18 of their previous home sets this year so Ashland did do something unprecedented even if they didn’t end up with a W.

Ashland did not fall in the rankings. Assuming they remain at #7 after Friday’s match and Saturday’s tournament, they will have a home play-in game on Tuesday, October 28 against South Albany, currently ranked #25. Assuming Ashland wins that one, they will then have a home game against #10 Marist on November 1. If the rankings change, they could end up playing #9 Crescent Valley or #11 Pendleton.

130 years ago

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Ashland, Oregon (1884)

Bandon, Oregon sunset

Down to #7

SOU football Dustin Fretwell

SOU football – Dustin Fretwell

@SOU_Football @SOURaiders

With the Raiders loss to Carroll College the NAIA Football Coaches Poll rather unfairly dropped SOU three spots in the rankings. Both Carroll and SOU are undefeated against a similar schedule. (In fact, SOU has one more win than Carroll and no more losses.) SOU beat Carroll by 3 points at home. Carroll beat SOU by 2 points at home. Anyone who has watched both of those games would say that the teams are evenly matched. They would probably win about 50 games each if they played each other 100 times. Yet Carroll is ranked #3 while SOU is ranked #7. Why?

If SOU wins the rest of their games they will get at least one home game in the playoffs. However, if Carroll wins the rest of their games they will get at least two home games in the playoffs. Why?

Hopefully, SOU wins the rest of their games and a few teams ahead of SOU in the current rankings are upset between now and November 15.

The Hollowbodys and Channel 3 @ Johnny B’s

The Hollowbodys Rogue Theatre

The Hollowbodys

Soothesayers and Expired Logic are also on the bill this Thursday night (10/23/14).

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