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I’m almost back in Ashland, after spending most of the past 45 days in Copenhagen, as I’m writing this from SFO waiting for my final leg of the journey.
Today’s random, throwback photo is from May of 2015. All three girls in this photo are named Ellie. What are the odds?
Claire Hoffman, 10, Marist Catholic
Kalina Rivera, 12, La Salle Prep
Haley Smith, 10, Summit
Lauren Christie, 10, Lebanon
Tatiana Ensz, 11, Bend
Anna Houser, 12, Marist Catholic
Ellie Case, 12, Ashland
Emmerson Smith, 11, La Salle Prep
Kaci Cox, 10, Bend
Rachel Berger, 12, La Salle Prep
Isabella Rainaldi, 12, Summit
Sophie Griese, 11, La Salle Prep
Yesterday’s results were the best for the Grizzlies since the 2009 team took 3rd in Oregon. Ashland was the victim of the toughest matchup schedule of any team at the tournament. OSAA doesn’t adjust the brackets round by round, even after the first round (in which almost an entire week passes), so that the lowest seeded team plays the top seed, etc. Therefore, Ashland had to face the #2 seed and the #1 seed in their only two losses of the tournament. On the other hand, La Salle Prep (who won the same number of matches as Ashland during the year), came in second in the tournament by beating the #13 and #9 seeded teams before losing to #3-seeded Summit in the finals.
I know traditions are hard to break, but why not have each of the top teams play each of the other top teams over the two days? Seems much more fair to determine the final placements than the current system. All the teams are there sitting around waiting to play anyway.
From the Medford Mail Tribune:
ASHLAND 3, SANDY 1: At Ashland, Ellie Case racked up 19 kills and five aces for Ashland, which dropped the opening set but rebounded for a 23-25, 25-19, 25-14, 25-15 victory in the Class 5A state playoff home game.
The Grizzlies (22-7) advance to the state tournament and will open against second-seeded Lebanon at 3:15 p.m. Friday at Liberty High in Hillsboro.
Karlie Richardson accumulated 35 assists, five kills and four aces and Myla Norvell had 36 digs, five aces and three kills for the Grizzlies, who got 11 kills and three aces from Olivia Rooney.