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The Ashland High boys snowboard team was denied its second straight state championship Saturday, placing second to rival West Linn at the OISA Sato Cup at Mount Bachelor.
Ashland's Logan Kistler won the banked slalom by five one-hundreths of a second over Adam Kays of West Linn (34.84 seconds to 34.89) to lead the Grizzlies to the team win in that event.
Ashland's Henry Krant placed sixth in the banked slalom in 35.56.
Also for the Ashland boys, Niilo Snyder placed ninth in the individual slopestyle (160 points), Krant was seventh in the halfpipe (128 points), Ashland finished third in the squad slopestyle and Trey Coolridge placed 14th in the banked slalom (36.12).
"The overall feeling was just joy for being there," Ashland head coach Matt Faurot said. "We didn't try and invest too emotionally into trying to retain the title. It was in the back of our minds."
Kistler also made the semifinals of the boardercross for the second year in a row.
The South Medford girls also placed second overall — for the second year in a row — at state behind only Oregon City.
South's Lilian Taft placed fifth in the banked slalom (39.35), seventh in the individual slopestyle (105 points) and the Panther girls were second in the team slopestyle (274 points).
Casey Tratz led the South Medford boys by claiming a state title in the halfpipe (207 points). St. Mary's Teddy Schein placed second in the same event (177).
"It was pretty sweet that three of the top seven riders (in the halfpipe) were from southern Oregon," Faurot said, noting that Mount Ashland doesn't even have a halfpipe to practice on.