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Ashland ski team off to state meet

The Ashland High nordic ski team sent six girls and three — boys to the state championships, today and Saturday at the Willamette — Pass Ski Area Nordic Center.

Representing the girls will be: Victoria Mayfield, Kara — Reinhardt, Sarah Spector, Natalie Jablonski, Maelia Dubois and Lucy Curran. — The boys are Shawn Reinhardt, Gabe Hoxmeier and Keith Smelcer.

The Ashland girls took third and the boys fourth in the — final Southern Oregon League meet of the season last week - a 4.8-kilometer — race. Kara Reinhardt paced the Grizzly girls with an eighth-place performance — in 22 minutes, 6 seconds, while Victoria Mayfield finished 12th in 22:48. — Mayfield was Ashland's top placer in the final league standings, ending — up 17th overall.

For the Grizz boys, Shawn Reinhardt took 18th in the final — race (19:41) to place 11th in the final team standings, tops for any Ashland — racer. Smelcer finished 31st (22:21) in the last race.

Boys basketball

At Phoenix, Drew Reed was a one-man wrecking crew for — the Mazama Vikings on Thursday night. The 6-foot-2 junior post scored — a game-high 25 points as the Vikings defeated Phoenix 56-51 in a Skyline — Conference playoff game.

Mazama will now meet Klamath Falls rival Henley on Saturday, — with the winner of that game traveling to Central for a first-round, Class — 3A state playoff contest.

Senior wing Justin Krafft scored 20 points to lead Phoenix. — Sophomore point guard Dustin Smith logged his best effort of the season — for the Pirates with 12 points, five assists and only one turnover.

Smith drilled three 3-point baskets in the fourth quarter — - and four in all - to keep Phoenix close. But no one else was able to — muster any offense.

"They were in a zone and Dustin was the only one able — to hit an outside shot in the fourth quarter," Phoenix coach Kevin Dixon — said. "We've struggled to score these last few games."

Phoenix dropped its last four to finish the season 13-12, — but returns seven of its 10 varsity players for 2005-06.

"Nothing went right these last two weeks but I'm not discouraged," — Dixon said. "Next season, we'll come back strong."

MAZAMA (56) - Hernandez 7, Baker 15, Rios 5, Reed 26, — Duriglo 0, Dill 2, Saltenberger 0, Toller 1, Hummel 0, Poetsch 0. Totals: — 22 9-15 56,

PHOENIX (51) - Bursk 5, Krafft 20, McKinnis 3, Smith 12, — Decuir 5, Shepherd 0, Ritchie 2, Joseph 4, Sinner 0. Totals: 18 7-14 51.

Mazama 12 13 17 14 - 56

Phoenix 17 9 15 10 - 51

3-point goals - Mazama — (Baker 1, Rios 1, Reed 1), Phoenix — 8 (Bursk 1, Krafft 2, McKinnis 1, Smith 4).

Softball

At Hayward, Calif., the 19th-ranked Southern Oregon University — softball team suffered a pair of narrow setbacks at the Nor-Cal Invitational — on Thursday.

Southern fell to 1-2 on the season by dropping a 2-0 decision — to Biola, Calif. followed by a 6-5 setback to Bethany, Calif.

In Game 1, the Eagles made two first-inning runs off Raider — starter Julianne Cree stand despite a seventh-inning SOU threat that advanced — runners to second and third.

Game 2 had Southern erasing a 2-0 deficit with five straight — runs, including a three-run homer by junior outfielder Leann Foster, but — the Bruins scored four times in the top of the seventh inning to record — the upset victory.

"This was not a good day for us, and we'll see what sort — of character this team has tomorrow against two excellent programs," a — disappointed Raider coach Larry Binney said.

SOU faces Notre Dame de Namur at 10 a.m. and 18th-ranked — Azusa Pacific at 2 p.m.