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Two Grizzlies make first-team all-state

Ashland High boys soccer player Gabe Lehrburger and girls soccer player Facie Graham both earned Class 5A first-team all-state soccer recognition when the Class 5A all-state teams were announced Monday.

Lehrburger, a senior defender who was voted the Midwestern League player of the year, helped the Ashland advance to the quarterfinals of the 5A state tournament. Graham, a senior forward who was also named the MWL POY, led the AHS girls to the quarterfinals.

Gio Magana was named the 5A boys player of the year and Christina Edwards of Summit earned the 5A girls POY award.

SOU raising money for championship trip

Southern Oregon University is inviting parents, boosters and fans to join the Raider football team on its trip to Daytona Beach, Fla., for the NAIA championship game on Dec. 19 against the Marian University (Ind.) Knights.

Along with accepting donations in exchange for spots on the team's charter flight – which will depart Monday and return Dec. 20 – SOU is seeking help from supporters to fund the trip. The NAIA pays for a portion of the travel, but additional financial assistance is needed.

The Raider Club is asking for a donation of $500 or more be made per airline ticket. Fans and families will be responsible for paying for ground transportation, food and game tickets.

The Raider Club is also accepting donations from those who can't make the trip as it attempts to raise between $50,000 and $70,000 in tickets and donations.

Fans interested in reserving a spot on the trip should contact Natasha Ford at fordn1@sou.edu or 541-552-6772. Those interested in donating to help fund the trip can contact Bobby Heiken at heikenb@sou.edu or 541-552-6824.

The game is scheduled to kick off at 3 p.m. Eastern Time, noon Pacific, and will air live on ESPNU.