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Kitchell Summer Competition slated for tonight

The Coach Kitchell Summer Competition, featuring local football teams competing in a variety of games, will be held today at Walter A. Phillips Field starting at 5:30 p.m.

The Competition will include a 7-on-7 passing game that will utilize half the field as well as the seven-event lineman challenge, which tests each competitor's strength and football skills. The lineman challenge is made up of five-man relays that include the bench press, a grip strength contest, a 20-yard truck push, a farmer's walk , an obstacle course , a tractor tire flip and a tug of war tournament.

"We want to pay tribute to coach Dave Kitchell," Ashland football coach Charlie Hall said. "Part of his legacy was the time and effort he made in training and pushing student athletes in the summer to be the best they can be."

Kitchell was a longtime assistant coach at AHS and teacher at Bellview Elementary School who died of cancer in 2007.

The Kitchell Summer Competition is free to the community. The concession stand will be open and all proceeds will go to the Pacific Rim Bowl fund.

The South Medford High linemen are the reigning Kitchell Trophy winners. The winning team keeps the trophy until the next year's competition.

Prep Football

The Ashland High football team will be the first to occupy Southern Oregon University's home field in 2015, as the 14th Pacific Rim Bowl is set to take place July 31 at Raider Stadium.

The Pacific Rim Bowl, which pits AHS against a team of Japanese all-stars, takes place every other year with the teams alternating host duties. This will be the first time AHS won't host on its own Walter A. Phillips Field, which is expected to be undergoing a renovation during this year's PRB festivities.

A pregame ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. and kickoff is scheduled for 7:30. Admission costs $8 for adults and $4 for students.

Ashland holds a 7-6 lead in the all-time series after winning the last two meetings. AHS coach Charlie Hall – an SOU alum and former offensive coordinator for the Raiders – will be participating in his seventh Pacific Rim Bowl. Masaharu Nakao, who coached 2014 national champion Kwansei Gakuin High, will lead Japan's all-star team.

Included in the week of events will be a PRB Peace Ceremony at 11:40 a.m. on July 28 at the Lithia Park bandshell. SOU President Roy Saigo is among those slated to speak.

Originating with the first matchup in 1988, the series was inspired by a 1986 exhibition game between Southern Oregon and Kwansei Gakuin University of Kobe, Japan. The Raiders won, 21-17, at Raider Stadium.