Ashland High Snowboard Team

This was the website for the AHS Snowboarding Team. As of 2014 the Ashland High Snowboard Team won four OISA state championship in seven years. The content below is from the site's archived pages and other outside sources. You can follow the OISA High School Snowboard Team, Ashland Grizzlies on Facebook to see what they are currently up to.

The content below is from the site's archived pages and other sources.



Competition Information

2009-2010 Competitions are as follows:

Jan 30th IBS Competition

Feb 5th IBS Competition

Feb 6 BDX Competition

Feb 13 Slope Style

Feb 19 Slope Style

Feb 26 Half-Pipe ( Mt Shasta )

March 9-13 State Competitions

This year, due to a scheduling problem, the Huckleberry Inn ( The Huck ) could not house our team. Windell's snowboard camp to the rescue!

Windells ( ) will be our home during the State Competitions. Windells will provide lunch and dinner at the snowboard camp and a sack lunch for up on the hill. In addition, they have offered us free use of their skate park.

In addition to your toiletries and change of clothes, and snowboard gear, you will need to bring a sleeping bag. If you intend to use the skate park, you will need to bring your skateboard and helmet.



2012 Competitions are as follows


3rd & 4th Banked Slalom & Boarder Cross Mt Ashland 7:45 am

11th & 25th Slopestyle Mt Ashland 7:45


3rd 1/2 pipe Mt Shasta

13th-17th  2012 OISA State Championships @ Mt Bachelor


Related: When my daughter rushed in to show me this news clipping from Rogue News, so excited I could barely understand what she was saying, I was putting the final touches on a birthday cake for her younger brother, Jona, possibly the biggest Batman fan in the world. "Let me put on my fashionable Batman t shirt first," I pleaded along with a request for keeping the birthday presents secret. We had purchased some glorious Batman shirts at our favorite webstore for Jona's birthday celebration and needed it to remain a surprise. But I suspect the secret was out when I noticed a knowing grin and some certain eye contact between the siblings when I mentioned how much I liked my own Batman t shirts and that I was reading up on the recommended ways to care for my shirts. I tried to turn the attention to the championship matches - it turned out that I think I ended up reading every post there was about the boys winning their 3rd OISA state championship even though I already knew the results since my kids had attended the meet at Mount Bachelor with our neighbor and his daughter. But their joy was infectious and I sat down with them as they identified each of the snownboarders in the pic. And Jona acted very surprised and pleased when his presents were opened. He's been wearing the Always Be Batman t shirt until I told him it needed washing.

Posted Mar 22, 2012 at 2:00 AM

Led by Elias Opgenorth and Henry Krant, the Ashland High boys snowboard team captured its third OISA state championship Saturday at Mount Bachelor in Bend.
The Grizzlies placed third in the team banked slalom, team slopestyle and team half pipe to snag the Sato Cup for the first time since 2009, when Ashland completed a back-to-back state championship run.
Krant placed fourth in the halfpipe, Opgenorth fifth in the banked slalom and Will Small ninth in the banked slalom and 14th in slopestyle to lead the Grizz boys.
More than 180 snowboarders from eight leagues and 23 schools competed at Mount Bachelor. The top four individual halfpipe scores on the boys side all came from southern Oregon snowboarders.
Making up Ashland’s banked slalom team was: Opgenorth, Logan Kistler, Small and Andrew Blocher.
Ashland’s halfpipe team included: Brenden Barber, Krant, Marley Schwartz and Kelly Honsinger.
Ashland’s slopestyle first team competitors were: Barber, Krant, Opgenorth and Schwartz. And its slopestyle second-teamers were: Lucas Golding, Kistler, Small and Niilo Snyder.
The Ashlnad snowboard team was coached by Matt Faurot.


Wreath Sales

Wreath Sales are the main fundraiser for the snowboard team. Each boarder is given a wreath packet that contains receipts, sales list, picture of wreath, and instructions that include such information as due dates for returning the wreath packets, where to return, etc.

Money needs to be collected at the time of sale. No wreaths will be ordered if money is not collected ahead of time. The two payment options are cash and check.

It is very important that you correctly list customer's name, address, phone #, quantity, and method of payment at the time money is received. Waiting until later usually ends up in one of your customer's not getting his or her wreath.

Total number of wreaths as well as totals for cash and check are the responsibility of the boarder and their parent. These totals should add up before turning in your money on collection day.

Two forms are available: One for listing the wreaths sold, and the other receipts to give customer.


2014 NEWS

Posted Mar 19, 2014

Ashland Boys Claim Another State snowboard Title

By Joe Zavala

The Ashland High boys snowboarding team overcame a host of obstacles to claim its fourth OISA state championship in seven years with a dominant performance over the weekend at Mount Bachelor.

Led by seniors Logan Kistler, Henry Krant and Hunter Williams and freshman Che Tratensek-Contor, the Grizzlies swept all three team competitions — banked slalom, slopestyle and halfpipe — to garner the most points possible, 3,000. Sandy was the runner-up with 2,100 points and defending champion West Linn placed third with 2,000.

On the girls side, Oregon City claimed first with 2,550 points, South Medford finished fourth with 1,525 and Ashland was ninth.

With Mount Ashland snowless and closed all winter the Grizz boys were forced to hit the road in order to qualify for state, traveling to Mount Hood, Hoodoo Ski Area in Sisters and Mount Bachelor in Bend. All told, said head coach Matt Faurot, the Grizzlies spent more than 50 hours on buses over the past three weeks.

But all that traveling paid off in a big way Saturday night at the Seventh Mountain Resort in Bend, where the Grizzlies, who already knew that they had placed first in Thursday's banked slalom, were named the winners in both the slopestyle and halfpipe, locking up a resounding team victory and bringing the Sato Cup back to Ashland.

"You just really feel really good for the kids when they announce their school," said Faurot, who also led the AHS boys to state titles in 2008, 2009 and 2012. "And being such a difficult year, there was a lot of uncertainty and a lot of confusion, early mornings and late nights. And this group of kids just rode their love of snowboarding to the finish line. For me, it was just a sense of gratitude for being able to work with such an amazing group of kids."

Ashland started the week with a bang Thursday in the banked slalom. Kistler finished his second run in 34.43 seconds, good enough for third place, and Williams clocked in at 34.75 for fifth. Krant finished 22nd and senior Conner Stanek 25th to round out a strong top four for the Grizzlies. That added up to 1,468 team points, just enough to outdistance second-place Sandy (1,410) and grab the early momentum.

The Grizzlies kept it going in the slopestyle competition Friday, when Tratensek-Contor led four Grizzlies who scored 64 points or more to claim another team title. Tratensek-Contor impressed the three judges well enough to garner a team-high score of 70, followed by Kistler (66), Williams (65) and Krant (64). That was enough for a solid first-place total of 265, followed by Tualatin (251) and Sandy (233).

"That was one of those events that I was mildly surprised to see us do so well," Faurot said. "With Mount Ashland being closed we had very minimal training on those large jumps. It just amazes me that these boys can pull it together in a couple days and go on their will and previous experience. They only went to Mount Bachelor a handful of times, but it doesn't seem to affect them."

Although they didn't know it, the Grizzlies' success in the slopestyle all but locked up the Sato Cup, but they made the final gap even wider with Saturday's performance in the halfpipe. Kistler led the team in the judged event with an eighth-place showing (187 points), followed by Krant (10th, 175), Williams (14th, 159) and Tratensek-Contor (18th, 152). Those 673 points easily bested second-place West Linn (613) and clinched the Grizzlies' three-for-three showing in the team events.

In the individual snowboard cross, a race down the mountain, Kistler advanced through three elimination rounds before placing third in the final.

The South Medford girls also had a successful weekend at Mount Bachelor, taking second in the slopestyle en route to their fourth-place team showing. Seniors Rachel Lightner placed fifth and Alex Tinsley sixth to lead the way.

Lightner's impressive performance capped a comeback from a spine injury she suffered at last year's state meet, according to Panthers coach Paul Spillan Jr.

"She's always worked really hard for everything that she's done," Spillan said. "She's one of the more dedicated girls that I've seen in the valley. She's fearless, really has a lot of drive. She rides with these other boys who are always putting the pedal to the medal and she doesn't want to get left behind."


2014 Championship