Deckwar named SSC player of the year

Chloe Deckwar didn't lead the Ashland High girls soccer team in goals or assists, but her impact on games was a major force throughout the season for the Grizzlies. The Southern Sky Conference coaches acknowledged as much, voting the junior midfielder/forward the 2008 SSC player of the year.

"She's the captain of the team and she's got a very competitive spirit," Ashland head coach Eric Wolff said of Deckwar. "Girls are brought up to be not as competitive as boys but she is, so it's nice that she has that. She's one of those players that refuses to give up and refuses to lose."

Deckwar was one of 10 Ashland players to make the all-star team. Five Grizzlies were voted onto the first team and five on the second. Only league champion Crater came close to that all-star haul, with five first-teamers and three second-team selections, plus two honorable mentions.

Joining Deckwar on the first team were teammates Annika Hearn (sophomore defender), Riley Smith (sophomore forward), Katelyn Walker (sophomore defender) and Kai Yearsly (junior midfielder). Ashland's second-team selections were: Heather Case (junior defender), Kelsey McKinnis (senior midfielder), Raven Susu-Mago (junior forward), Carolyn Thomas (junior midfielder) and Taylor Zehren (freshman forward).

"I think everyone recognized that we probably had the most talented team," Wolff said. "I guess you never go in with expectations, you go in with hopes, but I also feel like that's a fair representation of the talent that was out there."

Deckwar had five goals and three assists for the Grizzlies, who finished second to Crater in the SSC before losing to eventual state champion Bend in the state quarterfinals. She started the season playing midfielder for Ashland but was eventually moved to striker.

"Her versatility helped, too," Wolff said. "She's got all the attributes that you want to have in a good player."

Zehren had a team-high seven goals to go with two assists, while Smith finished the season with four goals and a team-best six assists.

Yearsly scored twice with an assist and Walker had one assist.

Mazama's Angela Durant was voted the SSC coach of the year after guiding the Vikings to a third-place finish.

Southern Sky All-Conference


D — Cassie Boykin, Eagle Point So.

D — Annika Hearn, Ashland So.

D — Amber Parker, Crater So.

D — Katelyn Walker, Ashland So.

M — Chloe Deckwar, Ashland Jr.

M — Erica Rasor, Eagle Point Jr.

M — Caitlin Sprenger, Crater Sr.

M — Kai Yearsley, Ashland Jr.

F — Kayla Burns, Crater So.

F — Taylor McGee, Crater Jr.

F — Riley Smith, Ashland So.

GK — Katie Orr, Crater Sr.

Player of the Year — Chloe Deckwar, Ashland.

Coach of the Year — Angela Durant, Mazama.


D — Cari Burt, Crater Sr.

D — Heather Case, Ashland Jr.

D — Tarren Mitchell, Crater Jr.

D — Danielle Welch, Mazama So.

M — Solmoy Austbo, Mazama Sr.

M — Amanda Dalton, Crater Jr.

M — Kelsey McKinnis, Ashland Sr.

M — Veronica Miller, Klamath Union Sr.

M — Carolyn Thomas, Ashland Jr.

F — Darian Grigsby, Mazama Jr.

F — Sarah Lilley, Eagle Point So.

F — Raven Susu-Mago, Ashland Jr.

F — Taylor Zehren, Ashland Fr.

GK — Melissa Jones, Mazama Sr.


Kanee Chocktoot, KU, defense; Maria Dominguez, Mazama, midfield; Audra Lundy, KU, midfield; Tessa Reynolds, KU, goalkeeper; Leona Steel, Crater, defense; Kelsey Wickham, KU, defense; Erica Williams, Crater, forward; Haylie Winner, Eagle Point, defense.

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