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Oredockers Win Opener; Beat Bayfield, 57-46
The Ashland Oredockers won their boys basketball season-opener, defeating the Bayfield Trollers, 57-46, at the Bayfield High School gym on November 30. The Trollers outscored the Oredockers, 7-1, early on to take a 9-5 lead, but the Oredockers then went on a 23-3 run to grab their largest lead of the first half at 28-12. Ashland led, 32-18, at the break.

Early in the second half, the Oredockers took their biggest lead of the game at 40-19, but the Trollers turned up their defensive intensity and continued to cut into the Ashland margin. Bayfield went on a 21-6 run, closing the gap to just 6 points. But the Oredockers held on for an 11-point victory.

Oredockers Defeat Team SeaL in Season Opener
Ty Gilbertson had a Hat Trick and Braxton Zaleski added two goals as the Ashland Oredockers beat Chequamegon/Phillips Team SeaL in the boys hockey season-opener at the Price Ice Arena on November 22nd.

Team SeaL got on the board first just 2:41 into the opening period when Marcus Vittone scored unassisted. Gilbertson tied it 24 seconds later with an assist from Cody Lustig. Ashland then took the lead when Zaleski scored at the 8:55 mark with Dewey Zinnecker getting the assist, but Chequamegon/Phillips knotted the score just 17 seconds later when Mason Freiburger scored unassisted. Gilbertson got his second goal at 11:02 on the power play with help from Nolan Melek. Team SeaL again evened the score at 12:55 on Vittone's second goal with assists from Grant Kief and Zach Poetzl. The first period ended in a 3-3 tie.

Final Great Northern Conference Statistics
Although the Ashland Oredockers finished in the bottom half of the conference standings, several Oredockers were among the statistical leaders in the Great Northern Conference in 2021. The Oredockers finished tied for 5th in the conference with Lakeland and Merrill, all with records of 2 wins and 5 losses. Two of Ashland's losses were forfeits to Antigo and conference-champion Mosinee due to COVID-19 protocols. Although the Oredockers did beat Antigo 33-8 in a rescheduled game on October 21st, the win did not count in the conference standings but the statistics from that game did count.

As a team, the Oredockers finished as the 4th best offense and the number 6 defense in the conference. Offensively, Ashland averaged 328 yards per game, 173.7 rushing and 154.3 passing. Defensively, the Oredockers allowed opponents 310.5 yards per game, 203.7 on the ground and 106.8 through the air.

Boys Cross Country Finishes 9th At Sectionals
The Oredocker boys cross country team finished 9th out of 14 teams at the WIAA Sectional Cross Country Meet in Rice Lake on Saturday, October 23rd. Ashland's top finisher was Dylan Uitto, who was 20th with a time of 18 minutes, 17 seconds. Jackson Fiamoncini was 25th at 18:23:47. Ashland's 3rd, 4th, and 5th finishers who counted for the team score were Dylan Anderson, 62nd - Nicholas Pully, 69th - and Michael Zunker, 70th.

Oredockers Finish Season With 33-8 Win Over Antigo
The Ashland Oredockers closed out the 2021 season with a rescheduled game against the Antigo Red Robinís on October 21st at Oredocker Stadium. The game had originally been scheduled for September 10th, but was cancelled due to COVID-19 issues for both teams.

Neither team scored in the first quarter, but the Oredockers stopped the Robins on a 4th-down-and-1 at their own 39. A 15-yard run by Lustig and runs of 4 and 15 by Parker Goodreau gave Ashland a first down at the 5. On the first play of the second period, on 3rd and goal, quarterback Kade Jolma rolled to his left to avoid a sack and threw a 3-yard pass through a tight window to Marques Kruzan in the end zone. Cody Lustig kicked the extra point with 11:50 to go in the half. An Antigo punt pinned the Oredockers back at they 20-yard line. Ashland faced a 3rd-and-15 from the 15-yard line when Jolma lofted a pass to Kruzan, who had gotten behind the defender. Kruzan caught the pass in stride at midfield and took it the distance for an 85-yard touchdown. This time, Lustigís extra point was wide and Ashland led, 13-0 with 9:05 left. The Oredockers then recovered a Red Robinsí fumbled in Antigo territory and drove to the 9. Jolma scrambled in for the touchdown from there with 5:39 left and the Oredockers led 19-0 at the half.

Oredockers Win 2nd in a Row; Defeat Hayward, 28-12
The Ashland Oredockers jumped to a 28-0 halftime lead, and then held on for a 28-12 victory over the Hayward Hurricanes on October 1st at Rod Lundberg Field in Hayward. Ethan Peterson returned the opening kickoff to the Ashland 42. The Oredockers marched 58 yards in 9 plays, with the touchdown coming on a 2-yard-run by Parker Goodreau with 7:12 to go in the quarter. Cody Lustig, as he would after all 4 touchdowns, added the extra point to make it 7-0. Hayward then drove to midfield, and an Oredocker penalty gave the Hurricanes a first down at the Ashland 35. But a sack on 3rd down pushed the Hurricanes back to the 44 and Joey Gouge's punt was downed at the Ashland one-yard line. After picking up 3 yards on first down, Goodreau broke free on the left side and outraced the Hayward defenders for a 96 yard touchdown run to make it 14-0 with 2:03 left in the quarter.

Oredockers Get 1st Win; Beat Merrill 41-6
Playing for the first time in 3 weeks, the Ashland Oredockers exploded for 4 touchdowns in a 12-minute period from the middle of the 2nd quarter to the middle of the 3rd to defeat the Merrill Blue Jays at Oredocker Stadium, 41-6. Ashland had had games against Antigo and Mosinee cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols. After a scoreless first quarter, the Oredockers took possession at their own 26 with 8:01 left in the half. On the second play from scrimmage, Parker Goodreau broke free for a 66-yard run to the Merrill 5-yard line. Goodreau then scored the game's first touchdown on 3rd-and-goal from the one with 5:50 left. Cody Lustig added the extra point kick to make it 7-0. Following the kickoff, Merrill picked up one first down before facing a 4th-and-8 at midfield. A pass completion came up two yards short of the first down and the Oredockers took over at their 44. The Oredockers had a first down at the Merrill 42, but a holding penalty put them back on the 50. On 3rd-down-and-18, quarterback Kade Jolma hit Marcus Kruzan in stride for a touchdown strike with 29.8 seconds left in the half. Lustig's kick made it 14-0. But the Oredockers weren't through yet. After the kickoff, a Blue Jay's pass was intercepted by Kruzan and returned to the Merrill 7. Goodreau scored his second touchdown from there with just 8.8 seconds left in the half, and the Oredockers led, 21-0, at halftime.

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Conference Games in Bold

Boys Basketball (5-19, 3-14)
Merrill 78, Ashland 54
Superior 84, Ashland 52
Ladysmith 69, Ashland 29
South Shore 90, Ashland 79
Cumberland 70, Ashland 61
St. Croix Falls 65, Ashland 49
Cumberland 69, Ashland 55
Ashland 59, Barron 50
Ashland 66, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 62
Ladysmith 68, Ashland 43
Spooner 62, Ashland 42
Northwestern 105, Ashland 68
Hayward 58, Ashland 55
Ashland 48, Cumberland 47
Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 52, Ashland 37
Merrill 81, Ashland 53
St. Croix Falls 67, Ashland 46
Ashland 62, Washburn 41
St. Croix Central 90, Ashland 37
Cameron 82, Ashland 61
Barron 56, Ashland 54
Spooner 64, Ashland 54
Northwestern 89, Ashland 35

Ashland 57, Bayfield 46

Girls Basketball (11-14, 8-10)
Rhinelander 53, Ashland 43
Ashland 67, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 20
Ashland 63, Hayward 46
Ladysmith 57, Ashland 50
Cumberland 39, Ashland 30
Ashland 57, South Shore 52
St. Croix Falls 72, Ashland 59
Ashland 43, Cameron 40
Barron 49, Ashland 47
Ashland 76, Northwestern 23
Northwestern 65, Ashland 61
Ashland 48, Hayward 44
Ladysmith 56, Ashland 46
Cumberland 50, Ashland 42
Ashland 61, Little Chute 35
Edgar 61, Ashland 47
Osceola 54, Ashland 50
St. Croix Falls 58, Ashland 36
Cameron 39, Ashland 35

Ashland 72, Northland Pines 11
Ashland 47, Barron 33
Ashland 68, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 41
Ashland 67, Spooner 19

Northwestern 70, Ashland's  57
Rice Lake 56, Ashland 30

Hockey (11-13)
Chippewa Falls 12, Ashland 0
Ashland 6, Kingsford 4
Ashland 7, Northwest 5
Reeds/WI Dells/Maus 5, Ashland 1
Ashland 5, Tomahawk 4 (OT)
North Shore 4, Ashland 1
Ashland 6, Northland Pines 3
Ely 5, Ashland 1
Mora/Milaca 9, Ashland 2
Ashland 6, Ely 5
Ashland 7, Tomahawk 4
Ashland 6, Chequamegon 2
Amery 9, Ashland 1
Madison West 10, Ashland 6
Monona Grove 6, Ashland 5 (OT)
Ashland 6, WSFLG 3
Ashland 4, Moose Lake 3
Ashland 5, WSFLG 2
Mora/Milaca 7, Ashland 0
Northwest 4, Ashland 2
Amery 10, Ashland 1
River Falls 9, Ashland 2
Rhinelander 9, Ashland 3
Ashland 6, Chequamegon 5

Hodag Invitational - 11th of 17
Hayward 41, Ashland 27
Ashland 48, Shell Lake 18
Barron Invitational - 6th of 11

Superior 39, Ashland 24
Antigo Invitational - 6th of 17

Antigo 124.725, Ashland 123.55


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