2B COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL March 4, 2015 M URRAY Continued from 1B experience with young players helped establish his fundamental philosophy. “I coach for the kids, and if I can teach them something, then I’ve done my job. And yes, you want to be competitive and you want to win. Those are great things. But it’s more important to instill what an honor it is to it to play this sport and play it hard,” he said. After coaching Murray for three years at Marist and knowing his basketball pedigree (Murray’s father, John, played at Oregon during the 1970s Kamikaze Kids era), Schmerbach was not sur- prised to see him blossom as his assistant at Sa- cred Heart. “Michael was a natural, and the program hasn’t been the same since he left,” said Schmerbach, who is now an assistant at Southern Oregon — his Sky-Em Boys Basketball Conference W L Pct Sutherlin 9 1 0.900 Junction C. 8 2 0.800 Sisters 7 3 0.700 Elmira 3 7 0.300 Sweet Home 2 8 0.200 Cott. Grove 1 9 0.100 Overall W L Pct 17 7 0.708 16 9 0.640 15 8 0.652 10 15 0.400 6 14 0.300 5 19 0.208 Play-In Results Sisters 44, South Umpqua 29 Cascade 53, Elmira 42 Yamhill-Carlton 43, Junction City 40 First Round Games Sisters @ Scappoose Madras @ Sutherlin Sky-Em Girls Basketball Conference W L Pct Sutherlin 10 0 1.000 Cott. Grove 7 3 0.700 Junction C. 5 5 0.500 Sisters 5 5 0.500 Elmira 3 7 0.300 Sweet Home 0 10 0.000 Overall W L Pct 24 0 1.000 14 11 0.560 13 12 0.520 11 13 0.458 6 16 0.273 1 19 0.050 Play-In Results Junction City 41, Cottage Grove 39 Sisters 38, Philomath 34 First Round Games Baker @ Sutherlin Sisters @ Henley Junction City @ Valley Catholic COTTAGE BOWL League: Dynamic Trios Date: Feb. 24 Team W Grandma's Rule 15 Swearengin Design 12 Cottage Bowlerettes 11 Advanced Eyecare 11 Golding Enterprises 10 H. Selective Log. 9 H's Rowdy Bunch 7 K. Family Merc. 2 New Creations 2 R's Beauty Salon 1 L 1 4 5 5 6 7 9 14 14 15 High Game: Jeralee Swearengin 195 Three-high Series 1. Megan McNary 560 2. Margot Gotcher 509 3. Patsy McNally 506 League: Ball and Chain Date: Feb. 27 Team Senior Funsters Bowl Dozers More Beer Roman Numerals Joe's Diner Thunder Boltz Cracker Jacks Pin Pushers Ally Oops Party Patrol W 7 6 5 4 4 3 2 2 2 1 High Game Men: Andy Adams 255 Women: Robin Kwandt 212 Men Three-high Series 1. Andy Adams 691 2. Glenn Clark 656 3. Jim Chenoweth 655 Women Three-high Series 1. Vanessa Chenoweth 565 2. Robin Kwandt 490 3. Dana Miller 461 L 1 2 3 4 4 1 2 6 6 7 alma mater. “He was a tough, hard-nosed player who did everything you asked of him. He under- stands all the little things a team has to do to be successful.” Prior to his junior year, Murray attempted to re- turn to competitive basketball. “When you love something that much it’s hard to let go,” he said. “So I though to myself, ‘why not try?’ If I didn’t make it, I would know the rea- sons why.” He tried out for Southern Oregon and Northwest Christian, and although he was more physically mature than a couple years before, both schools were set at the guard position. “It was a hard transition and brought about that defi ning moment of, ‘what am I going to do now?’ And still to this day I miss it,” Murray said. After graduating with a degree in elementary education, Murray returned to Eugene and be- Team Commonwealth F. C.G. Speedway Kelly's Trailer R. Funseekers Swearengin Design Jerry Brown Co. Bowling Stones Cottage Bowl Taylor's Towing Covered Bridge U. W 14 11 8 7 7 7 5 5 4 2 L 0 3 6 7 7 7 9 9 10 12 Continued from 1B MIDDLEFIELD MENS GOLF Date: Feb. 23 Game: 2 Points High Game Men: Billy Brock 257 Women: Kayla Simmons 217 High Series Men: Billy Brock 667 Women: Laura Cardoza 499 1t, Dave England, Mel Gowing, Dick Winters, Jack Doleman BD 88. 1t, Jack Doleman, Leon Hayes, Rudy Nellermoe, David Morris 88. 3, Larry Emery, Mike Cooney, Jerry Pennington Dave Tooker 87. Low Gross: 1, Doleman 73. 2t, Emery 74. 2t, Mike Helms 74. Low Net: 1t, Emery 65. 1t, England 65. 1t, Glen Hibner 65. Closest to the Pin: No. 5, Hibner. No. 7, Jake Cox. No. 14, Cox. Longest Putt: No. 11, Helms. League: 5 O'Clock Shadows Date: Feb. 22 Date: Feb. 26 Game: 2 Best Ball Team Jenni and the Jets 2 Book Mine Amigos Quatro Mid State V. Richenstain Aces High 4 U Simple Jim's Tire Factory C.G. Vac and Sew Ames to be True All in the Family W 7.5 5 5 4.5 4.5 4 4 4 3 0 0 L 0.5 3 3 3 3.5 4 4 4 5 8 4 High Game Men: Bob McCarty 245 Women: Callena True 201 Men Three-high series 1. Ron Bascue 673 2. Aaron Ames 621 3. Robert Hand 615 Women Three-high Series 1. Cherry Bascue 533 2. Callena True 487 3. Elizabeth Risso 473 CG WOMENS VOLLEYBALL League: Set & Spike Date: Feb. 24 League: Meri Rollers Date: Feb. 24 Team Blue Sunshine Emerald Valley Moms Girls Team Reliv Treasure Chest Ron's Girls Simand Chiro. Charlie's Angels Lucky Ladies Addi's Diner Three Amigos W 13 13 11 10 9 7 7 6 4 3 3 1, Larry Emery, David Morris, Jim Wamsley, David Dreiling (-27). 2, Ron Ackerman, Russell Bryce, Mel Gowing, Bill Avery (-24). 3t, Glen Hibner, Gary Ingram, Frank LaCosse, Jack Doleman (-19). 3t, Mike Cooney, Dave England, Leon Hayes, Dave Tooker (-19). Low Gross: 1, Helms 73. 2, Emery 74. 3t, Ingram 75. 3t, Doleman. Low Net: 1, Wamsley 60. 2, Morris 61. 3, Bob McCarty. Closest to the Pin: No. 5, Dan Pearson. No. 7, Tooker. No. 14, Steve Lindholm. Longest Putt: No. 12, Al Schweitzer. L 3 3 5 6 3 9 9 6 12 9 9 High Game: Allie Simons 213 Three-high Series: 1.Allie Simons 591 Team Timber Chicks Olson Electric Markham Electric O Ducks Nice Hits Horners Twisted Sisters point.” At this time, Murray is undecided on his future. He currently does construction work in Eugene. The schedule allows him the fl exibility to coach during the after-school hours, but he doesn’t know if it’s in his long-term career plans. If he sticks with coaching, he is leaning toward returning to Cottage Grove. Murray said he devel- oped a good working relationship with Clawson and would hate to leave the team after building a rapport with the players. "I was glad to hear that he branched out to girls' basketball, and I hope that he sticks with it be- cause he is an up-and-coming coach in the state," said Schmerbach. "I wouldn't be surprised to see him coaching at a championship level within the next few years." G IRLS B ASKETBALL 2. Jennifer Fox 560 3.Jacki Jackson 514 League: Cottage Mixers Date: Feb. 25 gan coaching eighth-grade boys in the Oregon Amateur Basketball organization. After meeting Marist head coach Bart Pollard at an open gym, he was offered the J.V. boys’ job. “Coaching J.V. was fi ne, but your last game is your last game. The only real measurable out- comes are: Did the kids have a good experience? And did they learn something? I wanted to coach at a higher level because you can play for some- thing, and that teaches kids to fi ght for some- thing.” And although the girls’ season ended sooner than expected, that type of heartbreaking fi nality affi rmed his decision. “This season wasn’t what I thought it would be, but it was more than I could have hoped for and wouldn’t change it for the world,” Murray said. “Getting to the tournament would have meant a lot to this team, but there’s always an ending W 40 32 25 17 16 15 8 L 5 13 20 28 26 27 34 lead with under two minutes to play in over- time, and Cottage Grove committed a turnover on its very next possession as well. The Lions also had uncharacteristic struggles at the free-throw line, where they went 8-for-21 and missed on an opportunity to take the lead at the end of regulation. “Obviously we’re disappointed and understand that we didn’t play well enough to win,” said Lion coach Kerry Clawson. Cottage Grove (14-11) swept Junction City (13- 12) in the regular season, with both wins coming by double digits. And after the Lions jumped out to a 9-0 lead, they appeared to be on their way to three in a row. However, coach Liz Bolton was confi dent that her Tigers would be able to put those previous losses behind them and reverse their fortunes this time around. “We had more time to prepare for this game, and we came in with a completely different mind- set and game plan,” she said. After the initial foray, Junction City capitalized off of Cottage Grove turnovers and missed shots to score in transition. And in their half-court game, the Tigers saw opportunity in the paint against a depleted Lion frontcourt. Junction City brought down 11 offensive rebounds. According to Clawson, usual starter Hannah Arnold strained a hip muscle in practice; she was only able to play for brief stretches of time. And while Delia Nichols-Ferguson was effective in her place, foul trouble meant more playing time for Hannah Albrecht, who typically plays a wing position. “This team has showed tremendous resiliency all season long, but we never caught a break as far as injuries,” said Clawson, who noted that only two players were available for every game this season. The Tigers opened the second half on an 8-2 run, but Conner Borigo scored seven of her game- high 25 points in the third quarter to keep the Li- ons within range. Junction City increased its lead to 33-26 mid- way through the fourth quarter and began milk- ing the clock with each possession. However, this lack of urgency may have cost them, as Cottage Grove outscored the Tigers 7-0 down the stretch to force overtime. The Lions scored the fi rst two baskets of over- time and appeared on their way to escape until the fateful series of turnovers. Clawson said that in hindsight she should have considered calling a timeout to regroup after the fi rst turnover but trusted that her team would know how to respond in their 25th game of the season. However, the Lions the allowed 50 seconds to run off before fouling Junction City, leaving them precious little time to run a fi nal play. “It was tough, especially being a senior,” said Sayles. “They came out ready to play and we weren’t ready for it.” Since winning the state championship in 2010, Cottage Grove has yet to return to the state tour- nament. Junction City moves on to face No. 3 Val- ley Catholic in the fi rst round of the playoffs. “When it’s close to being over, everyone on this team plays their best,” said Tiger McKenna Straube. “The playoffs are a whole new season, and we’re really enjoying this moment.” Saturday, Feb. 28 Junction City 41, Cottage Grove 39 OT Junction City 7 Cottage Grove 13 12 6 10 7 4 7 8 — 41 6 — 39 Junction City: Graton 9, K. Thompson 9, Hansen 6, N. Thompson 6, Straube 5, Devorak 4, Mehlbreck 2. Cottage Grove: Borigo 25, Neely 7, Thielman 4, Sayles 2, Nichols-Ferguson 1. 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