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Elementary Tri set for Saturday
CG football golf tournament to
be held Saturday at Middlefi eld
The annual golf tournament fundraiser for the
Cottage Grove High School football team will
be held Saturday, July 11 at Middlefi eld Golf
Course beginning at 8 a.m. Entry fees are $55
per individual or $220 for a team of four; lunch
and raffl e tickets are included.
“It’s a fun way to raise money and it really
helps what we do,” said Cottage Grove coach
Gary Roberts.
The tournament helps raise $3,000 to $5,000
per year for the football program, which typical-
ly has $20,000 of unfunded expenditures each
year, according to Roberts. Football is a zero-
based budget sport, which means that anything
above travel, game offi cials and coaches’ sala-
ries must be achieved through fundraising.
Cottage Grove has hosted the tournament in
21 of the past 22 years. The only year missed
was in 2008, right after Roberts was hired to
lead the program.
Roberts is expecting 10-15 teams to play on
Saturday, but there is room for additional teams
to register. Those interested may contact coach
Roberts at 541-912-2530.
Continued from 1B
he fi fth annual Elementa-
ry Triathlon is scheduled
to he held this Saturday at the
Warren H. Daugherty Aquatic
Center beginning at 8:30 a.m.
The triathlon is not a race but
rather a fun event for kids in
grades K-5, and all fi nishers
will receive a ribbon.
“The biggest thing is it's not
a competition for time or place.
The idea is to give them an op-
portunity to learn about pacing
and have a good time while try-
ing out a new sport,” said event
director Ron O’Keefe.
There will be separate start-
ing waves and race distances
for each age group: grades k-1
will swim one width of the pool,
bike two laps of the parking lot
and run 165 yards; grades 2-
3 will swim two widths of the
pool, bike fi ve laps of the park-
ing lot and run 1/4 mile; grades
4-5 will swim four widths of the
pool, bike 10 laps of the parking
lot and run 1/2 mile.
“Over the years I’ve directed
large triathlons for adults, but
I’ll always remember going out
to the pool deck of the fi rst El-
ementary Triathlon: the kids are
barely three feet tall, and they
have water wings and training
wheels. It’s a very refreshing
concept,” said O’Keefe.
The event is hosted by Friends
of the Pool, and all proceeds
benefi t efforts to support the
pool. Over the years, the orga-
nization has helped purchase
life saving equipment, however,
O’keefe said the primary objec-
tive is to raise awareness for the
pool as a community resource.
“We built the pool in order to
save lives, and since that time
not one South Lane student who
has taken swimming lessons at
the pool has died from drown-
ing,” he said.
A $3 entry fee, payable to
South Lane School District is
due at the pool by July 8, or
$5 after that date. Participants
will need to bring a helmet and
check in begins at 8 a.m.
Continued from 1B
and he said that it may have had something to
do with the team’s sluggish offensive numbers.
The Lions had just four hits through six innings.
“We’ve swung the bat pretty well all summer,
so that was atypical, but that’s usually what hap-
pens when the head coach is away,” he said.
Despite their own struggles at the plate, the Ti-
gers scored three unearned runs, including two
on balls that got past catcher Jaace Cross. How-
ever, Geiszler said that those mistakes are part of
the learning process and he still felt that Cross, a
sophomore, had one of the more surprising sum-
mer campaigns.
“Jaace still has improving to do to catch at the
varsity level, but as of right now he’s defi nitely a
viable option,” he said.
Overall, the Lions went 10-2 this summer, and
their only other loss came against 6A South Eu-
gene. Geiszler was pleased by how the team per-
formed in a lot of close games, as well as its abil-
ity to fi nd success with players experimenting in
new positions.
“We got to see where some kids could play and
where they can’t play,” he said. “Some of the kids
were working on new things offensively, and I
thought we ended up swinging the bats a lot bet-
ter, but it’s hard to work on things during games
and be successful.”
Perhaps the most important development on
the defensive side was the emergence of pitchers
Hunter Harris and Ollivant. According to Geiszler,
Harris, who was Cottage Grove’s top closer this
spring, could become a regular starter next year;
and Ollivant, who pitched in just a couple of Sky-
Em League games this year, could be the Lions’
number-one pitcher in 2016. Ollivant started the
summer season with 17 scoreless innings.
“You gain a lot of confi dence when you’re miss-
ing guys but still competing with every team you
face,” said Ollivant, a junior. “It’s gotten a lot bet-
ter (since my fi rst summer season): expectations
are a lot higher, we’re a better team and we know
what's expected of us.”
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Despited all of the obstacles, Cottage Grove
had an outstanding season. The Lions qualifi ed
nine individuals for state, as well their drill team,
Canadian Flag team and two birangle teams. Se-
nior Shania Schueller and junior Ashley Goert-
zen took fi rst in Birangle out of 34 teams.
Additional state-meet qualifi ers included:
Shelby Glaspie in saddle seat equitation; Shania
Schueller in break-away roping, drill team, bar-
rels and Canadian Flags; Ty Schueller in break-
away roping, drill team and steer Daubing; El-
lie Harrold in birangle, pole bending and steer
daubing; Sara Witty in drill team and Canadian
Flags; Tia Barkley in drill team; Katherine Den-
nis in barrels, fi gure 8, Canadian Flags, indi-
vidual fl ags, pole bending and birangle; Justin
Hill in drill team, individual fl ags and Canadian
Flags; and Ashley Goertzen in drill team, bar-
rels, fi gure 8 and pole bending.
In order to qualify for state, athletes must
place in the top-10 percentile on average over
three district meets. There are eight districts in
In addition to the state champion birangle
team of Schueller and Goertzen, the Lions had
numerous other top-fi ve fi nishes. Goertzen took
third place in fi gure 8 and fourth place in bar-
rels. The Canadian Flag team, despite an injury
to regular member Sara Witty the day before
the competition, fi nished second with the team
of Shania Schueller, Justin Hill, Katie Dennis
and substitute Ellie Harrold. Harold also placed
fourth in steer daubing.
Normally, top-fi ve fi nishers from the state
meet would be preparing to compete in a region-
al meet against Washington. However, due to the
virus outbreak and subsequent delay of the Ore-
gon state meet, the regional meet was canceled.
“It’s heartbreaking for our seniors who won’t
get another opportunity to compete for a chance
to go to regionals. But we can’t be selfi sh. We’d
rather be home with a healthy animal than out
competing with a sick animal,” said Simmons.
“My vote was to cancel our own state meet, but
I’m glad that we went. It was a good experi-
Cottage Grove is already gearing up for next
season. The athletes just fi nished up working all
four days of Eugene Pro Rodeo this past week-
end, and they will have a fundraiser food booth
at Cottage Grove Rodeo next weekend.
Any high school student interested in joining
the team may contact Simmons by phone 541-
520-5052 or by email at shanonwagonwheel@
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