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Section B
South Lane County Sports and Recreation
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Contact Sports, 942-3325 or e-mail
Lion pride still strong after play-in loss
Athlete of the Week
Raum represents CG at XC State Finals
Photo by Kathy Orr, courtesy of Baker City Herald
Senior Michael Tharpe had a game for the highlight reel despite the Lions' losing to Baker City on Saturday.
Although the season is over, Cottage Grove football ends with a high note
after looking back on this season's accomplishments
The Cottage Grove Sentinel
The Lions’ football team
traveled over seven hours to
compete in their play-in match
against the Baker City Bulldogs
on Halloween. It was a tough
loss for Cottage Grove’s fi nal
game of the season, falling 34-
28, but the Lions performed
well and ended their season on
a high note.
“The teams were very evenly
matched, but they made a few
more plays than we did,” Head
Coach Gary Roberts said. The
Lions had a season high of 15
penalties against the Bulldogs’
It was a tough day for the run-
ning game, as the Lions only
racked up 99 yards on 35 car-
ries, making their average 2.82
yards per run. The standout
rusher was Reily Boyce, who
carried the ball 11 times for 67
yards and a touchdown. Run-
ning back Zane Levings was
held to only 20 yards on eight
carries and no touchdowns, and
Brynden Howell carried the ball
only fi ve times for 13 yards.
With a stunted run game, the
weight fell on the shoulders of
quarterback Blake Sentman,
who completed 16 of 25 passing
attempts for 276 yards and two
touchdowns. Sentman also had
one interception.
The work of the receivers
helped Sentman’s passing a lot.
He threw to a total of seven dif-
ferent receivers, with his favor-
ite target of the day being junior
Kory Parent, who had six catch-
es for 85 yards (although no
touchdowns). Howell caught the
ball three times for 26 yards and
a receiving touchdown, and ex-
plosive receiver Michael Tharpe
caught the ball only twice but
for a whopping 126 yards and
a touchdown. Tharpe had an
outstanding 84-yard touchdown
reception, and then another 42-
yard reception later in the game.
Tharpe also returned a kickoff
76 yards for a touchdown. Other
active receivers were Payton
Presley (two catches for 25
yards), Levings (one catch for
one yard) and Evan Britton (one
catch for 12 yards).
In the second quarter, center
Jayson Stalder left the game due
to a concussion, and the Lions
struggled to get the PATs as he
was the short and long-snapper.
“It took us a few opportuni-
ties for our backup to get his
form down,” Roberts said.
On the defensive side, Rob-
erts pointed out the play of the
defensive line, and the lineback-
ers, Levings, Britton, Howell,
and Boyce were all mentioned
for their stout play.
The loss marked the end of
the season, but it was not with-
out its high notes.
On the season, Sentman com-
pleted 135 of 214 passes for a
total of 2,010 yards, 13 touch-
downs and seven interceptions.
Sentman’s completion percent-
age of 63 percent is a new school
record for a single season, and
his 2010 yards is the fi fth most
passing yards for a season in
school history. Howell entered
the top fi ve in career receptions,
having 54 total catches this
season for 761 yards and eight
touchdowns. Parent entered the
top 10 for catches in a single
season with 36 receptions for a
total of 547 yards.
Levings led the team in rush-
ing yards this season with 577
yards on 90 carries and four
touchdowns, but it is Sentman
who holds the most rushing
touchdowns of this season with
11 touchdowns on 84 carries and
a total of 258 yards. Howell’s
season rushing statistics saw 65
carries for 463 yards and four
touchdowns. In total, the Lions
ran the ball a total of 307 times
for 1,675 yards and an average
of 5.45 yards per carry, which is
a very solid average.
The receiving corps had not
only all the passing yards from
Sentman, an extra 42 yards on
the season from the occasional
throw from Parent brought the
Lions total receiving yards to
The Lions will see the de-
parture of a lot of key players
including Howell, Tharpe and
Boyce as offensive weapons,
and linemen Dylan Wooten, Jay-
son Stalder, Brad Geisler, Shaun
Ferrell and Cody Sapp. But fret
not, as the Lions will still see
many star players returning.
“We have a good crop of ju-
niors that we are hopeful can
step up and lead us next year,”
Roberts said. Sentman will re-
turn with Parent and Levings at
his side, along with Britton.
It was an exciting and en-
tertaining season for the Li-
ons’ football program, which
this year truly exemplifi ed the
phrase “Lion Pride.”
Photo by Jim Settelmeyer
Konrad Raum passes by his teammates on his last mile.
For the Sentinel
It has been the Konrad Raum show this past week with high
school Cross Country as he, in his freshman season, was
the Lion’s only state qualifi er. It happily did not mean that his
teammates abandoned him to prepare on his own. All week 10
to 20 of his teammates joined him in his workouts.
Konrad awarded those that traveled with him to Lane for his
race with a great effort that allowed him to fi nish in 47th out of
111 competitors and ahead of his seeded place (51st). Joining
Konrad Saturday were Max Gause, Kevin Manuntag, Carson
Violette, Chelsea Armstrong, Hayle Maitia, Keely Galbreath,
Kenzie Parsons, Konnor Owens, Mitchell Johnson, Alex Clif-
ton, Tya Gordon and Abril Leal-Coronel.
The fun atmosphere with all the runners from all the differ-
ent size schools provided a great backdrop to prepare, race
and then cool down watching the best high school runners
in the state running everywhere around. The team will gather
for awards Nov. 10 and move on to winter sports and activi-
ties that will for some involve discussing training plans for the
Lions get revenge
Girls' soccer returns the favor of shutting
out Sisters in play-in match
The Cottage Grove Sentinel
After losing 3-0 against Sis-
ters in its penultimate regular
season game, the girls’ soccer
team was forced to share the
Sky-Em crown with Sisters.
However, this week the Lions
played the Outlaws on a neutral
fi eld at Sweet Home, which the
Lions chose as the result of win-
ning a coin toss and the Lions
showed Sky Em soccer who the
crown truly belonged to.
Cottage Grove dominated 4-0
on Tuesday, Oct. 29 in a com-
pletely different style of game
than the last time they played
the Outlaws on Oct. 20.
“We can play a lot faster on
turf, which is why we chose
Sweet Home as a neutral site,”
Head Coach Vern Stewart said.
“Our passing was just second
to none.” Junior Hudson Wey-
bright broke out as the star of
the night with two goals and
was accompanied by top scorers
Josie Mootz and Kiana Hemen-
way with one goal each.
Photo courtesy of Cottage Grove High School
Please see SOCCER, Page 2B
Photo by Tori Taylor
Kiana Hemenway strives to the goal against Elmira.
CG populates all-league rosters
Lots of Lions were mention in the Sky-Em all league rosters for fall sports
The Cottage Grove Sentinel
With fall sports coming to a
close, the Sky-Em League has
released the all league results,
and Cottage Grove defi nitely
holds a presence with 15 fi rst-
team all league picks from foot-
ball, volleyball and boys and
girls soccer, and nine second-
team picks.
Girls’ soccer holds the most,
with fi ve starters on the fi rst
team which featured juniors Ki-
ana Hemenway, Jasmin Lopez
and Hudson Weybright, along
with seniors Melissa McCasline
and Josie Mootz. The second
team featured seniors Brooke
Fisher and Melissa Thielman.
Honorable mentions include
Hale Peterson and Raymi Piltz.
Hemenway also captured the
MVP award, also given to Mi-
chaela Miller of Sisters and
Sierra Graton of Junction City.
Cottage Grove Head Coach
Vern Stewart won coach of the
In boys’ soccer, the fi rst-team
roster listed sophomore Kyle
Browning and senior Austin
Shipley. Ritchie Villalobos and
Zachary Stewart were featured
on the second team roster, and
the league gave Lucas Ward,
Chris Clure, Jadon Snauer, Kai-
den Ramsey and Kyle Conley
honorable mentions.
The volleyball team, which
welcomed fi rst-year Head
Coach Jason Conway, had se-
nior Allyssa Ganchegui as the
only Lions player on the fi rst
team roster, but Abigail Ladd
and Cassidy Herbert were sec-
ond team.
With so many positions, the
football team had seven play-
ers total on the fi rst-team roster
on both sides of the ball. On
the offensive line, Brad Geisler
was featured was fi rst-team all-
league center, and Seth Morris
was picked for second-team of-
fensive tackle. Brynden Howell
was picked for fi rst team slot
receiver, and Kory Parent was
unanimously voted for fi rst-
team wide receiver. At quarter-
back, Blake Sentman received
fi rst team starter, and Zane Lev-
ings received an honorable men-
tion at running back.
Please see ALL LEAGUE, Page 3B
Stewart voted Sky-
Em Coach of the Year
During the Sky-Em all league picks, the league’s girls’ soccer
coaches came together and voted Cottage Grove’s Head Coach Vern
Stewart as this year’s coach of the year. The four-year head coach
is the fi rst to bring the girls’ soccer team to the top of the Sky Em
League.“I was very humbled,” Stewart said, “it’s great to be rec-
ognized; but it’s really our players that do the work and make this
team great.”
Stewart coached the boys’ soccer team at Cottage Grove from
1995 to 2006 and was then offered a position to start up and coach
the women’s soccer team at Northwest Christian University in Eu-
gene, where he was able to coach his daughter. After coaching at
NCU for three years, Stewart took a two-year break from coach-
ing until Krista Parent, who offered him the position of head coach
for the Lions girls’ team, approached him. “They said they needed
someone to turn around the team, so I thought I’d get back into
it and give it a try,” he said. Stewart has since turned around this
soccer team and now leads the Lions into the playoffs against Glad-
"The seniors have been with me since I started, it's been great
watching them grow and do so well this season," he added.
Cottage Grove