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S PORTS
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016
Section B
South Lane County Sports and Recreation
Contact Sports, 942-3325 or e-mail sports@cgsentinel.com
Lions show tenacity
despite lack of depth
Juice Clafl in stepped in for Blake Sentman
during Friday's scrimmage and showed off
his quick feet with several rushing touchdowns
BY SAM WRIGHT
The Cottage Grove Sentinel
Cottage Grove hosted a jam-
boree this past Friday in which
three teams played a combined
three scrimmages. Each team
played 18 plays on offense and
18 plays on defense against the
two other teams.
The Lions offense looked
a bit different when the team
came out onto the fi eld for its
scrimmages against Phoenix
and North Bend. With Blake
Sentman unavailable to play,
junior Juice Clafl in stepped in
behind center.
Head Coach Gary Roberts
says that given the situation,
Clafl in performed adequately at
the quarterback position.
“Running is defi nitely his
strong suit, but he needs to im-
prove his passing game a bit to
play at the varsity level,” Rob-
erts said. While Clafl in and the
Lions’ offense didn’t move the
ball through the air very well, he
defi nitely turned broken-down
plays into decent-and at times
even great-runs.
On the fi rst snap of the scrim-
mage against Phoenix, Clafl in
ran a read option the whole way
into the end zone. On the second
snap, however, a fumble in the
backfi eld resulted in a Phoenix
recovery.
Despite some of the snap is-
sues, Cottage Grove was mostly
able to cut through the Phoenix
defense, scoring several more
times within the 18 plays.
The Lions were just as suc-
cessful against Phoenix on the
defensive side as they were on
offense. After a frustrating jump
offsides on a fourth-and-short
situation, Cottage Grove still
held Phoenix and prevented
them from scoring on several
drives that had potential to turn
into scores.
“I think it was a pretty good
fi rst impression,” Roberts said
of his defense. But the Lions
eventually struggled against a
more stacked North Bend team.
The Bulldogs showed Cot-
tage Grove the importance of
depth within a team. Within the
fi rst nine plays, North Bend al-
ready scored twice. Their pass-
ing challenged the secondary of
Cottage Grove.
Athlete of the
Week:
Juice Claflin
Photo by Sam Wright
Juice Clafl in bursts into the Phoenix secondary Friday night. The junior second-string quarterback gave an enter-
taining display on the ground game as he scored multiple rushing touchdowns.
North Bend is a team that has of players and worrying about
“There are some issues we downs.
On offense, Clafl in appeared nearly 70 players on their team, injuries.
have to work on in terms of as-
The Lions kick off their sea-
signments,” Roberts said. The to struggle a lot more with mov- while Cottage Grove’s roster is
Lions made a few stops during ing the ball. Roberts says that he only in the low 20s. While Rob- son with a home-opener this Fri-
North Bend’s 18 plays, but the wasn’t “giving his teammates erts is confi dent with his start- day against Newport at 7 p.m.
Bulldogs scored several more around him the chance for suc- ers, a lack of depth can hurt due
to not being able to rotate a lot
times after the fi rst two touch- cess.”
Girls have victorious debut, Cross Country kicks off season with Two-Mile Trial
The young squad
boys fi gure themselves out had
its fi rst run of
at soccer jamboree
the season in Cottage
The girls' soccer team routs Astoria in a
6-0 victory and the boys go 1-2 against
opponents at their jamboree
BY SAM WRIGHT
The Cottage Grove Sentinel
The girls’ soccer team
couldn’t have asked for a bet-
ter start to their season. In Head
Coach Samantha Shine’s debut
game against Astoria, the Lions
dismantled the Fishermen 6-0
on Saturday.
Kia Hemenway, last year’s
Sky-Em Player of the Year,
racked up a total of four goals,
one of which was assisted by
freshman keeper Cameron An-
derson.
Shine says that the team has
begun clicking and working as
a unit.
“They’re really getting in
the groove of learning to play
as a team,” she said. The game
and Jamboree has also allowed
Shine to fi gure out who goes
where, though she’s still in the
process of making decisions.
Hemenway is the obvious for-
ward, and Shine says Halle Pe-
terson is another obvious choice
at defender.
The Lions host Philomath
tonight (Aug. 31) and look for
ways to be just as successful
against a tougher team.
The boys’ team has yet to play
its fi rst game (which is also hap-
pening tonight in Philomath),
but the jamboree on Friday has
given Head Coach Vern Stewart
a better idea of where to put his
players on the fi eld.
Cottage Grove played three
half-games against Eagle Point,
Brookings and Crater, defeating
Eagle Point 2-1 and then falling
to Crater and Brookings 2-1 and
2-0, respectively. Despite going
1-2, Stewart says that the jam-
boree was a successful one.
“I was looking to see how
fast-paced they were and how
well they transitioned,” Stewart
said. According to him, the team
performed well.
Despite watching a sold 60
minutes of his team playing
against other varsity competi-
tion, Stewart isn’t convinced his
lineup is set just yet.
“Some kids say they don’t
want to play a position and then
they really shine at that posi-
tion,” Stewart said.
Grove. Many mem-
bers of the team will
experience their fi rst
fi ve-kilometer run
over the weekend
Nearly two hundred runners
from 10 schools congregated at
Cottage Grove Thursday morn-
ing to kick off the 2016 season.
Athletes were able to dodge the
recent high temperatures by
starting at 10 a.m. and utilizing
the wonderfully shaded “Spirit
Trail” system across from the
track for the majority of the
race course. The event became
a beginning season celebration
as the teams lingered over a pot-
luck lunch.
The racing generated a course
record of 10:54 by Jacob Tru-
itt from North Eugene in the
boys' race in which Cottage
Grove’s Konrad Raum placed
fi fth. Shayla Solomon of Junc-
tion City won the girls' race in
13:41. Sabrina James was Cot-
tage Grove’s top women’s fi n-
isher in fi fth place.
In spite of this being a “train-
ing meet”, 16 Lion runners set
personal bests for their two mile
effort — Erik Cortes (13:50),
Jesse Ellingsworth (12:05),
Photo courtesy of Jim Settelmeyer
Lexie Hall and Jenn Simons tackle the "Spirit Trail" during Thursday's race.
Justin Francis (14:23), Lake Talley (12:18), Paesen Timm stacle race event named “The
Fultz (15:51), Mitchell Johnson (11:43), Tatiana Baird (20:39), Ultimook”. This will be the fi rst
(16:29), Matteo Liserre (14:38), Sabrina James (14:38) and Jenn 5000 meter high school run for
many of the young runners on
Adam Marsh (15:38), Konnor Simons (19:29).
The Lion Harriers travel to this year’s team.
Owens (14:08), Konrad Raum
(11:38), Braedon Rinck (17:57), Tillamook this Friday and Sat-
Cody Smelser (15:05), Jimmy urday for the early season ob-
Winebarger and Keefer collect CGS Fast Friday wins
The Cottage Grove Speedway returned this past weekend after
taking a break during the W.O.E Heritage Fair
BY BEN DEATHERAGE
For the Sentinel
Friday, Aug. 26 was a full
house at Cottage Grove Speed-
way. The quarter-mile clay oval
hosted the fi nal Fast Friday of
2016 and all the fans were in
for a special treat. Everyone
through the front gate got in for
FREE. Only two classes were
in action during the night. They
were the IMCA Modifi eds and
Open Comp 4-Cylinders.
Jasper’s Eric Ashley was
quick out of the box in the
IMCA Modifi ed main event.
Ashley paced the fi eld until
around lap 16 when he would be
passed for the lead. The driver
to make it around him was Col-
len Winebarger, from Corbett.
Winebarger led the rest of the
way in the caution-plagued af-
fair to score his fi fth win of
2016 at CGS.
Eric Ashley was a respectable
second, followed by Keizer’s
John Campos in third. Craig
Hanson, of Albany, was fourth
while fi nishing fi fth was Jeff
Lovell, out of Oregon City.
Kenny Keefer was the domi-
nant driver in the Open Comp 4-
Cylinder ranks. Keefer, who is
from Prineville, was able to take
care of business and control the
coveted position for much of the
main. Keefer would pick up his
fi rst win of the year at Cottage
Grove.
Junction City native Marcel
Forte was second with Red-
mond’s Chad Christensen be-
hind him in third. K.C. Scott,
of Springfi eld, managed to end
the night fourth while Bernie
Bryant, of Sutherlin, completed
the top fi ve.
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Photo courtesy of Dirt Monkey Productions
Mike Winebarger took home a win in the IMCA Modifi ed main event on Friday.
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