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    B
S PORTS
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Section B
South Lane County Sports and Recreation
Contact Sports, 942-3325 or e-mail sports@cgsentinel.com
CG volleyball
bounces back
with win after two
straight losses
The Lions lost back-to-back games against
Sisters but answered with a shutout win over
Elmira
BY SAM WRIGHT
The Cottage Grove Sentinel
Cottage Grove has slipped
since being ranked number one
at the beginning of the season.
But with so many games in a
volleyball season, it’s hard to
maintain such high and often
unfounded expectations. The
Lions have shown weaknesses
in some areas but have also
shown their ability to fi x those
mistakes and move on.
Losing to Sisters in back-
to-back matchups was the fi rst
time Cottage Grove has lost
two games in a row since last
year, and the team wasn’t about
to let it become three in a row,
although in the fi rst set against
Elmira, fans might have feared
the worst.
After losing 3-0 and 3-1
against the Outlaws, Cottage
Grove also looked in trouble
at the beginning of its match
against Elmira. The Falcons
took a commanding 14-6 lead
over the Lions, and after being
unable to capitalize on many
opportunities, head coach Jason
Corwin took a time out.
Like basketball, volleyball
is a game of “runs.” Teams go
on scoring streak after scoring
streak, and an eight-point lead
in the fi rst set won’t dictate the
outcome of the game. So the Li-
ons went back out onto the court
and went on a 10-2 run, taking a
16-15 lead. Sophomore Isabelle
Hirst took a few plays into her
own hands and was set up for a
few hard spikes to give her team
Please see VOLLEYBALL, Page 3B
Lions football enters
top three after JC
blowout
BY SAM WRIGHT
The Cottage Grove Sentinel
The Cottage Grove High
School football program is
showing no signs of slowing
down after dismantling the Junc-
tion City Tigers 49-7 on Friday.
Cottage Grove moved to 6-0
and racked up their fourth win
that was decided by 42 points or
more.
The Lions’ successful season
has now jumped them to num-
ber three in the OSAA rankings,
behind North Bend in fi rst and
Ontario in second.
The Lions have now outscored
their opponents 271-57 with the
only really close game coming
from a strong Scappoose team
where the Lions won 24-21.
Cottage Grove beat Sisters 34-
22, but don’t forget, Cottage
Grove was up 24-0 at halftime.
The Outlaws may have tried to
creep back into the game, but
it was only a fl uke mistake by
Blake Sentman throwing a pick-
six to make it 34-22. The score
could have just as easily ended
up 34-15 or 41-15.
The pattern continued as the
Lions racked up over 400 yards
of offense against the Tigers
on Friday. Blake Sentman was
23 for 37 through the air with
328 yards and four touchdowns.
Kory Parent managed a perfect
four-for-four effi ciency for 85
yards and a touchdown.
The running game was a con-
cern for the Lions against Sis-
ters, but they still managed to
improve that aspect of their of-
fense despite the wet conditions
on the fi eld. The stats recorded
were 25 carries for 93 yards but
include a 22-yard loss by Erick
Giffen when a bad snap went
over his head on a punt.
“I think we’re defi nitely get-
ting a bit better in the run game,”
Head Coach Gary Roberts said.
Jacob Woods led the receiv-
ing corps with an impressive
149 yards on three carries and
two touchdowns.
The passing game has been
Cottage Grove’s answer all sea-
son, but if the bad snap is taken
out of the statistics, the Lions
easily rushed for over 100 yards
against the Tigers, and averaged
Please see FOOTBALL, Page 3B
Photo by Sam Wright
Sophomore Isabelle Hirst strategically taps the ball over the net instead of going for a hard spike against Elmira.
Athletes of the Week
Harriers team remains
hard at work despite
girls struggling Saturday
Boys place in top 10
Philomath’s Paul Mariman Classic provided the fi rst real head-
to-head matchup between the Sky-Em cross country teams this last
Saturday. The Lions came through the test with mixed results. The
girls’ varsity team has an uphill climb if they are to be competitive
with the front runners in the district, while the boys varsity team
came out on top compared to every district team on this day except
Elmira (not in the race). The results were in reverse with the JV
teams as the girl JVs fi nished higher in the standings, and it was the
boys with the most room for improvement.
Great efforts turned in by the 32 athletes representing CG were
highlighted by the personal bests turned in by Jacob Justis (24:11),
Konnor Owens (20:47), Justin Francis (20:34), Adam Marsh
(23:31), Matteo Liserre (22:56), Braedon Rinck (25:13), Mitchell
Johnson (23:52), Nadia Witt (24:43), Emma Sexton (30:09) and
Rylee Williams (32:14).
This day’s course ushers in the end of the season stretch of fl at
courses for the harriers. They have had no real obstacles unless
inclement weather turns otherwise fl at fast courses into muddy
marshes. The focus turns to working on speed and polishing race
strategy as head coach Jim Settelmeyer says that everyone wants
to earn personal records to highlight the hard work they are putting
in. Next up is the speedy three-loop course offered by George Fox
University this coming Saturday at Willamette Mission State Park.
Photo courtesy of Jim Settelmeyer
Rylee Williams, Tatiana Baird, Jessica Ray and Emma
Sexton push hard in Philomath on Saturday.
Tenacity and morale
remain high after
girls' soccer suffers
two more losses
BY SAM WRIGHT
The Cottage Grove Sentinel
The Cottage Grove girls’ soc-
cer team has been struggling
since entering Sky-Em play.
The team has yet to win a Sky-
Em contest and has managed
only to tie Sutherlin.
The most recent losses have
come from Sisters and Elmira
this past week, marking a four-
game losing streak since tying
Sutherlin. But if there’s one
thing to say about the team it's
that the players manage to main-
tain a positive attitude and team
morale stays strong.
Though the Lions stand at
2-7-1 team, bonding remains a
fi rm habit of Cottage Grove’s.
“Regardless, they always do
their cheers and run across the
fi eld together at the end of every
game,” Head Coach Samantha
Shine said, “There is some frus-
tration, but they manage to stay
positive amongst themselves.
They’ve been very graceful.”
Sisters routed the Lions 4-0
last Tuesday, but Shine says the
more heartbreaking loss came
from Elmira on Thursday.
Cottage Grove managed to
take a 1-0 lead with a goal from
Miranda McCasline. But the Li-
ons couldn’t put them away and
the Falcons came back with two
unanswered goals, defeating
Cottage Grove 2-1.
“It was tough because we
knew we could beat Elmira,”
Shine said.
Please see SOCCER, Page 3B
photo by Sam Wright
Junior Chelsea Armstrong helps move the ball past midfi eld.