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    Cottage Grove Sentinel
Sports & Recreation
holds off
Lions in play-
in game
WEDNESDAY | MAY 22, 2019
Krokus crowned state champion
10th ranked
Warriors end
Cottage Grove
baseball season
By Zach Silva
Th e Cottage Grove
baseball team continued
to fi ght back.
Th e team that got out
to a 1-5 start on the sea-
son and snuck into the
postseason by securing
the last playoff spot con-
tinued to fi ght back last
Th ursday on the road
against 10th ranked Phi-
lomath (17-10). But for
the Lions (11-14) it was
where the season ended
as the team lost 4-2 in a
state play-in game.
“We’re not the most
talented team. We’ve
beat a lot of teams that
were better than us
and we played close to
a lot of teams that we
shouldn’t have,” said
Cottage Grove head
coach Dan Geiszler.
“And that’s a testament
to them and their work
ethic and they believe in
themselves. Th ey work
and work together. I
never thought we were
out of it until they threw
that guy out [on the fi nal
“I’m proud of them
for that. It’s never fun
to lose at the end and
watch the seniors go.
Th at’s the crappy part of
coaching. But proud of
them for what they did.”
It was an ominous
start to the game for the
Lions as Philomath re-
corded a single, that saw
the runner advance to
second on an error, on
the very fi rst pitch the
team faced. Th rough-
out the rest of the fi rst
inning Philomath hits
were paired with Cot-
tage Grove errors that
resulted in three runs
for the home team.
“I thought it was big
jumping out on them
in the fi rst inning,” said
Philomath head coach
Levi Webber. “Th at’s
huge in the playoff s to
get off to a good start to
get things going. Settles
everybody down a little
bit, gets the angst out a
little bit. Gets everybody
“Just a couple errors
killed us but we com-
peted and battled,” said
Th e Warriors struck
again in the third inning
when another error
from the Lions set up
another run. Th e inning
started with a Philomath
runner being called safe
at fi rst in a contested call
followed by a fi elding
error for the Lions.
“Talking to some
coaches that had played
Cottage Grove, they said
they’re a good team,
they’re scrappy and
said Webber. “Th ey told
me, make sure you don’t
give away outs or give
away at-bats and that’s
what we talked about,
just making sure that
we forced them to make
plays. I thought, espe-
cially in the fi rst four in-
nings, we did a great job
of putting some pressure
on them and they made
some mistakes and we
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In his fi rst jump of the 4A state triple jump competition on Friday at Mt. Hood Community College, Cottage Grove junior Mitchell Krokus leaps
out to a state-winning jump of 44-04.75 feet. PHOTO BY ZACH SILVA/CG SENTINEL
Krokus wins triple jump
competition, Talley records
pair of eighth place fi nishes
By Zach Silva
Friday’s state triple jump compe-
tition was over as soon as Mitchell
Krokus started.
Competing at Mt. Hood Com-
munity College, the Cottage Grove
junior was able to claim the state
title by recording the farthest jump
of the day – a mark of 44-04.75 feet
– on his very fi rst jump of the com-
“I’m still kind of processing. It’s
weird,” said Krokus who record-
ed the three farthest jumps in the
competition. “It’s a relief but also
like something to look forward to
next season. It’s something I want
to keep improving. It usually takes
a few hours to kick in.”
Entering the day, and boosted
by a near two-foot personal record
(PR) at the district meet, Krokus
had the best jump in all of 4A.
And while it was in that fi rst sprint
down the runway that secured his
spot as a state champion, Krokus’
entire day leading up to that jump
prepared him for this outcome.
Triple jump was the only thing on
his mind.
“On the way here I didn’t want to
think about anything that I would
have to worry about. I didn’t want
to think about anything that would
pull back my mindset,” he said. “I
wanted to stay focused on what I
was doing and nothing else. Not a
single thing. Th is is everything.”
Krokus, who stumbled into the
event in the middle of last season
and quickly found success and
a desire to get better at it, went
through his warm up on Friday
with a new-found level of focus.
Completing every stretch and drill
he could think of, he was both
physically and mentally ready to
“When I competed, I don’t think
there was a single thing that went
through my head. It was just blank.
It was probably one of the weirdest
things,” he said.
All the preparation crescendoed
in the fi rst jump.
“Aft er that my legs started to
shut down. Physically I couldn’t re-
ally get much better,” said Krokus.
“I didn’t want to think that’s the
winning mark. I wanted to keep
improving it. I didn’t want to stay
at that mark and say I’m OK with
that mark. Even though I couldn’t
physically get farther aft erwards, I
was trying my hardest to get there.”
For the rest of the competition,
see B2
Ladd and Arnold record
top six fi nishes in state
high jump competition
By Zach Silva
Th e state track meet better get
used to Matty Ladd and Gracie
Th e pair of Cottage Grove un-
derclassmen – Ladd a sophomore
and Arnold a freshman – both
fi nished in the top seven of the 4A
high jump competition last Friday
at Mt. Hood Community College.
“Coming here when you’re
younger and knowing that you
might come here again sets those
expectations,” said Ladd. “Last
year I got fi ft h and so this year my
expectation was I want to get fi ft h
or higher.”
Ladd did just that as she took
fourth with a clearance of 5-02
feet. Locked in from the start,
Ladd cleared 4-10, 5-00 and 5-02
on her fi rst attempts.
“I think it was adrenaline and
we also had like an hour warm up
so we were ready to go,” said Ladd.
Arnold fi nished seventh in the
competition with her clearance of
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Sophomore Matty Ladd gets an early clearance in the high jump com-
petition at state on Friday. PHOTO BY ZACH SILVA/CG SENTINEL
Olson takes discus title, Byle
to finals in three events
Pair of Elkton athletes
make their mark at
1A state meet
By Zach Silva
Elkton junior Sadie Olson winds up in the discus on
her way to winning state. PHOTO BY ZACH SILVA/CG SENTINEL
It was a long day – made
longer by a 76-minute thun-
der and lightning delay – for
Elkton junior Sadie Olson
and sophomore Margaret
Byle at last Saturday’s 1A
state track meet.
On the fi nal day of com-
petition, the pair of athletes
made the fi nals in all fi ve of
their respective events – Ol-
son in discus and shot put
and Byle in the 100, 200 and
Athlete of
the Week
400 – highlighted by Olson
fi nishing the day with a
state discus title.
“I had never expected
this. Coming my fresh-
man year I scratched all my
throws at districts. But last
year when I came and got
second place [at state] I was
like, ‘Wow, I might actually
get fi rst next year once this
girl graduates,’” said Olson.
“So I’m just overjoyed and
I’m really glad. And I’m
really thankful it didn’t get
Aft er a brief storm passed
through the area, Olson,
who had the farthest throw
in 1A coming into the day,
was back warming up for
discus where the weather
didn’t hold her back as she
unleashed a throw of 117-
09. Th e state-winning throw
was also a personal best by
over two feet.
“It felt so wonderful. It
was awesome. It was com-
plete and it was the best
throw I’ve ever done and it
was really fun,” said Olson.
Earlier in the day, Olson
took eighth in shot put with
a throw of 31-09.
“I didn’t get a PR so I was
a little disappointed with
my performance. But I did
make it into fi nals and I
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Th is week’s
athletes of the
week are state
Mitchell Krokus
and Sadie
Mitchell Krokus.
Sadie Olson.