A week of smoke filled air from the wild fires around the state impacted teams in each sport. Cottage Grove boys soccer had a game cancelled and the cross-country team saw a meet in Sisters cancelled as well, while the rest of the teams had to alter their practice schedules.
With the cancellation of their game last Tuesday, this was the third time the boys soccer team has had a game or jamboree cancelled this season. Head coach Vern Stewart noted that in all his time coaching he had never had one game cancelled for smoke let alone three different contests. Stewart also said that the poor air quality has limited practices as well especially since five of his players have asthma.
The girls soccer team was able to play one game last week and they fell 0-2 on the road at Astoria.
Cottage Grove Waterpolo:
Last Tuesday at home the girls defeated Sheldon 13-7 behind 12 goals from MJ Raade and Mikayla Baird. Head coach Tyson Pilling was excited about how the girls started the season.
“I thought they did a great job. I thought that they did a great job on their fast breaks, they did a really good job on their communication. We had some first season players playing and they scored a lot of our goals and it was their first season ever playing,” said Pilling.
Last Tuesday the boys waterpolo team fell at home to Sheldon 9-12. The Irish went up 7-1 to start the game but the Lions late comeback fell short. Ian Dukes ended the game with seven goals.
“There is a lot of stuff that we need to work on with the boys,” said Pilling.
While critical of their performance, Pilling was pleased with how the boys were able to manage the clock and focus on defense.
“We were doing a good job at dumping the ball. We had one play where the shot clock is about to run out and instead of thinking, ‘Oh am I gonna get that last shot off,’ well if you think defense first and throw the ball in the far corner of the pool, it allows your team to come back on defense.. When you don’t have enough players it allows you to set up and get back on defense,” Pilling added.
Last Thursday the team played a coed game against Marist that saw the Lions win 14-11. Dukes ended the game with eight goals.
Cottage Grove Volleyball:
After losing the first two matches of the season, the Lions were able to bounce back last week. The Lions defeated North Valley and South Umpqua in straight sets to improve their record to 2-2. The team then fell to Salem Academy on Saturday.
North Douglas Football:
The Warriors lost to Camas Valley Saturday by a score of 24-44. North Dogulas fought on the road but failed to score on three separate trips to the red zone. Quarterback Brandon Rundell finished the game 15-of-24 passing for 188 yards and three touchdowns.
North Douglas Volleyball:
The team continued their success their success this week as they went 4-1. In league play they beat New Hope Christian and Glendale in straight sets; in their first three league matches they have not dropped a game. On Saturday the team went to the Reedsport Invitational where they lost to Weston-McEwen but defeated Crow and St. Paul.
The Elks travelled to Mapleton Friday night where they cruised to a 40-12 victory. They are now 2-0 on the season.
Last week the Elks went 6-1 in their games. They started the week with two league matchups that they won in straight sets against Umpqua Valley Christian/Melrose Christian and on the road at New Hope Christian. This weekend the team went to the Glendale Tournament where they defeated Glendale, Mohawk Umpqua Valley Christian/Melrose Christian and Butte Falls. Their one loss of the week came at the tournament against Days Creek.
The Eagles lost at home against Triad 42-72. They are now 0-2 on the season.
The team lost in straight sets to Days Creek and Camas Valley last week. They are now 1-3 on the season.