Boys soccer: Taking the long drive to Klamath Falls, the Lions earned their first win of the season in impressive fashion over Mazama. Injuries plagued the team in their first two contests - losing 4-0 to Tillamook and 5-0 to Hidden Valley - but grit and calm under pressure in game three led the team to victory. After going in to halftime down 2-0, the team rallied back to tie it 2-2. Mazama would re-take the lead 4-2, but Cottage Grove converted three goals over the final 11 minutes to seal the victory. Senior Mitchell Krokus and freshman Aldo Rea added two goals a piece while sophomore Chase Williams added another. The Lions are now 1-2 on the season and will next face Banks tonight, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.
Girls soccer: The Lions played two home games last week, losing narrowly in both contests. On Tues., Sept. 10 Cottage Grove took on defending state champions Hidden Valley and, despite a valiant effort, lost 2-0. Two days later, they played host to Mazama and were defeated in a close match, 4-3. The team moves to 1-2 and will next play tomorrow, Sept. 19 at Phoenix. The game begins at 4 p.m.
Water polo: The Cottage Grove boys continued their strong start to the season last Thursday, taking down the co-ed Churchill team by a score of 10-7. While the team will continue to work on their defense, offense has not been a problem and Max McCasline continued to have a nose for the net as he scored three goals, all in the final period.
Football: After losing 32-22 last week to Days Creek, North Douglas took on Hosanna Christian - last year’s runners-up in the state championship game - losing 46-6. Despite the lopsided scoreboard and considering the number of young players on the Warriors’ squad, the team showed improvement in many areas. Senior Tyler Kallinger finished the game with 79 yards rushing on 17 carries and the team’s lone touchdown. North Douglas moves to 0-2 on the year and travels to Bonanza (0-2) next Friday, looking to get their first victory.
Volleyball: The Warrior girls continued their winning ways over the last week, earning victories over New Hope Christian and Yoncalla moving to 8-3 early in the 2019 season. Dominant in both matches, North Douglas first defeated New Hope 3-0 (25-18, 25-11, 25-15) on Tuesday before dealing with Yoncalla equally impressively on Thursday evening, winning 3-0 (25-16, 25-7, 25-16). The Warriors will head to Days Creek tomorrow, Sept. 19 for their fifth road game in their last six contests.
Football: In their first away game of the year the Elks (2-0) defeated Myrtle Point 20-6 to continue their winning ways early in the 2019 season. Elkton controlled the tempo throughout the game, marching down the field multiple times, but was only able to convert for three touchdowns. Nonetheless, it was enough to secure the victory as the defense shone in their second contest. Senior linebacker Kiel Briggs had five solo tackles and a quarterback sack, junior linebacker Jayce Clevenger and senior defensive tackle Oliver Beattie recovered fumbles and junior defensive back Kade Strickland tallied four tackles for loss. The Elks’ have a bye next week and will continue their season on Fri., Sept. 27 at Mapleton.
Volleyball: With two games last week, Elkton looked to continue a solid start to the season and won both matchups 3-0 moving to 5-1 on the season. The Elks first took on Powers last Wed., Sept. 11 winning handily 25-10, 25-13, 25-14 behind nine kills and three aces from senior captain Aspyn Luzier. In their second game, Elkton defeated Umpqua Valley Christian 25-14, 25-17, 25-18 helped along by senior setter Kieryn Carnes’ 14 digs, four aces and ten assists. The Elks’ next matchup will be next Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Riddle.
Football: The Eagles (1-1) won their first matchup handily, 46-14 against Falls City, but the script flipped in the second game of the season, losing to Triad 74-27 last Saturday afternoon. The team will look to get another in the win column with a second Saturday game this week, traveling to Camas Valley who won their lone game of the season 66-6 over Bonanza.
Volleyball: After starting the season 2-4, Yoncalla volleyball saw improvement in their two games last week, splitting the pair in losing to North Douglas 3-0 (25-16, 25-7, 25-16) and prevailing against Prospect Charter 3-1 (25-14, 24-26, 25-12, 25-12). The Eagles have a tough home game on Thurs., Sept. 19 against Camas Valley who has started the season 5-0.