Nine CGHS students to resume athletic careers at the college level

From left: CGHS graduates Carter Bascue, Jayden Cameron (bottom), Leah Schiewe (top), Isaac Stere (bottom), Ty Kishen (top), Piper Youngmayr, Peyton Kidd (bottom), Gracie Arnold (top), and Izabell Senters will continue their athletics journey this fall at the college level.

This is what their CGHS coaches have to say

Gracie Arnold

Western Oregon University

Women’s Basketball  

“Gracie has been a pleasure to coach because she has athleticism to match a coachable attitude. She was our Sky-Em POY this year and last year as a junior. Her leadership stepped up this year as she had to fill a different role and welcomed it with open arms. She is very unselfish, fun — and again — coachable. Her desire to be better drives her motivation to work harder than those around her. She will carry this on at the next level and match an intensity needed there.” 

-Erin Royce, CGHS Women’s Basketball Coach

Carter Bascue

Northland College

Men’s Basketball

“Carter has a unique ability to succeed in the classroom and raise the demeanor of that classroom. He is enthusiastic and creates a positive classroom/locker room environment. Being positive and committed are a few of Carter’s strengths. In an unpredictable high school environment/career due to COVID, Carter was always able to handle sudden unforeseen circumstances and pass them with flying colors. He handled the workload by staying committed to both studies and practice.”

-Seth Hutchison, CGHS Men’s Basketball Coach

Jayden Cameron

Western Oregon University 

Men’s Soccer 

“His growth as a player took him from a good player to a complete player, took him from a complete player to a leader on and off the field, and to become a person I would be proud to call a friend. He was our captain for two years. His role on the soccer field as a player, was to control the attack from the number 10 position. His role as a captain was to influence his teammates to be a unit, to work together. His role as a person was to be a positive example on and off the field. ” 

-Vernon Steward, CGHS Men’s Soccer Coach 

Peyton Kidd

Southwestern Oregon Community College

Volleyball

“Peyton Kidd is an all-around amazing athlete. Her work  ethic and passion for volleyball speak for themselves. I got the opportunity to coach her throughout her whole high school volleyball journey and she continually amazed me. She was a strong leader in our program and set the example for what it means to be a member of the Cottage Grove Volleyball Program. I can’t wait to see how far she goes in her volleyball journey at Southwestern!”

-Abby Ladd, CGHS Volleyball Coach

Ty Kishen 

Bushnell University 

Track & Field 

“While Ty only had two seasons with us in the track and field program he made the most of it. Ty showed up every day with a smile on his face and always looked for ways to improve. He showed a lot of patience with the process this season and performed his best on the biggest stages. I will never forget watching Ty get all the fans at Hayward Field going with the slow clap for his final triple jump attempt at the state championships, and then coming within two inches of upsetting the heavy favorite. As strong as Ty is as an athlete, he is equally strong as a leader. Ty truly cares about his teammates and takes the extra time to show genuine interest in others.” 

-Ricky Knutson, CGHS Track & Field Coach 

Leah Schiewe 

Bushnell University 

Track & Field 

“Leah is one of the most determined and toughest young people that I know.  She spent the entire offseason recovering from knee surgery only to injure it again only a couple of weeks into the season. I thought that the rest of her senior season would be lost, but she was determined to throw. While she was eventually cleared to compete, she still had limited mobility. What Leah was able to accomplish by taking third place at the state championships in the shot put with the limitations that she had was truly remarkable.”

-Ricky Knutson, CGHS Track & Field Coach 

Izabell Senters 

Lane Community College 

Volleyball

“Bell was an absolute joy to coach. She is so naturally talented and was an incredibly reliable player. The team trusted her and knew that whatever position she was in, she would take care of business. It was rewarding to watch her grow in her confidence and skills throughout her four years of high school. She has become a wonderful young woman who will be an asset wherever she goes. Lane Titans Volleyball is lucky to have her!” 

-Abby Ladd, CGHS Volleyball Coach

Isaac Stere 

Umpqua Community College 

Track & Field 

“Isaac walked away from the state meet last season after taking second place in the high jump saying that this season the title would be his. He entered this season with a greater focus on doing the little things to get better. Isaac spent lots of time watching video on high jump technique, but he also worked on perfecting his form in the weight room. No matter what the conditions were this season, Isaac showed up to compete. Even after a little bump in the road at the district meet with slippery conditions, Isaac kept looking forward to state. Isaac’s positive attitude and belief in himself carried him over five different heights at the state meet before he even had a miss. By that time he had already won the competition and accomplished what he said he would accomplish a year ago.”

-Ricky Knutson, CGHS Track & Field Coach 

Piper Youngmayr

Western Oregon University 

Cross Country, Track & Field

“It was an honor to be able to work with Piper during both cross country and track and field seasons. After embracing her love for distance running, Piper also decided to branch out and try something new as a senior with the triple jump. It turned out she was pretty good at it, and she qualified for the state championships. It was really fun to see Piper have that success as a result of her attitude to try anything if it meant that it could help the team. What Piper meant to our team as a leader will carry with our program for years to come. Piper regularly hosted athlete dinners and gatherings and she is always eager to embrace new teammates. The girls cross country program is on the rise, and Piper had a lot to do with establishing that success.”

-Ricky Knutson, CGHS Track & Field Coach

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