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CG softball on the rise

While the seniors are critical role to the team, there has also been strong support from the underclassman.

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Lions boys exceed expectations: Win Sky-Em title

The boys track team took an unexpected Sky-Em title.

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‘He had the heart of a lion’

May 12, 2022 — Wally Ciochetti’s impact still felt

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CG hosts Ciochetti Invitational

May 12, 2022 —

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Bulldogs and Warriors battle in Junction City

Both Creswell and North Douglass competed at the Junction City Invitational.

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Lions improve, but still seeking first league win

Despite the odds being against them, the Cottage Grove boys displayed a competitive spirit, and showed signs of improvement.

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Local student athlete representation coming to OSAA

A new council of students from all classifications has been formed that will allow athletes to give their input towards issues in the OSAA as they arise.

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Bulldogs’ baseball and softball swept by Billies

The Bulldogs' baseball and softball teams both had a tough day last Friday (April 22).

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WFA finds home in Cottage Grove

The Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) has found a new home in Cottage Grove.

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Lion boys take first at ‘Meet of Champions’

Lions boys team took first place at the Meet of Champions in Sweet Home on Saturday.

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Bulldogs softball bounces back with two big wins

Creswell bounces back in a big way by dominating their opponents Siuslaw and Junction City.

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Creswell track takes 5th at Frank Good Preamble

The Bulldogs came away with four event wins.

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Lions track shows off depth at JC Meet

The Lions track team racked up 14 event wins.

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Lions Softball extends win streak

Offensive woes continue to be a thing of the past for the Lions softball team who have been on a roll lately and white hot in the batter’s box. Cottage Grove extended their winning streak to six games after sweeping Springfield in a doubleheader 16-0 and 21-0 continuing their recent wins in dominant fashion.

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CG Track sees boys take 3rd, girls 5th at Marist Invite

The Lions track team returned to competition following some time off during spring break. Cottage Grove took around 30 athletes to the Martist invite over the weekend that included a field of eight total teams. The boys side finished third with 102 points and the girls finished fifth with 52.

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CG softball rolls past Douglas

In the first two games for the Cottage Grove softball team, their offense struggled to establish any sort of rhythm, resulting in two opening-week losses. But in a doubleheader matchup last Thursday against Douglas, the Lions’ bats were scorching hot, scoring double digit runs in both games and picking up their first wins of the season.

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Falcons top Bulldogs in high scoring game

The Creswell softball program started strong in their first two contests, picking up two wins against Oakland and Bandon, but Elmira played road spoiler and gave the Bulldogs their first loss on the season 16-8.

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Room to grow for Lions baseball

Over the past week, the Cottage Grove baseball team faced their toughest competition yet at the Newport Spring Break tournament, featuring two top teams in pre-season top 10 and the other being ranked just outside. The Lions faced off against Gladstone, Henley and Newport and weren’t able to create much offensively. In the three games combined, Cottage Grove mustered seven runs while their opponents eclipsed double digit runs in each contest.

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CG softball looking for spark offensively

The Lions softball season got underway in not the most ideal conditions and against some stiff competition in Harrisburg who was ranked in the pre-season top 10 for 3A. Cottage Grove struggled early in the first game giving up nine runs in the first inning to Harrisburg. But despite the early deficit, the Lions still battled the rest of the way and were able to put up five runs.

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CG and Creswell track break the ice in opening meets

Last Thursday, March 17 both the Cottage Grove and Creswell track and field programs kicked off their season in two introductory meets. The Lions competed at the Siuslaw Ice-breaker in Florence, and the Bulldogs competed in the Tri-County Ice-breaker in Junction City.

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Lion baseball splits opening week games

Last week the Cottage Grove baseball team got their season underway with a matchup against the North Bend Bulldogs. While the Lions didn’t get the result they were hoping for, they still managed to get plenty of runs on the scoreboard totaling six on the day but ultimately lost 10-6 to North Bend. Later in the week, the Lions bounced back to get a tough 2-1 victory on the road against Sisters.

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Bulldog softball starts season strong

Coming into the season Head Softball Coach Scott Worsham knew he would be able to lean on his pitching but thought his offense might take a little time to get going. In the first game of the season for Creswell, the bats were hot early, scoring 10 runs in the first inning, totaling 16 runs on the day against Oakland. Also seeing home runs by Lizabelle Osborn and Lauren Bailey who combined to bring in seven runs against the Oakers.

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New beginning for Creswell baseball

The Creswell baseball program featured a very young team a season ago, having no seniors on the roster and only four juniors giving a lot of underclassmen the time to log some quality playing time. This season under new head skipper Craig Leonard, the Bulldogs return looking to continue to grow from last year.

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Bulldog softball ready for new season

Gaining experience was the key for a lot of teams last year in the abbreviated season and the Creswell softball program took that on. The Bulldogs featured three seniors on their roster last year, but now will have six and an opportunity to build on what they started from last year.

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CG track looking to build on success

Despite an abbreviated season a year ago, the Lions’ track and field program still enjoyed a successful season, sending a total of 14 athletes (including a relay team) to the state meet. This season, with more of a return to normal, the ultimate pursuit is a return to the state meet, which will be returning back to Hayward Field.

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Fresh start for Lions baseball

The new season will mark a new era for Lions baseball, as they welcome new skipper Lance Faxon. Faxon was a longtime assistant at Philomath High School being part of a number of successful Warrior teams and will look to bring some of that success to Cottage Grove.

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North Douglas boys finish 4th, girls take 5th

Both North Douglas basketball programs will be returning home with some hardware after the boys team took home the fourth place trophy and the girls finished out the weekend by taking fifth. The Warriors also saw two players get recognized for all tournament selections with Ray Gerrard on the boys side earning first team and Samantha MacDowell getting second team.

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Joining a new pack

For two Cottage Grove high school seniors — Jayden Cameron and Piper Youngmayr — their dreams of continuing their athletic careers have become reality. Cameron committed to Western Oregon (WOU) for soccer in the fall, while Youngmayr committed to WOU a couple of weeks ago for Cross Country and Track.

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Creswell girls enjoy successful season

The Creswell girls basketball team mounted a late rally in their quarterfinal matchup against Oregon Episcopal on Friday, March 3, but the Bulldogs were never able to get the game-changing bucket to shift the momentum there way and the Aardvarks were able to hold on for the 39-33 win over Creswell.

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Bulldogs still barking, onto the quarterfinals

Despite facing an uphill battle with three starters fouling out in the second half and overtime against Douglas, the Bulldogs never counted themselves out and were able to find a way to win in a riveting contest to punch their ticket to the final state site in Coos Bay beating Douglas 50-46 in overtime.

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CG boys lose heartbreaker to Molalla

Following their final league win against Siuslaw, the Cottage Grove boys basketball team returned to the postseason for the first time in five years and squared off against the Molalla Indians in the play-in round. Despite the Lions controlling the game most of the way. Molalla’s flurry of three-pointers in the final quarter got them back in the contest and eventually helped them pull away in the final minutes to get the 55-48 win over Cottage Grove.

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OSAA Football Committee submits final recommendations

Last week the OSAA Football Ad Hoc Committee finalized their recommendations for the league plans for the 2022–2026-time block. Starting next fall, the local team’s football leagues will look a little different than they typically have with some teams moving back up a classification or moving to a completely different league.

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Lady Lions close out Siuslaw early

Following a huge upset win against Marist on Tuesday, Feb.15 the Lady Lions basketball team had to prepare for the final home game of the season against Siuslaw on Feb. 18.

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Lions boys win against Siuslaw secures playoff bid

For the first time since the 2017-18 season, the Cottage Grove boys basketball team will be returning to the postseason. The Lions came out strong in the first quarter and led wire to wire, eventually earning the 50-37 victory over the Vikings.

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Creswell girls down Harrisburg in league playoffs

In the previous two matchups between the Creswell girls basketball team and Harrisburg Eagles, the first team to 50 points ended up winning the game. The first round went to Harrisburg 51-49, the second round went to Creswell 50-44, and in the third meeting with much more on the line ahead of the state playoffs both team’s defensive intensity would ratchet up another level.

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Tigers notch another win against Lady Lions

In their previous matchup against Junction City, the Lady Lions basketball team gave the Tigers a scare until the last two minutes when Junction City eventually pulled away. This go-round wouldn’t see as much drama as the home Tigers took control in the first half and never relinquished their lead and finished out the game with a 41-26 win over Cottage Grove.

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Lady Warriors defense stifles Bulldogs

Since the end of January, the Creswell girls basketball team had found a groove, going 3-0 in league play and knocking off a top-ranked Santiam Christian squad at home. On the other side of the court the Lady Warriors basketball team had been dismantling their opponents and at one point winning 16 games in a row.

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North Douglas boys edge Creswell

The Creswell boys basketball team found itself within reach of getting a much-needed win after losing to Cascade Christian earlier in the week 57-30. The North Douglas Warriors however have only lost two games in 2022 one of which was to Riddle on Jan. 21. In a hard-fought contest on both sides, the Warriors would rally after being down at halftime to top the Bulldogs 50-49.

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Cottage Grove boys topped by Junction City

On Feb. 11 the Cottage Grove basketball team traveled to the Tigers’ jungle to square off against the Junction City the top-ranked team in 4A. Despite some of the Lions’ best stretches of play throughout the season, Junction City’s three-point barrage in the second half led them to a 57-42 win over Cottage Grove.

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Challengers control game against Bulldogs

Following another gut wrenching loss against Pleasant Hill on Friday, Feb. 4. The Creswell boys basketball team didn’t have any time to wallow as they traveled to Medford to face the second ranked team in the 3A the Cascade Christian Challengers. Despite Creswell scoring the first points of the game, Cascade Christian was able to control the contest most of the way, earning the 57-30 over Creswell.

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Exhilarating double OT game, not pleasant ending for Bulldogs

For the third time in five conference games, the Creswell Boys basketball team found themselves in overtime. The Bulldogs were able to overcome a tough offensive start in the first half but ultimately fell to Pleasant Hill in double overtime 60-56 on Feb. 4.

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Creswell Girls take control late against Billies

The Creswell girls basketball team is starting to stack together wins. After knocking off Santiam Christian at home the Bulldogs started their week with a shellacking of La Pine 49-15 followed by another victory against Pleasant Hill 53-44.

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Cottage Grove and Creswell Girls Wrestling participate at Southern Regional

The Cottage Grove and Creswell girls wrestling teams both competed at the Southern Regional held at Cottage Grove High School on Feb. 5. Forty teams came from all over the state came to participate at the Regional as five Creswell girls and two Cottage Grove girls battled in their respective divisions.

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Pirates stave off upset against Cottage Grove Boys

The Cottage Grove boys basketball team nearly orchestrated a huge upset against third ranked Marshfield Pirates at the Pirate Palace on Friday, Feb. 4. The Lions played one of their best halves of basketball, taking a six-point lead on the Pirates at halftime, but Marshfield eventually was able to rally and came away with a 68-64 win.

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Lady Lions back to winning against Siuslaw

The Cottage Grove girls basketball team had to deal with some scheduling changes after their scheduled game against Marist Catholic was moved after the Spartans were dealing with COVID-19 issues. Unfortunately for Siuslaw, that extra rest and preparation time helped the Lions pummel the Vikings to the tune of a season-high 58 points and earned a big win 58-21 over Siuslaw.

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North Douglas sweeps Days Creek

Both North Douglas basketball teams picked up wins against conference rival Days Creek on Saturday, Jan. 29. The Lady Warriors won in dominant fashion with a 61-20 win as they continue to steamroll their opponents. The Warrior boys won in a bit of a closer contest with the final being 67-60, a far cry from their earlier bout with Days Creek when they won 70-32.

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Eagles escape with win over Creswell boys

In games decided by six points or less, the Creswell boys basketball team have a record of 1-3 in those contests. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs weren’t able to able to change that narrative against the fifth-ranked Santiam Christian Eagles on Jan. 28.

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Cottage Grove boys sail past Vikings

The Cottage Grove boys basketball team was able to regroup after back-to-back league losses against Junction City and Marist to take down Siuslaw 54-37 on Jan. 29. The game was moved to Saturday instead of the originally scheduled Friday due to the Vikings returning from a COVID-19 pause. Despite the change, the Lions were still hungry to get back on the winning side and controlled the contest from start to finish, never trailing at any point in the game.

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Bulldog girls upset Santiam Christian

After losing in overtime on Tuesday, Jan. 25 to Harrisburg the Creswell girls basketball team rallied for one of their best performances of the year and exploded offensively for 66 points to upset the sixth-ranked Santiam Christian Eagles 66-60 on Jan. 28.

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Creswell girls stomp Pleasant Hill

The start of the new year wasn’t the kindest to the Creswell girls basketball team. The Bulldogs were able to play well in spurts or in half’s but not able to come away with a win in their first three games of 2022. Then the girls were forced to go on a COVID-19 weeklong pause after a positive test arose in the program. So, in Creswell’s first game action back, they showed no signs of rust and left no doubt after they crushed rival Pleasant Hill 57-41.

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Junction City pulls away late from Cottage Grove girls

After the Lady Lions basketball team for their first conference win against the Elmira Falcons, they welcomed the third-ranked Junction City Tigers into the Lions den for their primetime matchup on Jan. 21. Cottage Grove played some of their best defense all season and held with the Tigers all the way until the end.

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Bulldog Boys lose OT thriller against Billies

From start to finish the game between the Creswell boys basketball team and visiting Pleasant Hill Billies was like a prized title fight with each team trading shots the whole evening. The Bulldogs and Billies came into the evening both ranked in the OSAA top 10, with this game being the first return to the hardwood for Creswell after their COVID-19 pause.

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Tigers win big cat battle against Lion Boys

Following the Cottage Grove boys first conference win against Elmira on Tuesday, Jan. 18 the Lions two days later saw the first ranked Junction City Tigers come to town on Jan. 21. The Tigers had cruised past their first two league opponents while the Lions were trying to hand Junction City their first loss since Dec. 21, 2021.

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Visiting Pirates sink Lion Boys

Following a stretch where the Cottage Grove boys basketball team won three out of four games in a five-day window, the Lions welcomed their first league opponent to town - the Marshfield Pirates. The Pirates ranked in the top three on the OSAA rankings and had beaten their previous three opponents by double digits.

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Bulldog boys wallop Toledo

The Bulldog boys basketball team is going to see their winning streak continue into the new year after they picked up another win in dominant fashion over a good Toledo program 72-42. Creswell outscored the Boomers in every quarter of the game and are now averaging over 71 points per game during their win streak and holding their opponents to just under 40 points.

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Creswell girls back on winning side against Toledo

In each of their previous three wins, the Creswell girls basketball team scored 54 or 55 points against their opponents. But against Toledo, the Bulldogs well exceeded that number scoring nearly 70 and getting the 69-28 win over the visiting Boomers securing a winning record (4-3) before their next game on Jan. 4 against Junction City.

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What the OSAA league changes mean for local teams

Starting in the fall of 2022 the Sky-Em league where Cottage Grove currently plays and the Mountain Valley Conference that Creswell is a part of will look a little differently for the next four years going into 2026.

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Middle schooler devoted to Moto

Travis Howell going to national stage

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North Douglas Softball takes state title

Team from Drain takes it all

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Big rigs headed to speedway

Big rigs at the speedway this Saturday

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Free fishing weekend

Free fishing weekend

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Lion track teams make school history

Track teams bring home back-to-back championships

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Blake Sentman hangs up the blue and gold

Blake Sentman set to graduate

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Ciochetti Invitational held at Cottage Grove High School

Boys take home second place

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Brett Ollivant preps to leave CGHS

After years as a Lion athlete, Ollivant says goodbye to the gold and blue as he prepares to graduate this June

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Lions fall to Junction City in doubleheader

“We pitched and played defense well, giving up three runs and five runs”, Lions coach, Dan Geiszler said. “Normally we are going to be right in the game and have a chance to win.”

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Lane United Season Opener May 5th

Lane United Season Opener May 5th

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When the whistles blow on May 5th, the Lane Events Center will transform as the Big O Roller Derby Tournament kicks off its 6th year.

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Cottage Grove Speedway is Celebrating The Class of 2017 with Grad Night at the races!!

Cottage Grove Speedway is Celebrating The Class of 2017 with Grad Night at the races!!

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Lion's Pride raises $16,000

Lion's Pride raises $16,000

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Bulldogs steal bases, game from Lions

Despite a rally, the Lady Lions could not come back against Sutherlin

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Take advantage of free fishing days April 22-23

ODFW announces free fishing days for 2017

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10th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Around the Corner

The new class to be inducted to the hall of fame

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Lions start road trip 1-2, split doubleheader with Sisters

Lion's start road trip

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Senior send-offs continue

Hannah Albrecht continues The Sentinel's series on seniors who have spent their high school careers as Lion athletes. During her four years at Cottage Grove High School she's participated in track, volleyball, basketball and soccer and she's excelled in a

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Cottage Grove Speedway is Gettin Dirty on Earth Day!!

Gettin Dirty on Earth Day

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Goodbye to our seniors

Kory Parent kicks off a season-long send-off for our seniors.

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Lion's Pride gets underway

The annual charity effort is underway.

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Coach Kyle Temple headed to UCC

After three years, Temple will join UCC's team.

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