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Mental toughness a key component to success for Lions volleyball

With the Cottage Grove Lions volleyball team building a 3-3 record heading into Sky-Em League play, the team had lots of reasons to be optimistic. A year ago, the team started their season with an 0-6 record and was 2-18 in sets over that stretch. This year, through the first six games, Cottage Grove is 11-9 in sets going into league play.

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Lions XC Teams off to hot start led by Bengtson

Led by junior Carter Bengtson, the boys team appears to have a great shot at contending again this season. Bengtson, who finished in first place at the Country Fair Classic with a time of 15.42.6, ran the fastest race of any Cottage Grove runner in the last twenty years, according to the team

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Lions girls soccer looking to find momentum   

A year after going 2-11 overall and scoring just eight goals in the team’s last 13 games, the Cottage Grove Lions girls soccer hoped for stronger results going into 2023. However, Cottage Grove has had many of the same struggles early on this season as they did a year ago.

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Lions football drops home opener against Falcons

The Lions took on the Elmira Falcons on September 9, falling 18-51.

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Aqua Lions new coach a familiar name

Dye was hired not only as the Aqua Lions new water polo coach but will also serve as the swim coach and manager of the Warren H. Daugherty Aquatic Center. Dye, who is a Cottage Grove High School Alumni, was announced as the Lions new coach in June. He comes in after long-term coach Tyson Pilling and the school parted ways.

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Lions boys soccer opens season 2-2

The Cottage Grove Lions boys soccer team kicked off the Jaime Urenda coaching era earlier this month. Urenda was celebrating his 36th birthday on Thursday, Sept. 14, when the Lions took on the Stayton team, which was one of the best in the 4A a year ago. It would be a big early test for Cottage Grove, who had just come off a 3-0 win over Philomath a few days earlier.

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One bite at a time for Lions football in 20-7 loss to Pleasant Hill

The Cottage Grove Lions football team opened the year with a loss last Friday night at Pleasant Hill, 20-7. There were many penalties and no passing attack. It was not always pretty.

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Lions volleyball splits first two games of season

The Lions are 1-1 heading into a match-up with Molalla at home on Tuesday night (September 5) and Thursday night (September 7) on the road at Hidden Valley, both games coming following The Sentinel's time of print.

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Lady Lions Earn First Sky-Em Win

After a long, difficult 13-game losing streak, the Cottage Grove girls basketball team got a taste of victory last week against the North Bend Bulldogs, winning 45-38. It was the Lady Lions’ first league win of the season.

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Raven and the Luckcuck Duck

"Cook has a series of stories written down about one particular dog he is fond of, Raven, a black lab. “I like to call them the ‘when all is lost’ stories. Over the 13 years I had the dog, there was 30 plus things that I remember, where I wouldn’t necessarily call them miracles, but a normal person would walk away and say this can’t be done."

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Lions boys finish 8th, girls take 7th at XC state championships

The Lions boys made history by having two individual runners place in the top 10, while also finishing in the top 10 in the first back-to-back seasons at state since 1968-69 with their eighth-place finish. Their female teammates also came into the weekend ranked outside the top 10 but put together a strong finish to finish seventh overall —which is the second-best finish in school history.

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Anna Baltrusch keeps Bulldogs Volleyball rolling

Baltrusch was named to the position in 1996 and has only taken one year away from the program, and that was when she coached the eighth-grade team. Like many other times in that span, yet again she led the team to the playoffs this year.

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Warriors on the hunt for second straight championship

Last Wednesday, Oct. 26, the North Douglas Warriors volleyball team began their hunt for a second 1A state championship when they hosted the Lost River Raiders, who made the 3 ½ hour road trip for the first round of the playoffs.

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Middlefield superintendent earns honors

One of the men’s club members nominated Vandehey while a city worker wrote a letter further advocating for him to win the award. Cottage Grove Public Works Director Faye Stewart called to tell Vandehey he had won and congratulated him.

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War Eagles going to battle for playoffs

In the 2A Special District 3 League, the War Eagles are looking to make the playoffs.

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Aqua Lions Water Polo Team looking to finish season strong

The Cottage Grove Water Polo teams played their first home games of the season against the Willamette Wolverines on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

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Jaden Owens named OSAA athlete of the week

Jaden Owens, a senior on the Cottage Grove cross country team, has been named the OSAA Athlete of the Week for the week of Oct. 10-16, an award earned by athletes across 1A-6A among all sports.

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"Fight like Heather” Lions volleyball program continues to battle at end of difficult season

The Cottage Grove Lions volleyball team found a successful day at the Seaside Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 8. The Lions had earned just two wins in their season, but won three of their four games, while using a new rotation at Seaside. The team then hosted the North Bend Bulldogs on Monday, Oct. 10, and hoped to use some momentum to propel them to another victory.

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The 2022 CGHS Athletic Hall of Fame Class: Twelfth Since 2008

Saturday night, eight Cottage Grove High School [CGHS] graduates (two posthumously) and a team were inducted to the CGHS Athletic Hall of Fame.

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Bulldogs girls’ soccer team earns win over Vikings

While the Siuslaw Vikings are making history by establishing a new girls soccer program this season, the Creswell Bulldogs are still hoping for a shot at the playoffs later this month. The two teams squared off on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

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Lions Cross Country teams looking to make history

The Lions boys and girls cross country teams are ranked inside the 4A top 10

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Bulldogs can’t get final bite in loss to Vikings

In an early battle of league positioning in the Mountain Valley Conference, the Siuslaw Vikings traveled to Creswell to take on the Bulldogs. While it took a few minutes for the offensive fireworks to get going between the two teams, the game didn’t slow down from there.

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Lions soccer teams maul Junction City Tigers

The Cottage Grove Lions soccer teams shared a pair of home games last Thursday, Sept, 29, when they squared off with the Junction City Tigers. The girls’ team, who played first, was seeking their first league win of the season.

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Lions, Warriors, and Bulldogs earn wins on volleyball court

The Cottage Grove Lions volleyball team earned their second win of the season by defeating the Junction City Tigers on September 27. Although Cottage Grove lost their first two sets of the match, they stayed competitive, losing set one 25-22 and set two 25-23. The Lions would come roaring back.

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Annual soccer game honors Tim Eckstine

Tim Eckstine lived a short, but extortionary life. Friends and family recently gathered to honor him by playing the game he loved.

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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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Athlete of the Week - Emily Pacheco

This week’s athlete of the week is Cottage Grove softball player Emily Pacheco. Pacheco pitched all but one inning in the Lions double header sweep against Douglas.

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Winter Season Honors

Many local athletes put together good seasons and were recognized at the end of the year by making the final conference selections. Here is the compiled list for the players who made all conference selections for basketball.

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Athlete of the Week - Jeffery Conklin

This week’s athlete of the week is Middle School Wrestler Jeffery Conklin. Conklin took first in his 102 weight class on Sunday, Feb. 19 and will move onto Council Bluff, Iowa this April.

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Athlete of the Week - Emme Whitson

Whitson has been averaging an incredible 27 points per game in Creswell’s last three games.

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Sutherlin outlasts Bulldog girls

Prior to their meeting with Sutherlin, the Creswell girls basketball team was riding a small win streak of three in a row and scoring over 50 points per game in each win. The Bulldogs traded punches with Sutherlin in the first half of their contest, but the visitors proved why they are a top contender for a state championship as they ultimately defeated Creswell 58-41.

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Athlete of the Week: Ryan Britton

This week's athlete of the week

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Special Olympic team wins big at State

Special Olympic team shines at State competition

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Swim team promotes culture, Olympians

Taking a dive into swimming

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Celebrating Cottage Grove and running

Running culture in CG

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Athlete of the Week: Madison Bethke

Athlete of the week

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Athletes of the week

A look at this week's stars

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A walk across the land

An exploration of Oregon

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New sports editor

The Cottage Grove Sentinel welcomes in Zach Silva

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Wings & Wheels brings in a crowd

A full day out at the airport

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Father's night at the speedway

Father's Day races

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Lane Community College names new cross country coach

New track coach for LCC

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Dad's night at the races

Dad's weekend at the race track

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NCAA wrap-up

A wrap-up of the NCAA championship

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Oregon women nab historic Triple Crown

Oregon women earn Triple Crown

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NCAA Day 3: Florida prevails

Day three at NCAA Championships

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Marc Scott rules 10K in day one of NCAA Championship

Day one of NCAA Championships

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North Douglas ends season 18-10

Baseball season over for North Douglas

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Sentman finalist for male athlete of the year

Sentman a finalist

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Gary Roberts wins director of the year

CGHS's Roberts wins athletic director of the year

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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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CG/Creswell Basketball