Creswell, Sports Zone

CHS: The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Jan. 22
CHS vs. Santiam Christian, 6 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 24
CHS vs. La Pine, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 28
CHS at Pleasant Hill, 6 p.m.
Why2Watch: It’s only been two years since Santiam Christian returned to Creswell’s league, after redistricting moved them to the West Valley League for four seasons. It’s been that long since the No. 8 Bulldogs have won a matchup over the No. 9 Eagles, who have won their last two games after losing at home in their season opener to Harrisburg.
Coach speaks: ”Once we get past Santiam Christian we’ll be on round two with teams, where my biggest concern is complacency. I think that losing to Salem Academy like we did taught them a very important lesson in humility that hopefully we’ll remember. We’ve gotten better since the beginning of the season so it’s safe to assume our opponent has too,” Jesse Thomas said.
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Wednesday, Jan. 22
CHS vs. Santiam Christian, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 24
CHS vs. La Pine, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 28
CHS at Pleasant Hill, 7 p.m.
Why2Watch: Creswell is looking for their first league win as they take on two top-10 teams, No. 8 Pleasant Hill and No. 9 Santiam Christian. Brea Dapron missed out on the second half during the first meeting at La Pine earlier this month so coach Tyler Hollingsworth is hoping that works with their home-court advantage to bring them a win.
Coach speaks: ”After Chemawa last week, we concentrated on pressure and keeping the energy level high. Pieces of it really showed through in the Harrisburg game, but not consistently enough. So for practice this week, the girls will turn in their practice jerseys and wear pinny jerseys. The players that give me the most amount of energy and work the hardest will be my starters. Flying around the court and outworking the other team is what we need to do to win this week,” Hollingsworth said.

Wednesday, Jan. 22
CHS at Cottage Grove,
Why2Watch: While most dual meets prepare a team for the opponents they’ll face at districts, 4A Cottage Grove hosts neighbor 3A Creswell for a dual that won’t help a postseason scouting report. Two local programs were split from the Sky-Em league in 2006 when OSAA went from four to six classifications. For years, Creswell had 4-5 events on their schedule but for the last two years, they have double the amount of tournaments, allowing the old Bulldog-Lion rivalry to spark again. This is the third year running that they’ve faced each other in wrestling, despite not seeing each other in the postseason.
Coach speaks: ”The Cottage Grove dual is more for the fans and spectators than it is for us. It’s always nice to watch local teams go head-to-head, even if they aren’t in the same league. They might be in a larger class but small-town rivalry is still there,” Mario Perez said.



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