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Fall Sports Recaps

■ No. 2 Pleasant Hill almost had a post-upset letdown as the Billies took five sets to beat No. 20 Harrisburg. The Billies were up two sets to love, but Harrisburg fought back to force a fifth set. Pleasant Hill woke up in that final set, however, and won it 15-1 to hold on in its final home game of the year.
■ No. 5 Creswell had only one game last week, a loss at No. 1 Sisters. For the Bulldogs, Lizabelle Osborn had 14 kills, Kimmy Kelsey had 21 assists and 4 kills, and Ashelyn Sharkey had 9 digs.
■ No. 12 Thurston had two away games, both in Eugene. The Colts swept Willamette before falling in five sets to No. 13 North Eugene.
■ Cottage Grove fell to Junction City in its only game last week. The loss means that the only way for the 3-15 Lions to qualify for the playoffs is through a play-in game next Tuesday. Cottage Grove’s opponent will be decided either tonight or Friday, if they make the play-ins.
■ Springfield beat Ashland last Tuesday thanks to Danaeja Romero-Ah Sam’s 11 kills, 19 assists and 18 digs, as well as Kylie Rankins’ 33 digs. The Millers then traveled to face No. 19 Churchill and fell 3-1, putting Springfield on the brink of elimination from playoff contention.
■ No. 10 Springfield beat rival Thurston 2-1 thanks to a goal by senior Jacobo Contreras Benitez.
■ No. 18 Cottage Grove went 1-1 in its games, falling to No. 20 Marshfield before beating North Bend 6-0.
■ No. 19 Pleasant Hill beat Siuslaw 2-1 thanks to two goals by star forward Adrian Arellano. The Billies then hosted No. 16 Central Linn and lost 4-3 despite a record-breaking performance by Arellano.
■ Creswell fell to No. 17 Central Linn 3-0 in a rare Friday soccer game before drawing with Crosshill Christian 1-1.
■ Thurston fell at home against rival No. 10 Springfield, but bounced back on Saturday and beat Eagle Point 2-1 thanks to two second-half goals by senior Finn Dumars.
■ No. 8 Springfield fell 5-0 to rival No. 4 Thurston in its only game last week.
■ No. 9 Pleasant Hill handled a winless Siuslaw on the coast, beating the Vikings 8-0 thanks to two goals each by senior Paige Schenfeld, junior Tressa Geyer, and sophomore Tessa Hammond. Junior midfielder Lydia Whitney and sophomore Jordan Pierzna also scored. The Billies then traveled to No. 4 Central Linn and drew 1-1, giving the undefeated Cobras just their second draw of the year. Whitney scored in the third minute off an assist from Hammond, while freshman goalkeeper Kenna Caldwell had 8 saves in goal for the Billies.
■ Cottage Grove has managed only two wins on the season, and after losing to No. 12 Marshfield and No. 15 North Bend last week, head coach Kalli Schwehr’s team will need help even making the play-in game for 4A.
■ Creswell played its first game in 12 days on Monday and drew with Mountain Valley Conference rival Santiam Christian 2-2.



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