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Fall sports recap


■ No. 2 Pleasant Hill traveled to No. 13 Siuslaw and beat the Vikings in a back-and-forth five-setter. The Billies hung on thanks to Cheyenne Green’s 26 kills, Emily Krauss’ 9 kills and 14 digs, and Claire Crawford’s 9 kills, 5 aces and 41 assists. Pleasant Hill then hosted the Mountain Valley Conference playoff to determine seeding and swept Creswell in the second-place match as Green tallied 22 kills and 15 digs and Krauss had 5 kills and 11 digs.
■ No. 6 Creswell had a busy final week of the regular season. The Bulldogs hosted La Pine last Tuesday and held on 3-2, nearly allowing La Pine to complete the reverse-sweep. Lizabelle Osborn had 29 kills, Kimberlee Kelsey had 10 aces and 43 assists, and Samairah Quinones had 21 digs and 7 kills in the win. The Bulldogs then hosted Elmira and swept the Falcons thanks to Osborn’s 10 kills and 9 aces, Quinones’ 5 kills and 6 digs, and Kelsey’s 6 kills, 17 assists and 3 aces. Creswell then beat Siuslaw and lost to Pleasant Hill in the MVC playoffs to finish in third place for the regular season.
■ No. 10 Thurston went 2-1 in a busy week. The Colts beat rival Springfield in five sets before sweeping No. 16 Eagle Point on Saturday. Thurston then lost to No. 4 Crater, putting the Colts in a tie for second place in the Midwestern League.
■ Springfield ended its season on a five-game losing streak, including three this week to No. 10 Thurston, No. 16 Eagle Point and No. 4 Crater. The losses dropped the Millers to 4-17, eliminating them from playoff contention.


■ No. 11 Springfield continued its late-season dominance last week. The Millers first beat Churchill thanks to goals by seniors Cristian Romero and Jacobo Contreras Benitez, as well as junior Aleczander Saxton. Springfield then hosted No. 15 Crater and fell 1-0 to move to 8-5 on the season heading into the final week.
■ No. 18 Cottage Grove finished off its season by going 1-1 for the second consecutive week. The Lions traveled to Junction City and dominated 6-1, but lost 2-1 against No. 15 Marist Catholic.
■ No. 21 Pleasant Hill had its Senior Night game on Monday against La Pine and won 6-0, ending its regular season at 7-4-1 and in third place in the Mountain Valley Conference.
■ Creswell traveled to face Elmira in its final regular-season game and won 2-1. Despite the Bulldogs going 5-5-3 on the season, they are unfortunately eliminated from playoff contention.
■ Thurston beat North Eugene on the road 2-1 last Tuesday thanks to a 17th-minute Gabe Heath goal assisted by Finn Dumars and a 31st-minute Carlos Vega goal assisted by Yurem Martinez. The win not only avenged an earlier-season loss to North Eugene, but also kept Thurston’s postseason hopes alive. The Colts then hosted No. 8 Ashland and fell 2-0 in their final home game of the season.


■ No. 2 Thurston avenged a midseason loss to No. 5 North Eugene by beating the Highlanders 1-0. The Colts then hosted No. 4 Ashland, who at the time was ranked No. 2, and beat them 1-0 thanks to a Rainey Simmons goal off a Kylie Jones corner kick.
■ No. 8 Springfield beat No. 19 Churchill at home 6-0 before beating No. 17 Crater on Saturday.
■ No. 9 Pleasant Hill beat Creswell 8-2 on the road. Seven different players scored goals including seniors Emma Dyemartin and Paige Schenfeld, juniors Dakota Hyland and Tressa Geyer, and sophomores Rian Busby, Jordan Pierzina and Tessa Hammond. The Billies beat La Pine 7-0 on Senior Night thanks to a hat-trick by Geyer and a brace by Savanah Endicott, as well as goals by Busby and Maddie Boettcher. The Billies finish the year 10-1-3 and will have a first-round playoff bye.
■ Cottage Grove went into last week with its back against the wall, and the Lions were unable to come through in the clutch. Cottage Grove fell 4-0 at Junction City and lost 7-0 at home against No. 1 Marist Catholic. The losses mean Cottage Grove is eliminated from play-in contention with its record of 2-11, and is done for the season.
■ Creswell lost 8-2 to Pleasant Hill before falling 3-2 at No. 8 Central Linn. The Bulldogs then beat Elmira 1-0 to move to 5-8-1. Creswell plays Santiam Christian in a play-in game to determine who goes to the state playoff.


■ Springfield competed at the Umpqua invite last week. The boys took second in the meet thanks to Owen Fuller in fifth with a 16:55.6, as well as Conner Lamb and Aonghas Houston in 13th and 14th with times of 17:02. Carrie Babcock led the girls in 11th with a 20:56.9.
■ Thurston competed at the Umpqua invite last week. For the boys, Nate Glazier took 18th with a 17:13.7 and Carson Buergey took 19th with a 17:17.8. Senior Stephanie White was the top performer for the girls with a time of 21:23.6.



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