- No. 7 Creswell fell to No. 2 Pleasant Hill 25-17, 25-16, 25-21 in the Class 3A quarterfinals, then fell 25-13, 30-28, 27-25 to No. 3 Cascade Christian in the consolation bracket. Against Pleasant Hill, Lizabelle Osborn had 16 kills, Kimberlee Kelsey had 23 assists, and Piper Hanson added 8 killls. In the Cascade Christian loss, Osborn once again led the way with 17 kills, Kelsey finished with 29 assists, and Hanson chipped in 7 kills and 14 digs.
- No. 4 Thurston took third-place at the Class 5A tournament in Forest Grove. The Colts rallied from two sets down to beat No. 5 South Albany in the quarterfinals, fell in a sweep to No. 1 Crescent Valley in the semifinals, and beat No. 3 Crater in five sets in the third-place match. Emily Buller led the way against South Albany with 47 assists, Julia Cook had 25 kills, and Scout Martin added 17 kills. Buller had 12 assists agains CV, while Cook and Martin each had 6 kills. Against Crater, Buller had 31 assists and 11 digs, Martin had 8 kills and 4 blocks, and Cook had 15 kills and 18 digs.
Cottage Grove Lions: 13-2-1, ranked #6
Kicking off: Due to six upsets out of 12 playoff games in the Class 4A bracket, the Lions are the second-highest seed left in the postseason. Cottage Grove hosts No. 10 The Dalles (10-2-3) in the semifinals Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. A win puts first-year coach Jaime Urenda and the Lions into the state championship game on Saturday at Liberty High School in Hillsboro against the winner of (9) North Marion at (4) Newport.
- No. 6 Cottage Grove advanced to the semifinals, taking down defending champion No. 11 Ontario 5-3 in the first round and beating No. 14 Estacada 4-2 in the quarterfinals on Saturday. Emmanuel Rea led the way with 2 goals and an assist against Ontario. Rea, Hayes Valley and Armando Legorreta all scored in the quarterfinal win.
- No. 9 Creswell fell 5-3 in overtime at No. 8 Blanchet Catholic in the first round of the Class 3A/2A/1A bracket. The Bulldogs led 2-0 heading into the final 10 minutes thanks to two goals from Brady Pratt, but three Blanchet goals in six minutes put Creswell down with four minutes left. Thirty seconds after Blanchet’s game-leading goal, though, Creswell tied it at 3-3, sending the game into OT. Blanchet scored twice in OT and Creswell fell in its first postseason appearance since 2018.
- No. 12 Thurston made its first postseason appearance since 2007 and put up a valiant effort before falling 2-1 in heartbreaking fashion at No. 5 Corvallis. Carlos Vega converted a penalty kick early in the second half for Thurston, and the teams were tied heading into the final minutes. Corvallis broke through late, scoring the game-winning goal with1:49 left. “My guys battled and came up a minute and a half short to a very talented Corvallis team,” Thurston coach Jake Bonnett said in an email. “We showed that we can hang with anyone in the state today. I couldn’t be more proud of my guys.”
Girls Soccer Recaps
- No. 10 Creswell upset No. 7 Sutherlin 3-1 on the road Tuesday night before falling 8-0 at No. 2 Catlin Gabel on Saturday. Sutherlin’s Paige Edmonson, the 10th-highest goal-scoring athlete in Oregon history, was held scoreless by Lauren Bailey and the Bulldogs defense. Dakota Carson scored 2 goals and twin sister Tailey added the third. Elliette Kinney, Chloe McBee, and Mila Nguyen all had assists for Creswell, and goalie Kylie Leonard finished with 17 saves.
- No. 16 Pleasant Hill fell at undefeated No. 1 Valley Catholic 4-0. Pleasant Hill held Valley Catholic, the fifth-highest scoring team in Class 3A, to its lowest scoring output in over a month.
- No. 6 Thurston was upset by No. 11 Silverton 3-1 at Hamlin Middle School late Tuesday night. The two teams drew 0-0 in early September, but Silverton’s Karissa Stemper-Bolf scored in the 27th minute this time around to give the Foxes an early lead. Kailea Buckley then scored on a free kick from 45 yards out, giving Silverton a 2-0 halftime lead. Kielyn Ruhl was able to score in the 59th minute for Thurston, but desperation offense late allowed Silverton to score on a counter in the 79th minute and secure the upset victory.
Cross Country Recaps
Springfield boys and girls teams competed at the Class 5A state championship. The boys team came in ninth overall, led by Aonghas Houston in 24th and Conner Lamb in 25th. The girls team finished 11th behind a 26th-place finish from Carrie Babcock.
Friday, Nov. 3
(13) Lebanon 14, (4) Springfield 13
(8) Thurston 37, (9) Dallas 24
Friday, Nov. 3
(2) Pleasant Hill 3, (7) Creswell 0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-21)
(4) Thurston 3, (5) South Albany 2 (25-27, 10-25, 25-20, 25-22, 15-10)
(2) Pleasant Hill 3, (6) Santiam Christian 0 (25-10, 25-18, 25-18)
(1) Crescent Valley 3, (4) Thurston 0 (25-12, 25-13, 26-24)
Saturday, Nov. 4
(3) Cascade Christian 3, (7) Creswell 0 (25-13, 30-28, 27-25)
(1) Sisters 3, (2) Pleasant Hill 1 (23-25, 25-18, 25-16, 5-18)
(4) Thurston 3, (3) Crater 2 (15-25, 25-15, 25-20, 12-25, 15-7)
Wednesday, Nov. 1
(6) Cottage Grove 5, (11) Ontario 3
(8) Blanchet Catholic 5, (9) Creswell 3 (OT)
(5) Corvallis 2, (12) Thurston 1
Saturday, Nov. 4
(6) Cottage Grove 4, (14) Estacada 2
Tuesday, Oct. 31
(10) Creswell 3, (7) Sutherlin 1
(1) Valley Catholic 4, (16) Pleasant Hill 0
(11) Silverton 3, (6) Thurston 1
Saturday, Nov. 4
(2) Catlin Gabel 8, (10) Creswell 0
Friday, Nov. 10
(8) Thurston at (1) Wilsonville, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 7
(10) The Dalles at (6) Cottage Grove, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 11
State Soccer Finals (Liberty HS), TBD