Thurston falls in OT thriller

Colts storm back, lose 38-35 in OT to Wildcats SPRINGFIELD – The Thurston Colts fell at home to the Wilsonville Wildcats 38-35 in overtime Friday night in a rematch of last year’s 5A semifinal matchup.  The Colts came into the season with only three returning starters, and the lack of[Read More…]


VOLLEYBALL CRESWELL BULDOGS Head coach: Anna Baltrusch … 26th year at Creswell … 601-207 overall coaching record2021 season: 17-9 overall … Semifinalists in Division 3A state playoffs … 2nd in Mountain Valley League Team history: 25 total playoff appearances … Last playoff appearance in 2021Returning starters: 9 Social media: Facebook[Read More…]

HS Sports Zone: Football Preview Capsules

GAME OF THE WEEK Thurston Colts (0-0) vs. Wilsonville Wildcats (0-0)Game facts: 7 p.m. at Thurston High SchoolWhat2Know: A rematch of last season’s semifinal matchup, the Colts host the Wildcats to kick off the 2022 season. Last November both teams entered the semis undefeated, but only one would leave that[Read More…]

HS Sports Zone: Week ahead in Fall Sports

Note: The first full week of competitions starts this week. Rankings are official OSAA preseason rankings and are based on divisions. Thurston and Springfield are in Class 5A, Cottage Grove is in 4A, while both Creswell and Pleasant Hill are in 3A. VOLLEYBALL■ Cottage Grove hosts Creswell in a ranked[Read More…]

HS Sports Zone: Week in Review

VOLLEYBALL■ Eleventh-ranked Thurston went 0-2 at home before posting a 2-1 record at the Mountain View Invite tournament on Friday. They then traveled to 6th-ranked Ridgeview on Monday and took the Ravens down in a tight five set match (25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 26-28, 15-9).■ Pleasant Hill beat Springfield at home3-0[Read More…]

Colts bring horsepower

THURSTON – Being the defending champs is hard. Being the back-to-back defending champs is harder. That was the Thurston Colts football team last year as they looked to three-peat. Everything was going according to plan, too. The Colts went undefeated in a regular season that saw them complete four shutouts[Read More…]

Junior class poised to lift Springfield

SPRINGFIELD – Four years ago, the junior class now coming through Springfield won the seventh-grade championship. A year later, they were eighth-grade champions. Now, they’re ready to put their stamp on a Millers program that hasn’t posted a winning record or reached the playoffs since 2015. “We’ve been excited about[Read More…]

One step at a time

CGHS Football Facebook photo Cottage Grove coach Joe Polamalu said he’s focusing on setting standards for commitment and competitiveness. COTTAGE GROVE – When Polamalu took over as head coach two years ago, the program was in rough shape. The Lions had gone winless in 2019, and Polamalu said he barely[Read More…]