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Creswell Bulldogs Address: 33390 Niblock LaneOnline: creswell.k12.or.us/chs/ … Facebook @creswellathletics … Twitter @CreswellhighBooster club: www.creswellhsboosters.org/Head coach: Tyler Hollingsworth … 6th year at Creswell … 48-67 overall coaching record2021 season: 12-11…
Girls basketball previews
Creswell Bulldogs Address: 33390 Niblock LaneOnline: creswell.k12.or.us/chs/ … Facebook @creswellathletics … Twitter @CreswellhighBooster club: www.creswellhsboosters.org/Head coach: Tyler Hollingsworth … 6th year at Creswell … 48-67 overall coaching record2021 season: 12-11…
Boys basketball preview
Cottage Grove Lions Address: 1375 S. River Rd.Online: slane.k12.or.us/cghs … Facebook @CGHSAthletics … Twitter @cgathleticsHead coach: Seth Hutchison … 5th year at Cottage Grove … 26-57 overall record2021 season: 13-10…
Boys basketball preview
Cottage Grove Lions Address: 1375 S. River Rd.Online: slane.k12.or.us/cghs … Facebook @CGHSAthletics … Twitter @cgathleticsHead coach: Seth Hutchison … 5th year at Cottage Grove … 26-57 overall record2021 season: 13-10…

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Thurston falls; coach praises team’s growth

COLTS BEATEN, NOT DEFEATED

PIERRE WEIL / [email protected]

SALEM – It’s easy to understand the big-picture focus Thurston High football coach Justin Starck took in the aftermath of his team’s season-ending 41-14 loss to Summit in the state semifinals – the Colts’ second blowout defeat at the hands of the Storm this season. 

“I’m just more focused on the season as a whole, and just proud of their effort and proud of them being league champions and getting us back to this point again,” said Starck. “Just proud of their overall effort.”

Thurston might have entered the season with lower expectations as younger, more inexperienced players stepped into key roles, but the standards didn’t change. After an 0-2 start, the Colts returned to form en route to their state semifinal appearance – following state titles in 2019 and ’20. 

BOB WILLIAMS / THE CHRONICLE
Above, three Summit defenders converge on Thurston’s Darien Witham (5) during Friday night’s game. Witham, a senior, rushed for a touchdown in Thurston’s 41-14 loss

The state semifinals and finals are played at neutral sites for Oregon football, and so the season finale on Friday was played at McCulloch Stadium on the campus of Willamette University in Salem. Both fanbases traveled well, filling roughly 40% of the 2,500-seat stadium. The Storm fanbase, traveling from Bend, left the much happier group while the Colts students, dressed up in their ski-gear themed clothes, were left to console their team.

The game quickly went south for Thurston as Summit scored on the opening possession, caused a Colts turnover and scored again to take a 13-0 lead seven minutes into the game.

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