High School Sports Zone 11/18

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Thurston’s balance key to semifinal run

PIERRE WEIL / [email protected]

SPRINGFIELD – It didn’t look good for the Thurston Colts in early September, sitting at 0-2 with losses to Wilsonville and Summit high schools – perennial powerhouses. But head coach Justin Starck believed that those two losses could help his inexperienced team down the road, and his team rewarded that belief, big time.

The Colts have strung together nine consecutive wins, including Friday night’s 27-14 victory over the Dallas Dragons at Cottage Grove High School in the Class 5A state quarterfinals.

Thurston is back in the state semifinals, its fourth appearance in a row, excluding the 2020-21 season which was played in the spring due to the pandemic, and had no postseason.

“It’s just a tribute to our assistant coaches, and all the kids in this community and the parents that we just have a winning tradition of football,” Starck said. “We just never take it for granted because it hasn’t always been that way, and we just want to fight to keep it.”

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Conference Awards and Honors
CLASS 3A MOUNTAIN VALLEY CONFERENCE FootballFirst team■ WR/LB Jack Nguyen (CHS); DL Cayden Cox (CHS); DB Cade Dimmick (CHS); DB Gavin Hoellrich (PH); WR/Ret Tyler Bowers (CHS)Second team■ QB Connor…
Conference Awards and Honors
CLASS 3A MOUNTAIN VALLEY CONFERENCE FootballFirst team■ WR/LB Jack Nguyen (CHS); DL Cayden Cox (CHS); DB Cade Dimmick (CHS); DB Gavin Hoellrich (PH); WR/Ret Tyler Bowers (CHS)Second team■ QB Connor…

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