High School Sports Zone 11/11

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Playoff coverage this week…

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…
Wilsonville ends Thurston girls soccer season
SPRINGFIELD – The Thurston Colts girls soccer team fell in the quarterfinals of the 5A state playoffs 1-0 to the defending champion Wilsonville Wildcats on Saturday. While the No. 2…
Wilsonville ends Thurston girls soccer season
SPRINGFIELD – The Thurston Colts girls soccer team fell in the quarterfinals of the 5A state playoffs 1-0 to the defending champion Wilsonville Wildcats on Saturday. While the No. 2…
Owens powers Lions with Top 3 finish
EUGENE – Cottage Grove’s Jaden Owens and Carter Bengtson made a bit of history Saturday as they placed 3rd and 6th, respectively, at the Class 4A state cross country meet…
Owens powers Lions with Top 3 finish
EUGENE – Cottage Grove’s Jaden Owens and Carter Bengtson made a bit of history Saturday as they placed 3rd and 6th, respectively, at the Class 4A state cross country meet…
Bulldogs eliminated in quarterfinals
The Creswell Bulldogs volleyball team, ranked No. 7 in 3A, took 7/8th in the state tournament last weekend after falling to Siuslaw and Santiam Christian. The Bulldogs advanced to the…
Bulldogs eliminated in quarterfinals
The Creswell Bulldogs volleyball team, ranked No. 7 in 3A, took 7/8th in the state tournament last weekend after falling to Siuslaw and Santiam Christian. The Bulldogs advanced to the…

Colts survive West Albany, rainstorm

PIERRE WEIL / [email protected]

SPRINGFIELD – You’ll hear a lot of coaches describe the playoffs as a “survive and advance” endeavor. In a game with sheets of rain throughout, that’s exactly what the Thurston Colts football team did. The Colts were tested for the full 48 minutes on Friday, but a late field goal block by Kodi Wardlaw allowed Thurston to escape against West Albany 13-12 and advance to the second round.

“It feels really good to move on,” said Justin Starck, Thurston head coach. “The kids showed a lot of grit and determination.”

Starck has coached Thurston since 2003, and said he’s never had a team play in conditions like those last Friday. Couple that with Thurston’s grass field, and it was a muddy, run-heavy game. West Albany rushed the ball 45 times, and the Colts ran 41 times.

“One-hundred percent because of the rain – 100%,” Starck said of the playcalling.

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