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Kelli Hollenbeck: (1987-1991) Two-sport star 'loved being a Lion'

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
Her first love in sports was softball, and she played that for over 30 years, but in between Kelli Hollenbeck also developed a crush on volleyball.
"Crush" is a good description of how the 5-foot, 11-inch Hollenbeck smacked the volleyball over the net for the Cottage Grove Lions, as well as how she socked the softball for home runs.

Softball Lions in the race for second place

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
After one week of Sky-Em league play, the Cottage Grove High School softball team was breathing some rarified air. The Lions were 3-0 and sitting on top of the league, tied with Sweet Home.
That position didn't last long, because the No. 3-in- the-state Huskies came to the Grove on Monday, April 14 and dominated the Lions, 10-0. However,

Lion girls' track finished second, but got the victory they wanted

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
Last year the Cottage Grove girls won the Springfield Invitational, but Friday they fell just two points shy of repeating as the champions. Nevertheless, being nipped by South Albany didn't dampen the team's spirits.
"Honestly, it just felt good getting the girls through today healthy again," said CGHS head coach Ricky Knutson. "We've been banged up a little bit and

OSAA awards athletics with $7000

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
The CGHS athletic department slammed a home run, so to speak, a couple of weeks ago when the Oregon Schools Activities Association's foundation granted the Lions $7000 to help the school in their goal to increase student participation in athletics.
"The OSAA wanted to see what high school athletic departments were doing to get their students out for athletics," said

Butch Wicks (1965-68): Born to be a linebacker

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 8th, 2014
As long as he can remember, he's been called "Butch."
It's a name fitting for arguably the hardest-hitting defensive player to ever step on the gridiron for the Cottage Grove Lions.
"My grandfather, Bender always called me Butch," said Wicks, a 1968 CGHS graduate. "I actually didn't know my real name (Lance) until I started the first grade. That just

Good times (and marks) for Lion tracksters

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 8th, 2014
Two track meets in relatively good weather -- at least not pouring rain -- helped the Cottage Grove boys and girls' track teams produce some good performances.
For the boys, seniors Darren Voigt and Jaycob Dodge had a good week along with a couple of younger athletes.
At Sweet Home on Thursday, Voigt set a PR in the javelin with

Lions prove Ďit ain't over till itís overí

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 8th, 2014
Yogi Berra would be proud of the Cottage Grove Lions' baseball team on Saturday. In the bottom of the seventh inning at Kelly Field, it certainly looked like the game with Pleasant Hill was all but "over."
The Lions trailed the Billies 7-3 and were down to their last out with nobody on base. But that's the beauty of

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