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Lions Football Looking for New Leader

The Cottage Grove Lions football team will be looking for a new head coach to lead the program into 2023 and beyond. This comes after coach Joe Polamalu resigned as head coach last week.

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CGHS Alum wins Masters World Championship in Weightlifting

Hopkins won gold in the IWF Masters World Championship in December and set a new U.S. record in the clean-and-jerk. Hopkins also won the national championships in April and took gold in the Masters Pan American Championship in San Juan, Puerto Rico in June of 2022.

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Warriors and Eagles Clash in Battle of Top Teams

With the North Douglas girls’ basketball team off to a strong start to its season, the team faced off with the Damascus Christian Eagles last week in a matchup of top 1A teams; the Eagles were ranked No. 3 in the OSAA and the Warriors were ranked No. 2.

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North Douglas Boys Team Getting Defensive

After starting its season at 3-4, the North Douglas boys basketball team has gotten defensive. Literally.

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Lions, Warriors, and Bulldogs head to Nick Lutz Memorial Wrestling tournament

Wrestling teams from Cottage Grove as well as Creswell and North Douglas traveled over to the coast to participate in the Nick Lutz Memorial wrestling tournament, held in Florence.

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2022 Sports Rewind

Following the events of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2022 saw a gradual return to normalcy for sports in Cottage Grove and beyond. In this region of the state, the 2022 sports season saw records broken, state championships falling just out of reach, and long struggling programs rise out of their difficulties. The Sentinel takes a look back at the top sports stories of 2022 as athletes and coaches ready themselves for 2023.

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Raven and the Luckcuck Duck

"Cook has a series of stories written down about one particular dog he is fond of, Raven, a black lab. “I like to call them the ‘when all is lost’ stories. Over the 13 years I had the dog, there was 30 plus things that I remember, where I wouldn’t necessarily call them miracles, but a normal person would walk away and say this can’t be done."

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Lions boys finish 8th, girls take 7th at XC state championships

The Lions boys made history by having two individual runners place in the top 10, while also finishing in the top 10 in the first back-to-back seasons at state since 1968-69 with their eighth-place finish. Their female teammates also came into the weekend ranked outside the top 10 but put together a strong finish to finish seventh overall —which is the second-best finish in school history.

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Anna Baltrusch keeps Bulldogs Volleyball rolling

Baltrusch was named to the position in 1996 and has only taken one year away from the program, and that was when she coached the eighth-grade team. Like many other times in that span, yet again she led the team to the playoffs this year.

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Warriors on the hunt for second straight championship

Last Wednesday, Oct. 26, the North Douglas Warriors volleyball team began their hunt for a second 1A state championship when they hosted the Lost River Raiders, who made the 3 ½ hour road trip for the first round of the playoffs.

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Middlefield superintendent earns honors

One of the men’s club members nominated Vandehey while a city worker wrote a letter further advocating for him to win the award. Cottage Grove Public Works Director Faye Stewart called to tell Vandehey he had won and congratulated him.

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War Eagles going to battle for playoffs

In the 2A Special District 3 League, the War Eagles are looking to make the playoffs.

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Aqua Lions Water Polo Team looking to finish season strong

The Cottage Grove Water Polo teams played their first home games of the season against the Willamette Wolverines on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

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Jaden Owens named OSAA athlete of the week

Jaden Owens, a senior on the Cottage Grove cross country team, has been named the OSAA Athlete of the Week for the week of Oct. 10-16, an award earned by athletes across 1A-6A among all sports.

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Lions soccer continues push for playoffs

The Cottage Grove boys’ soccer team, who appears to be in a battle with Marshfield for second place in the Sky-Em League, needed to take care of business against the last-place North Bend Bulldogs in order to maintain their positioning in the league.

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Annual soccer game honors Tim Eckstine

Tim Eckstine lived a short, but extortionary life. Friends and family recently gathered to honor him by playing the game he loved.

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Tiffanie Williams of Cottage Grove takes home Emerald Valley USBC Bowler of the Year award

Over the years, several Cottage Grove bowlers have been honored by the Emerald Valley USBC.

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Local church gym looks to resume community use

Local church has offered a spot for residents to take advantage of an indoor gymnasium.

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Cottage Grove and Creswell host ‘World Athletics Championships’ teams

Team Botswana Athletics and Finland race teams find hosts in South Lane communities

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South Lane Ballet Academy dazzles at Bohemia Park

Teachers and dancers put their hard work on display during recitals at Bohemia Park.

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SVA summer season takes off

South Valley Athletics (SVA) summer season for kids has arrived.

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Wild West Shootout arrives in CG

Jesse Williamson claims second victory of the week.

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Covered Bridge Pickleball Jamboree held

The 1st Covered Bridge Brewing Pickleball Jamboree was held Sunday June 19th

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BMX track officially returning to Cottage Grove

The ‘Row River BMX group’ has gotten the green light from City Council to develop a BMX track on Row River Road.

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‘He had the heart of a lion’

May 12, 2022 — Wally Ciochetti’s impact still felt

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CG hosts Ciochetti Invitational

May 12, 2022 —

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New sports editor

The Cottage Grove Sentinel welcomes in Zach Silva

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Wings & Wheels brings in a crowd

A full day out at the airport

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Father's night at the speedway

Father's Day races

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Lane Community College names new cross country coach

New track coach for LCC

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Dad's night at the races

Dad's weekend at the race track

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NCAA wrap-up

A wrap-up of the NCAA championship

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Oregon women nab historic Triple Crown

Oregon women earn Triple Crown

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NCAA Day 3: Florida prevails

Day three at NCAA Championships

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Marc Scott rules 10K in day one of NCAA Championship

Day one of NCAA Championships

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North Douglas ends season 18-10

Baseball season over for North Douglas

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Sentman finalist for male athlete of the year

Sentman a finalist

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Gary Roberts wins director of the year

CGHS's Roberts wins athletic director of the year

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Middle schooler devoted to Moto

Travis Howell going to national stage

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North Douglas Softball takes state title

Team from Drain takes it all

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Big rigs headed to speedway

Big rigs at the speedway this Saturday

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Free fishing weekend

Free fishing weekend

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Lion track teams make school history

Track teams bring home back-to-back championships

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Blake Sentman hangs up the blue and gold

Blake Sentman set to graduate

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Ciochetti Invitational held at Cottage Grove High School

Boys take home second place

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Brett Ollivant preps to leave CGHS

After years as a Lion athlete, Ollivant says goodbye to the gold and blue as he prepares to graduate this June

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Lions fall to Junction City in doubleheader

“We pitched and played defense well, giving up three runs and five runs”, Lions coach, Dan Geiszler said. “Normally we are going to be right in the game and have a chance to win.”

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Lane United Season Opener May 5th

Lane United Season Opener May 5th

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When the whistles blow on May 5th, the Lane Events Center will transform as the Big O Roller Derby Tournament kicks off its 6th year.

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Cottage Grove Speedway is Celebrating The Class of 2017 with Grad Night at the races!!

Cottage Grove Speedway is Celebrating The Class of 2017 with Grad Night at the races!!

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Lion's Pride raises $16,000

Lion's Pride raises $16,000

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Bulldogs steal bases, game from Lions

Despite a rally, the Lady Lions could not come back against Sutherlin

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Take advantage of free fishing days April 22-23

ODFW announces free fishing days for 2017

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10th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Around the Corner

The new class to be inducted to the hall of fame

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Lions start road trip 1-2, split doubleheader with Sisters

Lion's start road trip

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Senior send-offs continue

Hannah Albrecht continues The Sentinel's series on seniors who have spent their high school careers as Lion athletes. During her four years at Cottage Grove High School she's participated in track, volleyball, basketball and soccer and she's excelled in a

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Cottage Grove Speedway is Gettin Dirty on Earth Day!!

Gettin Dirty on Earth Day

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Goodbye to our seniors

Kory Parent kicks off a season-long send-off for our seniors.

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Lion's Pride gets underway

The annual charity effort is underway.

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Coach Kyle Temple headed to UCC

After three years, Temple will join UCC's team.

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CG/Creswell Basketball