The Cottage Grove Lions are off to the best start they’ve had in years. Junior shortstop Payton Presley has been a big part of their transformation. Now, he is ready to lead the Lions to their first league title since 1978.
The Lebanon Warriors softball team is off to a winning start to spring play. Senior Sammy Burroughs hopes to make this season the highlight of her softball-filled life.
Sheldon High School junior Jenny Krause has been playing golf alongside her sister for most of her life.
After being knocked out in the first round of the State Playoffs last season the North Eugene High School baseball team committed to one another this off season.
Coming off a 4th place finish in the state basketball tournament, Alec Cook is back playing his favorite sport: baseball.
Although she’s a junior, Autumn Baumgartner is in her first season at Sheldon after winning state championships her freshman and sophomore seasons at Willamette High School.
Alix Leavitt led the Billies to a 27-4 record in league over the last two seasons.
With Leavitt on the floor, the Billies added a Mountian Valley championship to the Pleasant Hill rafters.
Her hard work transformed Leavitt from an all-league player to the Mountain Valley MVP.
JT Ayers, a senior at Churchill High School, is a three-time runner up in the State Wrestling Finals in his weight class.
This year he enters the state meet as the top qualifier in the 5A 120 weight class.
“As a three-time finalist, everyone wants to knock you off and make sure you don’t get that championship that you’re looking for," Ayers said.
Jacquie Price is a Junior at Thurston High School.
She placed 1st in four events in the 6A district swim meet: the 100 Butterfly, 500 Freestyle, and she anchors the 200 and 400 Freestyle Relays.
Price broke her own school record in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 56.07 seconds, four seconds faster than the 2nd place finisher.
She is the 2nd seed in the 100 Butterfly at this weekend’s State meet at Mt. Hood Community College.
It didn't take long for coaches from around the league to learn about Saniah Simpson.
"It's been difficult just to transfer from a big city to a small town like this, but I really enjoyed how welcoming Springfield is," she said.
Coming off a 2nd place finish in football, Hunter Knox swapped his cleats for some high tops to join the Harrisburg Eagles on the basketball court.
"I was pretty nervous last year just being a freshman and all, and so I was kind of afraid to fail last year," Know said. "This year coach has told us the players who want to be great can't be afraid to fail."
While a lot of the spotlight at South Eugene High School is on Eli Lininger, Mason Green-Richards has been playing alongside Lininger for many years.
This season, the silent scorer has turned into a vocal leader on and off the court.
Looking at Levi Dean, the 6-foot-6 senior center for Churchill High School, you'd think he had played basketball his entire life.
That assumption is far from the reality.
Point guard Nick Ah Sam is all business when he steps on the floor.
With a talented and experienced team around him, the sophomore Springfield Miller feels inspired to be the best player he can be.
Tessa Moses is a senior at Churchill High School who has competed at the Cheerleading Worlds the past three years.
Moses started cheerleading in 7th grade and for the past four years has been a part of the Oregon Dream Team, based out of Beaverton.