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. Page 16 SPg~RTS ~,, ~,~a, ~r. - October 31,201 2 fs with loss, The Sweet Home High School boys soc- season long, he said. cer team lost their final game 7-0 against Sis- His team will lose seven seniors this year, ters at home on Oct. 24. Regrutto said, but he's got a juniorvarsity that Despite the spread in the final game, finished with more wins than losses this sea- against the league's top team, which lost only son. one game in non-league play, Coach Ryan Re- The JV has been in the same boat as the grutto thought the Huskies had a good season, varsity in recent years, Regrutto said. "This The Huskies won a game 4-3 againstyear, they did one heck of a job. The JV team Elmira and led several more games and were did exceptionally well this year. I'm really looking for wins rather than just trying to keep proud of the effort they put out. I'm excited games close, about the prospect of these kids coming up. "We had a good season," Regrutto said. "The games I've seen, I've been really Postseason, as a coach, he thinks about ways impressed with their technical ability as well he could have coached his team differently as their drive and desire." and maybe helped his team win a few more Behind them, there are some good players games, coming up through the junior high, he said. "It's a really good group of kids that are One of the best things that will come out committed and hard-working," Regrutto said. of this season is the number of players who The close games this season were kind of are looking for ways to practice and play off- difficult to swallow when more wins were just season, Regrutto said. If the team doesn't play within the Huskies' grasp, Regrutto said. "This more than three months a year, it's difficult to year, there were several games where we were be competitive. in the thick of things. Overall, it was just a re- "If we can get these things going, I think ally great group of kids. I know they wanted to we can have a great year (next season)," Re- be more successful wins-losses wise." grutto said. But the team grew a lot and improved all "It's been a great year." Photo by Scan C. Morgan Nene Meuer goes high to pass the ball to Ole Olsen, left, against the Sisters Outlaws in their final game. See more photos of the game in the Boys Soccer gallery at sweethomenews.com. From page 13 Saturday night. Cottage Grove re- mained at fifth. Because Sweet Home finished first in the Sky-Em League, the Huskies get a week off before en- tering the first round of the playoffs on Nov. 9. Play-in games are this weekend. "I was totally shocked that they moved us from 11 to four," Nichol said. "That saved our bacon." The ranking will give Sweet Home a home game against a yet- undetermined opponent in the first round. Nichol said he believes the opening 35-0 loss at Redmond, which finished the regular season as the top-ranked team in the 5A division, actually helped the Hus- kies. The Panthers are 9-0 and have scored 40 or more points in all but two games, including the one against Sweet Home. "That loss carried us a long way," he said. Nichol said the Huskies were taking Monday off and then getting back to work on those fundamentals this week, then preparing for their next opponent next week. "There are some things we have to do some housekeeping on," he said. "What was disappointing in the game was the holding penal- ties and block-in-the-back penalties. They did not stop us on any one drive. They did not come out there Wade Paulus goes up as Cottage Austin Rice snags an interception that he then returned for a touchdown leases one of his 41 pass attempts. against Cottage Grove to help the Huskies win. the Football gallery at sweethomenews.com. Photo by Scott Swanson Grove quarterback Scotty Hitner re- To see more game action shots, visit and lay the lumber on us, make usHolman, the lineman, said he Sweet Home 14 7 7 14 -- 42 Fourth quarter get three and out and have tO punt. didn't think the Huskies would lose Cottage Grove 14 14 0 6 -- 34 SH: Austin Rice 41 interception re- turn (Smith kick), 10:12 "When we had to punt, it had too much of their edge either. First quarter CG: Hitner 2 run (pass failed), 5:00 everything to do with us making ?We have a week offto recover CG: Brian Spindler 65 kickoff return SH: Paulus 18 run (Smith kick). mistakes - just laziness, just not and work on some things and get (Brad Bonds kick), 11:48 1:29 moving feet and getting into posi- ready for next week," he said. "We SH: Mitch Keenon 2 pass from Cole I tion to make a play." hold it together pretty good in prac- Homer (kick failed), 6:12 ndividual statistics Tough "rust" can be a problem tice. We stay focused." SH: Wade Paulus 38 run (Bryce Rushing: CG -- Spindler 14-76, Hit- Keenon pass from Colton Holly), ner 9-45, Bloom 1-15. Total 24-136; for teams that take a week off and Nichol said the season is a 3:54 SH -- Paulus 37-286, Knight 8-57, get out of the routine of practic- whole new ballgame now. . CG: Spindler 9 pass from Scotty Hit- Homer 5-8. Total 50-351. ing and playing weekly games, but "Right now, as far as I'm con- her (Bonds kick), :06 Passing: CG -- Hitner 21-41-3-314; Nichol said he doesn't think this cerned, we're 0-0," he said. "what Second quarter SH -- Homer 6-11-0-110 year's squad will have as much as a makes a team is what you do in the SH: Spencer Knight 27 run (Jacob Receiving: CG -- Gates 5-87, Rau- problem with that. playoffs, when everything's on the Smith kick), 6:50 da 5-83, Spindler 7-72, Bonds 3-58, CG: Hitner 4 run (Bonds kick), 4:37 Richardson 1-14; SH -- M. Keenon "That's more mental than phys- line. Once you get to that level, you CG: Oscar Rauda 17 pass from Hit- 4-87, Smith 1-8, Rice 1-10 ical," he said. "I think a lot of it will have to come ready to play, to do ner (Bonds kick), :14 Kickoff Returns: SH - Hunter Jutte have to do with how us coaches go your part." Third quarter 4-63; Paulus 1-15. about practice." Scoring Summary SH: Paulus 6 run (Smith kick), 7:56 Photos by Scott Swanson Better late... Sweet Home High School students enjoy their traditional bonfire, above, and serpentine procession, right, Thursday night, Oct. 25, after the events were postponed from Homecoming Week in mid-October due to the then-lack of rainfall. For more photos of the event, including the car demolition and loud muffler winner, visit the Homecoming 2012folder at sweethomenews.com.