Bruins boys soccer

The Bruins boys soccer team took a trip to Coquille on Thursday to take on the Coquille/Myrtle Point Red Devils in their first league game of the season. The Red Devils struggled greatly against the Bruins, who retain most of their state-going team from last year, with the game ending at a wide 13-0 in the Bruins favor.

Beginning their league season at a clean 1-0, the Bruins currently sit tied for first place with Glide at the top of the 3A/2A/1A Special District 4. With a 2-0 overall record, the Bruins are rank No. 5 in the OSAA 3A/2A/1A rankings.

According to coach Jess Beaman, Thursday’s game was quite a mismatch for the Bruins. The young Coquille team had few returning players from last year and struggled starting league play against the team of veteran Bruins players.

“They’re a real young team and they’re starting to rebuild this year after losing a lot of kids last year,” said Bruins coach Jess Beaman. “We did the best we can and used it as an opportunity to work on some things we needed to practice. We had a lot of returning kids from the team that went to the state semifinals last year, so we were older with a lot of seniors on the team.”

Beaman said while the match was one sided, it gave the Bruins a good environment to cycle in many of their younger players and work on some of their more advanced skills in a game setting.

“We worked on dropping the ball way back to the keeper to then rebuild backup, switching the pitch and the crossing,” Beaman said. “A lot of our goals actually ended up being really impressive because we got the chance to do a lot of volleys and headers.”

The Bruins play Mazama today in a non-league game, which Beaman is confident will be a much more challenging matchup for the team. The match is scheduled to begin on the Mazama field at 1 p.m., but due to excessive smoke in the Mazama area, the game may be moved to the Bruins field. Check the OSAA website at http://www.osaa.org/teams/23903 for updates.

The Bruins then return Tuesday to host the Umpqua Valley Christian/Melrose Christian Lions in their second league game of the season starting at 4 p.m.

Bruins track and field

The Bruins track and field team host their first meet of the season today starting at 11 a.m. The Brookings-Harbor Invitational will hold four 5,000-meter races for the boys and girls varsity and junior varsity teams. Invited schools include Cascade Christian, Coquille, Fortuna, Gold Beach, Myrtle Point, North Medford, Pacific and Phoenix.

The first event will be the girl’s varsity 5,000-meter starting 11 a.m. All races will start at Brookings-High School, head up through the bark trails of Azalea park and then end back at the school.

Panthers football

The Panthers football team travelled to Cave Junction last night to take on the Illinois Valley Cougars in a non-league game. The Panthers faced a wide 58-12 defeat against the Cougars, putting them at 0-2 overall for the season.

According to Panthers coach Kevin Swift, the team put up a strong offensive effort, but five total fumbles over the course of the game proved to be their undoing. Defensively, the Panthers also had difficulting making tackles, allowing the Cougars to repeatedly break away and score.

“We’re alright. We’re gonna get better and keep getting better, it’s what we do. Our problems weren’t moving the ball, it was hitting five fumbles and losing ever one of them. We just can’t afford to put the ball on the ground,” Swift said. “We’ll come back next week and get back work to get better.”

Swift says that he plans to go back to the basics when the team heads back to practice on Monday. He believes that the current team still needs time to settle in their roles and plans to simplify his game plan to give the players less variables to think about each play.

“It’s one of those years where we need keep looking at the positives and take things week by week,” Swift said.

The Panthers next game will have them travel to play at a neutral site in Summit, Oregon next Saturday when they take on the Grants Union Miners at 7 p.m.

Panthers volleyball

The Panthers volleyball played the Del Norte Cougars on Tuesday for a 3-0 loss before returning on Thursday to face the Waldport Irish for a 3-1 loss in their first league game of the season.

At 0-3 overall, the Bruins are currently at rank No. 24 in the OSAA 2A rankings. At 0-1 in league, they are currently tied for third with Bandon and and Reedsport.

The Panthers will head to Coquille on Tuesday to play the Red Devils for a league game starting at 6:30 p.m.

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