Dawgs on the road plenty

<p>The Hermiston Bulldogs hope to avenge the double-overtime loss they suffered to rival Pendleton last season, but they'll have to do it on the road this season. The Dawgs have just three home games this year, and one CRC game at the friendly confines of Kennison Field.</p>

As the school year begins to creep up, many of the

area schools haven’t changed a ton of their traditional scheduling

for fall sports.

Now that the OSAA will count out-of-state opponents

more toward the RPI formula, this looks like a year for the schools

in the area to shine.

Beginning with the football teams in the area,

Hermiston has a newcomer on the docket and still that dreaded

3-game regular season where a loss can mean quite a bit to

determine a playoff seed.

But first, the Bulldogs open up with a familiar face

— one they have started the season off with the past four years —

the Walla Walla Blue Devils. 

Last season, the Dawgs earned their second-straight

win over Wa-Hi with a 32-17 victory at Kennison Field. This year’s

game will be 7 p.m. September 2 at Borleske Field in Walla

Walla.

Hermiston’s next game, 7 p.m. September 9, will be

its home opener against another Washington Big Nine Conference

school, Kennewick.

The squad had a late comeback fall short at Neil

Lampson Stadium last season and lost 27-20 to the Lions, so a

little redemption is the hope for the Dawgs on their home turf.

Franklin High School is the newcomer to the schedule

this year, replacing another Portland school, Benson. The Dawgs

will travel to play the Quakers for a 7 p.m. September 16 contest

in Portland.

The Columbia River Conference schedule opens on the

road at The Dalles on October 7, then comes back home the next week

against Hood River Valley. 

The brief conference docket ends with the Umatilla

County showdown October 21 at Round-Up Stadium with Pendleton. All

CRC games are at 7 p.m.

The Hermiston volleyball team will begin its CRC

title defense September 20 against Pendleton at Warberg Court.

The Dawgs ran through the 12-game conference schedule

without a loss last season to claim the first-ever CRC volleyball

title.

They will host a tournament September 3 and will

travel to the always-tough Sundome Invitational on September 10 in

Yakima.

Hermiston’s CRC home opener will be at 6:30 p.m.

September 27 against Hood River Valley.

They will be doing this under a new head coach, Becky

Wadekamper.

The boys’ and girls’ soccer teams will open up the

season with some local rivalry matches — a home-and-home series

with Class 3A Umatilla.

The cross country team’s only home meet will be the

season opener, the September 3 Brooks XC Fest at Sandstone Middle

School.

The boys team will look to defend its Class 5A state

championship while an upstart girls team hopes to make it back to

the state title meet again.

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