As the school year begins to creep up, many of the
area schools havent 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 years
game will be 7 p.m. September 2 at Borleske Field in Walla
Hermistons next game, 7 p.m. September 9, will be
its home opener against another Washington Big Nine Conference
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
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
They will host a tournament September 3 and will
travel to the always-tough Sundome Invitational on September 10 in
Hermistons 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
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 teams only home meet will be the
season opener, the September 3 Brooks XC Fest at Sandstone Middle
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.