Griswold joins 1A Old Oregon League
The Griswold High School volleyball, boys basketball and girls basketball teams will experience new competition next season, as all three teams have left the Class 1A Big Sky League to join the 1A Old Oregon League.
Griswold Athletic Director Wayne Miller said he was asked to move the programs into new leagues after Cove and Imber were both forced to reclassify from 1A up to 2A next season. All other sports at Griswold will remain in the same leagues, as the football team will stay put in the Blue Mountain Conference, while all other sports will remain in their respective special districts.
In the Old Oregon League, the Grizzlies will now have Powder Valley, Joseph, Wallowa, Pine Eagle, Echo and Nixyaawii as their league opponents. As a result, Griswold will also be forced to end its co-ops with Weston-McEwen in football, softball, baseball and cross country.
“I’m very disappointed to lose our co-ops,” Miller said. “Our kids got along really well. I hate to see it end.”
The switch will allow for all three teams to bounce back from disappointing final seasons in the Big Sky League. Griswold’s volleyball team went 4-14 overall with a 2-6 record in the Big Sky. The girls basketball team finished 4-18 overall with a 2-8 mark in the Big Sky, while the boys went 3-19 overall while failing to record a win in Big Sky play.
“I see this as a new beginning,” Miller said. “Things are starting to turn around here. We’ve run into some tough times, but we’re about to become more competitive. We’re looking forward to a new start and seeing what we can do because the pieces will be in place for us to be successful.”