LOCAL PREPS GET READY FOR PLAYOFF SEASON
A rundown of the local playoff scene:
The 6-1 Cove Leopards, ranked No. 7 in the state, have their hands full when they go on a long road trip to take on an undefeated (and unranked) Jordan Valley team in Jordan Valley Friday.
Jordan Valley is the champion of the Trico League. Cove won its opening round playoff 46-16 over Wallowa. The Jordan Valley game will be held at 2 p.m. Mountain time (1 p.m. Pacific time).
Meanwhile, the No. 1-ranked, 8-0 Powder Valley Badgers continue their quest for a return trip to Hillsboro by taking on Prairie City (6-2 overall) in North Powder at 1 p.m. Friday. Powder Valley crushed Mitchell/Dayville/Monument last week 68-16.
The Badgers beat Prairie City in the regular season 62-20.
The No. 2-ranked La Grande Tigers take their sterling 35-3 record into the playoffs Saturday. The Tigers will host a playoff game at 7 p.m. Saturday against the winner of a match tonight between Stayton and Molalla. This is an OSAA playoff match so the cost is $6 ($4 for students) and season passes will not be accepted. The winner of this match goes to the 3A state tournament in Eugene Nov. 7.
The 2A volleyball Wapiti League district tournament will be held Saturday in Joseph, with a match between No. 4 seed Nyssa and No. 1 seed Grant Union beginning at noon. Immediately following this match, probably around 1:30 or 2 p.m., No. 2 seed Union (6-1 in Wapiti League, 11-6 overall) will take on No. 3 seed Imbler (5-2 in league, 13-7 overall).
Two teams out of this tournament move on the 2A state tournament in Forest Grove Nov. 7. Grant Union has a measure of protection for winning the Wapiti League title. If favored Grant Union (7-0 in league) beats Nyssa (4-3), then the winner of the Union-Imbler match goes on to state. If Nyssa upsets Grant Union, then the winner of the Union-Imbler match would have to beat Nyssa in the district championship match, which will be held in the late afternoon Saturday, in order to advance to state.
In either case, Grant Union automatically moves on to state, as either a No. 1 or No. 2 seed out of the Wapiti District.
Old Oregon League co-champion Powder Valley (8-2 in OOL, 11-4 overall) won a coin flip with Wallowa and will go into the 1A district tournament in John Day as the No. 1 seed. Co-champion Wallowa (8-2 in league, 18-4 overall) will be the No. 2 seed, while Prairie City (7-3 in OOL) is a No. 3 seed and Cove (5-5 in OOL, 14-7 overall) a No. 4 seed.
Two teams will come out of this tournament to the state tournament Nov. 7 in Springfield.
The La Grande girls and boys host back-to-back playoff openers Tuesday at La Grande Middle School. These are OSAA games and the cost is $6 per game for adults and $4 for students.
The boys and girls were both champions of the 3A District 7 league, and thus both received byes for the first round of the playoffs. The girls went 10-0 in league, while the boys went 9-1 that lone loss coming in the boys' opening match on the road against Madras.
The games have to be held early because of early darkness due to the time change. There are no lights at the middle school.
The girls' game will begin at 11:30 a.m. against the winner of Oregon Episcopal and Henley, being played today. The boys' game will be held at 1:30 p.m. against the winner of Sisters and Seaside, also being played today.