The 1A volleyball team is gearing up for the upcoming fall season

The Sherman Higher Huskies are more than a 2021 district volleyball contender, and they return a core group of players from that workforce this season.

The Huskies finished the year with a 3-2 loss to Glenwood/Klickitat. The Huskies, led by fifth-year head coach Karissa Gorham and assistant Kennedy Nofsinger, finished 7-6 with a significant sky mark and were 10-10 overall.

“I think we’re going to have some upside, we’ve got a really good group with a lot of seniors, so we’re going to have a lot of leadership,” Gorham said. “We have some freshmen that look pretty good. We had some setbacks in the previous calendar year with the COVID issues and experienced players being quarantined normally. I don’t think we’ve ever faced the same team for more than two online games in a row, so it was quite a challenge.

“I’m definitely looking forward to the season and I think we’re going to be really aggressive. We definitely have the opportunity to have a more successful staff than last year.

Sherman is missing just two seniors (Kali Johnson and Allie Marker) and will have a strong core of experienced returning players this calendar year in seniors Natalie Martin, Morgan Gerry, Emily Lesh and Stiehl inexperienced, juniors Pieper Walker, Sophie Hulk. and Kalex Peters. The Huskies have 21 players who began applying on Aug. 15.

The Huskies last made the playoffs in 2018 and hope to make the postseason again in 2022.

Sherman opens Aug. 30 against Horizon Christian at Central Christian High in Redmond. The Huskies complete a doubleheader that also includes a matchup against Central Christian. The Huskies’ home opener is Sept. 9 at 4 p.m. Wallowa Significant Cougars.

The Rangers ended the 2021 time with a 5-3 league mark and finished 8-8 generally after finishing 2021 with a 3-2 residence reduction to the Ione/Arlington Significant Cardinals in the Huge Sky District playoffs.

Dufour lost five seniors in the senior class and will be led by new head coach Jody Weaver and assistant mentor Sydney Reed. This is definitely the 2nd stint Weaver has been on the Rangers coaching staff. He was previously an assistant coach with the group for many years, but then took a break and is now back with the crew for the first time since 2017.

“I’m absolutely psyched to come back and play with these scholar athletes,” Weaver explained. “We’re definitely going to have a very young squad, so it feels like we’re starting out with each other and that offers the potential to grow. We have some strong returning players like Ally Masterson and Haley Peterson. They equally played excellent key roles in the staff’s final year.

“I’m excited to see them pick more and have the opportunity to guide the crew now that a lot of the former upperclassmen are gone.”

Teresa Morris, who coached Dufour several years ago, is now an assistant volleyball coach at The Dalles Large School.

The Rangers, led by Masterson and Peterson, are looking to reach the state playoffs for the first time since 2019. Dufour completes the year opener on the highway August 25 at 3 pm against Weston-McEwen, followed by a 5. pm contest versus the Imbler High Panthers. Each video game is at Weston-McEwen Substantial College in Athens. Dufur’s home opener is September 1st at 3pm against the Heppner Substantial Mustang at Course 2A Blue Mountain Convention.

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A skilled Glenwood/Klickitat squad of six seniors enjoyed some success last year with a 7-3 league mark and a 9-6 history. The Eagles, led by coach Jaecee Hoctor, advanced to the semifinals of the Massive Sky District event at Echo Significant Faculty before losing 3-1 to Ione/Arlington, falling one particular recreation short of qualifying for the playoffs.

“We’re going to be really young, but our seniors have a lot of experience and that’s just going to be crucial if we’re going to fill their shoes going forward,” Hoctor reported.

The Eagles will be led by a quartet of seniors Isabella Bensel, Morgan Smith, Lena Tiemann and Grace Griffin. Juniors Jayla Avila, Taneal Kola, Oriana Atchley and Brenna Beeks will also bolster the Eagles for another solid team that hopes to make a strong playoff run. The Eagles open the season on Sept. 3 in a traditional event at Dufur’s essential University of Dufur, albeit with a matchup against an obvious opponent. The Eagles play their first home game on Sept. 13 at 5 p.m., opposite Horizon Christian, which is the Big Sky League opener for both of these squads.

Horizon Christian updated its substantial varsity plan in the past while completing a unbiased routine and had a 4-11 record. The Hawks return to the top Sky League this 12 months for the first time, thanks to mentor Chelsea Cox from the initial calendar year of 2015. Horizon has 7 varsity players returning from its junior team of 12 months ago, when it and Trout Lake were shuffled to round out the crew, largely because of the low number of players in all colleges.

However, the Cougars are looking for matches to squeeze into their 10-game routine and the September 13 contest is also their year opener at this point. Lyle is one of four Washington colleges to join the OSAA in the previous calendar year, along with Bickleton Large, Glenwood/Klickitat and Trout Lake. Trout Lake will not have a volleyball team this year. Bickleton, led by mentor Katie Moore, will open the year on Sept. 8 with a match at the Grand Look at Christian tournament at Horizon Christian Significant College in Hood River.

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