The first few days of the season bring us the first games of the 2022 campaign, including our first tournaments of the season. With so much action on any given weekend, each weekend will have a split perspective and recap for all six classifications. Week 0 continues with Classes 4A and 3A, you can read about classes 2A and 1A in the link….
Sisters Locks Horns With The Big Schools
Just recently dropped to Class 3A, the Sisters Outlaws still haven’t changed their habits of locking with bigger schools and getting seasoning early in the season. On Friday, Sisters went next door to Bend and went up against a trio of 5A/6A schools in the Mountain View Invite, coming within three points of beating all their opponents on Friday. The swept 5A varsity newcomer Caldera 25-21, 25-20, fought hard in a three set battle loss to Thurston, and beat 6A South Medford to close it out in a straight 25-22, 25-20 victory. With the seasoned youthfulness of their roster, not to mention the considerable size, Sisters is definitely in the mix for the 3A title this fall.
La Pine Wins In Lakeview
Nothing like a road trip to Lakeview and winning their tournament to start your season! The Lady Hawks took care of business in pool play, winning all but one match before the bracket started. In that bracket, La Pine clean swept their way through the 4A Mazama JV squad, 1A Bonanza, and finishing off the tournament host 3A Lakeview in a quick 25-14, 25-22 fashion to win the Tallman Tournament over the host Honkers. While not the flashiest of opponents, La Pine has to be optimistic with the start they had down in Lakeview. Oh yes, this roster consists of NO seniors, just a core junior group that are hungry to send a message.
Baker Conquers I-84
La Grande hosted the annual Hannah Cashell Memorial Tournament on Saturday, hosting a variety of teams from along the I-84 trek. 1A Imbler threw up some eyebrows when they leveled up to beat 3A McLoughlin and Nyssa on Saturday, but it was the 4A Baker Bulldogs who reigned supreme in La Grande. Having no issues in pool action, Baker rolled past host and rival La Grande, then finished off pesky Imbler with a 25-21, 25-10 sweep to win the Hannah Cashell Memorial Tournament in La Grande.