While the HRV football team is recovering Saturday from its first battle of the season, the rest of the school’s fall sports programs will be ironing out their gameplans one final time before Intermountain Conference play begins next week.
For starters, the boys and girls soccer teams will be playing in the annual Aloha Jamboree in Portland, figuring out lineups and mapping out strategy for their first-ever IMC games, which will take place Sept. 12 versus Redmond.
Both teams lost a hefty handful of players to graduation, but return a host of talented, experienced young players to help ease the transition (see the Sept. 7 edition for season previews).
Another group trying to adjust to some new faces is the volleyball team, which will host the eight-team Hood River Invitational all day Saturday.
After graduating seven players last year, not many familiar faces remain on the roster. But an infusion of youthful enthusiasm and athletic ability — not to mention an “escape” from the brutal Mt. Hood Conference — has given the team and its first-year head coach, Molly Kissinger, plenty to look forward to.
The boys and girls cross-country teams also have high hopes entering the season, and will travel to Hermiston on Saturday for the Hermiston Invitational.
The girls are loaded with experience and also boast a strong freshman class, while the boys will look to a group of super sophomores to carry them along.