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Young Adrian/Jordan Valley team ready to step up

JORDAN VALLEY — In its first season as a cooperative, the Adrian/Jordan Valley football team finished 8-2 after losing to Dufur in the quarter finals. Dufur went on to win the 1A championship.

But Jordan Valley Coach Bryce Kershner said he expects the co-op team to go deeper into the playoffs this year.

“There’s no way you can’t put that expectation on the team this year,” he said.

He’s coached the team since 2014, following graduation from Pacific University in Forest Grove.

Kershner isn’t worried that the team is younger than last year. This year, the 28-player team is mostly sophomores and juniors with three seniors and 12 new players. Last year the team had eight seniors.

Kershner also expects to field four foreign exchange students: two from . . .