Scrambled schedule still gives Malheur County athletes ‘a chance to play’

"Something else can always happen, but I'm trying to stay pretty optimistic about just the volleyball season and everybody else's season," said Tyanna Norton, senior volleyball player at Vale High School. (Kezia Setyawan/The Enterprise)

For high school athletes across Malheur County, it’s going to be a months’ long time out.

The Oregon School Activities Association, holding off long as it could, last week announced a changeup in sports competition, meaning the soonest fans can cheer at a game will be after the first of the year. The OSAA is planning on an abbreviated seven-week season for fall, winter and spring sports – with fall sports being pushed into spring.

The move comes as more and more schools across the state decide to forgo plans to return students to the classroom. They are doing so . . .