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It’s football in February as Malheur County schools get yet another season change

Vale High School football coach Jeff Aldred sits in the stands at the field where his team has won two state championships. The silence of the space was in contrast to a normal school-year's afternoon, when he said it would be bustling with foot traffic. (Liliana Frankel/The Enterprise)

Local coaches are trying to stay positive for their players after Covid concerns pushed the start of prep sports back to February.

The Oregon School Activities Association announced that it was again postponing the high school season because of continuing issues with the coronavirus across Oregon. Now, sports practices won’t start until Feb. 8.

“Obviously I like the fact that there’s a date out there, but part of me thinks they’re kind of still kicking the can down the road,” said Jeff Aldred . . .