Prep soccer and cross country will start up again but volleyball canceled, football uncertain

Nyssa and Baker are soon to meet again on the field, where they will open the soccer season with a match. (The Baker City Herald/S.John Collins).

VALE – High schools in Malheur County can proceed with soccer and cross country competition but volleyball remains on hold as Covid rates remain too high in the community.

The Oregon School Activities Association said practices could start as planned on Feb. 22 with a six-week season scheduled to start March 1.

Volleyball players will be sitting this season out because of the county’s “extreme” Covid risk. And the fate of the football season is still uncertain, with clarification possible by the end of this week when Gov. Kate Brown is expected to announce any changes in statewide prohibitions on contact sports.

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