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BRIEFS: Pendleton-Hermiston rivalry gains national recognition

Published on October 23, 2017 12:01AM

Last changed on October 23, 2017 9:35PM


Pendleton-Hermiston rivalry gains national recognition

PENDLETON — Since 1922, the Pendleton and Hermiston football rivalry has built itself into one of the longest-lasting rivalries in high school football in the state of Oregon.

Now, the rivalry is gaining national recognition.

The Great American Rivalry Series announced on Monday that Friday’s meeting between the Buckaroos and Bulldogs will be featured in the Series’ 11th weekend of the 2017 season. As a part of the series, the winning team on Friday will take home the Great American Rivalry Series Champions trophy, presented by the Marines and a Most Valuable Player will also be recognized.

An alumnus from both Hermiston and Pendleton will also be inducted into the Series’ 14th Hall of Fame Class.

In its 14 years of existence, the Great American Rivalry Series has featured some of the best high school football rivalry games across the country, spanning 40 states. Recent selections in Oregon include North Medford-South Medford (2015), Oregon City-West Linn (2015), and Glencoe-Hillsboro (2014).

More information is available at GreatAmericanRivalry.com, on Twitter (@AmericanRivalry), as well as Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

Pendleton holding football tailgate party

PENDLETON — Prior to Pendleton’s rivalry football game with Hermiston on Friday night, Buckaroo fans will have a chance to drum up their pride.

Pendleton is holding a pre-game tailgate party in the parking lot south of the Round-Up arena with food and activities for all ages. From 5:30-6:30 p.m., fans can listen to live music from DJ Clark while chowing down on free hotdogs. The National Guard will be on hand with a rockwall for fans to climb and a HUMV, and other activities include tug-of-war, football passing challenge, and inflatable jousting.

Kickoff for the Pendleton-Hermiston game is at 7 p.m. at the Round-Up Arena.

Gymnasts compete in The Dalles

THE DALLES — The Eastern Oregon Gymnastics team was on the road again on Saturday for competition and came home with solid results.

In the Level 4 Compuslory, Pendleton’s Grace Shay had the best individual finish with second place in the vault, while North Powder’s Felicia Murphy was third in bars and third in all-around.

In Level 5 Compulsory, Pendleton’s Natalie White finished second in floor exercise, third in vault and third in beam, and then finished fourth in all-around. Shaelynn Silva, also of Pendleton, turned in a fourth place finish in beam.

The team will next compete at Westside Gymnastics in Tigard on Nov. 4.



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