The OSAA state football, volleyball and soccer brackets are out, and there are a handful of local teams sprinkled in the midst of the competition.
The Pendleton Bucks (8-1) will host Crescent Valley (6-3) at 7 p.m. Friday in the first round of the 5A football playoffs at the Pendleton Round-Up Grounds.
It’s the first time since 2011 the Bucks have reached the playoffs. They have not won a playoff game since 2006.
“We have watched film,” Pendleton coach Erik Davis said. “They are a very good football team, and they have some size up front. They beat an undefeated Silverton team (27-14) a couple of weeks ago. We are prepared for a good game.”
The Bucks are coming off a tough 53-7 loss to Wilsonville last week in the 5A Special District 1 title game.
“It’s frustrating, but I think it is harder for a coach to take a loss like that than the kids. They are resilient,” Davis said.
In the 2A playoffs, Heppner (7-2) will host Kennedy (7-2) at 7 p.m. Friday night.
Pilot Rock/Nixyaawii (6-2) will travel to play Adrian/Jordan Valley (6-3) at noon Friday. The game will be played at Adrian High School.
In the 2A state volleyball tournament, Weston-McEwen will open play at 1:15 p.m. Friday against Portland Christian. The tournament will be held at Ridgeview High School in Redmond.
In girls soccer, Riverside will host Douglas at 4 p.m. Wednesday in a 3A/2A/1A first-round matchup, while in the 4A tournament, Mac-Hi will play North Valley at 3:30 p.m. at Grants Pass High School.
In the boys 3A/2A/1A tournament, Umatilla will play at top-ranked Oregon Episcopal (Portland) at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, while Riverside will host Taft at 4:30 p.m.
In the 4A tournament, Mac-Hi will play at Madras at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the first round.
The state cross-country meets will take place Saturday at Lane Community College in Eugene.
The Heppner boys, who finished second at the Special District 3 meet last Friday, will compete in the 2A/1A race, while Zayne Troeger will run for Umatilla in the 3A boys race. Leo Llamas will run for Mac-Hi in the boys 4A race.