Saturday’s Walla Walla districts meet hosted the Bulldogs and saw strong performances from their top runners.
The top two teams and top 14 runners would go on to qualify for state, and although Hermiston did not make the cut, coach Troy Blackburn sees a “bright future” for all of his runners.
The Hermiston girls finished fifth, with Cydney Sanchez leading the pack, placing 18th. Ellie Ernst was right behind her at 21st, and Alexia Serna finished third for the Bulldogs at 26th.
“These three girls have been running well all season,” Blackburn said. “I am so proud of them, and I look forward to seeing them get faster and faster.”
Freddy Mendoza led the boys, clocking in at 16:53, and finishing 23rd. Greg Anderson was less than a minute behind Mendoza, finishing at 17:15. Freshman Jackson Shaver ran a PR of of 17:53 — the Bulldogs’ third-fastest runner for the meet.
UMATILLA 2, NYSSA 0 — A home shutout against Nyssa closed league play for the Umatilla Vikings on Saturday afternoon.
Forward Alexis Ruiz put the team on the scoreboard in the first half, and midfielder Jose Alanis scored in the second to seal the victory.
“It was a really tight game in the first half,” said coach Pedro Ortiz. “We improved a lot in the second — we had more shots-on-goal, had better passing, and found openings in their defense.”
The Vikings (7-5-1, 5-2) will head into playoffs on Tuesday.
UMATILLA 1, NYSSA 0 — The Vikings closed out their season with a home victory over Nyssa on Saturday.
Junior forward Lizzy Burres led the team with Umatilla’s only goal, scoring during the first half of the game.
“We possessed well and defended well, but got a little lazy in the second half,” said coach Tim Lee. “Overall, it was a pretty decent performance and a good way to end the season.
Umatilla finished the year off with a 4-8 overall record and 2-3 in the 3A/2A/1A Special District 6.
WESTON-MCEWEN 3, REGIS 0 — Weston-McEwen swept the Regis Rams in a Saturday playoff match, taking their visiting opponents in three, 25-9, 25-14, and 25-18.
“We played very well today,” said TigerScots coach Shawn White. “All of our players contributed and executed great.”
Bryce Thul led her team with eight digs, 17 assists, and eight kills. Ellie Scheibner recorded 14 total assists and two blocks. Hailey Weaver scored 16 kills and three blocks. Jesse Manning had 12 digs and four kills, and Carrie Hazen served 15-for-15 with two aces.
Weston-McEwen will continue forward in the Blue Mountain Conference playoffs when they face Portland Christian on Friday afternoon.