HERMISTON — Five Hermiston Bulldogs made the cut on the High Desert League’s all-conference rosters following the 2016 season.
The Bulldogs placed junior attacker Brady Christiansen and junior midfield Tucker Salinas on the all-conference second team and senior attacker Javier Garcia, and sophomore defensemen Tayler Arnold and Jake Palmer were named as honorable mentions. As a team, Hermiston went 6-10 overall playing as an independent this season.
Christansen, a third-year varsity starter for the Bulldogs, was happy to see several teammates join him with all-conference recognition.
“It shows we’re moving along and growing as a program,” he said. “Now we need to just take that next step.”
The postseason honors did not stop there for Christiansen, however, as he was chosen to compete in the first-ever OHSLA All-Star Game on June 4. The game took place prior to the 2016 state championship game in Beaverton, where Christianson’s Blue Team earned a 9-8 victory over the White Team.
“It felt amazing to be part of history,” Christiansen said. “Playing on that field was great and it was an honor to get to play with the best players in the state of Oregon. We’re trying to build up the sport here and it was a cool experience.”
The Bulldog junior stuck around following the game to watch the state championship game between Beaverton and Jesuit, which Beaverton won with a score of 9-8. He said aside from the entertainment of the game, he took some mental notes of some things to help improve his game and his team in 2017.
“Just the intensity level was off-the-charts,” he said. “I watched how the players were moving, passing quickly and always getting position and staying aggressive. They played as a team and not as individuals, which is something we need to do more.”
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