The Hermiston lacrosse team’s improvement this season was recognized by the Oregon High School Lacrosse Association with the coach and players being honored.

Head coach Scott Hammond was named co-Coach of the Year of the High Desert Conference with Bend’s Joe Kerwin, and four Bulldogs made the all-league team.

“I’m just trying to do the best I can to move our program in the right direction,” Hammond said.

Senior AJ Schoonover was dubbed a second-team attack. Brady Christensen garnered a second-team midfielder spot, and, despite missing a few games late in the season, Jessee Rodelo was named a second-team defender. Tucker Salinas was named an honorable mention midfielder.

After winning three straight games to push its record above .500, the Bulldogs lost four of five to finish 8-10 (4-3 league), good for fourth in the High Desert Conference and is seeded 10th in the Cascade Cup playoff. Hermiston travels to Canby on Tuesday for a 5 p.m. showdown.

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