PC Returns Experience, Harper Is Back And JV Will Again Make A Team-Our Preview Of The 1A High Desert Volleyball

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Athletic directors around the 1A High Desert League must still be placing the final touches on the year’s volleyball schedules as numerous are incomplete.

Taking a look at what EOS does know, last season’s third place finisher, the Panthers of Prairie City, may step up this year for a league title. Experience is back on the court for Prairie City while reigning top dog Crane saw seven players make the graduation walk.

The league increases by a team after Harper is back in the varsity mix and we do have confirmation the other Mustangs (Jordan Valley) did find players to field a team. Adrian will also be in the fight for the league title, returning 11 varsity players. Both the Tigers and Locomotives could play spoilers.


2022-23 Record: 13-9 Overall, 5-1 League

League Finish: 2nd

2022-23 Final State Ranking: 13th

Seniors Lost To Graduation: 2

Returnees: Scheduled to return are 1 sophomore, 3 juniors and 7 seniors

Season Opener: The Lopes have not yet released a finalized schedule for the year. 

Comments: Adrian is back this season with a squad heavy with seniors. Last year saw the Lopes enter the state 1A tournament after placing second and winning a first-round game. Adrian ended the season on the road at North Clackamas Christian with a second-round loss. Expect to see a battle this year when the Antelopes and Prairie City meet up.


2022-23 Record: 27-5 Overall, 6-0 League

League Finish: 1st

2022-23 Final State Ranking: 2nd

Seniors Lost To Graduation: 7

Returnees: Scheduled to return are 3 sophomores, 1 junior and 2 seniors

Season Opener:  The current league champions will start the season with tournament play in Grant Union on Saturday, Aug. 26. Home fans will have a bit of a wait as Crane does not host a match until Thursday, Sept. 7 when Bonanza is in town. League play opens Sept. 23 with the Mustangs hosting Dayville/Monument/Long Greek.

Comments: Crane breezed through the High Desert League last season, going undefeated. A five-set loss to North Douglas in the quarterfinals of the state tournament pushed the Mustangs to the consolation bracket. Crane rebounded with two victories to finish the year in fourth at state. A strong incoming freshmen class has been discussed in basketball-the question will be is this class also strong on the volleyball court?

Dayville/Monument/Long Creek

2022-23 Record: 2-11 Overall, 0-7 League

League Finish: 6th

2022-23 Final State Ranking: 55th

Seniors Lost To Graduation: 0

Returnees: Scheduled to return are 1 sophomore, 8 juniors and 2 seniors

Season Opener:  Thursday, September 7 hosting Condon

Comments: Unlike last season, Long Creek joins Monument and Dayville this season for volleyball. A young Tiger team struggled last year, picking up wins over only Condon and Horizon Christian in tournament play and not winning a set in league play while playing a limited schedule. A full schedule for Monument/Dayville/Long Creek has still not been released.

Harper Charter

2022-23 Record: The Hornets played a junior varsity schedule only for 2022-23

League Finish: N/A

2022-23 Final State Ranking: N/A

Seniors Lost To Graduation: 2

Returnees: Scheduled to return are 4 sophomores and 5 juniors

Season Opener: Harper has not released a season schedule.

Comments: The Hornets chose to play a junior varsity schedule but are returning to varsity this season. With no seniors scheduled on the Harper roster, expect a year of gaining experience. The return of Harper boosts the league to seven teams.


2022-23 Record: 4-7 Overall, 2-5 League

League Finish: 5th

2022-23 Final State Ranking: 51st

Seniors Lost To Graduation: 1

Returnees: Scheduled to return are 6 juniors and 4 seniors

Season Opener: Huntington has not released a schedule.

Comments: The Locomotives are an additional team playing a limited schedule last season of only 11 matches, three of those versus junior varsity squads. A scheduled 10 players are back on the court with experience but a short schedule again this season will hinder how far the Locomotives progress.

Jordan Valley

2022-23 Record: 7-11 Overall, 3-5 League

League Finish: 4th

2022-23 Final State Ranking: 29th

Seniors Lost To Graduation: 1

Returnees: Scheduled to return are 1 sophomore, 3 juniors and 1 senior

Season Opener: Jordan Valley has not released a full schedule.

Comments: Once again, the Mustangs will be one of the smallest teams in the league after EOS confirmed seven players will hit the court for Jordan Valley. With limited resources, Jordan Valley will again put up points and then struggle after a rotation.

Prairie City

2022-23 Record: 23-8 Overall, 5-2 League

League Finish: 3rd

2022-23 Final State Ranking: 13th

Seniors Lost To Graduation: 3

Returnees: Scheduled to return are 2 sophomores, 5 juniors and 3 seniors

Season Opener: Saturday, August 26 at Grant Union Tourney

Comments: Last season’s third place finisher to the league title is back with experience and the loss of only three players to graduation. The Panthers won their first game of the 1A state playoffs, falling in the second round to North Douglas (yes, the same team that upended Crane at the state tournament). Going into this year, Prairie City could be the team to beat.

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