HARRISBURG — The Eddyville Charter volleyball team took care of business last Saturday during the 1A-3 Mountain West League playoffs and did exactly what it needed to earn a spot in the 24-school 1A state tournament, which begins later this week.

The Eagles finished the regular season 9-3 in league matches and 11-7 overall and firmly in second place in the league standings. They began the playoffs at Harrisburg High School with a 25-18, 25-20, 25-22 sweep of Crow to guarantee a top-3 finish in the Mountain West and with it, a berth in the state tournament.

Later in the day, Eddyville fell 25-13, 25-18, 25-20 to league champion Mohawk, the Mustang’s third defeat of the Eagles this season. The win earned Mohawk a bye into the state tournament’s round of 16, while Eddyville and Crow are faced with do-or-die matches this week in first-round state tournament action.

Each of the 1A classification’s eight league champions — North Clackamas Christian, St. Paul, Mohawk, North Douglas, Rogue Valley Adventist Academy, Echo, Joseph and Crane — earned automatic byes into the round of 16. The second seeds from each conference host first-round matches this week against third seeds from other conferences to determine who reaches the next round.

As of the News-Times Monday morning sports deadline, the Eagles were slated to begin tournament play at 6 p.m. Wednesday at home against Days Creek (17-9), the third-place finisher from the Skyline League. The winner of that match, and all of this week’s first-round contests will join league champions in the Sweet 16.

Once the field of the final 16 teams is determined, the Oregon School Activities Association will place teams in a seeded bracket according to OSAA rankings.

As of OSAA’s final Saturday, Oct. 23, rankings, Eddyville Charter was ranked 35th of 69 schools ranked in 1A. The Eagles were the second-lowest ranked team in the OSAA rankings to earn a berth in the state tournament. Only Mountain West-foe Crow, ranked 37th, made it to state with a lower OSAA ranking than the Eagles.

Days Creek closed the regular season 13th in the OSAA rankings.



Toledo 3, Gold Beach 0

At Toledo, the Boomers returned to their winning ways Oct. 21 and scored a 25-19, 25-17, 25-20 sweep in a 2A-4 Sunset Conference match.

The win snapped the Boomers’ two-match losing streak and boosted their record to 8-4 in league matches and 10-7 overall. Details from Toledo’s defeat of Gold Beach were not provided prior to deadline.

Toledo, which began the week in third place in the league standings, had a playoff match Monday at home against Myrtle Point. A win there would keep the Boomers eligible for a bid to the 2A state tournament. At-large bids to state will be given to the top-four schools in the OSAA rankings that did not automatically qualify with first or second-place finishes in their respective leagues.

As of Monday morning, Toledo was ranked 22nd of 46 schools in the OSAA rankings that determine state tournament at-large bids.

Myrtle Point 3, Waldport 0

At Myrtle Point, the Irish completed their first season under head coach Jeff Lee in disappointing fashion Oct. 21, dropping a 25-11, 25-16, 25-10 decision to the Bobcats in 2A-4 Sunset Conference play.

“We didn’t come ready to play, and (the Bobcats) played very well,” Lee wrote in a text message to News-Times staff after Waldport finished the season 2-10 in league play, 5-14 overall.

Lee singled out Irish senior Charity Smith and junior Katie Pankey for their strong play in the back row in Waldport’s season finale.

Clatskanie 3, Taft 1

At Clatskanie, two days after picking up their first 3A-3 Coastal Range League win, the Tigers fell 25-12, 16-25, 25-17, 25-17 on the road Oct. 21 in their season finale.

Match details were not reported prior to deadline. Taft’s season closed at 1-7, 4-11.

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