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Volleyball eyeing IMC title; football looks to spoil Madras' homecoming night

Here are all the upcoming games from Crook County High School sports during the week of Oct. 19-25.

FOOTBALL

Friday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m.

Crook County (2-5) @ Madras (3-3)

The Cowboys travel west to take on the White Buffalos from neighboring Madras and will be looking to spoil homecoming night for their nearby rivals. The Buffs improved their season record to 3-3 last week after a 36-0 drubbing of North Marion. Prior to that victory, Madras had lost three straight games on the gridiron after a season-opening win over Sisters. The Buffs were also granted a win by forfeit over Molalla. This game will pit the Cowboy offense, which has scored the second-most points in Special District 2, against the Buff defense, which has allowed the second-fewest points in SD2 play.

VOLLEYBALL

Tuesday, Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m.

No. 10 Crook County (13-6) @ No. 5 Ridgeview (12-4)

Thursday, Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m.

No. 10 Crook County (13-6) vs. Redmond (14-8)

The Cowgirls are coming off a strong week where they took down Hood River Valley and Pendleton in straight sets, before winning two-set matches over 6A schools Lincoln and Canby at the West Linn Tournament. The team will look to ride that momentum into a difficult week against the Redmond schools. First, the Cowgirls will travel to face Ridgeview, which is currently undefeated in IMC play after winning its first eight league matches. The Ravens took down Crook County in a five-setter on Sept. 28. Then, in the final match of the regular season, the team hosts Redmond. The Panthers are ranked just one spot behind the Cowgirls in the OSAA rankings, and Crook County prevailed in five sets during their Sept. 30 road trip to RHS. If the Cowgirls can take care of business against both schools, they could end up winning the Intermountain Conference.

BOYS SOCCER

Tuesday, Oct. 19, 4:30 p.m.

Crook County (0-10) @ No. 7 Hood River Valley (7-1-2)

Thursday, Oct. 21, 4:30 p.m.

Crook County (0-10) vs. Pendleton (2-9)

The Cowboys have two more chances to grab their first points of the season next week, when they take on Hood River Valley and Pendleton. The first matchup may prove to be the more difficult, as HRV has been cruising through IMC play. The Eagles have yet to lose a league match, with a 2-2 draw against The Dalles being the only result keeping them from a perfect record in the conference. Their only loss on the season came against La Salle Prep, which is currently ranked No. 1 at the 5A level. Hood River Valley blanked the Cowboys 8-0 in their first meeting. Crook County then comes home to take on Pendleton. Like the Cowboys, the Buckaroos have also struggled in league play, picking up just one IMC win so far. That victory was a 4-2 win over Crook County back on Sept. 30. The teams were tied 1-1 at halftime, but Pendleton prevailed late to grab the win. The Cowboys are out to return the favor when the Bucks make the long drive to Prineville.

GIRLS SOCCER

Tuesday, Oct. 19, 4:30 p.m.

Crook County (0-10) vs. Hood River Valley (2-8)

Thursday, Oct. 21, 4:30 p.m.

Crook County (0-10) @ No. 4 Pendleton (8-2)

In almost a complete reversal from the boys' week, the Cowgirls' best chance at their first victory of the season comes in their home match on Tuesday. Hood River Valley is 1-5 in IMC play so far, with their only league win coming in a 6-0 romp over Crook County at the end of last month. That is the Eagles' only win in their past nine matches since a season-opening win over St. Helens on Sept. 1. A much more difficult matchup awaits the Cowgirls on Thursday, as they take on one of the toughest girls soccer teams in 5A. That being said, Pendleton has dropped its last two matches, so perhaps Crook County can capitalize and catch the Buckaroos on the ropes. The previous meeting between the two teams resulted in a 7-0 shutout victory for Pendleton on Sept. 30.


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