Crook County Prep Sports Scouting Report: Oct. 26 to Nov. 1
Here is a look at all the Crook County High School sports taking place this week:
Saturday, Oct. 30, TBD
No. 10 Crook County (8-2) vs. TBD
While the Cowgirls were unable to beat Ridgeview to win the Intermountain Conference, the team will still qualify for the 5A State Playoffs by virtue of coming second in the league. The IMC spots are all set, but the other three 5A conferences still need to determine their league champions in matches on Monday and Tuesday night this week. Because Crook County is currently ranked No. 10 in the classification, it is unlikely that the Cowgirls will host a playoff match. Updates will be posted online at CentralOregonian.com once playoff seeding has been finalized.
Wednesday, Oct. 27, 3 p.m.
Crook County XC @ 5A Intermountain Conference Championships
Crook County took last week off to prepare for the IMC district championships, which will take place on Wednesday in Pendleton's Golf Course at Birch Creek. Per OSAA rules, the IMC only gets two of the 13 team spots in the 5A State Championships — meaning the Cowboys and Cowgirls must each finish with a top-two team score at districts in order to get the whole squad to the state meet in Eugene next month. If the teams fall below that mark, individual runners can still qualify for state by placing in the top five at the district meet. According to AthleticNet, the Cowgirls are projected to finish with the third-highest team score, while the Cowboys are pegged for fourth. Neither program has any individuals currently ranked in the top 10 for fastest times in the IMC, so it will take an unprecedented performance on Wednesday for Crook County to earn its way into the 5A State Championship meet.
Friday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.
Crook County (2-6) vs. No. 3 Estacada (8-0)
The Cowboys have been eliminated from playoff contention this season, but the team could still play spoiler in Special District 2. Undefeated Estacada, the No. 3 team in all of 4A, comes to Ward Rhoden Stadium on Friday. The Rangers bring with them a strong, multi-faceted running attack orchestrated by head coach Andy Mott. Estacada has scored at least 25 points in every game this season, so the Crook County defense (which has allowed the second-most points in the league) will have its hands full. For the Cowboys to pull off the upset, they may need to turn this game into a shootout.
Tuesday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m.
Crook County (0-12) @ No. 9 Ridgeview (7-4-2)
Thursday, Oct. 28, 4:30 p.m.
Crook County (0-12) vs. Redmond/Culver (4-8)
Following a pair of losses last week, Crook County has two more chances to grab its first points in what has been a long season. The Cowboys have some tough sledding in their first matchup on Tuesday, as they travel to Ridgeview. The Ravens are currently ranked second in the IMC and grabbed four points last week with a 7-2 win over Redmond/Culver and a 2-2 draw with The Dalles/Dufur. The Cowboys are back home in Prineville for Senior Night on Thursday, when they will face Redmond/Culver. Last week, the Panthers took on the top two teams from the IMC (Hood River Valley and Ridgeview) and were outscored 11-2 in two defeats. With Redmond on the ropes, Crook County will look to sneak in a victory before the end of the season.
Tuesday, Oct. 26, 4:30 p.m.
Crook County (0-12) vs. Ridgeview (5-5-2)
Thursday, Oct. 28, 6 p.m.
Crook County (0-12) @ Redmond (7-3-1)
The Cowgirls are also still hunting for the first positive result of the season in the final week of IMC play. Crook County opens the week with their Senior Night on Tuesday in Prineville. The Cowgirls play host to a Ridgeview team that is currently ranked second in the league. Later in the week on Thursday, the team travels over to Redmond to take on the third-place Panthers. In both previous meetings with the Redmond-area schools, Crook County was outscored 8-0. However, with the Cowgirl seniors hungry for one last win for the program — and with Ridgeview and Redmond separated by just a point in the IMC standings — Crook County could end up playing a factor in the final league table.
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