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One proposal keeps a traditional look for the Mount Hood Conference, another splinters the East County schools

FILE PHOTO - One of the latest proposals calls for long-time eastside schools Centennial and David Douglas to move into the Three Rivers League.The Mount Hood Conference has been pegged as a likely landing spot for Hermiston throughout the reclassification process. That is no longer a concern.

Hermiston settled that debate by receiving approval to join Washington's prep landscape beginning in 2018. The Bulldogs had outgrown their eastern Oregon neighbors, meaning that a move up to Oregon's 6A division was imminent. The appeal to cross the river, matches Hermiston with similar-sized cities such as Kennewick, Richland and Walla Walla — competing in Washington's second-largest division.

That solves one dilemna for Oregon's committee, who's sole focus at the 6A level turns to finding a fit for Bend's Big Three — Bend, Mountain View and Summit.

Likewise, that trio of schools has outgrown its Central Oregon foes, but remains too small to form a verifiable league of its own.

The two latest proposals show that the committee is looking strongly at either the Mount Hood Conference or at the Valley League out of Salem to stretch their boundaries.

"The biggest thing we are looking for is to keep our East County schools together," Reynolds Athletics Director Chris Coleman said. "One of these models does that and the other does not."

The next meeting comes at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Oregon Schools Activities Association office in Wilsonville.



DRAFT #17
Mount Hood Conference

School
Barlow Bruins
0
Bend Lava Bears
0
Gresham Gophers
0
Hermiston Bulldogs*
0
Mountain View Cougars
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Reynolds Raiders
0
Sandy Pioneers
0
Summit Storm
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DRAFT #17
Three Rivers League

School Score
Centennial Eagles
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Central Catholic Rams
0
Clackamas Cavaliers
0
David Douglas Scots
0
Lake Oswego Lakers
0
Lakeridge Pacers
0
Oregon City Pioneers
0
St. Mary's Blues
0
West Linn Lions
0



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