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Fall sports off and running; soccer squads mark two firsts

Grangeville junior Abby Asker (right) goes after a scoring chance as goalkeeper Alayna Edmondson defends during preseason practice at the GHS soccer field, which is located immediately west of the Bulldogs football field.

The volleyball team’s home opener is Thursday night against McCall, the football team’s is Friday against Moscow, and the soccer teams are set to host Priest River Sept. 9.

Photo by Andrew Ottoson
Grangeville junior Abby Asker (right) goes after a scoring chance as goalkeeper Alayna Edmondson defends during preseason practice at the GHS soccer field, which is located immediately west of the Bulldogs football field. The volleyball team’s home opener is Thursday night against McCall, the football team’s is Friday against Moscow, and the soccer teams are set to host Priest River Sept. 9.



High school sports across the county are off and running this week, with the Grangeville soccer squads having already taken the field at McCall.

The Grangeville volleyball squad is set to host McCall Thursday, Aug. 24, with the first of three matches to start at 4:30 p.m., with the JV and varsity Bulldogs to follow. Also in volleyball action Thursday night are Clearwater Valley at Genesee, Prairie at Kamiah and Summit at Deary.

On Friday night, the Grangeville and Salmon River football squads have their respective season openers. The varsity Bulldogs are set to host Moscow at 7 p.m., and the Savages are set to visit Horseshoe Bend at 7 p.m. MT.

On Saturday, the GHS soccer squads are scheduled to play at Priest River, with the varsity girls on at 11 a.m. and the boys to play at 1 p.m.

Next Tuesday night, Aug. 29, also figures to be an important early-season date for local volleyball squads, as Prairie and Kamiah are set to take on the teams that finished 1-2 in the Whitepine League standings. The Pirates are set to host WPL runner-up Genesee and the Kubs are set to visit league champion Troy. Also on Tuesday night, Aug. 29, is Clearwater Valley hosting Kendrick and Grangeville.

The three local Whitepine League football clubs are slated to play their season openers next week, with Prairie visiting league rival Genesee Sept. 1 and Kamiah hosting non-league Valley, with kickoffs at 7 p.m. On Sept. 2, Clearwater Valley will play bidistrict contender Wallace at the Kibbie Dome with kickoff at 1 p.m.

With the Grangeville High soccer teams first among local squads to take the field, this new program made another couple of firsts Aug. 22 at McCall.

The Bulldogs are playing as separate boys and girls squads this season, having played against boys teams as co-ed group last fall.



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