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Boys Volleyball Returns to Oregon Schools

The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) recently recognized boys volleyball

On Oct. 9 the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) Delegation unanimously approved boys volleyball as an emerging activity beginning this spring. Subsequently, many student athletes took to their social media to celebrate the doors the approval opened for males who can now become official volleyball athletes.

“SHHS will be having a boys volleyball team,” said Gavin Gardner, a junior at Sweet Home High School (part of the Madras High School Athletic League). “Two weeks ago me and [a friend] went to talk with our athletic director and he said that his biggest concern was pulling athletes from other sports.”

 Gardner mentioned that the athletic director was also worried about community engagement. However, he claimed that about 20 of his classmates are willing and ready to play. 

“I am super excited about boys volleyball coming to Madras,” said Manny Meraz, a junior at Madras High School “Right now, we are hoping to get a coach and more players on the team.”

According to Meraz, many people are not aware that boys volleyball is back at MHS, so their main job right now is to get word out. Although they don’t have official practices yet, these boys are still taking time to get ready for when boys Volleyball season rolls around. 

The approval marks a new chapter for male athletes all around the state. This is a very exciting time for athletes who are ready to try something new, or to rule the court in an official capacity.