Seven area high school soccer teams are alive and kicking as the Oregon School Activities Association playoffs get under way around the state today.
First-round matches include five here in Central Oregon, featuring a Class 5A doubleheader at Bend’s Summit High, where the Storm boys will entertain Franklin of Portland starting at 3 p.m. Following that contest at 5:30 p.m., the Summit girls will take on Cleveland of Portland.
According to Summit athletic director Gabe Pagano, the stadium will not be cleared between games, so a single admission — $6 for adults, $4 for students, as set by the OSAA for all first-round contests — will be good for both matches.
Also in Bend today, the Bend High girls will host West Albany in a 5A playoff match at the 15th Street Field, where game time, originally set for 1:30 p.m., has been changed to 1 p.m.
Across town at Mountain View High, the Cougar boys will take on Wilson of Portland in a 5A game scheduled to start at 2 p.m.
At Sisters today, the Outlaws entertain Ontario in a Class 4A boys contest scheduled to start at 2 p.m.
On the road for first-round playoff matches this evening are the Mountain View and Sisters girls. Mountain View plays at Putnam of Milwaukie in a 5A game starting at 6:30 p.m. In a Class 4A match, Sisters travels to Molalla for a game starting at 5 p.m.
Winners of the first-round contests advance to play in the state quarterfinal round on Saturday.
—Bulletin staff report