BEND, OR -- Mountain View, Summit and Bend High will all become part of the Salem-based Greater Valley Conference, following approval by the Oregon Schools Activities Association (OSAA) Executive Board.
Josh Cordell is the boys tennis coach for Summit High. He tells KBND News, "It's going to change the travel, and have an affect on people's schedules. It's also really going to raise the level of opponents that we face, especially at the state level. So, it'll have quite an impact." Cordell says his teams are excited for the chance to play against more competative schools. "It'll be interesting to see, really, what it leads to, but it'll definitely have an impact."
While the recent OSAA decision changes a lot for Bend's schools, Cordell says other teams in the region will benefit the most. "In an ideal world, we'd have a Central Oregon League, and the schools would all be fairly close to the same size. But, that's just not where we're at with everything. So, they end up with a really good situation, I think it's going to be a good thing for them, for sure. They're smaller; they'll get to play in a league that's mainly Central Oregon, and then at the state level, I think they'll see a lot of success."
This school year will be the last for Bend schools at the 5A level. The three high schools switch to 6A starting in the fall of 2018.