Sports Blue Mountain Eagle Wednesday, January 13, 2016 GU offense struggles in loss to Burns PROS By Angel Carpenter Blue Mountain Eagle JOHN DAY — The Grant Union Pros- pector girls and boys varsity basketball teams both struggled from the outset Jan. 5 against the Burns Hilanders. The parking lot at Grant Union Junior-Se- nior High School was ¿ lled to capacity for what proved to be some intense action, but the Grant Union girls ended it 42-59, and the Grant Union boys, 56-63. Grant Union girls Shots weren’t falling for the Lady Pros- pectors as the game began. “We had an extremely slow start, and you can’t do that against a good team,” said girls head coach Mark Mosley. “We missed 32 shots in the ¿ rst half.” Grant Union’s Kenzie Wilson sank a free throw, and Kaylee Wright found the basket for a 3-20 score in the ¿ rst quarter. Mariah Moulton and Heather Mosley added two points each in the second, and the half ended 7-30. After the break, the Prospectors came out with more zip. They added 13 to Burns’ 14 in the third. The Eagle/Angel Carpenter Grant Union Prospector Brady Burch scores in a game against Burns Jan. 5. “I was proud of the way they came back and made a run — it made it respectable,” coach Mosley said. “We’ve got to learn from it and move on and win two games this week- end.” Grant Union boys The Hilander boys were ¿ rst on the score- board, landing a couple two-point shots. Ricky Weickum answered back with three, and Brady Burch added two for a short- lived one-point lead. The quarter ended with the Prospectors trailing, 11-23. Grant Union increased its intensity in the second, with Nathan Gehley adding six points, Brady Burch four, Zack Deiter two, Wade Reimers two and Wyatt Weaver two. The Prospectors were trailing 27-33 at the half. Fired up after the break, Grant Union came within one point of Burns when Burch cashed in two points at the free-throw line and Trace Gill added three with a two-point shot and one free throw. However, Burns pulled away, the Prospectors down 37-45 to close the third. Grant Union outscored Burns in the ¿ nal period, but the Hilanders’ cushion gave them the win. Dayville/Monument teams enjoy winning week Tiger teams take in three victories each By Angel Carpenter Blue Mountain Eagle DAYVILLE — The Day- ville/Monument boys and girls basketball teams enjoyed a suc- cessful week, notching three wins each over Mitchell/Spray, Burnt River and Harper/Hun- tington. The Tiger girls had trouble ¿ nding the basket at ¿ rst, host- ing Mitchell/Spray in Dayville on Jan. 5, but came out aggres- sive in the second half, winning 40-21. “Shots started to fall, and Kyla Emerson had a lot of offen- sive rebounds that helped us get second shots,” said head coach Taylor Schmedeka. A strong defense helped the Lady Tigers beat Burnt Riv- er 32-19 at their home court in Monument last Friday. “Our trap worked well, and Bailey Thomas shot very well for us in that game,” Schmedeka said. The team scored several points off turnovers in Satur- day’s 59-25 road win against Harper/Huntington in Harper. “Ravyn Walker shot very well, and Danielle Rhoda had another good game with re- bounds and points in the paint,” the coach said. The Dayville boys are cur- rently at the top in the High Des- ert League and ranked No. 10 with an 11-3 overall record and 2-0 in league. They chalked up three wins: 63-29 against Mitchell/Spray, 72-32 over Burnt River and 47- 27 on the road against Harper/ Huntington. In the boys’ game against Mitchell/Spray, the scoring was close throughout. “It’s always a tough team,” said head coach Jeff Schafer. He said the Tigers moved the ball well and were aggressive on rebounds. Overall for the week, he said the wins were good for the amount of traveling they did, but the bigger test will be later this week when they face Jordan Valley and Adrian on the road. Grant Union wrestlers rumble at Riverside Clay Johnson is champion at event By Angel Carpenter Blue Mountain Eagle BOARDMAN — The Grant Union wrestling team faced tough competition at the Riverside Duals on Friday, fol- lowed by the Riverside Rum- ble on Saturday. Junior Clay Johnson was PC Continued from Page A8 Prairie City had a 17-5 lead in the ¿ rst with scor- ing from Levi Burke with eight points, including a three-pointer, Wyatt Wil- liams with 5 points, includ- ing one at the free-throw line, and Ethan Camarena with two points. Several other teammates also got in on the scoring for the game. Head coach Jonathon Gill commended his coaching staff, Bob Hassmiller and Charles Lawrence, for the positive outcome. “They did a good job pre- paring the kids,” Gill said. “It was the epitome of a champion at the Rumble, wrestling at 138. In the Friday night Duals, the Prospectors were 3-1, beating Hermiston junior varsity, Heppner and Elgin/ Imbler. Grant Union lost to River- side by a score of 48-30 in a close matchup. Highlights from the Dual include: Jesse Paulson (106 weight class) 4-0, Braden Spencer (120) 3-1, Clay John- son (138) 3-1, Antonio Dancer (145) 4-0, Andrew Copen- team win,” he said. “All our kids participated and had fun playing together. To get back on the winning track feels good.” He said their motto is “celebrate for 24 hours,” then get right back at it. Camarena said one of their goals was to increase the tempo. “I think we accomplished that, and hopefully we keep this momentum going and carry it on to (Saturday’s) game.” Garrett Hitz added, “One of our goals tonight was to get the younger players in- volved. I feel like we did that well.” “Everyone worked hard on defense,” said Brandon Gillihan. “I feel like if we keep it up, we’ll go far.” haver (170) 3-1, Elijah Hum- bird (182) 4-1 and Chance Ballou (285) 4-1. “Dillon Maley wrestled at 220 against an extremely tough group and lost sever- al close matches,” said head coach Andy Lusco. In Saturday’s Rumble, Grant Union placed third, just seven points from second place. Twelve wrestlers ¿ nished in the top six for their weight class. “We wrestled very well against some tough compe- tition, particularly Riverside, Pendleton and the Hermiston JV teams.” he said. Highlights from the Rum- ble include: Johnson, 1st place; Paulson, 3; Copenhaver, 3; Hadley Boethin, 3, 195; Ballou, 3; Maley, 4; Connor White, 5, 113; Spencer, 5; Dancer, 5; Humbird, 5; Jay Goldblatt, 5, 126; and James Mabe, 6, 145. The Prospectors host the Grant Union Tournament at 12 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22. 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Rebounding was led by Heather Mosley with six, fol- lowed by Samantha Brock with four, and seven other Prospectors had rebounds. Brock and Wilson led with ¿ ve steals each. “As a team we did a good job defensively,” coach Mos- ley said. “I was especially proud of the second group, how they stepped up and made some things happen tonight.” The Grant Union boys were defeated, 40-68, by Union on Friday, and came back with the win at home. In the ¿ rst half of the Union game, Prospector starter Wade Reimers went down with a knee injury after colliding with Union player. Head coach Steve Speth said he’s unsure whether Reimers will be able to return to play. “The Union game was very physical from the start,” Speth said. The Prospectors were down 13-28 at the half, and Union SPIRIT Continued from Page A8 Black said she enjoys coach- ing this year’s team. “Everybody gets along, which makes for really fun road trips,” she said. The team includes 11 on var- sity, and junior varsity members also get some playing time with their own two-quarter games. “It’s crucial they put minutes in and ¿ nd a rhythm together,” Black said. The Lady Panthers’ sole senior this year is Amaya Zweygardt. Black said she val- ues Zweygardt’s leadership with the other girls. Zweygardt said she’s enjoying her senior year A9 scored several late baskets in the fourth to pull away. Grant Union turned things around against Elgin. “We knew this was a big league game for us, and we needed to protect our home court,” Speth said. “We came out with focus and intensity, and I was able to give all the players time.” The Prospectors led 41-14 at the half, and they held Elgin to ¿ ve points in the third. The Huskies gained mo- mentum in the fourth, outscor- ing Grant Union 24-21, how- ever, Grant Union was secure for the win. Prospector Trace Gill was happy with the outcome. “We all worked as a team tonight,” he said. “We had fewer three-point attempts and ended up scoring more points than our game against Burns.” Nathan Gehley was the high-point scorer against Elgin with 24 points, followed by Ricky Weickum with 12 and Gill with 10. Gehley also led with eight rebounds, followed by Wyatt Weaver with six. Weaver and Gill had ¿ ve assists each. The Prospectors had 15 steals in the game, led by Gill and Zack Deiter with three each. The Grant Union teams host Imbler Friday with junior varsity games beginning at 3 p.m., and they host Cove on Saturday with junior varsity games beginning at 1 p.m. with the team. “We’re very athletic overall, and we’ve gotten along very well,” she said. “I expect that we’ll do quite well the rest of the season.” The three juniors on the team were positive about the team’s outlook. “So far, it’s been a really good year,” said MaKenzie Jones. “I think this particular team has a lot of potential, and if we work hard we can go far.” Sarah Ennis and Lindsey Wall both said the team gets along well. “We’ll continue to improve if we keep working hard,” Ennis said. “I like how we all work to- gether to make each other better in a game situation,” Wall said.